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17 September 2018 - NW2514

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Shinn, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Telecommunication and Postal Services

Whether the 35277 track and trace number of the SA Post Office is still operational; if not, what is the position in this regard, if so, what are the details of the (a) number of track and trace requests received in each month since 1 March 2018 and (b)(i) performance standards required and (ii) actual performance achieved in terms of the time taken to (aa) process a query, (bb) respond to a query and (cc) resolve a query?

Reply:

I have been informed by SAPO as follows:

1. Yes, with the exception of Vodacom numbers that have not been working since June 2018. Vodacom service was suspended due to non- payment.

(a) CFG Track and Trace- 35277

Period

Number of Requests

Mar-18

11962

Apr-18

10735

May-18

5962

Jun-18

3760

Jul-18

4232

Aug-18

5413

 

(b)(i) A Customer sends an SMS with the parcel” tracking number” to the 35277 track and trace number the short code. A response displaying where the parcel is situated is sent back to the customer’s cell phone in less than a minute.

(ii)(aa)(bb)(cc) are of no relevance since the customer receives feedback from the 35277 number in less than a minute.

 

Approved/ not approved

Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

17 September 2018 - NW2595

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Ketabahle, Ms V to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)     (a) What is the total number of (i) deputy directors-general and (ii) chief directors that are employed in (aa) an acting and (bb) a permanent capacity in his department and (b) what is the total number of women in each case; (2) (a) what is the total number of (i) chief executive officers and (ii) directors of each entity reporting to him and (b) what is the total number of women in each case? NW2886E

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

1. The information provided is as per the staff establishment of the Department on 31 August 2018:

(a)(i) six (6)

(aa) two (2)

(bb) four (4)

(a)(ii) twenty nine (29)

(aa) two (2)

(bb) twenty seven (27)

(b)(i) four (4)

(aa) two (2)

(bb) two (2)

(b)(ii) twelve (12)

(aa) one (1)_

(bb) eleven (11)

ENTITIES

(2) (a)(i) There are seven (7) Chief Executive Officers in the entities and none of them are women.

(ii) Number of directors of each entity

(b) Total number of women

Entity

Non-executive directors

Executive directors

 

SAPO

9

3

4 non-executive directors and 1 executive director

SENTECH

6

3

3 non-executive directors and 0 executive director

NEMISA

6

2

2 non-executive directors and 0 executive director

USAASA

5

2

2 non-executive directors and 0 executive director

BBI

7

2

4 non-executive directors and 0 executive director

SITA

10

2

4 non-executive directors and 1 executive director (CFO resigned)

ZADNA

9

1

5 non-executive directors and 0 executive director

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

17 September 2018 - NW2513

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Shinn, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)   Whether the (a)customer.service@postoffice.co.za and (b) jimcustomerservices@postoffice.co.za email addresses are still functional; if not, in each case, why not; if so, (2) What are the details of the (a) number of emails received by each email address in each month from 1 March 2018 to date, (b) number of SA Post Office employees assigned to process emails received in each case and (c)(i) performance standard required and (ii) actual performance achieved for each of the email addresses in terms of time taken to (aa) read an email, (bb) respond to an email and (cc) resolve a query? NW2800E

Reply:

I have been informed by the Post Office as follows:

(1)(a) The email addresses customer.service@postoffice.co.za and (b) jimcustomerservices@postoffice.co.za are still functional.

(2) The number of emails received from 1 March 2018 were as follows:

(a) (i) March 9721

(ii) April 5318

(iii) May 4794

(iv) June 6534

(v) July 3114

(vi) August 24440

(b) (i) Seven employees were assigned to process emails received in March, April, May and June 2018, two for distributing and five for responses.

(ii) July emails came through during the strike period. As a result, the inbox could not be cleared due to lack of access to the office or system.

(iii) A total of 24 440 emails came through at the height of the strike and only 10 000 were distributed resulting in a backlog of an estimated 14 440 emails as at August 2018.

(c) (i) System generated auto responses within 24 hours and agent to provide acknowledgement within 48 hours. Final outcome to be given within seven working days.

(ii)The actual performance for email addresses customer.service@postoffice.co.za and jimcustomerservices@postoffice.co.za has not been in accordance with standards in relation to (aa) time taken to read an email (bb) respond to an email enquiry and (cc) resolve a query, due to Operational backlogs at Mail Centres; the recent strike and the rise of E-commerce items at Johannesburg International Mail Centre (JIMC). A comprehensive review of the both the Customer Relation Management Programme as well as the Customer Care Centre is being undertaken.

Submitted for approval by

_________________________

Mr OMEGA SHELEMBE

DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL

DATE:

17 September 2018 - NW2512

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1) Whether the SA Post Office (SAPO) has put a formal communications policy in place; if so, (2) are SAPO employees instructed not to engage with the media; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) have any SAPO employees been (a) threatened with dismissal and/or (b) dismissed for engaging with the media since the communications policy was introduced; if so, what are the details of the (i) name of the employee, (ii) nature of disciplinary action taken and (iii) date on which disciplinary action was taken? NW2799E

Reply:

I have been informed by SAPO as follows:

(1) The Post Office has a Communications Policy that standardizes the processes for its internal organizational communications as well as its public corporate communications, including media relations. In addition, the Post Office has a dedicated Communications Business Unit. The policy has been updated to include guidelines and requirements for posts on social media, and the updated version is currently in the approval process.

(2) Structurally, the Communications Business Unit is the custodian of the media affairs function of the Post Office and in terms of the communications policy, individual employees’ media engagements are mandated to be channeled via this Business Unit.

In terms of the policy, only senior management, the Communication section and employees delegated by the Communication section may communicate with the media.

(3)(a) No SAPO employees have been threatened with dismissal for engaging with the media since the communication policy was introduced

(b) No SAPO employees were dismissed for engaging with the media since the policy was introduced.

(i)(ii)(iii) Not applicable

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

17 September 2018 - NW2510

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Whether the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) experienced any delays in certifying the results of students who completed the General Education and Training Certificate: Adult Basic Education and Training currently known as Community Education and Training (CET) qualification (a) in the (i) 2016 and (ii) 2017 academic years and (b) since 1 January 2018; if so, in each case, what (aa) number of students were affected, (bb) were the reasons for the delays and (cc) number of the specified cases were resolved?

Reply:

I have been informed by the SITA as follows:

(a) i) Yes

ii) Yes

(b) Data not available

aa) 2016: 30 533

2017: 43 235

2018: Data not available

bb) The system has recently been taken over from the Department of Basic Education in 2013 and is still being developed for full functionality to include ability to track delayed certification. SITA has recently embarked on a process to improve and strengthen the CET system functionality.

cc) The capability of the system is now being enhanced to improve reporting on subsequently resolved cases. Hence data on subsequent resolutions is currently unavailable.

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

14 September 2018 - NW2456

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Ketabahle, Ms V to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

What is the (a) name of each investing company that has invested on land owned by (i) his department and (ii) each entity reporting to him and (b)(i) nature, (ii) value and (iii) length of each investment?

Reply:

I have been informed by the Department as follows:

DEPARTMENT:

Not applicable to the Department as the department does not own land.

ENTITIES:

Not applicable to all the entities.

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

03 September 2018 - NW2336

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Ketabahle, Ms V to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)(a) What number of labour disputes are currently being faced by (i) his department and (ii) the entities reporting to him, (b) what is the cause of each dispute, (c) what is the nature of each dispute and (d) on what date was each dispute (i) reported and (ii) resolved; (2) (a)(i) what number of employees have been dismissed by his department in the past five years and (ii) for what reason was each employee dismissed and (b)(i) what number of the specified employees were paid severance packages and (ii) what was the monetary value of each severance package?

Reply:

I have been informed by the Department as follows:

DEPARTMENT:

1(a)(i) Number of Labour Disputes

(b) What is the cause of the each dispute

(c) What is the nature of each dispute

(d) On what date was each dispute (i) reported (ii) resolved

The Department currently faces with two (2) labour disputes – one (1) for unfair dismissal and one (1) unfair labour practice relating to salary.

One (1) employee was dismissed due to misconduct.

One (1) employee is alleging that the Department should pay him salary notches

Dismissal due to misconduct.

Unfair labour practice due to payment of salary notches

  1. The unfair dismissal was reported on 1 August 2018.

The unfair labour practice was reported on 27 February 2018.

  1. With regard to the unfair dismissal was dismissed by the General Public Service Sector Bargaining Council (GPSSBC) and the employee applied for rescission.

With regard to the unfair labour practice dispute, the employee applied for condonation and the case is ongoing.

2(a)(i) What number of employees have been dismissed by his department in the past five years

2(a)(ii) for what reason was each employee dismissed

2(b)(i) what number of the specified employees were paid severance packages

2(b)(ii)what was the monetary value of each severance package?

Eight (8) employees have been dismissed during the past five (5) years

Employee 1 - Contravention of procurement policies and procedures

Employee 2 – Falsification of qualifications

Employee 3 – Procurement irregularities

Employee 4 Procurement irregularities

Employee 5 – Irregular appointments

Employee 6 - failing to present proper and lawful delegations of authority to the Minister; failing to manage her relationship with DDGs which had largely contributed to the Department becoming dysfunctional and resulted in paralysis; and failing to support and recognise the role of the Minister which led to the complete breakdown in the trust relationship which was placed in her as the most senior public servant in the Department.

Employee 7 – Breach of trust, gross negligence and prejudice of administration.

Employee 8 – Failing to comply with lawful instructions, utilisation of official passport for personal use

No severance packages were paid to employees

Not applicable

ENTITIES:

Name of entity

1(a)(i) Number of Labour Disputes

(b) What is the cause of each dispute

(c) What is the nature of each dispute

(d) On what date was each dispute (i) reported

1 (d) (ii)Date dispute resolved

Sentech

1

Former employee lodged a sexual harassment claim against a former employee of Sentech

At labour court awaiting finalisation

18-03- 2015

Pending

           

Broadband Infraco (BBI)

1

Constructive dismissal

Unfair dismissal

02-08-2018

CCMA-Ongoing

           

State Information Technology Agency (SITA)

20

Dismissal (retirement)

Unfair discrimination (age)

22-11- 2017

29-05-2018

   

Dismissal (misconduct)

Unfair dismissal

29-11-2017

Ongoing

   

Dismissal (misconduct)

Unfair dismissal

04-12-2017

Ongoing

   

Dismissal (misconduct)

Unfair dismissal

12-01-2018

Ongoing

   

Dismissal (misconduct)

Unfair dismissal

13-02-2018

Ongoing

   

Dismissal (protected disclosure)

Unfair dismissal

08-03-2018

11-06-2018

   

Dismissal (misconduct)

Unfair dismissal

26-03-2018

Ongoing

   

Dismissal (misconduct)

Unfair dismissal

27-03-2018

Ongoing

   

Non-renewal of contract

Unfair dismissal

23-04-2018

14-06-2018

   

Dismissal (misconduct)

Unfair dismissal

02-05-2018

Ongoing

   

Dismissal (misconduct)

Unfair dismissal

09-05-2018

Ongoing

   

Non-renewal of contract

Unfair dismissal

28-05-2018

01-07-2018

   

Dismissal (misconduct)

Unfair dismissal

13-06-2018

Ongoing

   

Dismissal (misconduct)

Unfair dismissal

13-06-2018

Ongoing

   

Retirement age dispute

Unfair discrimination (age)l

18-06-2018

Ongoing

   

Dismissal (misconduct)

Unfair dismissal

20-06-2018

Ongoing

   

Dismissal (disability)

Unfair discrimination (disability)

03-07-2018

Ongoing

   

Dismissal (misconduct)

Unfair dismissal

18-07-2018

Ongoing

   

Suspension

Unfair labour practice

23-07-2018

02-08-2018

   

Dismissal (absenteeism)

Unfair dismissal

07-08-2018

Ongoing

           

zaDNA

Nil

NA

NA

NA

NA

           

Nemisa

3

Reasonable expectation of contract extension

Unfair dismissal

26-09-2017

Pending

   

Unfair conduct in relation to a promotion

Unfair labour Practice

26-09-2017

Pending

   

Unfair conduct in relation to suspension

Unfair labour Practice

20-03-2017

Pending

           

Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA)

4

Improperly and unlawfully recommendation to appoint a service provider; intentionally refuse to sign purchase order; ignorance/no knowledge of Regulation 32; providing contradictory advice; failure to advise and ensuring compliance with USAASA Supply Chain Management (SCM) policy

Gross misrepresentation; gross insubordination; gross dishonesty; gross negligence; gross misconduct

10-02-2018

September 2018

   

Improperly and unlawfully prepared a submission for salary notch payments for 2012/13 and 2013/2014 financial years

Gross dishonesty; serious misconduct;

Fraud; gross negligence

14-03-2018

Pending

   

Improperly and unlawfully prepared a submission for salary notch payments for 2012/13 and 2013/2014 financial years

Gross dishonesty; serious misconduct; gross negligence; dereliction of duties

27-03-2018

Pending

   

Fraudulent use of leave policy; misrepresenting and altering minutes of the Board; altering the governance agreement for 2016/17; misrepresenting the status of Set Top Boxes and antennas; etc.

