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16 Nov Question 2104: 16 November 2001: Mr HA Smit  to ask the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry:
1.(a)What was the extend of projects to eradicate alien vegetation in the magisterial districts of Laingsburg and Beaufort West in the last 12 months, (b) what did the costs of these projects amount to for each month, (c) who paid the costs and (d) who provided transport for the workers;
2. whether any of these transport contractors is receiving any other remuneration from the relevant local authority or any government department; if so,
3. whether approval was granted to the transport contractors by the relevant local authority or government department also to act as contractor; if so, (a) when and (b) by whom?
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2 Nov Question 1939: 2 November 2001: Ms LR Mbuyazi  to ask the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry:
Whether his department constructed the Paris dam on the Bivane river between Vryheid and Paulpietersburg in KwaZulu-Natal; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, who will be the beneficiaries of this dam, with particular reference to the rural community?
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26 Oct Question 1900: 26 October 2001: Mr JJ Niemann  to ask the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry:
Whether his department envisages any capital projects in the Northern Cape in the forthcoming 36 months; if not, why not, if so, what are the relevant details?
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19 Oct Question 1850: 19 October 2001: Mr S Simmons to ask the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry:
Whether his department intends to privatise the provision of water and sanitatin services, if not, why not, if so, what are the relevant details?
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1 Nov Question 375: 1 November 2001: Ms BP Sonjica to ask the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry:
Whether there are any regulations governing companies in the water-bottling industry in South Africa; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?
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  Question 348: 1 November 2001: Mrs RM Southgate to ask the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry:
a: Whether his attention has been drawn to the health and environmental hazards threatening the community of Soweto-on-Sea and Veeplaas who are settled along the Chatty River; if so,
b: whether his department has taken any steps to prevent diseases like cholera from breaking out and spreading; if not, why not; if so, what steps;
c: what is the toxicity level of the water in the Chatty river;
d: whether the community has complained that a certain company (name furnished) is not doing the work it was contracted to do; if so, what steps is his departmet taking in this regard?
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4 Sept Question 236 : 4 Sept 2001 - Kgoshi L C Mothiba to ask the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry:
Whether he or his department has taken or intends taking any steps in respect of sewage spillages into rivers; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details, including the (a) date of commencement, (b) target areas, (c) costs involved, (d) budgetary constraints and (e) manpower required?
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Question 256 : 4 Sept 2001 - Kgoshi L C Mothiba to ask the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry:
Whether, with specific reference to programmes implemented by his department over the past year, there is any correlation between job creation and forest management; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details in respect of (a) target zones, (b) costs, (c) budgetary constraints and (d) number of jobs to be created?
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Question 254 : 4 Sept 2001 - Dr M S Mogoba to ask the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry:
(1) Whether his department has considered building a small dam at the confluence of the Kutswi, Manyukuru and Motsephiri Rivers in the Nebo area; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so,
(2) whether the plan has been abandoned; if so, why; if not,
(3) when will the construction of the dam be undertaken?
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16 March Question 4 : 16 March 2001 - Mr G B D McIntosh to ask the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry:
(1) (a) What overall cost has been incurred to date on projects undertaken at (i) national and (ii) local government level for developing the Muniwater program, (b)(i) how many versions of the Muniwater program have been developed since its initiation and (ii) why have so many versions been developed since its initiation, (c) what are the reasons for the decision to test the Muniwater program at geographic locations with substantial groundwater supplies, but remote from Pretoria and (d) what is the extent to which (i) the relevant managers within his department were informed of the exact nature of the Muniwater program and (ii) any manager or managers within his department are able to operate the program;
(2) whether his department (a) attempted at any stage to purchase existing computer programs which could have been adapted to accommodate the requirements of this venture, (b) tasked any officials to explore the possibility of purchasing such programs and (c) conducted any investigations to ascertain whether there were any programs in existence which could meet the requirements; if so, what are the relevant details;
(3) whether his department will make available the details of the log-book records of the subsidised vehicles used by two engineers in the employ of his department for the purpose of testing the Muniwater program together with the relevant local authorities and consultants; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;
(4) whether the Muniwater program is viable for continued implementation by local authorities; if not,
(5) whether he requested that the use of this program be discontinued; if so, (a) from which date was the program discontinued and (b) what are the further relevant details?
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25 May Question 877 : 25 May 2001 - Mr S Simmons to ask the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry:
(1) What amount (a) was spent in the (i) 1998-99, (ii) 1999-00 and (iii) 2000-01 financial years and (b) has been budgeted for the 2001-02 financial year for the clearing of invading alien vegetation;
(2) whether any progress is being made in the fight against invading alien vegetation; if not, why not; if so, what progress;
(3) whether any new strategies are envisaged to intensify the fight against invading alien vegetation; if not, why not; if so, what strategies?
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19 June Question 1 : 19 June 2001 - Kgoshi L M Mokoena to ask the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry: Which (a) specific villages in and around Bushbuckridge and (b) areas ouside Bushbuckridge will benefit from the Injaka Dam after its completion ?
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6 June Question 18: 6 June 2001 - Mr MCJ van Schalkwyk to ask the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry: Whether in the light of the fact that many households of eMbalengle in Mpumalanga receive only sporadic sewage removal services and the fact that residents have little choice but to use rivers for waste disposal, he or his department intends taking any steps regardin the contamination of the only drinking water available to many of these households and the resulting health threat posed by diseases like cholera; if not, why not; if so, what steps?
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Question 144: 6 June 2001 - Mr MF Cassim to ask the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry: Whether any interested persons and/or organisations have drawn his attention to the fact that the wide-scale destruction of eucalyptus woods will have a deleterious effect on honey bees and on the commercial pollination of fruit trees, particularly in the Western Cape; if so, (a) which persons and/or organisations and (b) what was his or his department's response thereto?
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Question 151: 6 June 2001 - Ms LR Mbuyazi to ask the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry: Whether the Government had studied the newly released Report of the World Commission on Dams with a view to unreservedly implementing the new framework for decision-making as suggested in the report; if not, why not; is so, what are the relevant details?
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Question 178: 6 June 2001 - Mr S Simmons to ask the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry:
1. Whether there are any mechanisms or processes in place to ensure that all households receive six kilolitres of free clean drinking water in areas and settlements where no water meters have been installed: if not, why not: if so, what are the relevant details;
2. Whether any local government authorities iwll not be able to implement the free provision of clean drinking water with effect from 1 July 2001; if so, which local government authorities in each specified province;
3. Whether any provision has been made in his department's budget to provide financial support to local government authorities which are unable to recover the costs incurred in this free provision of water and to those whose communities live in extreme poverty; if not, why not; if so, what amount has been budgeted for this purpose?
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Question 194: 6 June 2001 - Ms PK Mothoagae to ask the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry:
1. Whether his department is experiencing backlogs in addressing matters relating to sanitation in rural areas; if so, what are the relevant details;
2. whether his department has taken or intends taking any steps in this regard; if not, why not; if so, what steps;
3. whether his department has a dedicated directorate dealing with sanitation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details
4. whether his department has taken or intends taking any steps to expedite the eradication of the bucket system; if not, why not; if so, (a) what steps and (b) in what month and year will the bucket system be totally eradicated?
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