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15 June 2017 - NW1440

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

Whether his department has audited the use of funds given to certain municipalities from his department’s 2015-16 budget to implement free wifi hotspots; if not, why not; if so, what (a) reports have been submitted by each municipality indicating effective implementation and service delivered from this allocation and (b) are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

I have been advised by the department as follows:

(a) During the implementation of WiFi networks by the Metros, Project offices from Metros provided the Department with weekly and Monthly progress reports. Subsequently the Department conducted physical site audits and verification on a sample of connected Wi-Fi sites as part of network performance monitoring. Around 150 live sites were audited in Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, Nelson Mandela Bay and Cape Town.

(b) City of Johannesburg and Mangaung have connected some sites but have not completed their WiFi roll out programs. The Department is constantly engaging with these Metros to ensure that all sites are connected as per the agreed plans. The process to appoint WiFi service providers for both Metros is underway.

15 June 2017 - NW1507

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

Whether (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him procured any services from and/or made any payments to (i) a certain company (name furnished) or (ii) any other public relations firms; if not, in each case, why not; if so, in each case, what (aa) services were procured, (bb) was the total cost, (cc) is the detailed breakdown of such costs, (dd) was the total amount paid, (ee) was the purpose of the payments and (ff) is the detailed breakdown of such payments?

Reply:

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

(a) No

(b) No

15 June 2017 - NW1441

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

(1)    Why has the implementation of the Rapid Deployment Guidelines, inserted into the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper, been delayed until after March 2019; (2) has a study been conducted by her department to determine (a) the impact of this delay on broadband rollout across government jurisdictions and (b) the knock-on effect of the delay on the cost to communicate and in rolling out South Africa Connect; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

I have been advised by the department as follows:

1. When the Electronic Communications Act was amended in 2014 it replaced the requirement to develop Rapid Deployment Guidelines with the requirement to develop a National Rapid Deployment Policy. As a result of this amendment, the National Rapid Deployment Policy was included in the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper. The rationale for the replacement of the guidelines with a policy is that a large proportion of the key stakeholders that are affected by the Rapid Deployment Policy are not subject to the provisions of the Electronic Communications Act (ECA), and, consequently, their behaviour cannot be regulated through the ECA.

2.(a)-(b) The Department has not carried out any study to determine the impact of a delay in implementing the Rapid Deployment Policy as there is no delay as yet in the implementation.

29 May 2017 - NW1238

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Robinson, Ms D to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Whether (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him has (i) procured any services from and/or (ii) made any payments to the Decolonisation Foundation; if not, in each case, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (aa) services were procured, (bb) were the total costs, (cc) is the detailed breakdown of the costs, (dd) was the total amount paid, (ee) was the purpose of the payments and (ff) is the detailed breakdown of the payments in each case?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department and each entity reporting to me as follows:

(a) No

(b) No

29 May 2017 - NW1104

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

What (a) amount was spent by his department on e-government services in the 2016-17 financial year and (b) is the projected expenditure for the 2017-18 financial years?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

The Department’s spending on e-Government services is as following:

(a) 2016/17 expenditure was R1 million.

(b) 2017/18 projected expenditure is R2 million.

18 May 2017 - NW1005

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

Was a report generated following the ministerial delegation’s visit to Mexico in December 2016; if so, what are the (a) key findings of the report and (b) impact these findings have had on his department’s approach to South Africa’s proposed national wireless open access network?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

No official report was compiled after the Mexico visit in December 2016. The purpose of the visit was to understand how Mexico established and operated their wholesale open access wireless network called Red Compartida. The visit follwed several months after the approval of the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper in September 2016.

(a) No key findings were made as the delegation focused on understanding Red Compartida.

(b) Not applicable.

18 May 2017 - NW1008

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

In terms of which legislation is the National Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Forum conducting ICT stakeholder engagements in seeking input for the policy and in developing implementation plans, regulations and legislation on behalf of the department?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

There is no legislation in terms of which the National ICT Forum is conducting ICT stakeholder engagements in seeking input for the policy.

17 May 2017 - NW1004

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

Whether a service provider or consultant has been appointed to develop the structure and implementation of the proposed ICT sector regulator as contained in the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper; if so, (a) what is the name of the service provider or consultant, (b) how was the assignment advertised, (c) how was the person or firm chosen, (d) on what date was the person or firm chosen, (e) what is the scope of work requested, (f) what is the cost, (g) what is the completion date and (h) is the service provider or person a member of the National ICT Forum?

Reply:

I am being advised by the Department as follows:

No, the Department did not appoint a service provider or consultant to develop the structure and implementation of the proposed ICT sector Regulator as contained in the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper.

17 May 2017 - NW1009

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Terblanche, Ms JF to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services:

Are discussions being held with the National Treasury to (a) develop a funding plan for the establishment of the proposed national wireless open access network and (b) attract local and foreign investors to participate; if not, (i) why not and (ii) how does the Minister envisage funding the establishment of the network?

Reply:

I have being advised by the Department as follows:

a) No

b) No

(i) & (ii) The model contemplated in the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper, does not envisage Government funding for the establishment of the network but provides that Government may provide incentives to support wireless open access. These include the allocation of some funds from the fund responsible for rural and under-serviced areas. At the appropriate time, the Universal Service and Access Fund or its successor contemplated in the White Paper, the Digital Development Fund, may allocate some funds if money is appropriated by Parliament for that purpose.

The White Paper stipulates that the Wireless Open Access Network will be a public-private sector-owned and managed consortium, and will consist of entities that are interested in participating. Participants may include, but not be limited to, current holders of electronic communications service (ECS) and electronic communications network service (ECNS) licenses, infrastructure companies, private equity investors, Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs), Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Over-the-Top (OTT) players and Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), State-Owned Companies and Development Financial Institutions.

17 May 2017 - NW1007

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

Whether any discussions have been held with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) on any aspect of the implementation of the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper; if not, (a) why not and (b) are there any plans to include the regulator in the implementation of any aspect of the policy; if so, (i) what issues have been discussed and (ii) what is the expected outcome of these discussions?

Reply:

I have being advised by the Department as follows:

Yes. The Department is required by law to engage ICASA. The Department has engaged ICASA on the implementation of the
National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper. These discussions were initially led by the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of ICASA

(i) Issues discussed:-

  • Legislative programme to implement the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper;
  • Cost to Communicate Programme;
  • Compilation of National ICT indicators to support policy development and regulation making; and
  • Wireless Open Access Network and the assignment of high demand spectrum.

(ii) To solicit ICASA’s input on the Implementation Framework as the regulator will be expected to implement policy, including the integration of the plan into their future Annual Performance Plans. Discussions are on-going.

 

17 May 2017 - NW1006

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

(1)  What is the status of the legal action he initiated in the North Gauteng High Court to review the decision by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) to issue the Invitation to Apply to participate in a spectrum auction; (2) Have negotiations with ICASA to resolve the impasse on this issue been held; if so, what is the nature of these negotiations? NW1134E

Reply:

I am being advised by the Department as follows:

1. .The matter between the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is still pending in the High Court. The application consisted of two parts:, Part A, the High Court granted an order interdicting and preventing ICASA from implementing the licensing steps and processes referred or contemplated in the Invitation to Apply. In respect of Part B, namely the review application, this part is pending.

