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29 February 2016 - NW58

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

(a) How much does the SA Post Office owe Just Matric, vendor number 111421, detailing the amount in terms of an aged analysis per month and (b) by when will this amount be paid in full?

Reply:

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

(a) The table below illustrates the age analysis of the outstanding amount of R127 080.00 on the Just Matric vendor.

VENDOR

AC

CURRENT

+ 30 DAYS

+60 DAYS

+120 DAYS

TOTAL

111 421

Just Matric

0.00

0.00

0.00

127 080.00

127 080.00

(b) SAPO is clearing the backlog of supplier payments which includes Just Matric. Payments will be made depending on cashflow improvements.

29 February 2016 - NW102

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Whether he has entered into a performance agreement with the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, with regard to the implementation of the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2014-2019; if not, why not; if so, (a) which key indicators and targets from the MTSF are reflected in the agreement, (b) how many performance assessments has he undertaken in consultation with the President since the agreement was signed, (c) what progress has been made in meeting the key indicators and targets from the MTSF, (d) what are the key obstacles to implementation and (e) what is the plan to address such obstacles?

Reply:

Yes, Minister is subject to Performance Agreements with the President.

(a) The Performance Management Framework for Minister is the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) for 2014-2019, which is the first 5-year implementation plan of the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030. The performance targets and indicators are derived from the 14 Outcomes which government seeks to achieve.

These outcomes and targets constitute government’s Programme of Action (POA), against which performance is tracked and reported at least on a quarterly basis. POA reports are publicly available on the government’s website.

(b) To (e) Cabinet closely monitors the implementation of the NDP 2030/MTSF 2014-2019 through POA Reports. These reports are tabled before an implementation Forum of a Cluster of Ministers collectivity responsible for MTSF outcomes, and then submitted to Cabinet, where progress is noted, bottlenecks to implementation are discussed, and recommendations to address bottlenecks are considered and approved.

29 February 2016 - NW59

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

How many supplier invoices currently remain unpaid for more than (a) 30 days, (b) 60 days and (c) 90 days, in each case specifying (i) the name of the company and/or supplier, (ii) the amounts outstanding, (iii) the reason for non-payment and (iv) the envisaged date on which the amounts will be paid?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:-

(a) Nil

(b) Nil

(c) Nil

29 February 2016 - NW50

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

Whether the SA Post Office (SAPO) received any complaints from the Universal Postal Union regarding the SAPO’s failure to deliver or dispatch international mail according to the contracted service delivery agreement; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what was the nature of the specified complaints?

Reply:

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

The South African Post Office has not received any complaints from the Universal Postal Union (UPU). SAPO informed its international counterparts (international postal operators) about the impact of the strike in 2014 via the UPU platform.

29 February 2016 - NW57

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

(a)What was the contracted term of the lease of the premises that the SA Post Office in Bryanston, Gauteng, used, (b) on what date was it signed and (c) what is the rental (i) period and (ii) amount; (2) what is the outstanding amount owed for (a) rent and (b) utilities at the specified premises; (3) Whether any mail and other postal items including equipment are still in the post office; if so, what arrangements have been made to retrieve these items; (4) have arrangements have been made to settle the outstanding rental; if not, when will the outstanding rent be settled; if so, what are the terms?

Reply:

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

  1. (a) The Bryanston Post Office was on a 3-year lease.

(b) The lease was signed on 2015/10/09 for Retail, Mail delivery lease is in circulation for signature

(c) Rental is as follows: Retail= R89 877.60 per month, mail delivery = R147 507.16 per month

(i) Commenced on 2011/11/01 and expired on 2014/10/30, the renewal delayed due to negotiations;

2. According to the landlord the following amounts are overdue and SAPO is busy with its reconciliation of the outstanding amounts as it is not in full agreement:

(a) Mail delivery R422 609.47, Retail R18 703.23, Total due R441 312.70, all-inclusive and

(b) Amounts include utilities;

3. Mail has been retrieved. The equipment is still on site. The landlord will only release the equipment once the payment is made in full.

4. No settlement arrangements have been made because SAPO is currently doing a reconciliation of the outstanding amounts.

29 February 2016 - NW51

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

(1) (a) How many SA Post Offices were closed due to non-payment of rent during 2015, (b) what are their names, and (c) what amount was owed in each case; (2) of the specified post offices, (a) how many remain closed to date, (b) when will their outstanding rent amounts be settled and (c) when will they open for business again?

Reply:

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

(1)(a) Fifteen (15) Post Office branches have been closed due to non-payment of rental.

(1)(b) The names and (c) amount owing in each case are listed below see the link:

www.pmg.org.za/files/RNW51-160229TABLE.docx

(2)(a) Of the (15) fifteen branches, (14) fourteen branches have been closed permanently, of which only (2) two have outstanding amounts owed. (1) One branch (the Bryanston West Depot) is still locked by the landlord requiring full settlement of the rental.

(2)(b) The outstanding amounts will be settled when there are cash flow improvements however, in the Bryanston Depot case, reconciliation of the outstanding amounts and escalations is in progress given that according to the landlord the total amount due is R 441 312.70, which does not reconcile with SAPO’s records.

(2)(c) The Bryanston Depot will be opened when the outstanding amounts are settled which is dependent on cash-flow improvements and the outcome of the reconciliation process. The Bryanston Post Office has in the interim been relocated to the Sloan Square Shopping Centre and is trading.

18 December 2015 - NW4214

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

(1) (a) What process was followed to (i) evaluate and (ii) appoint the lead implementation agency for all phases of SA Connect, (b) how many candidates were evaluated for this position(s) and (c) what are their names; (2) What (a) is the scope of work that the successful candidate(s) will be contracted to perform and (b) will this cost; (3) When will (a) the successful candidate(s) be announced and (b) they commence with the contracted scope of work?

Reply:

(1)(a)(i)&(ii) The Lead Entity has not been appointed yet. The Department is following due process to facilitate the roll-out of broadband for Phase 1 and Phase 2 is still at a planning stage considering that the funding has not been determined.

(1)(b)&(c) Refer to (1)(a) above.

(2)(b)&(c) Refer to (1)(a) above. The scope of work will be finalised after due process for the appointment of the service provider has been finalised.

(3) The announcement of the service provider will only be done once the Department has finalised the process indicated in 1(a) above and the subsequent conclusion of the necessary agreements.

