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Minister Zweli Mkhize Responds to Questions for Written Reply

MINISTER OF COOPERATIVE GOVERNANCE AND TRADITIONAL AFFAIRS, DR ZWELI MKHIZE RESPONDS TO QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN REPLY

 

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NUMBER PQ2018/02

 

Mr W M Madisha (Cope) to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and   Traditional Affairs:

 

  • What was the total amount in funding that the Western Cape provincial government and its municipalities have requested from national government to mitigate the drought disaster, (b) what total amount has national government committed thereto and (c) what total amount of the funding has actually been made available?

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REPLY

 

  1. The Western Cape provincial government and municipalities requested a total amount of R138.3 million for drought intervention measures. (b) The Department of Cooperative Government (DCOG) committed an amount of R74.8 million from the Emergency Disaster Grants (c) An amount of R74.8 million was made available to the provincial government in August 2017. The details of the allocation are as follows:

 

  1. The Provincial Department of Agriculture was allocated R40 million for the provision and transportation of livestock feed to the affected farmers.

 

  1. The allocations to municipalities for water infrastructure are as follows:

 

  1. City of Cape Town – R20.8 million

 

  1. Bitou Local Municipality – R10.9 million

 

  1. Theewaterskloof Local Municipality – R3.1 million.

 

Background Information

The allocated funds have assisted in alleviating the impact of drought situation and the province is reporting significant improvement with regard to the conditions on the ground. The department further establishes partnerships with the private sector and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) where intervention measures with significant impacts and contributions have been implemented within the province. The City of Cape Town has been able to avert chronic water scarcity situation, other municipalities such as Hessequa and George have moved from a red status to a green status in terms of drought and water shortages. The improvements are due to amongst other factors, the intervention measures by government, private sector and NGO’s, stringent water use and management measures as well as the rains received in some parts of the province.

 

Notable is that the focus for the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (DCOGTA) is on Disaster Risk Reduction measures, particularly on anticipating future disaster risks, reducing existing exposure, hazard or vulnerability as well as improving resilience within the communities in line with the Disaster Management Act (Act 57 of 2002). In this case, the department is working closely with the relevant government departments and organs of state such as the South African Weather Service (SAWS), Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) as well as the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) for the predictions of future risks and dissemination of warnings and advisories to enable informed decision making and resilience within provinces and communities.

 

The department has appropriate institutional arrangements within the country for continuous engagements to enable inputs and feedback from the relevant stakeholders across the spheres of government for the enhancement of government programmes in line with the Batho Pele Principles.

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN REPLY

PQ2018/957.  

Mr K J Mileham (DA) to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs:

 

  1. With reference to his statement that 55 municipalities are classified as distressed and/or dysfunctional in his press conference on 20 March 2018, (a) which municipalities have been classified in this manner, (b) what is the primary cause or nature of the distress and/or dysfunctionality in each case and (c) what specific action(s) is his department taking to address the problem in each case?  NW1046E                                               

 

 

REPLY:

  1. The Minister will table the names of 55 municipalities identified as dysfunctional during the next CoGTA budget vote speech. The annual MIG transfers of the identified municipalities were stopped at least twice in the past five years.

 

  1. The primary causes of the distress and/or dysfunctionality can be traced to poor financial management, poor infrastructure management, and/or poor governance and administration. Part of the planned intervention will involve high level assessment of the actual causes in order to better inform interventions.

 

  1. The Department is adopting a multi-pronged approach, which will includes:

 

  1. Establishment and deployment of MISA District Support Teams;
  2. Building a skills pipeline in local government; and
  • Strengthening financial viability through implementation of financial recovery plans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NUMBER PQ2018/05

 

Mr M G P Lekota (Cope) to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs:

 

  1. In view of the application from the Western Cape provincial government in November 2015 for the province to be declared a drought disaster area, (a) what has he found to have been the rationale behind and reasons provided for the initial refusal of the specified application and (b)(i) why was the Cape Town Metro excluded from the five municipal areas subsequently approved for drought disaster status in January 2016 and (ii) has he found this to be the correct decision? NW6E

 

                                                                                                                              

REPLY

 

In terms of section 41(1) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No 57 of 2002) (the DM Act), the responsibility for the declaration of a provincial state of disaster lies with the Premier of a province, after consultation with the other Members of the Executive Council (MECs). In light of the above, it is important to indicate that the Minister of Cooperative Governance does not have the responsibility to consider applications for disaster declarations. Accordingly, no application for the declaration of a provincial state of disaster was submitted by the Western Cape Provincial Government to the Ministry of Cooperative Governance and as such, the Minister did not refuse the application from the Western Cape provincial government in November 2015.

 

  1. Not Applicable.

 

  1. (i) According to records at the disposal of my department, the Department of Cooperative Governance records, the City of Cape Town was not included in the drought report submitted by the Western Cape province for November 2015 to be considered in the classification process in terms of section 23 of the DM Act.

 

  1. (ii) Not applicable.

 

Background Information

Notable is that the focus for the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs is on Disaster Risk Reduction measures regardless of whether disaster declarations in provinces and municipalities are in place or not. The department coordinates Disaster Risk Reduction measures, particularly on anticipating future disaster risk, reducing existing exposure, hazard or vulnerability as well as improving resilience within the communities in line with the Disaster Management Act (Act 57 of 2002). In this case, the department is working closely with the relevant government departments and organs of state such as the South African weather Service (SAWS), Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) as well as the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) for the prediction of future risks and dissemination of early warnings and advisories to enable informed decision making and resilience within provinces and communities.

 

The department has appropriate institutional arrangements within the country for continuous engagements to enable inputs and feedback from the relevant stakeholders across the spheres of government for the enhancement of government programmes in line with the Batho Pele Principles.

 

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