Parliamentary Questions

Parliament 6th Administration

    • Question 1738 – Whether, with reference to his reply to question 567 on 16 September 2019, the Chief Director who had been suspended for 729 days was placed on suspension for dealings in information technology (IT) procurement with a certain company (name furnished);
    • Question 1719 – On what date will the building of the Mulilo Power Station at the SA Energy and Metallurgical Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Limpopo start;
    • Question 1718 – Whether, with reference to the SA Energy and Metallurgical Special Economic Zone in Limpopo, he will furnish Ms A M M Weber with a copy of the (a) agreement between the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, and the Chinese government for the investment of R145 billion in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and (b) environmental impact assessment for the SEZ Musina-Makhado in Limpopo;
    • Question 1663 – What amount of funding did his department contribute towards the March to Freedom exhibition in the City of Cape Town on 15 November 2019 and (b) how has he found did this fulfil the mandate of his department?
    • Question 1649 – With reference to his reply to question 1293 on 18 November 2019, wherein he indicated that the second phase of the Ekandustria Revitalisation Programme has not been initiated yet, pending funding approval, (a) why was budget for the Ekandustria Revitalisation Programme not set aside for the 2019-20 financial year, (b) what further phases and deliverables are planned for the (i) 2019-20 and (ii) 2020-21 financial years for the specified programme and (c) what are the budgetary estimates for expenditure for the specified financial years for the specified programme?
    • Question 1379 – Whether his department did business with certain (a) persons, (b) companies and (c) trusts (names and details furnished in each case) (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2019; if so, (aa) on what date(s) did his department do business with the specified persons, companies and trusts and (bb) what was the (aaa) nature and (bbb) monetary value of each business arrangement?
    • Question 1307 – (a) Which international trips that were undertaken by officials of his department since 1 April 2014 were (i) related to the (aa) SA Copyright law and (bb) International Copyright law and (ii) sponsored by international corporations and (b) what is the name of each international corporation that sponsored each trip?
    • Question 1306 – What are the details of all international trips that were undertaken by officials of his department since 2014, in each case, including the (a) date of the trip, (b) destination, (c) duration of the trip, (d) name of each official on the trip, (e) job title of each official on the trip, (f) purpose of the trip, (g) name of the conference or event attended and (h) name of each sponsor of the (i) trip and (ii) conference/event attended?
    • Question 1293 – With reference to his reply to question 802 on 14 October 2019, wherein he indicated that the first phase of the Ekandustria Revitalisation Programme was completed on 27 March 2019, what (a) are the deliverables for the second phase of the programme, (b) is the progress of the second phase as at the latest specified date for which information is available, (c) is the envisaged completion date of the second phase and (d) amount has been budgeted or allocated to the second phase in the 2019-20 financial year?
    • Question 1259 – What (a) is the current total cost of renovating the Credo Mutwa museum and library in Kuruman, Northern Cape and (b) amount was (i) allocated for the specific library, house and museum project by (aa) the Northern Cape government and (bb) his department and (ii) donated by the National Lotteries commission towards the construction of the Credo Mutwa museum;
    • Question 1208 – What (a) has been the basic salary of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Empowerment Fund in each of the past three financial years, (b) benefits has the CEO been entitled to and (c) bonus has been paid to the CEO in each financial year?
    • Question 1182 – Whether his department incurred any costs related to the (a) inauguration of the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, held in Pretoria on 25 May 2019 and (b) State of the Nation Address held in Cape Town on 20 June 2019; if so, in each case, (i) what costs were incurred and (ii) for what reason.
    • Question 1134 – With reference to the Second Quarter report of his department’s 2019-20 budget, what steps will be taken to fill the 125 vacancies within his department.
    • Question 1133 – With reference to the second quarter report of the 2019-20 budget of his department, what are the reasons for the (a) 20,2% variance from projected expenditure, (b) 55,5% variance from projected expenditure in Programme 6 and (c) 88,2% variance in projected expenditure under the payments for capital assets line item.
    • Question 1132 – With reference to his reply to question 567 on 16 September 2019, what is the total amount that his department paid in remuneration to each of the 10 suspended employees who are currently facing disciplinary action?
