QUESTIONS FOR ORAL REPLY: IQP 30 OF 2010

*1. Mr D B Haddon to ask the Premier:

(1) Whether any provincial departments either paid for or received Fifa 2010 soccer tickets by means of taxpayers’ money; if so, (a) how many tickets did they receive and (b) what is the total monetary value of these tickets;

(2) whether she will be instituting any disciplinary action against defaulting departments and officials in this regard; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) whether any officials will be criminally charged in view of the Auditor-General’s directive to all Government departments in this regard; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

*2. Mr C Martin to ask the Premier:

(1) Whether there is any provincial service charter with which the various Government departments have to comply; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether she has been informed of the long turn-around times in departments in respect of e-mail, letter or general communication enquiries relating to matters of service delivery; if so,

(3) what recourse do (a) the public and (b) public representatives have if they do not receive responses in time, as per provincial service charter?

*3. Mr C H Maxegwana to ask the Premier:

What progress had been made by the province towards achieving the millennium goals relevant to it as at the latest specified date for which information is available?

MECs:

*4. Ms P C Samka-Mququ to ask the MEC responsible for Education:

(1) Whether he has been informed of any Education offices in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality whose electricity had been disconnected due to non-payment as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether this has had any impact on service delivery; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) whether this situation was brought about by poor planning or budgeting on the part of his Department; if so, what are the relevant details?

*5. Mr X E Nqata to ask the MEC responsible for Education:

(1) Whether he has been informed that the learners at West End Primary School in Port Elizabeth did not write June examinations because the school buildings were unsafe; if so,

(2) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to (a) ensuring that these learners are able to write examinations and (b) repairing the school buildings; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

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

(1) Whether he has been informed that there are Education officials in the province who, although not on suspension, do not report for duty and are receiving a monthly salary without doing any work; if so, how many such officials were there in the province as at the latest specified date for which information is available;

(2) why are these officials not reporting for work if they are not on suspension;

(3) how widespread was this phenomenon within his Department as at the latest specified date for which information is available;

(4) whether any disciplinary action has been or is to be taken against these officials; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(5) what total amount was lost in salaries paid to these officials in the 2009/2010 financial year?

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

(1) Whether he has been informed that the District Office in Port Elizabeth has become a dumping zone for dissatisfied and disillusioned educators and non-educators; if so, (a) how many such officials were located at this District Office as at the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) from which institutions did they migrate to the District Office;

(2) (a) what is their current status within the District Office if they have not been permanently appointed and (b) how have they been absorbed;

(3) whether the posts at the institutions which they left had been filled as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, what are the relevant details;

(4) who authorised their placement at this District Office;

(5) when will this situation be resolved in respect of each and every case?

*8. Mr M M Dimaza to ask the MEC responsible for Education:

(1) How many FET colleges in the province had effective systems of internal control, such as audit committees, as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, why not;

(2) whether the lack of such systems of internal control has resulted in any problems at these institutions in the province; if so, what are the relevant details?

*9. Mr R S Stevenson to ask the MEC responsible for Finance, Economic Development and Environmental Affairs:

(1) (a) By what amount did each department (i) overspend or (ii) underspend during the first quarter of the 2010/2011 financial year and (b) what were the major reasons for any significant overexpenditure or underexpenditure in each case;

(2) (a) whether any conditional grants were significantly overspent or underspent during the same period; if so, what were the reasons for such overexpenditure or underexpenditure;

(3) whether any expenditure patterns have emerged in any department which are cause for concern; if so, what are the relevant details?

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

(1) What was the outcome of the forensic investigation into the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board;

(2) when will a copy of the report be released to the Democratic Alliance, as promised by the MEC in April 2010;

(3) (a) why has the report not been released yet and (b) what steps does the MEC intend taking to resolve this;

(4) based on the findings of the report, what steps have been or are to be taken by the MEC with a view to resolving the matter relating to the current CEO?

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

(1) What amount in respect of meeting allowances was paid to the (a) chairperson and (b) members of the Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board per board meeting in (i) 2002, (ii) 2008 and (iii) 2010;

(2) what is his Department’s justification for allowing such a significant increase in allowances;

(3) whether his Department pays (a) travel, (b) accommodation and (c) hotel liquor bills for any of the board members; if so, (i) what are the names of these board members and (ii) what amounts were spent on each of these specified items in (aa) 2008 and (bb) 2009?