2. Yes, the Department is engaging ICASA on the implementation of the Integrated ICT Policy White Paper.

17 May 2017 - NW1003

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

Whether a service provider or consultant has been appointed to develop the structure and implementation of the proposed Digital Development Fund as contained in the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper; if so, (a) what is the name of the service provider or consultant, (b) how was the assignment advertised, (c) how was the person or firm chosen, (d) on what date was the person or firm chosen, (e) what is the scope of work requested, (f) what is the cost, (g) what is the completion date and (h) is the service provider or person a member of the National ICT Forum?

Reply:

I am advised by the Department as follows:

No, the Department did not appoint a service provider or consultant to develop the structure and implementation of the proposed Digital Development Fund as contained in the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper.

24 April 2017 - NW852

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

Whether any of the three set-top box suppliers who received orders from the Universal Services Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) on 6 August 2015 is taking legal action against (i) USAASA and/or (ii) his department for the cessation of their assembly processes; if so, what are (a) the terms of reference of the specified legal actions and (b) the responses of (i) USAASA and (ii) his department?

Reply:

I have been informed by USAASA as follows:

(i) The three service providers, namely Leratadima Marketing Solutions, CZ Electronics and Bua Africa have separately declared a dispute for arbitration. So far, only Leratadima Marketing Solutions and CZ Electronics have filed their claims in the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA). USAASA has not yet received claims from the third service provider.

(a) Leratadima Marketing Solutions claim is in two parts. In the first part it seeks an order declaring that USAASA is liable to pay Leratadima Marketing Solutions for variation in the foreign exchange rate, which occurred during the subsistence of the Purchase Order which Leratadima was executing. The second part relates to a consequential loss which it has suffered as a result of suspension of production.

CZ Electronics has also filed its Statement of Claim with AFSA for the exchange rate variance, suspension of manufacturing, outstanding invoices and consequential loss.

(b) (i) USAASA is not contractually liable to the service providers to pay for the variance in the exchange rate. It was the responsibility of the service providers to hedge against fluctuations in the exchange rate. This was an express term of the purchase orders which are an integral and constitutive part of the agreements between USAASA and the service providers. The service providers at their own risk failed to hedge themselves against the fluctuation in the exchange rate. USAASA did not commit to pay the service providers for the variance in the exchange rate. USAASA could consider, and only on compassionate and benevolent grounds, partial assistance to the service providers provided it got additional funding from National Treasury for that purpose. National Treasury did not provide USAASA with any additional funding to pay the service providers for the variance in the exchange rate.

In so far as the claim for consequential loss is concerned, the Supply and Delivery Agreements with service providers stipulate that neither party shall be liable for the special or consequential damages suffered by the other party arising out of the agreement howsoever arising.

(ii) The Broadcasting Digital Migration Programme (“BDM”) falls within the mandate of the Department of Communications and as such, the acting Director-General of the Department of Communications commissioned an investigation into the supply chain management (“SCM”) processes followed by the USAASA in appointing a panel of service providers for the BDM programme. Legal action pertaining to any alleged irregularities flowing from the SCM process must therefore be dealt with by the Department of Communications as the competent department mandated with the BDM programme.    

24 April 2017 - NW940

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)   Whether there is any position of (a) chief executive officer, (b) chief financial officer and/or (c) chief operating officer that is currently vacant in each entity reporting to him; if so, (i) how long has each specified position been vacant and (ii) what is the reason for each vacancy; (2) Have the vacancies been advertised; if so, (a) were interviews done and (b) on what date will the vacancies be filled; (3) (a) what is the total number of persons who are currently employed in the specified positions in an acting capacity, (b) for what period has each person been acting in each position and (c) has any of the specified persons applied for the positions?

Reply:

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

1. The State Informational Technology Agency (SITA); National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa (NEMISA); Sentech; Broadband Infraco (BBI); Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA); and the .za Domain Name Authority (ZADNA), do not have vacant positions as indicated above.

The South African Post Office (SAPO) COO position is currently vacant since 01 December 2015 due to a resignation.

2. SAPO indicated that the position of COO was advertised internally and externally on 18 October 2015, with a closing date of 27 October 2015. This process did not yield suitable candidates, hence a headhunting process was undertaken. Interviews have taken place and SAPO has identified suitable candidates for recommendation to the Minister subject to verification of qualifications.

3. SAPO indicated that no one is acting in the position of COO and all Executives that report directly to the COO are currently reporting directly to the Group CEO.

24 April 2017 - NW859

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Cassim, Mr Y to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)    What is the employment status of his department’s acting Director-General of Policy; (2) Whether the specified person is serving notice; if so, why has the person’s appointment to the position not been approved; (3) What appointment processes are being followed to recruit the person’s successor?

Reply:

I have been informed by the Department as follows:

1. The former Acting Deputy Director-General: ICT Policy and Strategy is no longer an employee of the Department.

2. The specified person served a notice from 1 March 2017 to 31 March 2017. Advertisement of the post was authorized on 25 March 2017 and the post was advertised on 12 April 2017 with a closing date of 28 April 2017.

3. Another Acting Deputy Director-General: ICT Policy and Strategy has been appointed until the current process of appointment is finalised.

24 April 2017 - NW858

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Cassim, Mr Y to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

What employment processes were followed to appoint a certain person (name and details furnished) in his department; (2) Did a certain person (details furnished) in his department formally recuse himself or herself from the interview process due to the nature of the relationship with the interviewee (details furnished); if not, why not?

Reply:

I have been informed by the Department as follows:

  1. The post was advertised, shortlisted, interviewed and approved in terms of the Public Service Regulations, 2001 relevant at the time.
  2. The former Acting Director-General was not present during the interview process of the specified person as he requested to leave and appointed another panelist to chair before the interview of the specified person started.

24 April 2017 - NW857

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Cassim, Mr Y to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Whether Mr Joe Mjwara, his Department’s former Acting Director-General, declared his financial interests in the private sector to him before being appointed to the specified person’s current position in his department; if so, (a) what financial interests in the private sector has the specified person declared and (b) did the specified person receive permission to conduct business in this regard while serving in his department?

Reply:

a) No. He did not disclose financial interests in the private sector.

b) Not applicable

24 April 2017 - NW856

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

(1)What role is a certain person (name and details furnished) currently fulfilling in his department; (2) Were proper recruitment and employment processes followed in appointing the specified person to the current position; (3) What is the (a) term of the person’s current employment and (b) person’s remuneration?

Reply:

I am advised by the Department as follows:

1. The contract for Mr Mjwara (DDG: E-Government) expired on 12 March 2017.

2. His employment was a fixed-term employment contract to assist the Department to implement key policies and projects. This has been done to a large extent and the Department is looking into him finalising the handover report of his projects.

