QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN REPLY: IQP 17 OF 2010

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

(1) (a) How many municipalities in the province (i) had and (ii) did not have functional oversight committees as at the latest specified date for which information is available, (b) what are the names of these municipalities in each case, (c) why are there municipalities that do not have functional oversight committees and (d) when will such committees be put in place in these municipalities;

(2) whether these oversight committees have any opposition party representation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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

(a) What is the status regarding the reinstatement of the former Municipal Manager of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality, whose name has been forwarded to his Department for purposes of the reply, (b) how long was he on suspension, (c) what (i) amount in salary and (ii) total remuneration package was paid into his bank account during his suspension and (d) why has there been a delay in finalising this matter?

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

(1) (a) What amount was spent on legal fees in the matter involving King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality reported in the media on 29 March 2010, (b) (i) when will the plaintiff, whose name has been forwarded to his Department for purposes of the reply, be fully compensated and (ii) what total amount is due to be paid to the plaintiff and (c) why was this matter allowed to continue in litigation when a council resolution in 2006 affirmed that payment must be made;

(2) whether any disciplinary action has been or is to be taken against the officials involved for incurring fruitless and wasteful expenditure in contravention of the Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act, Act 56 of 2003, and the Public Finance Management Act, Act 1 of 1999; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

155. Mr J Pienaar to ask the MEC responsible for Health:

(1) Whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to alleviating pressure on the various provincial hospitals; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether any consideration has been given to placing doctors in various strategic community clinics throughout the province; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

156. Mr J Pienaar to ask the MEC responsible for Health:

(a) How many medical doctors will be taken up into the provincial health service in the 2010/2011 financial year and (b) where will they be placed?

157. Mr J Pienaar to ask the MEC responsible for Health:

Whether his Department has any incentive policy in respect of skilled medical practitioners placed in rural areas of the province; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

158. Mr J P Korkie to ask the MEC responsible for Education:

(1) (a) What total amount has been budgeted for school sport for the 2010/2011 financial year and (b) what is the breakdown of this budget;

(2) whether this budget is sufficient to address the needs of sporting codes at schools in the province; if not,

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

(4) how will the distribution of this budget take place?

159. Mr J P Korkie to ask the MEC responsible for Education:

(1) What impact will his Department’s overexpenditure in the 2009/2010 financial year have on the budget for the 2010/2011 financial year;

(2) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to preventing a repetition of this problem; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

160. Mr J P Korkie to ask the MEC responsible for Agriculture and Rural Development:

(1) Whether he has visited the fruit farms that were recently destroyed by fire in the Koukamma area; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether any assessment was carried out to determine (a) the extent of the damage and (b) the impact of the damage to the commercial farms on the supply of products; if so, what are the relevant details in each case;

(3) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to alleviating the plight of these farmers; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

161. Mr M W Ntenjwa to ask the MEC responsible for Agriculture and Rural Development:

(1) (a) How many cases of Rift Valley Fever had been reported in the province as at the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) what impact has the incidence of this disease had in the province;

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

162. Mr M W Ntenjwa to ask the MEC responsible for Agriculture and Rural Development:

What progress had been made with (a) the revitalisation of old dipping tanks, (b) the building of new dipping tanks and (c) improving the supply and availability of dip in the province as at the latest specified date for which information is available?

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

(1) Whether she has been informed that only three driver’s licence testing centres are functional in the former Transkei area of the province; if so, what impact does this have on the high accident rate in the province;

(2) what impact has the existence of only three functional driver’s licence testing centres in this area had on job creation in the province?