QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN REPLY: IQP 43 OF 2010

330. Mr R S Stevenson to ask the MEC responsible for Roads and Public Works:

(1) (a) What total amount was owed by her Department to the Baviaans Municipality as at the latest specified date for which information is available, (b) what amount of this total has been outstanding for more than (i) 30 days and (ii) 120 days, (c) what is the reason for the delay in payment, (d) when will this amount be paid and (e) why has the amount of R118 000 from the previous municipal financial year not yet been paid;

(2) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to ensuring that municipalities are paid timeously; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

331. Mr R S Stevenson to ask the MEC responsible for Local Government and Traditional Affairs:

(1) (a) What total amount in Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) funding was allocated to each specified municipality in the province for the 2009/2010 financial year and (b) what amounts were unspent in respect of each specified municipality at the end of the 2009/2010 municipal financial year;

(2) (a) what total amount in MIG funding was allocated to each specified municipality in the province for the 2010/2011 financial year and (b) what amount of this funding had been spent by each specified municipality as at the latest specified date for which information is available;

(3) whether any municipalities in the province are experiencing major problems with regard to spending this grant; if so, (a) which municipalities and (b) why?

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

Whether any forensic audit had been done on the Nxuba Municipality as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, why not; if so, when will the details of this investigation be made known to the Portfolio Committees on (a) Finance and (b) Local Government?

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

(1) When was the cheese factory at Dordrecht in the Emalahleni (EC136) Municipality completed;

(2) what total amount was spent on this project by (a) the Emalahleni Municipality, (b) the Chris Hani District Municipality and (c) his Department;

(3) (a) why did this project come to a halt and (b) what steps have been taken in respect of this project since then;

(4) whether it is the intention to resurrect this project; if not, why not; if so, what are the (a) relevant time-frames and (b) further relevant details?

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

(1) (a) How many private students had attended the traffic college in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality as at the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) how many of these students passed;

(2) how many of these private students had been employed as traffic officers as at the latest specified date for which information is available?

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

(1) (a) How many partnerships had her Department entered into with private banks for the construction and funding of housing units as at the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) what are the names of the banks concerned;

(2) whether any of these partnerships had been cancelled or terminated as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (a) how many and (b) why;

(3) (a) what is the (i) total value and (ii) project unit amount in respect of each project and (b) when will each project be completed?

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

(1) What was the general recommendation of the investigative report on the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board (ECGBB);

(2) whether he intends taking any steps on the basis of the recommendations of this report; if not, why not; if so, what steps;

(3) what is the current full annual salary and benefits package of the current CEO of the ECGBB?

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

In respect of the following farms that fell under the jurisdiction of the Victoria and Peddie District of the former Ciskei: (a) Allandale, (b) Mjilo, (c) Llangollen, (d) Tukulu, (e) Lower Tukulu, (f) Junction, (g) Penryn, (h) Riversbend, (i) Nottingham, (j) Garfield and (k) Thornfield – (i) who owned these farms as at the latest specified date for which information is available, (ii) to what use is the land currently being put in each case and (iii) to what use is the land intended to be put in future?

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

(1) Whether he has been informed that there are two primary schools in the Port Alfred region, namely Station Hill Primary School in Nemato and Klipfontein Primary School in Bushmans River, which serve the needs of Afrikaans-speaking learners up to Grade 7; if so, why is there no public ordinary secondary school in the area – with the exception of Port Alfred High School, which is a former Model C school and whose school fees are beyond the financial capacities of the poor Afrikaans-speaking communities – to serve the needs of Afrikaans-speaking learners up to Grade 12;

(2) whether it is the intention to provide schooling up to Grade 12 for the Afrikaans-speaking learners in this area who have come from the Afrikaans-medium primary schools; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) (a) where are learners who want to further their education in the medium of Afrikaans currently accommodated and (b) who bears the costs of these arrangements;

(4) if these learners are being transported to Afrikaans-medium schools in other areas, to whom has this transport contract been awarded;

(5) whether the transportation of these learners is being supervised and monitored; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(6) whether his Department has ever consulted the communities concerned with regard to the establishment of an Afrikaans-medium secondary school in the Port Alfred region; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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

(1) Why is only one taxi, with a capacity of 14, being contracted to transport learners in the Umzamowethu area in Oyster Bay who attend Lungizi Secondary and Humansdorp Secondary Schools, when there are 26 such learners;

(2) whether any other arrangements have been made to transport the remaining 12 learners; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) to whom was this contract awarded;

(3) whether he has been informed that some of the 12 learners who are not transported by the 14-seater taxi, either do not attend school because of the lack of scholar transport or have to be accommodated in Humansdorp at a cost which is beyond their parents’ financial means; if so,

(4) 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;

(5) whether he has been informed that the current service provider sometimes only transports these learners after 5pm, with the excuse that he first has to do other chores in order to earn money for fuel; if so, whether such irresponsible behaviour can be condoned;

(6) 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?

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

(1) Whether he has been informed of any infrastructural defects at Kaysers Beach Primary School, in the East London district, which impede quality teaching and learning; if so, to what degree is the (a) structure and (b) maintenance thereof a matter for concern;

(2) whether a needs assessment will be undertaken with a view to determining the cost implications of refurbishing the school; if not, why not; if so, when will the necessary maintenance and refurbishments be carried out?