Gross dishonesty; dereliction of duties; gross insubordination; gross incompetence; contravention of Public Finance Management Act; breach of conditions of employment

09-04-2018

Pending

           

SAPO

62

Misconduct

Dismissal

24 August 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

21 August 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

24 August 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

28 February 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

22 November 17

16 July 2018

   

Promotion

Unfair Labour Practice

25 May 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

12 June 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

10 July 2018

Pending

   

Pay difference

Discrimination

18 July 2018

18 July 2018

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

26 July 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

17 July 2018

17 July 2018

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

20 July 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

14 August 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

2 August 2018

Pending

   

Salary increase

Mutual Interest

21 June 2018

17 July 2018

   

Pay discrimination

Equal Pay

27 September 2018

Pending

   

Promotion

Unfair Labour Practice

31 October 2017

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

30 May 2018

Pending

   

Non-implementation of agreement

Interpretation of agreement

30 May 2018

Pending

   

Not paid accounting allowance

Acting Allowance

27 June 2018

Pending

   

Pay discrimination

Equal Pay

9 July 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Unfair Labour Practice

9 July 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

3 July 2018

20 July 2018

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

21 August 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

25 June 2018

Pending

   

Not granted organisational rights

Organisation Rights

25 June 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

14 August 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

19 March 2018

27 July 2018

   

Promotion

Unfair Labour Practice

12 June 2018

30 July 2018

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

23 October 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

9 April 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

7 June 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

28 June 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

11 April 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

5 May 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

18 May 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

21 June 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

15 June 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

20 July 2018

20 July 2018

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

5 July 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

30 May 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

11 July 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

25 May 2018

Pending

   

Unequal pay

Equal Pay

11 June 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

6 July 2018

23 July 2018

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

20 July 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

26 July 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

20 July 2018

Pending

   

Promotion

Unfair Labour Practice

24 July 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

12 July 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

13 August 2018

Pending

   

Severance pay

Unfair Labour Practice

10 October 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

28 June 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

13 June 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

25 June 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

13 June 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

17 August 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

9 July 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

3 August 2018

Pending

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

26 June 2018

17 July 2018

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

20 April 2018

20 July 2018

   

Misconduct

Dismissal

20 July 2018

20 July 2018

02 July 2018 - NW1722

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Ketabahle, Ms V to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(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:

The Department and Entities have informed me as follows:

Only two entities are relevant to this question.

SENTECH

(1) None

(2) SENTECH has leased out 96 hectares of the land it owns. These sites are not vacant but used for radio transmission.

SAPO

(1) SAPO has a total of number of 22 vacant sites. The 22 vacant sites are earmarked for development.

(2) None

 

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

02 July 2018 - NW1887

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Ketabahle, Ms V to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)What (a) is the total number of incidents of racism that were reported to the human resources offices of (i) his department and (ii) entities reporting to him in (aa) 2016 and (bb) 2017 and (b) are the details of each incident that took place; (2) Was each incident investigated; if not, why not in each case; if so, what were the outcomes of the investigation in each case?

Reply:

I have been informed by the Department and entities as follows:

Only two entities had incidences reported and investigated

(a) SITA : 2016 , One incident - Employee refused to give evidence

2017 , One incident - Resolved through Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

(b) SAPO: 2016 , One incident - Resolved through grievance procedure

2017 , One incident – resolved through with final written warning

SITA

(1)(a)(ii) There were two (2) incidents of racism reported to the human resources office.

(aa) One (1) in 2016 – Investigation done, Employee requested to giveevidence

(bb) One (1) in 2017 – investigation, Employer Assistance Programme

SAPO

(1) The 2016 incident was investigated and resolved through a grievance process and the 2017 incident was investigated and the outcome was final written warning.

Approved/ not approved

Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

02 July 2018 - NW2038

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)    What are the details of the (a) number of accidents that vehicles owned by his department were involved (i) in each of the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018, (b) cost for repairs in each case and (c)(i) number of and (ii) reasons for vehicles being written off in each case; (2) Whether all vehicles owned by his department have tracking devices installed?

Reply:

1. (a)There was only one accident that occured involving a vihicle of the Department in the past three fiancial years. The accident happend on 20th May 2016.

(b) There was no repairs cost incurred by the Department

(c) One vehicle was written off by the Department as it was involved in an accident and it was not cost effective to repair it.

(2) Only the four vehicles of the executive are installed with tracking devices.

APPROVED / NOT APPROVED

_____________________

Dr SC Cwele, MP

Minister

Date:

2018/06/

02 July 2018 - NW1838

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)Whether (a) his spouse and/or (b) an adult family member accompanied him on any official international trip (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (aa) is the name of the person(s), (bb) was the (aaa) purpose and (bbb) destination of the trip and (cc) was the (aaa) total cost and (bbb) detailed breakdown of the costs of the accompanying person(s) to his department; (2) Whether each of the specified trips were approved by the President in terms of the provisions of Section 1, Annexure A of the Ministerial Handbook; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1997E

Reply:

I have been informed by my department:

(1) Yes,

(i) In 2014 total was R173 079.56

(ii) In 2015 total was R377 316.26

(iii) In 2016 total was R608 414.42

(iv) In 2017 total was R467 626.93

(2) All trips were official and received required approvals

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

02 July 2018 - NW1669

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Mokgalapa, Mr S to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(a) What number of cases relating to the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, Act 12 of 2004, as amended, have been referred to the (i) SA Police Service (SAPS) and (ii) Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) by (aa) his department and (bb) each entity reporting to him for further investigation since the Act was assented to and (b) what number of the specified cases have (i) been investigated by SAPS and DPCI, (ii) been followed up by the respective accounting officers and (iii) resulted in a conviction in each specified financial year since 2004?

Reply:

I have been informed by the Department and Entities as follows:

  • Only three entities are relevant to this question

SAPO

(a) Currently, there is only one case relating to the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, Act 12 of 2004 as amended

(b) The case is being investigated by the HAWKS and SAPO Security and Investigation Unit is following up on the case.

SENTECH

(a) There are two cases of alleged fraudulent activity which was reported to the SAPS.

(b) The two cases are currently being investigated by SAPS and we are following it up.

SITA

(a) In total, seventeen cases have been reported to either SAPS, DPCI or both the SAPS and DPCI.

Fifteen cases were reported to the SAPS with eight of those cases also being reported to the DPCI, since the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, Act 12 of 20014, as amended was accented to.

The following table indicates all cases reported and to which authority the cases were reported to:

 

Year

No. of cases

Reported to:

2009

2

SAPS

2010

1

SAPS

2014

3

SAPS

2016

2

SAPS and DPCI

2017

8

6 cases – SAPS and DPCI

1 case – SAPS

1 case - DPCI

2018

1

DPCI

Total

17

Of the total number of seventeen cases reported, nine cases were reported to DPCI with eight of those cases also being reported to the SAPS, since the Prevention of Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, Act of 12 of 2004, as amended was accented to.

Year

No. of cases

Reported to:

2016

2

DPCI and SAPS

2017

6

DPCI and SAPS

2018

1

DPCI

Total

9

 

(b) Three cases have been concluded by the SAPS and the remaining cases are under investigation.

Informal and ongoing communication between the SAPS/DPCI and National Prosecution Authority representatives and SITA occurs as and when additional information of clarity is required during the investigations.

The table below reflects the results of the cases that have been finalised since 2004:

 

Year

No. of cases

Reported to:

2009

2

  1. Guilty of fraud (suspended sentence)

ii) Defendant passed away during court proceedings

2010

1

Guilty of fraud (suspended sentence)

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

29 June 2018 - NW1938

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Ketabahle, Ms V to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)What (a) is the total number of incidents of sexual harassment that were reported to the human resources offices of (i) his department and (ii) entities reporting to him in (aa) 2016 and (bb) 2017 and (b) are the details of each incident that took place; (2) Was each incident investigated; if not, why not in each case; if so, what were the outcomes of the investigation in each case?

Reply:

I have been informed by the Department and Entities as follows:

Department:

(1) None

USAASA

(1) None

SENTECH

(1) None

.ZADNA

(1) None

BBI

(1) None

NEMISA

(1) None

SITA

(1) One in 2017 who was charged and dismissed.

SAPO

  1. Three in 2016, who were all found not guilty.
  2. Four in 2017, two were found not guilty and two were dismissed.

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Dr SC Cwele, MP

Minister

DATE:

29 June 2018 - NW1902

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Mulder, Dr CP to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)      Whether all members of the senior management service (SMS) in his department had declared their interests for the past year as required by the Public Service Regulations; if not, (a) why not, (b) how many of the specified members did not declare their interests and (c) what are the (i) names and (ii) ranks of the specified noncompliant members of the SMS; (2) Whether non-compliant SMS members have been charged; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) What number (a) of employees in his department at each post level are currently suspended on full salary and (b) of the specified employees at each post level have been suspended for the specified number of days (details furnished); (4) What is the total amount of costs attached to the days of service lost as a result of the suspensions in each specified case?

Reply:

(1)– (2) All senior management service (SMS) members have declared their interests.

(3) – (4) Nil

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Dr SC Cwele, MP

Minister

DATE:

04 June 2018 - NW1487

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Purdon, Mr RK to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Whether, with reference to the reply of the President, Mr CM Ramaphosa, to the debate on the State of the Nation Address on 22 February 2018 to implement lifestyle audits, (a) he, (b) senior management service members in his department and / or (c) any of the heads of entities reporting to him have undergone a lifestyle audit in the past three financial years; if not, have any plans been put in place to perform such audits; if so, in each case, what are the details of the (i) date of the lifestyle audit, (ii) name of the person undergoing the audit, (iii) name of the auditing firm conducting the audit and (iv) outcome of the audit; 2. Whether he will furnish Mr RK Purdon with copies of the lifestyle audit reports?

Reply:

I have been informed by the Department and entities reporting to me as follows:

DEPARTMENT

(1)(a) No

(b) No

Currently there are no plans in place to perform such audits

(i) N/A

(ii) N/A

(iii) N/A

(iv) N/A

2. N/A

ENTITIES : ZADNA , USAASA , SAPO, SENTECH AND BBI

(1)(c) & 2 - No

SITA’s response

  1. SITA conducts analytical checks continuously and holistically on all employees, followed by forensic investigations where justified.
  2. No. They are confidential

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

04 June 2018 - NW1529

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Shinn, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)        Whether (a) his department and/or entities reporting to him and/or (b) any other government department appointed any service providers to (i) organise, (ii) stage and/or (iii) manage the International Telecommunication Union’s Information Communication Technology event to be held in Durban in September 2018; if so, (aa) what are the details of the processes followed, (bb) what are the details of who was appointed and (cc)(aaa) who will pay for the services of the service providers and (bbb) within what time frame; (2) Whether (a) his department and/or entities reporting to him and/or (b) any other government department will pay the expenses of any speaker or participant at the specified event; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (3) (a) how will the event be financed and (b) to whom do sponsors, exhibitors and delegates pay their fees?

Reply:

1. (a) –(b) No.

2. No speaker will be paid by Department or its entities.

3. (a) The event will be financed mostly by sponsorship

(b) Host Country sponsors are encouraged to support the event through sponsorship in kind by procuring the required services directly or pay the Department (DTPS), via the National Revenue Fund (NRF), as per Section 21.2.2 of the Treasury Regulations.

