2020-w1328 - 20 July 2020

Christian Hans Heinrich Hunsinger to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What number of registered vehicles does the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa have on the road in each category of their vehicle fleet and (b) where is each registered vehicle based and used?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 20 Jul 2020

a) See table below

Vehicle category

Vehicle description

Number of vehicles

HCV

Heavy Commercial Vehicle ( Truck)

97

HCV Tractor

Heavy Commercial Vehicle Tractor (Hauler/Horse)

3

LCV

Light Commercial Vehicle (Bakkie)

731

M/Cycle

Motorcycle

25

Minibus

Minibus

271

MPV

Multipurpose Vehicle (Mini Van with passenger seats)

16

PV

Panel Van (Mini Van without passenger seats)

2

Sedan

Sedan

333

Trailers

 

54

Total Fleet ...

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2020-w1329 - 20 July 2020

Christian Hans Heinrich Hunsinger to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether any measures have been undertaken by (a) the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) and (b) Autopax in reaction to the reported findings by the Competition Commission that Prasa is abusing dominance in Johannesburg and favours Autopax in space allocation while restricting and/or denying other bus operators access to Park Station (details furnished); if not, why not; if so, has the Competition Tribunal submitted any formal notice to Prasa and/or Autopax?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 20 Jul 2020

The finding by the Competition Commission (Commission) on the issues of dominance is not final and allows PRASA to respond to the finding. The Commission has referred its finding to the Competition Tribunal (Tribunal) for a final determination on the finding. PRASA is assisting this process by presenting evidence to the Tribunal to enable it to gain clarity and a balanced perspective on some ...

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2020-w1316 - 20 July 2020

Khethamabala Petros Sithole to ask the Minister of Transport

What number of (a) officers have been arrested for misconduct by the National Traffic Anticorruption Unit in collaboration with the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation in the past 12 months and (b) the specified officers have been tried in court?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 20 Jul 2020

(a) 157 Officers were arrested by the National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit in collaboration with the Director of Priority Crime Investigation in the past 12 months.

(b) All the specified individuals are currently on trial in various courts

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2020-w1236 - 20 July 2020

Thamsanqa Bhekokwakhe Mabhena to ask the Minister of Transport

(a)Whether the Road Accident Fund has introduced a policy to no longer make use of the services of private lawyers to investigate and settle claims; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 20 Jul 2020

Yes, the Road Accident Fund has put forth such a policy for implementation. There is a court ruling which has went against the RAF, extending the panel of attorneys’ service level agreement by a further six months. The matter is now sub judice, because this ruling is being appealed by the Minister and the RAF

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2020-w1230 - 15 July 2020

Nontando Nolutshungu to ask the Minister of Transport

What measures has he put in place to ensure that train and minibus commuters practice social distancing?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 15 Jul 2020

PRASA is planning to resume limited commuter rail services in the following corridors by 1 July 2020:

    • Pretoria to Pienaarspoort
    • Cape Town to Retreat Service
    • Port Elizabeth to Uitenhage Service
    • East London to Berlin

In preparing for the resumption of rail services the following social distancing measures are being put in place:

1. Train Sets:

Social Distance Markings

2. Stations:

Social Distance Markings (Platforms ...

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2020-w1021 - 26 June 2020

Christian Hans Heinrich Hunsinger to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Given the financial losses that the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has been experiencing, (a) has a final agreement been reached regarding the number of jobs the agency needs to cut in order to survive financially, (b) what is the breakdown of the job cuts and (c) what number of employees will be affected by the planned job cuts; (2) whether there have been any voluntary retirements in the 2019-20 financial year; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) will he furnish Mr C H H Hunsinger with a breakdown of the number of employees who retired voluntarily and (b) the amount paid out to date?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 26 Jun 2020

(1) (a) No final agreement has been reached on the reduction of the headcount at PRASA and PRASA is still in consultation with Organised Labour.

(b) Please refer to (a)

(c) Please refer to (a)

(2) (a) Early retirements are considered as retiring before the age of 63, PRASA had 67 early retirements for 2019/2020 financial year.

Table1 –Early Retirements during 2019/2020 ...

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2020-w285 - 12 June 2020

Ms N Tafeni to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether his department has any plans to build a bridge in Govan Mbeki township in the Mbhashe Local Municipality; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 12 Jun 2020

The Eastern Cape Provincial Department (ECPDOT) of Transport has plans to build a bridge in Govan Mbeki township in the Mbashe local Municipality in the next financial year, 2020/21.

In the Current financial year, 2019/2020, an assessment was conducted and revealed the estimated cost of R 2500 000 for building of the bridge in the Govan Mbeki township. The ECPDOT also established ...

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2020-w684 - 12 June 2020

Michael Waters to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)What number of passenger trains (a) are operating between (i) Germiston and Pretoria, (ii) Springs and Dunswart and (iii) Daveyton and Dunswart and (b) should be operating on the specified routes; (2) what are the reasons that only one train can operate at a time between Germiston and Elandsfontein?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 12 Jun 2020

(a) There number of trains operating between:

i. Germiston and Pretoria: - There are 12 train trips {Passenger Trains} operated via a diesel locomotive to shuttle services between Johannesburg and Elandsfontein. This then connects with an electrical Metro between Elandsfontein and Centurion – 10 trips, then connecting with another diesel locomotive between Centurion and Pretoria) 10 trips.

ii. There are 24 train daily trips between Springs ...

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2020-w629 - 12 June 2020

Nontando Nolutshungu to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether he undertook to distribute (a) face masks and (b) sanitisers to mini-bus drivers; if so, (i) has he delivered these and (ii) where were these delivered?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 12 Jun 2020

a) The Minister undertook to distribute masks and sanitizers to all provinces for drivers and marshals in the taxi industry to reduce infections

b) Masks, sanitisers and disinfectants have been procured and delivered in all provinces during April 2020. These materials were delivered to provincial Departments of Transport who subsequently distributed to the taxi industry in their respective provinces. The following have been delivered ...

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2020-w1022 - 12 June 2020

Christian Hans Heinrich Hunsinger to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) failed to pay R23 million towards retirement fund benefits; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what is the (a) current situation and (b) solution for this?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 12 Jun 2020

1. PRASA confirms that it has failed to pay R23 million towards the Transnet Retirement Fund (the Fund) benefits.

(a) The February and March 2020 membership contributions to the Fund is currently outstanding and engagements with the Fund are ongoing to agree on a payment plan to settle the outstanding amount without any risk to employee benefits.

(b) PRASA has written a letter to ...

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