2021-w2069 - 17 September 2021

Mathew John Cuthbert to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

Whether he has found that the ongoing court case between him and the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) has resulted in the delay of the appointment of a new chairperson of the NLC; if not, how was this conclusion reached; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition on 17 Sep 2021

In terms of the Lotteries Act, the appointment of the new Chairperson of the NLC requires that Parliament must put recommendations to the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition before a decision is made, following which the Minister must consider the matter and make an appointment. The matter of the appointment was referred to Parliament in November 2020. The Ministry awaits the recommendations from ...

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2021-w2106 - 17 September 2021

Mathew John Cuthbert to ask the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

What (a) amount of the R150 million allocated to the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) COVID-19 Relief fund has been disbursed to date, (b) is the detailed breakdown of (i) each recipient of the COVID-19 Relief Fund and (ii) the amount each recipient was granted, (c) has happened with the unspent and/or unallocated funds and (d) monitoring and evaluation processes have been carried out by the NLC to ensure that the funds were spent in line with existing financial and legal prescripts? [

Reply from the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition on 17 Sep 2021

I have been furnished with a reply to the question submitted, by Ms Thabang Mampane, Commissioner of the National Lotteries Commission.

Ms Mampane says the following:

“ In terms of section 2A (3) which states that: The Commission may, upon request by the Minister, board or on its own initiative in consultation with the board, conduct research on worthy good causes that may be ...

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2021-w1838 - 16 September 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 Mpumalanga 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; (3) 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 year in Mpumalanga and (b) interventions by her department to treat them?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 16 Sep 2021

1. (a) There are 39 posts of which only 24 are filled.

(b) (i) The current vacancy rate is 33% that is 13 positions are not filled.

(ii) The process of filling these critical vacant posts has started. The Department will be advertising the posts within this financial year.

2. There are approximately 1150000 livestock units in Mpumalanga province with only 24 veterinarians servicing ...

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2021-w1836 - 16 September 2021

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

What is the (a) total number of veterinarians in the North West 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 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 year in the North West and (b) interventions of her department to treat them?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 16 Sep 2021

1. (a) The total number of Veterinarians in North West is 30 Veterinarians. This includes 7 Veterinarians that are in middle management, 4 the laboratory.

(i) There are 9 vacant posts.

(ii) 9 posts have been advertised and the shortlisting process has been completed waiting for approval. Interviews will be held immediately afterwards. These include posts that are occupied by short term contract veterinarians. ...

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2021-w2037 - 16 September 2021

Leon Amos Schreiber to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

Whether a certain person Mr D C Mamphiswana is currently employed in any capacity in a national and/or provincial government department; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what date was the specified person employed, (b) what is the current position the person holds and (c) what is the annual salary package?

Reply from the Minister of Public Service and Administration on 16 Sep 2021

a) According to PERSAL Dr DC Mamphiswana is currently not employed in the Public Service.

b) Dr DC Mamphiswana was the previous Director-General at the Public Service Commission and was appointed on 01/06/2016. He was dismissed for misconduct in January 2021.

c) Not applicable as the person is no longer employed in the Public Service.

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2021-w2006 - 16 September 2021

Mimmy Martha Gondwe to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

With reference to the Department of Public Service and Administration circular HRD03/01 signed by the Director-General, Ms Yoliswa Mkhasi, and dated 15 April 2021, requesting all Heads of Department and Directors-General to urgently update the qualifications of Senior Management Service (SMS) employees in the Public Service on the Personal and Salary System (PERSAL), (a) what are the reasons the updating of this information on the PERSAL system has become urgent, (b) how often are the human resource units of the various national and provincial government departments expected to update this information on the PERSAL system, (c) who is responsible for monitoring the updating of this information on the PERSAL system by the human resource units of the various government departments and (d) what steps will her department take against the human resources units of the various national and government departments which fail to update this information on the PERSAL system by the dates stipulated in the circular?

Reply from the Minister of Public Service and Administration on 16 Sep 2021

It was noted that some departments are not capturing or updating the NQF qualifications and personal information as often as expected. This practice leads to unreliable data regarding officials. The capturing is done on the PERSAL system and hence departments are required to urgently update the information on the PERSAL system. (b) Currently there is no prescribed timeline for the updating of information on ...