 

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

04 June 2018 - NW1528

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Shinn, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1) Whether (a) his department and entities reporting to him and/or (b) any other government department will be underwriting the costs of staging the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Information Communication Technology (ICT) event to be held in Durban in September 2018; if so, (i) what will it cost to stage the event, (ii) what are the detailed breakdown of the costs, (iii) which department will be underwriting the costs, (iv) why will the costs be underwritten and (v) from which budget allocations will the costs be underwritten; (2) Whether the (a) President and/or (b) Cabinet granted approval for the ITU ICT event to take place; if so, what are the details of (i) the title of the document, (ii) the date on which the document was signed and (iii) who signed the document; (3) Whether he will furnish Mrs M R Shinn with a copy of the specified document? NW1668E

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department that:

(1)(a) No, however funding for the event will be sourced through sponsorship. The Department will only be responsible for the travel expenses of the ITU including pre-event missions.

(b) No

(2) Yes. The Cabinet approved the hosting in September 2017.

(3) No. Cabinet Memoranda are classified documents.

 

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

04 June 2018 - NW1509

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Whether the SA Post Office branch at Mondeor in Johannesburg will reopen in another building; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) in which building and (b) on what date?

Reply:

I have been informed by SAPO as follows:

Yes

(a) Company owned building at the corner of Downham Ave and Columbine Ave.

(b) After renovations that are expected to be completed by the middle of August 2018.

 

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

04 June 2018 - NW1508

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)Whether the SA Post Office (SAPO) entered into any agreements with privately-run delivery vehicle owners or operators for the delivery of parcels and mail (a) in each of the past three financial years and (b) since 1 April 2018; if so, what are the details of the (i) location, (ii) name of the SAPO branch, (iii) number of operators or owners, (iv) names of the operators or owners and (v) time for the implementation of each agreement; if not, (2) Whether any plans have been put in place to enter into such agreements; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I have been informed by SAPO as follows:

1. No

(a) N/A

(b) N/A

(i-v) N/A

2. Currently SAPO are busy with research looking into the feasibility of going into agreements

 

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

04 June 2018 - NW1507

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)Whether any franchise agreements for branches of the SA Post Office have been entered into (a) in each of the past three financial years and (b) since 1 April 2018; if so, what are the details of the (i) name and (ii) location of each franchise; if not, (2) Whether any plans have been put in place to enter into franchise agreements in the future; if so, what are the details of the (a) name and (b) location of each franchise branch?

Reply:

I have been informed by SAPO as follows:

1. No

(a) N/A

(b) N/A

(i-ii) N/A

2. (a) –(b) No plans only research.

 

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

04 June 2018 - NW1422

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

What (a) is the total number of cell phone towers and /or masts that are located on SA Post Office properties and (b) are the details of the (i) location, (ii) mobile network operator and (iii) rental amount received in each month (aa) in the 2017-18 financial year and (bb) since 1 April 2018 in each case?NW1524

Reply:

I have been informed by SAPO as follows:

(a) 51

(b). (aa) – (bb) (i) – (iii) The information requested is restricted by commercial agreements between the parties and for security reasons. It cannot be disclosed.

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DR SIYABONGA CWELE

MINISTER

DATE:

30 May 2018 - NW1421

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

What are the names of each director of the Postbank as at 15 April 2018; 2. What are the details of the total remuneration paid to each director of the Postbank for the 2017-18 financial year; 3. What is the total number of Postbank Board meetings that were held (a) in 2017 and (b) since 1 January 2018?

Reply:

I have been informed by SAPO as follows:

1. (i) Ms Leonora Noluphumzo Noxaka (Chairperson)

(ii) Ms Selebaleng Primrose Mothelesi

(iii) Mr Makondelele Edward Netshivhulana

(iv) Mr Ashley Cavel Seymour

(v) Mr Mark Angus Barnes (SAPO GCEO)

(vi) Mr Shaheen Adam (Acting MD)

(vii) Ms Zama Chonco (Acting CFO Postbank)

2. Summary of Board members fees for 2017-18 FY

  1. Ms LN Noxaka R426 797.84
  2. Ms SP Mothelesi R 287 377.20
  3. Mr ME Netshivhulana R295 033.93
  4. Mr AC Seymour R289 312.94
  5. Mr MA Barnes -
  6. Mr S Adams -
  7. Ms Z Chonco -

TOTAL PAYMENTS R1 298 521.95

3. (a) 9

(b) 7

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

30 May 2018 - NW1423

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Shinn, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Whether the SA Post Office (a) occupies and /or (b) pays rental for any premises located on Eco Park in the City of Tshwane; if so, what are the details of the (i) location, (ii) size, (iii) purpose for renting and (iv) rental amount paid each month for each property?

Reply:

I have been informed by SAPO as follows:

a) The Eco Boulevard Post Office is situated in the Eco Boulevard Shopping Centre in Eco Park.

(b) SAPO is renting the premises inside the Eco Boulevard Shopping Centre.

(i) The Eco Boulevard Post Office is situated in the Eco Boulevard Shopping Centre, in Witch Hazel Ave, Eco Park, and Centurion.

(ii) The Eco Boulevard Post Office is taking up a space of 193,19m2

(iii) The Eco Boulevard Post Office is trading as a conventional post office, rendering all the post office products and services from these premises.

(iv) The rental for the Eco Boulevard Post Office is R20 271 per month.

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

30 May 2018 - NW1420

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

What number of international postal items were (a) received and (b) sent through the Johannesburg International Mail Centre in (i) November 2017, (ii) December 2017, (iii) January 2018, (iv) February 2018 and (v) March 2018?

Reply:

I have been informed by SAPO as follows:

a) (i) 2017 November – 1 228 074

   (ii) 2017 December – 1 611 443

   (iii) 2018 January – 1 425 330

   (iv) 2018 February – 1 783 364

   (v) 2018 March – 2 344 971

(b) (i) 2017 November – 617 059

(ii) 2017 December – 724 304

(iii) 2018 January – 246 557

(iv) 2018 February – 532 561

 

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

21 May 2018 - NW1113

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Ketabahle, Ms V to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

What (a) number of consulting firms or companies are currently contracted by (i) his department and (ii) the entities reporting to him and (b)(i) is the name of each consultant, (ii) are the relevant details of the service provided in each case and (iii) is the (aa) start date, (bb) time period, (cc) monetary value in Rands of each contract and (dd) name and position of each individual who signed off on each contract?

Reply:

I have been advised by the department and entities as follows:

DEPARTMENT:

a) The Department has contracted five (5) consulting firms.

b) (i)

  • Laetoli
  • Intini Research & Consulting
  • Crossroad Consulting House
  • K. Edmunson
  • Broadband Infraco

(ii)

  • Laetoli: To conduct the organisational climate and culture survey
  • Intini Research & Consulting: Undertake a survey of transformation of the top 100 ICT sector companies
  • Crossroad Consulting House: Conducting the organisational design investigations to determine Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services (DTPS) organogram and evaluate newly created positions.
  • K. Edmunson: Assist with the drafting of the ICT Sector Commission and Tribunal Legislation.
  • Broadband Infraco: Implementation of SA Connect Phase 1

(iii)(aa)

  • Laetoli – 16 June 2016
  • Intini Research & Consulting – 29 September 2017
  • Crossroad Consulting House – 01 February 2018
  • K. Edmunson – 01 December 2017
  • Broadband Infraco – 09 March 2018

(bb)

  • Laetoli – 21 Months
  • Intini Research & Consulting – 2 Months
  • Crossroads Consulting House – 3 Months
  • K. Edmunson – 5 Months
  • Broadband Infraco – 12 Months

(cc)

  • Laetoli – R 1 246 600.00
  • Intini Research & Consulting – R 356 343.00
  • Crossroad Consulting House – R 495 900.00
  • K. Edmunson – R 462 350.00
  • Broadband Infraco – R 11 775 060.00

 

(dd)

  • Laetoli - Mr. Joe Mjwara: Acting Director General
  • Intini Research & Consulting – Mr. Alfred Mmoto: Chief Director: BBBEE
  • Crossroad Consulting House – Mr. Robert Nkuna: Director General
  • K. Edmunson – Ms. Mameetse Masemola: Acting Director General (ADDG) Policy Development Branch
  • Broadband Infraco – Mr. Robert Nkuna: Director General

ENTITIES:

ENTITY

(a)CONTRACTOR

(b (i) PURPOSE

(aa)START DATE

(bb)TIME PERIOD

(cc)VALUE

(dd)CONTRACT APPROVAL

SAPO

KPMG

Implementation partner for Postbank Corporatisation Project

26 Jan 2016

Extended to 30 Sept 2018

R21 101 881.40

Mr Mark Barnes (GCEO); Mr Shaheen Adam (Acting MD: Postbank)

ZADNA

Duja Financial Management

Accounting Services & Secretariat Services

01 March 2008

12 months

R200 000

Mr Vika Mpisane CEO

 

Nduma Chartered Accountants Incorporated

Internal Auditors

01 Oct 2016

12 months

R121 023. 13

Mr Vika Mpisane CEO

 

Rakoma & Associates

External Auditors

01 Apr 2018

12 months

R132 450.90

Mr Vika Mpisane CEO

 

Eagle iLab

Web presence

01 Apr 2017

12 months

R18 000 per month

Mr Vika Mpisane CEO

NEMISA

STP Consulting

Organisational Design

01 Jun 2017

31 May 2018

R760 665.00

Tender Process CEO signed Off

 

BDO HR Advisory Services

Labour Relations Specialist to support organisational restructuring

21 Jun 2017

31 May 2018

R1 000 000

Tender Process CEO signed Off

 

Rise Security

Security Services

01 Dec 2017

31 Oct 2020

R3 369 326.03

Tender Process CEO signed Off

 

Walking Tall

Cleaning Services

01 Dec2017

31 Oct 2020

R1 352 788.96

Tender Process CEO signed Off

 

ORCA

Internal Audit Services

01 Apr 2018

31 Mar 2021

R3 000 000

Tender Process CEO signed Off

SENTECH

Bitz technologies T/A Abacus Advisory

Value for-money assessment on capital investments over the past two years.

18 Sept 2017

30 April 2018

R 1,611,589.00

Exco

 

Bayajula (PTY) Ltd

Sentech Performance Management Training

19 May 2017

Once-off

R 400,000.00

Head-SCM

 

Quest Research Services

Customer Satisfaction Measurement Service Provider

10 Feb 2016

9 Feb 2019

R 923,657.89

Exco

 

Sekela Xabiso

Review of IT General Control

4 Mar 2016

3 Mar 2019

R 1 837 957 .47

Exco

 

Momentum OCSA

Medical surveillance programme at Sender Transmission Park (STP) Honeydew offices, in Sentech’s OC’s and at Meyerton

7Aug 2017

6 Aug 2019

R360 755.00

Head-SCM

 

Transformex cc

B-BBEE verification

25 Oct 2016

24 Oct 2019

R 240 558.00

Head-SCM

 

Brink Stores Mkhize

Architectural Services required for renovations to the Upington office Sentech

22 Feb 2017

22 Feb 2020

R1 219 800.00

Exco

 

Nkonki Incoporated

External Audit Services and Assurance Service for the period of five years to Sentech SOC LTD (renewable annually)

17 Aug 2017

16 Aug 2022

R1, 426 754.46

Exco

 

Delta Built Environment

Principal agent for STP renovations

11 Oct 2016

31 Jan 2019

R 1,160,000

Exco

 

JHI Properties

Re-evaluation of Sentech's Land and Buildings

25 Nov 2015

24 Nov 2018

R 963 300.00

Exco

 

Edward Nethan (ENS),Cliff Decker Hofmeyer,Rice Boulton,DM5 Ink,Malebeye,Motaung (MMM),ODBB Attorneys JV(Inqubeko),Sitsehedi Makgale (SMMA), NMA attorneys, Phuthi Manamela, Mkhabela attorneys, Hogen Lovells, Seanago attorneys, Selebogo ink, Manong attorneys, Crawford attorneys

Panel of legal practioners

23 Jul 2015

23 Jul 2018

The monetary value is not quantifiable upfront as it depends on the nature of the case etc. But our legal budget for the year 2017/18 was R500 000.00

Board

 

