QUESTIONS FOR ORAL REPLY: IQP 4 FOR 2010

Premier:

*1. Mr R S Stevenson to ask the Premier:

(1) What was the reason for the cancellation of the fleet contract for the province;

(2) whether this information was available when the Joint Committee on Transport and Finance was assured, under oath, by the officials and the MEC responsible for Provincial Safety, Liaison and Transport in the latter part of 2009 that there was nothing wrong with the Phakisa fleet contract;

(3) whether this contract was approved by the full Cabinet; if not, why not; if so, whether all the relevant information was available at the time?

MECs:

*2. Mr C Martin to ask the MEC responsible for Education:

(1) Whether he has been informed of any previously disadvantaged schools in the province whose monthly municipal accounts amounted to hundreds of thousands of rands; if so, (a) what are the names of these schools, (b) in which districts are they situated, (c) what total amount was owed by each specified school as at the latest specified date for which information is available and (d) what is the paper budget in respect of municipal services for these schools;

(2) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to assisting these schools; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

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

(1) Whether he has been informed of any inappropriate or unprofessional conduct on the part of principals or teachers towards parents of learners at schools in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality; if so, how many such cases (a) were reported and (b) had been investigated as at the latest specified date for which information is available;

(2) what was the outcome of these investigations in each case?

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

(1) Whether any audit has been undertaken in the province to determine the number of underqualified and unqualified educators in the Foundation and Intermediate Phases in the GET band; if not, why not; if so, what were the outcomes of the audit;

(2) whether any comprehensive plan of action has been or is to be put in place with a view to addressing this situation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) whether any factors other than the inappropriate qualifications of educators contribute to the low levels of academic effectiveness in these phases; if so, what are the relevant details?

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

(1) How many educators in the province (a) were within the retirement band as per the latest EMIS, (b) had officially applied to exit the system at the end of the 2009/2010 financial year and (c) will be retiring due to age in each specified year from 2010 to 2014, per district;

(2) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to (a) filling these anticipated voids and (b) minimising the impact thereof; if not, why not; if so, (i) what steps and (ii) what will the financial implications be in this regard;

(3) whether there are any institutions in the province where prospective educators can become qualified; if so, (a) what are the names of these institutions, (b) where are they situated in each case and (c) how many prospective educators were studying at these institutions as at the latest specified date for which information is available;

(4) whether there is a sufficient number of these institutions in the province to produce the required number of qualified educators; if not, what quantifiable plan is to be implemented with a view to rectifying the possible shortfall in educator numbers;

(5) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to encouraging school leavers or any other matriculated adults, employed or not, to become qualified as educators; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

*6. Ms V Mvenya to ask the MEC responsible for Education:

(1) Whether he has been informed that a teacher at Nqwenya Senior Secondary School in Dutywa district, whose name has been forwarded to the Department for purposes of the reply, applied to be medically boarded in 2003; if so, (a) why has this application not yet been processed, (b) on average, how long does the process of having an employee medically boarded take and (c) when will this application finally be processed?

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

(1) (a) By what amount was each specified department projected to overspend in the 2009/2010 financial year as at the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) what is the total projected overexpenditure for the province;

(2) whether any savings have resulted from the austerity campaign; if so, (a) what savings were effected in each specified department and (b) what total amount in savings had been effected as at the latest specified date for which information is available;

(3) whether all departments are complying with Treasury’s instructions in regard to the austerity campaign; if not, (a) why not and (b) what are the further relevant details?

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

(1) Whether he has been informed that (a) the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board (ECGBB), whose name has been forwarded to the Department for purposes of the reply, was in contravention of section 6 (b), (e), (f) and (k) and section 12(5) of the Gambling and Betting Act (Act 5 of 1997) at the time of his appointment as CEO and (b) contravention of these sections is regarded as fraud and corruption; if so,

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

(3) how many international trips for the ECGBB were undertaken by this CEO in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008, and (d) 2009;

(4) whether any members of the ECGBB do not permanently reside in the province; if so, (a) how many and (b) what are their names;

(5) what total amount in allowances and expenses was claimed by each of the members not permanently resident in the province in (a) 2007/2008, (b) 2008/2009 and (c) 2009/2010 as at the latest specified date for which information is available?

