QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN REPLY: IQP 5 FOR 2010

29. Ms A S Woodhall to ask the MEC responsible for Health:

Whether it is the intention to provide a clinic in the Ngqamakwe area, where residents of 27 villages have to go to Butterworth for medical treatment; if not, why not; if so, (a) when, (b) why is such a large group of settlements not served by a clinic at present and (c) what are the further relevant details?

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

(1) Whether the incinerators for the disposal of medical waste in the province were operational as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, why not;

(2) whether any plans have been put in place in all districts of the province to deal effectively with the disposal of medical waste; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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

(1) How many ambulance depots (a) were there in the Nelson Mandela municipal area as at the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) should there ideally be in this area to ensure optimum functionality;

(2) how many of these depots were (a) operating and functioning at full capacity and (b) not operating or functioning at full capacity as at the latest specified date for which information is available;

(3) what are the (a) names and (b) locations of all the non-functioning depots in this area;

(4) how many ambulance driver assistants were required to fill all vacant posts in the Nelson Mandela municipal area as at the latest specified date for which information is available?

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

Whether any ambulance services are provided in the Dimbaza area; if not, why not; if so, what are the details of the modus operandi in this area?

33. Ms A S Woodhall to ask the MEC responsible for Agriculture and Rural Development:

(1) Whether his Department intends providing any assistance to villages in the Ngqamakwe area; if not, why not; if so, (a) when and (b) what are the further relevant details;

(2) whether it is the intention that the people of this area should form part of the Massive Food Production scheme; if not, why not; if so, (a) when and (b) what are the further relevant details;

(3) when will the people of this area (a) receive support with (i) seed, (ii) fencing and (iii) tractors and (b) be visited by field officers from his Department;

(4) whether the dam situated close to the villages of Ngqamakwe could be utilised to provide an irrigation scheme for the people in these villages; if not, why not; if so, when will it be possible for such an irrigation scheme to be put in place;

(5) whether any assistance will be given to the people of this area with a view to constructing small dams for cattle; if not, why not; if so, (a) when and (b) what are the further relevant details?

34. Ms A S Woodhall to ask the MEC responsible for Provincial Safety, Liaison and Transport:

(1) Whether she has been informed that (a) Ngqamakwe near Butterworth has no access road, (b) the community in the area was given an undertaking that such as access road would be provided as part of another project in the area and (c) nothing further has been communicated to the community concerned since a meeting held with her Department on November 2008; if so,

(2) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to providing the community concerned with this access road; if not, why not; if so, (a) when will this access road be constructed and (b) what are the further relevant details;

(3) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to building a bridge in this area, which will alleviate the difficulties experienced by learners who have difficulty reaching their high school due to a very large donga which they cannot cross during rains; if not, why not; if so, (a) when will this bridge be built and (b) what are the further relevant details?

35. Ms N Ndabeni to ask the MEC responsible for Provincial Safety, Liaison and Transport:

Whether she has been informed that the road between Madwaleni Hospital and Xhora has only been completed half way, from Madwaleni Hospital to Manyathi Administrative Area; if so, (a) what is the reason for this and (b) why did her Department hold an opening ceremony for an uncompleted project?

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

What are the specific duties of Senior Education Specialists in relation to their responsibilities in respect of (a) curriculum development and (b) educator assessment?

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

(1) Whether all deserving learners in the province were being catered for in respect of scholar transport as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether the designated routes are being adhered to throughout the province; if not, why not;

(3) whether monitoring of service providers was taking place as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, why not; if so, (a) how frequently and (b) by whom?

38. Mr J C Cupido to ask the MEC responsible for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture:

(1) What is the mandate of the Provincial Heritage Resources Authority (PHRA);

(2) whether any amount was channelled through the PHRA to pay for an event organised directly by her Department in September 2008; if so, (a) what amount and (b) why;

(3) what amount was spent on the PHRA website from January 2007 up to and including the latest specified date for which information is available;

(4) whether the selection of the web designer, whose name has been forwarded to the Department for purposes of the reply, went through a proper tender process; if not, why not; if so, (a) who were the unsuccessful applicants and (b) what amounts did they tender in each case;

(5) why has so little information been placed on the PHRA website since its creation;

(6) why were Heritage Registers not completed by 2009, as required by the National Heritage Resources Act, Act 25 of 1999;

(7) (a) what is the operating budget of the PHRA for the 2009/2010 financial year and (b) why was only (i) R11 900 in 2008 and (ii) R36 756 in 2009 spent on legal fees out of the PHRA’s entire two-year budget?

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

(1) Whether he has been informed of the water and sewage overflows in the Alicedale area; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) (a) who is responsible for monitoring the quality of water in the rivers and sources of water other than those produced through formal reticulation systems and (b) to whom do they report;

(3) who is responsible for ensuring that remedial action is taken to minimise the toxicity of these water sources?

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

(1) What was the outcome of the investigation by his Department into the purchase by the O R Tambo Municipality of five farms in KwaZulu-Natal in the 2008/2009 financial year;

(2) whether the funds used by the O R Tambo Municipality to purchase these farms were budgeted for; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) (a) why did the Municipality pay more than market value for these farms and (b) for what purpose were these farms purchased;

(4) whether any action has been or is to be taken against any officials in the Municipality who were responsible for the losses that were incurred; if not, why not; if so, (a) what action and (b) when;

(5) whether these farms are in a derelict state; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the further relevant details?

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

(1) Which specified departments in the province (a) are affected with regard to non-payments due to service providers as a result of the tight financial situation in the province and (b) will end up paying penalty interest and other penalties in relation to non-payment, which will be necessitated due to breach of contract as a result of the province being unable to pay timeously;

(2) what estimated total amount will be paid in penalties in respect of each specified department;

(3) whether there are any other negative consequences in this regard, such as contracts being extended; if so, what are the relevant details?

42. Ms N Jamjam to ask the MEC responsible for Social Development:

(1) Whether she has been informed that the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is informing grant beneficiaries in the province to collect their grants at banks in the province by the end of February 2010, failing which their grants will be phased out; if so,

(2) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to ensuring that security measures are put in place for the pensioners, who will be subjected to long queues and vulnerable to being robbed; if not, why not; if so, what steps;

(3) whether any consideration has been given to the transportation costs resulting from these elderly people having to move from their nearby pay-points; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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

(1) Whether she has been informed that (a) Public Works employees have been stationed in Mpane Administrative Area since 2008 for the purposes of road construction and (b) since their arrival these employees have been citing (i) old machinery and (ii) shortage of oil as excuses for not doing their work; if so, when will the construction project in this area be completed;

(2) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to monitoring these employees to ensure that the work is done; if not, why not; if so, (a) what steps and (b) when?