QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN REPLY: IQP 44 OF 2010

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

(1) (a) What outstanding amount in excess of 30 days was owed by each provincial department to the Makana Municipality as at the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) for how long have these amounts been outstanding in each case;

(2) whether all health subsidies had been paid over to the Makana Municipality as at the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to ensuring that this municipality is paid more timeously; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

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

(1) With reference to the reply to written question No. 2205 (Parliament) of 15 September 2010 – which has been furnished to her Office for purposes of the reply – what were the main reasons for (a) the issuing of 12 749 invalid driver’s licences in the province from 2008 to March 2010 and (b) the cancellation of 8 694 of these licences;

(2) whether any remedial measures have been or are to be put in place with a view to minimising such issuing of invalid licences; if not, why not; if so, what measures;

(3) which specified testing stations in the province issued the highest number of invalid licences;

(4) what estimated amount will it cost the province to re-issue these invalid licences;

(5) whether any persons had been (a) investigated and (b) brought to book in relation to fraud in the issuing of such licences; if so, what are the relevant details?

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

(1) What amount in fees was received by the Port Elizabeth Traffic College (a) in the 2009/2010 financial year and (b) from 1 April 2010 up to and including the latest specified date for which information is available;

(2) (a) what fees are received from students and (b) how are these fees utilised by the college;

(3) how many bursaries had been awarded to students at the college as at the latest specified date for which information is available;

(4) (a) how many of these bursary holders passed on the first attempt and (b) obtained employment as traffic officers?

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

(1) (a) How many (i) international trips and (ii) individual domestic flights were undertaken by the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board (ECGBB) from 1 January 2010 up to and including the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) to which specified destinations were these flights in each case;

(2) (a) how many of the domestic flights were to Johannesburg on a Thursday afternoon or Friday morning and (b) what were the return days for each of these flights;

(3) (a) how many flights did the ECGBB book and pay for the current Board Chairman (i) in 2009 and (ii) from 1 January 2010 up to and including the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) to which specified cities?

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

(1) Whether, in view of the fact that the Bayworld/Port Elizabeth Museum facility in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality (NMMM) is not only a tourism facility, but also a centre of learning that is visited by learners from throughout the NMMM, any consideration has been given to subsidising each learner that visits this facility in the interests of (a) knowledge-sharing and (b) assisting the facility to be sustainable; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether it is anticipated that such assistance from his Department could significantly increase the number of learners who visit this facility on an annual basis; if so, what steps are to be taken with a view to stimulating and promoting the interests of all learners who visit this facility?

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

(1) Whether he has been informed that his Department took a decision in 2004 that William Oates Primary School must be relocated to the Aeroville suburb in Somerset East; if so, (a) why has this decision not been implemented and (b) when will it be implemented;

(2) whether he has been informed that learners in the suburb of Aeroville have to walk more than 5km in one direction to another suburb that has primary schools, including the William Oates Primary School; if so, (a) why has transportation not been provided for these learners in terms of the scholar transport policy and (b) when will such transport be provided?

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

(1) What is the current situation pertaining to Amasango School in Grahamstown (a) in general and (b) with specific regard to legal processes and outcomes thereof;

(2) whether the category “Schools for children with extrinsic barriers to learning” still exists; if so,

(3) whether it is the intention to do away with this category; if so, why;

(4) whether Amasango School provides critical intervention for children in desperate need, in an effort to give them at least an opportunity to create a future for themselves; if so,

(5) whether any steps have been or are to be taken with a view to supporting this school in performing its critical function; if not, why not; if so, what steps?

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