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19 February 2018 - NW9

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

What (a) are the actions, inactions and conduct of the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) that formed the basis of the request by the Chief Executive Officer of the SA Post Office for the intervention of the Director-General (DG) of the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) into the process for the implementation of the payments of grants and (b) action has been taken to encourage SASSA’s cooperation?

Reply:

I have been informed by SA Post Office as follows:

a) There were some disagreements on the implementation of the Services Agreement that was signed on 08 December 2017. SAPO required sign-offs in line with the agreed Service Agreement timelines but they were being delayed by SASSA. This was flagged on numerous occasions but still there were no formal sign-offs provided. Only verbal commitments were made which somewhat compromised the governance protocol. In addition, SAPO learnt of the appointment of the work streams to provide technical advice to SASSA. The introduction of this team posed a risk in that the already agreed but not yet signed-off specifications could be changed and therefore delays the implementation process. It was on this basis that SAPO requested the intervention of the DPME DG raising early warning signals about the potential delays that are caused by factors outside of SAPO’s control.

b) The DG of the DPME mediated on the matter between both CEOs supported by the DG of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) and contingencies were initiated by SAPO and agreed with SASSA to mitigate any possible delays. In addition, ongoing communications and regular meetings are held through steering committees and focus Area groups. SAPO has since assured that all issues that were outstanding have been adequately mitigated upon and the project is now on track.

 

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

22 December 2017 - NW3485

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

What is the total (a) number and (b) monetary value of e-commerce transactions that took place in the (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14, (iii) 2014-15, (iv) 2015-16 and (v) 2016-17 financial years?

Reply:

a) None

b) None

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

15 December 2017 - NW3942

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

With reference to his reply to question 3371 on 13 November 2017, (a) what are the relevant details of the building that the SA Post Office is leasing in Bloemfontein in terms of (a) where exactly are the premises located, (b) what are the terms of the lease, including the (i) period of the lease, (ii) name of the landlord and (iii) rental amount for each month and (c) what processes were followed by the SA Post Office before contracting the lease?

Reply:

I have been informed by SAPO as follows:

(a) The premises is located at the Mr Price Building, a sub-division of Plot 6, Vredenhof Smallholdings, No 2708, Langenhovenpark, Nelson Mandela Drive, Langenhovenpark, Bloemfontein.

(b)(i) Period of lease was 3 years

(ii) The Michael Family Trust

(iii) Rental amount per month as follows:

  • Outlet size: 3,956m²
  • Lease costs per m2 (3-year lease) : R62 m²
  • Basic monthly rental (excl VAT) for duration of lease agreement:

 Year 1: Rental R 245 272.00, plus R2,250.00 for 15 basement parking bays

 Year 2: Rental R 264,893.76, plus R2,250.00 for 15 basement parking bays

 Year 3: Rental R 286,085.26, plus R2,250.00 for 15 basement parking bays

(c) No proposal or request for tender was issued because the feasibility analysis to determine the availability of suitable buildings to house the Postbank Operations Centre in the Bloemfontein area, was conducted internally.

Following further discussions between SAPO Properties Division and the Managing Director (MD) of the Michael Family Trust, Postbank recommended that a lease agreement for the Langenhovenpark premises be entered into as a temporary site, while a new long term accommodation is explored. Approval was therefore, granted by the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO), for a lease agreement of three years with the Michael Family Trust as a single source procurement, which was within the Procurement Framework and Delegation of Authority.

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

14 December 2017 - NW3944

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

With reference to his reply to question 3229 on 13 November 2017, what (a) number of nominations were received for appointment to the SA Post Office Board, (b) are the names of each individual, (c) are the reasons for not appointing each individual and (d) skills requirements are being sought for each Board position?

Reply:

(a) 338 (three hundred and thirty eight) nominations were received.

(b) and (c) responses are attached as Annexure A.

(d) The skills requirements for the three positions were as follows:

  1. Position 1 - Banking business;
  2. Position 2 - Logistics and operations; and
  3. Position 3 - ICT/e-Commerce or Governance and Compliance or Postal Service and Postal Service Management.

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

14 December 2017 - NW3943

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

(1) With reference to his reply to question 3371 on 13 November 2017, (a) on what (2) Was a request for proposal/request for tender issued; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details

Reply:

I have been informed by SA Post Office as follows:

(1)(a) The contract was signed in 2003 for a period of two (2) years with effect from 17 May 2004. Thereafter the contract was extended via a Limited Bidding Process on yearly basis until 31 March 2014.

(1)(b) The original contract value and total payments made to Intimate Data from 2004-2006 was R3 695 000. The payments made to Intimate Date from September 2007- October 2014 was R28 205 675.66.

(2) Request for Bid – RFP No. 29/PDD/12/13/LN was advertised on 3 November 2013 using the Sunday Times, City Press, Rapport and Government Tender Bulletin. The closing date was extended from 6 December to 13 December 2013.

