2018-w1758 - 20 December 2018

Dennis Richard Ryder to ask the Minister of Public Works

Which construction projects completed by the (a) Property Management Trading Entity and (b) Independent Development Trust (i) in each of the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018 are yet to be handed over to the user departments?

Reply from the Minister of Public Works on 20 Dec 2018

(a) (i) and (ii) The Property Management Trading Entity does not have projects that were completed in the last three financial years that have not yet been handed over to User departments.

(b) (i) and (ii) The Independent Development Trust does not have projects that were completed in the last three financial years that have not yet been handed over to Client departments.

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2018-w1718 - 20 December 2018

Leigh-Ann Mathys to ask the Minister of Public Works

(1) (a) What total amount of land owned by his department and the entities reporting to him in each province is (i) vacant and (ii) unused or has no purpose and (b) what is the (i) location and (ii) size of each specified plot of land; (2) (a) how much of the land owned by his department and the entities reporting to him has been leased out for private use and (b) what is the (i) Rand value of each lease and (ii)(aa) location and (bb) size of each piece of land?

Reply from the Minister of Public Works on 20 Dec 2018

(1) (a) (i) and (ii) The Department of Public Works has a total of 9653 land parcels across the 9 Provinces of the country that are vacant and currently not in use.

(b) (i) and (ii) Specific property details for each of the 9653 properties are captured in the departments’ Immovable Asset Register (IAR).

(2) (a) The number of immovable assets leased out for ...

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2018-w3384 - 19 December 2018

Mandlenkosi Phillip Galo to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether the Government intends to use the contingency reserve to bail out underperforming state-owned entities; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether any funds from the contingency reserve have been used before; if so, (a) what government programmes were targeted and (b) at what value; (3) (a) what amount is the gross net amount in the contingency reserve and (b) does the National Revenue Fund and the contingency reserve fall under the same consolidated account of national Government?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 19 Dec 2018

1. The budget tabled in February provides for a contingency reserve for the three years of the medium term expenditure framework period. The contingency reserve is set aside, but not allocated in advance, to accommodate changes to the economic environment and to meet unforeseeable spending pressures. The contingency reserve for the outer years of the medium term expenditure framework period may also contain funds ...

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2018-w3373 - 19 December 2018

Hlengiwe Octavia Mkhaliphi to ask the Minister of Finance

(a) What were the reasons for the purchase of a certain company (name furnished) by the SA Revenue Service (SARS), (b) who approved the purchase of the company and (c) what services did the company provide to SARS?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 19 Dec 2018

a) SARS did not purchase a certain company (name furnished). A certain company (name furnished) was created and registered by SARS as a wholly owned State Owned Company (SOC) for the purpose of purchasing the business of Tatis Africa (Pty) Ltd and to employ the skilled staff of Tatis. Tatis Africa (Pty) Ltd subsequently changed its name to Tatis International (Pty) Ltd (Tatis), which ...

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2018-w3379 - 19 December 2018

Ngwanamakwetle Reneiloe Mashabela to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether a certain person (name furnished) was given downloaded material during the period 1 January 1999 up to 31 December 2009 of the alleged illegal bugging of the offices of the SA Police Service and the Directorate of Special Operations (Scorpions); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 19 Dec 2018

The Acting Commissioner of SARS has informed me that SARS has no evidence of any such incident(s).

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2018-w3377 - 19 December 2018

Ngwanamakwetle Reneiloe Mashabela to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether he has been informed that members of the so-called Rogue Unit of the SA Revenue Service were allegedly given R150 million by a certain person (name furnished) allegedly to illegally install cameras and bugs at the offices of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation and the SA Police Services in 2007; if not, what is the position in this regard; (2) whether they obtained the authority to do the alleged illegal installations; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, who authorised it?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 19 Dec 2018

  1. I am not aware of an alleged payment of R150 million that was allegedly given to the members of the so called Rogue Unit.
  2. The Acting Commissioner has consulted with his Finance Team and they have confirmed that there is no record of the alleged R150 million payment flowing through the SARS Bank Accounts.
  3. The Acting-Commissioner furthermore informs me that to his knowledge, no ...
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2018-w3311 - 19 December 2018

Ngwanamakwetle Reneiloe Mashabela to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)(a) On what date was the information technology (IT) infrastructure of (i) the National Treasury and (ii) entities reporting to him last upgraded or updated, (b) what is the name of the company contracted to do the upgrades, (c) what was the monetary value of the contract and (d) what is the name of each IT system that was upgraded; (2) (a) what is the name of the company that is currently responsible for the maintenance of the IT systems of (i) the National Treasury and (ii) entities reporting to him and (b) what is the value of the contract?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 19 Dec 2018

NATIONAL TREASURY

(1)(a)(i) 21 December 2016

(1)(a)(i)(b) Storage Technology Services (Pty) Ltd (StorTech)

(1)(a)(i)(c) R13,574,635.87

National Treasury shares infrastructure with Government Technical Advisory Centre and Co-operative Banks Development Agency.

(1)(a)(i)(d) Underlying IT Infrastructure that supports all applications and services, was upgraded.

(2)(a)(i) Maintenance of the IT systems is ...

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2018-w3485 - 19 December 2018

Sibonakaliso Phillip Mhlongo to ask the Minister of Finance

What qualifications and experience did a certain person (name furnished) have to be considered for appointment in certain positions (details furnished)?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 19 Dec 2018

A certain person (name furnished) was appointed as Chief Officer Strategy, Enforcement and Enablement (SEE) on the 1/02/2011. The appointment was based on his extensive experience in enforcement within the Security Cluster. When he commenced his employment at SARS in 1999 he was appointed at a Chief Director level.

It is understood that the SARS qualification framework at that time made provision ...

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2018-w3371 - 19 December 2018

Mzingisi Marshall Dlamini to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether the SA Revenue Service removed a certain service provider for information technology services (name furnished) and replaced it with other specified service providers (names furnished) as contractors or service providers during the period 1 January 1999 up to 31 December 2009; if so, (a) what was the rationale behind this decision, (b) how was the specified rationale substantiated and (c) on what basis were both these companies selected; (2) (a) why was the contract extended for a period of 12 years, (b) has he found that the extension was legal or compliant with relevant legislation and regulations and (c) did either of the companies go through a tender process for the initial contract or the extension?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 19 Dec 2018

1 a) Yes, SARS replaced Oracle with BBD through a deviation process;

This was due to the fact that Oracle UK initially offered to review the offering against SARS’ requirements. Alternative proposals were put forward, but it quickly became apparent that SARS’ functional needs as agreed with Siebel, far exceeded what Oracle intended to deliver regarding scope, cost and implementation timelines.

b) The replacement ...

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2018-w3407 - 19 December 2018

Ken Peter Robertson to ask the Mr K P Robertson (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works:

(1) What are the details of (a) his department’s programme to release departmental property in the Bloubergstrand area, (b) the title of the property and (c) the size of the property; (2) whether the release of the property is for the purposes of restitution claims; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether his department has other properties that are designated to be released for purposes of land reform; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the name of each property and (b) what number of hectares is each property?

Reply from the Mr K P Robertson (DA) asked the Minister of Public Works: on 19 Dec 2018

(1) (a) The property in the Bloubergstrand area has been requested and earmarked for human settlements by the Housing Development Agency.

(b) The property is an unregistered portion of Erf 268, Blaauwbergstrand, known as Erf 1117, Blaauwbergstrand. Erf 268 and Erf 1117 share the title deed number: T1606/1953.1117

(c) The property measures 277.6009 Hectares in extent.

(2) No, the property is ...

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