3. Not applicable

24 April 2017 - NW855

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

Has (a) his department and (b) the Universal Services Access Agency of South Africa engaged with the Chief Procurement Officer to (i) assist in implementing the National Treasury’s recommendations regarding the set-top box procurement process and (ii) provide recommendations about the appropriate legal process to be followed; if not, why not in each case; if so, in each case, what (aa) are the relevant details and (bb) progress has been made to date?

Reply:

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

(a)(i)&(ii) No

(b)(i)&(ii) No, USAASA has sought Senior Counsel opinion on the appropriate process to be followed, which is to review the procurement process.

24 April 2017 - NW854

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

What steps has he and/or his department taken to date to implement the National Treasury’s recommendation that (a) the production process of set-top boxes be stopped and (b) a process that will lead to the integrity and value for money be initiated?

Reply:

The Project Management Office of the Broadcasting Digital Migration Programme (“BDM”) falls within the mandate of the Department of Communications. This question should be referred to the Department of Communications as the competent Department mandated with the BDM programme.    

24 April 2017 - NW853

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

Whether he and / or his Department has taken any action to cancel the contracts and agreements signed with certain companies (names furnished), the service providers who were allegedly appointed in contravention of the Universal Services Access Agency of South Africa’s supply chain management policy according to the National Treasury’s investigation, if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

The Project Management Office of the Broadcasting Digital Migration Programme (“BDM”) falls within the mandate of the Department of Communications. Legal action pertaining to any alleged irregularities flowing from the SCM process must therefore be dealt with by the Department of Communications as the competent Department mandated with the BDM programme.

However, I am advised by USAASA that it is reviewing the entire procurement process.    

24 April 2017 - NW851

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

(1)Whether he has taken any disciplinary action as a result of the National Treasury commissioned probe into the procurement process for the Government-sponsored set-top boxes that form part of the Broadcast Digital Migration programme; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the full details of all internal disciplinary steps taken to date, (b) against whom and (c) for what actions; (2) Whether any criminal charges have been laid against any of the specified persons; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the case numbers and (b)(i) what charges have been laid and (ii) at which police stations

Reply:

As the member may know, the Project Management Office of the Broadcasting Digital Migration Programme (“BDM”) falls within the mandate of the Department of Communications.

However, I am advised by USAASA that disciplinary investigation against Supply Chain Management has been instituted on the basis of the AG’s report of July 2016 pertaining to irregularities flowing from the SCM process.    

30 March 2017 - NW803

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

With regard to the Minister of Social Development’s reply to question 1505 on 12 May 2015, was there ever a Letter of Agreement signed between the SA Social Security Agency and the SA Post Office; if not, why not; if so, on what date was it (a) signed and (b) terminated?

Reply:

I have been advised by the South Africa Post Office (SAPO) as follows:-

With regard to the Minister of Social Development’s reply to parliamentary question 1505 on 12 May 2015, SAPO confirms that there was no signed Letter of Agreement with SASSA.

30 March 2017 - NW707

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)Did (a) his department or (b) any entity reporting to him participate in the Dialogue with the President: Unpacking of the SONA 2017 on Radical Economic Transformation Implementation event hosted at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga, Durban, on 25 February 2017; if so, what amount was spent in each case; (2) did (a) his department or (b) any entity reporting to him participate in the auction of the (i) souvenirs or (ii) personal belongings of the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma; if so, (aa) which items were purchased and (bb) at what cost, in each case?

Reply:

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

(1) – (2) No

27 March 2017 - NW471

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Groenewald, Mr HB to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Whether his department procured any services from and/or made any payments to (a) Mr Mzwanele Manyi, (b) the Progressive Professionals Forum, (c) the Decolonisation Fund and/or (d) the Black Business Council; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what (i) services were procured, (ii) was the total cost, (iii) is the detailed breakdown of such costs, (iv) was the total amount paid, (v) was the purpose of the payments and (vi) is the detailed breakdown of such payments in each case?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:-

The answer to the above question is: NO.

13 March 2017 - NW256

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

(a) What is the detailed breakdown of South African Post Offices (SAPO) currently operational in each province? (b) Whether each specified post office is situated in (i) an urban or (ii) rural area and (c) How many of the specified post offices are equipped to issue motor vehicle licenses?

Reply:

I have been informed by SAPO as follows:

(a)

Province

Branch

Mobile

RPOA

Grand Total

Eastern Cape

182

2

123

307

Free State

118

1

16

135

Gauteng

332

 

9

341

KwaZulu Natal

240

2

68

310

Limpopo

136

2

123

261

Mpumalanga

116

1

100

217

Northern Cape

1

   

1

North West

127

1

87

215

Northern Cape

63

 

67

130

Western Cape

173

 

112

285

Grand Total

1 488

9

705

2 202

(b)

Province

Branch Mines

Rural

Urban

Branch Total

Mobile Rural

Mobile Total

RPOA Rural

Urban

RPOA Total

Grand Total

Eastern Cape

 

131

51

182

2

2

123

 

123

307

Free State

 

20

98

118

1

1

8

8

16

135

Gauteng

 

4

328

332

   

2

7

9

341

KwaZulu Natal

 

103

137

240

2

2

52

16

68

310

Limpopo

 

92

44

136

2

2

123

 

123

261

Mpumalanga

 

52

64

116

1

1

91

9

100

217

Northern Cape

   

1

1

         

1

North West

1

60

66

127

1

1

87

 

87

215

Northern Cape

 

38

25

63

   

53

14

67

130

WesternCape

 

25

148

173

   

94

18

112

285

Grand Total

1

525

962

1 488

9

9

633

72

705

2 202

(c)

Province

Sum of MVL systems Installed

Eastern Cape

113

Free State

18

Gauteng

235

KwaZulu Natal

37

Limpopo

52

Mpumalanga

9

North West

9

Grand Total

473

 

13 March 2017 - NW375

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services:

What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price and (d) date on which each vehicle was purchased for use by (i) him and (ii) his deputy (aa) in the (aaa) 2014-15 and (bbb) 2015-16 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2016?

Reply:

I have been informed by the Department as follows:-

i.  MINISTER

 

  a) MAKE

    b) MODEL

    c) PRICE

   d) PURCHASE DATE

Audi Q7

 Q7 3.0 TDI

 681 841.98

  2014/15 FY

Jeep

 Grand Cherokee 3.6 Overland

 626 661.00

  2014/15 FY

(aaa) 2014-15

The vehicles bought as per the table above.

(bbb) 2015-16

No vehicles were purchased for the Minister in this financial year.

(bb) Since 1 April 2016

No vehicles were purchased for the Minister in this financial year.

ii.  DEPUTY MINISTER

a) MAKE

b) MODEL

c) PRICE

d) PURCHASE DATE

LEXUS

ES250

438 152,16

2014/15 FY

Jeep

Grand Cherokee 3.0 LTD

637 114,00

2014/15 FY

(aaa) 2014-15

The vehicles bought as per the table above.

(bbb) 2015-16

No vehicles were purchased for the Deputy Minister in this financial year.

(bb) Since 1 April 2016

No vehicles were purchased for the Deputy Minister in this financial year.

