2020-w2058 - 26 October 2020

Nontando Nolutshungu to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the intention of the SA National Roads Agency to roll out road infrastructure projects, in particular the 278 projects that have been advertised and the 200 additional road infrastructure projects across the nine provinces, what (a) total number of the specified road infrastructure projects are rural road upgrades and (b) are the names of the villages that will benefit from the projects?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 26 Oct 2020

a) As SANRAL is responsible for the National Road network which links cities and towns nationally, most of the national road network is rural, as a result most of SANRAL road projects are located in rural areas. Of the 278 projects (Total for Consultants and Contractors), that have been advertised at time of article for calendar year 2020, 77 projects were for financial year ...

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2020-w1951 - 26 October 2020

Nontando Nolutshungu to ask the Minister of Transport

Why does he keep on spending taxpayers’ money on Autopax and Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), given that out of a fleet of 555 Autopax buses only 131 buses are operating and that PRASA did not have money to pay its employees in January 2020, whilst some of its competitors are delivering a good service and have been making a profit for years?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 26 Oct 2020

One of the main objects of PRASA’s business, provided for in the Legal Succession Act of South African Transport Services (“SATS” Act of 1989 as amended), is to provide for long haul passenger bus services within, to and from the Republic in terms of the principles set out in section 4 of the National Land Transport Transition Act, 2000 (Act No. 22 of ...

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2020-w2057 - 26 October 2020

Nontando Nolutshungu to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to the announcement by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) of the insourcing of 3 000 security guards, with the subsequent exclusion of many persons who provided services to Prasa but did not meet the requirement of having a Matric certificate, including job losses at Prasa, as the workers were effectively disqualified for the positions that were advertised as they do not meet the specified requirement, (a) why has Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) experience and expertise accumulated over time not been considered in this case and (b) what total number of security guards who were providing services to Prasa have been left out of the insourcing drive?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 26 Oct 2020

a) The minimum requirement for the advertised posts was a matric qualification and as such only applicants who possessed matric at the time of application were considered. Acquisition of RPL is the responsibility of an applicant to obtain through the assessment of their existing qualification (if any) and experience through SAQA.

b) PRASA has no knowledge of people that were left out of the ...

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2020-w1847 - 26 October 2020

Nontando Nolutshungu to ask the Minister of Transport

What (a) is the extent of the damage done to the rail network in Cape Town, (b) will be the total cost to his department to fix the damages and restore rail operations in Cape Town and (c) steps, besides building fences and employing security guards, have been taken by his department to prevent vandalism to infrastructure in future?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 26 Oct 2020

a) The Damage to the Cape Town Rail Network Infrastructure is currently at a point where electric trains cannot run in some of the corridors. The following corridors in particular are extremely impacted by acts of sabotage and criminality:

  • Langa –Bonteheuwel-Sarepta-Bellville,
  • Bonteheuwel – Kaptensklip, and
  • Bonteheuwel –Chris Hani.

b) The total cost to repair and upgrade the affected corridor is in excess of R1.8billion ...

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2020-w1957 - 01 October 2020

Nontando Nolutshungu to ask the Minister of Transport

Considering the need for social distancing to prevent the spread of Covid-19, (a) how are social distancing measures enforced on aircraft and (b) what measures are in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on aircraft?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 1 Oct 2020

South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)

a) The front and back rowsof the aircraft are left open to ensure that if a suspected case is picked up on board the passenger will be isolated during flight. The 1,5 – 2metre social distancing is not applied inside the aircraft because the new generation aircraft are fitted withsophisticated air filters calledHigh-Efficiency-Particulate Air Filters / Arrestors (HEPA) which ...

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2020-w2040 - 01 October 2020

Christian Hans Heinrich Hunsinger to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)What measures have been undertaken to replace SA Civil Aviation Authority’s Calibration Cessna Citation aircraft which crashed in January 2020; (2) whether there are any South African aviation companies that have both the aircraft and pilot’s skills that will ensure accurate calibration of the Republic’s main airports; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (3) were any of the specified companies approached to provide a quote on instrumentation calibration at any major airport; if not, why not; if so, on what date will operations commence?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 1 Oct 2020

1. The SACAA went on an open tender to procure the services of a service provider who can provide calibration services to the SACAA FIU clients.The tender was advertised on 19 February 2020 and ultimately closed on 17 March 2020. A service provider was appointed according to the PFMA requirements and they commenced work on 22 August 2020. The permanent replacement has been ...

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2020-w2070 - 01 October 2020

Rosina Ntshetsana Komane to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether his department has distributed the Covid-19 relief grant to the taxi industry; if not, by what date will the specified measure be implemented; if so, (a) what (i) total number of taxi owners have benefited from the specified grant to date and (ii) criteria were used to identify the qualifying taxi owners and (b) who have been the recipients?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 1 Oct 2020

1. The Department secured a once-off relief fund to the tune of R1,135 million, as part of government’s response package. The funds werebased on a principle of ex gratia payment and were not intended to compensate for loss of income. The following conditions were put in place for operators to qualify for the relief:

  1. The taxi operation must be formally registered as ...
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2020-w2012 - 01 October 2020

Thamsanqa Bhekokwakhe Mabhena to ask the Minister of Transport

What is the total headcount of security personnel employed by companies that are currently providing security services to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 1 Oct 2020

The current headcount of security personnel employed by companies contracted by PRASA to provide security services is as follows:

#

Company

Complements

1

ComweziSecurity Services (62 Metrorail and 34 Main Line Passenger Services)

96

2

Chippa Training Academy (Company did not return to sites following the termination in April 2020)

157

3

Sechaba Security Services

268

4

Supreme Security Services

200

5

ChumaSecurity Services

200 ...

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2020-w2014 - 01 October 2020

Thamsanqa Bhekokwakhe Mabhena to ask the Minister of Transport

What are details of the criteria used by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa to absorb the existing security personnel?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 1 Oct 2020

PRASA has a Recruitment and Selection policy which amongst other things details the minimum qualifications, experience and skills for advertised positions. It is also important to note that this was not an automatic absorption of security personnel, but a thorough, comprehensive and rigorous recruitment and selection process to identify fit for purpose security personnel.

In this regard, the minimum educational criteria was a Matric ...

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2020-w2092 - 01 October 2020

Christian Hans Heinrich Hunsinger to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether a tender process has been followed in order to replace the SA Civil Aviation Authority’s calibration Cessna Citation aircraft that crashed in January 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the closing date of the tender and (b) where was the tender advertised; (2) whether a successful bidder has been selected; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) who is the successful bidder and (b) what are the details of experience of the successful bidder in terms of (i) qualifications and (ii) calibration equipment for aircrafts?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 1 Oct 2020

1. South African Civil Aviation Authority has followed a tender process for the replacement of the Cessna Citation Aircraft that crashed in January 2020.Three separate tender bids were issued.

(a) irst tender was advertised on the 13 July 2018 and closed on the 10 August 2018

Second tender was advertised on the 12 April 2019 and closed on the 10 May 2019 and ...

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