Xicon Solutions

SAP & CSD Integration

29 Nov 2017

(3 month contract, not yet started) - end date to be determined

R435,000.00

Head-SCM

 

Nyeleti consulting,RBI assets,Delf consulting

Structural analysis on masts structures and related work

14 Jan 2018

14 Jan 2023

Panel, the estimated tender value has been capped at R15 million over 5years

Board

 

One Zerro Consulting Pty

Design and principal agent for implementation of solar sytems

28 Feb 2018

Linked to the appointment of a service provider for the installation

R 793,611.00

Exco

 

MFT Advisory Services

Assurance review of the SAP functional update project (phase 1&2)

1 Mar 2018

Until completion of the project

R766.08 per hour, contract value estimated at R330 000

Head-IA

 

Institute of Directors Southern Africa (IoDSA)

Board Appraisal

3 May 2017

30 Jun 2019

R464 151.00

Company Sec

 

Palladian

Skills Audit

3 Apr 2018

1Oct 2018

R163,875.00

Exec: HR

 

Emergent Growth

Executive Coaching

15 May 2018

30 Nov 2018

R422,625.00

Exec: HR

 

Careways

Employee wellness

4 Oct 2018

month to month until appointment of a service provider

R250,000.00

Exec: HR

SITA

Five Network Technologies

Procurement of Audit Service for SITA NGN

19 May 2015

3

R1 641 600

Mr Sizwe Majavu: Acting Head of Department: Technical Sourcing

 

McKinsey Incorporate

Appointment of a panel of service providers to provide supply market intelligence services for 3 years

01 Aug 2015

3

R2 000 000

Mr Sizwe Majavu: Acting Head of Department: Technical Sourcing

 

Work Dynamics (Pty) Ltd

Provision of Leadership Assessments

28 Sept 2015

3

R4 800 000

Mr Sizwe Majavu: Acting Head of Department: Technical Sourcing

 

Accenture SA

Procurement of consultancy Architectural Services for SITA Strategic Technology Management

22 Jul 2016

2

R31 998 319.14

Ms Jabulile Tlhako: Executive SCM

 

Gartner Ireland

Microsoft for SAPS

01 Aug 2016

3

R15 014 052

Mogogodi Dioka: Head of Department: Technical Sourcing

 

Enterpriseroom (Pty)

Programme Management: SITA ICT Management

01 Nov 2016

3

R4 883 999

Mogogodi Dioka: Head of Department: Technical Sourcing

 

The Innovation Hub Management Company (Pty) Ltd

Renewal of the MoU between SITA and Innovation Hub (SOC)Ltd

26 Apr 2017

3

R3 071 315.79

Mogogodi Dioka: Head of Department: Technical Sourcing

 

Gartner SA (Pty) Ltd

SITA subscription for 2 years

01 Jul 2017

2

R9 246 152

Mogogodi Dioka: Head of Department: Technical Sourcing

 

Fundudzi Forensic Service (Pty)Ltd

Professional services for investigation into employees non- compliance to SITA’s conflict of interest Policy & Investigation of employees who have conducted business with the State

20 Nov 2017

12 months

R5 178 336

Mogogodi Dioka: Head of Department: Technical Sourcing

 

Fundudzi Forensic Service (Pty)Ltd

Scope expansion for contract between SITA & Fundudzi Forensic Services for the appointment of external company to perform an independent forensic investigation of the SCM function

15 Feb 2018

4 months

R5 070 957.12

Ms Mimi le Roux: Acting Exec Internal Audit

 

Flow Communications (Pty) Ltd

Appointment of a Public Relations Agency

01 Mar 2018

3

R3 000 000

Mogogodi Dioka: Head of Department: Technical Sourcing

 

Bowman Gilfillan Inc.

Independent forensic investigation into allegation of irregular and /or fruitless expenditure or wrongdoing between SITA, SAPS, FDA & ISS

01 Jan 2018

6 months

R14 890 245.77

Ms Mimi le Roux: Acting Exec Internal Audit

 

Council foe Science and Industrial Research

Conduct research, provide advisory services and develop the specification document for the procurement of National Identity System

17 Jan 2018

2

R28 900 113.16

Jabulile Tlhako: Executive SCM

BBI

-

-

-

-

-

-

USAASA

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

20 April 2018 - NW903

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Ketabahle, Ms V to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Does the Post Bank have a banking licence; if not, (a) has the Post Bank applied for a banking licence and (b) how long will it take to complete the process of approving the application; 2. If an application was already submitted, (a) how long ago was the application submitted and (b) what has been completed for the application already?

Reply:

I have been informed by the SOUTH AFRICAN POST OFFICE (SAPO) as follows:

1. The South African Postbank Limited “Postbank” does not have a banking license but it has been exempted from the provisions of the Banks Act as a deposit-taking institution.

(a) Yes

(b) The timeframe to grant the banking license is determined by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) and there is no prescribed period in which to grant the license.

2. There are two layers to the banking license application process and the applications for both layers have already been submitted to the SARB.

(a) The first layer entailed the lodgement of the application with the SARB for authorisation to establish the bank as required in terms of section 12 of the Banks Act on 05 September 2013. The authorisation was granted to SAPO on 04 July 2016 wherein Postbank was given a maximum of 12 months (1 year) to comply with the set conditions before it could accordingly submit an application for the banking licence. The set conditions were duly met within the set timelines. The actual application to register Postbank as a bank was then lodged with the SARB on 26 June 2017 (ahead of 3 July 2017 deadline) in terms of section 16 of the Banks Act.

(b) Achievements to-date:

A critical milestone was achieved when SAPO was granted approval in terms of the Banks Act to establish a Bank and was given a maximum of 12 months to comply with the conditions and accordingly submit an application for the banking licence. The met conditions included:

(i) Minister’s determination of the split of Assets & Liabilities between SAPO and Postbank based on completion of independent audits.

(ii) Submission of the five-year financial forecasts for Postbank to the SARB.

(iii) Minister’s appointment of the initial Postbank Board: Initial Postbank Board appointed on 01 April 2017 following completion of:

    • Onerous bank regulatory assessments processes: Fit and proper assessments of the prospective board members conducted by both the independent auditors and the SARB;
      • Concurrent Ministerial approval process (Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister and the Finance Minister); and
      • Cabinet approval process.

(iv) The appointment of the initial Board enabled the incorporation of the Postbank Company with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) on 19 April 2017

SARB is busy adjudicating on the actual banking application. Parallel to adjudication process, the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, the National Treasury and SAPO have been working together to address some of key challenges. These involve:

  • Agreeing on the optimal bank controlling company structure for Postbank.
  • Alignment of the Banks Act with the Companies Act to enable state owned entities [Postbank and its bank controlling company (BCC)] to be registered as a bank and BCC respectively.

 

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

19 April 2018 - NW821

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(a) What is the nature and terms of involvement of a certain company (name furnished) with Sentech, (b) how was the arrangement initiated, (c) what is the value of the involvement, (d) what deliverables are expected from the specified company, (e) what are the details of the costs to Sentech of connecting the company’s signals to its network and (f) has he found that the arrangement is compliant with the Public Finance Management Act, Act 1 of 1999?

Reply:

I have been informed by SENTECH as follows:

a) Sentech procures satellite capacity from Intelsat and currently has three lease agreements with Intelsat with the longest (length of agreement) due to expire on 30 July 2030.

b) The satellite capacity is a key commodity and strategic product for Sentech as it allows Sentech to continue to be relevant in the DTH broadcasting space. Sentech followed a negotiated process which was approved through internal approval committees. The reason for the negotiated process was due to Sub-Saharan transponder covering African and part of Europe becoming available on Intelsat’s IS20 satellite platform and this presented an opportunity for Sentech to enhance and improve its DTH revenue stream. The capacity could also be used to offer Sentech existing customers HD services.

c) The value of the satellite services provided amounts to R252 million per annum, based on audited annual financial statements for the year ending 31 March 2017. The company generates annual revenue of R1.2 billion mainly from broadcasting services provided using satellite solution.

d) Intelsat’s involvement is only limited to providing the capacity and monitoring the respective satellites that provide signal distribution and for broadband services. Intelsat is expected to supply the satellite capacity as contracted, at the defined service level.

e) Sentech spends approximately R250 million annually.

f) Yes, these are valid contracts that have been concluded through the procurement process in compliance with the PFMA and the relevant Treasury Regulations.

19 April 2018 - NW683

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(a) What it the total staff complement at the telecommunications entity .ZDNA as at the latest date for which information is available, (b) what posts do the staff occupy, (c) what are their salaries, (d) what number of bonuses were paid to (i) staff and (ii) board members (aa) in the 2016-17 financial year and (bb) since 1 April 2017?

Reply:

I have been informed by .ZADNA as follows:

(a) The .zaDNA has a staff complement of 10 employees.

(b) The staff members occupy the following positions:

(i) Chief Executive Officer

(ii) Operations Manager

(iii) Policy and Regulation Manager

(iv) Namespace Development Manager

(v) Technical (IT) Coordinator

(vi) Project Support Coordinator

(vii) Internet Governance Coordinator

(viii) Marketing and Communication Coordinator

(ix) Office Administrator

(x) General Assistant

(c) The annual salaries range from R60 000 for the General Assistant to R1 456 186 for the CEO.

(d)(i-ii), (aa) and (bb) Nil

19 April 2018 - NW682

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(a) What is the total number of co.za email addresses that were registered with the telecommunications entity .ZADNA (i) at the end of each of the past five year financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2017, (b) What number of new co.za addresses were registered in each of the specified financial years up to the latest specified date for which information is available and, (c) What are the relevant details of the geographic spread of the addresses between rural and urban areas?

Reply:

I have been informed by .zaDNA as follows:

(a) None. This is because neither .ZADNA nor the .za second level domain registry operators keep record of email addresses as these vary from each domain name.

(b) N/A

(c) N/A

19 April 2018 - NW681

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)What (a) number of regular and special meetings did the .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) board hold in the past two years, (b) are the details of each register of attendance, agenda and decisions made at each meeting and (c) was the venues and costs for (aa) catering, (bb) accommodation, (cc) travel and (dd) directors’ fees in respect of each meeting; (2) Whether there has been any change to the .ZADNA board in the specified period; if so, (a) what were the reasons for all resignations and/or removal from the board, including (b) by whom the decision was made, (c) on what date did each removal and/or resignation occur and (d) what are the names of the persons who (i) replaced board members who resigned and (ii) on what date will the new members be joining the board?

Reply:

I have been informed by .ZADNA as follows:

(1)(a) In the past 2 (two) years (2016/17 & 2017/18), ZADNA had a total of thirteen (13) meetings, 9 (nine) being regular Board meetings and 4 (four) being special Board meetings

(b) Directors’ Board meeting attendance

Directors’ Board meeting attendance for 2016/17

Director name

Board meeting dates

Total number of meetings attended by Directors

 

12 May 2016

22 July 2016

1 August 2016

25 October 2016

26 October 2016

26 January 2017

10 February 2017

 

Motlatjo Ralefatane

             

7

Ant Brooks

             

7

Nirvani Dhevcharran

 

X

       

X

5

Mcebo Khumalo

             

7

Nono Mohutsioa-Mathabathe

             

7

Mokgadi Morata

 

X

   

X

 

X

4

Nondumiso Mzizana

             

7

Mfana Msibi

             

7

Jonty Tshipa

   

X

       

6

Directors’ Board meeting attendance for 2017/18

Director name

Board meeting dates

Total number of meetings attended by Directors

 

24 April 2017

25 May 2017

19 July 2017

25 October 2017

12 December 2017

09 February 2018

 

Motlatjo Ralefatane

           

6

Ant Brooks

           

6

Nirvani Dhevcharran

 

X

       

5

Mcebo Khumalo

           

6

Nono Mohutsioa-Mathabathe

           

6

Mokgadi Morata

 

X

   

X

 

4

Nondumiso Mzizana

       

X

 

5

Mfana Msibi

           

6

Jonty Tshipa

           

6

Details of each meeting date, register of attendance, agenda, decisions made at each meeting.

Meeting date

Register of Attendance

Agenda

Decisions

12 May A2016

9 Directors attended

2015/2016 Quarter 4 Report, ZADNA’s office relocation.

The meeting approved the ZADNA relocation cost and the Q4 report.