13 March 2017 - NW284

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

What are the full details of (a) the status of the legal challenge against his department by a certain official (name and details furnished) and (b) any other legal actions taken by his department against (i) former and (ii) current members of staff?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:-

  1. Mr. Buthelezi lodged a dispute of unfair dismissal with the General Public Service Sectoral Bargaining Council and the arbitration is ongoing.
  2. (i)The Department has taken action against Mr. Buthelezi in order to recover unauthorised expenditure incurred by the Department. The Department’s decision to recover the legal costs incurred in the labour court case between Mr Wisani Ngobeni, (a former employee of the Department) and the Department is under review.

(ii) No other legal action is being taken against current employees.

13 March 2017 - NW282

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

(1) (a) Which company was appointed to provide physical security services to his department in terms of bid DTPS/01/2016/17A, (b) on what date was the specified appointment made and (c) what is the (i) duration and (ii) cost of the contract; (2) (a) what are the material terms of the successful bid, (b) how many firms submitted bids and (c) what bid evaluation and adjudication process was followed to determine the winning bidder; (3) what were the specific grounds for not awarding the tender to a certain company (name furnished)?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department follows:-

(1) (a) The Department appointed Fidelity Security Group (Pty) Ltd.

(b) The service provider was appointed on 28 October 2016.The contract started on 1 December 2016.

(c) (i)The duration of the contract is two years.

(ii)The contract cost is R11 817 326.44 (VAT inclusive)

(2) (a) The material terms of the successful bid was that the service provider met all the requirement of the department regarding evaluation criteria stipulated in the bid documentation. The following were material terms for the successful bidder:

  • Experience in providing physical security services,
  • Proof of registration with Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA),
  • Financial capability and
  • Detailed Project Execution Plan.

(b) On the closing date, 70 bids were received by the Department.

(c) Normal government Supply Chain Management (SCM) bid evaluation and adjudication processes were followed.

(3) Imvula Quality Protection (Africa) (Pty) Ltd did not score the highest in the bid evaluation and adjudication processes.

13 March 2017 - NW283

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

(1) (a) What is the (i) number and (ii) the value of the shares that the Government holds as a shareholder in Telkom as at 31 January 2017, (b) how many directors is Government required to appoint to Telkom’s Board in terms of its shareholding, (c) who are the Government’s appointees to Telkom’s Board and (d) when were they appointed; (2) Are there any plans to (a) change the specified directors or (b) appoint new directors to the Telkom Board; if so, in each case, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I have been informed by Telkom as follows:

1. (a)(i) 207 038 058 Shares

(ii) R15 244 212 210.54 as on 31 January 2017 (Government shareholdings have not changed since the previous reporting period- September 2016)

(b) Government is not required to appoint any directors to the Telkom Board.

(c) Telkom does not have any government appointees on their current Board.

(d) No appointments

(2) (a) It is the prerogative of the Board on the recommendations of the Nominations Committee subject to Shareholder approval.

(b) It is the prerogative of the Board on the recommendations of the Nominations Committee subject to Shareholder approval.

13 March 2017 - NW262

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

(1) Whether a certain person (name furnished) was an employee of the State Information Technology Agency (SITA); if so, in what capacity was the specified person employed; (2) Whether SITA awarded the specified person to study at the Columbia University in New York, the United States of America; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) was the amount of the specified bursary and (b) were the terms and conditions applicable to the bursary in terms of the (i) duration of study, (ii) terms of grant and (iii) repayment period?

Reply:

I have been informed by SITA as follows:

1.  Ms. Unathi Mtya was employed by SITA as the Head of Internal Information Technology division and has since resigned on 31 July 2016.

2.  SITA did not receive an application for a bursary nor award a bursary to Ms. Unathi Mtya to study at the Columbia University in New York.

a) Not applicable

b) (i) Not applicable

(ii) Not applicable

(iii) Not applicable

13 March 2017 - NW261

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

(1) Has the Kidds Beach postal agency in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality in the Eastern Cape been closed down; if so, (a) when was the specified agency closed down, (b) why was it closed down and (c) what alternatives have been arranged to meet the postal requirements of those residing in specified areas (details furnished); (2) Whether any amounts are outstanding and payable to the specified agency; if so, (a) what amount is outstanding and payable to the agency and (b) what is the detailed (i) breakdown and (ii) age analysis of the specified amount

Reply:

I have been informed by SAPO as follows:

1.  (a) The Kidds Beach Postal Agency is not yet closed down. It is scheduled to close at the end of April 2017.

(b) The Agency has terminated the agreement with SAPO for personal reasons.

(c) As of May 2017, residents of Kidds Beach and surrounding areas will conduct their postal business at Greenfields Post Office, which is just 25 km away. Private boxes will remain at the Agency building and clients will continue to receive mail from their boxes. The company is still pursuing alternative measures with prospective agents to provide services in the area.

2.  (a) The transaction viable amounts for December 2016 and January 2017 are outstanding but have been captured in the system for February 2017 payments. The capturing of these payments is dependent on the date of submission of claims by the Agent.

(b) In terms of the agreement with the current agent, the Post Office cannot divulge any confidential information to any third party without the agent’s express consent.

13 March 2017 - NW260

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

(1) What is the frequency of physical mail deliveries to the Serenitas Retirement Village situated at 51 General Hertzog Drive, Dan Pienaar, Bloemfontein; (2) Whether (a) he and/or (b) SAPO is aware of the dumping of three bags of mail on the pavement of the neighbouring Gracia’s Retirement Village on 9 January 2017; if so, what steps have been taken (i) against the person responsible for the dumping of the specified bags and (ii) to ensure that mail (aa) is not dumped again and (bb) is delivered reliably and regularly to the residents residing at the specified address?

Reply:

I have been informed by SAPO as follows:

1. Mail is delivered at the Serenitas Retirement Village every second day.

2. The so-called “dumped mail” seen at the gate of Gracia’a Retirement Village on 09 January 2017, was for delivery at the Serenitas Retirement Village. When the volume for delivery in an area is too much for the postman to carry, excess mail is prepared and placed in an excess mail bag called dump bag. The bag is then transported by vehicle to a convenient spot, in this case, Gracia’s Retirement Village, where the postman will collect and deliver further. No dumping of mail took place.

13 March 2017 - NW259

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

(1) Whether a certain official (name and details furnished) has engaged any private consortiums, individuals or companies regarding a tender, bid or proposal to distribute social grants through the SA Post Office on behalf of the SA Social Security Agency; if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the names of the private consortiums, individuals or companies that were approached and (b) was the nature of each of the specified engagements; (2) Have any agreements, joint ventures or proposals been concluded as a result of the specified engagements; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

I have been informed by SAPO as follows:

1. (a) – (b) SAPO submitted its Request for Information (RFI) to SASSA on 10 February 2017.

2. No contracts have been entered into.

13 March 2017 - NW258

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

What is the total number of (a) casual and (b) contract workers who have been employed by the South African Post Office (SAPO) since 1 January 2017?