08 December 2015 - NW4130

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

(1)What are the details of the process followed to appoint a lead agency for the rollout of broadband services to the eight district municipalities that are the first phase of SA Connect; (2) (a) what are the criteria used to determine the (i) role and (ii) capabilities of the lead agency and (b) when will the appointment of the specified agency be announced?

Reply:

  1. The Lead Entity has not been appointed yet because the Department is following due process.

(2)(a)(i) Current infrastructure roll-out is fragmented, it leads to duplication of efforts and resources, and also focuses on urban areas. Additionally, the roll-out of parallel and competing networks especially in rural areas is considered not feasible or viable because of the socio-economic profile of the rural areas and demand for services. The criteria for designating a Lead Entity took into consideration the extent of fibre infrastructure in the country and the national network scope and scale that can be leveraged to reduce the cost and distances to connect facilities to existing infrastructure. Furthermore, the entity should have the capacity to coordinate other State-Owned Entities (SOEs) in order to leverage and efficiently use State assets and investments to expedite broadband roll-out, particularly in rural areas, in a cost effective manner.

(ii) Refer to (i) above

(b) The appointment of the Lead Agency will be announced once the appointment process has been finalised.

08 December 2015 - NW4131

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

What (a) has been achieved to date with the rollout of the SA Connect’s first phase, (b) has been the cost of the specified project to date and (c) is the breakdown of the total cost of the specified project to date; (2) What stipulations have been made by the National Treasury for the release of budgeted funds for the specified project

Reply:

(1)(a) The rollout will commence after all preparations for implementation have been finalised.

(b) Refer to (a) above

(c) Refer to (b) above

(2) The National Treasury requested an implementation plan from the Department in order to release the funds.

08 December 2015 - NW4061

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Whether his department is now ready to (a) produce the draft White Paper on National Integrated Information Communication Technology Policy, (b) gazette the National e-Strategy and (c) make a statement on the continued financial viability of the SA Post Office without assistance from the Government; if not, why not in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

a) The National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper will be tabled in Cabinet for approval by the end of the financial year.

b) The Department intends to gazette the draft National e-Strategy before the end of the financial year.

c) SAPO currently needs financial assistance from Government.

SAPO has been given a guarantee of R1.67 billion in the past financial year and R2.5 billion in the current financial year. The Post Office uses these guarantees to raise cash from the financial markets.

Moving forward SAPO's Strategic Turnaround Plan (STP) has been developed and approved by Cabinet. Its effective implementation requires effective leadership and funding. As part of supporting SAPO's turnaround, the Department has recognised the need to stabilise SAPO's leadership. The board and the Group CEO have been appointed. To date, there has been more focus on the implementation of cost cutting initiatives. There is currently a need to implement revenue generation initiatives and these require funding. Effective implementation of the STP will enable the entity to be economically viable.

 

19 November 2015 - NW3944

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

Has the Public Service Commission’s enquiry into the suitability of a certain person (name and details furnished) to hold a specified post in his department been finalised; if so, what (a) were the outcomes, (b) action has he taken in this regard and (c) are the further relevant details?

Reply:

(a) The Public Service Commission (PSC) has as yet not completed its inquiry. I have been advised by the PSC that their approved final report will be submitted to the Minister by 18 December 2015. There are presently no outcomes.

(b) Save that I have decided to charge the DG, no actions have been taken yet.

19 November 2015 - NW3943

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

(1)     With regard to the appointment of a certain person (name furnished) as Acting Director-General in his department, (a) what were the reasons for the specified appointment, (b) by what process was the decision made to appoint the specified person above other viable candidates and (c) what are the further relevant details of the specified appointment, including the duration of the person’s term of office as Acting Director-General; (2) whether the specified person receives any form of compensation for his appointment as Acting Director-General; if not, why not; if so, (a) is the specified person being paid in addition to the specified person’s salary as his special advisor and (b) what are the further relevant details in terms of the monthly (i) salary and (ii) allowances being paid to the specified person for executing his duties?

Reply:

1(a) The Director General (DG) is presently on precautionary suspension. Two Deputy Directors General (DDGs) have resigned and two DDGs were dismissed by the DG. There were no other suitable candidates.

1(b) The decision was based on the experience of Mr. Mjwara and his understanding of the work of the Department.

1(c) Mr. Mjwara has resigned as special adviser to the Minister before his appointment as Acting DG. He will continue to act until the Public Service Commission has completed its inquiry.

2(a) No.

2(b)(i) and 2(b)(ii)

Mr. Mjwara only receives compensation as Acting DG and this is in terms of the SMS Handbook, Chapter 3 Clause 10 read with Chapter 8 Clause 16.

19 November 2015 - NW3949

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Majola, Mr TR to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)(a) Who was awarded the tender to carry out a socio-economic impact assessment for the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper, (b) what is the price of the contract, (c) when was it awarded and (d) what is the delivery deadline; (2) (a) why was the specified tender process a closed process, (b) what are the names of the firms and/or companies and/or consultants that were invited to submit tenders, (c) how many tenders were received, (d) what are the details of the process used in each case to determine the winning bidder and (e) who was involved in the selection process?

Reply:

(1)(a) There is no company that was awarded a tender to carry out a socio-economic impact assessment (SEIAS) for the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper. The SEIAS for the National Integrated ICT Policy White paper is undertaken by officials within the Department, supported by the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME).

(b-c) Not applicable

(2)(a-e) Not applicable refer to 1(a)

19 November 2015 - NW3948

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

What is the status of the bids for tenders that were received for service providers to develop his department’s National e-Strategy and Professional Counselling Services which is still listed as open after the 10 September 2015 deadline?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:-

The bid for the National e-Strategy was advertised and proposals were received from qualifying bidders. The Department undertook the bid evaluation process. The appointment process is yet to be addressed.

Following the receipt of proposals for Professional Counselling Services, the Department undertook the evaluation process. Three suitable service providers were selected to render professional Counselling Services as and when the need arises.

19 November 2015 - NW3947

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

(a) What steps have been taken to (i) identify and (ii) appoint suitably qualified persons to fill the five vacant Deputy Directors-General posts in his department and (b) when will permanent appointments be made to fill the specified vacancies?

Reply:

(a)(i-ii) Acting appointments have been approved for (5) five Chief Directors from the respective Branches against the 5 vacant Deputy Director-General (DDG) positions.

(b) The posts of DDG: ISAD (ICT Information Society Development and Research); DDG: ICT Enterprise Development and State-Owned Entity Oversight; and DDG: Administration, have been shortlisted and the Department is in the process of finalising the dates for the interviews.

