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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2021-w2370 - 29 November 2021

Laetitia Heloise Arries to ask the Minister of Social Development

In light of the recent court case in East London where SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) officials appeared in court for work which was contracted, but not done in the past five years, what total amount has SASSA lost to contractors who were appointed and paid for work not done?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 29 Nov 2021

I do not have knowledge of any other contractor that SASSA has paid without work being done except this one.

The case of fraud and corruption was opened in March 2019 (Case no. 133/03/2019) in Qeberha (not East London). This matter was finalised through SASSA’s internal disciplinary processes and the official was dismissed in 2019. The case is currently in court scheduled for the ...

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2021-w2431 - 29 November 2021

Bridget Staff Masango to ask the Minister of Social Development

In light of the fact that the cash send mode of the Social Relief of Distress Grant payment is the most accessible method, especially for millions of beneficiaries who are unable to access banks, yet it is the one that is not being used because the SA Social Security Agency has not concluded contracts with banks, which is an additional exclusion of the already excluded applicants, what (a) total number of cash send applicants are waiting to be paid since the roll-out of the grant and (b) are the reasons for difficulties and delays in finalising contracts with the banks?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 29 Nov 2021

a) No cash send payments for the first iteration of the grant are still outstanding. Of all the applications received to date, approximately 51% have provided information their personal bank accounts, into which the grants are paid. The cash send option, while being very convenient, is not the most popular method of payment for approved applicants. This is because many do not own their ...

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2021-w2436 - 29 November 2021

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

(1)With reference to a meeting of 1 September 2021 with the Portfolio Committee (PC) on Social Development, wherein it was revealed that the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) was investigating applicants who have been identified by the Auditor-General regarding fraudulent payments of the Social Relief of Distress Grant (SRD grant) of R350, what (a) is the status of the investigation taken against government employees who attempted to defraud the SASSA system by applying for the SRD grant of R350 since the meeting of 1 September 2021 with the PC on Social Development and (b) total number of government officials have been suspended pending investigation; (2) Whether any matters have been referred to the National Prosecuting Authority for prosecution; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 29 Nov 2021

a) The Auditor General identified 5812 government employees who had applied for and received the social of relief grant to the value of R5 498 500. Due to the volume of government employees exposed and also work which needs to be done, a total of 242 was prioritised in line with a resolution taken with other stakeholders at the Fusion Centre.

SASSA opened one ...

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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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