22 July 2016

7 Directors attended

2015/16 Annual Report.

Board Self Evaluation.

Salary Grading Framework.

Staff salary grading and organogram was approved.

01 August 2016

7 Directors attended

ZADNA’s director application to the vacant position of the Policy and Regulation Manager

The director must resign if she get appointed to the position.

25 October 2016

9 Directors attended

Revised 2017/2018 to 2019/2020 strategic plans and objectives.

2017/2018 to 2019/2020 strategic plans and objectives were approved

26 October 2016

8 Directors attended

Appointment of Internal Auditor.

Approval of the successful candidates on ZADNA’s vacant post

The internal Auditor was approved

Staff appointment was approved

26 January 2017

9 Directors attended

Directors will pay PAYE from their fees

Quarter 4 report, Risk Register, ZADNA contribution to directors Pay As you Earn (PAYE) , Amended committee charters

10 February 2017

7 Directors attended

Approval of 2017/18 Strat plan.

ZADNA’s policies

2017/18 Strat plan and budget was approved.

Four policies were approved

24 April 2017

8 Directors attended

Delegation of MY .ZA.

ZACR fee dispute progress report.

Q4 Management & Finance Report

MY.ZA was approved.

Q4 report was approved

25 May 2017

7 Directors attended

Workshop to discuss Registry- Registrar Regulations

It was a workshop

19 July 2017

9 Directors attended

ZACR & ZADNA operating agreement.

16/17 Audited Annual Financial Statement.

Second Level Domain delegation

ZADNA should get lawyers to provide confirmation for the high level probability on the recoverable debtors regarding the AFS based on ZACR fee dispute case.

25 October 2017

9 Directors attended

Internal Auditor Progress Report.

Risk Management.

Board committee reports

Appointment of the external Auditor

Rakoma and Associates was approved as ZADNA external Auditor

12 December 2017

9 Directors attended

ZADNA Annual General Meeting, CEO ‘s leave pay, Withdrawal from ZADNA investment account

The 2017 AGM scheduled for 15 December 2017 should proceed as planned.

The Board should request the members attending the AGM to adjourn the 2017 AGM to allow for ZADNA, PWC and Mosimane Inc. time to resolve the issue of the legal opinion that would meet PWC’s requirement for issuing an unqualified audit opinion.

Investment withdrawal was approved.

CEO’s leave pay was approved

09 February 2018

7 Directors attended

2018/19 Strat plan and budget.

ZACR fee dispute.

Registry –Registrar Licencing Regulations.

Company Secretary

Extension of the Internal Auditor contract

ZADNA approved the budget based on R7.00 per domain.

The company secretary position was deferred until ZADNA is in a better financial position.

The Internal Auditor was requested to send the three year plan.

(c) The total cost for venues during the period was R67 000. Most of the venue costs were incurred in 2015/2016 before ZADNA relocated to its current premises in September 2016. The amount of R67 000 covers the period from 2016 to date.

 

(aa) Total costs for catering amounted to R32 500

(bb) The cost for accommodation was R20 400. The accommodation cost was largely for a Director who is based in KZN leaving with disability that requires him to travel with an assistant.

(cc) The cost for travel was R111, 500 for two directors and an assistant to the director.

(dd) Directors’ fees in respect of each meeting

Meeting date

Directors fees

12 May 2016

R90 000

22 July 2016

R70 000

01 August 2016

R70 000

25 October 2016

R90 000

26 October 2016

R80 000

26 January 2017

R90 000

10 February 2017

R70 000

24 April 2017

R70 000

25 May 2017

R70 000

19 July 2017

R90 000

25 October 2017

R90 000

12 December 2017

R70 000

09 February 2018

R90 000

(2) The ZA Domain Name Authority Board has not changed in the past two years.

19 April 2018 - NW680

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Shinn, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(a) What (i) is the status of the .ZADNA annual report for the 2016/17 financial year, (ii) is the cause of the delay in publishing the specified report and (iii) action has she taken to resolve the matter and (b) by what date will the matter be resolved?

Reply:

I have been informed by .zaDNA as follows:

(a) (i) The .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) submitted its 2016/17 Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements (AFS) to myself on 07 February 2018. The Annual Report was finalised subsequent to the finalisation of the 2016/17 AFS.

(ii) ZADNA could not finalise its 2016/17 external audit because of the pending ZACR arbitration regarding ZADNA’s determination to increase the per domain name fee payable by ZACR to ZADNA from R7.00 to R12.00 VAT exclusive. ZADNA’s external auditor (Price Waterhouse Coopers) advised ZADNA to await the conclusion of the arbitration, as the arbitration affected the recognition of ZADNA’s revenue in the 2016/17 AFS.

(iii) I kindly granted ZADNA an extended opportunity to bring the arbitration to resolution, and also regularly followed upon ZADNA about progress made in the arbitration. However, after it became clear that the arbitration could only be resolved in April 2018, I requested ZADNA to conclude it’s 2016/17 AFS and Annual Report. Accordingly, ZADNA submitted the AFS on 7 February 2018 based on the R7.00 per domain name fee instead of the budgeted R12.00 fee.

(b) The matter is now resolved following ZADN’s submission of the 2016/17 Annual Report and AFS. ZADNA is ready to present the same to the Portfolio Committee on the date convenient to the Portfolio Committee.

19 April 2018 - NW679

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Shinn, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(a) What is the status of the legal case in the matter between .ZA Domain Name Authority and the ZA Central Registry, (b) what attempts at mediation of the issue have been held to date, (c) by whom were they conducted and (d)(i) by what date and (ii) what was the outcome of those attempts?

Reply:

I have been informed by .zaDNA as follows:

(a) The matter is currently under arbitration and is set for argument on 02 May 2018.

(b-d) The following mediatory events occurred:

  1. The former Deputy Minister, Prof. Hlengiwe Mkhize met both parties separately in or around August 2016 in an attempt to have the matter resolved speedily and amicably.
  2. Both ZADNA and ZACR held a mediation meeting presided by a senior council in Sandton in September 2016.
  3. In June 2017, ZACR petitioned the current Deputy Minister (Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams) to mediate between the parties. Its Board of Directors met the ZACR CEO in the presence of the Deputy Minister on 7 June 2017.

The Deputy Minister withdrew her participation, and the matter proceeded to arbitration, due to the parties failing to settle.

19 April 2018 - NW822

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1) Has he, the Deputy Minister or any directors-general of his department delivered speeches at international conferences in the 2016-17 financial year; if so, what are the details of the (a) speaker, (b) name of the conference or symposium, (c) date, (d) venue and (e) topic of the speech with a paragraph on its content; (2) was any fee paid to secure the speaking engagement; if so, what amount was paid; (3) did the speaker receive remuneration of any kind for speaking at the event; if so, (a) what was the nature of this remuneration and (b) who paid it; (4) what were the total costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence incurred by his department for the speaking engagements?

Reply:

(1)    (a)-(d) None

(2)    None

(3)    None

(4)    None

19 April 2018 - NW820

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

What are the details of (a) all achievements reached by the South Africa Internet For All project since its inception and (b) each project, with reference to (i) its implementing agency, (ii) delivery status and (iii) cost to his department or the entities reporting to him; 2. Whether any of the specified projects were donated by companies or organisations; if so, what are the details of the value of the project; 3. Do any of the specified companies or organisations receive any tax incentives or broad-based black economic empowerment scorecard points for their involvement in the specified projects?

Reply:

I have been informed by Department:

1 (a) (I) Infrastructure database Project - CSIR currently is carrying out an assessment of existing infrastructure in underserved areas and to then to create an aggregated database to indicate the gaps. This project will assist the Project Teams to focus on areas where infrastructure exists and where there is no infrastructure for the deployment of technologies that will allow successful internet access. The information will also be aligned to the SA Connect roll out programme.

(II) Infrastructure/Connectivity - Collaboration has commenced with regards to rolling out of connectivity through the use of satellite. Pilot project has been launched in Alfred Nzo. Intelsat has committed to connect 10 sites as a pilot throughout the country especially to support the growth of SMMEs.

(III) Smart Township- Cape Digital Foundation in partnership with Google South Africa currently working on the establishment of a Smart Township as part of the Smart Cities Initiatives. Pilot Project to be rolled out soon in Khayelitsha Township, Cape Town.

(IV) Local Language Internet Content creation- The South African Central Registry have commenced a project for the translation of Wikipedia content into the additional ten Official languages besides English and to some extent Afrikaans. Currently the ZACR has done translation into Xhosa and SiSwati, learners from schools in Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga Province have already started with this project.

(b) (i) Refer to (a)

(b) (ii) (I) Infrastructure database Project - In Progress

(II) Infrastructure/Connectivity Project- Mt. Frere – Pilot - Mukula – Pilot

  • Wesselton – Pilot
  • Jane Furse – Pilot

(III) Smart Township – In Progress

(IV) Local Language Internet Content creation – In Progress

(b) (iii) No costs

2. No

3. No

19 April 2018 - NW818

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(a) On which date(s) was each of his department’s Acting Deputy Directors-General appointed, (b) for what period was each person appointed, (c) what are the details of each person’s (i) annual salary and (ii) annual bonus paid out in each year since each person’s appointment and (d) on what grounds were the bonuses paid in each case?

Reply:

I was advised by the department as follows:

(a)NAME OF ACTING DDG AND DATES APPOINTED

(b) PERIOD APPOINTED

(c)i ANNUAL SALARY

ADDG ICT POLICY AND STRATEGY

2017/10/01 – 2018/03/31

2018/04/03 – 2018/09/30

5 MONTHS

6 MONTHS

2017

R1,232,694

(Pay progression)

2018

R1,232,694

(cost of living adjustment still to be announced)

ADDG ISAD & R

2017/11/01 – 2018/03/31

2018/04/03 – 2018/09/30

4 MONTHS

6 MONTHS

2017

R1,144,251

(Pay progression)

2017

R1,144,251

(cost of living adjustment still to be announced)

(c) (ii)- (d) nil

19 April 2018 - NW817

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Shinn, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(a) On what date was each Deputy Director-General of his department appointed, (b) for what period was each specified person appointed, (c) what are the relevant details of each person’s (i) annual salary and (ii) annual bonuses paid out in each year since the appointment and (d) on what grounds were the bonuses paid in each case?

Reply:

(b) All Deputy Directors-General in the Department were appointed permanently.

(c)(ii) No bonuses were received

(d) Not applicable

(a) NAME OF DDG AND DATE APPOINTED

(c)(i) ANNUAL SALARY

 

2014

2015

2016

2017

DDG: ICT Infrastructure Support

2014/01/06

R1,136,910 (first notch of DDG)

R1,201,713 (Annual cost of living adjustment)

R1,267,806 (Annual cost of living adjustment)

R1,299,501 (Annual cost of living adjustment)

R1,318,995 (2nd notch of DDG due to pay progression)

R1,391,541 (Annual cost of living adjustment)

R1,412,415 (3rd notch of DDG due to pay progression)

DDG: SOE Oversight and ICT Enterprise Development

2016/01/01

N/A

N/A

R1,299,501 (first notch of DDG)

R1,370,973 (Annual cost of living adjustment)

R1,391,541 (2nd notch of DDG due to pay progression)

DDG: Administration

2016/01/01

N/A

N/A

R1,299,501 (first notch of DDG)

R1,370,973 (Annual cost of living adjustment)

R1,391,541 (2nd notch of DDG due to pay progression)

DDG: ICT International Affairs and Trade

2017/08/15

N/A

N/A

N/A

R1,370,973 (first notch of DDG)

19 April 2018 - NW816

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Shinn, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(a) On what date was the Director-General of his department appointed, (b) for what period has the specified person been appointed, (c) what are the relevant details of the person’s (i) annual salary and (ii) annual bonuses paid out in each year since the person’s appointment and (d) on what grounds were the bonuses paid in each case?

Reply:

a) 21 March 2016

b) For a period of five (5) years commencing on 21 November 2016 and terminating on 20 November 2021.

c) 

2016

2017

2018

i R1,689,750 (first notch of salary level 16)

i R1,782,687 (Annual cost of living adjustment)

i R1,782,687 (cost of living adjustment not yet announced)

ii R0

ii R0

ii Assessment period must still be finalized

d) Not applicable.

