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21 July 2022 - NW1897

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Bodlani, Ms T to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What (a) are the reasons for the lack of mail delivery for the residents of the Verwoerd Park suburb of Alberton in the City of Ekurhuleni for over a month and (b) plans does her department have in place in order to (i) refurbish the dilapidated area where the mailboxes are located and (ii) secure the infrastructure as the residents report that vagrants have taken occupation around the mailboxes?

Reply:

I have been advised by SAPO as follows:

a) The Verwoerd Park mail is now being redirected to the Alberton Post Office due to numerous complaints regarding the safety of clients while accessing their mail. The lobby box has a severe vagrant problem. This is despite a fence being erected and several interventions by the South African Police Service – both of which have not deterred the vagrants from returning and utilising the facility.

b) (i) No plans are in place due to lack of funds. The boxes are being relocated to Alberton Post Office lobby that have vacant boxes.

(ii) Same as above.

21 July 2022 - NW1573

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Mbabama, Ms TM to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) entities reporting to her concluded any commercial contracts with (i) the governmemt of the Russian Federation and/or (ii) any other entity based in the Russian Federation since 1 April 2017; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, for each commercial contract, what are the (aa) relevant details, (bb) values, (cc) time frames, (dd) goods contracted and (ee) reasons that the goods could not be contracted in the Republic?

Reply:

I was advised by the Department and Entities as follows:

(a)(i) No

(b)(ii) No

(aa-ee) Not applicable

 

21 July 2022 - NW1417

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Majozi, Ms Z to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

With reference to the final switch-off date for analogue that was extended to 30 June 2022, what is the detailed status update on the (a) current progress in this regard and (b) progress of (i) applications and (ii) registrations for the government-subsidised set-top boxes?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

a) As per the court judgement, the department needs to conclude 100% installations by 30 June 2022, for those who have registered before 31 October 2021. The numbers that were due for installations by 30 June 2022 as per Gauteng High Court judgement were completed by the set date except for 106, 571 in KZN and Eastern Cape due to the impact of the floods.

b) Applications and approved registrations from 1 November 2021 to 31 March 2022 were 260, 868. Applications received between 1 April 2022 and 30 June 2022 were only 49, 385

(i) At the time of publication of the question, the Gauteng High Court had extended the date for analogue switch off to 30 June 2022.

(ii) There is no way of knowing the number of households watching TV through analogue TV sets and it is for that reason that government called for those watching TV through analogue and qualifying for government assistance to apply for assistance. In addition, Digital television cannot only be watched through STBs but digital television sets which were already sold in South Africa since 2012. Between 2016 to date, more than 2.6 million Digital TV sets have been sold in South Africa and can be deemed majority TV sets in households. Furthermore, government has taken measures to ensure South Africans do not unknowingly buy Analogue TV sets in the market.

21 July 2022 - NW1324

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Hicklin, Ms MB to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Whether she has found that the closure of the large number of post offices in the Republic in the past three years is mainly due to the desire to reduce the footprint of the SA Post Office and the failure to pay the rental amounts; if not, what are the reasons for the closure of post offices; if so, what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

I have been advised SAPO as follows:

Most post offices in urban areas were closed due to unprofitability, as well as congestion of branches. The few branches closed in rural areas were due to incidents of crime. As a result, a total of 144 branches were closed. Out of the 144 closed branches, 26 were due to non-payment of rentals.

Authorised for submission by

 

MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

21 July 2022 - NW1255

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Majozi, Ms Z to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

In light of the fanfare that has been made by her department about the long-awaited and delayed migration from analogue to digital and the concerning flurry of media reports over the past week in the run-up to the 31 March 2022 cut-off date, with broadcasters claiming that they are not ready and are asking for an extension (details furnished), (a) what number of (i) set-top boxes still need to be installed and (ii) South Africans will be left without television come 31 March 2022 and (b) will she furnish Ms Z Majozi with the complete figures?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

(a) (i) At the time of publication of the question, the Gauteng High Court had extended the date for analogue switch off to 30 June 2022. The numbers that were due for installations by 30 June 2022 as per Gauteng High Court judgement were completed by the set date except for 106, 571 in KZN and Eastern Cape due to the impact of the floods.

(ii) There is no way of knowing the number of households watching TV through analogue TV sets and it is for that reason that government called for those watching TV through analogue and qualifying for government assistance to apply for assistance. In addition, Digital television cannot only be watched through STBs but digital television sets which were already sold in South Africa since 2012. Between 2016 to date, more than 2.6 million Digital TV sets have been sold in South Africa and can be deemed majority TV sets in households. Furthermore, government has taken measures to ensure South Africans do not unknowingly buy Analogue TV sets in the market.

(b) Refer to (a) above

21 July 2022 - NW1092

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Majozi, Ms Z to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Noting her media statement on 18 March 2022 relating to the auction of the highdemand frequency communication spectrum, wherein it was mentioned that the auction raised R6 billion above the initially anticipated amount, (a) what total amount was raised by the auction, (b) how will the specified amount be utilised, particularly in light of the R6 billion that was not anticipated and probably not budgeted for and (c) what is the detailed breakdown of how the funds will be used?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

a) The total raised by the high-demand radio frequency spectrum auction is R14 477 889 512.60.

b) The revenue collected from the auction will go to the national fiscus.

c) Any details on the spending of the amount can be directed to the Minister of Finance.

