2021-w2040 - 17 November 2021

Thandeka Moloko Mbabama to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

(1)Whether her department currently and optimally utilises the experience of the cohort of the attachés and/or foreign representatives who have recently returned from foreign postings; if not, why not; if so, what total number from the last cohort of attachés that returned from foreign posting in the past two to three years have been suitably placed in the new structure where they can impart the knowledge gained from foreign postings; (2) what (a) are the qualifications of all the senior managers currently placed in positions after the integration process, (b) are the reasons persons with teaching and/or nursing qualifications are occupying senior positions in Corporate Services and (c) total number of senior managers (i) are placed in positions that they were initially recruited for and (ii) have been made redundant as a result of the integration?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 17 Nov 2021

1. Yes. Eight (8) Cohort of attachés have returned from foreign postings during the period 1 April 2018 until 30 July 2021. Seven (7) attachés have been suitable placed.

One (1) attaché did not complete her term of posting abroad and was recalled due to a court case she had with the head country for contravening national laws on employment (employment of an illegal ...

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2021-w1985 - 20 October 2021

Noko Phineas Masipa to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What is the (a) total number of veterinarians in her department based in KwaZulu-Natal and (b)(i) current vacancy rate and (ii) date on which her department intends to fill the vacant positions; (1) what is the total number of veterinarians in each livestock unit of her department based in KwaZulu-Natal; (2) whether her department has implemented the compulsory service; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) what were the (a) prevailing animal diseases during the past financial years in KwaZulu-Natal and (b) interventions by her department to treat them?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 20 Oct 2021

1. (a) The total number of veterinarians in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is sixteen (16).

(b) (i) The current vacant post is nine (09).

(ii) The Department is planning to recruit four (4) state veterinarians in the current financial year and then follows the next financial year.

2. One veterinarian in an average of 40 000 livestock unit.

3. The Department has implemented the Compulsory Community ...

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2021-w1983 - 20 October 2021

Noko Phineas Masipa to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What is the (a) total number of veterinarians in her department based in Gauteng and (b)(i) current vacancy rate and (ii) date on which her department intends to fill the vacant positions; (2) what is the total number of veterinarians in each livestock unit of her department based in Gauteng; (3) whether her department has implemented the compulsory service in Gauteng; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) what were the (a) prevailing animal diseases during the past financial year in Gauteng and (b) interventions by her department to treat them?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 20 Oct 2021

1. (a) The total number of veterinarians in the Gauteng is 28 permanent, 2 contract and 18 CCS veterinarians.

(b) (i) The current vacancy rate is 7%. There are 2 vacancies.

(ii) The two (02) vacant posts of veterinarians have been advertised, interviews conducted and appointment process is underway.

2. The number of mature veterinary livestock unit in Gauteng is 266294. With the veterinarians ...

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2021-w2039 - 19 October 2021

Thandeka Moloko Mbabama to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What (a) is the process that is followed for foreign postings in her department and (b) are the qualifications required for the postings; (2) whether the posts were advertised; if not, why not; if so, will she furnish Ms T M Mbabama with a copy of the advert that was posted for the postings; (3) whether there is a policy for foreign placements; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) how often is the policy supposed to be reviewed and (b) on what date was it last reviewed?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 19 Oct 2021

1. The Foreign Placement policy stipulates the process as follows:

(a) The vacant foreign posts are advertised, shortlisting is undertaken and interviews are conducted for final selection of candidates.

(b) The advertisement shall outline the inherent requirements such as academic qualifications as well as specific attributes as per the specific job evaluation specifications that are required for each post, in accordance with the foreign ...

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2021-w1863 - 19 October 2021

Annette Steyn to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1199 on 8 July 2020, (a) her department acted on the court order in the case of DRDLR vs Unlawful Occupiers of R/E & PTN 1 of Farm Nooitgedacht 11 JQ, case no. 7212/2017; if not, why not; if so, what (a) was the outcome of the eviction and (b) will she do to help Mr Rakgase to get rid of the illegal occupiers?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 19 Oct 2021

An order for eviction was granted by court on 15 October 2019. The Department did not act on the order because it had not yet received the Court order from the State Attorney. The delay was caused by the fact that after matters are finalised at High Court Registry files are taken and stored somewhere.

(b)The Court order was received on 30 September 2021. ...