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

08 December 2017 - NW3495

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

Whether the SA Post Office introduced a clearance fee for parcels and / or packages received from other countries; if so, what are the relevant (a) charges for each country and (b) details of the conditions attached to the collection and / or delivery of the parcels and / or packages?

Reply:

I have been informed by SAPO as follows:

The South African Post Office did not introduce a clearance fee for parcels and /or packages received from other countries. These handling fees were already applicable.

(a)(b) Not applicable to SAPO

 

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Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

08 December 2017 - NW3162

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

What are the details including the ranks of service providers and /or contractors from which (a) his department and (b) the entities reporting to him procured services in the past five years 2. What (a) service was provided by each service provider and /or contactor and (b) amount was service provider and / or contractor paid 3. (a) how many of these service providers are black-owned entities, (b) what was each of the black-owned service providers awarded and; (c) how much was each black-owned service provider paid?

Reply:

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

Department

The question is broad and not specific requiring detailed information over a long period of time. Various services procured by the Department range from small to big procurement of goods and services.

(1)(a) The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services was established in May 2014. Since 2014 various services were rendered to the Department by various service providers. Therefore the answer to the question will only focus on the 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 financial years.

(2)(a) The list of service providers utilised during the abovementioned periods are too long to list.

(2)(b) The type of services that were rendered to the Department are as follows:-

Printing

Catering

Advertisements

Recruitment

Security Services

Cleaning Services

Pest Control

Hiring of a Mobile Theatre Stage

Hiring of Tents

Hiring of Furniture

Hiring of Public Address System

Hiring of Audio Visual Equipment

Hiring of Chemical Toilets

Repair and Service of Air Condition

Designing of Promotional Material

Design and Layout of Banners

Manufacturing and Installation of Blinds

Personnel Assessments

Data Capturing, Processing and Recovering

Branding and Marketing

Repair and Renovation of Building

Refuse Removal

Repair Access Control System

Competency Assessments

Furniture Removal

Transcription Services

Clothing with Logo Printing

Pluming Services

Electrician Services

Maintenance of Database

Burglar Proofing

Audit Services

Research

System Development Services

Legal Services

Advisory Consulting Services

Delivery of News Papers

Translators: Brailing Of Documents

Computer Support Services

Repair and Install CCTV System

Verification of Qualifications

Advisory Consulting Services

Video Recording

Repairing of Camera

Hiring Of Photographer

Website Development

Repair and Install Networks

Rendering of Health Care

Training

The total spent on services was R90 million for the period of 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 financial year.

 

YEAR

TOTAL SPENT ON SMMEs and BEEs

2016/17

9, million

2015/16

6, million

2014/15

14, million

(b) Entities

1. – 3, I refer the member to the Annual Reports and the Financial Statements of the entities

Approved

 

Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Date:

08 December 2017 - NW3736

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

1. Whether (a) his department and / or (b) entities reporting to him procured services from a certain company ( name furnished); if so, (i) what services were procured in each case and (ii) what is the total amount that was paid to the specified company in each case;

Reply:

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

1 (a) Kindly note DTPS only existed May 2014. No services were procured from Travel with Flair by the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services

  1. Not Applicable
  2. Not Applicable

1 (b) No services by entities of DTPS that had dealings with Travel with Flair (Pty) Ltd, except USAASA and Sentech have procured services from Travel with Flair.

  1. USAASA procured travel services.
  1. USAASA paid R29, 679.00 and USAF paid R17, 106.01.

2. (b)(i)(ii)(iii) USAASA procures services from the company for international travel and the details are as follows:

Who travelled

Date

Travel Route

Invoice Amount

Agency Fee

P Radebe

17 Oct 2015

Sweden

R130 484.72

R275.00

Z Nkosi

17 Oct 2017

Sweden

R117 954.72

R275.00

SENTECH

(1)&(2) Sentech procured the following services from Travel with Flair:

Labels Sum of TWF Fee

2016 516 725

Accommodation (Acc) 234 124

Car Hire (Car) 91 522

Conference (Ccc) 31 074

Domestic Air Travel (Dom) 119 366

Insurance (Ins) 130

International Air Travel (Int) 7 985

Regional Air Tickets (Reg) 2 055

Transfers & Shuttles (Tra) 29 969

Trav Other (Sao) 280

Trav_ Accomod (Sac) 220

2017 484 090

Accommodation (Acc) 197 976

Bus & Rail Reservations (Bus) 110

Car Hire (Car) 74 501

Conference (Ccc) 58 428

Domestic Air Travel (Dom) 118 597

Insurance (Ins) 510

International Air Travel (Int) 6 215

Regional Air Tickets (Reg) 4 900

Tours (Tou) 110

Transfers & Shuttles (Tra) 22 113

Trav Other (Sao) 515

Trav_Conference (Sap) 115

2015 161 764

Accommodation (Acc) 51 790

Car Hire (Car) 22 930

Conference (Ccc) 29 207

Domestic Air Travel (Dom) 38 470

International Air Travel (Int) 4 840

Transfers & Shuttles (Tra) 14 412

Air (Ai1) 115

Grand Total 1 162 580

SENTECH