2024-w754 - 08 January 2024

Mimmy Martha Gondwe to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

(1) On what date was Mr Lubabalo Makapela appointed as the Eastern Cape Director of the National Rural Youth Service Corps (Narysec); (2) whether his appointment was in line with human resources (a) recruitment and (b) selection processes; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether the person possesses the necessary (a) qualifications and/or (b) experience for the position of Eastern Cape Director of the Narysec; (4) on what date did the person (a) enrol for the Nyukela Programme and (b) obtain the Nyukela certificate?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 8 Jan 2024

 

  1. 1 April 2023.
  2. (a) All the issues related to the appointment of Mr Lubabalo Makapela are subjected to comprehensive investigation by the Department. The department will be guided by the outcome of the investigation report.

            (b) Falls away.

       3.   (a) and (b) Falls away

       4.   (a) and (b) Falls away

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2024-w211 - 08 January 2024

Michael Bagraim to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What are the details of the (a) destination and (b) total costs for (i) accommodation, (ii) travel and (iii) any other costs incurred for international travel of each (aa) Minister and (bb) Deputy Minister of her department since 1 June 2019;

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 8 Jan 2024

 

THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, LAND REFORM AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT:

(1)(a) Please refer to the table below.

       

(1)(a)

Reason for travel

Minister

July/August 2019

Johannesburg/ Addis Ababa/ Cook Islands/ Lome (Togo)/Porto Novo, Benin / Cook Islands/ Lome (Togo)/ Lagos/ Johannesburg

Attended a conference on Songhai farming methods and protecting Natural Resources.

Minister

September 2019

Johannesburg/ Accra Ghana/ Johannesburg

Attended ...

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2024-w753 - 08 January 2024

Mimmy Martha Gondwe to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

1) On what date was the position of the Eastern Cape Director of the National Rural Youth Service Corps advertised; 2) whether Mr Lubabalo Makapela applied for the specified position when it was initially advertised; if not, why not; if so, will she furnish Dr M M Gondwe with the proof of the specified person’s application; 3) whether the person met the criteria for shortlisting; if not, why was the person then shortlisted for the position; if so, on what date was the person interviewed for the position; 4) (a) what total number of candidates were shortlisted for the position, (b) on what date did the shortlisting take place and (c) what criteria were used to shortlist candidates for the position; 5) whether the (a) human resources department and (b) union(s) were represented during the entire recruitment and selection process; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 8 Jan 2024

THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, LAND REFORM AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT:

  1. 10 August 2021.
  2. Yes; however, the application form contains personal information and will not be disclosed in line with the Protection of Personal Information Act, 4 of 2013.
  3. All the issues related to the appointment of Mr Lubabalo Makapela are subjected to comprehensive investigation by the Department. The department will be guided by the outcome ...
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2023-w3998 - 20 December 2023

Noko Phineas Masipa to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What measures has she put in place to improve the situation of the Animal Health Directorate that has to date failed livestock farmers, which is also reflected by the Ministerial Task Team’s report which highlighted numerous issues?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 20 Dec 2023

The Animal Health Directorate has not failed livestock farmers. The mandate of the Directorate is “to provide for the control of animal diseases and parasites, for measures to promote animal health, and for matters connected therewith”.

To this end, the Department has regulations and guidelines for the prevention of entry as well as the control of diseases. The sub-directorates of Epidemiology and Disease Control ...

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2023-w3518 - 20 December 2023

Russel Nsikayezwe Cebekhulu to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether her department has contributed towards the training and upskilling of youth agri-preneurs in rural areas in the current financial year; if not, why not; if so, (a) in what way was the upskilling done and (b) what total (i) number of youths were beneficiaries and (ii) what amount was spent?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 20 Dec 2023

Yes.

a) The Department is contributing towards the training and upskilling of youth agri-preneurs in rural areas through various training interventions categorised as follows:

  • Production: goat, poultry, crops, animals, maize, livestock and beef production, artificial insemination, hydroponics etc;
  • Business and Entrepreneurship: bookkeeping, business management, financial management, record keeping, marketing, new venture creation, farm management, veld management, South African Good Agricultural Practice (SA-GAP), ...
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2023-w3269 - 20 December 2023

