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25 August 2015 - NW2690

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

Whether (a) he, (b) his Deputy Minister and (c) any officials in his department travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial year; if so, what was the (i) purpose of each specified visit and (ii)(aa) total cost and (bb) breakdown of such costs of each specified visit?

Reply:

(a) No, and the rest of the questions fall off.

25 August 2015 - NW2849

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

With reference to his reply to question 2042 on 24 June 2015, (a) what are the dates of the presentations to the information and communications technology industry on SA Connect, (b) where were the specified meetings held and (c) which industry players attended the specified meetings; (2) When can the work plan, based on the National Broadband Advisory Council, be submitted to his department; (3) Will the specified work plan be published; if so, (a) when and (b) how will it be published?

Reply:

(1) (a) Presentations were held on the 21 August 2014 and 27 November

2014.

(b) Presentation were held at the DTPS offices

(c) For the meeting of the 21 August 2014, six members of the NBAC Working Group, four members from the department and a representative from Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) were in attendance. For the meeting of the 27 November 2014, five members of the NBAC Working Group were in attendance as well as six members of the department. Viasat and the Gauteng Broadband Network (GBN) were invited to deliver presentations at the meeting of 27th November 2014 but only Viasat managed to deliver the presentation on the day.

(2) The Minister will meet the Chairperson of the NBAC to map a way forward with regards to the continuing role of the NBAC as well as the work plan that will guide the NBAC going forward.

(3) Since the work plan is expected to be a dynamic document, it will not be gazetted to allow for flexible adaptation of the document to the rapidly changing ICT environment and to ensure that the work of the NBAC remains relevant.

25 August 2015 - NW2846

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

(a) Which (i) national departments, (ii) provincial governments and (iii) local governments are financing their inclusion in the rural broadband project announced in the State of the Nation Address on 12 February 2015 and (b) in each case, (i) what amount have they committed or budgeted for this project and (ii) which elements of the project are they financing (aa) in the current financial year and (bb) for the Medium-Term Expenditure Budget?

Reply:

(a)(i) National Department of Health (NDOH) has rolled out connectivity in 34 of the 50 targeted for the NHI Pilot. The solution will dovetail and align with SA Connect once the service rollout commences following the appointment of a service provider.

(ii) At provincial level, only the Gauteng provincial government and the Western Cape provincial government have financed broadband plans

(iii) At local government level, there are various initiatives by Government and the private sector to provide Wi-Fi hotspot infrastructure and access to the public. Initiative from Tshwane and Lusikisiki are good examples were WiFi infrastructure was financed. The rollout in Tshwane cost in the order of R77, 000 per Wi-Fi site.

(b) The rollout programme of the DTPS will focus on broadband infrastructure and services for government facilities. The DTPS will aggregate government demand to ensure that there is a compelling business case for infrastructure to be extended to the rural areas. The national, provincial and local government departments will then compliment the efforts of the DTPS by focusing on the provisioning of end-user devises and equipment, applications, relevant content and the training of users of the technology. The DTPS has worked with provincial departments to establish provincial broadband steering committees that are used to ensure alignment of the DTPS programme and provincial plans.

12 August 2015 - NW2622

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

(1) Has his department been consulted by the Department of Public Service and Administration in respect of the strategy for e-government; if so, in what form has this consultation taken place; (2) Has the State Information Technology Company been consulted in respect of the specified strategy; if so, (a) in what form has this consultation taken place and (b) how does this strategy align with the (i) 2015 ICT Policy Review Green Paper and (ii) SA Connect programme?

Reply:

(1) No. However the DTPS, DPSA and SITA have been collaborating on matters regarding e-Government and e-Enablement of the prioritised 5 e-Services. The consultations in between the three institutions was conducted through a working group established by the Directors Generals of the two departments as well as the then SITA CEO. The discussions were continued June and Jul 2105 and SITA was tasked by the DPSA on 15 July 2015 to initiate programmes around the prioritised e-Services.

(2) Yes the SITA has been consulted in respect of the specified strategy. SITA, DPSA and DTPS are collaborating on the e-Enablement of the 5 prioritised Services as outlined in the Medium Term Strategic Framework 2014-2019 Outcome 12.4.6 and the DPSA Annual Operation Plan 2015/2016. This strategy is aligned with the 2015 ICT Policy Review Green Paper and SA Connect programme.