    • Question 923 – Whether his department awarded any tenders connected to the COVID-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business;
    • Question 832 – Whether, given that no logical rationale has been provided to South Africans and businesses for the restriction on the unfettered operation of e-commerce under the risk-adjusted approach and following his statement (details furnished), he can elaborate on (a) what the directions are and (b) by what date the directions will be made public?
    • Question 779 – What (a) number of applications have been received for funding relief through the (i) Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme COVID-19 Fund for Essential Supplies, (ii) Relief Funding for Companies in COVID-19 Distress and (iii) COVID-19 Black Business Funding Solutions in each province to date, (b) number of the specified applications have been (i) approved and (ii) rejected in each case in each province and (c) was the Rand value of each (i) approved and (ii) rejected application in each case in each province?
    • Question 757 – Whether his department hosted any event and/or function related to its 2019 Budget Vote debate; if so, (a) where was each event held, (b) what was the total cost of each event and (c) what is the name of each person who was invited to attend each event as a guest?
    • Question 737 – Whether, with reference to the State of the Nation Address on 7 February 2019 in which the President of the Republic, Mr MC Ramaphosa, stated that all taverns, shebeens and liquor outlets near school premises must be shut down, any of the specified outlets near school premises have been shut down; if not, why not; if so, what number of the specified outlets (a) have been closed since the specified pronouncement and (b) within 500 meters of a school and/or educational institution are not yet shut down?
    • Question 724 – With reference to the call by his department for public comments on the Government’s Draft Framework for the Risk-Adjusted Strategy to bring different sectors of the economy back to work, what role does his department play in reviewing submissions received from members of the public in determining the schedule of services to be phased in on each level of the Government’s Draft Framework for the Risk-Adjusted Strategy;
    • Question 722 – Whether his department has invested or intends to invest money in the Highveld Industrial Park near Emalahleni in Mpumalanga; if so, (a) what amount (i) was spent in the previous financial year and (ii) does his department intend to spend in the next financial year, (b) what number of (i) new businesses are assisted and (ii) new jobs are created in the project and (c) what (i) development and (ii) support measures is his department planning for entrepreneurs who are interested to start-up businesses in the industrial park?
    • Question 709 – What are the criteria by which the Company and Intellectual Property Commission allowed Uzalo to continue shooting follow-up episodes during the lockdown period to prevent the spread of COVID-19, while blocking others from doing the same?
    • Question 654 – Whether, as a participant on the board of the Solidarity Fund, he can provide details as to whether distributions from the fund or procurement by the fund are subject to Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment policies and legislation; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what is the rationale for this?
    • Question 636 – What is the status of the B-BBEE Commission investigation into the case number: 3/7/2017 between certain entities (details furnished), (b) on what date was the case first brought forward to the commission and (c) when will the (i) investigation be completed and (ii) findings released?
    • Question 632 – What (a) total amount has (i) his department and (ii) each of the entities reporting to him spent on (aa) cleaning, (bb) security and (cc) gardening services in the (aaa) 2017-18 and (bbb) 2018-19 financial years, (b) amount was paid to each service provider to provide each specified service and (c) total amount was paid to each of the service providers?
    • Question 609 – Whether the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Commission has published a list of fees for the 2020 financial year in accordance with the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Act, 2013 (Act No. 46 of 2013) and the Regulations of 2016 regarding the submission of B-BBEE compliance certificates for all companies; if not, why not; if so, what is the full breakdown of the fees applicable to all companies;
    • Question 599 – Which South African companies with manufacturing capacity in the Republic are able to produce (a) train carriages and (b) train lines?
    • Question 598 – How many tonnes of Rooibos tea were produced in the country in each of the past five years and (b)(i) how many of the total produced tonnes were exported and (ii) at what Rand value?
    • Question 595 – What percentage of black women-owned businesses does the Industrial Development Corporation fund, (b) in what sectors are the women-owned businesses and (c) how does the specified percentage compare with the other demographics?
    • Question 594 – What progress has his department made with putting measures in place to ensure the stability of the SA Bureau of Standards (SABS), especially in light of the Coronavirus and the vital role that the SABS plays in verifying the standard of goods in the Republic?
    • Question 567 – With reference to the 10 disciplinary cases and three suspensions in the Annual Performance Plan for 2019-2022 of his department, (a) what are the reasons for each (i) disciplinary action and (ii) suspension being instituted against each person, (b) what is the job title of each person in each case, (c) what are the reasons each disciplinary case has not been finalised and (d) how long has each person been suspended?
