2020-w1593 - 22 July 2020

Cilliers Brink to ask the Deputy President

1. Whether the Eskom Task Team has considered the plight of the communities of Bethal and eMzinoni in the Govan Mbeki Local Municipality in Mpumalanga who have had to endure daily power interruptions of up to 12 hours at a time since the end of March 2020; if not, will the task team consider the plight of these communities at its next meeting; if so, what are the relevant details of the (a) discussions it held and (b) solutions it proposed; 2. whether he has been informed that this part of the Govan Mbeki Local Municipality has a lower maximum demand limit imposed on it by Eskom in comparison to the rest of the municipality; 3. whether he has been informed that Eskom refuses to lift the lower maximum demand limit imposed on this part of the local municipality due to the municipality’s failure to honour a debt repayment arrangement with Eskom; ​4. whether he and/or any other member of the Eskom Task Team will meet with Eskom, the Mpumalanga Provincial Government and/or the local municipality as a matter of urgency in order to relieve the social and economic plight of the residents of Bethal and eMzinoni? NW1976E

Reply from the Deputy President on 22 Jul 2020

As the Eskom Task Team, we have committed to ensuring that we expedite the payment of outstanding debts owed to Eskom while also directing all national and provincial organs of state to settle all outstanding debts to municipalities.

More importantly, we have a responsibility to improve a culture of payment for services such as electricity and water by our communities to avoid unnecessary disruptions ...

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2018-w1264 - 05 June 2018

Semakaleng Patricia Kopane to ask the Deputy President

(1) (a) What is the annual budget of the SA National Aids Council (SANAC), (b) what amount of the budget comes from (i) international organisations and (ii) the private sector in South Africa and (c) how (i) is the budget spent and (ii) does the SANAC audit its books; (2) to what extent has (a) SANAC engaged mining companies to implement social labour plans to ease poverty, unemployed and determinants on health and (b) SANAC helped District Aids Councils and Local Aids Councils to be effective; (3) what innovative programmes is SANAC contemplating for reducing unplanned teenage pregnancies and HIV incidents amongst teenagers; (4) whether SANAC will intervene with regard to the poor attendance by the health representatives to Aids meetings at District Aids Councils and Local Aids Councils; (5) how is SANAC tracking its performance on planned activities and what measures are in place to achieve the implementation of its National Strategic Plan 2017-22?

Reply from the Deputy President on 5 Jun 2018

(1) (a) What is the annual budget of the SA National Aids Council (SANAC),

The Annual budget of SANAC for the period 2017/18 was R66, 275,268

(b) what amount of the budget comes from

(i) international organisations?

Funding from International donors for the period 2017/18 was R22,324,975

(ii) the private sector in South Africa and

 

SANAC did not receive any funding from the ...

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2017-w3290 - 06 December 2017

Geordin Gwyn Hill-Lewis to ask the Deputy President

What are the relevant details of the total (a) annual salary of and (b) performance bonus amounts paid to each of his four advisors (names and details furnished) in the 2016-17 financial year?

Reply from the Deputy President on 6 Dec 2017

(a) The total annual salary paid to each of the Deputy President’s three advisors in the 2016-17 financial year was:

  1. Mr SE Speed R1,912,911.15
  2. Dr NP Simelela R1,698,106.59
  3. Adv N Jele R1,698,107.40

Note that Dr G Koornhof is not a Special Adviser to the Deputy President and his salary is not paid by The Presidency. He remains in the employ of Parliament.

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2017-w3289 - 06 December 2017

Mmusi Aloysias Maimane to ask the Deputy President

With reference to the Presidency’s 2016-17 Annual Report, what was the (a) total cost and (b) detailed breakdown of the costs of the 10 international trips that he undertook from 6 April 2016 to 10 February 2017?

Reply from the Deputy President on 6 Dec 2017

The Presidency does not make direct payments for the Deputy President’s international trips, save for instances where use is made of commercial flights (economy class locally and business class internationally). The Deputy President is flown by the SA Air Force through arrangements that are coordinated by the South African Police Service and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

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2016-w1471 - 05 September 2016

Annette Steyn to ask the Deputy President

(1)Whether he is monitoring the impact and effects of the recent drought on Government’s War on Poverty Programme; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the specified programme has put any measures in place to ensure that there is no drastic increase in the number of citizens without access to food due to the recent drought; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the measures that have been put in place in this regard?

NW1640E - 20 May 2016

A Steyn to ask the Deputy President

(1) Whether he is monitoring the impact and effects of the recent drought on Government’s War on Poverty Programme; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the specified programme has put any measures in place to ensure that there is no drastic increase in the number of citizens without access to food due to the recent drought; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the measures that have been put in place in this regard?

Reply from the Deputy President on 20 May 2016

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) is monitoring the impact and effect of the recent drought throughout the country. The Department is a lead institution for the National Agro-meteorological Committee (NAC) which provides monthly advisory and early warning information on the rainfall season and impact on agricultural production for the whole country.

The drought is causing higher food prices in South Africa. ...

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2015-w3722 - 20 November 2015

John Henry Steenhuisen to ask the Deputy President

(a) How many trip(s) has he taken to (i) Brazil, (ii) the Russian Federation, (iii) the Republic of India and (iv) the People’s Republic of China since 1 April 2015, (b) on what date were the specified trips taken, (c) what was the purpose of the trip(s) in each case and (d) which government (i) officials and/or (ii) presidential staff accompanied him on each specified trip?

NW4406E - 16 October 2015

John Henry Steenhuisen to ask the Deputy President

(a) How many trip(s) has he taken to (i) Brazil, (ii) the Russian Federation, (iii) the Republic of India and (iv) the People’s Republic of China since 1 April 2015, (b) on what date were the specified trips taken, (c) what was the purpose of the trip(s) in each case and (d) which government (i) officials and/or (ii) presidential staff accompanied him on each specified trip?

Reply from the Deputy President on 16 Oct 2015

The Deputy President visited the People’s Republic of China from 13-17 July 2015.

The purpose of the visit was to discuss economic and trade matters, including how state-owned enterprises can be used to promote economic growth and address the challenges of poverty and unemployment in South Africa.

The Deputy President led a delegation comprising the Ministers of Public Enterprises and Higher Education, and the ...

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2015-w2776 - 12 October 2015

Hendrik Cornelus Schmidt to ask the Deputy President

Whether (a) he and (b) any officials in his Office travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial year; if so, what was the (i) purpose of each specified visit and (ii)(aa) total cost and (bb) breakdown of such costs of each specified visit?

2015-w2729 - 12 October 2015

Mmusi Aloysias Maimane to ask the Deputy President

(1)How many government functions has he held at the (a) Oliver Tambo residence in Pretoria, (b) Highstead residence in Cape Town and (c) Dr John L Dube residence in Durban since his inauguration in May 2014; 2) how many visits by official (a) foreign and/or (b) local delegations has he hosted at each of the specified residences?
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