QUESTIONS FOR ORAL REPLY: IQP 20 OF 2010

*1. Mr M Nyusile to ask the MEC responsible for Agriculture and Rural Development:

(1) How many abattoirs were operational in the province as at the latest specified date for which information is available;

(2) whether there is a shortage of abattoirs in the western part of the province; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) whether any farmers in this area are forced to use abattoirs in Cape Town as a result of the shortage of abattoirs; if so, what are the relevant details;

(4) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to addressing this problem; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

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

(1) Whether his Department is preparing to hold winter schools during the June/July holidays at which retired and currently employed educators will conduct classes in their fields of expertise; if not, why not; if so,

(2) whether any (a) educators and (b) centres had been identified within the province for this purpose as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, what are the relevant details in each case;

(3) (a) how many learners in the province have been targeted for these winter schools and (b) what amount has been budgeted for this purpose?

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

Whether any consideration has been given to organising a study camp for underperforming schools in the province prior to the 2010 Grade 12 examinations; if not, why not; if so, (a) how many learners will be targeted and (b) what amount will be budgeted for this purpose?

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

(1) Whether he has been informed of the large number of drug-related incidents at schools in the province; if so, how many learners in the province (a) were (i) suspended and (ii) expelled as a result of such incidents from 1 April 2009 up to and including 31 March 2010 and (b) underwent rehabilitation with the assistance of his Department or the school concerned;

(2) what programmes are in place at schools in the province to assist learners who have drug-related problems?

*5. Ms K C Fihlani to ask the MEC responsible for Education:

(1) Whether he has been informed that the Western Cape Department of Education has been utilising for publicity purposes Mr Bruce Damons from Booysen Park, who received the award for the best primary school principal in the country in 2008; if so, why has no attempt been made to do the same in our own province;

(2) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to utilising all teachers who receive awards of any nature as a means to motivate and assist their colleagues in the province; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

*6. Mr R S Stevenson to ask the MEC responsible for Education:

(1) Why was Bulletin 01/2010, which advertised vacant principal posts, a closed bulletin;

(2) whether this is illegal in terms of the regulations of the Employment of Educators Act, Act 76 of 1998; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) whether allowing educators from all provinces to apply would ensure that the province has access to the best educators in the country;

(4) whether the issuing of closed bulletins is a normal practice in his Department; if so, what are the relevant details;

(5) whether his Department will reconsider this matter and open the bulletin concerned to all educators; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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

(1) Why has the budget allocation for Khanyisa Secondary School in Mthatha been decreased from R4 381 029 to R3 149 442;

(2) whether he has been informed that this decrease will have a serious impact on the operation of this school; if so, what are the relevant details;

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

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

(1) Whether any steps have been or are to be taken to ensure that Coega becomes the home of the proposed oil refinery; if not, why not; if so, what steps;

(2) whether he has been informed of any competition from other provinces regarding the location of this refinery; if so, (a) which specified provinces and (b) at what locations?

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

(1) Whether, in the light of the announcement in his Budget Speech that R484 million had been saved as a result of cutting non-core items, any other savings have been identified; if so, (a) in which specified departments and (b) from which line-items;

(2) whether he has conducted any further research into what savings could be effected in each department in respect of (a) catering, (b) accommodation, (c) travel, (d) entertainment, (e) consultants, (f) benchmarking of prices from suppliers and (g) advertising; if so, what are the relevant details?

*10. Mr M M Dimaza to ask the MEC responsible for Health:

(1) Whether he has been informed of the high levels of staff absenteeism at provincial hospitals; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to motivating hospital staff and reducing these high levels of absenteeism; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

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

Whether his Department had transferred the full (a) budget allocation to provincial hospitals and (b) subsidies to provincially aided hospitals as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, what are the relevant details; if not, (i) why not, (ii) what amounts were transferred in each case and (iii) when will the outstanding amounts be transferred?

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

(1) Why are there fluctuations in the availability of ambulances in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality area;

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

(3) when will the full complement of ambulances and personnel be available in this area?

*13. Ms V Mtongana to ask the MEC responsible for Health:

Whether he has been informed that the construction of an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) centre in Port St Johns in the O R Tambo District Municipality was halted and the centre left incomplete; if so, (a) why was construction halted and (b) when will this centre be completed?

*14. Ms N Gqiba to ask the MEC responsible for Human Settlements:

(1) Whether any houses for the disabled had been built in the province as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether her Department has any policy which guides how many houses for the disabled should be built and specifies what a house for the disabled should consist of; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

*15. Mr D B Haddon to ask the MEC responsible for Human Settlements:

(1) Whether any of the 1 570 officials recently reported to have been arrested for RDP housing fraud were employed by her Department; if so, how many officials of her Department were (a) charged and (b) arrested in this regard;

(2) whether any of the officials charged under this investigation have been asked to pay back any amounts to her Department; if so, what total amount (a) is owed to her Department in this regard and (b) had been recovered by her Department as at the latest specified date for which information is available;

(3) whether the implicated officials will be dismissed from her Department if they are criminally convicted in this regard; if not, why not;

(4) whether she will table a report in the Legislature in regard to this matter; if not, why not; if so, when?