12 August 2015 - NW2623

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

(1) How many, (a) properties are leased by the SA Post Office from private companies and (b) of the specified properties have been closed by the lessor due to non-payment of rent; (2) How many, (a) properties are leased by the SA Post Office from the Redefine Group and (b) of the specified properties have been closed by the specified company due to non-payment of rent?

Reply:

  1. (a) The South African Post Office (SAPO) is currently leasing one thousand two

hundred and forty three (1243) properties from private companies. These consist of Retail outlets, Depots, Office Space and Mail Centres.

(b) As of 6 August 2015 a total of six (6) Retail outlets were locked by the land lord due to non-payment of rentals. Four (4) of these Retail Outlets are located in Kwa-Zulu Natal and two (2) in the Witwatersrand region. In addition, electricity has been disconnected by the land lords in five (5) Retail outlets due to non-payment of rental.

In addition to the abovementioned closed offices, a total of twelve (12) Retail outlets have been closed due to eviction by the land lords since March 2015. Furthermore, five (5) Retail Postal Agencies have been closed by the Agents due to non-payment of their monthly allowance.

2. (a) SAPO is leasing eighteen (18) properties from the Redefine Group.

(b) None of the eighteen (18) properties rented from the Redefine Group are closed

31 July 2015 - NW2379

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

What is the status of the revision of the Electronic Communications Amendment Act, Act 1 of 2014? No:

Reply:

The Department is not reviewing the Electronic Communications Amendment Act, Act 1 of 2014, as amendment Acts are normally not reviewed.

31 July 2015 - NW2239

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

Whether (a) his department and (b) any entities reporting to him has paid out the remainder of any employee's contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of the contract since the 2008-09 financial year up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) what amount has (aa) his department and (bb) entities reporting to him spent on each such payout, (ii) to whom were these payouts made and (iii) what were the reasons for the early termination of the contracts in each specified case?

Reply:

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

DEPARTMENT:

  1. Yes

The table below provides a full response to the questions asked by the Honourable Member:-

(ii) Name

Contract Period

Contract terminated

(iii) Termination reason

Contract period paid out

(i)(aa) Amount

S D L Dhlomo

13 July 2009 to 13 January 2011

31 May 2010

The Post of Deputy Director: Subsistence and Travel was not approved on the organisational structure.

The appointment was made irregularly.

The employee’s contract was terminated accordingly. The employee then took the department to arbitration.

1 June 2010 to 13 January 2011

Salary:

R 249 192-70

South African Post Office (SAPO)

(b) Yes,

It is not a practice of the SAPO to pay the remaining value of the contract in cases where Executives leave the organisation before the expiry date of the employment contract. The Executives in the table below were only paid the arbitration awards agreed to, between the employees, their legal representatives, and the company. However, these payments are not linked to the contracted term of employment

See arbitration figures paid since the 2008/9 financial year to current within the SAPO Group.

 

(ii) Name

Job Title

(iii) Reason for Termination

(i)(bb) Settlement Amount

Settlement Date

JP WENTZEL

COO (2 A)

Resignation (Arbitration settlement)

548,058.25

10/07/2011

RM NESHUNZHI

GM (3)

End of Contract (Arbitration settlement - (Contract paid until 31 May 2012)

532,493.50

11/30/2011

MM LEFOKA

GCEO (1)

Resignation (Arbitration settlement)

1,466,810.00

01/24/2012

MS DIAZ

GE (2 B)

Resignation (Disciplinary hearing - Deed of settlement signed) Arbitration settlement

370,217.25

11/28/2013

ME LANCASTER

GE (2 A)

Retrenchment severance package (Voluntary Retrenchment Agreement)

1,698,977.00

12/3/2013

BS BULUNGA

COMPANY SECRETARY (3)

Dismissal (Settlement at CCMA)

404,615.93

26/3/2014

ZADNA

(b) No

ZaDNA has not had an employee’s contract terminated before its stipulated termination.