19 November 2015 - NW3946

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

Whether the disciplinary hearings that are being conducted against the departmental staff who are alleged to be involved in the Media Corner bid have been concluded; if not, what is the status of the specified hearings; if so, what (a) are the relevant details of the findings of the specified hearings in respect of each person, without naming them and (b) action has been taken against each person?

Reply:

No, only the disciplinary hearings involving two Deputy Directors-General (DDGs), and 1 Director have been concluded, and the PA of one the DDG’s.

(a) The disciplinary hearings involving other staff members have been suspended pending the outcome of the inquiry by the Public Service Commission.

 (i) Both DDGs were found guilty in absentia of misconduct and a sanction of dismissal imposed.

 (ii) The staff member at the level of Director was found guilty of misconduct and a suspension without pay for a period of two (2) months was imposed.

 (iii) The PA of the one DDG was found not guilty

(b) (i) One DDG was dismissed on account of misconduct.

(ii) The other DDG resigned and prior to the finalisation of the hearing his resignation was accepted by the Minister

(iii) The implementation of the sanction against the Director has been suspended pending the outcome of the inquiry by the Public Service Commission.

(iv) No action has been taken against the other departmental staff members, as the hearings are suspended pending the outcome of the inquiry by the Public Service Commission.

19 November 2015 - NW3945

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

Whether any Deputy Directors-General either suspended and/or fired by a certain person (name furnished) are taking legal action against the specified person; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) are the specified cases being dealt with by his department (i) via the Council for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) or (ii) through legal representations and (b) what amount of financial compensation is being requested by each of the Deputy Directors-General?

Reply:

The Department is not aware of any legal action taken by any Deputy Directors-General (DDG) against any person.

One matter was referred for conciliation by one DDG and has not proceeded further. The other matter has been referred for arbitration by another DDG in terms of the Labour Relations Act, 66 of 1995.

(a) Yes.

(i) No, the above matter is dealt with at the General Service Sectoral Bargaining Council (GPSSBC).

(ii) Yes.

(b) None

16 November 2015 - NW3805

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

(a) What was the cost of producing the annual reports for the (i) Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa and (ii) Universal Service and Access Fund for the year ended 31 March 2015, (b) how many copies of the annual reports were produced in each case and (c) what (i) company or (ii) entity was contracted to produce the annual reports in each case?

Reply:

(a) The overall cost producing the USAASA annual reports for the year ended 31 March 2015 was a VAT inclusive sum of R265 486. 68 broken down as follows:

Item Description (Initial USAASA Copies

VAT Inclusive Total ‘R’

Project Management Costs

33 858. 00

Copywriter / Editor Package

15 475. 50

Strategic/Executive/Creative Directors

50 507. 70

DTP, Design, Layout & Electronic Assembly

24 453. 00

Photography Package

14 250. 00

Consumables Laserproof Colour A4 & CD

5 785. 50

Agency Fee

34 627. 73

Printing 250 USAASA Copies

26 926. 80

TOTAL

205 884. 23

Item Description (Additional USAASA Copies)

VAT Inclusive Total ‘R’

250 Copies USAASA

48 041. 88

DTP. Design & Layout

4 560. 00

Agency Fee

7000. 57

TOTAL COST

59 602. 45

The overall cost producing the USAF annual reports for the year ended 31 March 2015 was a VAT inclusive sum of R206 808.12 broken down as follows:

Item Description (Initial USAASA Copies

VAT Inclusive Total ‘R’

Project Management Costs

33 858. 00

Copywriter / Editor Package

15 475. 50

Strategic/Executive/Creative Directors

50 507. 70

DTP, Design, Layout & Electronic Assembly

24 453. 00

Photography Package

14 250. 00

Consumables Laserproof Colour A4 &CD

5 785. 50

Agency Fee

34 627. 73

Printing 250 USAF Copies

34 111. 08

TOTAL

213 068. 51

Item Description (Additional USAF Copies)

VAT Inclusive Total ‘R’

250 Copies USAF

36 179. 04

DTP. Design & Layout

4 560. 00

Agency Fee

7 000. 57

TOTAL COST

47 739. 61

(b) Total number of 2014/15 annual report copies produced as follows:

  • USAASA – 500 copies
  • USAF – 500 copies

(c) Active 8 Branding was contracted to produce all the USAASA and USAF 2014/15 annual reports and services provided included the annual report design, layout, editorial services and printing. This company is part of a panel of communications service providers that was appointed by the Agency to provide printing services amongst other communications-related services.

10 November 2015 - NW3855

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

(1)Whether (a) he and/or (b) officials from his department met frequently with the board and management of the SA Post Office (SAPO) in July, August and September 2015 to examine its precarious financial situation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) Whether his department has a workable plan to (a) make SAPO economically viable without any handouts and/or (b) solicit the help of business rescue experts to help save SAPO from crashing to the floor; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) Whether he will make a statement on the Government’s position regarding the 51% sale of equity to the private sector; if not, why not; if so, when?

Reply:

  1. The Minister (a) and officials (b) of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) have met frequently with the SAPO Management and Board. Discussions were mainly to facilitate the implementation of the Strategic Turnaround Plan (STP). These included discussions on financial challenges and how to assist SAPO in addressing challenges at hand. As a result of these engagements, the Department facilitated financial requests to the National Treasury and also participated in SAPO's negotiations with the commercial banks on the borrowing requirements.

(2)(a) SAPO's Strategic Turnaround Plan (STP) has been developed and approved by Cabinet. Its effective implementation requires effective leadership and funding. As part of supporting SAPO's turnaround, the Department has recognised the need to stabilise SAPO's leadership. The Board was appointed in August 2015 and the appointment of the Group CEO and COO are also being fast tracked.  To-date there has been more focus on the implementation of cost cutting initiatives. There is currently a need to implement revenue generation initiatives and these require funding. It is envisaged that effective implementation of the STP will enable the entity to be economically viable.  Furthermore, the Department facilitated and opened doors for SAPO's engagements with the National Government Departments in order to encourage them to utilise SAPO's services as part of Government supporting the entity's turnaround.  To-date meetings were held with 21 Government Departments and the DTPS led all the initial engagements. The Department also facilitated SAPO's engagements with the National Treasury on the need to effect Cabinet Lekgotla's decision to ensure that over 30 percent of Government business is given to SAPO. We are awaiting the relevant Instruction Notice to be issued to give effect to this Cabinet decision.