*12. Mr C Martin to ask the MEC responsible for Finance, Economic Development and Environmental Affairs:

(1) Whether any form of monitoring and evaluation is carried out in respect of projects and initiatives funded by his Department; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether any consideration has been given to appointing Local Economic Development (LED) project managers attached to LED units in the various municipalities in the province; if so, what are the relevant details?

*13. Mr M Qoboshiyane to ask the MEC responsible for Finance, Economic Development and Environmental Affairs:

(1) Whether he has been informed (a) of the challenges facing the Kirkwood area with regard to liquor licences and (b) that this situation is hampering tourism and economic growth in this area; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether the Kirkwood Spar was granted a liquor licence by his Department; if so, what is preventing this Spar from trading freely in liquor;

(3) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to ensuring that the broader community is free to exercise its right to free trade; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

*14. Mr M Mrara to ask the MEC responsible for Health:

(1) Whether he has been informed of any drug trials (“Impi” trials) conducted under the auspices of Government but to the benefit of private doctors at (a) Port Elizabeth Provincial Hospital and (b) other hospitals in the province; if so, (i) what is his Department’s stance on this issue and (ii) what are the further relevant details;

(2) whether Government resources are abused when such trials are conducted; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) how many drug trials of this nature were conducted at Port Elizabeth Provincial Hospital from 1 January 2000 up to and including the latest specified date for which information is available?

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

(1) Whether his Department purchased any ambulances during the current financial year specifically for the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality (NMMM) for purposes of the Soccer World Cup; if not, why not; if so, how many;

(2) whether these ambulances will remain allocated to the respective depots in the NMMM; if not, why not;

(3) (a) how many ambulances are still required to make up the full complement needed to service the province effectively and (b) when will these vehicles be purchased?

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

Whether his Department was providing air emergency medical services in the province as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, (a) why not, (b) when will these services be put out to tender and (c) what will the contractual period be; if so, (i) who are the service providers, (ii) what amounts were (aa) budgeted and (bb) spent on such services in (aaa) 2009/2010 and (bbb) 2010/2011 up to and including the latest specified date for which information is available and (iii) what is the contract period for the service providers?

*17. Mr R S Stevenson to ask the MEC responsible for Health:

(1) (a) What amount of his Department’s 2010/2011 goods and services budget had been spent as at the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) what percentage does this constitute of the annual budget;

(2) whether all suppliers that were owed money from the previous financial year had been paid as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, (a) why not and (b) what are the outstanding amounts in each case;

(3) whether any amounts owed to suppliers in respect of the current financial year had been outstanding for longer than 30 days as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, what are the relevant details?

*18. Ms V Mvenya to ask the MEC responsible for Health:

What exact amount is his Department charged per month by Fleet Africa for an (a) entry level vehicle and (b) ambulance?

*19. Ms V Mvenya to ask the MEC responsible for Health:

(1) Whether the Public Service Commission Report on the Frere Hospital baby deaths of 12 July 2007 was handed over to his Department for information and action; if not, why not; if so, (a) when was this report made available to his Department, (b) what were the findings and recommendations of this report and (c) what action has his Department taken since the release of the report;

(2) whether any action has been or will be taken against officials if implicated in the report in respect of negligence; if not, why not; if so, what action;

(3) whether any compensation will be paid to the families concerned; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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

(1) Whether, in the light of his reply to written question 153 on IQP 17, the final enquiry hearing against the former Municipal Manager of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality has been concluded; if so, what was the outcome of the hearing; if not, when will this matter be finalised;

(2) whether any settlement amount was paid to the former Municipal Manager; if so, (a) what amount and (b) when;

(3) what legal costs were incurred in this matter?

*21. Mr M Matomela to ask the MEC responsible for Social Development:

(1) Whether she has been informed of statistics which indicate that the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality has the highest incidence of (a) fetal alcohol syndrome, (b) substance abuse and (c) teenage pregnancy in the province; if so,

(2) whether she has been informed of a Non-Governmental Organisation known as SEED (Socio-Economic Empowerment and Development), which applied for funds to assist the young people of this area; if so,

(3) whether her Department has granted or intends granting any financial assistance to this organisation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

*22. Mr M Matomela to ask the MEC responsible for Social Development:

(1) Whether an organisation known as Foodbank had received any assistance from her Department as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, what assistance;

(2) what assistance will this organisation receive from her Department in the 2010/2011 financial year;

(3) whether this organisation’s vision is in line with the (a) Government’s priority of fighting poverty and (b) spirit of “together we can do more”; if so, what are the relevant details?