SENTECH

(b) Yes,

The table below provides a full response to the questions asked by the Honourable Member:-

(ii) Name of Employee

Position

Period

(i)(bb) Amount Spend

(iii) Reason for Settlement

Process

Mr. Cassim Mohammed Siddique

Chief Financial Officer

2010

R 360 000.00

Dismissed

CCMA Award settlement

Mosala Mojaki Frederick

Head: Employee Relations

2010

R 257 393.00

Dismissed

Employee lawyer based on the ongoing case with little evidence

Steenkamp Carin

Portfolio Manager: Special Projects

2010

R 515 824.47

Retrenched

Retrenchment

Ramokhufi Rachel Neo

Executive: Strategy and Co-ordination

2010

R 250 698.34

Ongoing disciplinary hearing

Employee lawyer based on the ongoing case with little evidence

Maphalala Jacqueline Nokuthula

Head: Supply Chain

2011

R 67 500

Dismissed

CCMA Award settlement

Email

info@pmg.org.za

 

Chief Financial Officer

2012

R 142 482.84

Claimed Constructive - Dismissed

CCMA Award settlement

Nevhutalu Tendani Gaylord

Head: Financial Accounting

2012

R 62 000

Dismissed

CCMA Award settlement

Emerich Rian

General Manager: Marketing and Sales

2012

R 83 503.27

Dismissed

CCMA Award settlement

NEMISA

(b) Yes,

The table below provides a full response to the questions asked by the Honourable Member:-

(ii) To whom were payments Made

Period

(i)(bb) Amount Spend

(iii) Reason for Settlement

Chief Operations Officer

2013-2014

R 779 055.00

Mutual Separation Agreement

BROADBAND INFRACO

(b) Yes,

From 2008-09 up to date, Broadband Infraco had no early terminations of contracts which involved paying out the remainder of an employee’s fixed term contract. However, Broadband Infraco did terminate the employment contract of three (3) employees due to disciplinary processes and after an assessment that it would cost the Company far less to have conclude a mutual separation agreement with each of the employees instead of pursuing long protracted legal proceedings and committing company resources and labour in pursuit of the legal cases against the employees. Refer to the table below:

(ii) Name of employee

Position

Period

(i)(bb) Amount Spend

(iii)Reason for Settlement

Process

Suren Maharaj

Chief Financial Officer

March 2011

R 395 916.50

The Board decided to part ways with the CFO after he was issued with a final written warning for dereliction of duties

Employee had been issued with a Final written warning

S Mapatagane

SHEQ Manager

June 2011

R 123 527.34

The settlement was paid out due to legal costs that were increasing and lawyers for the Company advised on paying the settlement to minimise litigation costs

Employee had been subjected to a disciplinary hearing

Ray Hamilton

Chief Sales & Marketing Officer

August 2014

R 400 000

Paid a negotiated settlement for four (4) months for mutual separation with R Hamilton.

Disciplinary Process- he exceeded his delegation of authority

USAASA

(b) Yes,

The table below provides a full response to the questions asked by the Honourable Member:-

(ii) To whom were payments Made

Salary Level

Salary per annum

(i)(bb) Amount Paid

(iii)Reason

Date of Exit

Senior Manager: Human Resources

13

R 540 429

R 135 107

Mutual agreement

31 May 2008

Chief Executive Officer

15

R 1 099 824

R 458 260

Mutual Agreement

31 May 2010

Chief Executive Officer

15

R 1 120 935

R 499 292

Mutual Agreement

30 March 2012

Senior Manager: USAF

13

R 782 883

R 547 000

CCMA Settlement Agreement

30 September 2015

Board Administrator

10

R 405 390

R 99 534

Mutual Agreement

31 December 2014

Payroll Administrator

9

R 296 100

R 74 025

CCMA Settlement Agreement

20 April 2015

SITA

(b) Yes

The table below provides a full response to the questions asked by the Honourable Member:-

(ii) Name

Designation

(i)(bb) Gross Pay Out

Date paid

(iii) Reason for Termination

Blake Mosley-Lefatola

Chief Executive Officer

R 1 439 606.45

May 2013

Early termination of contract (Board Decision)

Nontobeko Ntsinde

Chief Executive Officer

R 574 991.00

June 2013

Unfair termination of contract (Labour Court Decision)

Thandi Zide

SITA Company Secretary

R 550 000.00

August 2013

Unfair Dismissal (CCMA Decision)

Khumbuzo Ntshevheni

Chief Operating Officer

R 1 899 000.00

June 2014

Early termination of contract (Referred to Labour Court and resulted in a Settlement Agreement)

Tshidi Gumbi

Head of Department: Human Resource

R 265 898.52

May 2015

Unfair Dismissal (Referred to CCMA and resulted in a Settlement Agreement)

15 July 2015 - NW2374

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

What was the revenue received by the SA Post Office (SAPO) from the Universal Postal Union for each month from 1 June 2014 to 30 April 2015?

