2021-w2125 - 18 October 2021

Madeleine Bertine Hicklin to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)What (a) measures have been put in place to stabilise the leadership deficit at the Council for the Built Environment (CBE) which is the umbrella body for six councils governing and leading professionals in the built environment (details furnished) and (b) are the reasons that there is a continuous exodus of senior personnel from the CBE dating back a decade ago with no intervention from either the former Minister and/or her to address the root causes of the dissatisfaction within the body; (2) whether failure for members of the CBE to register with their respective councils will render them unemployable; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what steps has she taken to encourage the councils to facilitate compliance and encourage built environment partnerships to register with their respective councils.

Reply from the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure on 18 Oct 2021

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1) (a) I have been informed by the Department that the Council for the Built Environment’s (CBE) succession plan and other relevant HR polices are being reviewed and updated to assist with staff retention. Regarding the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Operations Officer (COO) positions that were vacated at the end of June 2021, the CBE ...

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2021-w2203 - 18 October 2021

Haseena Ismail to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

What is the update of fraud investigations by her department at the (a) North West Development Corporation and (b) North West department of public works and roads?

Reply from the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure on 18 Oct 2021

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

a) I’ve been informed by the Department that the Department of Public Works and Roads in the North West is not aware of any investigation relating to the North West Development Corporation.

b) The Department is aware of an investigation done by the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) in line with Proclamation R21 of 2021 to investigate corruption, ...

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2021-w2197 - 27 September 2021

Samantha Jane Graham to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

With reference to the R60 million received in 2019 under the General Budget Support Programme, what (a) progress has been made on the development of the spatial and economic development frameworks for (i) Port St Johns, (ii) Port Nolloth and (iii) Port Edward, (b) total amount was spent in each case, (c) further steps have been taken in the development of the small harbours and (d) total amount has been budgeted (i) annually for the next five years for the required dredging and removal of sunken vessels in the proclaimed small harbours and (ii) for the current financial year for security services for the safety of the public and offices of the harbour masters at all the small harbours?

Reply from the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure on 27 Sep 2021

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

I have been informed by the Department that the R60 million received under the General Budget Support Programme (GBS) was over the 2019 MTEF period and not solely for the 2019/20 financial year.

a) Identification of existing data and studies was the first step under the GBS programme and has been completed. With the existing data, the ...

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2021-w2089 - 27 September 2021

Samantha Jane Graham to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)Whether her department has developed an action plan to address the 30 findings in the report it commissioned in October 2020 titled Review of Parliament’s Prestige Construction Projects; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what measures (a) will be taken against those who are implicated in fruitless, wasteful and irregular expenditure and (b) are being taken to (i) address the issue of capacity within this directorate and (ii) ensure that proper risk assessment and mitigation strategies are being implemented in this directorate; (2) what is the reason that the specified report has not been presented to the Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure; (3) whether she will provide the minutes of the Internal Audit Committee Meeting in which the report was presented and discussed; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether she will furnish Ms S J Graham with a copy of the report; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure on 27 Sep 2021

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. A draft report on the independent assessment by BDO was submitted to the department on 19 October 2020 for the department’s management to comment on. The final report was submitted by DPWI management on 20 November 2020.

The report was, however, not submitted to me as the Executive Authority of the Department who commissioned the independent ...

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2021-w2220 - 23 September 2021

Isaac Sello Seitlholo to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)What (a) number of employment opportunities have been created by the Expanded Public Works Programme in the Greater Taung Local Municipality and (b) was the monthly salary for each employee; (2) whether the employees contributed towards the Unemployment Insurance Fund; if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the relevant details and (b) other contributions have the employees made?

Reply from the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure on 23 Sep 2021

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. a) I have been informed by the Department that for the period from 01 April 2021 – 31 August 2021, a total of 3 466 work opportunities were reported in the EPWP Reporting System for participants who participated in various EPWP Projects implemented in the Greater Taung Local Municipality.

b) Based on the duration of work reflected ...

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2021-w2223 - 23 September 2021

Madeleine Bertine Hicklin to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1293 on 9 July 2021, any client and/or user department has requested to use the Van Rooyen House of Horrors; if not, what process must the Capital Park Ratepayers and Residents Association follow to apply for use of the specified property as a centre; if so, which department and/or client?

Reply from the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure on 23 Sep 2021

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

I have been informed by the Department that the DPWI has not received any request by any client to use the property. The Department has however, offered the property to the Department of Social Development and still await their response.

If the Department of Social Department indicates that they will not need the property, the DPWI may ...

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2021-w2087 - 23 September 2021

Samantha Jane Graham to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)With regard to the Small Harbours Unit (SHU), what (a) progress has been made on establishing the SHU as a stand-alone unit and (b) was the total revenue generated by the SHU for the 2019-20 financial year; (2) whether any funding applications were approved in the (a) 2019-20 and (b) 2020-21 financial years; if not, why not, in each case; if so, (i) which of the funding applications were approved and (ii) what (aa) total amount was received, (bb) total amount was utilised and (cc) infrastructure was built as a result?

Reply from the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure on 23 Sep 2021

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1:

a) The Small Harbours Unit has been located as a Chief Directorate within the Department’s Programme Management Office (PMO). The Small Harbours has been included as one of the 62 Strategic Integrated Projects of Government.

b) The Small Harbours portfolio of properties generated a total of R21 139 517.65 of revenue during the 2019/20 financial year.

2: ...

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2021-w2224 - 23 September 2021

Madeleine Bertine Hicklin to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1293 on 9 July 2021, the house was given to the Department of Social Development; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, how was the house placed on auction on 1 July 2021; (2) whether the house was sold on the auction held on 1 July 2021; if not, has the house been given to the Department of Social Development; if so, (a) what was the amount realised from the sale and (b) to whom was the money paid; (3) whether the house was sold by the Real Estate Management section of her department; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (4) whether the proceeds of the sale of the house reflected in the bank account of the entity; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure on 23 Sep 2021

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. I have been informed by the Department that the DPWI communicated its intention to transfer/allocate the said property to the Department of Social Development on 01 June 2021 and is still awaiting their response. The house was not placed on auction.

2. The DPWI did not sell the referenced property in an auction

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2021-w2239 - 23 September 2021

Alexandra Lilian Amelia Abrahams to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

With reference her reply to question 1486 on 18 August 2020, what does the term in-house workshop under the service provider column explicitly mean?

Reply from the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure on 23 Sep 2021

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

I have been informed by the Department that the term in-house workshop refers to full time employees of the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) housed in the Workshop Section of the Facilities Management Branch. The Workshop undertakes various routine maintenance and repair activities on various facilities.

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2021-w2171 - 23 September 2021

Rosina Ntshetsana Komane to ask the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

(1)What were the reasons behind the unblocking of all stalled projects in North West; (2) whether (a) officials who were found to be involved in corrupt activities have been removed and replaced by clean ones and (b) monies were recovered from the specified officials; if not, what is the position in each case; if so, what are the further relevant details in each case?

Reply from the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure on 23 Sep 2021

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

1. As you may be aware that the province is under administration in terms of Section 100 of the Constitution, therefore the Minister or her department is only accountable for provincial matters requested to the extent of her or her Department’s section 100 intervention.

2. (a) and (b) Falls away.

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