2027-w932 - 05 May 2027

Fikile Zachariah Majola to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)Whether there is any position of (a) chief executive officer, (b) chief financial officer and/or (c) chief operating officer that is currently vacant in each entity reporting to him; if so, (i) how long has each specified position been vacant and (ii) what is the reason for each vacancy; (2) Have the vacancies been advertised; if so, (a) were interviews done and (b) on what date will the vacancies be filled; (3) (a) what is the total number of persons who are currently employed in the specified positions in an acting capacity, (b) for what period has each person been acting in each position and (c) has any of the specified persons applied for the positions?

Reply from the Minister of Public Service and Administration on 5 May 2027

DPSA

  1. The Department of Public Service and Administration (a) does not have a chief executive officer position, (b) the chief financial officer position is filled (c) does not have a chief operating officer position
  2. N/A
  3. N/A

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION (PSC)

The Public Service Commission (PSC) is an independent Constitutional body, and its budget is appropriated via the Minister of Public Service and ...

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2027-w585 - 11 April 2027

Deidre Carter to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)With reference to SA Express’ frequent use in 2016 of chartered planes provided by Solenta Aviation and SKA Aircraft Leasing amongst others to cover its route between (a) Bloemfontein and Johannesburg, (b) George and Johannesburg and (c) Kimberley and Johannesburg, what is the total amount of chartering a flight to cover an ordinary route that is supposed to be operated by SA Express; (2) Whether there is a service level agreement in place between SA Express and the specified companies; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Public Enterprises on 11 Apr 2027

(1)

Solenta:

1a)

SKA:

1a)

1c)

1b)

(2) Yes there are contracts in place for both entities and the SLA’s are contained in both contracts.

Solenta: Contract Period: 01 Feb 2017 to 31 July 2017

SKA: Contract Period: 06 December 2016 to 31 March 2017

Mogokare Richard Seleke Lynne Brown, MP

Director-General Minister of Public Enterprises

Date: Date:

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2017-w1487 - 23 June 2017

Annelie Lotriet to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether (a) the National Treasury and (b) each entity reporting to him procured any services from and/or made any payments to (i) a certain company (BELL POTTINGER) or (ii) any other public relations firms; if not, in each case, why not; if so, in each case, what (aa) services were procured, (bb) was the total cost, (cc) is the detailed breakdown of such costs, (dd) was the total amount paid, (ee) was the purpose of the payments and (ff) is the detailed breakdown of such payments?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 23 Jun 2017

National Treasury

  1. (i) None
  2. (ii) N/A

ASB

The Accounting Standards Board has not procured any services or made any payments to a certain company (name furnished), nor any other public relations firm. The Accounting Standards Board has had no need to procure such services.

CBDA

CBDA did not procure any services with a certain company (name furnished) or any public relations firm due ...

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2017-w1597 - 23 June 2017

Mogamad Nazier Paulsen to ask the Minister of Science and Technology

Has her department considered approaching Sentech to enter into a partnership regarding Sentech's possible purchase of a satellite?

Reply from the Minister of Science and Technology on 23 Jun 2017

No, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has not yet considered approaching Sentech to enter into a partnership regarding Sentech's purchase of a satellite. However, the DST and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services are in the process of developing a national Satellite Communication Strategy, which will provide guidance for the procurement of a communications satellite.

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2017-w1644 - 23 June 2017

James Vos to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) How many potential tour guides have been recruited to take part in her department’s Foreign Language Training Programme in Mandarin Chinese and Russian in the 2016-17 financial year, (b) what does her department consider to be the optimum number of Mandarin-proficient guides, given increasing number of tourist arrivals from China and Taiwan, (c) what are the total number of Mandarin-proficient guides currently in service in South Africa and (d) what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply from the Minister of Tourism on 23 Jun 2017

(a) How many potential tour guides have been recruited to take part in her department’s Foreign Language Training Programme for 2016-17 financial year in:

(b) Optimum number of Mandarin-proficient guides

(c) Total number of Mandarin-proficient guides currently in service in South Africa

Mandarin Chinese

Russian

   

9

8

Optimum numbers are still to be determined based on a detailed needs analysis.

321 tourist guides ...

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2017-w1646 - 23 June 2017

James Vos to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) How many (i) trainees were inducted into her department’s hospitality service training programme during the 2016-17 financial year and (ii) of the specified trainees have (aa) dropped out of the programme or (bb) are frequently absent from training and (b) what are the reasons for the drop-out or absenteeism rate in each case

Reply from the Minister of Tourism on 23 Jun 2017

(a) How many

  1. Trainees were inducted into her department’s hospitality service training programme during 2016-17 financial year

Targeted number was 2000 and only 1700 learners were inducted due to the service provider withdrawing from the project. NDT is currently in the process of recruiting a new service provider for NW and LP Province. The tender has been advertised and the closing date is ...

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2017-w1546 - 23 June 2017

Gregory Rudy Krumbock to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) What are the reasons for the compound annual growth rate decline of 0,1% of Australasian arrivals to the country between 2014 and 2016, (b) to what extent is this below average growth in arrivals due to changes in advertising spend in this region and (c) what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply from the Minister of Tourism on 23 Jun 2017

a) What are the reasons for the compound annual growth rate decline of 0,1% of Australasian arrivals to the country between 2014 and 2016.

In the 2014-2015 financial year the outbreak of Ebola impacted travel to the African continent from Australia resulting in significant decrease in bookings during the height of the epidemic.

The Australia market is plagued by concerns around Safety and ...

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2017-w1846 - 23 June 2017

Dean William Macpherson to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(a) What is the (i) current backlog for the national lottery funding applications submitted to date and (ii) monetary value of the specified applications to date; (b) on what date will the applications be resolved; and (c) how will the backlog be resolved? NW2056E

Reply from the Minister of Trade and Industry on 23 Jun 2017

According to the information received from National Lotteries Commission-

Response:

(a) (i) As at 19th June 2017, there were a total of 5953 applications awaiting adjudication relating to the 2015 call for applications.

(ii) The total amount requested by applicants is approximately R11,3 billion.

(b) The NLC anticipates to have completed the backlog by the 31 July 2017.

(c) In order to expedite ...

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2017-w1866 - 23 June 2017

Tarnia Elena Baker to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(a) Which (i) missions and/or (ii) embassies do not have trade attachés and (b) what are the reasons?

Reply from the Minister of Trade and Industry on 23 Jun 2017

(a) the dti operates Foreign Economic Offices in 48 missions (against 120 total SA Missions and Embassies situated globally) which are located in 44 countries around the world. These offices are located based on the market prioritization of the Department with 13 located in Africa, 14 in Europe, 12 in Asia, 6 in the Americas and 3 in the Middle East. Currently the ...

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2017-w1523 - 22 June 2017

Annette Steyn to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and FisheriesQUESTION

Whether his department is currently in the process of registering the Black Boerboel as a breed in South Africa; if not, why not; if so, what (a) is the current status of the process and (b) are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and FisheriesQUESTION on 22 Jun 2017

No, the department is currently not in the process of registering the Black Boerboel as a breed in South Africa, as colour Black is not an approved colour for the Boerboel.

(a) A request for recognition of colour Black has been received by the department and is receiving attention. An Appeal Board has been appointed by the department to advice on the decision regarding ...

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