QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN REPLY: IQP 26 OF 2010

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

(1) (a) How many supernumeraries were stationed at the Port Elizabeth District Office as at the latest specified date for which information is available, (b) what are the reasons for each specified supernumerary being in this category, (c) when was each specified supernumerary transferred or seconded to this District Office and (d) which institutions were affected by these transfers or secondments;

(2) what impact does the oversupply of officials at this District Office have on the operational budget of his Department;

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

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

(1) Whether he has been informed that municipal services at the Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage District Offices were suspended on 18 June 2010 due to non-payment of municipal accounts; if so, what total amount was owed to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality by these two Offices 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 addressing this issue; if not, why not; if so, (a) what steps and (b) when;

(3) whether any support has been or is to be given to less affluent schools to assist them to pay exorbitant municipal accounts; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

221. Mr R S Stevenson to ask the MEC responsible for Provincial Safety, Liaison and Transport:

(1) How many members of the Senior Management Service (SMS) in (a) Safety and (b) Transport had (i) signed and (ii) not signed their financial disclosure declarations as at the latest specified date for which information is available;

(2) why have certain members of the SMS not signed these declarations;

(3) whether any members of the SMS – or entities with which they are associated – who have not signed these declarations had successfully tendered for any work by the Department as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (a) how many and (b) what are the further relevant details?

222. Mr R S Stevenson to ask the MEC responsible for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture:

(1) How many members of the Senior Management Service (SMS) had (a) signed and (b) not signed their financial disclosure declarations as at the latest specified date for which information is available;

(2) why have certain members of the SMS not signed these declarations;

(3) whether any members of the SMS – or entities with which they are associated – who have not signed these declarations had successfully tendered for any work by the Department as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (a) how many and (b) what are the further relevant details?

223. Mr M Matomela to ask the MEC responsible for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture:

(1) Whether any amounts due to The “Real Thing” Music for Human Rights and Freedom Day celebrations held at Jabavu stadium had still not been paid as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (a) what specified amounts and (b) why have these amounts not been paid;

(2) (a) for how long have these payments been outstanding, (b) what are the provisions of the Public Finance Management Act, Act 1 of 1999, in respect of such outstanding payments and (c) what total amount in interest will have to be paid as a result of late payment?

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

(1) With regard to the figures given in a recent presentation – regarding the section 100 intervention – to the Housing Committee in national Parliament of 17 306 houses built and 16 992 under various stages of construction in the province in the 2009/2010 financial year, whether a total of 34 296 houses were constructed in the province in 2009/2010; if not, how many houses were actually completed;

(2) whether the completed houses had been handed over to the approved beneficiaries as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, why not;

(3) whether the figure of 17 306 completed houses incorporates the 16 992 incomplete houses; if so, when will the 16 992 incomplete houses be completed;

(4) whether the 16 992 incomplete houses will be completed with funds from the 2009/2010 housing budget; if not, which budget will be utilised to complete these houses?

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

(1) (a) When will a new Chief Directorate, announced by the Director-General of the Department, be established in the province to manage beneficiary allocation, (b) what will the cost of establishing such a directorate be and (c) how many staff are envisaged to be located in this directorate;

(2) whether any provision has been made for this additional expenditure in the budget; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) whether any consideration has been given to establishing a subprogramme within an existing directorate to manage beneficiary allocation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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

(1) (a) What total amount in rates and taxes was owed to each specified municipality in the province as at 31 May 2010 and (b) what was the collection percentage in respect of rates and taxes owed to each of these municipalities as at 31 May 2010;

(2) what (a) amount and (b) percentage in consumer debt had been written off by each specified municipality in the province (i) by household and (ii) by business as at the latest specified date for which information is available?