QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN REPLY: IQP 22 OF 2010

187. Mr D B Haddon to ask the MEC responsible for Human Settlements:

(1) What is the breakdown of the costs incurred in relation to holding the housing conference on 14 April 2010 in East London regarding “intervention to assist emerging contractors”;

(2) how many people (a) were invited and (b) attended the conference;

(3) (a) how many of the attendees were emerging contractors and (b) what interventions were decided upon to better equip emerging contractors to build quality houses;

(4) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to monitoring these contractors to ensure that they comply with the new interventions; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

188. Mr D B Haddon to ask the MEC responsible for Human Settlements:

(1) With reference to her reply to Question 57 on IQP 7 of 26 February 2010, (a) how many of the 157 000 audited houses were registered to the wrong beneficiary and (b) what percentage of the total number of audited houses does this constitute;

(2) how many beneficiaries had to swop houses as a result of incorrect allocation;

(3) whether beneficiaries thus affected will have to pay re-registration costs; if so, what are the relevant details;

(4) whether she will provide a copy of the Human Settlements audit report; if not, why not?

189. Mr D B Haddon to ask the MEC responsible for Provincial Safety, Liaison and Transport:

(1) How many bicycles were distributed to schools in the province from the commencement of the Shova Kalula project up to and including the latest specified date for which information is available;

(2) whether any audit has been undertaken to verify how many of these bicycles are (a) operational, (b) damaged, (c) unaccounted for, (d) undergoing repair and (e) in storage; if not, (i) why not and (ii) when will such an audit be undertaken; if so, (aa) when was this audit undertaken and (bb) what are the further relevant details;

(3) whether the audit report can be made available to the Portfolio Committee on Transport; if not, why not; if so, when?

190. Ms V Mvenya to ask the MEC responsible for Agriculture and Rural Development:

What amount is received per sitting of the board by each member of the (a) Eastern Cape Rural Finance Corporation, (b) Fort Cox and (c) Asgisa boards?

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

Whether there is any differentiation in weighting between Learners with Special Educational Needs (LSEN) and non-LSEN learners at public ordinary schools for (a) post provisioning and (b) funding purposes; if not, what are the relevant details; if so, how is this weighting determined?

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

(1) Whether he has been informed that the majority of school hostels in the province are in dire need of maintenance; if so, why are these hostels not adequately maintained;

(2) whether any budget is made available to schools for maintenance purposes; if not, why not; if so, (a) how are these budgets determined and (b) what are the further relevant details;

(3) how regularly do in loco inspections of school hostels in the province take place?

193. Mr J C Cupido to ask the MEC responsible for Finance, Economic Development and Environmental Affairs:

(1) (a) How many members sit on the Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board (ECGBB) and (b) what allowances are paid per board member per meeting;

(2) whether these allowances cover the board members’ travel and accommodation costs; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) whether his Department covers board members’ subsistence costs and hotel bar tabs during their stay for meetings; if so, what are the relevant details;

(4) whether any other incidental expenses of these board members are covered; if so what specified expenses;

(5) (a) what total amount in allowances was paid out to board members in (i) 2008, (ii) 2009 and (iii) 2010 up to and including the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) what is the detailed breakdown of what each allowance was for in respect of the same years;

(6) (a) when last were board members’ allowances (i) reviewed and (ii) raised and (b) what was the previous amount paid per board member per meeting;

(7) whether employees of his Department who sit on the board are paid any allowances per meeting; if so, what specified allowances;

(8) how many meetings did the board hold in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010 up to and including the latest specified date for which information is available;

(9) whether the board has any subcommittees; if so, (a) what is the payment structure of the allowances paid to board members to attend these meetings, (b) what are the names of these subcommittees and (c) how many times did they meet in (i) 2008, (ii) 2009 and (iii) 2010 up to and including the latest specified date for which information is available?

194. Mr J C Cupido to ask the MEC responsible for Finance, Economic Development and Environmental Affairs:

(1) (a) How many members sit on the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) Board and (b) what allowances are paid per board member per meeting;

(2) whether these allowances cover the board members’ travel and accommodation costs; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) whether his Department covers board members’ subsistence costs and hotel bar tabs during their stay for meetings; if so, what are the relevant details;

(4) whether any other incidental expenses of these board members are covered; if so what specified expenses;

(5) (a) what total amount in allowances was paid out to board members in (i) 2008, (ii) 2009 and (iii) 2010 up to and including the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) what is the detailed breakdown of what each allowance was for in respect of the same years;

(6) (a) when last were board members’ allowances (i) reviewed and (ii) raised and (b) what was the previous amount paid per board member per meeting;

(7) whether employees of his Department who sit on the board are paid any allowances per meeting; if so, what specified allowances;

(8) how many meetings did the board hold in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010 up to and including the latest specified date for which information is available;

(9) whether the board has any subcommittees; if so, (a) what is the payment structure of the allowances paid to board members to attend these meetings, (b) what are the names of these subcommittees and (c) how many times did they meet in (i) 2008, (ii) 2009 and (iii) 2010 up to and including the latest specified date for which information is available?

195. Mr J C Cupido to ask the MEC responsible for Finance, Economic Development and Environmental Affairs:

(1) (a) How many members sit on the Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB) and (b) what allowances are paid per board member per meeting;

(2) whether these allowances cover the board members’ travel and accommodation costs; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) whether his Department covers board members’ subsistence costs and hotel bar tabs during their stay for meetings; if so, what are the relevant details;

(4) whether any other incidental expenses of these board members are covered; if so what specified expenses;

(5) (a) what total amount in allowances was paid out to board members in (i) 2008, (ii) 2009 and (iii) 2010 up to and including the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) what is the detailed breakdown of what each allowance was for in respect of the same years;

(6) (a) when last were board members’ allowances (i) reviewed and (ii) raised and (b) what was the previous amount paid per board member per meeting;

(7) whether employees of his Department who sit on the board are paid any allowances per meeting; if so, what specified allowances;

(8) how many meetings did the board hold in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010 up to and including the latest specified date for which information is available;

(9) whether the board has any subcommittees; if so, (a) what is the payment structure of the allowances paid to board members to attend these meetings, (b) what are the names of these subcommittees and (c) how many times did they meet in (i) 2008, (ii) 2009 and (iii) 2010 up to and including the latest specified date for which information is available?

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

Whether he has been informed that the traffic lights in the vicinity of Mthatha hospital are consistently out of order; if so, (a) why, (b) how many accidents were caused as a result of this situation in the past two specified periods of twelve months for which information is available and (c) when will this problem be permanently addressed?