Reply:

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

SAPO does not receive revenue from Universal Postal Union.

15 July 2015 - NW2375

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

(a) How many foreign mail items were (i) received by the Johannesburg International Mail Centre in (aa) February, (bb) March and (cc) April 2015 and (ii) stopped for processing by the SA Revenue Service (SARS) Customs Division in each of the specified months and (b) what was the time period to process these items in each specified month;

Reply:

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

1(a)(i) (aa) February 2015 - 56 161

(bb) March 2015 - 59 138

(cc) April 2015 - 60 010

(ii) All items are subject to import duties and are processed by SAPO. South African Revenue Service (SARS) stops items for inspection in the event of any missing or required documentation or if items are deemed not to be allowed in the country.

(b) The set standard for processing items is 48 hours. However this may differ depending on the volumes received and that have to be processed.

2. The South African Police Service (SAPS) work in conjunction with SARS to stop items for inspection in the event of any missing or required documentation or if items are deemed not to be allowed in the country.

The set standard for processing items is 48 hours. However this may differ depending on the volumes received and that have to be processed.

No arrests have been made by SAPS for this period.

15 July 2015 - NW2378

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

What is the cause of the delay in publishing the (a) policy and (b) policy directions for the rapid deployment and provisioning of electronic communications facilities as stipulated in the Electronic Communications Amendment Act, Act 1 of 2014;

Reply:

I have been informed by the Department as follows:-

(1)(a)&(b) The development of the policy and policy directions have been delayed due to the complexity of the task and a lack of dedicated staff within the Department to carry out the extensive consultation required.

(2)(a) Analysys Mason

(2)(b) Analysys Mason was appointed through a process managed by the Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) from National Treasury, who is assisting the Department with several aspects of the implementation of the National Broadband Policy (SA Connect).

(2)(c)(i) The contract price is R 3.65 million

(2)(c)(ii) The consultant has been appointed to assist the Department in developing the Rapid Deployment Policy and Policy Directions and to consult with affected stakeholders. It is expected that the Rapid Deployment Policy should have been developed by the end of the third quarter of 2015.

15 July 2015 - NW2382

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

What is the status of his department’s disciplinary hearings of staff involved in the Media Corner deal,

Reply:

I have been informed by the Department as follows:-

  1. One Deputy Director-General: Still in progress

One Deputy Director-General: Disciplinary hearing has been finalised

Personal Assistant: Disciplinary hearing has been finalised

Departmental Bid Adjudicating Committee: Still in progress

Departmental Bid Evaluation Committee: Still in progress

  1. 12
  1. Two employees: Salary level 15

One employee: Salary level 8

Six employees: Salary level 13

One employee: Salary level 14

One employee: Salary level 11

One employee: Salary level 9

15 July 2015 - NW2383

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

(a) Which legal firm is conducting the disciplinary hearings in respect of his department’s staff members implicated in the Media Corner deal,

Reply:

I have been informed by the Department as follows:-

  1. The Office of the State Attorney instructed advocates from the Johannesburg Bar.

(b)The DG instructed the State Attorney, and the State Attorney appointed advocates.

(c)(i) Adv. M. Mooki (Initiator) - R 1100 per hour

Adv. Z. Z. Matebese (Chairperson) - R 1200 per hour

Adv. V. D. Ntsweni (Chairperson) – R 850 per hour

Adv. M. E. Mathaphuna (Chairperson) – R 750 per hour

Adv. M. A. Mavodze(Chairperson) – R 1050 per hour

Adv. M. S. Shaba (Chairperson) – R 1250 per hour

Adv. S. B. Mhlapo (Chairperson) – R 700 per hour

(c)(ii) Adv. M. Mooki (Initiator) – R 267 352.80

Adv. Z. Z. Matebese (Chairperson) – R 158 004

Adv. M. S. Shaba (Chairperson) – R 191 662.50

Adv. S. B. Mhlapo (Chairperson) – R 83 790

(iii) Yes, the payments of three chairpersons who have not yet submitted invoices.