(2)(b) No. There has been no decision to put SAPO on business rescue yet. However, some of its subsidiaries may be considered, if necessary.

(3) No. There has been no such consideration by Government.

 

07 October 2015 - NW3508

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

(1)(a) How many Gauteng motor vehicle licences were renewed at South African post offices in each month during the period 1 January to 31 August 2015 and (b) what is the total monetary value of the transactions that took place during the specified period; (2) have the specified amounts been paid over to the Gauteng provincial government; if so, (a) what amount was paid over in each case and (b) on what dates were the specified amounts paid?

Reply:

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

 

  1. Please see the table below in terms of the number of vehicle licenses renewed during the requested period and the monetary value thereof. Kindly note that the amounts collected are inclusive of the SAPO transaction fees.

MONTH

TRANSACTIONS VOLUMES

AMOUNT COLLECTED

Jan-15

228 170

R 119 299 153.47

Feb-15

177 993

R 99 689 200.01

Mar-15

200 791

R 112 294 174.68

Apr-15

173 128

R 95 966 091.69

May-15

177 244

R 105 498 716.07

Jun-15

169 278

R 102 662 712.57

Jul-15

215 355

R 129 590 982.51

Aug-15

189 843

R 109 654 347.04

Total

1 531 802

R 874 655 378.04

 

2. Please see the table below in terms of the payments made to the Gauteng Provincial Government per month during the requested period. The amounts paid over are exclusive of the SAPO transaction fees.

MONTH

TRANSACTIONS VOLUMES

ACT-EFT-AMNT (BANKED AMOUNTS)

Jan-15

228 170

R 101 785 538.80

Feb-15

177 993

R 89 094 993.31

Mar-15

200 791

R 107 526 815.80

Apr-15

173 128

R 79 614 110.61

May-15

177 244

R 100 417 522.65

Jun-15

169 278

R 91 653 567.64

Jul-15

215 355

R 109 478 868.19

Aug-15

189 843

R 104 154 828.07

Total

1 531 802

R 783 726 245.07

22 September 2015 - NW3167

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(a) Which (i) department, (ii) government entity, (iii) company and (iv) independent consultant aided in the development of the Cybersecurity Awareness Implementation Plan, (b) at what cost was the specified plan developed, (c) what are the details of the plan, (d) how will the specified strategy be implemented, (e) how will the implementing agency be chosen, (f) what is the budget for this media strategy and (g) what are its (i) objectives and (ii) deliverables over the Medium Term Expenditure Framework?

Reply:

(1)(a) The Cybersecurity Awareness Implementation Plan was developed internally by DTPS. It must be noted that Cybersecurity Awareness Implementation Plan is informed by the Cybersecurity Awareness Strategy of 2012 which was developed in consultation with stakeholders that included academia, the Internet Service Providers’ Association, the Wireless Application Service Providers Association and civil society.

(b) The Plan was developed in-house utilising internal skills and resources. Other than the internal resources, the Cybersecurity Awareness Implementation Plan did not have any additional costs.

(c) The details of the Plan focuses on the following four broad channels: Public Relations, Advertising, Stakeholder Communication and Social/Community mobilisation.

(d) The strategy will be implemented in phases. The strategy entails mass communications.

(e) The Department will leverage GCIS’s bulk buying power to maximise the impact of the rollout of the Cybersecurity Awareness Programme.

(f) The budget for this media strategy is R1 869 600.00 for this Financial Year.

(g) (i) In line with the JCPS Cluster outcome 3, the objectives of the media plan are to ensure that all people in South Africa are and feel safe; to influence South Africans to be vigilant about practicing safer online habits; and to provide the public with resources, tips and tools to adopt safer online behaviour. ii) Deliverables over the Medium Term Expenditure Framework are subject to budget availability. The primary target will be private sector, public sector and communities (school children, youth, and parents).




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22 September 2015 - NW3176

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Telecommunication and Postal Services

Whether his department meets the Government’s 2% employment equity target for the employment of persons with disabilities that was set in 2005; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:-

No. The department is currently at 1.8% representivity.

The department has had difficulty in attracting persons with disabilities, who comply with the requirements of the positions. The departmental Human Resources and Employment Equity plans have however addressed this specific requirement. It is important to note that currently the department is merely short of one official with a disability on a SMS level to achieve its 2% employment equity target.



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22 September 2015 - NW3165

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

(a) How does (i) his department and (ii) entities reporting to him define red tape and (b) what (i) specific interventions and/or (ii) systems have been implemented to (aa) identify and (bb) reduce red tape in (aaa) his department and (bbb) the entities reporting to him?

Reply:

The Department and its entities do not sit and define “red-tape”. However, they have mechanisms to deal with unnecessary delays in their operational processes such as regular reviews of rules, regulations, protocols and legal framework to improve effectiveness and efficiency in achieving our outcomes.

Amongst others, I would like to refer the member to annual reports, strategic plans and quarterly reports of the entities and the Department.



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21 September 2015 - NW3131

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

(1) (a) What interactions has his department’s SA Connect project office had with the private information and communication technology sector about their role as set out in SA Connect, (b) how many times have they met, (c) where did the specified meetings take place, (d) what are the details of the interactions since 1 May 2014 and (e) what interactions are planned for the rest of the (i) 2015-16 financial year and (ii) Medium Term Economic Framework; (2) (a) which (i) companies, (ii) organisations or (iii) councils have been included in the specified interactions, (b) what has been the nature of the specified interactions and (c) where were they held; (3) (a) what are the expected outcomes of the specified interactions and (b) when will the outcomes of the specified interactions be available for public comment?

Reply:

(1)(a) The Department has had a number of interactions in the form of bilateral meetings with State-Owned Entities and the private sector with the purpose of understanding the current broadband infrastructure gap, understanding the different technology options as well as understanding the different approaches undertaken by the private sector in implementing various broadband initiatives.

(b) Several meetings were held to provide the Department with better insight into the possible solutions to the broadband infrastructure problem and to assist with the costing of the broadband business case.

(c) The specified meetings were mainly held at the offices of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services.

(d) Meetings were held with the private Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. The purpose of the interaction with the private ICT sector on South Africa Connect was with the view to understand the technology trends, roadmap and infrastructure capabilities to achieve the SA Connect target and the broadband gaps. The purpose was also to understand the economic and social impact of the broadband initiatives to assist with setting up the parameters for monitoring the impact over the long term. Further to understand the different approaches to national Broadband Implementation Strategies implemented in other countries and the challenges and success thereof.

