2022-w2344 - 05 August 2022

Gizella Opperman to ask the Minister of Social Development

With reference to the report of the Auditor-General for the 2020-21 financial year, regarding investigations which have been outstanding since 2011, what total number of the specified investigations (a) were finalised and (b) are still outstanding?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 5 Aug 2022

Department of Social Development (DSD)

(a)(b)

As at 31 March 2021, the Department of Social Development has recorded the following outstanding investigations:

Category of cases

Total number of the specified investigations for the year 2020/21

(a) were finalised as at 31 May 2022

(b) are still outstanding

Irregular expenditure

09

09

0

Fruitless and wasteful expenditure

69

61

8

  • Irregular Expenditure (9 cases):

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2022-w2279 - 05 August 2022

Gizella Opperman to ask the Minister of Social Development

(a) What is the total number of community nutritional development centres (CNDCs) that are funded by her department and currently operating in the Northern Cape, (b) where is each centre located and/or situated, (c) what is the total number of CNDCs, funded by her department, that are currently functioning in the (i) Hantam Local Municipality and (ii) Karoo Hoogland Local Municipality and (d) where are the CNDCs situated in the Namaqua District of the Northern Cape?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 5 Aug 2022

2279 (a) What is the total number of community nutritional development centres (CNDCs) that are funded by her department and currently operating in the Northern Cape

  • There are currently 22 CNDCs in the Northern Cape Province.

2279 (b) Where is each centre located and/or situated

  • Refer to the attached list (Annexure A)

2279(c) What is the total number of CNDCs, funded by her department ...

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2022-w2222 - 05 August 2022

Laetitia Heloise Arries to ask the Minister of Social Development

What measures of intervention will her department take to accommodate the more then 500 000 people that will be excluded from the Social Relief of Distress Grant due to budget constraints?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 5 Aug 2022

For the 2022/23 financial year, SASSA has been allocated a budget that can accommodate approximately 10.5 million COVID-19 SRD eligible applicants, which is slightly less than the previous iterations of the SRD Grant. It is also important to note that the National Treasury has made additional budget allocation to various government departments to create the much-needed job opportunities.

Currently, SASSA is in the process ...

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2022-w2173 - 05 August 2022

Alexandra Lilian Amelia Abrahams to ask the Minister of Social Development

What total number of homeless (a) adults and (b) children are recorded within the Republic (i) at night shelters and (ii) living on the street in each province as at the latest specified date for which information is available?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 5 Aug 2022

It is important for the Honourable to note many of the homeless people are in and out of shelters, which serve as the point of contact. While there is no national database on homelessness, the table below gives a provincial data on homeless people accessing services at the time of replying to the question:

 Province

 (a)

 (b)

 (i)

 (ii)

 

Adults

Children

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2022-w2281 - 29 July 2022

Gizella Opperman to ask the Minister of Social Development

(a) What is the budget of community nutritional development centres (CNDCs) nationally, (b) what amount does each province get for CNDCs, (c) what number of (i) registered and (ii) operational CNDCs are in each province and (d) where are the centres located?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 29 Jul 2022

a) Since the financial year 2019/20, the food relief budget from the national level is distributed directly from the National Treasury to the Provincial Equitable Share (PES) of provinces. The budget of Community Nutritional Development Centres (CNDCs) allocated in the PES is R8 280 141 per province from the R74 521 272 national allocation, which is divided equally amongst the 9 provinces.

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2022-w2172 - 26 July 2022

Alexandra Lilian Amelia Abrahams to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Given that the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework budget tabled for the 2022-23 financial year makes no specific reference to the increasing crisis of homelessness and noting that the subprogramme Families, where the process of family reunification falls, is the only social development programme dedicated to address homelessness, what are the reasons that she has not dedicated a specific budget to address homelessness in terms of providing dignity to such individuals; (2) what budget allocations have provincial departments made to address homelessness and street persons in the specified financial year; (3) what is the budget breakdown of the R10,5 million for the Families sub-programme in the specified financial year; (4) what (a) total amount was allocated towards the reunification of homeless persons with their families and (b) has been the success rate of the family reunification programme in each province?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 26 Jul 2022

1. Homelessness is a complex and cross-cutting issue that no single Department or entity of Government can address on its own. The Department is currently leading efforts to develop a policy framework that will guide and coordinate interventions by various key role players in addressing homelessness.

