QUESTIONS FOR ORAL REPLY: IQP 2 OF 2011

Premier:

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

(1) (a) How many Government officials were placed on suspension with pay from 1 April 2010 up to and including the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) what total amount in salaries and benefits was paid out to these officials in the same time-frame;

(2) how many of these suspensions had been (a) lifted and (b) successfully dealt with through disciplinary proceedings as at the latest specified date for which information is available;

(3) in how many cases did disciplinary proceedings have to be cancelled in terms of the law as a result of their continuing for longer than 30 days?

MECs:

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

(1) (a) What progress has been made with the appointment of the incoming Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board (ECGBB) members and (b) when will the new ECGBB be appointed;

(2) whether any of the previous members who were asked to resign by the MEC reapplied to serve on the board; if so, are their applications being considered; if so, why;

(3) whether he has been informed that in terms of section 9 of the Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Act an individual is not allowed to serve more than two terms as a member of the ECGBB; if so,

(4) whether any applicants for the new board have served more than two terms; if so, will they be excluded as candidates?

*3. Mr C H Maxegwana to ask the MEC responsible for Education:

(1) What criteria are used in determining what books are selected as prescribed books for Matric learners in the province;

(2) whether any consideration has been or is to be given to selecting the book Oliver Tambo: Beyond the Engeli Mountains by Luli Callinicos as a prescribed book for Matric learners in 2012; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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

What legal steps can be taken against principals in the province who contravene the provisions of the South African Schools Act, Act 84 of 1996, and the Constitution relating to guaranteed free education in cases where parents qualify?

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

(1) Whether his Department has received disclaimers and adverse opinions for the past 15 years; if so,

(2) whether any steps were taken to address this situation and avoid a repetition thereof in future; if not, why not; if so, what steps;

(3) whether the systems in his Department have improved to such an extent that an unqualified report in respect of financial matters is likely to be (a) obtained and (b) sustained; if not, why not; if so, what weaknesses within the financial system were identified and addressed?

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

(1) Whether resources of his Department are being abused and depleted due to maladministration and financial mismanagement on the part of certain officials; if so, (a) how long has his Department been aware of this and (b) what steps have been taken to rectify the situation;

(2) whether any skills audit has ever been commissioned to determine the suitability of the officials for the tasks they have been appointed to perform; if not, why not; if so, (a) what was the outcome of the audit and (b) what corrective measures were implemented in this regard?

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

Whether he has been informed that (a) (i) Ntenshe, (ii) Mnyibashe and (iii) Kotane clinics operate without electricity and (b) these clinics have to depend on the community to refrigerate medicines; if so, (aa) why are these clinics without electricity and (bb) when will this problem be addressed?

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

Whether any weekly reporting system is in place at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital to report any deviations from acceptable health norms and standards; if not, why not; if so, why did his Department not act in time to prevent the recent 29 baby deaths at this hospital?

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

Whether any accrual payments to suppliers will be brought over from the 2010/2011 financial year to the 2011/2012 financial year; if so, what total amount is anticipated to be brought over to the 2011/2012 financial year?

*10. Mr C Martin to ask the MEC responsible for Local Government and Traditional Affairs:

(1) (a) What are the required equity targets in respect of (i) gender and (ii) race in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality (NMMM) and (b) how does the current situation in the NMMM compare with these targets;

(2) whether any steps have been taken over the past three years with a view to rectifying existing imbalances in this regard; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

*11. Mr C Martin to ask the MEC responsible for Local Government and Traditional Affairs:

How many service providers have been waiting for longer than 30 days for payment from the Mayor’s Office in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality for services rendered from 1 October 2010 to date?

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

(1) With reference to a recent media article which stated that he could provide financial assistance to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality (NMMM), (a) from where in the departmental budget is this funding being sourced, (b) what amount will be made available to the NMMM, (c) how did this amount become available and (d) when will the NMMM receive this amount;

(2) whether the NMMM applied for this financial assistance; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) whether the granting of this funding is subject to any conditions; if so, what conditions?

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

(1) Whether any provincial departments owed the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality (NMMM) any amounts as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (a) which specified departments and (b) what amounts in each case;

(2) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to ensuring that the NMMM receives all outstanding amounts due to it; if not, why not; if so, what steps;

(3) by when will all amounts owed to the NMMM be paid in full?