(e)(i)(ii) Meetings will be held with the private sector and are aimed at (i) Establishing key indicators to measure the impact of broadband infrastructure on the economy and (ii) Understanding how to further improve the current coverage.

(2)(a) (i) The Department has had interactions with the following companies to discuss technology options for broadband:

  • Isizwe projects;
  • Huawei Technologies;
  • Alcatel-Lucent;
  • Altec;
  • Nokia,
  • Seacom,
  • the Living Labs project
  • Viasat
  • Avanti Communication Group

The following companies have been consulted to determine the extent of their infrastructure investment:

    • MTN
    • Vodacom
    • Neotel
    • Cell C
    • Altron
    • Telkom
    • Sentech
    • Dark Fibre Africa
    • Eskom
    • SACF
    • SANRAL

(ii) The following organisations were included in the interactions:

  • Universal Service and Access and Agency of South Africa (USAASA);
  • Council for Scientific Research (CSIR),
  • BMI-T; and,
  • Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA).

(iii) The National Broadband Advisory Council (NBAC) Working Group is the

Council has facilitated presentation from the Department and industry. The National ICT Forum has now been established to drive some of the industry interactions in a coordinated manner.

(b) The interactions were mainly in a form of bilateral meetings.

(c) The specified meetings were mainly held at the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services offices and CSIR convention centre

(3)(a) The engagement with the private ICT sector assisted the Department to understand the infrastructure gaps and various technology options and approaches to close the gaps.

(b) The outcome of the interactions with the private ICT sector assisted with the development of the broadband business case and implementation plan, and ensured that the duplication of infrastructure is avoided as much as possible during the planning process.



END

18 September 2015 - NW3166

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(a) What policy objectives and framework for cybersecurity has he communicated to the state-owned companies for the development of their cybersecurity strategies, (b) how was the specified framework developed, (c) by whom was it developed, (d) when was it communicated to state-owned companies, (e) who will (i) evaluate the specified strategies and (ii) monitor the implementation of the specified strategies and (f) by when must the specified strategies be implemented?

Reply:

(1)(a) The NCPF was communicated to the state-owned companies for the development of their cybersecurity strategies. The National Cybersecurity Policy Framework (NCPF) adopted by Cabinet in 2012, sets the agenda for cybersecurity in South Africa. Whilst the implementation of this policy is government led, its implementation includes all stakeholders, public and private sector, and citizens.

(b) The NCPF was developed taking into consideration South Africa’s national

interest, and global development.

(c) The policy framework was developed by an inter-departmental task team of the JCPS Cluster.

(d) It was communicated to the state-owned companies at the Joint DTPS- state-owned companies strategic workshop held in February 2015.

(e)(i) The strategies developed by SoCs are meant to mitigate the risk associated

with their respective businesses. To this end it is envisaged that the respective boards will be responsible for approving such strategies.

(ii) The boards appointed to these entities have an overall responsibility of ensuring that strategies adopted are implemented. The Department is responsible SoC oversight.

(f) The management and the boards of the state-owned companies will determine date of implementation.

18 September 2015 - NW3205

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

Question 1 Have any SA Post Office (SAPO) employees been served with retrenchment notices during the period from 1 March 2015 to 31 July 2015; if so, in each case, (a) how many of the specified persons have actually been retrenched, (b) what was the total cost of the retrenchments to SAPO and (c) in which SAPO divisions were the specified persons employed; Question 2 Have any SAPO employees been offered early retirement packages; if so, (a) how many of the specified number of employees have actually accepted early retirement packages and (b) in which SAPO divisions were these employees located?

Reply:

I have been advised by SAPO as follows;

No retrenchment notices or voluntary severance packages have been effected for the period 1 March to 31 July 2015 because of lack of funding.

18 September 2015 - NW3203

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

Has a certain person (Mr. Phetole Elvis Rabohale) that has recently been reappointed ever been the subject of any internal complaint relating to misconduct; if so, what was the (a) nature of the complaint and (b) result of the relevant enquiry?

Reply:

I’ve been advised by SAPO as follows;

Yes, the person in question was employed by the South African Post Office as the General Manager; and in 2003, internal disciplinary actions were instituted against him for two allegations relating to sexual harassment and intimidation.

(a) He was subjected to disciplinary actions on two charges of sexual harassment and intimidation.

(b) The person in question was found not guilty on both allegations.

08 September 2015 - NW2312

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

Have tenders been called by Sentech for the R185 million equipment upgrade; if so, in each case, (a) what were the relevant details of the tender and (b) on what (i) date and (ii) under which Government Gazette number were the tender proposals published?

Reply:

I have been advised by Sentech as follows:-

No, Sentech has not called tenders for equipment upgrade to the value of R185 million.

(a) Not applicable

(b) Not Applicable

(c) Not Applicable

08 September 2015 - NW3132

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Majola, Mr TR to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)(a) What interactions has his (i) department or (ii) the SA Connect project office had with (aa) national and (bb) provincial government departments to determine and audit what information technology infrastructure projects are in process or being planned and (b) in each case, what are the relevant details of (i) departments, (ii) their projects and (iii) the budgeted costs over the Medium Term Expenditure Framework; (2) What strategy is being developed by the SA Connect project office in the case where no interactions have been held to ensure compliance by all government departments with the protocols of SA Connect?

Reply:

(1)(a) The Department has engaged all provinces, particularly those that will form part of Phase 1 of the broadband rollout programme. The purpose of the engagements was to ensure alignment between provincial initiatives and the SA Connect; communicate the intentions of the Departments with respect to Phase 1 of SA Connect; ensure that that there is optimum coordination between provincial line departments and the service providers who may rollout the programme.

(b) Only two provinces have funding for Broadband Projects, Gauteng (R1.2bn over 5 years) and Western Cape (R1.3bn over 7 years). Other provinces have broadband plans that do not have dedicated funding.

(2) The Department has established Provincial Broadband Steering Committees (PBSC). The PBSCs are provincially based structures that will support the co-ordination, alignment and increased professionalism of broadband implementation in the provinces. In order to fully achieve the effects of well managed broadband initiatives, the management of a combined approach between provinces and municipalities have been recognised.

Priority was given to provinces that are targeted for the first phase of Digital Development implementation. Gauteng and Western Cape Provinces will also be engaged on how to collaborate for the development of the implementation plans of facilities in the respective provinces.