The policy framework will outline the roles and responsibilities, norms and standards within which such services should be ...

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2022-w2432 - 26 July 2022

Mothusi Kenneth Montwedi to ask the Minister of Social Development

With regard to the old age centre in Podimoe Location in Taung in the North West, which was completed three years ago but has not been occupied and remains a white elephant with some social workers appointed and not doing anything on a daily basis, (a) on what date is it envisaged that her department will open the old age centre, (b) what total amount did the centre cost her department and (c)(i) what total number of social workers are currently working from the specified centre and (ii) for how long?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 26 Jul 2022

a) The province does not have a date as yet for the opening of the old age centre in Podimoe Location in Taung. The actual date of opening is dependant on the following which are still pending:

  • Appointment of a Nursing Manager and other nursing personnel
  • Delivery of furniture in accordance with the norms and standards
  • Registration of the facility in terms of the ...
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2022-w2343 - 26 July 2022

Gizella Opperman to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)With reference to the report of the Auditor-General for the 2020-21 financial year, with what total amount did the debtors book increase in the specified financial year, due to the R350 grant overpayment; (2) (a) what total number of ineligible beneficiaries received (i) food parcels and/or (ii) vouchers in the past financial year and (b) to what total monetary value?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 26 Jul 2022

(1) To date, there is no COVID-19 SRD Grant debtors recorded by either SASSA or DSD. Pending further investigation, an estimated amount of R11 million was recorded as a disallowance under miscellaneous due to recipients who may have potentially wrongfully benefited from the grant.  However, I must point out that this an estimated figure as the final will only be known after the investigation has ...

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2022-w2280 - 26 July 2022

Gizella Opperman to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)(a) What is the total number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that are funded by her department who provide feeding in the Northern Cape, (b) where is each NGO situated, (c) what is the name of each NGO, (d) what number of persons does each organisation feed, (e) how do they target the people they support and/or where are they from and (f) what criteria do they use in order to support the persons; (2) what (a) is the total number of persons recorded by her department who are living below the food poverty line in the Northern Cape, (b) are the reasons for extreme poverty in the specified province and (c) where is poverty the most extreme in the province?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 26 Jul 2022

(a)What is the total number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that are funded by her department who provide feeding in the Northern Cape

  • 213 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) funded (detailed in “List A” below).

(b) where is each NGO situated

  • See areas listed below under heading “List A”

(1)(c) what is the name of each NGO,

  • See organizations listed below under heading “List ...
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2022-w2105 - 26 July 2022

Alexandra Lilian Amelia Abrahams to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Whether, in the light of certain first-hand accounts contained in The Sunday Times newspaper dated 8 May 2022 regarding child malnutrition and hunger (details furnished), she has found that child malnutrition and hunger is at crisis levels in the Republic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (2) whether her department has provided any support to the families; if not, why not; if so, what (a) is her department’s response and/or position regarding the accounts contained in the articles and (b) is her department’s (i) short-, (ii) medium- and (iii) long-term plan to tackle child malnutrition, hunger and death; (3) whether she will increase the Child Support Grant to be in line with the food poverty line; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, on what date; (4) whether she will furnish the Portfolio Committee on Social Development with a copy of the maternal support policy; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, on what date; (5) on what date will the maternal support policy be ready for implementation?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 26 Jul 2022

1. Yes, child malnutrition and hunger have reached crisis levels in the Republic. This can be attributed to the following key drivers of food insecurity and vulnerability:

a) Economic decline and unemployment - The slowdown in the national economy has resulted in mass job losses over the past two consecutive years. With no employment and reduced income, millions of people could not afford to ...

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