QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN REPLY: IQP 3 FOR 2010

MECs

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

(1) (a) How many ambulances (i) should be available in the province and (ii) were available in the province as at the latest specified date for which information is available, and (b) what is the breakdown of this figure per district;

(2) whether it is the intention that the ambulance service will form part of the future fleet contract; if so, how will it be ensured that the correct number of ambulances are available;

(3) whether any amounts relating to the repair of ambulances were owed by (a) Fleet Africa and (b) Phakisa as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) what amounts in each case and (ii) when will the suppliers be paid;

(4) (a) how many ambulances in the province were out of commission as at the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) when will the repairs to these ambulances be complete;

 (5) what is the accepted ratio of people to ambulances in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality (NMMM);

(6) how many ambulances (a) should be available and (b) were (i) available and (ii) under repair in the NMMM as at the latest specified date for which information is available;

(7) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to improving the ambulance service in the province; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

17. Ms N F Jamjam to ask the MEC responsible for Health:

Whether the programme of rolling out HIV/Aids treatment to clinics in the province had been completed as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, (a) when will it be completed and (b) how does the problem of having to travel long distances to receive such treatment affect the people; if so, how many clinics (i) in the province and (ii) in Ukhahlamba are providing such HIV/Aids treatment?

18. Mr D B Haddon to ask the MEC responsible for Housing:

(a) What progress had been made with repairing the houses in Peddie which suffered recent storm damage as at the latest specified date for which information is available, (b) when will the repair of these houses been completed and (c) what will it cost to repair these houses?

19. Mr D B Haddon to ask the MEC responsible for Housing:

(a) When will the housing project “Transit Camp Makana” commence and (b) why were the contractors given appointment letters by the Head of her Department dated 21 December 2009 and told that construction would start on 11 January 2010 when no construction started on that date?

 20. Mr D B Haddon to ask the MEC responsible for Housing:

(1) (a) How many provincial housing building contractors were blacklisted in the (i) 2007/2008 and (ii) 2008/2009 financial years and (b) for what reasons were these contractors blacklisted;

(2) how many of these contractors have been cited for or have pending criminal charges against them as laid by her Department;

(3) what amount did it cost to rectify houses not adequately built or completed by these blacklisted contractors in the 2008/2009 financial year;

(4) how many current active accredited contractors were there on the Provincial Housing data base as at 31 December 2009?

21. Ms N Ndabeni to ask the MEC responsible for Housing:

(1) Whether she has been informed that a rural housing pilot project was launched in 2004 in Mqele Administrative area, in Mbashe Wards 17 and 26; if so,

(2) whether this project had been completed as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, (a) why not and (b) what steps have been or are to be taken with a view to ensuring that the people of this area receive their houses, as promised?

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

(1) What is the future vision of the Eastern Cape Parks Board (ECPB) in respect of the Baviaans wilderness area in relation to (a) access to the area, (b) concessions to private operators to take people through the area, (c) the charging of admission fees for people who want to access the area, (d) the capacity of personnel to offer a high quality service to visitors with regard to (i) information about the area, (ii) the issuing of permits, (iii) the manning of entrance gates, (iv) the removal of rubbish along the roads and (v) clean ablution facilities;

(2) what progress has been made with the implementation of a tourist plan that was accepted by the Baviaanskloof Mega-Reserve Steering Committee in 2007;

(3) whether any community participation programme has been put in place with a view to informing the public in relation to the issues referred to in paragraphs (1) and (2) above; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(4) whether there has been any liaison between the ECPB and the Baviaans Municipality in relation to the Local Municipality’s Integrated Development Programme; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(5) whether it is the ECPB’s intention to make the area more tourist friendly; if so, what are the relevant details?

23. Ms N F Jamjam to ask the MEC responsible for Education:

(1) Whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to addressing the plight of the approximately 29 000 pupils in the province who failed matric in 2008, specifically since certain schools do not admit pupils who have failed; if not, why not; if so, what steps;

(2) whether there are any finishing schools in the province; if so, (a) how many and (b) how is the performance of these finishing schools monitored and evaluated?

24. Ms N F Jamjam to ask the MEC responsible for Education:

Whether the budget for scholar transport is reviewed on an annual basis; if not, (a) why not and (b) what provision is made for the increasing number of pupils who require such transport every year?

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

Whether his Department has placed any moratorium on non-teaching posts in the province; if so, (a) since when has this moratorium been in place, (b) what are the reasons for the moratorium and (c) when will it be lifted; if not, (i) why have vacant non-teaching posts as per the 2008 staff establishment for schools not been filled, (ii) how many of these posts must still be filled per post description, per district and (iii) by what date will the existing vacant posts be filled?

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

(1) Why were only a fraction of the non-teaching posts as per staff establishments advertised in the latest 2009 Education Bulletin;

(2) (a) who determined the criteria for the advertisement of this minimal number of posts and (b) what specific criteria are applied when determining which posts must be advertised;

(3) whether appointments will be made out of the applicants who applied for these posts as advertised in the Bulletin; if not, why not; if so, when?

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

(1) Whether he has been informed that there are educators at schools in the province who do not allow visits by Senior Education Specialists (SESs) and Integrated Quality Management System (IQMS) monitors; if so, what impact does this have on the evaluation of such educators;

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

(3) whether any disciplinary action will be taken against educators who persist in refusing to allow SESs and IQMS monitors into their classes; if not, why not; if so, (a) what action and (b) how will it be implemented?

28. Ms N Ndabeni to ask the MEC responsible for Roads and Public Works:

(1) Whether she has been informed of the dangerous condition of the Mqanduli – Coffee Bay road, which is riddled with potholes; if so,

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

3 comments on “QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN REPLY: IQP 3 FOR 2010
  1. im keen to know if when is the moratorium going to be lifted for the non-teaching posts in the education dept. I have personally rejected other job offers as i have alrady signed and accepted a post in umtata

  2. Cecile says:

    Thank you for your query. It has been forwarded to Edmund van Vuuren, member of the portfolio committee on education.

  3. Edmund van Vuuren says:

    The reason for the moratorium on non-teaching posts is due to the fact that the Department of Education has too many employees. A total of 84 percent of the budget for education is spent on employee compensation, while the national norm is 80 percent. In reply to a written question to the MEC for Education, Mahlubandile Qwase, dated 17 February, he confirmed that a moratorium had been in place on the advertising and filling of non-teaching posts since 15 April 2009, due to financial constraints. In his reply he stated that the decision was to be reviewed at the beginning of the 2010/11 finaniacal year. To date the DA is not aware of any decisions on the matter.
    Regards
    Edmund van Vuuren