08 September 2015 - NW3130

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

(1) (a) What is the mandate of the implementing agency for the digital implementation plan, (b) how is the appointment process being conducted, (c) who are the stakeholders being consulted, (d) when will the appointment be made and (e) what is the cost of the specified agency over the Medium Term Expenditure Framework.

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:-

(1) (a) The implementing agency will lead and coordinate State-Owned Companies in the rollout of broadband infrastructure in the identified areas to facilitate government connectivity.

(b) The Department is following the relevant treasury regulation and supply chain management processes.

(c) Cabinet; the Economic Sectors, Employment and Infrastructure Development (ESEID) Cluster; and State Information Technology Agency (SITA) will be consulted.

(d) The appointment will be made once due process has been followed and Cabinet, National Treasury and the Auditor General have been informed.

(e) The agency will not incur any cost for the Department. The operational expenditure of the agency over the MTEF will not be attributed to the Department.

08 September 2015 - NW3129

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

(a) Who heads his department’s South Africa Connect project office, (b) how many full-time staff members work in the specified office, (c) what are their roles, (d) what is the budgeted cost of the specified office over the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework period and (e) what (i) is the mandate and (ii) are the (aa) deliverable targets and (bb) deadlines?

Reply:

I have been advised the Department as follows:-

(a)(i) Mr. Kefilwe Madingoane heads the Department’s South Africa Connect project office

(b) The project office comprises of eighteen (18) full time departmental staff members.

(c) Their roles include:

• Broadband infrastructure gap analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools

• High-level broadband technical planning to determine appropriate technology options and to develop the technical specification

• Stakeholder engagement at a National Government level to ensure coordination of the rollout plan with the requirements of the line Departments

• Stakeholder engagement at Provincial and Local Government level to ensure that there is coordination between the rollout programme and the readiness of the targeted facilities. Also to assist Provincial Governments with setting up appropriate provincial broadband steering committees to drive the rollout programme at the provincial and local government level.

• Development of relevant business cases to secure funding for the rollout of broadband initiatives.

• Coordination with stakeholders such as State-Owned Companies and the private sector to ensure alignment with public and private sector initiatives.

(d) The budgeted cost for the office over the Medium Term Expenditure Framework is as shown below. The budget includes broadband rollout, remuneration, goods and service and professional services.

Financial Year (over MTEF)

Budget:R’000

2015/16

R 227,150

2016/17

R 380,181

2017/18

R 390,361

(e)(i)(ii)(iii) The mandate is to execute on the four (4) strategies of the SA Connect Policy. The deliverable target is to achieve 100% broadband penetration by 2020 as per Outcome 6 of Medium Term Strategic Framework.

 

08 September 2015 - NW3128

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

(1)(a) When was the Child Online Protection (COP) programme developed and (b) who developed the specified programme; (2) (a) what public participation process was held, (b) with whom was the specified process held, (c) on what date(s) and (d) where was the specified process held; (3) Whether the COP programme was published for public comment; if not, why not; if so, (a) when was it published, (b) where was it published and (c) how many responses were received; (4) (a) in which provinces was the COP programme launched, (b) who is responsible for implementing the COP programme in the specified provinces and (c) how is it being (i) implemented and (ii) monitored; (5) What is the plan for implementing the COP programme in other provinces?

Reply:

(1)(a) In 2010

(1)(b) It emanates from a resolution of the International Telecommunications Union that was taken in 2009 and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) responded as a Member State of the ITU by developing the Child Online Protection Programme that was developed in 2010.

(2)(a) Consultation workshops took place in all provinces on the Children Strategy which included the Online Protection Programme.

(2)(b) Children’s Rights Organisations; Children’s Organisations that work in the ICT Sector; State-Owned Companies, Department of Basic Education, Department of Social Development, National Prosecuting Authority, South African Police Service, the former Ministry for Women, Children and People with Disabilities; and International Bodies such as Unicef and the ITU.

(2)(c) During the financial years 2010/2011 and 2011/12.

(2)(d) Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN), Free State Province, North West Province, Gauteng, Northern Cape Province and the Eastern Cape Province.

(3) No, but an advertisement ran on national television and radio. Further, a Webpage was set up for the programme;

(4)(a) On 19 August 2015 in KZN as part of the launch of the Children and ICT Strategy;

(4)(b) The DTPS and Non-Profit Organisations namely; Resources Aimed at Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect; Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention; Childline South Africa, Disabled Children’s Action Group (DICAG); and the Film and Publication Board.

 

(4)(b)(i) Through School-based Awareness Workshops and in this regard we have conducted (5) five workshops in the Eastern Cape, KZN, Western Cape, and North West Province.

(4)(b)(ii) Evaluation workshops are conducted with the schools where the programme is implemented and in this regard we have done one evaluation workshop in KZN this year.

08 September 2015 - NW2966

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)      Has his department had any interactions with the information and communication technology companies about employee retrenchments; if not, does he intend to initiate any interactions; if so, 2) (a) what was the purpose of the specified interactions, (b)with whom were the specified interactions held, (c) what was the (i) format and (ii) objective of the specified interactions, (d) what (i) agreements or (ii) understandings were reached and (e) what are the further relevant details of the specified (i) agreements or (ii) understandings of the specified interactions?

Reply:

 

  1. The Department has not as yet specifically interacted with the ICT Companies about employee retrenchments. The Department intends to hold consultations during the 3rd and 4th quarters to address the issues affecting employment in the sector.
  2. The Department will communicate the format and objectives of the interactions once held. Outcomes will also be communicated.

08 September 2015 - NW2655

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

Has he signed a performance agreement with the director-general of his department; if not, what are the reasons for this; if so, when was the performance agreement signed?

Reply:

Yes ,the Director –General signed on 01 April to March 2015.

 

08 September 2015 - NW2960

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

(a) What system protocols have been determined to ensure open access integration and data integrity with the national broadband network as envisaged in SA Connect, (b) how were the specified protocols determined, (c) which (i) state entities, (ii) private sector companies or (iii) individuals, were involved in drawing up the specified protocols and (d) who is responsible for ensuring the adherence, effective implementation and ongoing operation of the specified protocols?

Reply:

(a) The Department is undertaking work on Open Access within the broader scope of the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper. The white paper policy will determine, amongst other things, the appropriate policy and regulatory remedies for the management and regulation of the open access framework. Should the white paper process determine that there is a need to publish open access regulations, the system protocols will be outlined as part of the functional specification that is defined to implement the regulations.

