2022-w1760 - 09 September 2022

Christian Hans Heinrich Hunsinger to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether, with reference to the reply to question 898 on 20 April 2018, his department has communicated the final warning to the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE) Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) project team in March 2019 with an ultimatum of six months to rebalance costs and revenues and move to viability (details furnished); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, whether he will furnish Mr C H Hunsinger with (a) a copy of the warning communication to the CoE and (b) their responses thereto; (2) whether he has found that the operating costs are based on a very limited curbside pre-pilot service with six operational buses initially and while this would have been palatable if scaled up to a Phase 1-like 40 buses and then 80 buses carrying over 20 000 average weekday passenger trips within six months to a year, this did not happen and hence the current scale of costs and ridership is unbalanced and unviable, and that despite two years of appeals by his department, the city has proven incapable of correcting this; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 9 Sep 2022

 

1. The NDoT has met with the City several times in bilateral meetings in 2019 to 2022 and has communicated the same consistent message during the period viz. the city needs to scale up to 20 000 passengers a day, reduce costs and increase revenues.

The City has acknowledged the NDoT’s position and indicates it is doing its best to make the required ...

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2022-w2360 - 17 August 2022

Samantha Jane Graham to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)What was the total cost to his department for the recent upgrades to the R63, which links Graaff-Reinet with Jansenville, Kariega and Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape, on both sides of Jansenville; (2) who was the primary contractor on the project; (3) (a) what is the expected period of durability of the resurfacing in terms of structural integrity and (b) how long before potholes and other surface damage is visible; (4) for what period is the contractor obligated to effect repairs to the road without charging after completion of the project; (5) whether the contractor will be compelled to effect repairs to this road where there are major potholes in the middle of the road and degradation is evident on the apron approximately 27 kilometres from Graaff-Reinet towards Jansenville; if not, who will be responsible for the specified repairs; if so, by what date will the repairs be completed?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 17 Aug 2022

1. The portion of national road between the Somerset East turn-off north towards Graaff Reinet is the R63 whereas section south of Somerset East turn-off towards Jansenville is the R75. The work on R75 on both sides of Jansenville consisted of two “special maintenance” projects – which included the patching of isolated road pavement areas up to 25% of the project length followed by ...

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2022-w2228 - 29 July 2022

Rosina Ntshetsana Komane to ask the Minister of Transport

On what date is it envisaged that the R556 road to Sun City will be repaired?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 29 Jul 2022

Repairs on road R556 near Sun City would have been done, but it has been delayed by the court matters relating to 2017 Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act. Now that this matter has been clarified, the procurement processes will commence during the third quarter of the financial year and a suitable contractor will be appointed.

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2022-w2328 - 29 July 2022

Pieter Mey to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)What (a) operations is the SA National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (Sanral) and/or entities reporting to him conducting and/or have conducted from the property at 59 Schoeman Street Mokopane, Limpopo, (b) total number of employees of Sanral and/or the specified entities reporting to him work and/or worked at the specified property, (c) were the reasons to use the property and (d) division and/or entities reporting to him were responsible for selecting the site for operation; (2) (a) what process was followed to enter into a contract with the owners of the property, (b) who signed the lease with the registered owners and (c) what is the period of the lease and total amount of rental being paid; (3) what process was followed to change the land purpose from residential to commercial and did the owners of the property agree to the zone change; (4) whether rehabilitation was done at the property; if not, why not; if so, were the owners satisfied with the rehabilitation of the property; (5) whether he will make a statement on the matter

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 29 Jul 2022

1. (a) SANRAL is not conducting any operations from 59 Schoeman Street Mokopane, Limpopo. SANRAL appointed Quality Plant Hire/Expectra 388 JV (Contractor) through an open tender process on contracts R.518-020-2016/1 & R.518-020-2016/2 which started on 03 October 2016 and was completed on 29 April 2019. In terms of the conditions of contract, once appointed, contractors enter into private arrangements for the accommodation of ...

