2020-w370 - 22 May 2020

Makosini Chabangu to ask the Minister of Transport

What number of railway stations have closed and are no longer in use in the Republic since 1994?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 22 May 2020

The following stations were closed and are no longer in use:

Gauteng:

  • Ellis Park – was closed in 2009 in preparation for 2010 World Cup. A risk assessment that was conducted showed that the platforms were narrow and could not accommodate the number of commuters going to the stadium. Ellis Park station was also too close to Doornfontein station and could easily use Doornfontein as ...
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2020-w443 - 22 May 2020

Thamsanqa Bhekokwakhe Mabhena to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether he has found that the failure to establish the Consultative Environmental Committee infringes and violates the rights of the citizens and is a violation of the SA Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) (details furnished); (2) whether he has been informed that a licence was granted to a certain company (name furnished) for a heliport, however to date no Consultative Environmental Committee has been established; if not, what form of recourse will he initiate to correct the current violation of the SACAA regulations; if so, what steps has he taken in this regard noting that the residents of Buccleuh have been hardest hit in terms of the alleged dereliction of duty by SACAA; (3) whether there was any public consultation process that was undertaken when the heliport was established, if so, will he furnish Mr T B Mabhena with the (a) details of the meeting(s) and (b) attendance register(s) of the public consultation process?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 22 May 2020

South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)

Answer Q1:

No right are currently being violated by the SACCA, through the non-establishment of a Consultative Environment Committee, for the reason as set out below;

  • The regulation does not impose a requirement for the establishment of a CEC, but allows discretion by the Director of Civil Aviation to be applied as the necessity of a CEC.
  • The ...
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2020-w719 - 22 May 2020

Benedicta Maria Van Minnen to ask the Minister of Transport

(1) Whether in light of five AFRO4000 locomotives that were sold on auction as they were not deemed suitable to run on the Republic’s rail network, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is in talks to purchase more AFRO4000 locomotives from Stadler Rail; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, who are the parties to the negotiations; (2) in view of the fact that Prasa is under administration and his department announced that negotiations would be complete within two weeks from 10 March 2020, what role is his department playing in the negotiations; (3) (a) what steps will Prasa take to protect the money paid to Swifambo Rail Leasing that is currently facing liquidation proceedings in the High Court, (b) are the negotiations for the locomotives related to these proceedings and (c) does it pertain to the remainder of the locomotives that have not yet been delivered; (4) (a) what is the role of the specified company in the negotiations and (b) does this matter relate to the declaratory order sought by the company to avoid a claim of R2,6 billion from Prasa?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 22 May 2020

PRASA has commenced exploratory talks under the guidance of the Department of Transport with the Liquidators of Swifambo contract as well as Stadler Rail the Company that acquired Vossloh Espana. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the discussions have been suspended will resume at a later stage. PRASA is looking at the best deal on this contract and what will be resolved will certainly protect ...

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2020-w371 - 22 May 2020

Nontando Nolutshungu to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What is the total length of the railway track infrastructure in the Republic and (b) how much of it is (i) used and (ii) not used?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 22 May 2020

(a) The total length of railway track in South Africa exceeds 20 000km. PRASA owns approximately 2 300km of railway track, located primarily in the metropolitan areas of the country.

(b) (i) All of the PRASA track is earmarked for operations / use.

(ii) However, due to the unprecedented levels of theft in the PRASA rail environment a number of services have been temporarily suspended ...

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2020-w720 - 22 May 2020

Benedicta Maria Van Minnen to ask the Minister of Transport

(1) (a) What plans does the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) have for when the remainder of the AFRO4000 locomotives, which are deemed unsuitable for the rail network, are delivered to the Republic and (b) which entity would take ownership of the locomotives; (2) (a) whether Prasa has already paid R2,6 billion for the locomotives; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, why is Prasa negotiating to purchase the locomotives; (3) what (a) is the relationship between Prasa and certain companies (names furnished) and (b) steps is Prasa taking to ensure restitution of the R2,6 billion?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 22 May 2020

PRASA has commenced exploratory talks under the guidance of the Department of Transport with the Liquidators of Swifambo contract as well as Stadler Rail the Company that acquired Vossloh Espana. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the discussions have been suspended will resume at a later stage. PRASA is looking at the best deal on this contract and what will be resolved will certainly protect ...

