2021-w2476 - 17 December 2021

Laetitia Heloise Arries to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) number of early childhood development centres has her department funded in the past two financial years and (b) measures are in place to monitor how the centres spend the money?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 17 Dec 2021

 

  1. Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres are funded by Provincial Departments of Social Development. Below is the breakdown of data supplied by provinces:

Province

Financial years

Number of ECD services

funded

EC

2019/20

2 562

 

2020/21

2 562

FS

2019/20

1 039

 

2020/21

1 064

GP

2019/20

1 509

 

2020/21

1 529

LP

2019/20

2 132

 

2020/21

2 124

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2021-w2601 - 13 December 2021

Alexandra Lilian Amelia Abrahams to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)What is the total number of cases of abuse of the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) Child Support Grant that have been reported to her department in each province since 1 January 2015; (2) what is the total number of cases in which the Child Support Grant (CSG) has successfully been transferred to an alternative caregiver; (3) what happens to the (a) CSG and (b) child in question in cases where there is no alternative caregiver; (4) what mechanisms have been put in place by her department and/or the SASSA to mitigate against the abuse of the CSG grant by the caregiver; (5) what support does her department and/or SASSA offer in order to assist the caregiver who has been reported as allegedly abusing the CSG grant?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 13 Dec 2021

The data requested from 2015 is not readily available and a script has to be written to retrieve information from Socpen.  The Business Intelligence System used by SASSA for reporting was only commissioned in 2018.  This has resulted in SASSA needing to retrieve historical data from Socpen.

It is also extremely difficult to separate cases where the reason for the change of care giver ...

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2021-w2602 - 13 December 2021

Evelyn Rayne Wilson to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)What are the reasons that a means test is used to determine rights to a disability grant (details furnished); (2) whether she has found that Foster Care Grants should be subject to a means test like the disability grants; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, by what date will she introduce it?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 13 Dec 2021

1. In terms of section 27 of our constitution, everyone is guaranteed the right of access to Social Security and “if needed”, social assistance. By its nature, social assistance in the form of social grants are only provided to those with low or no incomes to supplement their income. Hence, all the social grants, including the disability grant, are means tested on income; and ...

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2021-w2506 - 06 December 2021

Bridget Staff Masango to ask the Minister of Social Development

What number of deceased persons were recipients of the (a) Old-Age Grant, (b) Disability Grant, (c) R350 Social Relief of Distress Grant and (d) Dependency Grant in the period 1 January 2020 to 31 October 2021?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 6 Dec 2021

SASSA runs the data – both for social grants and the social relief of distress grant – against the Department of Home Affairs’ Population Register before the payments are extracted for the following month. All deaths that have been registered with Department of Home Affairs result in the payment not being extracted. However, deaths that are reported late, or after the extraction date will ...

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2021-w2516 - 06 December 2021

Alexandra Lilian Amelia Abrahams to ask the Minister of Social Development

With reference to the vacant position of director in the Care and Services to Older Persons sub-directorate of her department, (a) how long has the position been vacant, (b) what are the reasons that her department has been unable to fill the specified position, (c)(i) who has been acting in the position and (ii) for how long, (d) what is the status of her department’s progress in the advertising and recruitment process for the position and (e) on what date is it envisaged this critical position will be filled?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 6 Dec 2021

a) The post became vacant on 14 December 2014.

b) In 2018, a moratorium was placed on the filling of posts due to financial constraints occasioned by a drastic cut to the Compensation of Employees (COE) budget The Department has commenced with the process of identifying and prioritising critical posts to be filled.

c) (i) Initially two Deputy Directors, namely Ms MG Keetse and ...

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2021-w2523 - 06 December 2021

Gizella Opperman to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)In light of the fact that the National Development Agency paid R29 million in stipends to volunteers which were not approved by a delegated official, (a) who paid and (b)(i) who did not sign and (ii) what were the reasons; (2) with regard to the fruitless and wasteful expenditure of (a) R1,9 million in car damages and (b) R1 million in hotel no-shows, (i) who are the responsible persons and (ii) what consequences have been instituted?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 6 Dec 2021

1. Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s declaration of the state of emergency in 2020, the volunteers were recruited as part of the NDA’s response to control the further spread and mitigation of the COVID-19 pandemic through community education, identification and registration of individuals/households for SRD application, including the Special COVID-19 SRD Grant, distribution of food parcels to eligible individuals/households provided by the Social Development Portfolio ...

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2021-w2522 - 06 December 2021

Gizella Opperman to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1) What are the details of the position of her department regarding Note 17 of the Department of Social Development in respect of the Fund-Raising Act, Act 107 of 1978; (2) In light of the fact that both the SA Social Security Agency and the National Development Agency received findings adverse on compliance with legislation and are not taking effective steps to prevent irregular expenditure, what corrective measures will she and/or her department take to put in place in this regard?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 6 Dec 2021

1. The Fund-Raising Amendment Bill, once signed into law, will culminate in the dissolution of the Refugee Relief, Social Relief, State President and Disaster Relief Funds with the exception of South African National Defence Force Fund (in terms of clause 7 of the amendment Bill), The amendment Bill establishes a new Disaster Relief and National Social Development Fund, and in terms of clause 7, ...

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2021-w2517 - 06 December 2021

Alexandra Lilian Amelia Abrahams to ask the Minister of Social Development

With reference to the approved organisations in receipt of the 2016 Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act grant funding for Victim Empowerment Programmes administered by the National Development Agency (details furnished), (a) on what date (s) did the organisations receive their (i) first and (ii) second tranche payments, (b) what are the reasons that the specified organisations did not receive their full tranche payment, (c) on what date is it envisaged that all organisations will receive their full tranche payment and (d) what gender-based violence programmes do these organisations provide?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 6 Dec 2021

I would like to point out to the Honourable Member that South Africa does not have any legislation referred to in the question. Rather, the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act 2016 is a piece of legislation that has its origins from the United States of America.

CARA is an abbreviation for the Criminal Assets Recovery Accounts, a fund that is currently administered by the National ...

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2021-w2430 - 29 November 2021

Bridget Staff Masango to ask the Minister of Social Development

What total number of beneficiaries of the Social Relief of Distress Grant has actually been paid by the SA Social Security Agency in each month from 1 January 2021 up to the latest specified date in November 2021?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 29 Nov 2021

The numbers of beneficiaries who have been paid per month from January 2021 to October, as at 10 November 2021 is as follows:

Month

Number paid

January 2021

6 045 534

February 2021

6 057 481

March 2021

5 897 986

April 2021

5 939 137

August 2021

6 998 278

September 2021

7 483 712

October 2021

8 850 442

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2021-w2369 - 29 November 2021

Laetitia Heloise Arries to ask the Minister of Social Development

What plans has her department put in place to assist Expanded Public Works Programme workers, who have Persal numbers and have as a result been rejected by the SA Social Security Agency system in their attempts to access social grants?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 29 Nov 2021

I would like to bring it to the attention of the Honourable Member that no application for any of the social grant is rejected by virtue of the applicant being part of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). On application for a social grant, every applicant has to declare his/her source of income. Applications are subjected to a means test thresholds for a specific ...

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