QUESTIONS FOR ORAL REPLY: IQP 49 OF 2010

*1. Mr M Nyusile to ask the Premier:

(a) How many cases against the Provincial Government were settled out of court from 1 January 2008 up to and including the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) what total amount was involved?

*2. Mr C Martin to ask the Premier:

(1) Whether any provincial departments were using business cards containing information in Braille as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, what are the relevant details; if not,

(2) whether any consideration has been given to introducing Braille on Government business cards as a standard practice with a view to avoiding discrimination against the disabled; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

MECs:

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

(1) Whether he has been informed that the salaries of certain office-based educators such as Deputy Chief Education Specialists, Education Development Officers and Senior Education Specialists were increased with effect from 1 April 2009, without this being budgeted for; if so, (a) on what grounds were these salaries increased, (b) who authorised these increases, (c) what was the total involved and (d) from what source were these increases paid;

(2) whether these salary increases will be reversed; if so, when will the affected educators be informed as to how and when the reversal will take place;

(3) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to preventing such irregular payments from being made in the future; if not, why not; if so, what steps;

(4) whether any disciplinary action has been or is to be taken against the officials who authorised these irregular payments; if not, why not; if so, what action?

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

(1) Whether he has been informed that 100 individuals have been fraudulently appointed; if so, (a) (i) when and (ii) to which positions were these fraudulent appointments made and (b) what amount was lost as a result of these fraudulent appointments;

(2) whether this amount is to be recovered; if not, why not; if so, (a) how and (b) when;

(3) whether any officials had been identified as being involved in these fraudulent activities as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, what are the relevant details;

(4) whether any disciplinary steps have been or are to be taken against these officials; if not, why not; if so, what steps;

(5) whether any measures have been put in place with a view to preventing further such fraudulent appointments; if not, why not; if so, what measures?

*5. Ms A N Ponco to ask the MEC responsible for Education:

Whether he has been informed of any growth posts that were created in 2009 and subsequently removed in 2010; if so, what was the reason for the removal of these posts?

*6. Mr M Mrara to ask the MEC responsible for Education:

Why was the amount of R10 000 in Local Economic Development (LED) funds from Nkonkobe Municipality allocated to Balfour Higher Primary School but never transferred to the school?

*7. Mr J Korkie to ask the MEC responsible for Education:

(1) Whether the petition from the Green Point Senior Secondary school had received any attention from his Department as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether he has taken any steps to visit this school; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

*8. Ms N B Petela-Ngcanga to ask the MEC responsible for Education:

(1) Whether he has been informed that (a) suppliers which have provided services to his Department – specifically under the School Nutrition Programme – often wait for long periods without receiving payment and (b) this often forces them to close down; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether any mechanisms have been or are to be put in place with a view to ensuring that suppliers are paid within 30 days, as required by Treasury regulations; if not, why not; if so, what mechanisms;

(3) what is the current turn-around time within which suppliers are paid by his Department?

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

(1) (a) What amount was secured to repair and upgrade the East London grain elevator, (b) from where has this amount been sourced, (c) when are the repairs scheduled to start and (d) by when are they expected to be completed;

(2) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to ensuring the continuation of at least the existing operations in the East London port; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

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

What steps need to be taken in order for community members who are spearheading a pottery project at Balfour Higher Primary School to obtain Local Economic Development (LED) assistance, as the surrounding hospitality industries have expressed an interest in their products?

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

(1) How many medical practitioners resigned in the past five years because of poor standards in the province’s public health care system;

(2) (a) what were their fields of speciality and (b) what is the current situation in respect of the availability of these skills in the province?

*12. Mr N Kuluta to ask the MEC responsible for Health:

(1) Whether a white Mercedes Benz, registration number DCH 461 EC and a green Jeep Cherokee, registration number CVN 292 EC, which have been abandoned in an EMS yard in East London since 2006 belong to his Department or to Fleet Africa;

(2) what costs, including replacement costs, have been incurred since 2006 in relation to these abandoned vehicles;

(3) whether any steps have been or are to be taken against the officials responsible for this irresponsible and wasteful expenditure; if not, why not; if so (a) what steps and (b) when;

(4) whether any other departmental vehicles are being kept at any of his Department’s facilities under similar circumstances; if so, what are the relevant details;

(5) whether his Department has any disposal policy that should guide officials to deal with redundant vehicles and other items; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

*13. Mr J Korkie to ask the MEC responsible for Human Settlements:

Whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to commencing Phase 2 of the housing development in East Bank, East London; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

*14. Ms N B Petela-Ngcanga to ask the MEC responsible for Human Settlements:

(1) Whether she has been informed that a new structure was put in place at the Khayelitsha rectification programme without the old faulty structure being demolished; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the further relevant details;

(2) whether the beneficiary concerned will receive a new subsidy for the new structure; if so, what are the relevant details?