(b) The protocols have not been defined yet but would be defined as part of the work related to the implementation of the open access regulation.

(c) See response above

(d) Oversight over the development and implementation of the functional specifications would fall within the ambit of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)

08 September 2015 - NW2882

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)What targeted interventions has his department (a) already put in place and (b) have planned for the long term to increase access to internet connectivity for citizens in (i) underdeveloped communities and (ii) rural areas in the short to medium term; (2) does his department have plans in place to subsidise (a) internet connectivity, (b) the roll-out of broadband infrastructure and (c) mobile data providers’ prices in order to ensure increased access to those technologies for citizens in (i) underdeveloped communities and (ii) rural areas?

Reply:

(1)(a) Intervention put in place are SA Connect a programme of government to connect 100% of the country to the internet.

(b)(i) Planned interventions are Broadband Infrastructure rollout, E-strategy, internet strategy and USAASA interventions, ICT Policy review

(ii) Broadband rollout to 8 district municipalities including associated digital opportunity programmes.

(2)(a) Yes. Through USAASA, there will be an initiative to subsidise schools, public access points and people in underserved areas.

(b) Yes, in areas where it is not economically viable for operators.

(c)(i-ii) No. The Department does not have plans to subsidise mobile data providers’ prices. The department will pursue policy interventions for the reduction of voice and data costs.

08 September 2015 - NW3140

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

Did the State Information and Technology Agency play any role in the broadband projects planned and implemented by (a) the City of Johannesburg, (b) the City of Tshwane, (c) the City of Pietermaritzburg, and (d) the City of Cape Town; if so, in what form did this take place?

Reply:

I have been advised by SITA as follows:-

(a-d) No, SITA did not play a role in planning or implementation of the City of Johannesburg, City of Tshwane, City of Pietermaritzburg and the City of Cape Town broadband projects.

25 August 2015 - NW2762

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

(a) What is the (i) mandate and (ii) budget of the Cyber Security Hub for the (aa) 2015-16 financial year and (bb) Medium-Term Expenditure Framework and (iii) programme of action of the hub for the specified financial year, (b) how many persons does it employ, (c) what skills set do they hold, (d) who is in charge of the Cyber Security Hub, (e) what is their job title and (f) to whom do they report?

Reply:

(a)(i) The mandate of the Cybersecurity Hub is to be the central point of collaboration for Cybersecurity incidents;

(ii)(aa)The budget for 2015-16 Financial Year is R11 755 000.00

(bb)The Medium-Term Expenditure Framework is as follows:

Financial Year (FY) 2016-17 (R11 847 000.00)

FY 2017-18 (R11 939 000.00)

FY 2018-19 (R12 536 000.00)

(iii) The money will be spent on operations of the Cybersecurity Hub as per the Cybersecurity Hub Road Map.

(b) The operations of the Cybersecurity Hub is currently outsourced.

(c) Most of the staff members from the Service Provider hold Masters Degrees.

(d) As outlined in the National Cybersecurity Policy Framework, the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services is in charge of the Cybersecurity Hub and the Cybersecurity Hub is headed by Mr Jabu Radebe.

(e) He is a Chief Director: ICT Security

(f) The Cybersecurity Hub reports to the Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services, the Director-General of the Department, Deputy Director-General: ICT Infrastructure Support and the Cybersecurity Response Committee (CRC).

25 August 2015 - NW2962

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

Whether any engagements have been held with stakeholders in the review of the draft Rapid Deployment Policy; if so, which stakeholders (a) contributed to and (b) reviewed the specified policy?

Reply:

Extensive discussions have been held with stakeholders in both the government and private sectors.

These include:

National Departments of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs; Rural Development and Land Reform; Environmental Affairs; Economic Development; Public Enterprises; Transport; Water Affairs; Performance Monitoring and Evaluation; Office of the Chief State Law Adviser; the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA); South African Local Government Association (SALGA); Broadband Infraco; Cell C; Dark Fibre Africa; Fibreco; Internet Solutions; Dimension Data; Link Africa; Liquid Telecoms; MTN; Neotel; Sentech; Telkom; Vodacom; Vumatel; Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Council; Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) Association; Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA); South African Communications Forum (SACF); Wireless Access Providers’ Association (WAPA); Eskom; Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA); South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL); State Information Technology Agency (SITA); Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR); Transnet; Cape Town Municipality; Ekurhuleni Municipality; Tshwane Municipality and ATC South Africa.

Following these engagements, the Department of Transport, ICASA, Office of the Chief State Law Adviser and Telkom provided further information in writing. Based on these engagements a discussion paper highlighting the policy issues has been developed and circulated to stakeholders.

The Discussion Paper is also available on the Department’s website. This Discussion Paper has been workshopped with stakeholders on 21 August 2015, the draft Rapid Deployment Policy will be developed based on the input derived therefrom.

25 August 2015 - NW2922

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

Whether (a) his department has (i) fully investigated the viability of the SA Post Office (SAPO) considering the fact that many users have transferred their business to elsewhere and (ii) examined SAPO’s financial difficulties to ascertain whether it had any prospects of reversing its decline and (b) as a result thereof, he had decided to recommend to the Government to sell a part or the whole of the SAPO’s business before it is too late; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the details, in each case?

Reply:

(a)(i) Yes, an Intervention Team that worked under the supervision of the Administrator did a comprehensive diagnostic work into the difficulties / challenges faced by the South African Post Office (SAPO). The work resulted in a Turn-around plan, which has been approved by Cabinet and proposes a new business model. This Strategic Turnaround plan is being implemented.

(ii) The diagnosis undertaken paid specific attention to the financial difficulties of SAPO and proposed specific interventions to deal with these.

(b) Government is not considering selling either part or the whole of SAPO as the company still has value to offer to the citizens especially those residing in the underservice parts of the country especially the rural areas.

25 August 2015 - NW2759

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Shinn, Ms MR 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 these meetings held, (c) did each specified meeting quorate and (d) what decisions were made at each of these meetings?

Reply:

(a)  Only one meeting was held by the Governance and Security Chamber. The Social Chamber meeting is scheduled to take place on 21 August 2015, the Economic Chamber for 26 August 2015 and the ICTs and Disability Chamber in the first week of September 2015.

(b)  Governance and Security Chamber meeting was held on 17 August 2015.

(c)  Yes, the meeting did quorate.