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

(1) Whether the forensic audit into the irregular dealings of the Director for Emergency Services whose name has been forwarded to the department for purposes of the reply, and who was suspended in late 2009, has been concluded; if not, (a) why not, (b) by when will it be concluded, (c) who was tasked to conduct this audit and (d) why was the Hawks special investigations unit not chosen for this purpose; if so, (i) when was it concluded, (ii) what did it reveal and (iii) why has this information not been made available yet;

(2) whether the findings of this audit will be made available to the Portfolio Committee on Health or the Portfolio Committee on the Office of the Premier; if not, why not; if so, when;

(3) what (a) was the total cost of this investigation and (b) amount was paid to the forensic audit consultant;

(4) whether the investigation revealed that any aircraft businesses benefited in any way from these dealings; if so, (a) what are the names of these businesses, (b) what amounts were involved in each case and (c) on what dates;

(5) whether the investigation revealed that any aircraft were sub-leased from a former mercenary, whose name has been forwarded to the Department for purposes of the reply and who was involved in a botched coup plot to overthrow Equatorial Guinea’s president; if so, what are the relevant details?

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

Whether any steps have been or are to be taken to ensure that his Department is ready to deal with the H1N1 virus in the coming winter, during the 2010 Soccer World Cup; if not, why not; if so, (a) what steps, (b) when, (c) what amount will be budgeted for the vaccine to deal with this virus during the 2010/2011 financial year and (d) what are the further relevant details?

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

(1) Whether her Department incurred any legal penalty, unforeseen or otherwise, to third parties as a result of the cancellation of the provincial Phakisa fleet management contract; if so, (a) what amount or amounts are due to be paid out, (b) what are these payments for and (c) to whom are these payments to be made;

(2) whether any disciplinary action has been or is to be taken against any politicians or officials for incurring these extra costs; if not, why not; if so, (a) what action and (b) when?

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

(1) Whether any plans are in place to ensure the safety of passengers who use bus and taxi transport in the province; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to re-examining (a) all public buses and taxis in the province for roadworthiness and (b) all licensed public bus and taxi drivers and operators in the province; if not, why not; if so, (i) what steps and (ii) when?

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

(1) (a) What amount was spent by King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD) Municipality on the switching on of the Christmas lights and (b) how many lights were switched on;

(2) whether this amount had been budgeted for; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) what amount was spent on the function held afterwards to celebrate this occasion;

(4) whether the amount referred to in paragraph (3) above had been budgeted for; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(5) whether the holding of such an event was a priority in view of the fact that KSD Municipality experiences constant power failures due to faulty infrastructure?

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

(1) (a) Which committee or body decided that Port Elizabeth would not lobby to become a 2010 Soccer World Cup host city and (b) who headed this committee or body;

(2) with reference to her statement on 7 October 2009 that the province was in discussions with France with a view to that country being hosted in Port Elizabeth, (a) who was the contact person for France and (b) what are his/her contact details;

(3) (a) what is the current state of readiness of the stadium in (i) Mthatha and (ii) East London for the 2010 Soccer World Cup and (b) what amount had been spent on each of these stadiums as at the latest specified date for which information is available?

*15. Ms K C Fihlani to ask the MEC responsible for Roads and Public Works:

(1) Whether she has been informed of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by her Department and Eveready, a Metro-based company, with a view to (a) assisting with energy saving, (b) helping contractors to receive more competitive prices in the market and (c) minimising general job losses in the prevailing economic climate; if so,

(2) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to achieving the objectives set out in paragraph (1) above; if not, why not; if so, what steps;

(3) what further projects are anticipated with a view to ongoing implementation of this MOU?