 

19 April 2018 - NW521

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)      What (a) is the name of the biggest service provider of telephone services in the (i) Kamiesberg, (ii) Khai-Ma, (iii) NamaKhoi and (iv) Richtersveld Local Municipalities in Namaqualand in the Northern Cape and (b) are the details of all telephone-related technology that her department maintains in Namaqualand; (2) What are the relevant details of (a) the name of each cellular telephone company that services the specified areas, (b) the percentage of citizens who have access to some form of telephone service in the specified areas, (c) the number of reception towers erected by each cellular telephone service provider in each case and (d) any plans to erect more reception towers in the near future in each case?

Reply:

I was advised by the Department and ICASA as follows:

(1)(a) (i)&(iv) In the Kamiesberg and Richtersveld local municipalities, the service providers of telephone services are:

  • Cell C
  • Vodacom
  • Telkom
  • MTN

The relative sizes of these operators has not been determined for these specified areas, as to who is the biggest service provider.

(1)(a) (ii) &(iii) In Khai-Ma and NamaKhoi local municipalities, the telephone service providers and their services are still to be verified through actual tests by the Independent Communications of South Africa (ICASA) in 2019/2020 financial year.

(1)(b) The details of the telephone-related technology maintained in Namaqualand are:

  1. GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications, originally Groupe Spécial Mobile) a standard developed by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) to describe the protocols for second-generation digital cellular networks (2G).
  2. WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access), the third Generation (3G) wireless technology, as defined by the ITU's IMT-2000 specification that is used by UMTS.
  3. LTE (Long-Term Evolution ) 4G a standard for high-speed wireless communication for mobile devices and data terminals, based on the GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA technologies. It increases the capacity and speed using a different radio interface together with core network improvements.
  4. Fixed land lines - PSTN (public switched telephone network)

(2)(a) The names of the telephone service providers in the specified areas in Namaqualand are:

(i) Cell C

(ii) Vodacom

(iii) Telkom

(iv) MTN

(2)(b) The relevant details of percentage of citizens who have access to some form of telephone service in the specified areas are not available at this stage and to be determined in 2019/2020 financial year.

Percentage of citizens who have access to some form of telephone service

#

(i) Kamiesberg,

(ii) Khai-Ma,

(iii) NamaKhoi

(iv) Richtersveld

 

2G %

3G%

LTE %

2G %

3G%

LTE %

2G %

3G%

LTE %

2G %

3G%

LTE %

Cell C

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Vodacom

61.86

60.35

3.4

72.27

55.86

9

95.16

94.35

46.7

98.99

98.7

0

MTN

67.04

62.52

0

88.22

60.75

0

94.60

91.64

24

91.60

90.56

47.51

Telkom

(Mobile)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Telkom

(Fixed line)

There were 7 887 working fixed line telephone services in the Namakwa District as at the end of September 2017. 4 521 residential lines and 3 366 business lines.

Note: The zeroes indicated for Cell C and Telkom Mobile means that these operators have not installed their own base stations in the specified areas, however their customers are roaming on the networks of Vodacom and MTN respectively, and the roaming customers are included in the supplied percentages (%).

(2)(c) The relevant details of the number of reception towers erected by each cellular telephone service provider in each case:

#Reception towers per operator in identified local municipalities

#

(i) Kamiesberg,

(ii) Khai-Ma,

(iii) NamaKhoi

(iv) Richtersveld

Cell C

0

0

0

0

Vodacom

10

12

18

0

Telkom

0

0

0

0

MTN

11

7

16

7

(2)(d) The relevant details of any plans to erect more reception towers in the near future by each cellular telephone service provider in each case:

# Planned Reception towers per operator in identified local municipalities

#

(i) Kamiesberg,

(ii) Khai-Ma,

(iii) NamaKhoi

(iv) Richtersveld

Cell C

0

0

0

0

Vodacom

0

0

2

0

Telkom

0

0

0

0

MTN

0

1

0

0

19 April 2018 - NW823

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)Has any Chief Executive Officer of any entity reporting to his department delivered speeches at international conferences in the 2016-2017 financial year; if so, what are the details of the (a) speaker, (b) name of the conference or symposium, (c) date, (d) venue and (e) topic of the speech with a paragraph on its content; (2) Was any fee paid to secure the speaking engagement; if so, what amount was paid; (3) Did the speaker receive remuneration of any kind for speaking at the event; if so, (a) what was the nature of this remuneration and (b) who paid it; (4) What were the total costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence incurred by his department for these engagements?

Reply:

I have been informed by the SOEs and the Department as follows:

  1. No.
  2. N/A
  3. N/A
  4. N/A

19 April 2018 - NW684

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

What number of overseas trips were taken by the CEO, Mr Vika Mpisane, of .zaDNA in (a) 2016 and (b) 2017; 2. (a) What(i) was the purposes of each trip, (ii) active role did the person play, (iii) was the detailed breakdown of the cost of each trip and (b)(i) who and/ or (ii) which departmental budget covered the costs in each case; 3. (a) Who accompanied the person on each trip, (b) why in each case and (c)(i) at what cost and (ii) from which budget were the costs paid in each case?

Reply:

I have been informed by .zaDNA as follows:

1. (a) The .zaDNA CEO undertook six overseas trips in 2016 as follows:

(i) ICANN Marrakesh (Morocco) Conference in March 2016;

(ii) Asia-Pacific Internet Resources Capacity Building Program in Beijing; China in May 2016;

(iii) dotAfrica mediation (together with ZACR CEO) in Los Angeles (California) in September 2016;

(iv) ICANN Hyderabad (India) Conference in November 2016;

(v) AfriNIC Mauritius Conference in November 2016; and

(vi) United Nations Internet Governance Forum in Guadalajara (Mexico) in December 2016.

1. (b) and five overseas trips in 2017 as follows:

(i) ICANN Copenhagen (Denmark) Conference in March 2017;

(ii) Deputy Minister’s trip to the Chinese Ministry of ICT in May 2017;

(iii) BRICS ICT Minister’s Conference in Beijing, China in July 2017;

(iv) ITU Telecoms World Conference and Exhibition in Busan, Korea in September 2017; and

(v) ICANN Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in October 2017.

 

Table 1: V Mpisane 2016 international travel

Question no.

1. ICANN Marrakesh

2. Asia Pacific Internet Resources Capacity Building Program

3. ICANN Helsinki

4. dotAfrica mediation

5. ICANN Hyderabad

6. AfriNIC Mauritius

7. UN-IGF 2016 Guadalajara

(2)(a)(i) Purpose

Internet Governance conference (domain name system, IP addressing, root zone management)

Best practices, information-sharing & training in various areas of managing & governing Internet resources

Internet Governance (domain name system, IP addressing, root zone management)

Attendance of pre-trial mediation over dotAfrica case between ICANN & DCA. ZACR was an interested party as it manages the dotAfrica registry

Internet Governance (domain name system, IP addressing, root zone management)

Bi-annual Internet resource conference of African Internet service providers, domain name registries & regulators, government

Annual global multistakeholder event focusing on Internet governance, Internet resource management, best practices & associated research

(2)(a)(ii) Role played

Participant in ccNSO & other ICANN community meetings

Presenter, attendant

Participant in ccNSO & other ICANN community meetings

Accompanying ZACR to dotAfrica mediation in California

Participant in ccNSO & other ICANN community meetings

Participant in AfriNIC policy & other meetings

Participant in IGF meetings + accomanying Minister

(2)(a)(iii) Travel cost

R43 303.72

R33 915.23

R48 596.23

R61 485.23

R31 079.23

R11 098.23

R56 325.01

(2)(a)(iii) Accommodation cost

MAD7 900 (+/- R10 168.00)

Paid by host

R21 013.00

R14 354.00

INR52 000 (+/- R9 464.00)

EUR910.00 (+/- R13 264.00)

$655.00 (+/- R7 747.00)

(2)(a)(iii) Per diem cost

R24 840.75

R8 237.70

R13 710.61

R12 527.57

R5 724.69

R2 265.29

R6 483.31

(2)(b)(i) & (ii) Budget line

Travel & accommodation

Travel & accommodation

Travel & accommodation

Travel & accommodation

Travel & accommodation

Travel & accommodation

Travel & accommodation

Question no.

1. ICANN Marrakesh

2. Asia Pacific Internet Resources Capacity Building Program

3. ICANN Helsinki

4. dotAfrica mediation

5. ICANN Hyderabad

6. AfriNIC Mauritius

7. UN-IGF 2016 Guadalajara

(3)(a) Companion

2 ZADNA directors + Project Coordinator

None

None

None

None

None

ZADNA Operations Manager

(3)(b) Reason for companion

Director orientation

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Stakeholder relations

(3)(c)(i) Companion's cost

R212 710.41 (travel, accomm & per diem x3)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

R41 808.000 (travel, accomm & per diem)

(3)(c) Companion's budget line

Travel & accommodation

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Travel & accommodation

Table 2: V Mpisane 2017 international travel

Question no.

ICANN Copenhagen

Deputy Minister's China ICT trip

BRICS ICT Ministers China

ITU Telecom World Busan

ICANN Abu Dhabi

(2)(a)(i) Purpose

Internet Governance conference (domain name system, IP addressing, root zone management)

Reciprocal event between SA and Chinese ICT Ministries. ZADNA presented & participated in Internet economy discussions

Annual BRICS event. ZADNA participated in digital economy & associated discussions

Annual ITU event. ZADNA was part of the SA delegation and attended several discussions and plenaries

Internet Governance conference (domain name system, IP addressing, root zone management)

(2)(a)(ii) Role played

Participant in ccNSO & other ICANN community meetings

Participant, presenter, part of Deputy Minister’s team

Participant, part of Minister’s team

Participant, accompanying Minister

Participant in ccNSO & other ICANN community meetings

(2)(a)(iii) Travel cost

R41 967.23

R39 196.23

R41 897.00

R48 430,08

R37 889.29

(2)(a)(iii) Accommodation cost

R14 965.00

R12 657.00

CNY7 480.00 (+/- R13 978.00)

R9 165.00

AED3 500.40 (+/- R11 278.00)

(2)(a)(iii) Per diem cost

R10 532.84

R4 937.19

R10 658.28

R10 004.16

R10 818.42

(2)(b)(i) & (ii) Budget line

Travel & accommodation

Travel & accommodation

Travel & accommodation

Travel & accommodation

Travel & accommodation

(3)(a) Companion

None

None

None

None

None

(3)(b) Reason for companion

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

(3)(c)(i) Companion's cost

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

(3)(c) Companion's budget line

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

19 April 2018 - NW819

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(a) Which external organisations are working with his department on the South Africa Internet For All Project, (b) what (i) is the name of each person and (ii) what are the details of the entities for which they work, (c) what are the terms of their engagement with his department, (d) what are the deliverables and deadlines they are working towards, (e) where are they located, (f) to whom do they report, (g) what are the costs to his department in respect of their tenure of the working premises and (h) what personal financial allowances is his department making to these individuals or their organisations?

Reply:

a) See Annexure A

(b) (i) See Annexure A

    (ii) See Annexure B

(c) The DTPS provides support in respect of the following:-

(I) Assistance with the establishment of the Secretariat for the Internet For All project. Secretariat functions include arranging of meetings, operating any group digital platform for data-sharing, tracking of commitments made by group members, and recording progress toward the achievement of objectives.

(II) Project management to ensure the establishment of the Working Groups.

The purpose of the Working Groups are standing, multi-stakeholder platforms focused on a particular sub-theme of the Internet for All. They are designed to facilitate interaction and collaboration by encouraging information sharing, brainstorming on how to achieve shared objectives, providing a space to address policy questions, and developing collaborative projects among its members. They are multi-stakeholder, inclusive of members of the private sector, Government, and civil society.

d) In May 2017, during the World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa, the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, announced South Africa’s adoption of the Internet for All (I4A) Initiative. The I4A aims to bring millions of South Africans, including those in rural areas, onto the internet for the first time through new models of Public-Private Partnership. South Africa needs to connect 22 million people if we are to meet our SA Connect and NDP target of universal access to the internet by the end of 2020. Some of the commitments to date include:-

  • Training of millions of South Africans on digital skills,
  • Research assistance,
  • Infrastructure deployment, and
  • Mobilisation of the participation of our youth

e) They operate from their respective offices.

f) They report to the Internet for All Project Director: Mr Sidney Arnold

g) Nil

h) Nil

LIST OF EXTERNAL ORGANISATIONS ANNEXURE A

African Development Bank (AfDB)

British High Commission

Didusec

Global Shaper of the Johannesburg Hub

Intelsat Ltd

Multi Minds Investments Holding

Qualcomm Inc.