Mothusi Kenneth Montwedi to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Given that during her visit to Taung in 2020 she made a commitment to farmers that the Lesedi store would be handed over to farmers to be fully used for agricultural activities, what (a) steps has she taken to fulfil the specified promise and (b) time frames have been put in place to acquire the Lesedi store?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 20 Dec 2023

a) Steps taken are as follows:

  • Appointment and Mandate of the Task Team: In November 2021, the Head of Department (HOD) of the North West Provincial Department of Agriculture (NW-PDA) formed a Task Team. This Team's primary objective was to address two key issues at the North West Provincial agricultural facility: firstly, determining the rightful ownership of the facility, and secondly, evacuating non-agricultural ...
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2023-w4069 - 20 December 2023

Anna Maria Van Zyl to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What (a) are the details of her department’s community outreach projects and plans to spay and/or neuter and provide general care of animals in communities in each (i) province, (ii) municipality and (ii) town and (b) is the (i) time frame and (ii) frequency in each case; (2) whether she will furnish Ms A M van Zyl with a list of state veterinarians for each (a) province, (b) municipality and (c) town; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether the programme reaches every community in the Republic; if not, (a) why not and (b) what steps will she take to ensure that the programme reaches into every community?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 20 Dec 2023

(1)(a)(i),(ii) The Department has a Primary Animal Health Care (PAHC) Strategy which was developed in 2013 for the implementation of primary animal health care services across the country.

The aim of the Animal Health Care Strategy is to provide veterinary services, especially to resource-poor communities of South Africa thus improving the livelihood and Animal Health.

Objectives:

  • To promote accessibility is main element of the ...
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2023-w3505 - 20 December 2023

Russel Nsikayezwe Cebekhulu to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether her department has details of the total number of successful young commercial farmers who have attained funding through her department in the (a) 2019-20, (b) 2020-21, (c) 2021-22 and (d) 2022-23 financial years; if not, why not; if so, (i) what are the figures in each municipality, (ii) which sectors of agriculture have seen the most investment and (iii) what was the total expenditure?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 20 Dec 2023

(a),(b),(c),(d) Yes. This response covers young commercial farmers who have received funding from the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) through Conditional Grants (Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme “CASP” and Ilima/Letsema) that are transferred to Provincial Departments of Agriculture who implement agricultural projects. The young farmers reported herein are beneficiaries (owners or shareholders) of projects that were implemented in the respective financial ...

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2023-w4013 - 20 December 2023

Russel Nsikayezwe Cebekhulu to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether her department has (a) drilled and/or (b) maintained any boreholes since 1 January 2023 in each province; if not, why not; if so, what (i) total number of boreholes were drilled and/or maintained during the specified period and (ii) was the total cost in each case; (2) whether water was found at each specified borehole; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further, relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 20 Dec 2023

(1)(a),(b),(i),(ii) and (2) Please refer to Annexure A.

Province

(a) Boreholes Drilled

(b)

Boreholes Maintained

Reasons for not drilling/ Maintaining

(i)

Total Number of Boreholes Drilled

(i)

Total Number of Boreholes Maintained

(ii)

Total Cost of Drilling (ZAR)

(ii)

Total Cost of Maintenance (ZAR)

Borehole Identification

Water Discovery

Details if Water Not Found

Additional Relevant Details

Eastern Cape

0 ...

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2023-w3623 - 20 December 2023

Noko Phineas Masipa to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What (a) are the full detailed arrangements and/or contracts that are in place between her department and the SA Farmers Development Association (SAFDA) and (b) is the detailed breakdown of funds received by SAFDA from the allocated budget of her department. (2) what (a) are the details of farmers who were funded and/or supported through SAFDA, (b)(i) items were received and (ii) is the price of each item and (c) is the success rate of the farmers to date. (3) what are the (a) details of farmers who were excluded from the support provided by SAFDA and (b) reasons for their exclusion?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 20 Dec 2023

(1) (a) The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) signed an overarching MoA with the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) which controls all commodity organization trusts through the Marketing of Agricultural Act No. 47 of 1996 including the introduction of levies on agricultural products. A portion of these levies is used for transformation of the sectors. The MoA allows DALRRD to ...

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