*15. Ms F Nkomonye to ask the MEC responsible for Human Settlements:

(1) Whether she will provide a report on the safety, health and structural condition of the house at 29 Duranta Gamble, Uitenhage;

(2) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to addressing the condition of this house; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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

(1) (a) What amount in fruitless and wasteful expenditure was discovered by his Department in the 2009/2010 financial year, (b) which specified municipalities were responsible for this expenditure and (c) what are the further relevant details;

(2) what amount in fraudulent expenditure was discovered by his Department in the 2009/2010 financial year;

(3) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to recovering these amounts; if not, why not; if so, what steps;

(4) whether any criminal charges have been laid against the officials implicated in fraud; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(5) whether any systems are in place to ensure that such wasteful and fraudulent expenditure is not incurred in the future; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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

(1) How many municipalities in the province received (a) qualified and (b) disclaimer audit reports for the 2009/2010 financial year and (b) what are the names of these municipalities in each case;

(2) (a) how many municipalities in the province have received such reports for more than three consecutive financial years and (b) what are the names of these municipalities;

(3) (a) how many municipalities have undergone (i) provincial interventions and (ii) forensic audits in terms of section 139 of the Constitution or sections 137 and 138 of the Municipal Finance Management Act, (b) what are the names of these municipalities in each case and (c) what are the further relevant details?

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

(1) Whether he has been informed that conditional grant funds which were transferred by his Department to King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality cannot be accounted for; if so, (a) what amounts were transferred to this municipality in the (i) 2006/2007, (ii) 2007/2008, (iii) 2008/2009 and (iv) 2009/2010 financial years and (b) on what projects were these funds supposed to have been spent;

(2) whether any steps have been or are to be taken against this municipality in this regard; if not, why not; if so, what steps;

(3) whether his Department is still transferring conditional grant funds to this municipality despite this problematic situation; if so, why?

*19. Mr M Ntenjwa to ask the MEC responsible for Local Government and Traditional Affairs:

(1) How many of the 45 municipalities in the province had properly demarcated and suitable graveyards as at the latest specified date for which information is available;

(2) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to addressing the issue of those municipalities that do not have graveyards; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

*20. Mr J C Cupido to ask the MEC responsible for Provincial Safety, Liaison and Transport:

(1) How many incidents of stock theft were reported in the Chris Hani district in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010 up to and including the latest specified date for which information is available;

(2) how many (a) stock theft units are located within the Chris Hani district and (b) members serve within these units;

(3) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to curbing or eradicating the incidence of stock theft in (a) the Chris Hani district and (b) the province as a whole; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

*21. Mr C Martin to ask the MEC responsible for Provincial Safety, Liaison and Transport:

(1) Whether any procedures or protocols are followed in the case of persons who are prevented from committing suicide by jumping off Van Staadens Bridge; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether such persons are referred for professional counselling; if so, (a) at which institutions and (b) what are the further relevant details?

*22. Ms N Jamjam to ask the MEC responsible for Provincial Safety, Liaison and Transport:

Whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to building a police station in Duncan Village; if not, why not; if so, (a) what steps and (b) when is it anticipated that this police station will be built?

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

Whether any (a) members of the South African Police Service and (b) traffic officers in the province were subjected to disciplinary processes from 1 April 2009 up to and including the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) how many, (ii) how many were suspended without pay and (iii) how many cases are still pending?

*24. Mr M B Nodada to ask the MEC responsible for Provincial Safety, Liaison and Transport:

Whether any case has been opened against the Kidd’s Beach Police Station Commander after the recent incident in which a woman was killed and her son arrested for assaulting the Commander; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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

(1) What progress has been made with regard to the proposal from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality (NMMM) that it should receive R50 million to fulfil an agency function to repair plumbing at schools;

(2) whether she has been informed that (a) at 40% of all schools in the NMMM at least 75% of the toilets are malfunctioning and (b) 20% of all schools in the NMMM have no working toilets; if so,

(3) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to repairing these toilets and leaking pipes, which result in the wastage of thousands of litres of water per hour in the NMMM; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

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

(1) What total amount was owed by the province to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality (NMMM) in respect of the 60% provincial roads subsidy for the maintenance and upgrading of provincial roads in the NMMM as at the latest specified date for which information is available;

(2) (a) why has this subsidy not been fully paid since the 2007/2008 financial year and (b) when will the total outstanding amount be paid to the NMMM;

(3) whether she has been informed that many provincial roads, particularly in the peri-urban areas of the NMMM, are in a poor state; if so, what action will be taken in this regard?

*27. Mr J Pienaar to ask the MEC responsible for Roads and Public Works:

(1) Whether she has been informed that (a) road maintenance contractors started repairing potholes on the road between Matatiele and Cedarville but subsequently abandoned their workplace for a number of weeks and (b) various serious accidents have taken place as a result of the potholes in this road; if so, what are the relevant details;

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

*28. Ms N Ndabeni to ask the MEC responsible for Social Development:

(1) Whether she has been informed that, despite her Department’s having signed an agreement to fund the Alice Hospice, no funding has been received by this institution to date; if so, what was the reason for her Department’s failure to honour its commitment in this regard;

(2) whether any remedial steps have been or are to be taken with a view to delivering in accordance with the agreement; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

*29. Ms N Ndabeni to ask the MEC responsible for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture

(1) Why – despite her undertaking last year that the Butterworth library would be re-opened by the end of 2009 – has nothing happened in this regard;

(2) (a) what steps have been or are to be taken with a view to delivering on her undertaking and (b) when will this library be re-opened?