    • Question 566 – Whether there are tariff exemptions on goods imported with the intention of doing humanitarian work; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?
    • Question 564 – Whether, since 1994, the Industrial Development Corporation has given any loan to (a) certain persons (names furnished) and/or (b) any company of which any of the specified persons is a direct or indirect shareholder or director; if so, in each case, (i) on what date was each such loan granted, (ii) to which company was the loan granted, (iii) for what amount was the loan and (iv) what amount of the loan has been repaid to date?
    • Question 563 – Whether, since 1994, the Industrial Development Corporation has given any loan to (a) certain persons (names furnished) and/or (b) any company of which any of the specified persons is a direct or indirect shareholder or director; if so, in each case, (i) on what date was each such loan granted, (ii) to which company was the loan granted, (iii) for what amount was the loan and (iv) what amount of the loan has been repaid to date?
    • Question 562 – Whether the Industrial Development Corporation has given any loan since 1994 to certain persons (names furnished) and/or any company of which each of the specified persons is a shareholder, direct or indirect, or director; if so, (a) on what date was each loan granted, (b) to which company, (c) for what amount and (d) what amount of the loan has been repaid to date in each case?
    • Question 555 – In view of the investment commitments by companies in the tourism and hospitality industries to which the President of the Republic, Mr MC Ramaphosa, referred in the State of the Nation Address on 13 February 2020, (a) which companies made such commitments in each case, (b)(i) what were the commitments and (ii) over what period in each case and (c) what processes, procedures and mechanisms are in place to monitor each specified commitment?
    • Question 519 – Has the Competition Commission finalised its investigation into the inflation of prices by certain retail stores (names furnished); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the applicable fines;
    • Question 446 – What (a) total amount has been set aside for the Nkomazi Special Economic Zone destined to improve the lives of the communities beyond the southern border of the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga and (b) are the relevant details of the individual projects that make up the specified amount?
    • Question 426 – What (a)(i) total number of persons have directly benefited from the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) legislation since it was enacted in the 2003-04 financial year and (ii) is the total number of persons from the B-BBEE in terms of (aa) each of the department’s 13 entities reporting to him and (bb) each entity’s respective empowerment programmes and (b) is the total economic value generated in this regard considering the principle that once a person is empowered the person will always be empowered?
    • Question 421 – What (a) has he found to be the causes of the Republic’s decline in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Report from position 32 in 2009 to position 82 in 2019 and (b) steps has his department taken to ensure that the Republic turns around its continued decline?
    • Question 408 – With regard to the approved funding to provide much-needed sanitation at Limpopo and Eastern Cape schools, (a) how were the contracts awarded to certain companies (names and details furnished), (b) which schools in each province were beneficiaries of the projects, (c) who were the members of the bid adjudication panel, (d) what were the details of the tender documents, (e) what were the contractual details in each case regarding the number of toilets to be built at each school, budget amount for each toilet and each school, (f) who are the owners of the specified companies, (g) what is the experience and qualifications that each company hold in this industry, (h) how is a certain person (name furnished) involved in both companies and (i) who was awarded the contracts that was successfully completed and signed off?
    • Question 396 – What was the total cost for the investigations, including legal fees and travel with respect to case (a) 2/3/2018, (b) 3/3/2018, (c) 4/3/2018, (d) 5/3/2018 and (e) 6/3/2018 investigated by the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) commission into fraudulent BEE certificates by certain companies (names furnished)?
    • Question 395 – (a) What amount has been spent to date on the Industrial Parks Revitalisation Programme run by his department, (b) what concessions by provincial or local governments for businesses that have invested in the parks have been secured to date, (c) what incentives are available for businesses that (i) are conducted in the parks and (ii) want to invest in the parks, (d) what investment promotion is done by his department for businesses in the parks, (e) what support does his department provide to businesses that have invested in or plan to invest in the parks and (f)(i) what new businesses have invested in the parks since the programme began and (ii) to what value?
    • Question 383 – Whether the Government has managed to achieve the targets it set itself to achieve through the Black Economic Empowerment programme in the past 10 years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further relevant details?
