2022-w2135 - 23 June 2022

John Henry Steenhuisen to ask the President of the Republic

With reference to the announcement by the Minister in The Presidency, Mr Mondli Gungubele, that Cabinet approved the R22 million flag project in February 2022, (a) what was Cabinet’s justification for spending public money on the non-essential project when millions of South Africans are going hungry, (b) how did Cabinet process the public outrage toward the project and (c) what other non-essential projects have been approved by Cabinet for the 2022-23 financial year?

Reply from the President of the Republic on 23 Jun 2022

The promotion of national symbols and the construction of monuments are important for building a common identity and advancing national unity.

The flag project, as with all programmes of government departments, is informed by the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF), which is itself based on the electoral mandate of this administration. These programmes are reflected in departmental budget votes, which are extensively debated in Parliament. ...

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2022-w2134 - 23 June 2022

John Henry Steenhuisen to ask the President of the Republic

Whether, in light of the fact that Saturday 21 May 2022 marked 100 days since his State of the Nation Address on 10 February 2022, wherein he promised to finalise a social compact to create jobs, build the economy and fight hunger, the social compact has been finalised; if not, what (a) progress has been made and (b) is the reason for the delay; if so, (i) what (aa) is the exact nature of the social compact, (bb) impact does he expect it to produce, (ii)(aa)which persons and/or organisations have been consulted and (bb) on what date(s) were they consulted and (iii) who has been leading the negotiations for the social compact?

Reply from the President of the Republic on 23 Jun 2022

As I indicated in my address during the Presidency Budget Vote, we are working in earnest to conclude our negotiations on a social compact.

The engagements are taking place within the context of NEDLAC, which is a statutory forum for social dialogue.

We set ourselves the ambitious target of 100 working days to signal the urgency with which we need to find common ground ...

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2022-w2327 - 23 June 2022

Nontando Nolutshungu to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

With reference to her department’s assertion that, of the 125 000 pupils eligible for scholar transport in the Eastern Cape, only 10 000 can be accommodated due to budget constraints (details furnished), what mechanism will her department together with the Department of Transport use to ensure that 115 000 bicycles are delivered within a year?

Reply from the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education on 23 Jun 2022

The Department of Basic Education is not aware of assertions made that of the 125 000 pupils eligible for scholar transport in the Eastern Cape, only 10 000 will be accommodated due to budget constraints.

However, Information received from the Eastern Cape Department of Transport who implement the Learner Transport Programme in the province indicates that for the 2021/2022 Financial Year, there were 111 ...

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2022-w292 - 22 June 2022

Yoliswa Nomampondomise Yako to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What (a) is the current state of overcrowding in correctional centres and (b) are the relevant details of overcrowding in each prison?

Reply from the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services on 22 Jun 2022

a) The state of overcrowding in correctional centres as at 01 February 2022 was 27.41% above the approved bed space.

The table below reflects the level of overcrowding per region:

NATIONAL INMATE POPULATION

INMATE POPULATION: 01 FEBRUARY 2022

REGION

APPROVED BED SPACE

GRAND TOTAL (INMATE POPULATION)

OCCUPANCY LEVELS

OVERCROWDING LEVELS

EASTERN CAPE

12583

19986

158.83%

58.83%

GAUTENG

23632

31989

135.36%

35.36%

KWAZULU-NATAL

18759 ...

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2022-w1969 - 22 June 2022

Janho Engelbrecht to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Service

What (a) are the minimum professional requirements of members serving on parole boards and (b) specific reports must be considered by parole boards in determining whether parole should be granted or not?

Reply from the Minister of Justice and Correctional Service on 22 Jun 2022

(a) The minimum requirements for the position of parole board Chairperson is a recognised and appropriate NQF level 07 qualification in any Criminal Justice field, Social Sciences or related. Five (05) years of experience in management or decision making position. He/She is required to have demonstrable experience of and ability to conduct effective evidence-based decision making, weighing facts and evidence, analysing and critically ...

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2022-w794 - 22 June 2022

Samantha Jane Graham to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1)What progress has been made to find alternative accommodation for the staff of his department housed at the Al Fallah Towers on the corner of Govan Mbeki and Crawford Avenue in North End, Gqeberha, which houses the Department of Correctional Services on three floors; (2) what action has been taken currently to secure the vehicles of the staff from (a) theft and (b) vandalism; (3) what action has his department of Correctional Services taken to remedy some of the problems identified to them by the Department of Employment and Labour which fall within the day-to-day maintenance function of the Department of Correctional Services; (4) whether there is a deadline for finalising the move from the specified building to new premises for the staff; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details

Reply from the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services on 22 Jun 2022

1. The request for procurement of alternative accommodation for Gqeberha Community Corrections offices was forwarded to the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) on 19 April 2019. The request was resubmitted to the DPWI on 10 October 2021, after which the DPWI reported that the tender for procurement of alternative accommodation for Gqeberha Community Corrections will be advertised during the month of April ...

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2022-w2260 - 22 June 2022

Willem Frederik Faber to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Given that it was revealed in the AfriForum court case against the Government that the grand total of the donation to the Republic of Cuba was actually to be R350 million and not just R50 million, and noting that this was revealed after the civil rights organisation’s legal team requested the court record as part of its review application, and taking into account that, according to the record, the Government has agreed to a contract with the government of the Republic of Cuba, in terms of which the R50 million will only be the first payment in the more than a quarter billion rand donation, what (a) are the reasons that this information was withheld from Parliament and the public and (b) is the total number of other (i) deals and (ii) donations that are in the pipeline with the Republic of Cuba that are being withheld from Parliament and the public?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 22 Jun 2022

With regard to a reply to question 2260 on 24 May 2022, it can be stated that there is no link between what is currently before the courts, namely the donation of humanitarian aid by the South African Government to the amount of R50 million to the Republic of Cuba, and the Agreement that was signed in 2012 to make available an Economic Assistance ...

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2022-w1395 - 21 June 2022

Nthako Sam Matiase to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

By what date will the Government implement initiatives on digital agriculture ecosystems that target rural areas for increased food production and security?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 21 Jun 2022

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) has developed an electronic export certification system which already enables all farmers to apply for the inspection of orchards and of goods to determine if they adhere to the importing countries standards and food safety requirements, completely electronically. The system went live in November 2019, is used by more than 3000 agricultural sector clients ...

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2022-w2028 - 21 June 2022

Nthako Sam Matiase to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What (a) total number of land reform projects have been tied to strategic partners to help manage production on the land received through land reform, (b) has been the impact of the strategic partnerships over the past 15 years in the Republic and (c) are the names of the companies that are currently employed as strategic partners to land reform beneficiaries?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 21 Jun 2022

a) 845.

b) To date the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) has commissioned two independent studies on the Recapitalisation and Development Programme (RADP). In 2013 the Department of Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) was requested to conduct a mid-term review and six provinces (Eastern Cape, Free State Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and North West) were selected and the outcomes were as follows, ...

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2022-w1234 - 21 June 2022

Nthako Sam Matiase to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What practical steps have been taken by her department recently to provide developmental assistance to persons living in rural, impoverished areas?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 21 Jun 2022

The steps are as follows:

Government’s comprehensive support to farmers:

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) is part of the multispectral committee that is coordinated by the Presidency to implement the National Food and Nutrition Security Plan (NFNSP). There are a number of interventions implemented under the NFNS Plan towards ensuring food and nutrition security. Efforts ...

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