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2021-w1991 - 16 September 2021

Mimmy Martha Gondwe to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)With reference to the reply to question 697 on 23 March 2021, what is the (a) total number of Public Service employees who have applied for and received other SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) administered grants other than the Social Relief of Distress grant such as the child support grant, disability grant, and grant for older persons and (b) breakdown of the specified number according to each grant administered by SASSA; (2) what (a) is the total amount that SASSA has spent in paying Public Service employees who applied for and received SASSA administered grants and (b) steps has her department taken to ensure that the necessary disciplinary and/or legal steps are taken against the implicated public service employees?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 16 Sep 2021

1. (a) and (b)

Table 1 shows that as at July 2021, 177 108 social grants were received by employees of national and provincial government departments. The Table also shows the breakdown by grant type.

NATIONAL/PROVINCIAL DEPARTMENT

Care Dependency Grant

Com

Child Support Grant

Disability Grant

Foster Child Grant

Old Age Grant

TOTAL

EASTERN CAPE

413

47

8570

435

2063

595

12123

FREE STATE ...

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2021-w1926 - 16 September 2021

Mogamad Ganief Ebrahim Hendricks to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

In light of concerns raised over governance in Rwanda, will the Minister consider proposals (see attached Road Map for a Promising Future for Rwanda) on dialogues from Rwanda citizens and civil society to promote in its inter-governmental talks with the government of Rwanda, as to how reform can be achieved by considering the following:- (a) That South Africa support the consideration of proposals made by Rwanda’s civil society organisations; (b) to note that such proposals are in line with the United Nations Strategy for Peace Consolidation, Prevention and Conflict Resolution in the Great Lakes; (a) That South Africa support the consideration of proposals made by Rwanda’s civil society organisations; (b) to note that such proposals are in line with the United Nations Strategy for Peace Consolidation, Prevention and Conflict Resolution in the Great Lakes; (b) Whether South Africa will also advocate and support such proposals within the international community, at United Nations level and through diplomatic channels to European countries, the United States and United Kingdom and individual countries in the African Great Lakes region, the South African Development Community and East African Community.

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 16 Sep 2021

a) The South African Government has not been directly approached by the mentioned organisation or Rwandan citizens or civil society on this matter.

South Africa’s foreign policy is based, amongst others, on mutual respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries with whom it has diplomatic relations. In this regard, South Africa believes in non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries unless ...

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2021-w1860 - 15 September 2021

Mimmy Martha Gondwe to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)What total amount did each (a) national and (b) provincial government department spend on paying overtime to Public Service employees in the (i) 2019-20 and (ii) 2020-21 financial years; (2) Whether her department has developed norms and standards for the payment of overtime in the Public Service; if not, why not; if so, (a) on what date were the norms and standards developed and (b) how often are the norms and standards (i) monitored and (ii) reviewed?

Reply from the Minister of Public Service and Administration on 15 Sep 2021

  1. 1. The total overtime expenditure by provincial and national departments for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 financial years are set out in the table below. In instances where no values are displayed, it is due to either the department splitting or merging with another/other department(s) or overtime payments not having been captured on the PERSAL system:

Department Name

2019-20

2020-21

 

Amount

(R)

Amount

(R) ...

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2021-w1861 - 15 September 2021

Mimmy Martha Gondwe to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)Whether her department has developed a policy on the payment of overtime in the Public Service; if not, why not; if so, (a) on what date was the policy developed and (b) how often is it monitored and reviewed, (2) Whether her department monitors the payment of overtime in the Public Service; if not, why not; if so, how often does her department monitor the payment of overtime in the Public Service?

Reply from the Minister of Public Service and Administration on 15 Sep 2021

1. Overtime work is informed by the service delivery requirements of a department. Hence, Regulation 49 of the Public Service Regulations, 2016 requires that a department must have an approved overtime policy in place. The said departmental overtime policy must be in keeping with the overarching policy requirements set out in the Public Service Regulations, 2016, applicable collective agreements and the Basic Conditions of ...

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