*16. Ms D N Komose to ask the MEC responsible for Human Settlements:

(1) Whether she has been informed of the four houses in Lodewyk Street in the Northern Areas of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality that are continuously plagued by snakes; if so,

(2) whether any consideration has been given to assisting the elderly residents of these houses in terms of an alternative housing project while her Department is working on a permanent solution; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

*17. Ms D N Komose to ask the MEC responsible for Human Settlements:

(1) Whether she has been informed of the more than twenty home owners in Extension 32 in Port Elizabeth who were in the process of losing their homes and being assisted through right-sizing by the Servecon project, when this project was stopped; if so,

(2) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to assisting these beneficiaries not to lose their houses and hence become part of the informal settlements; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

*18. Mr I A Pikinini to ask the MEC responsible for Human Settlements:

(1) How many people in the province died in shack fires in (a) 2009 and (b) from 1 January 2010 up to and including the latest specified date for which information is available;

(2) whether any consideration has been given to providing residents of informal settlements with inexpensive smoke detectors and fire-fighting equipment; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

*19. Mr I A Pikinini to ask the MEC responsible for Human Settlements:

(1) Whether she has been informed of the process known as informal settlement upgrading; if so, what does this process entail;

(2) whether any examples of informal settlement upgrading had taken place in the province as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, what are the relevant details?

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

(1) Whether the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality undertook any consultation with the communities concerned with regard to the suburb name changes in the Northern Areas of Port Elizabeth; if not, why not; if so, (a) what criteria were used in this consultation and (b) what are the further relevant details;

(2) whether any records of this consultation exist; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) what avenues are open to members of the community who wish to contest these enforced name changes?

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

(1) What total number of (a) vacant and (b) filled engineer posts existed in all municipalities in the province 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 filling the existing vacant engineer posts in the province; if not, why not; if so, what steps;

(3) how has the existence of these vacant posts affected service delivery in the province?

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

Whether all municipalities in the province, including the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality, had submitted their turnaround plans by 31 March 2010, as stipulated in the Local Government Turnaround Strategy; if not, (a) why not, (b) which specified municipalities had not submitted these plans by the due date and (c) by when will these plans be submitted?

*23. Ms A N Ponco to ask the MEC responsible for Local Government and Traditional Affairs:

(1) Whether he has been informed of the poor condition of the Komgha graveyards; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether municipalities in the province have any plan for the upkeep of graveyards; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) whether any consideration has been given to using the upkeep of these graveyards as a job creation opportunity for unemployed youth; if so, what are the relevant details?

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

(1) Whether he has been informed that Ingquza Hill Municipality has two Chief Financial Officers on its payroll; if so, (a) (i) how and (ii) when did this anomaly arise and (b) what are the cost implications of this anomaly for the Municipality;

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

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

(1) Whether he has been informed that (a) certain contractors whose names have been forwarded to his Department for purposes of the reply were awarded the tender to build toilets for the community of Ntsizwa, Ward 6 in Mount Ayliff, (b) work on these toilets commenced in January 2010 but was never completed and (c) it is alleged that the contractors hired people to build these toilets but never paid them; if so,

(2) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to addressing this matter; if not, why not; if so, (a) what steps, (b) by when will these toilets be completed and (c) what are the further relevant details?

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

(1) Whether Metro Police were operational in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality (NMMM) as at the latest specified date for which information is available; 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 ensuring that Metro Police will be operational in the NMMM for the 2010 Soccer World Cup; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

*27. Mr J P Korkie 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 (a) preventing and (b) dealing with possible football hooliganism in the province during the 2010 Soccer World Cup; if not, why not; if so, (i) what steps and (ii) how will the public be informed of these steps?

*28. Mr J P Korkie to ask the MEC responsible for Provincial Safety, Liaison and Transport:

[QUESTION WITHDRAWN.]

*29. Ms A N Ponco to ask the MEC responsible for Provincial Safety, Liaison and Transport:

(1) How many South African Police Service (SAPS) members were employed at Thornhill police station as at the latest specified date for which information is available;

(2) how many SAPS members from this police station were directly involved in dealing with people who jumped or attempted to jump from van Stadens Bridge in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009 and (d) 2010 to date;

(3) how many of the SAPS members concerned (a) were debriefed and (b) received counselling after such ordeals;

(4) whether any of the SAPS members employed at this police station are trained negotiators; if so, (a) how many and (b) what training in negotiation have they undergone?

*30. Ms N T Xhanti to ask the MEC responsible for Social Development:

(1) Whether any provincial policy on homeless people had been (a) drawn up and (b) implemented by her 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 any of the other provinces have such a policy on homeless people; if so, which specified provinces?

*31. Ms P C Samka-Mququ to ask the MEC responsible for Social Development:

(1) Whether she has been informed that people aged between three and twenty-five years have been living beneath the Livingstone Hospital bridge for a considerable length of time; if so,

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

*32. Mr C Martin to ask the MEC responsible for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture:

(1) Whether a provincial language policy was in place as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether any departments in the province have their own language policy; if so, which specified departments?

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

(1) Whether any progress had been made with transferring responsibility for Bayworld to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether any other departments have indicated a willingness to provide financial support for the upgrading of Bayworld; if so, what are the relevant details?

*34. Mr M Mrara to ask the MEC responsible for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture:

(1) Whether she has been informed of the 1990 rates and tax boycott in the Northern Areas of Port Elizabeth; if so, how many people were (a) killed and (b) injured in this boycott;

(2) whether any consideration has been given to erecting a memorial stone in honour of those who lost their lives during this boycott while fighting for a better life for all; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) whether any consideration has been given to partnering with the municipality in this area with a view to erecting such a memorial; if so, what are the relevant details?