Reply:

I have been informed by SAPO as follows:

(1) (a) During the period 1 January to date no casuals were appointed within SAPO. All casuals were converted to permanent part- time or full time employees by September 2016.

(b) Two fixed contractors were appointed since 1 January 2017. One fixed term contractor was appointed with effect from 3 January 2017 for a fixed term of 9 months within the Travel Office and another fixed term contractor was appointed with effect from 1 February 2017 for a period of 18 months to assist with the National Address roll out project.

13 March 2017 - NW257

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

(1) Is the South African Post Office (SAPO) a registered point for issuing the documents of the Department of Home Affairs; if so, (a) how many post offices currently issue (i) identification documents and (ii) passports and (b) what is the (i) name and (ii) location of each post office. (2) Does the SAPO possess the biometric information and communication technology systems necessary for the issuing of identification documents and passports; if so, (a) how many post offices possess the specified systems and (b) what is the (i) name and (ii) location of each post office?

Reply:

I have been informed by SAPO as follows:

SAPO is not a registered point for issuing documents for the Department of Home Affairs.

16 February 2017 - NW94

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

How many engagements, in terms of Chapter 2, section 3 of the Electronic Communications Act, Act 36 of 2005, as amended, has he had with (a) ICT sector stakeholders and (b) representatives organisations on the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper since 26 September 2016; (2) (a) On what date did each meeting take place, (b) what was the venue for each meeting and (c) who were participants in each meeting; (3) Did his department host each meeting; if not, who hosted the event in each case; if so, what was were the total costs incurred?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

(1)(a) 2

(1)(b) 1

(2)(a) The ICT Symposium took place on 2 November 2016;

A meeting with mobile network operators took place on 28 November 2016; and,

A meeting with representative organisations took place on 14 December 2016.

(2)(b) Venue:

ICT Symposium: Gallagher Estate, Midrand;

Mobile network operators meeting: Vodacom World, Midrand; and

Meeting with representative organisations: The Park Hyatt, Rosebank.

(c) Participants included the following:

ICT Symposium: South African Communications Forum (SACF), Fibreco, Convergence Partners, Members of Black Information Technology Forum (BITF), Smile Communications, National Lotteries Board, Black Management Forum, Telkom, MTN, and Vodacom.

Mobile network operators meeting: Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, Telkom, Neotel, WBS, and SAAIF.

Meeting with representative organisations: Black IT Forum, Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA), SACF, Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Council, National Broadcasting Association, Wireless Access Providers’ Association (WAPA), WIFI Forum, Internet Society Gauteng, and Interactive Advertising Bureau.

(3) The ICT Symposium was hosted by the Black IT Forum; the meeting with mobile network operators was hosted by Vodacom; and the meeting with representative organisations was hosted by the Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Council. The costs of hosting the meetings were not incurred by the Department.

16 February 2017 - NW97

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

(1) Will a tender to appoint a service provider to draw up the implementation plan arising from the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper be issued, if not, (a) will the implementation plan be developed by his Department and (b) what further or/other steps are envisaged to draw up the implementation plan, if so (i) when will it be gazetted and (ii) what is the budget for the project? (2) What deadline has been set for the publication of the implementation plan?

Reply:

1. No, a service provider will not be appointed to draw up the implementation plan arising from the National Integrated ICT Policy white paper; (a) Yes, (b) further internal consultation on the draft implementation plan; (i) No requirement exists to publish the implementation plan in the Gazette and (ii) since the implementation plan forms part of the Annual Performace Plan of the Department, no special budget is required.

2. There is no requirement to publish the implementation plan.

16 February 2017 - NW96

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

(1) Why was the (a) regulatory impact assessment or (b) socio-economic impact assessment not done before submitting the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper to Cabinet for approval; (2) What evidence was used to support the decision to establish an open access wireless network including all supporting material?

Reply:

(1) (a) A Regulatory Impact Assessment has been replaced by the Socio-Economic Impact Assessment System (SEIAS) in line with a Cabinet directive; (b) It is a requirement by Cabinet to submit a SEIAS report with any new policy that Cabinet must approve. The SEIAS report on the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper, which is available on the Department’s website, was approved by the DPME and accordingly submitted with the policy document when it was approved by Cabinet on 28 September 2016.

(2) The evidence included but was not limited to:

Both the National Development Plan (NDP) and SA Connect refer to open access as the basis of the future market structure for the ICT sector. The call for open access was also included in the report of the ICT Policy Review Panel which was appointed by the Department to advise on the development of the final policy. In addition to the work of the panel, we also undertook international benchmarking with countries which have implemented Open Access or seek to implement Open Access Network as a mechanism to address public safety, broadband roll-out, limitations with scarce spectrum resource, competition, remove barriers to entry through introduction of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO), and market failures.

16 February 2017 - NW95

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

(1)Whether (a) he and/or (b) any officials from his department visited the United Mexican States from 1 October 2016 to date; if so, (i) what was the purpose of each trip, (ii) who participated in each trip, (iii) who and/or which entities were visited, (iv) what deliverables were produced and (v) what was the (aa) cost and (bb) duration of each trip; (2) Whether any spouses and/or partners accompanied any of the specified persons on any of the specified trips; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, at what cost in each case? NW99E

Reply:

1(a) Yes, the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services led a delegation to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Guadalajara (5-6 December 2016) and Benchmarking Visit on Wireless Open Access Network in Mexico City (7-8 December 2016). This was one trip.

(b) The following officials accompanied the Minister to Mexico:

  • Ms Nonkqubela Thathakahle Jordan-Dyani;
  • Ms Palesa Legoze;
  • Mr Siyabulela Qoza;
  • Mr Sipho Joe Mjwara; and
  • Mr Dick Sono.

(i) The purpose of participating at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was to present the African position on internet governance issues. South Africa hosted the African Internet Governance Forum in October 2016, which adopted a number of resolutions which South Africa presented at the global Internet Governance Forum, as African common positions.

The second part of the visit to Mexico City was to benchmark on Mexico’s open access wireless network model as part of conducting a comparative analysis with countries with similar sector plans and socio-economic conditions and levels of development.