Sustainable Investment Partnership

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN)

Zakhele Technologies

Alcatel Radio Holdings

Broadband Infraco

Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT)

Google

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Multichoice

Research ICT Africa

Switching House

US Embassy

 

BBBEE ICT Sector Council

Cape Digital Foundation

EAGLE TOWERS SA

GSMA

ISOG Gauteng

N and W Publishers

SA Communications Forum (SACF)

Telkom SA SOC Limited

US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)

 

ZADNA

CellC

Egon Zehnder International Limited

Harvestfield

Link Africa

NABSA

SA Innovation Summit

The Boston Consulting Group

USAASA

 

BCG

Cisco

Ericsson

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd

Liquid Telecom

Ndlovukazi Online Media

SAIS

The Social Collective

VEON

 

Beyond the eyes

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

eTV

IBM Corporation

Mastercard

NEC Africa (Pty) Ltd

SchoolMedia

The Social Makeover

Vodacom Group Ltd

 

BITF

Cretelecom

FibreCo

Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)

Microsoft Corporation

Nemisa

Sentech Limited

The Training Room Online

Web Foundation

 

BMI-TechKnowledge

Department for International Development (DFID)

Film and Publication Board

IITPSA

Ministry of Basic Education of South Africa

Nokia Corporation

SITA South Africa

Thomson Reuters

WEF

 

Bon Com

Development Bank of Southern Africa

Gilat Satellite Networks

Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Ltd (IDC)

Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services of South Africa

Openserve

South African Post Office

Too Much WiFi

ZACR

 

Brightwave

 

Giraffe

INMARSAT

MTN

PBICT

Soweto Wireless Use Group

Treeshake

 

 

DETAILS OF ENTITIES ANNEXURE B

Name and Surname

Primary Position Full Title

Primary Organisation

Ade Comngca

Executive

Ericsson

Ajeeth Rampall

Executive Head: Regulatory Affairs

Vodacom Group Ltd

Akinwale Goodluck

Head, sub-Saharan Africa

GSMA

Albie Bester

BD Advisor

Intelsat Ltd

Alfie Altaaf Hamid

Africa Manager

Cisco Systems Inc.

Alison Gillwald

Executive Director

Research ICT Africa

Amanda Onamandla Mathe

Chief Executive Officer

Ndlovukazi Online Media

Andrew John Barendse

Managing Executive, Regulatory Affairs

Vodacom Group Ltd

Andrew Rugege

Regional Director for Africa

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Angelina Raseroka

Project Manager

IBM Corporation

Angelo Manzoni

COO

EAGLE TOWERS SA

Angie Raseroka

Academic Initiatives Programme Manager

IBM Middle East & Africa

Anne Shongwe

Representative

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN)

Anri van der Spuy

Associate

Research ICT Africa

Audrey Verhaegte

Chairman

SAIS

Avinash Singh

 

ZACR

Avril Van der Rheede

Chief Executive Officer

EAGLE TOWERS SA

Ayanda Ceba

Group Executive

Telkom SA SOC Limited

Beata Gelderbloem

Programme Manager

Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT)

Beauty Apleni

 

Telkom SA SOC Limited

Brahim Ghribi

Head of Government Relations, Middle East & Africa

Nokia Corporation

Brian Magwaza

 

Soweto Wireless Use Group

Brite Devassy

 

Openserve

Calvain Nangue

Networking Academy

Cisco

Candice Taylor

Head, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility

Ericsson

Fred Moturi

Chief of Enterprise

Brightwave

Charlotte Smart

Digital Policy and Programme Manager

Department for International Development (DFID)

Charmaine Houvet

Head, Government Affairs

Cisco

Cheryl Dinkelmann

Senior Manager: Special Regulations and Consumer

MTN South Africa

Craig Meyer

Director

Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services of South Africa

Cyprian Marowa

Head: Coverage Infrastructure Finance

Development Bank of Southern Africa

Daniel Ramaboea

Head of Projects

Bon Com

Dave Duarte

Chief Executive Officer

Treeshake

Deon Fredericks

Group Chief Financial Officer

Telkom SA SOC Limited

Dineo Mathebula

 

ZACR

Dumisa Ngwenya

CTO

Sentech Limited

Duncan Luke

Chief Executive Officer

The Social Collective

Elizabeth Migwalla

Senior Director, Government Affairs, Africa

Qualcomm Inc.

Ellen Thabane

Public Relations & Communications

Bon Com

Emma Kaye

Executive Director

Cape Digital Foundation

Enock Yonazi

ICT specialist

African Development Bank (AfDB)

Eric White

Project Specialist, Internet for All

WEF

Eugene Le Roux

President

NEC Africa (Pty) Ltd

Euvin Naidoo

Head of Financial Institutions - Africa

Thomson Reuters

Evah Mthimunye

 Executive

Vodacom

Farhana Parker

Social Entrepreneur

The Social Makeover

Fortune Mgwili-Sibanda

Manager, Public Policy and Government Relations, Southern Africa

Google

Frank McCosker

General Manager, Affordable Access and Smart Financing 4Afrika

Microsoft Ltd

Gabriel Ramokojo

Director

Cretelecom

Gcina Dludla

Researcher

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Geoff Blake

Legal & Regulatory

MTN Group Ltd

George Finger

ICT Manager

Development Bank of Southern Africa

Hans Kuipers

Partner and Managing Director

The Boston Consulting Group

Hugo Zyl

Chief Technical and Systems Officer

Openserve

Jabu A. Mabuza

Chairman

Telkom SA SOC Limited

Jacky Zhang

Deputy CEO

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd

Jake Mongalo

Manager: Technical Regulatory

MTN South Africa

Jane Jamieson

Vice President, Strategic Alliances

Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT)

Janet Longmore

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT)

Jannie Botha

RM

EAGLE TOWERS SA

Jesmane Boggenpoel

Director

Harvestfield

Jonathan Daniel

Senior Prosperity Officer

British High Commission

Junior Khumalo

General Manager, Policy, Research and Analysis

Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)

Kabelo Tselangoe

TBC

Alcatel Radio Holdings

Kamal Tamawa

Spectrum Policy Manager

GSMA

Karen Byamugisha

Senior Specialist External Communication

MTN Group Ltd

Katharina Pillay

Managing Director

SA Communications Forum (SACF)

Katlego Monoa

Business development manager

FibreCo

Katleho Mogase

Online Content practitioner

Beyond the eyes

Keenan Harduth

PM

Google

Khethi Ngwenya

Managing Director

SchoolMedia

Laurence Khoza

Business Manager

Link Africa

Lazarus Ramalobela

Manager

Link Africa

Libby Dreyer

 

Development Bank of Southern Africa

Loren Kabosha

Chairperson

SACF

Louw Middel

Executive Head: Market Regulation

Vodacom Group Ltd

Lucas Gumbi

Business Manager

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Lucky Masilela

CEO

ZACR

Lumko Mtimde

CEO

USAASA

Lutz Ziob

Dean, 4Afrika Academy

Microsoft Corporation

Lwanda Zingitwa

Chief of Staff

Telkom SA SOC Limited

Marcello Schermer

Expansion

 

Margaretha van Schalkwyk

COO

SA Innovation Summit

Mark Abbott

 

Vertisa Aviation

Melusi Mthethwa

Chief Executive Officer

Openserve

Mike Scrooby

Chief Operations Officer

Switching House

Mlamli Booi

CEO

Sentech Limited

Mohan Vivekanandan

Group Executive, Strategy

Development Bank of Southern Africa

Moses Mashisane

General Manager, Legal and Regulatory Affairs

MTN Group Ltd

Moshe Masonta

Researcher

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Mpafane Simani

 

South African Post Office

Mpho Ndou

Business Manager

FibreCo

Mymoena Ismail

CEO

Nemisa

Naomi Mansvelt

Principal Specialist Technology Regulation

Vodacom Group Ltd

Nathi Mbele

Founder and Executive Chairman

AdNotes

Nicholas Williams

Manager, OITC.3, Transport & ICT Department

African Development Bank (AfDB)

Nomonde Gongxeka-Seopa

Policy Manager

SACF

Ntsibane Ntlatlapa

Competency Area Manager(Networks and Media)

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Oliver Perry

Project Leader

The Boston Consulting Group

Onkokame Mothobi

Senior Researcher

Research ICT Africa

Oscar Madlala

Chief Executive Officer

BITF

Otae Mkandawire

Communications Specialist

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN)

Owen Mhlanga

Senior Manager: Market Regulation

Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)

Pam Mallela

Director

Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services of South Africa

Patricia Russ

Project Specialist, Internet for All

WEF

Patrick Khulekani Dlamini

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Development Bank of Southern Africa

Paul Inglesby

 

Telkom SA SOC Limited

Peter Mello

Director

Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services of South Africa

Philemon Molefe

Senior Manager: Spectrum Licensing

Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)

Phiwokuhle Gasa

Special Regulation & Consumer Specialist

MTN South Africa

Preddy Mothapeng

Chair

BITF

Raadhika Sihin

Vice-President, Public Policy, Africa

Mastercard

Refilwe Ramatlo

Manager: Policy Research & Analysis

Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)

Relebhile Moloi

Operations Manager

Film and Publication Board

Ronda Sinkfield

Commercial Officer

US Embassy

Rossana Gell

Senior Manager: Market & Competition Regulation

MTN South Africa

Sagren Naidoo

 

Broadband Infraco

Sam Khambule

 

Bon Com

Sechaba Pule

Deputy Director

Ministry of Basic Education of South Africa

Sedrick Maasdorp

 

ZACR

Setumo Mohapi

CEO

SITA South Africa

Shafin Anwarsha

Founder

Giraffe

Shiletsi Makhofane

Vice-President, Government and Industry Relations, sub-Sahara Region

Ericsson

Shola Sanni

Policy Manager, Africa

GSMA

Shooks Dorasamy

General Manager, Eastern Region

Liquid Telecom

Siphiwe Nelwamondo

Manager

Intelsat Ltd

Siya Madyibi

Director

Microsoft Corp.

Siyabonga Mahlangu

Group Executive: Regulatory Affairs and Government Relations

Telkom SA SOC Limited

Stan Molema

Managing Director

Didusec

Stephen Coller

Vice-President, Digital Services, Data Analytics and Business Development

MTN Group Ltd

Sthembiso Xakaza

Deputy President

ISOG Gauteng

Takalani Nuvhali

Strategic Partnership Coordinator

Film and Publication Board

Taki Netshitenzhe

Chief Officer Corporate Affairs

Vodacom Group Ltd

Tapiwa Dube

Transaction Advisor

Sustainable Investment Partnership

Thabo Sekgobela

Manager

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd

Thabo Sihlangu

Advisor Regulatory Law

Vodacom Group Ltd

Thato Mfikwe

Chief Executive Officer

Soweto Wireless User Group

Thelani Luthuli

Manager: Markets & Competition Regulation

MTN South Africa

Thembi Malebye

Business Development & Trade

US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)

Thembile Ndlovu

Programme Manager

Microsoft Corporation

Theresa Stewart

tbc

Alcatel Radio Holdings

Thulani Maphosa

Engineer

BBI

Thuli Hadebe

Owner

Multi Minds Investments Holding

Tom Moody

Head of Prosperity Programmes, Southern Africa

British High Commission

Tomas Lamanauskas

Group Director, Public Policy

VEON

Tshepang Lesiba

Counselor

BBBEE

Tshepo Matike

Sales representative

FibreCo

Tsholofelo Wechoemang

Founder and Head, Research

N and W Publishers

Tumi Chamayou

Head, Telecommunications, Media and Technology, Africa

Egon Zehnder International Limited

Vivian Ramathuba

Project Manager, Strategic High Impact Projects SBU

Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Ltd (IDC)

Wanda Mkhize

Executive Content

Telkom SA SOC Limited

Wydeman Coetzee

tbc

Ericsson

Yolanda Mlonzi

 