*14. Mr J C Cupido to ask the MEC responsible for Local Government and Traditional Affairs;

(1) (a) How long after the recent collapse of the Dordrecht dam wall did the Emalahleni Disaster Management Services start assisting the community of Dordrecht and (b) what action had been taken to assist the community of Dordrecht as at the latest specified date for which information is available;

(2) whether he has been informed that essential community water is still running out of the broken dam at an alarming rate; if so, what steps have been or are to be taken with a view to repairing the damage in respect of (a) the dam wall, catchment and overflow and (b) the community’s homes;

(3) whether he has been informed that this disaster could have been avoided if the dam and overflow drainage infrastructure had been properly maintained by the relevant authority; if so, why was this infrastructure not properly maintained?

*15. Mr R S Stevenson to ask the MEC responsible for Provincial Planning and Finance:

(1) What percentage of budget for capital expenditure had been spent by (a) Health, (b) Education and (c) Roads and Public Works as at the latest specified date for which information is available;

(2) (a) what specified amount was spent in each case and (b) what is the remaining amount in each case;

(3) whether any of this amount will have to be returned to National Treasury; if so, what are the relevant details?

*16. Mr R S Stevenson to ask the MEC responsible for Provincial Planning and Finance:

(1) Which specified conditional grants are anticipated to be significantly underspent in the 2010/2011 financial year;

(2) whether any amounts are being held back by National Treasury due to underspending; if so, what are the relevant details in each case;

(3) (a) what amounts are anticipated to be returned to National Treasury in respect of unspent conditional grants at the end of the 2010/2011 financial year and (b) what are the names of the conditional grants concerned?

*17. Ms V Mvenya to ask the MEC responsible for Social Development, Youth and People with Disability:

Whether she has been informed that an employee of her Department, whose name has been forwarded to the Department for purposes of the reply, moved to the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) in Ngqamakhwe but did not receive her HROPT back-pay, whereas her colleagues did receive it; if so, (a) why did this employee not receive the back-pay to which she is entitled, (b) when will she receive it and (c) why was the letter enquiring about this matter never replied to?

*18. Mr P J Mnguni to ask the MEC responsible for Social Development, Youth and People with Disability:

(1) (a) What programmes and measures are in place to combat drug abuse among young people in the province and (b) in which specified parts of the province is drug abuse most prevalent;

(2) (a) how many drug rehabilitation centres were there in the province as at the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) what procedures must be followed in order to have someone admitted to such a drug rehabilitation centre?

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN REPLY TRANSFERRED TO THE QUESTION PAPER IN TERMS OF RULE 184.3

33. Mr D B Haddon to ask the MEC responsible for Human Settlements, Safety and Liaison

(1) When will the beneficiaries of Vastrap, Jacksonville and Greenfields in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality (NMMM) receive the houses in Chatty Extension 12 that were promised to them by her Department;

(2) why did these beneficiaries each receive written erf numbers allocating them specific houses, when these houses were ultimately allocated to other beneficiaries from Salt Lake;

(3) whether the Housing Development Association which relocated the Salt Lake families to Chatty acted against the advice of the NMMM housing officials that these units should be allocated to the original beneficiaries; if so, why?

34. Mr D B Haddon to ask the MEC responsible for Human Settlements, Safety and Liaison:

(1) Whether her Department had undertaken any audit of all housing occupants who (a) rightfully live in their units and (b) do not as yet have title deeds to their units as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) what were the findings of the audit and (ii) when will these findings be presented to the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements; if not,

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

(3) whether her Department has the capacity to undertake such a project throughout the province; if not, how will this incapacity be addressed;

(4) when is it anticipated that this audit will (a) commence and (b) be completed?

55. Mr D B Haddon to ask the MEC responsible for Human Settlements, Safety and Liaison:

(1) (a) When will the 22 incomplete RDP houses in Bezuidenhout in the Nxuba Municipality be completed, (b) why have these houses not been completed and (c) what was the original completion date for these houses;

(2) whether any amount has been paid to contractors in respect of these incomplete houses; if so, (a) what amount and (b) when;

(3) (a) what was the original contract amount for this project and (b) what is the amended projected completion cost of this project?