(ii) Internet Governance Forum (IGF): 5 – 6 December 2016 in Guadalajara:

  • Minister
  • Ms Ntandoyeningi Sithebe (Minister’s Spouse)
  • Mr Siyabulela Qoza (Departmental official)
  • Ms Nonkqubela Jordan-Dyani (Departmental official)
  • Ms Palesa Legoze (Departmental official) attended the IGF from 5 – 9 December 2016)

Benchmarking visit on Wireless Open Access Network model: 7 to 8 December 2016 in Mexico City:

  • Minister
  • Ms Ntandoyeningi Sithebe (Minister’s Spouse)
  • Mr Sipho Joe Mjwara (Departmental official)
  • Ms Nonkqubela Jordan-Dyani (Departmental official)
  • Mr Dick Sono (Departmental official)
  • Mr Siyabulela Qoza (Departmental official)

(iii) Internet Governance Forum

  • Internet Society (ISOC)
  • Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)
  • World Economic Forum (WEF)
  • Governor of Guadalajara
  • Minister of Science & Information Technology

Benchmarking on Wireless Open Access Network

    • Telcel a subsidiary of América Móvil the largest mobile and fixed operator in Mexico
    • National Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (Secretariat – Department of Communication and Transport)
    • Meeting with Mexican State Telecommunications Experts (former and new Regulators)
    • Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Federal Institute of Telecommunications)

(iv) Internet Governance Forum

  • Participated in the development of a training programme to build on capacity as a country on internet management, internet architecture and policy development.
  • South Africa has joined the Internet for All programme which seeks to improve universal access, uptake and usage of the internet.
  • South Africa will participate in capacity building and training programmes offered by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and its partners on digital economy

Benchmarking on Wireless Open Access Network

    • The role of the new regulator in managing both network infrastructure roll-out and competition matters.
    • Lessons learnt from ongoing efforts to introduce Wholesale Open Access in Mexico to promote competition and therefore universal access to affordable quality services.
    • Mexico like South Africa is a developing country which is grappling with the restructuring of the market.
    • Private-Public-Partnership models in universal access connectivity.

(aa) R 671 704.49

(bb) Internet Governance Forum: 3 to 7 December (including travel dates)

Benchmarking on Wireless Open Access Network: 7 to 10 December (including travel dates).

2. Yes, Minister’s spouse, Ms Ntandoyeningi Sithebe accompanied the Minister to Mexico in line with the Ministerial Handbook. Total cost for her travel was R 110 200.00.

05 December 2016 - NW2641

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

What (a) was the total amount of the acquisition of a certain company (name furnished), (b) were the terms of the specified acquisition which were accepted by the liquidator to the creditors and (c) was the amount owed by the specified company to its creditors? 2. Has any of the accounts been outstanding for more than 30 days; if so, for how long has each account been outstanding? 3. What was the impact on the employment benefits and conditions of all the employees who were re-employed by the South African Post Office?

Reply:

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

1(a) This is an intra-group transaction for the transfer of all the company’s assets and liabilities to SAPO and as such no cash payment will be made.

1(b) The provisional liquidation order against the company was dismissed by the High Court on 30 September 2016. The only creditor item approved by the provisional liquidator was the transfer of the company’s employees to SAPO. As the company is no longer in provisional liquidation, it is in the process of finalising the intra-group sale of business transaction with SAPO.

1(c) Creditor balances as at 31 October 2016, amounted to R250 million, of which R46 million relate to third party creditors and the balance of R204 million is owed to SAPO.

2. All outstanding creditor accounts are more than 30 days overdue. SAPO is in the process of finalising the transaction and will then submit for Ministerial approval in terms of Sections 54 and 66 of the Public Finance Management Act No. 1 of 1999 (PFMA). SAPO has also advised that once the transaction has received the requisite approval in terms of the PFMA, it will ensure that all amounts owing to third party creditors are paid in full.

3. In terms of the agreement concluded between SAPO and all employees under Section 197 (6) of the Labour Relations Act No 66 of 1995, all employees were transferred to SAPO on 01 September 2016, on the same employment terms and conditions applicable to all SAPO employees including membership access to the SAPO pension and medical aid fund schemes. The length of service and accumulated leave of all employees were also preserved and transferred to SAPO. Employees also received a once off non-pensionable and taxable ex-gratia payment in lieu of unpaid salary increases during the period April-August 2016, which was part of the resolution of the previous long outstanding labour settlements.

14 November 2016 - NW2330

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

1. Whether the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) has enough capacity and expertise to service the critical service level agreements it concluded with the Department of Home Affairs; if not, (a) why not and (b) what steps has his Department taken to ensure that the SITA’s capacity and expertise are improved to a satisfactory level; and 2. Whether SITA has put any (a) routine and /or (b) preventative maintenance procedures in place to ensure that the Department of Home Affairs network problems are solved before it adversely affects its services; if not, why not; if so, (i) what are the relevant details and (ii) what impact did the specified procedures have on the availability of the specified department’s services?

Reply:

I have been informed by SITA as follows:

1 (a) SITA currently has thirteen (13) Service Level Agreements (SLA Annexes) with the Department of Home Affairs. These services are delivered using both the SITA own personnel and external services from contracted suppliers.

These services are managed via Service Level Agreements with metrics. The service performance is regularly evaluated and monitored on a monthly basis between SITA and the Department of Home Affairs.

SITA has adequate capacity to service the SLA Annexes except that it uses Telkom to provide the last-mile for a dedicated VPN. This represents the only area of challenge since SITA does not own the infrastructure and depend on Telkom network for 92% of its connectivity. SITA is now working with Sentech to provide an additional alternative connectivity using satellite technology to minimise the challenges that have been experienced to date.

1 (b) The following actions have been implemented to increase capacity:

  • Appointed a specialist resource to direct the stabilisation and modernisation of the Switching Centre, supported by internal resources and external service providers;
  • Full assessment of the Switching Centre’s facility condition and fit for purpose assessment completed;
  • Identified critical items for stabilisation and modernisation and we have initiated projects to address DHA requirements;
  • Establishment of a full preventative maintenance contract to maintain the Switching Centre’s facility infrastructure.

2 (a) (b) Yes, SITA has routine and preventative maintenance procedures, managed through IT Service Management System.

(i) (ii) SITA has regular monthly Service Level Meetings with the Department of Home Affairs and also with the Service Provider (Telkom). To minimise the causes of poor network connectivity SITA is working with the State Owned Companies such as Sentech to build additional alternative network that will be activated when terrestrial network is impacted. The satellite system will ensure that the DHA office has service as per the signed Service Level Agreements; therefore DHA does not need to close their offices when a network breakdown is experienced.

14 November 2016 - NW2333

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

(a) How many qualifying bargaining unit employees of the SA Post Office qualified for back payments during the period 1 April 2014 to 30 November 2014 and (b) What is the total cost of the specified back payments?

Reply:

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

(a) The total number of qualifying bargaining unit employees is 16 820. This is 100% of bargaining unit employees who were still in the employ of the company at the time of signing the agreement.

(b) The total cost of back payments was R82.4 million.

14 November 2016 - NW2334

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

With reference to the R149 107 000 incurred for fines and penalties listed in the SA Post Office’s 2015-16 Annual Report, ( a) which entities levied the fines and/or penalties, (b) what are the respective amounts and (c) what was the reason for each penalty and / or fine incurred. (2) Whether any of the specified penalties and/or fines have been recovered; if not, in each case, why not, if so, in each case, (a) from which entity were the penalties and or/ fines recovered and (b) what amount was recovered in each case?

Reply:

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

1. (a) The entities that levied penalties are the Payment Association of South Africa (PASA) and Telkom.

   (b) The total amount of penalties incurred was R1 million. The remaining R148 million of the R149 million in question relates to a provision for possible VAT liability.

  (c) The penalties were levied due to late payment by SAPO and this was due to constrained cash availability.

