QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN REPLY: IQP 16 OF 2010

139. Mr J C Cupido to ask the MEC responsible for Local Government and Traditional Affairs:

(1) Whether Buffalo City Municipality intends building a community hall in Nompumelelo in Ward 29; if so, (a) at what stage is the planning and development of this community hall, (b) when is it anticipated that the hall will be completed and (c) what amount is anticipated to be spent on the construction of the hall;

(2) whether any consultants were appointed to investigate the viability of the land on which the hall is proposed to be built; if so, what is the name of these consultants?

140. Mr J C Cupido to ask the MEC responsible for Local Government and Traditional Affairs:

(a) What is the state of the water supply in Buffalo City, (b) for how many months is the current water supply estimated to last and (c) what amount does the Buffalo City Municipality intend spending on upgrading the existing water infrastructure in (i) 2010/2011 and (ii) 2011/2012?

141. Mr J Bici to ask the MEC responsible for Local Government and Traditional Affairs:

(1) Whether he has been informed that Ingquza Local Municipality last held its ordinary meeting in May 2009; if so, how was its 2009/2010 budget passed;

(2) whether the turmoil in this municipality has affected its ability to deliver services; if so, what are the relevant details?

142. Ms V Mvenya to ask the MEC responsible for Local Government and Traditional Affairs:

(1) What amount of the R5 billion that was committed by the presidency for the upgrading of infrastructure in Mthatha had been spent as at the latest specified date for which information is available;

(2) (a) how many local contractors have been employed in the construction of Mthatha Road and (b) what amount is to be spent on each of the three phases, namely (i) Nelson Mandela Drive, (ii) Madeira Street intersection and (ii) the Shell Ultra City road to East London;

(3) whether any monitoring tools have been put in place for this project; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

143. Mr D B Haddon to ask the MEC responsible for Local Government and Traditional Affairs:

Whether the municipalities of Grahamstown and other municipalities affected by the trashing during the municipal strike action of 12 April 2010 intend holding the South African Municipal Workers Union liable for the costs of the clean-up operation; if not, (a) why not and (b) who will be held liable for the costs of the clean-up in each municipality?

144. Mr D B Haddon to ask the MEC responsible for Local Government and Traditional Affairs:

(1) (a) How many municipalities in the province had fully implemented the provisions of the Municipal Property Rates Act, Act 6 of 2004, as at the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) what are the names of these municipalities;

(2) (a) which specified municipalities in the province had not implemented all or part of this Act as at the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) what are the problems causing these municipalities not to implement all or part of the Act;

(3) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to ensuring that all municipalities in the province comply with this Act; if not, why not; if so, (a) what steps and (b) when?

145. Mr J C Cupido to ask the MEC responsible for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture:

(1) Whether the Eastern Cape Provincial Heritage Resources Authority (ECPHRA) had been granted competency by the South African Heritage Resources Authority in order to perform its functions in terms of the National Heritage Resources Act, Act 25 of 1999, as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, why not;

(2) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to rectifying this situation; if not, why not; if so, what steps;

(3) whether any specific budget has been allocated to the ECPHRA; if so, (a) what amount and (b) what is the breakdown of this budget;

(4) (a) how many outstanding permit applications still have to be dealt with by the ECPHRA and (b) when was the last permit application (i) processed and (ii) approved by the ECPHRA;

(5) whether the ECPHRA had (a) established an office and (b) appointed any staff as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, why not; if so, what are he relevant details?

146. Mr P E van Vuuren to ask the MEC responsible for Education:

(1) Whether District Education Forums had been established in all 23 districts in the province as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, (a) which districts had not established these forums and (b) by what date will these forums be established in all 23 districts;

(2) (a) what is the composition of these forums per district and (b) who are the relevant stakeholders;

(3) whether any of the stakeholders referred to in paragraph (2) above had been denied positions on any of these forums as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, what are the relevant details;

(4) how regularly do these forums meet;

(5) whether signed minutes of forum meetings are kept; if not, why not;

(6) whether these minutes are accessible to (a) stakeholders’ constituencies and (b) members of the Portfolio Committee on Education; if not, why not?

147. Mr P E van Vuuren to ask the MEC responsible for Education:

(1) Whether he has been informed that there are still outstanding appeals with regard to disciplinary sanctions dating back to 2006; if so, (a) what is the breakdown of these outstanding cases per district and (b) what was the nature of the transgressions in each case;

(2) when is it anticipated that all these outstanding appeals will be dealt with;

(3) whether the delay in dealing with these outstanding appeals has any budgetary implications; if so, what are the relevant details per district?

148. Mr I A Pikinini to ask the MEC responsible for Education:

(1) Whether he has been informed that (a) St Albans Primary School in Port Elizabeth is being severely vandalised, (b) no maintenance assistance from his Department has been forthcoming and (c) there is a serious problem with the sewerage system at this school; if so,

(2) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to addressing these problems; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

149. Mr M W Ntenjwa to ask the MEC responsible for Finance, Economic Development and Environmental Affairs:

Whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to (a) revitalising the businesses in (i) Butterworth, (ii) Mthatha, (iii) Zibeleni and (iv) Dimbaza for the benefit of the community and (b) ensuring that these businesses are not used by criminals; if not, why not; if so, what steps in each case?

150. Mr M W Ntenjwa to ask the MEC responsible for Health:

(1) Whether he has been informed that the X-ray equipment at Butterworth and surrounding hospitals has been dysfunctional for many months; if so,

(2) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to addressing this situation; if not, why not; if so, what steps;

(3) whether the Butterworth hospital mortuary is functional again after the equipment failure which led to the decomposition of bodies during December 2009; if not, why not;

(4) how many doctors (a) should be employed at Butterworth hospital in terms of the staff establishment and (b) were employed at this hospital as at the latest specified date for which information is available?

151. Mr M W Ntenjwa to ask the MEC responsible for Provincial Safety, Liaison and Transport:

(1) What amount is the Government incurring in operating the train that travels between East London and Mthatha;

(2) what amount is this train making on an (a) daily, (b) monthly and (c) annual basis;

(3) what average number of passengers does this train carry on a daily basis;

(4) whether this train adds any value to the community; if so, what are the relevant details?