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2022-w2372 - 29 July 2022

Christian Hans Heinrich Hunsinger to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)What is the current status of the designated Taxi Relief Fund; (2) whether his department has made any financial contributions towards taxi associations in the past three financial years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 29 Jul 2022

1. The Taxi Relief Fund Project was successfully launched 11 January 2022. The Taxi Relief fund project was extended by Cabinet till end March 2023.

Total number of Operating Licenses successfully applied as 20 June 2022 – 74 320 out of 142 075 = 52.31%

Province

Total Qualifying OL's

Total Applied

%

Eastern Cape

13117

6960

53.06%

Free State

8258 ...

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2022-w2311 - 04 July 2022

Khethamabala Petros Sithole to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether, since the launch of the Integrated Security Plan in October 2020, and the deployment of security around the identified crime hotspots within the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) across the Republic, his department has recorded a significant reduction in the cases of vandalism and crime in general within Prasa; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further, relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 4 Jul 2022

The information below indicates that since the launch of Integrated Security Plan, PRASA has experienced a steady decrease in crime incidents and crime spots are beginning to stabilize. The phase-in approach of security intervention both in the form of physical guards and technology will ultimately bring about a total eradication of crime within PRASA environment and it points to a promising future of crime ...

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2022-w2312 - 01 July 2022

Khethamabala Petros Sithole to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to his reply to question 1517 on 6 June 2022, what measures have been put in place to (a) better incentivise top engineers and other relevant technical skills, particularly at provincial and municipal levels in order to keep them from leaving for the private sector and (b) ensure that business forums do not disrupt projects and make claim to percentages where work has not been done?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 1 Jul 2022

a\) The Minister of Public Service and Administration has determined, in terms of section 3(3)(c), read with section 5(4) of the Public Service Act, 1994, GPSSBC Resolutions 3, 5, 6, and 9 of 2009, effective from 1 July 2009 the Occupation Specific Dispensation (post and salary structures) for Engineers.

Road Authorities have an instrument that is used as an incentive for persons employed by ...

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2022-w2310 - 01 July 2022

Khethamabala Petros Sithole to ask the Minister of Transport

On what date is it envisaged that the national Government will provide the funding requested by the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government to assist in the rebuilding of all damaged roads, following the floods?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 1 Jul 2022

Section 19(6) of the DORA allows us, in the case of disasters, to spend money outside the grant conditions and through a joint request with the NDMC. According to the National Treasury as soon as the Appropriation Bill and DORA Bill is enacted, the DORA can then be amended to make additional provisions in the Provincial Road Maintenance Grant that will be ring fenced ...

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2022-w2242 - 17 June 2022

Khethamabala Petros Sithole to ask the Minister of Transport

Given that in the past weekend of 27 to 29 May 2022 fatalities were noted due to vehicular collisions on our national roads, two of which occurred on the N3, what (a) total number of fatal car accidents has his department recorded from 1 January 2022 up to the latest specified date for which information is available, (b) were the recorded causes in each case and (c) measures have been implemented to prevent the recurrence of such accidents?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 17 Jun 2022

a) The following table shows the fatal crashes and fatalities from 1 Jan 2022 to 31 May 2022 per province

Province

Fatal Crashes

EC

443

FS

207

GP

733

KZN

641

LP

408

MP

262

NC

116

NW

249

WC

475

Grand Total

3534

b) Recorded causes in each of the 2 cases

According the information received from the crash investigation team, the causes ...

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2022-w2217 - 17 June 2022

Khanya Ceza to ask the Minister of Transport

What (a) plans have been put in place to ensure that quality rural roads are built across the Republic and (b) insourcing plans does his department have in place in order to achieve this initiative?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 17 Jun 2022

a) The Department of Transport is currently assisting Road Authorities through the Shamba Sonke Programme and it is a nation-wide initiative involving all Provincial Road Authorities.

Provincial Road Authorities are supported through this Provincial Road Maintenance Grant (PRMG):

  • for routine, periodic, and special maintenance;
  • for rehabilitation of paved roads, limited to a maximum of 25% of the value of the PRMG allocation per province; ...
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