2021-w2320 - 19 November 2021

Bridget Staff Masango to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)(a) Which provinces have opened shelters for victims of gender-based violence and femicide following provision of necessary facilities by the national Department of Public Works and Infrastructure and (b)(i) what is the total number of (i) the specified shelters in each province and (ii) shelters that are functioning; (2) (a) what is the breakdown for each shelter with regard to the (i) uptake and (ii) capacity for each shelter and (b) which shelters have established partnerships with nonprofit organisations?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 19 Nov 2021

1 (a) The Western Cape is the only province that has established six (6) shelters for victims of gender-based violence and femicide following provision of necessary facilities by the national Department of Public Works and Infrastructure. The other provinces have conducted site verification and prepared costing for operationalisation of the shelters in the coming financial year (2022/23) due to the budget constraints experienced by ...

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2021-w2134 - 15 November 2021

Alexandra Lilian Amelia Abrahams to ask the Minister of Social Development

With reference to her reply to question 1107 on 30 July 2021, wherein she does not provide the details as requested with regard to the campaign of the Deputy Minister in KwaZulu-Natal entitled 50 Good Deeds which commenced on 1 March 2020 until 14 March 2020, (a) how was the campaign aligned to the priorities and plans together with the outcomes achieved by her department, (b) what are the details of the programme of the two-week campaign, (c) what are the details of the list of Ministerial and officials who accompanied the Deputy Minister on the campaign and the specific role each played and (d) what was the total cost for the entire campaign in respect of the (i) Deputy Minister, (ii) Ministerial staff, (iii) subsistence and (iv) travel claims submitted at the end of the campaign?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 15 Nov 2021

a) As stated in my previous reply to this question, the Deputy Minister’s programme in the area is linked to the implementation of the District Development Model (DDM), which Cabinet approved in August 2019 as an important innovation to improve integrated planning and delivery across the three spheres of government.

The Deputy Minister is the District Champion for Amajuba District. The DDM focuses on ...

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2021-w2135 - 15 November 2021

Alexandra Lilian Amelia Abrahams to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1) Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1108 on 30 July 2021, wherein she does not provide the details as requested with regard to the campaign of the Deputy Minister in KwaZulu-Natal entitled 50 Good Deeds which commenced on 1 March 2020 until 14 March 2020, her department paid for the (a) accommodation, (b) transportation and (c) subsistence and travel costs of the (i) Deputy Minister and (ii) accompanying officials while they were staying at the Black Rock Garden Court from 11 to 12 March 2021; if not, who paid the bill in each case; if so, what is the (aa) breakdown and (bb) total of the costs in each specified case; (2) what was the total expenditure for the two days, including petty cash receipts? NW2422E

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 15 Nov 2021

  1. (b) (c) (i) (ii) (aa) (bb) The budget for travel and accommodation of the Deputy Minister, support staff and officials of the Department forms part of the implementation of the Annual Performance Plans (APPs), including the implementation of the District Development Model (DDM)
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2021-w1968 - 22 October 2021

Liezl Linda van der Merwe to ask the Minister of Social Development

What is the total number of (a) applications for the Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress grant that (i) have been received to date since the grant was extended and reopened for new applications and (ii) were successful and (b) persons who have been paid to date and (c) appeals that remain outstanding from the first round of applications?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 22 Oct 2021

The application channels were re-opened on 6 August 2021.

(a)(i) As at 25 August 2021, a total of 11 237 724 complete applications have been received.

(ii) The validations of these applications is still underway. However, as at 25 August 2021, a total of 1 914 538 applications have been approved.

(b) A total of 282 598 have been paid to 25 August. Payments will continue to be made ...

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2021-w2226 - 21 October 2021

Bridget Staff Masango to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)What (a) are the detailed reasons for the cancellation of the tender for the development of a Substance Abuse System and (b) is the purpose and objective of the specified system, which was an item in the quarterly financial report, under programme 1, but that was not achieved (details furnished); (2) whether she will furnish Ms B S Masango with a list of bidders; if not, why not; if so, to whom was the tender originally awarded; (3) what role do the programmes in the report have in addressing the drug crisis in the Republic; (4) whether the programme also targets the homeless populations; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 21 Oct 2021

(1a) The tender was cancelled due to the scope of the project, which was not properly defined and crafted in line with the advertised terms of reference. This resulted in huge price difference between the bidders. The request for cancellation of the tender was submitted and approved by the Bid Adjudication Committee of the Department.

(b) The purpose of this project is to upgrade ...

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2021-w2153 - 21 October 2021

Liezl Linda van der Merwe to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether her department has any statistics on the number of child marriages in the Republic; if not, why not; if so, what (a) is being done to prevent such marriages and (b) are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 21 Oct 2021

The Department does not have direct statistics on number of child marriages in the Republic as this is the responsibility of the Department of Home Affairs.

a) Education and Awareness is done on Section 12 of the Children’s Act which prohibits child marriages, engaging communities, religious and traditional leaders on the implications of child marriages as well as Section 141 that prohibits child exploitation ...

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2021-w2227 - 21 October 2021

Bridget Staff Masango to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) processes has she found to be too complex for the analysis of the requirements for the integration of the system of gender-based violence (GBV) and Victim Empowerment Programme that was not achieved (details furnished), (b) strategies have been put in place to address the complexities, (c) were the reasons her department failed to address the specified complexities in the planning processes and (d) role does the programme play in addressing the scourge of GBV in the Republic?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 21 Oct 2021

The Department of Social Development Expenditure Analysis for the 2020/21 Fourth Quarter report discussed in Committee on 1 September 2021, it stated in programme 1 that the 'analysis of the requirements for the integration of GBV and VEP systems was not achieved'. The reasons for this was 'due to complexity of the processes'.

(a) End to end processing of Victim requires not only DSD ...

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2021-w2264 - 07 October 2021

Liezl Linda van der Merwe to ask the Minister of Social Development

What measures has her department put in place to prevent unsafe baby and child abandonment that has been reported to contribute to death, disability and illegal adoptions?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 7 Oct 2021

With regards to child protection of children from exposure to possible death or disability;

Section 150 of the children’s Act 38/2005, makes provision for child in care and protection including a child who may be abandoned as a child in need of care and protection.

Section 151 of the Act also makes provision for the removal of such children to any alternative placement if ...

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2021-w1806 - 07 October 2021

Laetitia Heloise Arries to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) number of persons (i) were food insecure before COVID-19 and (ii) are currently food insecure in the Republic and (b) measures are in place to address the overall food insecurity in the Republic?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 7 Oct 2021

a) The number of persons that (i) were food insecure (inadequate or severe inadequate access to food) before COVID-19 was about (20% of households) in the country (Stats SA, 2019) and

(ii) The number of people that are currently food insecure as in April/May 2021 was approximately 10-million people and 3-million were children (NIDS-CRAM, 2021).

According to the NIDS-CRAM Wave 5 estimates and StatsSA’s ...

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2021-w1947 - 07 October 2021

Ciliesta Catherine Shoana Motsepe to ask the Minister of Social Development

In view of recent reports that the Republic has about 95 000 orphans as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, what specific steps has her department taken with regard to taking care of the orphaned children?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 7 Oct 2021

According to Children’s Act 38 of 2005, orphaned children are regarded as children in need of care and protection and therefore processes and steps as outlined in section 150 of the Act stating that such children must be placed in alternative care such as foster care and Child and Youth Care Centres (CYCCs) are being implemented. The Children’s Amendment Act affords potential parents the ...

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