2020-w1649 - 07 January 2020

Adrian Christopher Roos to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

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?

Reply from the Minister of Trade and Industry on 7 Jan 2020

I have been advised by officials in the Department as follows:

(a) Funds for the Industrial Parks Revitalisation Programme projects derives from the Departments’ Critical Infrastructure Programme budget. The Department did not receive additional funding for the Industrial Parks Revitalisation Programme from the national fiscus, necessitating reallocation within existing budget. The outcome of an application for further expenditure related to the Ekandustria Revitalisation Programme ...

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2020-w1663 - 07 January 2020

Dean William Macpherson to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

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?

Reply from the Minister of Trade and Industry on 7 Jan 2020

I have been advised by officials that the department did not contribute funding to the event.

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2020-w1738 - 07 January 2020

Mathew John Cuthbert to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)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); (2) what are the relevant details of the IT contract in terms of (a) costs, (b) procurement processes and (c) date on which the contract was awarded; (3) on what statutory grounds did his department rely when charging the Chief Director with fraud?

Reply from the Minister of Trade and Industry on 7 Jan 2020

The Director-General of the Department of Trade and Industry has advised that the disciplinary matter is currently due to be heard through arbitration at a sitting scheduled for 16-17 January 2020, and some of the issues raised in the question may be the subject of dispute. Accordingly, to avoid prejudice in the matter, a fuller reply may be provided on conclusion of the current ...

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2020-w1718 - 07 January 2020

Annerie Maria Magdalena Weber to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)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; (2) apart from the Chinese government, who are all the investors into the SEZ; (3) whether there will be any hotel development; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) who is involved and (b) where will the hotel be built?

Reply from the Minister of Trade and Industry on 7 Jan 2020

I have been advised that there is no agreement between the President and the Chinese government for investment in the SEZ Musina-Makhado. The honourable member may be referring to another agreement and is requested to clarify.

In respect of the environmental impact assessment, the Department reports that the assessment for the metallurgical cluster is currently underway and is targeted for completion in 2020.

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2020-w1719 - 07 January 2020

Annerie Maria Magdalena Weber to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)On what date will the building of the Mulilo Power Station at the SA Energy and Metallurgical Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Limpopo start; (2) what is the relationship between the SEZ and MC Mining; (3) what is the name of each of the six working groups? NW3119E

Reply from the Minister of Trade and Industry on 7 Jan 2020

I have been advised by the Director General, following consultation with the SEZ concerned, of the following:

1. “The SA Energy and Metallurgical Special Economic Zone has no knowledge nor association with building of Mulilo Power Station.

2. There is no standing or direct relationship between the Musina-Makhado SEZ and MC Mining, who is not an investor in the Zone.

(3) The titles of ...

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2019-w1603 - 09 December 2019

Jacques Warren William Julius to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(a) What amount did the National Empowerment Fund contribute towards land reform and agricultural projects in each year since 2016, (b) were the amounts in the form of loans and/or grants and (c) what is the success rate of the investment?W2959E

Reply from the Minister of Trade and Industry on 9 Dec 2019

I am advised that since 2016, the NEF has provided R60 million in funding to four companies in relation to agriculture or land reform projects. The NEF provides business funding as a combination of loans and equity and does not provide grant funding. A supplementary reply will be provided with additional information.

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2019-w1479 - 02 December 2019

Dean William Macpherson to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

What (a) further work has a certain legal firm (name furnished) done for the Competition Commission (i) in the (aa) 2017-18 and (bb) 2018-19 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2019 and (b) was the nature and value of the work done?

Reply from the Minister of Trade and Industry on 2 Dec 2019

I have been furnished with a reply by the Commissioner of the Competition Commission, Mr Tembinkosi Bonakele, to the question, which follows below:

a) “Ndzabandzaba Attorneys assisted the Commission on litigation of cartel cases, which are currently before the Competition Tribunal and higher courts in respect of which the law firm was briefed or engaged by the Commission in the previous financial years.

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2019-w1546 - 02 December 2019

Mathew John Cuthbert to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(a) What number of Qualifying Small Enterprises (QSEs) passed broad-based black economic empowerment verification over the past year, (b) how does this compare to the number of companies in the past 10 financial years and (c) what number of QSEs from Level 1 to 8 (i) complied and (ii) did not comply with the verification in the past 10 financial years?

Reply from the Minister of Trade and Industry on 2 Dec 2019

I have been advised by the department as follows:

“A firm with an annual total revenue of between R10 million and R50 million is classified as a Qualifying Small Enterprise (QSE) under the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, 2003 (Act 53 of 2003) (the B-BBEE Act).

QSE’s which are majority-owned by black people, do not require verification by a B-BBEE verification professional, and ...

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2019-w1379 - 18 November 2019

Geordin Gwyn Hill-Lewis to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

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?

Reply from the Minister of Trade and Industry on 18 Nov 2019

I am informed by the Director-General that the department has not conducted business with any of the companies and trusts specified nor any of the specified persons in their personal capacity.

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2019-w1307 - 18 November 2019

Dean William Macpherson to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(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?

Reply from the Minister of Trade and Industry on 18 Nov 2019

The Director-General of the Department of Trade and Industry, Mr L October, has advised as follows:

  • In 2013/14 a dti official attended the Intellectual Property Conference in Brazil representing the former Minister Dr Rob Davies.
  • The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), together with the dti officials in April 2019 attended the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in particular the Standing Committee on ...
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