15 July 2015 - NW2415

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

What amount did (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to it spend on advertising in (i) The Sowetan and (ii) The Daily Sun in the 2014-15 financial year?

Reply:

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

DEPARTMENT

(a) Nil

  1. (i) SAPO R 95 722.20

SITA R 241 216.61

Others Nil

(b)(ii) SAPO - R813 297.29

Others Nil.

15 July 2015 - NW2492

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

With regard to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) investigation into the irregularities around the appointment of a certain person (name and details furnished) and noting that an application to set aside this appointment is being opposed by both Universal Service and Access Agency SA (USAASA) as well as the specified person in the High Court in Gauteng, is USAASA paying the legal costs of the specified person; if so,

Reply:

I have been advised by USAASA as follows:-

  1. The USAASA Board took a resolution to oppose the SIU Court Application. Supporting affidavits deposed by the CEO were filed by the Agency in support of its defence and to answer to the allegations involving the CEO. The Agency is therefore paying all the legal costs.
  1. The CEO will not be held liable for any legal costs incurred in the event the application is unsuccessful. The reason for this is that, the CEO is not defending this matter in his personal capacity. The Board is defending the matter because it is the Board’s decision to appoint the CEO that is being challenged by the SIU. The Board’s decision to appoint Mr Zami Nkosi is what is at issue in this Court Case.
  1. No steps will be taken to recover the specified legal costs if a cost order is awarded against the Agency. The Agency is defending its own decision
  1. The Board, as the Accounting Authority, has a fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of the Agency. The Board exercised its mind with due diligence when it decided to appoint Mr Zami Nkosi as its CEO and when it took a resolution to defend that decision and oppose the SIU Court application.

15 July 2015 - NW2376

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Since his reply to question 416 on 27 March 2015, how many (a) persons are stationed and employed at the International
Mail Centre situated at Jet Park in Johannesburg as at 31 May 2015 and (b) of these persons are employed (i) as (aa) management, (bb) permanent, (cc) casual and (dd) temporary staff and (ii) by third parties such as the SA Police Service and the SA Revenue Service?

Reply:

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

  1. The total number of people employed at Johannesburg International Mail Centre (JIMC) is 237.

(b)(i) (aa) Management 5

(bb) Permanent 211

(cc) Casuals 21

15 July 2015 - NW2307

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

(a) What are the relevant details of Phase One of the Government’s broadband roll-out project, (b) what amount did it cost, (c) what is the breakdown of the amounts spent and (d) from which (i) department and/or (ii) programme were the funds allocated?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:-

(a) Government will rollout broadband services in Eight District Municipalities targeting schools, health facilities, police stations, post offices and other government facilities. The eight districts are:

• Dr Kenneth Kaunda

• Gert Sibande

• O.R. Tambo

• Pixley ka Seme

• Thabo Mofutsanyane

• Umgungundlovu

• Umzinyathi

• Vhembe

This rollout programme represents the first phase of the national implementation of the Digital Development strategic pillar of South Africa Connect and it is delivered parallel to the programmes initiated by Gauteng and the Western Cape Province in an effort to deliver on the targets set in the National Broadband policy. The project will deliver the connectivity services via a mix of technologies in line with the South Africa Connect Policy objectives.

(b-d) National Treasury has allocated a total of R739 million over the MTEF for the programme. For the first phase, R200 Million has been allocated. The funds have been allocated as follows:

No

Year

DTPS Request

NT Allocation

1

2015/16

R 225 402 697

R 200 000 000

2

2016/17

R 516 343 210

R 268 300 000

3

2017/18

R 719 525 698

R 271 700 000

MTEF Sub-Totals

R 1 416 024 135

R 739 000 000

15 July 2015 - NW2308

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

Which department or government entities were involved in the drafting of the (a) scope of the project and (b) business plan for Phase One of the Government’s Broadband Roll-out project?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:-

(a) and (b) In the development of the Project scope; Phase 1 Business Case and Plan; the Department engaged and consulted critical stakeholders including State-Owned Companies (SOCs) of the department who provided insight into the national footprint of infrastructure as part of the effort to determine the infrastructure gap. Provincial departments also provided input on their broadband rollout plans to ensure that they align with South Africa Connect and are integrated into the common plan of the DTPS. The national Departments of Health, Basic Education, Rural Development, National Treasury through the Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC), South African Police Services and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) were consulted to develop the user requirement specification for the broadband services as part of the development of the business case.