(d) The following decisions were made by the meeting:

  • The terms of reference of the Chamber were developed and adopted.
  • A clear Scope of Work was developed and adopted.
  • Working Groups were established in three areas, namely, cybersecurity, internet governance and e-commerce.
  • Convenors of the Working Groups were nominated and confirmed.
  • Each Working Group will develop a specific action plan to be implemented by the Chamber.

25 August 2015 - NW2963

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

Will the draft regulations on the Rapid Deployment Policy be published for public comment; if not, (a) why not and (b) why has a public participation process not been followed; if so, (i) when and (ii) where will the draft regulations be published?

Reply:

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is the body responsible for issuing electronic communications regulations in South Africa. ICASA will be in a position to issue the Rapid Deployment Regulations in accordance with the procedure prescribed in the Electronic Communications Act No 36 of 2005 after the Cabinet has approved the Rapid Deployment Policy.

25 August 2015 - NW2848

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

With reference to his reply to question 2047 on 24 June 2015, what exact items will the R739 000 000 be spent on?

Reply:

The monies will be used to provide broadband connectivity services to the targeted government sites in the Phase 1 districts.

25 August 2015 - NW2964

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

(1) (a) What is the status of the draft policy on data pricing and (b) who drafted the specified policy; (2) Whether the specified draft policy will be published for public comment; if not, why not; if so, when?

Reply:

  1. (a) The draft policy direction has already been prepared and consultation with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa commenced.

(b) The draft policy direction was drafted by the Department.

(2) After finalising consultation with ICASA, public consultation will commence in accordance with section 3(5) of the Electronic Communications Act, 2005 that requires that the text of a policy direction must be published in the Gazette for 30 days to obtain the views of interested persons.

25 August 2015 - NW2961

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

Has the draft of the Rapid Deployment Policy been completed and handed to his department by the contractors; if not, (a) when is the specified policy due to be handed over and (b) what process will follow; if so, when?

Reply:

The draft Rapid Deployment Policy is scheduled to be processed by the Department at the end of September 2015. The draft Policy will then be gazetted for public comment in accordance with the procedure prescribed in the Electronic Communications Act No. 36 of 2005. The final Rapid Deployment Policy will then be developed taking into account the submissions made on the draft Policy. The final Rapid Deployment Policy will then be submitted to the Cabinet for approval.

25 August 2015 - NW2763

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

1) Has South Africa ratified the African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection; if not, why not; if so, when was the convention signed; 2) Whether any provisions of the specified convention are included in any legislation that is (a) under review or (b) being developed in collaboration with entities in the security cluster; if so, what (i) laws and (ii) regulations will be amended and developed?

Reply:

  1. The African Union Convention on Cyberspace Security and Protection of Personal Data was adopted by the 23rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union which was held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on 26 and 27 June 2014.

South Africa has not ratified the African Union Convention on Cyberspace Security and Protection of Personal Data because South Africa has not yet signed as she is awaiting the official document from the African Union Commission to be dispatched through diplomatic channels.

The Convention has not yet been signed.

2.  The provisions of the AU Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection

(a)  Will have to be studied by the relevant department and authorities, as part of the process of ratification to ensure that it is consistent with our domestic law and not in conflict with any of South Africa’s international law obligations and that procedurally South Africa is in a position to ratify the Amendment. This will be done by the Office of the Chief State Law Adviser of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, and Office of the Chief State Law Adviser - International Law of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

(b)  No information is available, awaiting the study and legal opinion.

(i) Not applicable

(ii) Not applicable

25 August 2015 - NW2760

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

What process is underway to seek new members of the board of the Universal Service Access Agency of South Africa when the term of the current board expires on 30 September 2015?

Reply:

The new board members will be appointed before the expiry time of the current board members.

25 August 2015 - NW2761

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

(a) How many employees have resigned from Broadband Infraco in the period 30 September 2014 to 30 June 2015 and (b) in each case, (i) at what positions were they employed, (ii) what skills set did they hold and (iii) at what salary level were they employed?

Reply:

I have been advised by Broadband Infraco as follows:

(a) Six (6) employees have resigned from Broadband Infraco in the period from 30 September 2014 to 30 June 2015.

(b) The table below referred to questions (b)(i)-(iii)

Termination from September 2014 to June 2015

Number of resignations

Termination date

Termination Service

Positions

Skills

Job Grade

Annual TCTC

1

2014/09/12

Resignation

Technician

Infrastructure maintenance

Peterson C2 Lower

R354 660

2.

2015/01/31

Resignation

Manager for performance Information Monitoring

Business Performance Monitoring and Reporting

Peterson D3 Lower

R504 534

3.

2014/02/01

Resignation

Manager Legal

Commercial Law

Peterson D3 Lower

R800 000

4.

2015/05/31

Resignation

Snr Engineer Transmission

Network Design

Peterson D3 Lower

R711 207

5.

2015/06/12

Resignation

Payroll Account

Payroll reconciliation and payment

Peterson D1 Lower

R355 200

6.

2015/06/30

Resignation

Specialist Maintenance

Infrastructure Maintenance

Peterson D1 Lower

R759 384

25 August 2015 - NW2765

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Mubu, Mr KS to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

What is the status of the revision of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, Act 25 of 2002?

Reply:

The amendment of the ECT Act was taking place in parallel to the ICT Policy review process. It was decided to halt the amendments of the ECT Act pending the finalisation of the review. This was to ensure alignment and coherence with the outcomes of the policy review.

25 August 2015 - NW2764

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Mubu, Mr KS to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)   Has South Africa ratified the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Model Law on Computer Crime and Cyber Crime; if not, why not; if so, on what date was it ratified; (2) Whether any provisions of the specified policy are included in any legislation (a) under review or (b) being developed in collaboration with entities in the security cluster; if so, what (i) laws and (ii) regulations will be amended and developed?

Reply:

  1. South Africa has not ratified the Southern African Development Community Model Law on Electronic -Transactions and Electronic-Commerce Model Law; Data Protection Model Law; and Cybercrime Model Law.

These SADC Model Laws were developed under the Harmonization of ICT Policies in the Sub-Sahara Africa (HIPSSA) project to assist and to build a comprehensive regional framework for the development of the information society and the knowledge economy in SADC; and to guide the SADC Member States to draft or update their corresponding national legislations.

The SADC Model Laws were adopted as framework, not as binding agreement. Ratification is not applicable.

2. The SADC Model Laws are included in the following:

   (a) None.

   (b) The National ICT Policy.

(i) To be determined on finalization of the National ICT Policy White Paper.

(ii) To be determined by the National ICT Policy White Paper.