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01 September Written Reply to Question 2600 - What numbers of mines were found not to be compliant with regulations pertaining to water use licences (a) in the 2016-17 financial years and (b) since 1 April 2017?
14 August Written Reply to Question 2353 - With reference to her reply to question 2195 on 31 October 2016, has she started the process of replacing the Board of Sedibeng Water whose term ended on 30 April 2017; if not, why not; if so, when (a) did the process to replace the board begin and (b) will a new board be put in place?
14 August Written Reply to Question 2352 - (a) For how long has the position of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the Overberg Water been vacant (b) why has this vacancy not been filled?
14 August Written Reply to Question 2351 - (a) What are the qualifications requirements for the position of General Manager of the Project Management Unit at Magalies Water, (b) who is the current incumbent, (c) is the person serving in a permanent capacity and (d) what are the details of the specified person's qualifications?
14 August Written Reply to Question 2350 - Whether the internal audit function of Magalies Water has been outsourced; if so, (a) why, (b) for what period, (c) which company is performing the internal audit function, (d) what are the terms of the contract and (e) what is the total amount that has been paid to the specified company to date?
14 August Written Reply to Question 2349 - What position does a certain person (name furnished) hold at Magalies Water?
14 August Written Reply to Question 2348 - Whether Magalies Water is paying for any courses or further studies of its (a) Chief Operating Officer and/or (b) Chief Executive Officer; if so, in each case, (i) what are the relevant details, (ii) at which institutions, (iii) what are the costs of the courses and/or studies and (iv) for what period of time?
14 August Written Reply to Question 0304 - Other than the recognition of the importance and value of South Africa's strategic water source areas in the National Water Resources Strategy 2, what is her department doing to ensure that the water source areas are given effective legal protection through the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998?
14 August Written Reply to Question 2303 - (a) What are the names of the deputy Directors-General in her department who are currently under suspension, (b) what are the reasons for their suspension and (c) what measures have been put in place to ensure that their directorates continue to function smoothly?
07 August Written Reply to Question 2216 - Whether, with reference to her replies to question 208 on 24 February 2017 and question 866 on 19 April 2017, the assessment that was conducted jointly by Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and Rand Water was completed in May 2017?
07 August Written Reply to Question 2060 - What is her department doing to stop the (a) contamination of our water supply such as rivers by municipalities and (b) flow of old motor oil from the notorious pavement mechanics into our water supply?
30 June Written Reply to Question 2035 - (a) What is the name of each (i) water user association and (ii) irrigation board in each province that owes her department money, (b) what is the total amount that each (i) association and (ii) board owe, (c) for how long has each payment been in arrears and (d) what are the (i) names and (ii) locations of each affected water board in each case?
30 June Written Reply to Question 1997 - Does her department have documentation of all water infrastructures that existed before 1994; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?
23 June Written Reply to Question 1946 - With regard to the upgrade of Rand Water System 5, (a) how many tenders that were approved exceeded best of tender, (b) what is the amount that was exceeded in each case and (c) what are the names of the companies in each case?
23 June Written Reply to Question 1945 - With regard to the upgrade of Rand Water System 5, (a) how many contracts were issued, (b) what are the names of companies that were awarded the contracts?
23 June Written Reply to Question 1900 - Whether (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her appointed transaction advisors for tenders in the period 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2016; if so, (i) who were the transaction advisors that were appointed for the tenders?
19 June Written Reply to Question 1864 - What is (a) the purpose of her department's projects having contingency funds and (b) the maximum amount of any project's contingency fund that can be utilised
19 June Written Reply to Question 1811 - Which entities reporting to her (a) have a board in place and (b) do not have a board in place, (i) of those that have a board, (aa) when was each individual board member appointed?
09 June Written Reply to Question 1779 - Does (a) she, (b) her Deputy Minister or (c) any of the heads of entities or bodies reporting to her make use of security services paid for by the State for (i) him/herself, (ii) his/her immediate family members or (iii) any of their staff members; in each case (aa) what are the reasons for it?
09 June Written Reply to Question 1744 - Whether any staff of (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her were awarded any contracts or agreements to conduct business with any state entity in the (i) 2014-15, (ii) 2015-16 and (iii) 2016-17 financial years?
09 June Written Reply to Question 1668 - Whether any action has been taken against her department's chief financial officer for incurring over R 2 billion in irregular expenditure in the 2015-16 financial year; if not, (a) why not and (b) will action be taken; if so, what are the relevant details?
09 June Written Reply to Question 1667 - What is the (a) name, (b) location, (c) nature of work done and (d) total cost of each dam safety project undertaken by a certain company (name furnished) in each of the past five financial years?
09 June Written Reply to Question 1665 - What is the (a) nature, (b) cost, (c) location and (d) commencement date of each (i) Accelerated Community Infrastructure project and (ii) Water and Sanitation Implementation Committee project currently under construction?