2. (a) and (b) No specified penalties and/or fines have been recovered because there is no basis for the recovery. The penalties were levied on amounts for which work was done for SAPO. In the case of PASA, the organisation regulates banking and card transactions on behalf of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB). In the case of Telkom, the entity rendered telephony and data services to SAPO. In the case of provision for a possible VAT liability, SAPO has made the calculation based on a worst case scenario in terms of the VAT Act and it has requested the directive from the South African Revenue Services (SARS) to obtain certainty on the assumptions to be made in the calculations.

 

14 November 2016 - NW2332

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

What (a) is the total amount of all (i) long-term loans and (ii) overdraft facilities secured by the SA Post Office as part of its three-year loan facility obtained from major financial institutions, (b) are the names of each of the specified major financial institutions and (c) is the (i) total amount, (ii) interest rate charged and (iii) term of each loan and/or overdraft facility?

Reply:

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

SAPO obtained a 3-year club loan from 5 local banks totalling R3.7 billion, which refinanced the previously existing loans totalling R1.0 billion. These loans are on common terms and conditions with interest rates of JIBAR plus between 2% and 2.5%. Details of exposures by bank, including specific terms and conditions such as pricing, are confidential. The loans are repayable on 14 July 2019.

The overdraft facility amounts to R270 million with no fixed termination date. This is not currently being utilised by SAPO.

(a) (i) Long- term loans= R3.7 billion

     (ii) Overdraft facilities= R270 million

(b) Names of institutions are confidential

(c) (i) The total amount is R3.7 billion

    (ii) Interest rate charged = interest rates of JIBAR plus between 2% and 2.5%

    (iii) The terms and conditions of each loan/ or overdraft facility is confidential. SAPO is bound by contractual obligations not to disclose more detailed information.

14 November 2016 - NW2314

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Whether any (a) internal and/or (b) external forensic reports pertaining to (i) his department and/or (ii) each entity reporting to him were completed from 1 January 2009 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what is the (aa) name, (bb) subject matter and (cc) date of conclusion of each of the specified forensic reports?

Reply:

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

Department’s Internal Forensic Reports

(a) (i) No

Department’s External Forensic Report

(b) (i) Yes

(aa) Gobodo Forensic and Investigative Accounting

(bb) (1) Forensic investigation to audit qualifications as stated in the report of the Auditor-General for the year ended 31 March 2010;

(2) Forensic Accounting Investigation into alleged irregularities pertaining to travel agents;

(3) Forensic Accounting Investigation into Soundfusion (Pty) Ltd;

(4) Forensic Accounting Investigation Draft FCB Social Marketing; and

(5) Forensic Accounting Investigation into aspects associated with the 112 Emergency Call Centre in the Strand, Western Cape Province.

(cc) The above-mentioned reports were concluded on 26 March 2012.

(a)(ii) SOC’s Internal Forensic Report

Entity

Reply

Sentech

No

zaDNA

No

Nemisa

No

USAASA

Yes

SITA

Yes

Broadband Infraco

Yes

SAPO

Yes

(b)(ii) SOCs External Forensic Report

Entity

Reply

Sentech

Yes

zaDNA

No

Nemisa

No

USAASA

Yes

SITA

Yes

Broadband Infraco

Yes

SAPO

Yes

(ii) (aa) (bb) (cc)

 

Entity:

External/ internal

Name (aa)

Subject matter (bb)

Date of conclusion (cc)

Sentech

External

Leaking of confidential information at Payroll

Investigation on the leaking of confidential information

30 June 2013

 

External

Leaking of sensitive information

Investigation on a Board document that was leaked to the Union

30 September 2015

 

External

Nepotism in Human Resources (HR) appointments

Investigation on alleged nepotism in HR with regard to appointment of personnel and misuse of company resources

31 January 2016

 

External

Sabotage in the information technology (IT) environment and SAP system crashes

Investigation on the sabotage of the SAP system

30 June 2016

Universal Service and Access Agency of south Africa (USAASA)

Internal

Gobodo

Value for money audit:

  1. Investigate and express an opinion on the value for money derived from the listed tenders and/or contracts awarded to service providers
  1. Investigate and conduct background inquiries of firms or individuals
  1. Investigate and can conduct the verification of equipment supplied to access centres around the country and determine the value of money thereof
  1. Gather documentary evidence
  1. Review project related documentation, including contract documents of the list of service provider which render the services and/or goods to USAASA with a view of expressing an opinion on the value for money
  1. Conduct interviews of involved parties, including the service providers and project managers is required

5 May 2013

 

Internal

The Firm

The Board of Directors of USAASA received information relating to allocations of material breaches of USAASA’s supply chain management processes and procedures, human resources processes, governance processes and non-compliance with the duly approved delegation of authority of the agency.

30 April 2013

 

External

Special Investigating Unit (SIU)

This investigation and subsequent court action brought by the SIU dealt with the appointment of the previous CEO, Mr Zami Nkosi.

The matter was withdrawn as a result of the end of term of Mr Nkosi at the end of March 2016.

 

External

Public Protector

Investigation into allegations of maladministration with regard to the irregular appointment of Ms. Sharonne Scheepers.

This investigation is not finalised as yet.

 

External

DoC/NT/PWC

Forensic investigation into the Supply Chain Management process followed by USAASA in appointing a panel of service providers for the Broadcasting Digital Migration programme.

This investigation is not finalised as yet.

State Information Technology Agency (SITA)

Internal

Internal

Abuse of Resources 24

Absenteeism 11

Procurement 104

Irregularities Appointment 61

Irregularities

Financial 41

Conflict of Interest 12

Fraud 6

2009-2016

 

External

External Forensic

Abuse of Resources 1

Absenteeism

Procurement Irregularities 6

Appointment Irregularities 1

Financial

Conflict of Interest 1

Fraud

2013-2014

Broadband Infraco (BBI)

Internal

Investigator: BBI’s Enterprise Risk Management

Alleged HR Irregularities: (Snr Manager Supply Chain Management [SCM] and Snr Manager Strategy Leadership)

29 October 2015

 

Internal

Investigator: BBI’s Enterprise Risk Management

Alleged Leave Irregularities: (Snr IT Manager & IT Administrator

20 March 2015

 

Internal

Investigator: BBI’s Enterprise Risk Management

Alleged SCM Non-Compliance (Snr IT Manager)

9 January 2015

 

External

Investigator: KPMG

Alleged Recruitment Irregularities (HR Specialist - Ms Betty Mphuthi)

12 Feb 2014

 

External

Investigator: KPMG

Alleged Procurement Irregularities (Bruniguel and P-Net)

12 Feb 2014

 

External

Investigator: KPMG

Alleged Procurement Irregularities (Accenture Consulting)

07 Nov 2014

 

Internal

Investigator: BBI’s Internal Audit Department

Alleged Payment Irregularities (Bakhuthi Trading CC)

28 Nov 2014

 

Internal

Preliminary Investigation: BBI’s Internal Audit Department

Full Investigation: KPMG

Alleged Employment Irregularities (Two Procurement Specialists

28 Nov 2014

 

Internal

Preliminary Investigation: BBI’s Internal Audit Department

Full Investigation: KPMG

Alleged Employment Irregularities

28 Nov 2014

 

External

Investigator: SizweNtsalubaGobodo(SNG)

Alleged fibre optic cable framework agreements Irregularities (Inyani Civil Works & Plant Hire, Thuthuka Projects, and Kopanya Projects (Pty) Ltd Service Providers

30 Nov 2010

 

External

Investigator: SNG

Alleged tender process Irregularities (Occupational Care South Africa [OCSA] and Broadband Infraco)

25 April 2011

South African Post Office (SAPO)

Internal

SAPO Security & Investigations: Forensic Unit 2009-2016

The internal forensic investigations unit received four hundred and ninety-eight (498) complaints that included allegations of fraud, theft, misconduct, negligence, armed robbery, sexual harassment, assault, financial misconduct, postal crime, etc. All cases received from 1 January 2009 until September 2016 have been finalised. Line management, together with Employee Relations have prioritised the implementation of pending recommendations for disciplinary action for the current financial year, where applicable.