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2020-w227 - 22 May 2020

Pieter Mey to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Which authority has he appointed in terms of section 7 of the National Road Traffic Act, Act 93 of 1996, as inspectors of transport manufactures, builders and importers in Gauteng; (2) which regulations or provisions regulate (a) the issuing of permits for commercial transport operators on public roads, (b) the technical requirements pertaining to the vehicles and (c) operational requirements of such transport services; (3) which provision requires of a truck-tractor and semi-trailer combination to be subjected to the procedure referred to as sequencing?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 22 May 2020

1. Which authority has he appointed in terms of section 7 of the National Road Traffic Act, Act 93 of 1996, as inspectors of transport manufactures, builders and importers in Gauteng;

Answer

Initially, the Department appointed SABS, however, due to the establishment of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) in terms of the NRCS Act, 2008 the NRCS is performing the functions of ...

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2020-w369 - 22 May 2020

Makosini Chabangu to ask the Minister of Transport

What is the percentage of locally produced goods that the Airports Company of South Africa uses to maintain all airports under its control?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 22 May 2020

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)

The Service contracts used for the maintenance of ACSA’s assets have been analysed and information relating to the provisions of spares components and materials for both local and foreign procurement has been extracted. The labour components have excluded from the exercise, however, in all instance are 100% local.

The outcome of the exercise is as per the table ...

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2020-w585 - 22 May 2020

Dumisani Fannie Mthenjane to ask the Minister of Transport

What are the reasons that his department is failing to assist Mr Boy Nonyane from Marite Trust in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, whose house was damaged by a certain company (name furnished) during the road construction of the R40 between Hazyview and Bushbuckridge?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 22 May 2020

  1. SANRAL contract R.040-050-2010/2 for upgrading of R40 from turnoff to Sabie (the R28) to R533 in Bushbuckridge awarded to Roadmac Surfacing (Pty) Ltd and work commenced on 28 February 2011 and ended in February 2013.
  1. The claim was made by Mr Henry Nonyane, of Stand 711; Jim Brown Trust; Hazyview that damage discovered by Ms Agnes Sehlangu to his dwelling was allegedly ...
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2020-w51 - 09 March 2020

Christian Hans Heinrich Hunsinger to ask the Minister of Transport

With reference to his department’s office in their Aviation Department dealing with airfreight/air cargo, what (a) is the office’s purpose, (b) is each of the positions (details furnished) responsible for, (c) has the office done since its establishment, (d) is the role of his department on airfreight development, (e) are the short-, medium- and long- term goals of the department for airfreight/air cargo, (f) total amount has been paid to the persons in these positions since their appointment and (g) is the total budget allocated to this specific department over the past three financial years?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 9 Mar 2020

a) The office dealing with airfreight, amongst other functions, is the Directorate: Aviation Industry Development and Airfreight. The Sub-Directorate: Civil Aviation Freight Logistics specifically has the functional responsibility to lead and provide strategic support for the management of civil airfreight logistics.

b) The Sub-Directorate: Civil Aviation Freight Logistics has two incumbents occupying the funded positions of Deputy and Assistant Directors. The position of the ...

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2020-w52 - 09 March 2020

Christian Hans Heinrich Hunsinger to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) On what legislative structural basis did the War Room of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) come into existence, (b) to whom did the PRASA War Room report, (c) who was in charge of the War Room, (d) what was the total expenses for the PRASA War Room during its existence, (e)(i) what total number of staff was employed at the PRASA War Room and (ii) on whose payroll were they and (f)(i) whose equipment did they use and (ii) what agreements were established on these arrangements?

Reply from the Minister of Transport on 9 Mar 2020

(a) The PRASA War Room was established by the Accounting Authority of PRASA under direction of the Executive Authority.

(b) The Steering Committee of the PRASA War Room reported to the Minister of Transport.

(c) The Steering Committee of the PRASA War Room met weekly and was chaired by the Director General: Department of Transport. A Technical Committee managed the day to day functioning ...

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