09 June Written Reply to Question 1664 - With reference to her reply to question 909 on 24 April 2017, (a) what is the total number of service level agreements that have been finalised with municipalities that are in arrears with the various water boards, (b) what are the names of the municipalities and (c) what is the total amount owed by each municipality as at 31 March 2017?
09 June Written Reply to Question 1601 - (a) What percentage of her department's budget was allocated towards drought relief in the current financial year and (b) what amount was allocated for the Western Cape?
09 June Written Reply to Question 1600 - Whether her department has any (a) partnership or (b) bilateral agreement with any government entity in Israel; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, how many Israeli companies are involved in these (i) partnerships and (ii) agreements?
09 June Written Reply to Question 1599 - Given South Africa's water crisis and findings by the World Resources Institute that South Africa will be one of the world's most water stressed countries by 2040, as compared to countries such as Somalia and Sudan, what is her department doing to promote innovation and development in the water saving sector, in terms of (a) money spent and (b) plan of action?
02 June Written Reply to Question 1563 - What are the full details of each contract awarded by the Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority (a) in each of the past three financial years and (b) since 1 April 2017, in each case specifying (i) the name and (ii) cost?
26 May Written Reply to Question 1511 - Whether (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her procured any services from and/or made any payments to (i) a certain company (name furnished) or (ii) any other public relations firms?
26 May Written Reply to Question 1447 - When did Rand Water (a) start with maintenance work on their G28 concrete pipeline and (b) inform the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality about the pending work?
12 May Written Reply to Question 1244 - Whether any new employment positions were created in the Office of the Director­ General of her department since 1 Apri12016; if so, (a) why, (b) which positions were created, (c) who was appointed to each position and (d) what are the terms of their employment?
12 May Written Reply to Question 1242 - Whether (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her has (i) procured any services from and/or (ii) made any payments to the Decolonisation Foundation?
12 May Written Reply to Question 1173 - With regard to her reply to question 208 on 24 February 2017, what was the outcome of the joint assessment undertaken by her department and the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality?
12 May Written Reply to Question 1172 - Whether, with reference to the declaration of Eastleigh as a disaster area by the Premier of Gauteng, her department has applied for disaster funding in order to repair the Eastleigh solute channel damaged by flooding on 9 November 2016 in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality in Gauteng?
12 May Written Reply to Question 1171 - (a) When last was the Eastleigh solute channel in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality in Gauteng, which was damaged by flooding on 9 November 2016, maintained and (b) what amount was paid towards the maintenance?
12 May Written Reply to Question 1170 - By what date will her department repair the Eastleigh solute channel in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality in Gauteng, which was damaged by flooding on 9 November 2016?
12 May Written Reply to Question 1146 - (a) How many employment positions does the Office of her department's Director­ General currently have, (b)(i) how many of the specified positions are currently vacant?
12 May Written Reply to Question 1145 - (a) How many requests for quotes exceeding the value of R10 million were made by Rand Water in the (i) 2014-15, (ii) 2015-16 and (iii) 2016-17 financial years and (b) in each case, (i) on what date was the money paid, (ii) what was the value of each transaction, (iii) what was the plant code and (iv) what was the nature of the project in each case?
05 May Written Reply to Question 1059 - Whether any probity checks were conducted in respect of the appointment of candidates to Mhlathuze Water Board prior to its establishment in the 2009-10 financial year; if not, why not; if so..?
05 May Written Reply to Question 1058 - Whether the Public Protector conducted an investigation into Mhlathuze Water in the period 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2010; if so, (a) what was the purpose of the investigation and (b) on what date will the final report be available to the public?
05 May Written Reply to Question 1057 - Whether a water use licence was issued to WPB Colliery for coal mining in Mpumalanga between 2010 and 2016; if not, why not; if so, was a full environmental impact assessment report made available to her department to consider the possible impact on the Elands River and Crocodile River?
05 May Written Reply to Question 1056 - Whether water use licences were issued to certain companies (names furnished) for the mining operation (a) in the Wakkerstroom area and/ (b) in any other area in the GertSibande District in Mpumalanga; if so, on what date was the water use licence issued in each case?
05 May Written Reply to Question 1055 - Whether water use licences were issued to certain companies (names furnished) for the mining operation (a) in the Wakkerstroom area and/ (b) in any other area in the GertSibande District in Mpumalanga; if so, in each case, (i) on what date was the licence issued and (ii) for which area was the licence granted?
05 May Written Reply to Question 1054 - Whether her department has suspended any water use licences since 1 January 2008; if so, what is the (a) name of the company and/or (b) nature of its business in each case?
05 May Written Reply to Question 1053 - Whether the water tribunal has concluded the appeal against the granting of water use licence to a certain company WPB Colliery (Pty) Ltd in Mpumalanga; if not, by what date will the appeal be concluded; if so, will he provide a copy of the resolution to Ms T E Baker?
05 May Written Reply to Question 1000 - With reference to her reply to question 2934 on 31 August 2015, (a) why was the Groblersdal Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Greater Sekhukhune District Municipality not completed in December?
05 May Written Reply to Question 999 - Whether her department has put any operational plans in place to address the infestation of hyacinth plants at the Roodeplaat Dam; if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the full details of the operational plans and (b) is the timeframe for cleaning and prevention of hyacinth?
26 April Written Reply to Question 112 - Whether any (a) achievements have been reached and (b) progress was made in eradicating the bucket toilet system in formal and informal areas; if not, (a) why not and (b) when will it be eradicated; if so, what are the relevant details?
26 April Written Reply to Question 111 - Whether her department has any programmes to raise awareness on the importance of (a) water conservation and (b) the promotion of sanitation best practices?
26 April Written Reply to Question 110 - Whether her department has any (a) plans and (b) strategies to relieve pressure of water shortages or crises in some areas in order to ascertain that its mandate is adhered to (details furnished); if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;
26 April Written Reply to Question 107 - Why is her department not managing the dispute management of water boards and the debt owed by municipalities appropriately in a manner that promotes and facilitates intergovernmental relations rather than opting to settle the matter in court (details furnished);
26 April Written Reply to Question 98 - (a) How many foreign (i) engineers and (ii) technicians were contracted by her department in the 2016/17 financial year, (b) what is the country of origin in each case and (c) what is the total amount budgeted for foreign nationals who are employed by her department?
26 April Written Reply to Question 96 - What mechanisms are in place to monitor water wastage in municipalities?
26 April Written Reply to Question 95 - (a) What quantifiable damage was caused by the recent drought and (b) how much was spent by her department to alleviate the situation?
26 April Written Reply to Question 89 - (a) At what level are all the (i) dams and (ii) reservoirs in each province and (b) what plans are in place to mitigate the issue?
26 April Written Reply to Question 70 - How much was the total grant allocation for drought relief by her department to the provinces in the 2016/17 financial year
31 March Written Reply to Question 944 - Whether there is any position of (a) chief executive officer, (b) chief financial officer and/or (c) chief operating officer that is currently vacant in each entity reporting to her; if so, (i) how long has each specified position been vacant and (ii) what is the reason for each vacancy;
31 March Written Reply to Question 909 - Which municipalities in each province had overdue payments of up to 90 days to the relevant water boards as at 28 February 2017?
31 March Written Reply to Question 866 - Whether, with reference to her reply to question 208 on 24 February 2017, the assessment that was conducted jointly by Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and Rand Water has been completed; if not, on what date is it expected that the assessment will be completed;
31 March Written Reply to Question 850 - (a) How many of the 30 operational water tankers in North West has her department withdrawn and (b) why in each case?
31 March Written Reply to Question 849 - Whether her department has put any training programmes in place for municipal operators of water and waste water treatment works; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?
31 March Written Reply to Question 848 - With reference to her department's acknowledgement that certain areas in the North West still require support, as indicated in her department's presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation on 1 March 2017, (a) how is her department going to support the (i) NgakaModiriMolema and (ii) Dr Ruth Mompati District Municipalities,
31 March Written Reply to Question 847 - What are the names of each (a) candidate that was shortlisted to fill the vacancy of the director-general in her department and (b) member of the panel that interviewed the specified persons;
31 March Written Reply to Question 846 - (a) What is the (i) total amount that her department owes to each contractor as at 28 February 2017, (ii) name of each contractor and (iii) outstanding amount and (b) by what date will the outstanding amounts be paid to the respective contractors?
24 March Written Reply to Question 717 - With reference to her reply to question 1194 on 24 May 2016, (a) what number of the 35 Cuban engineers are still in the employ of her department and (b) on what date will the employment contracts of each specified engineer expire;
17 March Written Reply to Question 711 - Did (a) her department or (b) any entity reporting to her participate in the Dialogue with the President: Unpacking of the SONA 2017 on Radical Economic Transformation Implementation event hosted at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga, Durban, on 25 February 2017; if so, what amount was spent in each case;
17 March Written Reply to Question 647 - With reference to her reply to question 475 on 31 March 2016, (a) what progress has been made to date on the upgrading of the Brits Water Treatment Works in the Madibeng Local Municipality in North West
17 March Written Reply to Question 646 - What is the name of the contractor(s) to whom the contract(s) to raise the wall of the Clanwilliam Dam was awarded, (b) at what cost was the specified contract awarded, (c) on what date will the specified contractor(s) (i) commence and (ii) complete the relevant work and (d) how will her department's personnel who are currently on the specified site be incorporated into the specified project;
17 March Written Reply to Question 584 - Whether Rand Water in Gauteng paid any bonuses to (a) staff members and (b) board members in the (i) 2014-15, (ii) 2015-16 and (iii) 2016-17 financial years; if so, in each case, (aa) what amount was paid out and (bb) to whom was it paid out?
17 March Written Reply to Question 50 - With reference to the Risk Management Plan which was approved in February 2008, when will the revival of the Roodeplaat Dam Resource Management be implemented?
10 March Written Reply to Question 583 - With reference to the appointment of a certain person (name and details furnished), what were the names of the (a) candidates shortlisted for the position and (b) panelists who interviewed the candidates
10 March Written Reply to Question 582 - (a) What is the total amount owed by her department to all relevant contractors as at 28 February 2017 and (b) in each case, (i) what is the name of the contractor, (ii) what amount is outstanding and (iii) on what date will the amounts be paid?
10 March Written Reply to Question 581 - (a) What is the total amount owed by her department to the 15 water boards as at 28 February 2017 and (b) in each case, (i) what is the name of the water board owed, (ii) what amount is outstanding and (iii) on what date will the amounts be paid?
10 March Written Reply to Question 580 - With reference to her department's comments in a presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation on 1 March 2017 that North West still needs support, (a) how will her department assist with the (i) training and (ii) monitoring of workers
10 March Written Reply to Question 579 - With reference to her department's comments in a presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation on 1 March 2017 that North West still needs support, (a) how does her department intend to support the (i) Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality
10 March Written Reply to Question 475 - Whether her department procured any services from and/or made any payments to (a) Mr Mzwanele Manyi, (b) the Progressive Professionals Forum, (c) the Decolonisation Fund and/or (d) the Black Business Council; if not, in each case
03 March Written Reply to Question 379 - What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price and (d) date on which each vehicle was purchased for use by (i) her and (ii) her deputy (aa) in the (aaa) 2014-15 and (bbb) 2015-16 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2016?
03 March Written Reply to Question 336 - Whether, with reference to the alleged interference (details furnished) by a certain person (name furnished) in the functioning of her department, including the awarding of tenders, she intends to take any steps in this regard; if not, why not; if so, what steps?
01 March Written Reply to Question 12 - Whether, in view of South Africa's bilateral partnership with Lesotho on water supply, the Government intends to intervene with regard to the delay of the construction of the Polihali Dam, which is set to affect the supply of water to Gauteng and adjunct areas such as the Ash River in the Free State; if so, in what manner?
24 February Written Reply to Question 281 - Whether her department is currently experiencing any financial difficulties; if so, (a) when was the situation identified, (b) who identified the situation and (c) what steps are being taken to remedy the situation
24 February Written Reply to Question 280 - (a) How many supplier invoices currently remain unpaid by her department for more than 30 days and (b) what (i) is the name of the company and/or supplier, (ii) amounts are outstanding, (iii) is the reason for nonpayment and (iv) is the envisaged date on which the amounts will be paid?
24 February Written Reply to Question 244 - (a) Why has the community of (i) Sisonke region, (ii) Umkhanyakude sub-region and (iii) the Harry Gwala District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal been without water for over two years and (b) what is her department doing to ensure that the communities have access to good quality clean water?
24 February Written Reply to Question 243 - With regard to the community of Mamone in Ward 21 and 20 in the Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality in Limpopo, which has not had water in their taps since August 2016, (a) why does the specified community not have water
17 February Written Reply to Question 236 - Is there a maintenance plan to ensure that the water pipes in the (a) Buurendaal, (b) Highway Gardens, (c) Harmelia, (d) Tunney, (e) Elandsfontein and (f) Klepper Park suburbs in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality in Gauteng specified suburbs are regularly maintained
17 February Written Reply to Question 208 - (a) What are the reasons that Rand Water blocked the storm water pipes in Oak Avenue, Primrose, Germiston, when laying new pipes and (b) when will the situation be rectified
17 February Written Reply to Question 207 - (a) When last did Rand Water upgrade its water pipes in the (i) Buurendaal, (ii) Highway Gardens, (iii) Harmelia, (iv) Tunney, (v) Elandsfontein and (vi) Klapper Park suburbs in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality in Gauteng
17 February Written Reply to Question 170 - How many water use licences granting abstraction of water from the Hluhluwe River currently exist
17 February Written Reply to Question 169 - Whether a water use licence has been applied for in respect of the proposed Fuleni Coal Mine; if not, why not; if so, what (a) would be the source of this water and (b) volume has been applied for?
09 February Written Reply to Question 133 - With regard to the Amathole District Municipality project to build toilets in villages in the district, (a) when did the project begin, (b) what are the details of the progress of the project

 

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