15 July 2015 - NW2309

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

Were any external consultants involved in Phase One of Government’s broadband roll-out plan; if so, (a) how were they chosen, (b) what was the scope of their involvement and (c) what amount were they paid? NW2670

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:-

  1. Yes, External consultants were sourced to assist and provide support in the development of the Business Case.

The CSIR was chosen as a result of its access to broadband infrastructure info at a national scale.

The Department’s primary support was provided by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) which assisted with the infrastructure information used to conduct the infrastructure gap analysis.

(b) Through the assistance of the Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) who facilitated a competitive procurement process for service providers, the Department was also able to source the assistance of Deloitte to provide financial and procurement advisory services. The support of Deloitte assisted the department with the development of a financial model that could cost the project as part of the development of the business case.

(c) CSIR was paid R 5,643,000 and Deloitte was paid R850, 000

15 July 2015 - NW2310

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

(a) How will the R270 million allocated to the broadband sub-programme in the Information and Communications Technology infrastructure support programme be spent in the 2015-16 financial year, (b) what tenders have been invited for the projects to be funded by this sub-programme and (c)(i) on what date were the tenders published and (ii) what is the number of the Government Gazette in which the tenders were published?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:-

(a) R 21 million has been allocated for Broadband Planning; and

R 200 million has been allocated for South Africa Connect.

The department will be buying services for the 8 identified districts from a service provider.

(b) No tenders have been issued for the implementation of the programme.

(c) N/A

15 July 2015 - NW2311

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

(a) What amount has Sentech invested in building South Africa’s digital broadcasting infrastructure and application system before March 2015, (b) what amount of this equipment and these systems are still covered by the original manufacturer’s warranties and (c) how many are operating without a manufacturer’s warranty?

Reply:

I have been advised by Sentech as follows:

  1. R1 287 609 781. 84.

(b-c) The Manufactures warranties cover equipment for maximum period of 24 months. The table below provides a span of equipment for active components of the DTT networks. There is a total of 4712 DTT assets amounting to R447 663 469 that falls outside manufacturers’ warranties (highlighted in yellow) and a total of 3206 assets amounting to R324 058 305 falling within manufacturers’ warranty period (highlighted in green).

Acquisition year

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Total

Warranty expiry date

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Acquisition value

R63 056 479

R91 020 130

R82 065 010

R91 433 270

R120 088 580

R30 067 142

R229 562 145

R64 429 018

R771 721 774

Total assets

328

936

1551

583

1314

1655

1077

474

7918

Warranty status

Out of warranty period

Within warranty period

15 July 2015 - NW2373

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

With reference to the SA Post Office’s (SAPO) membership of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), has his department officially notified the UPU (a) of the split in the Ministry of Communications and (b) that SAPO now falls under his department; if so, when?

Reply:

(a) The Department is an active member of the UPU and is in regular communication with the International Bureau of the UPU. I have met with the Director-General of the UPU, Ambassador Bishar Hussein of Kenya, in South Africa on the 6 August 2014, and provided an update of developments within the administration of the South African government relating to Telecommunications and Postal Services. Previously officials from the UPU had also been briefed by officials from DTPS as they interact on an ongoing basis.

(b) As the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services is the responsible Department for postal matters, including South Africa’s membership of the UPU, it follows that SAPO falls under DTPS. The UPU has been requested to update their website to record the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, instead of the Department of Communications.

13 July 2015 - NW1857

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

(a) How many invoices of creditors and suppliers to the SA Post Office have remained unpaid for more than (i) 30 days, (ii) 60 days, (iii) 90 days or longer as at 13 May 2015.

Reply:

SAPO RESPONSE:

           

 

Number

Current

Number

+ 30

Number

+ 60

Number

+ 90

Number

+ 120

Total Unpaid Suppliers

1969

1 804.00

879.00

664.00

1 742.00

Amongst outstanding R000.