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2021-w2049 - 19 October 2021

Russel Nsikayezwe Cebekhulu to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether, given reports that the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal in July 2021 resulted in the destruction of sugar cane from small-scale farmers, causing such cane to be subsequently rejected by mills, her department has undertaken any steps to ascertain the impact of the July 2021 civil unrest on agricultural communities involved in sugar cane farming in KwaZulu-Natal; if not, why not; if so, what (a) were the findings and (b) steps will her department take to ensure that affected small-scale sugar cane farmers receive support to enable them to survive the impact of the unrest on their farming operations?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 19 Oct 2021

a) The sugarcane industry is regulated by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) and they have assessed the damage. Initial assessments have been undertaken and further information was also requested from the industry.

b) All those industries which were affected by the unrests will apply to the Sasria Insurance and National Empowerment Fund (NEF).

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2021-w2094 - 19 October 2021

Noko Phineas Masipa to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether she will provide detailed reasons for the failure of agri-parks in each province across the Republic; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether any persons were charged with corruption in relation to the failure of agri-parks; if not, why not; if so, what total number of persons were charged; (3) whether any persons were charged due to maladministration and incompetence in relation to the failure of agri-parks; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what (a) corrective human resources are in place to change the situation and (b) timelines are in place to ensure that (i) charges against corrupt officials are brought forth and (ii) corrective human resources are implemented for those found to be incompetent?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 19 Oct 2021

1. No. The Agri-Parks programme was conceptualised to be implemented through its defined three legs as outlined in the programme simultaneously. An Agri-park comprises three distinct but interrelated basic components:

  • The Farmer Production Support Unit (FPSU): A rural small-holder farmer outreach and capacity building unit that links with farmers and markets. The FPSU does primary collection, some storage, some processing for the local ...
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2021-w1837 - 27 September 2021

Noko Phineas Masipa to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

(1)What is the (a) total number of veterinarians in the Limpopo and (b)(i) current vacancy rate and (ii) date on which the specified province intends to fill the vacant positions (2) What is the total number of veterinarians in each livestock unit of her department in the North West; (3) Whether the department has implemented the compulsory service; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) What were the (a) prevailing animal diseases during the past financial year in Limpopo and (b) interventions of her department to treat them?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 27 Sep 2021

1. (a) The total number of Veterinarian's posts in the province is 28 (Animal health, Labs and VPH).

b) N(i) 6 of these are vacant (5 in Animal health and 1 in the laboratory).

(ii) The province intends filling vacant positions in the new financial year.

2. With up 1000 000 mature livestock units in Limpopo province and 22 filled positions, the Livestock Units ...

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2021-w2041 - 27 September 2021

Thandeka Moloko Mbabama to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What (a) is the rationale behind placing those who are nearing retirement and those with comorbidities before placing the middle-aged ones during the integration process, (b) concrete steps are taken to boost the morale of the staff after the integration and (c) are the reasons that the Deputy DirectorGeneral post was re-advertised?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 27 Sep 2021

a) The Public Service Central Bargaining Council (PSCBC) Resolution 1 of 2019 determines the provisions to be applied in the integration and migration process. These provisions were closely followed in the implementation of the integration and migration process.

b) The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development rolled out the Change Management and Leadership programme to boost the morale of employees especially on ...

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2021-w2116 - 23 September 2021

Michéle Odette Clarke to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether, with regard to the court outcome dated 28/02/2020 in the case of The Richtersveld Sida’ Hub Communal Property Association versus The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, an administrative plan has been put in place through the department of Rural Development and Land Reform as instructed by the court; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether employees have been appointed to implement the administrative plan, take all the necessary steps to comply with the terms of the order and are specifically authorised and instructed to perform the tasks of maintaining the affairs of the Richtersveld Sida’ Hub in good and proper order; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether (a) day to day management, (b) control of running expenses, (c) payments of ordinary running expenses, (d) maintenance and control over day-to-day financial processes, (e) updating of members’ register in line with the Communal Property Associations Act, Act 28 of 1996, and (f) mandating and instructing the auditors to prepare financial statements have been included in the administrative plan; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether assistance in terms of arranging the annual general meeting (AGM) and other meetings that may be required by the Richtersveld Sida’ Hub has been given; if not, why not; if so, on what date was each meeting held; (5) whether the Electoral Commission was asked to assist when the AGM was held to ensure that the nomination process was just and transparent; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 23 Sep 2021

1. Yes, an administration plan has been submitted to Court by the Department as part of the application to place Richtersveld Sida Hub CPA under Judicial Administration, in terms of section 13 of the CPA Act.

2. Yes. Following the Northern Cape High Court order of 28 February 2020, in terms of court order number 961/2019, the Department appointed Honey Attorneys, represented by Mr ...

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