30 September 2016

 

External

SSG

Maladministration

February 2013

 

External

Special Investigating Unit (SIU)

Maladministration and corruption

February 2014

 

External

Public Protector

Alleged irregular appointment of a service provider, Resurgent Risk Managers by SAPO in 2013

Public Protector has not yet issued a report

18 October 2016 - NW2039

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Steenkamp, Ms J to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

What formal qualifications does each of his department’s (a)(i) Chief Financial Officers and/or (ii) acting Chief Financial Officers and (b)(i) Directors-General and/or (ii) acting Directors-General possess?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:-

(a)(i) CFO has the following qualifications and experience

Senior Certificate, Extracurricular Higher Diploma with field of study Tax Law

Baccalaureus Commercii with specialisation in Accounting Science and Honours Bachelor of Accounting Science. She has vast experience in a financial field as she worked as a CFO in the Department of Police, Roads and Transport in the Free State Province from 2013 to 2015

(ii) N/A

(b)(i) The post of Director General is currently vacant and we are in a process of finalising the appointment. The Acting Director General has Senior Certificate, incomplete BSc Engineering which was disrupted because of apartheid activities. However he has a vast experience in ICT and Broadcasting. He was appointed as DDG in 1999-2005 in the former department of Communications. He was reappointed as a special advisor at a DDG level since 2013.

18 October 2016 - NW1988

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

Whether the National Cyber Security Advisory Council, appointed by Cabinet in line with the SA Connect policy, has formally been disbanded; if not, what (a) is the current role of the specified council and (b) interactions have taken place between him and the council; if so, (i) when, (ii) why was the council disbanded and (iii) how was Cabinet informed of the disbanding of the council? NW2299

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:-

1. The National Cybersecurity Advisory Council (NCAC) has not been disbanded. However, the Term of Office of the current Council expired at the end of September 2016. We are in a process of extending the appointment pending to annual report.

1 (a) The NCAC was divided into various work streams in which the members have actively participated: Governance; National Coordination and Cooperation; Cybersecurity Structures; Legislation; International cooperation; and, Research and Development.

Specific recommendations will be included in the NCAC’s Annual Report.

1 (b)(i) The Minister met with the NCAC on the 27th August 2015 and will meet with the Council when they present their Annual Report which is currently been compiled.

1 (b)(ii) The Council has not been disbanded

1 (b)(iii) N/A

17 October 2016 - NW1992

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

Whether the employment of a certain person (name and details furnished) is being extended; if not, (a) what steps are being taken to recruit a permanent employee for the specified position and (b) by what date will this appointment be finalised; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Yes.

 (a) – (b) The recruitment process for the appointment of a permanent employee is on course and will be communicated once finalised.

17 October 2016 - NW1993

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

(a) How many meetings have been held by each of the four chambers reporting to the National ICT Forum, (b) when was each of the specified meetings held, (c) did each meeting quorate and (d) what decisions and/or plans of action were made at each of the meetings?

Reply:

I have been informed by Department :

(a) The number of meetings held by the four (4) chambers reporting to the National ICT Forum are as follows:

Social Chamber – five (5)

Economic Chamber – three (3)

Governance and Security Chamber – three (3)

ICTs and Disability Chamber – four (4)

b) Each of the specified meetings were held on the following dates:

Social Chamber – 21 August 2015, 27 November 2015, 19 February 2016, 13 June 2016, and 9 September 2016.

Economic Chamber – 25 August 2015, 03 March 2016, and 27 September 2016.

Governance and Security Chamber – 17 August 2015, 07 December 2015, and 20 May 2016.

ICTs and Disability Chamber – 10 September 2015, 02 December 2015, 17 March 2016, and 20 July 2016.

c) Yes, each of the meetings did quorate.

d) Decisions/ plans of action made at each of the meetings are as follows:

Social Chamber

21 August 2015

  • The draft terms of reference for the National ICT Forum was endorsed
  • Agreement was reached on the issues to be tackled by the chamber

27 November 2015

  • Working group conveners were nominated and appointed
  • Portal for the National ICT Forum was proposed
  • The chamber’s terms of reference was adopted

19 February 2016

  • Working group terms of reference was agreed upon
  • Scoping for the working groups was developed

13 June 2016

  • Development and adoption of template for working group activities
  • Key stakeholders for the work of the chamber were identified

9 September 2016

  • Draft work programme of the chamber aligned with the DTPS Annual Performance Plan (APP) targets
  • Working group reports were consolidated in preparation for meeting with the Minister
  • The focus of the e-Agriculture Working Group was clarified

Economic Chamber

25 August 2015

  • Draft terms of reference for the National ICT Forum was endorsed
  • Agreement was reached on issues to be tackled by the chamber

03 March 2016

  • Chairpersons of working groups were nominated and appointed
  • Chamber’s draft work programme was endorsed
  • Presentation for the National ICT Forum Workshop prepared

27 September 2016

  • Presentation for National ICT Forum follow-up workshop was developed
  • The chamber’s draft programme of action was endorsed

 

Governance and Security Chamber

17 August 2015

  • Draft terms of reference for the National ICT Forum was endorsed
  • Scoping for the chamber work was proposed
  • Key stakeholders were identified

07 December 2015

  • Draft terms of reference of the chamber was endorsed
  • Working group conveners were nominated and appointed
  • Draft terms of reference for the chamber was endorsed

20 May 2016

  • Working group reports and draft programmes of action were consolidated
  • The chamber’s draft programme of action was endorsed
  • Presentation for National ICT Forum Workshop developed

ICTs and Disability Chamber

10 September 2015

  • Confirmation of the Chairperson of the chamber
  • Establishment of the Accessibility and Affordability Working Group

02 December 2015

  • Scoping for the chamber developed and agreed
  • Task Teams and confirmation of their chairpersons

17 March 2016

  • The chamber’s draft programme of action was developed
  • Presentation for the National ICT Forum Workshop was developed

20 July 2016

  • The chamber’s draft programme of action was endorsed
  • Presentation for the National ICT Forum Follow-up Workshop was developed