     

-166782511.47

-54466162.78

(b) In each case, what is the (i) name of the company/supplier concerned, (ii) amount outstanding per company/supplier and (iii) reason for non-payment?   

SAPO RESPONSE:   Reason the company is having turnaround challenges (cash flow) it is trying to overcome with its turnaround strategy implementation.

13 July 2015 - NW1873

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

Since 1 January 2015, has his department installed generators at any of (a) its offices or (b) the offices of the entities reporting to him as a result of load shedding; if so, what is the total cost of the (i) installation and (ii) running of these generators?

Reply:

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

(a)   DEPARTMENT

The Department has not installed generators in its offices; it is currently renting offices that have generators installed by the landlord.

  1. Not applicable
  2. No costs

(b)

.ZADNA

Zadna has not installed generators in its offices; it is currently renting offices that have generators installed by the landlord.

  1. Not applicable
  2. No costs

NEMISA

No, the building had an already existing generator from occupation of the building.

(ii) January 2015

  • Petrol: R 2 000
  • Service: R0

February 2015

  • Petrol: R2 000
  • Service: R 3 311.70

 

March 2015:

  • Petrol: R0
  • Service:R0

April 2015:

  • Petrol: R 2 000
  • Service: R0

May 2015:

  • Petrol: R0
  • Service: R0

June 2015:  

  • Petrol: R2000
  • Service: R0

Total cost to date: R 11 311.70

THE SOUTH AFRICAN POST OFFICE (SAPO)

SAPO has not installed any generators as of January 1, 2015.

Broadband Infraco (BBI)

Broadband Infraco has not had to installed any generators or expand on its existing fleet of mobile generators as a result of load shedding since 1 January 2015.

SENTECH

SENTECH has not installed any generator at any of its offices since January 2015 due to load shedding.

SENTECH already has generators installed as part of its normal operations of ensuring that its offices have standby power.

SENTECH has standby generator capability at most of its infrastructure sites to protect services against normal power disruptions to ensure services continuity. The Eskom load shedding situation does impact sites without back-up power and increase operating costs due to increased standby plant running hours and associated maintenance and fuel costs.

Most of SENTECH sites have Stand by Generators (STG’s) already installed. From January 2015, a new STG was installed at Kroonstad as a replacement due to the failure of the existing one. SENTECH is also installing STG’s at its three Greenfield stations at Harrismith, Holy Cross and Ngqeleni. The installations at these three sites form part of SENTECH’s normal installation on all new transmitter sites to ensure continuous service during power outages.

The installation cost per site is as follows:

Harrismith STG: R535 244. 25

Holy Cross STG: R445 553. 00

Ngeleni STG: R437 759. 50

Kroonstad STG: R267 133. 75

Total R1 685 690. 50

Towards the end of the previous financial year and during severe load shedding periods, SENTECH reviewed energy expenditure and determined that SENTECH plants were running 30% more than normal, meaning that operating costs will increase accordingly. The following amount has been spent on fuel for generating standby energy.

Monthly Cost

Jan-2015 668 917

Feb-2015 1 085 850

Mar-2015 535 739

Apr-2015 1 120 166

May-2015 759 142

Jun-2015 300 651

Total 4 470 465

USAASA

USAASA has a generator provided by the landlord in 2010.  No other generator has been purchased since January 2015. The running of this generator is R31, 661.10 annually.

SITA

SITA has installed a rented generator for the SITA Centurion Data Centre, commissioned in January 2015.

The table below reflects the costs associated with preparing the site prior to installation of the generator as well as monthly costs for the rental of the generator installed at SITA’s National Key point (NKP) Centurion Data Centre:

No

Activity

(ii) Running Cost from January 2015 to June 2015

(i) Cost of installation

1.

2200 kVA Diesel Generator rental for per month

R 1 624 500

(R 270 750 x 6 months)

 

2.

Cable Laying which was done as the first step

 

R 4 224 156

3.

Electrical control panels for generators which was installed to connect the new generator to the SITA existing grid

 

R 1 026 000

4.

Alarm systems to enable early warning via SMS messaging

 

R 273 600

5.

Project Management Fee to manage the above

 

R 927 070

6.

Diesel fuel (One fill at deliver)

 

R 95 760

 

TOTAL COST

R 1 624 500

R 6 546 586