Soweto Wireless Use Group

Zwelithini Vilakazi

Executive, Financial Business Partners

Telkom SA SOC Limited

Malebo Phage

 

eTV

Norman Munzhelele

 Executive

eTV

Denis Smit

Consulting Director

BMI-TechKnowledge

Carlos Rey-Moreno

 

 

Kefilwe Madingoane

Director: Public Policy

Vodacom

Tony Parry

CEO

IITPSA

Vika Mpisane

CEO

ZADNA

Joshua Moela

Managing Executive Government Relations

CellC

Christian Mhlanga

Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs

CellC

Calvo Mawela

CEO

Multichoice SA

Lois

 

NABSA

Mike Silber

 

Liquid Telecom

Thabo Makenete

 

Multichoice

Khaya Ngcobo

 National Chairperson

PBICT

Janine Cosslett

 

BCG

Nadia Bulbulia

 CEO

 NABSA

Onica Makwakwa

 

Web Foundation

Gordon McMillan

 

INMARSAT

Alastair Bovim

 

INMARSAT

Thulani Wilson

 

Zakhele Technologies

Linda

 

Zakhele Technologies

Amir Carmeli

AVP MEA

Gilat Satellite Networks

Kenny M. Mphahlele

 

ICASA

Flenk Mnisi

 

ICASA

Pria Chetty

Digital Access Programme Director

British High Commission

Duncan Luke

CEO (founder of co4za)

Global Shaper of the Johannesburg Hub

Terrence Naidoo

 

The Training Room Online

Harrish Kasseepursad

 

CellC

Ian Thomson

 

Too Much WiFi

Fumane Diseko-Biagini

National Colab Director

Nemisa

Sorene Assefa

 

 

Sammy Mafu

Business development Executive

FibreCo

19 April 2018 - NW999

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Stubbe, Mr DJ to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

How much land does (a) his department and (b) the entities reporting to him (i) own, (ii) have exclusive rights to and/or (iii) lease from the State to (aa) use and /or (bb) occupy?

Reply:

I have been informed by the department and entities as follows:

(i) – (bb) -None

(b) ENTITIES:

BBI

(i) – (bb) -None

.zaDNA

(i) – (bb) -None

USAASA

(i) – (bb) –None

Nemisa

  1. – (bb) –None

SAPO

(i) SAPO owns 442 sites as per Deeds Office. This includes seven sites which have been mortgaged (sold, donated, and wrongly transferred to SAPO and restitution claim on). SAPO therefore owns 435 sites which are not mortgaged and the area is 162,2932ha.

(ii) SAPO has exclusive rights to the following sites not registered in the Deeds Office.

  • Permission to Occupy (PTO) 65 sites 7,8120ha
  • Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Venda and Ciskei (TBVC) 103 sites area 18,0769ha
  • Category 1B (CAT1B) Owned building but site to be registered 18 sites area 3,3145ha

(iii) Leasehold registered is four sites area 0,2638ha

(aa)(bb) All sites are used and occupied for Post Office purposes.

SENTECH

(i)(ii) Sentech owns approximately 950 hectares of land which is used

exclusively for providing telecommunication services and location for its operational offices.

(iii)(aa)(bb) Sentech leases approximately 8.5 hectares from government. The land sizes vary depending on land servitude and requirements for usage.

SITA

(i) 26.677 hectares owned by SITA (Beta, Erasmuskloof and Centurion Offices) were transferred to SITA at a payment of R0 as a result of the inception of SITA in 1999 from the Department of Public Works. The net book value of the land is R22 243 595 (Excluding the value of the buildings on the land with a net book value of R103 798 655). The services rendered at his building is currently and historically exclusively been delivered to Government instruction.

(ii) 10 988 m2 (Numerus) (transfer still in process) is in the process of being transferred from the Department of Public Works as a payment of R0 as a result of the inception of SITA in 1999. The net book value of the land is R2 500 000(excluding the value of the building on the land with a net book value R7 065 193). The services rendered at his building is currently and historically exclusively been delivered to the South African Police Service.

(iii) 5522m2 in total of offices leased from the state.

(aa) Bloemfontein Data Centre (1128m2) – Used as Data centre, Printing shop and for office space. The value of this lease is R3 333 906.

(bb) Pietermaritzburg (4000m2) – Used as Data centre and for office space. The value of this lease is R18 255 075.

Mafikeng (394m2) used for office space. The value of this lease is R891 444.

27 March 2018 - NW504

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services the following questions

Whether any Post Bank branches were unable to process transactions since 1 February 2018; if so, (a) which branches and (b) what are the reasons in each case?

Reply:

I have been informed by the SA Post Office as follows:

(a) All Postbank Branches were unable to process cash transactions on 19 February 2018.

(b) This was due to an interruption in power supply to the Post Office Data Centre.

 

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

27 March 2018 - NW502

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services the following questions

Whether any payments are outstanding to Albion Press (Pty) Ltd for goods supplied to the SA Post Office; if so, what is the (a) complete list of amounts owing, (b) age analysis and (c) by what date will these amounts be settled?

Reply:

I have been informed by the South African Post Office as follows:

Yes, payments to Albion Press (Pty) for goods supplied to Post Office are still outstanding. A payment of R173 153.22 was made on 13 March 2018.

a) The amount owing to Albion Press (Pty) is R435 038.59. The table contains a list of amounts owing

Invoice number

Document date

120+ days

IN123659

9-Oct-2017

6,292.80

IN123660

9-Oct-2017

8,878.32

IN123685

24-Oct-2017

105,500.16

IN123692

27-Oct-2017

20,588.40

IN123693

27-Oct-2017

45,716.74

IN123694

27-Oct-2017

33,360.96

IN123698

31-Oct-2017

90,074.59

IN123699

31-Oct-2017

20,588.40

IN123702

31-Oct-2017

82,353.60

IN123703

31-Oct-2017

21,684.62

Total outstanding

435,038.59

b) Age analysis

The table contains the age analysis

Name

Vendor

120+ days

Total due

Comment

Albion press

100103

435 038.59

435 038.59

October 2017 invoices

c) All the October 2017 invoices will be paid in the month of April 2018.

Approved/ not approved

Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

27 March 2018 - NW732

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)Whether his department has a sexual harassment and assault policy in place; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will his department have such a policy in place; if so, (i) how are reports investigated and (ii) what are the details of the consequence management and sanctions stipulated by the policy; (2) (a) what is the total number of incidents of sexual harassment and assault that have been reported in his department (i) in each of the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2017, (b) what number of cases were (i) opened and concluded, (ii) withdrawn and (iii) remain open based on the incidents and (c) what sanctions were issued for each person who was found to have been guilty

Reply:

The Department has informed me as follows:

1. Yes, the Department has an approved sexual harassment policy in place

  1. Not applicable
  2. Not applicable

(i) The Department has no reported cases of sexual harassment

(ii) In terms of the policy, the following sanctions may be imposed on an employee found guilty of sexual harassment:

    • Counselling
    • Verbal warning
    • Written warning;
    • Final written warning
    • Suspension/fine;
    • Demotion
    • Dismissal

(2)(a) No cases of sexual harassment of assault have been reported.

(i) Not applicable

(b)(i)(ii)(ii) Not applicable

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

27 March 2018 - NW685

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Whether any (a) disciplinary and/or (b) legal steps have been taken against any (i) employee or (ii) former employee for their role in the Media Corner matter; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of (aa) steps taken against individuals, (bb) their job titles, (cc) charges laid, (dd) outcomes to date and (ee) relevant punishment in each case?

Reply:

The Department has informed me as follows:

a) Yes,

b) No

(i) Yes, disciplinary proceedings were instituted against employees who served as members of the Departmental Bid Evaluation Committee (DBEC) and the Departmental Bid Adjudication Committee (DBAC).

(ii) No. Disciplinary action was not taken against former employees as the Department lacks jurisdiction over the former employees who are no longer employed in the Public Service.

(aa) The disciplinary hearings against employees are still pending.

(bb) DBAC members: four (4) Directors and DBEC members: A Chief Director, a Deputy Director and an Assistant Director

(cc) The charges levelled against the members of the DBEC:

  1. Failure to evaluate bids against the minimum qualifying score for the functionality in order to assess bids.
  2. Failure in its recommendation, to the DBAC to deal with the application of the preference point system in relation to the bidder being recommended to the DBAC.
  3. Failure to evaluate the bids of the shortlisted bidders with reference to the same standard.

The charges levelled against the members of the DBAC

  1. Failed to discharge its duties diligently;
  2. Acted contrary to the provisions of the Supply Chain Policy;
  3. Approved terms of references that did not allow for an acquisition of services that was fair, competitive, equitable or cost effective; and
  4. Prejudiced the department by approving the appointment of Media Corner on terms contrary to the terms of reference.

(dd) The disciplinary hearings are pending except for one that had been finalised.

(ee) A sanction of suspension for two months without pay has been imposed and implemented by the Department for the employee whose disciplinary hearing was finalised. The rest of the disciplinary hearings are still pending.

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

27 March 2018 - NW678

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Shinn, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)(a) What is the status of the legal challenge lodged by a certain person (name and details furnished) against his dismissal and (b) what is the total amount spent by his department in defence of the challenge; (2) What (a) is the total number of other disciplinary hearings or mediation attempts that have been conducted through entities such as the Public Service Commission and/or the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration to resolve the matter, (b) were the outcomes in each case, (c) are the details of each disciplinary hearing or mediation attempt and (d) was the total cost to his department of defending the dismissal of the specified person?

Reply:

1(a) The status of the legal challenge instituted by Mr. Buthelezi in the Labour Court on 17 November 2017 praying for the review and setting aside of the arbitration award that confirmed his dismissal from the Public Service, is pending.

(b) To date, the Department did not pay any legal fees for services rendered in relation to the legal challenge lodged in the Labour Court by Mr. Buthelezi on 17 November 2017. However, a total amount of R1 025 352.10 has been expended for the disciplinary hearing which commenced on 24 November 2014, including the arbitration proceedings that was concluded on 9 October 2017.

2(a) None

(b) Not applicable

(c) Not applicable

(d) None

 

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

27 March 2018 - NW503

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services the following questions

What (a) number of days has the SA Post Office’s website been non-functional in February 2018 and (b) is the reason for the website being non-functional in each case?

Reply:

I have been informed by the South African Post Office (SAPO) as follows:

(a) The Post Office websites were non-functional on Monday, 19 February 2018.

(b) The non-functioning was due to an interruption of the electricity supply at the Post Office Data Centre.

 

Approved/ not approved

Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

09 March 2018 - NW373

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(a) What is the total amount that was (i) budgeted for and (ii) spent on his private office (aa) in each of the past three financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2017 and (b) what was the (i) remuneration, (ii) salary level, (iii) job title, (iv) qualification and (v) job description of each employee appointed in his private office in each of the specified periods?

Reply:

I have been informed by the Department as follows:

The Ministerial Handbook provides guidelines on the appointment of the staff in the Private Office. It equally provides the recommended salary levels of each post. The salary levels are adjusted on an annual basis as prescribed in the Public Service Regulations.

The Office of the Minister has eight of the ten staff members allowed in the Ministerial Handbook. In line with the Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPi) and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act I am unable to provide the members with such confidential information in the manner it is requested.

I however draw the honourable member to the Department’s Annual Report wherein the organogram of the department provides the information required. Should it be insufficient, the department will make the personal files of the officials available for further scrutiny by the Auditor-General as prescribed by the Act.

Approved/ not approved

Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

08 March 2018 - NW338

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Jooste, Ms K to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Mrs K Jooste (DA) to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services:What amount did (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him spend on the promotion or celebration of the Year of O R Tambo on the (i) Africa News Network 7 channel, (ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation (aa) television channels and (bb) radio stations, (iii) national commercial radio stations and (iv) community (aa) television and (bb) radio stations since 1 January 2017?​​​​​

Reply:

In 2017, all government departments and entities joined the rest of the country and the world in celebrating the centenary of OR Tambo, an illustrious son of the soil who dedicated his life in selfless pursuit of the liberation of South Africa.

However, I have been advised by the Department and entities reporting to me as follows:

(a) Nil.

(b)(i) to (iv) Nil.

(aa) Nil.

(b) Nil.

Approved/ not approved

Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date: