Questions and Replies

The right of Members to put questions to Ministers is an important part of ensuring the executive authority’s accountability to the Provincial Parliament. Questions may be put to Ministers related to their spheres of responsibility. Replies to questions are either given orally in the House or in writing. The replies to oral questions are recorded in Hansard.

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Question Question Number Date Question Link

(a) What is the number of Grade 7 learners from the Van Rheede Primary School who have applied for placement at the Oudtshoorn High School for the 2023 academic year,

(b) (i) how many have been accepted and admitted and (ii) what is the breakdown by (aa) race, (bb) age and (cc) gender and

(c) (i) how many are on the waiting list, (ii) how many have not been accepted and (iii) what is the breakdown by (aa) race, (bb) age and (cc) gender?


11 9 September 2022 13615

With regard to the developments at the Heathfield High School and the provincial government’s expenditure on the Wesley Neumann matter:

(1)     (a) What is the total breakdown of the expenditure incurred by the provincial government and the WCED on the Wesley Neumann matter and (b) what (i) are the details of the expenditure items, (ii) is the cost per item from the beginning of the matter to date and (iii) are the details and cost of any outstanding payments;

(2)     what is the (a) total breakdown of the legal costs for the appeal to be finalised and (b) detailed breakdown of costs incurred for arbitration thus far;

(3)     whether his Department approved ad-hoc posts outside the official staff establishment for the Heathfield High School; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) what is the total cost and/or amount allocated for this;

(4)     whether the Municipal Act and/or South African Schools Act allow the deployment of law enforcement officers at schools to instil discipline; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) which laws were applied for the deployment of law enforcement officers at the school;

(5)     what is the total cost for the deployment of law enforcement officers at the Heathfield High School to date?

8 9 September 2022 13614

In relation to the WCED’s CEMIS and the national Department’s SA-SAMS data systems:

(1)     Whether there have been any instances where discrepancies with the national Department have resulted in lower equitable share allocations to the WCED; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2)     what changes to the SA-SAMS must be incorporated in order to ensure its harmonisation with the output of the CEMIS?

4 26 August 2022 13613

With regard to the structural risk report done by Tusk:
(1) Whether a copy of the structural risk report done by Tusk last year at the Bontebok Primary School can be provided;
(2) what progress has been made since the report was given to WCED;
(3) what plans are in place to ensure the implementation of the report?

1 8 July 2022 13612

(1) Whether there is factual evidence that the complaints by farmers that the increase in their input cost is currently by far exceeding the inflation rate; if so, (a) what are the main drivers of the increases in input costs and (b) to what extent have the prices changed over the last 12 months;
(2) what will the effects of a continued increase in input costs be on the (a) cost of food, (b) economic viability of farming and (c) liquidation of farming operations;
(3) whether there are already signs of the expected changes in the prices of food products; if so, what are the relevant details?


5 9 September 2022 13611

With regard to his announcement at the Women in Construction Engagement on 31 August 2022 of an app to streamline tender processes:
(1) What are the precise plans for the development of this app and (b) when will the app be launched;
(2) whether his Department has implemented any measures to reduce the amount of documentation needed for the tender application process, given the concerns raised by attendees at the engagement; if so, what are the relevant details?

7 9 September 2022 13610

With regard to the maintenance and fixing of traffic lights:
(1) (a) Which sphere of government is responsible for fixing and maintaining the R300 traffic lights in the City of Cape and (b) which sphere of government is responsible for fixing and maintaining traffic lights at national and regional intersections in the City of Cape Town;
(2) whether there is a (a) process and (b) timeline for fixing traffic lights at national and regional intersections in the City of Cape Town; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

2 2 September 2022 13609

With regard to the Diep River directive:
(1) Whether the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act 107 of 1998), does allow the provincial Minister to impose administrative fines or penalties as listed in the Diep River directive; if not, whose responsibility is it to impose the listed penalties for non-compliance with the directive;
(2) what action has been taken by his Department in the absence of strategic stormwater outlets being installed to trap general waste by 30 November 2021, as specified in point 4.2.7 of the amended directive;
(3) what (a) steps and (b) associated timelines have been put in place by his Department to ensure that the Estuary Rehabilitation Plan, as specified in point of the amended directive, is implemented;
(4) whether his Department will continue to conduct quarterly engagements with the (a) Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA), (b) Milnerton Central Residents Association, (c) national Department of Water and Sanitation and (d) national Department of the Environment, Forestry and Fisheries; if not, why not?

6 9 September 2022 13608


Access Week Figures





Number of people

 7 578

 7 600

*3 744

*4 781

*Drop in visitor numbers during the 2020 and 2021 financial years are attributed to the COVID-19 outbreak and regulations enforced at the time.

[a]    Access Week provides free access to all members of the public to participate in recreational activities that a protected area has on offer from picnicking, birding, hiking or mountain biking just to mention a few. CapeNature also uses this opportunity to facilitate a variety of organised educational programmes for different community groups at several of its reserves during this period.

[c]    The success of the Access Week campaign will be measured by awareness drives and promotional marketing tactics.

  • The number of visitors to the reserves.
  • The number of environmental education initiatives on reserve.
  • Social media and digital engagement
  • Earned media through press release distribution.
  • Paid media through advertising reach.


4 9 September 2022 13607

With regard to the reply to question 8 of 19 August 2022:
(a) On what date is maintenance due to commence at the Berg River facility shared between Sassa and her Department and (b) when is the maintenance due to be completed?

3 9 September 2022 13606