    • Question 376 – What (a) number of official international trips is (i) he and (ii) his deputies planning to undertake in the 2019-22 medium term expenditure framework, (b) will the (i) destination, (ii) date, (iii) purpose and (iv) number of persons who will travel with the delegation be and (c) is the detailed breakdown of the expected cost of (i) flights, (ii) accommodation and (iii) any other expenses in each case?
    • Question 372 – What has he found to be the impact on the transformation of the Republic’s economy after certain South African owned and controlled companies (names furnished) were taken over by multinational companies?
    • Question 353 – What steps has his department taken to prepare the Republic for the opportunities that will flow from Parliament’s ratification of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) that was ratified by the member states of the African Union (AU) and subsequently launched by the AU Summit held in Niger and
      (b) how can the AfCFTA be used to facilitate greater growth in high value-added exports?
    • Question 348 – What action is his department taking to (a) help sustain the recently liquidated Coniglio Rabbit Farms and (b) assist the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform which was closely involved in this business?
    • Question 341 – Whether he intends to ban foreign-owned business from certain sectors in the Republic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, how will such a ban promote the intention of the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement?
    • Question 337 – Whether there is anything that could still be done by the Government to prevent the closure of the Saldanha steel factory, which will close down soon and cause 900 people to lose their jobs?
    • Question 334 – What measures he has put in place to protect jobs in the sugar industry?
    • Question 333 – What work is he doing with regard to the Generalised System of Preferences review instituted by the Office of the United States Trade Representative to mitigate the exclusion of the Republic from the preferential trade deal?
    • Question 309 – On what date (a) will the investigation by his department into the National Lotteries Commission, as requested by the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry in December 2018, be finalised and (b) does he intend to present the outcome of the investigation to the specified committee?
    • Question 291 – What (a) total amount is budgeted for his private office for the 2019-20 financial year and (b) was the (i) total remuneration, (ii) salary level, (iii) job title, (iv) qualification and (v) job description of each employee appointed in his private office since 1 May 2019?
    • Question 271 – Whether his department has introduced tariff and nontariff measures to protect the country’s primary agricultural industry from unfair competition from outside countries; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?
    • Question 260 – What has he found to be the rationale behind the Level 4 Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) requirement for manufacturers as contained within the Automotive Industry Masterplan;
    • Question 259 – Whether he will furnish Mr M J Cuthbert with a copy of his department’s policy on sabbatical leave for officials; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;
    • Question 242 – (a) Whether, with regard to the testing of electrical equipment by the SA Bureau of Standards (SABS), the high voltage laboratory is functional, (b) what number of tests on individual electoral equipment has SABS conducted over the past seven years, (c) what income has been generated from the tests, (d) what number of persons work on the electoral equipment testing facility and (e) what is the annual cost of running the unit;
    • Question 231 – When last did his department use a white hat hacker to identify possible security gaps in their information technology system and cyber security threats;
    • Question 221 – What steps has his department taken to prepare for the effective and maximum implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement;
    • Question 217 – What number of applications by companies owned by black women has the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) rejected because of incomplete application forms in the period 1 January 2015 up to 31 December 2019;
    • Question 215 – What (a) number of (i) companies have benefited from the black industrialist programme since its establishment and (ii) jobs have been created by each company and (b) are the relevant details of the (i) name of each company, (ii) directors and (iii) number of directors in each specified case?
    • Question 211 – Whether, with reference to the latest balance of trade figures for the Republic issued by the SA Revenue Service that show an accumulated general trade surplus of R116 billion for 2017 to the last quarter of 2019, and a trade deficit amounting to approximately R96 billion with China, his department is considering quotas on imports from China to protect local manufacturers and to prevent further job losses; if not, why not; if so, what are the (a) relevant details and (b) timelines;
    • Question 192 – How does the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) intend to support the South African athletes who will be participating in the Olympics in Birmingham in Alabama, United States, in 2021, given the financial challenges faced by the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee and (b) what is the role of the NLC in promoting women sport in the Republic through its funding?
    • Question 191 – Whether the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) funded any organisation which belongs to a certain person (name furnished) or an organisation of which the specified person is a director; if so, (a) whether he will provide the details of the organisation(s) to Mr. TW Mhlongo and (b) what amount was granted in each case?
    • Question 175 – Whether the Government subsidises in any way the (a) import and/or (b) production of electric vehicles; if not, why not in each case; if so, in each case, what (i) are the relevant details, (ii) number of companies involved in the import or production of electric vehicles receive such subsidies and (iii) is the current volume of electric vehicles (aa) produced locally and (bb) imported?
    • Question 170 – (a) What number of section 12I allowances which (i) are to be considered by the adjudication committee and (ii) have been submitted to his department are outstanding and require approval, (b) what are the relevant details of each company name and (c) how long they have been waiting to be approved?
    • Question 171 – What total number of Automotive Investment Scheme (AIS) approvals (i) are outstanding and (ii) require approval for the 2018-19 financial year, (b) what are the names of the relevant companies that are still waiting and (c) how long have they been waiting to be approved?
    • Question 169 – With reference to his reply to question 1738 on 7 January 2020, what are the details of the outcomes of the arbitration that took place on 16 and 17 January 2020?
    • Question 168 – By what date will he release the report to the public of the investigation into allegations of corruption at the Competition Commission which he commissioned in or around February 2019?
    • Question 167 – Whether (a) a certain person (name and details furnished), (b) any family member(s) of the specified person and/or (c) any company, that the specified person is a (i) shareholder or (ii) director of, received any loans from the Industrial Development Corporation since 1 April 2005; if so, (aa) on what date was the loan granted, (bb) to which company or person, (cc) for what amount and (dd) what amount of the loan has been repaid to date in each case?
    • NCOP Question 159 – What expenditure has been incurred by his department as a result of the Treasury Instruction Note No. 8 that was published on 19 March 2020, which allowed for the relaxations in procurement processes and (b) how has his department adhered to the regulations that were set down in such an Instruction Note?
    • Question 152 – By what date (a) does he envisage the forensic investigation into the conduct and payments to Ndzabandzaba Attorneys launched in 2018 will be completed and (b) will the outcomes of the forensic investigation be made public?
    • Question 98 – Whether his department has any (a) reports, (b) research and/or (c) information on the impact that betting firms have on the youth through the use of social media platforms; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?
    • Question 96 – What are the full relevant details of the steps he is taking, together with the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, to ensure that the commercial cultivation of hemp in the Republic is legalised?
    • Question 92 – Why does South Africa’s ranking in the World Bank’s 2020 Ease of Doing Business Report remain at 84 despite his department and the World Bank having set up a working group to address the country’s poor performance in the 2019 version of the report; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?
    • Question 91 – What was the cost of his trip to the meeting of the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in terms of (a) flights and accommodation, (b) daily allowance and (c) the (i) number of employees from his private office that attended and (ii) total cost for them to attend?
    • Question 90 – Has he been informed of the pending liquidation of a certain company (Yekani Manufacturing) based in East London?
    • Question 64 – With regard to the African Continental Free Trade Area, what budget has been allocated specifically for trade promotion in the medium term for South African manufacturers to take advantage of this agreement?
    • Question 63 – Whether the National Lotteries Commission has received applications from the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee in support of delivering TeamSA to the (a) 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and (b) 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games; if so, (i) what are the relevant details of the applications, (ii) why was funding not paid out and (iii) on what date is it envisaged that the funds will be paid out?
    • Question 62 – Whether he has extended the contract of a certain person (name and details furnished); if so, (a) for what period and (b) what provisions did he rely on to do so?
    • Question 54 – What is the total value of all furniture (a) produced in the Republic in 2018 and (b) sold to South African consumers in 2018?
    • Question 53 – What number of (a) car parts were produced in the Republic in 2018 in terms of (i) make of car and (ii) part and (b) cars were assembled in the Republic in 2018 in terms of each car make?
    •  NCOP Question 46 – What progress has been made (a) thus far with the establishment of Industrial Special Zones (details furnished) and (b) in Dimbaza in the Eastern Cape in this regard?
    • Question 42 – In terms of the provisions of the Public Administration Management Act, 2014 (Act No. 11 of 2014), (a) how many employees of his department have been found to have been directors and/or members of private companies that are doing business with the State from 1 February 2017 up to the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) what is the value of the business by companies with state employees as directors and/or members?
    • Question 29 – What (a) is the contribution of goat farming to the Republic’s agricultural export from 2014 to 2019 and (b) are the details of each destination and the form of export of goat as (i) livestock and/or (ii) processed meat exported to each destination?

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