21 July 2022 - NW909

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Majozi, Ms Z to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Whether, in light of the assertion by the Executive Director of the African Union Mechanism for Police Cooperation, Mr Tarek Sharif, that cybercrime is one of the most rapidly developing offences among the fastest growing forms of transnational crime facing member states of the African Union, and in view of the Cybersecurity Workforce Study which found that women only make up 25% of the global cybersecurity workforce, her department has programmes in place to promote the training and recruitment of women in the cybersecurity sector; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant, full details?

Reply:

I have been advised as follows:-

No, the Department does not have programmes in place to promote cybersecurity training as the Department does not gave a training mandate.

However, the Department identified a gap in cybersecurity skills in the country and at present, partnered with the Bank SETA and the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) to develop a National Cybersecurity Skills Framework to guide the training of cybersecurity professionals by the relevant institutions.

21 July 2022 - NW2385

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Bodlani, Ms T to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies:

Who are the directors of a certain company (Leratadima Marketing Solution) which is currently involved in litigation on various cases worth Millions Rands with the Universal Services and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA)?

Reply:

I have been advised by the USAASA as follows:

The company in question was liquidated in December 2018 and the appointed liquidators are Mr. R. K. Pollock N.O, Mr. R. F. Lutchman N.O. and Ms R Pieters N.O. The directors before liquidation were Mr. Itumeleng Mafoko and Ms. Mabuyi Memela.

21 July 2022 - NW2364

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

(1)(a) Who was appointed to design and develop the Digitech website that was launched by her department on 17 May 2022 and (b) what amount did the design and development of the website cost; (2) whether her department is satisfied with the (a) functionality and (b) quality of the website; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:-

(1)(a) The State Information Technology Agency (SITA)

(1)(b) Nil

(2) (a) No

(2) (b) The website is being redesigned.

11 May 2022 - NW984

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What amount has (a) her department, (b) the SA Post Office, (c) the National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa, (d) the SA Broadcasting Corporation, (e) the State Information Technology Agency and (f) the Broadband Infraco spent on (i) flowers, (ii) cards, (iii) wreaths and (iv) gifts in the past eight financial years?

Reply:

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

a) Department

Department

i) Flowers

(ii) Cards

(iii) Wreaths

(iv) Gifts

 

R47 363, 00

0

Included (i) due to BAS SCOA classification

R691, 00

(b-f)

SOEs

(i) Flowers

(ii) Cards

(iii) Wreaths

(iv) Gifts

SAPO

-

-

-

-

NEMISA

R3 549.90

-

-

-

SABC

R96 329.00

-

R4 463.00

R 116 181.00

SITA

R21 463.00

-

-

-

BBI

R69 156.00

-

-

R24 075.00

SAPO indicated that no money was spend for flowers, cards, wreaths and gifts in the last eight (8) years.

Authorised for submission by

 

MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

11 May 2022 - NW843

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What total amount in Rand has been spent on (a) catering, (b) entertainment and (c) accommodation for (i) her, (ii) the Deputy Minister and (iii) officials of her department since 29 May 2019?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

a) The total amount spent on catering for the period in question was R738 982.91,

(i) Minister: R157 644.86

(ii) Deputy Minister: R 90 665.20

(iii) Officials in the Department: R490 672.85

b) The total amount spent on entertainment for the period in question was R0.00,

(i) Minister: R0.00

(ii) Deputy Minister: R0.00

(iii) Officials in the Department: R0.00

c) The total amount spent on accommodation for the period in question was R15 345 562.86

(i) Minister: R 3 615 001.95

(ii) Deputy Minister: R 1 021 003.90

(iii) Officials in the Department: R10 709 557.01

Authorised for submission by

 

MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER

DATE:

11 May 2022 - NW985

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What amount does (a) her department, (b) the SA Post Office, (c) the National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa and (d) the SA Broadcasting Corporation, owe the (i) Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, (ii) Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality and (iii) Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality for (aa) water, (bb) rates and (cc) electricity as at 7 March 2022?

Reply:

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

I have been advised by the SOEs as follows:

a) Department:

i) Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality:

(aa) Water R0.00

(bb) Rates R0.00

(cc) Electricity R0.00

ii) Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality:

(aa) Water R0.00

(bb) Rates R0.00

(cc) Electricity R0.00

iii) Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality:

(aa) Water R0.00

(bb) Rates R0.00

(cc) Electricity R0.00

(b-d) SOEs:

  • SAPO has indicated that no amount is owed to any of the mentioned municipalities as at 07 March 2022. All utilities, rates and taxes accounts are paid in full.
  • Nemisa indicated that municipal rates and taxes accounts are up to date
  • SABC responded that the accounts at the municipalities mentioned were up to date as at 07 March 2022.

Authorised for submission by

 

MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

11 May 2022 - NW968

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Whether she will furnish Ms B M van Minnen with the scientific data used to support the view of her department that 5G cell phone towers are not harmful to human health including any journal articles and/or scientific papers that were used to justify the approval of the rollout of the specified technology?

Reply:

I have been advised as follows:

The Department is guided by the Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Field (RF EMF) guidelines of March 2020 developed by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), which provide the necessary and sufficient levels of protection from adverse effects relating to exposure to RF EMF when networks including 5G are deployed or operated.

Authorised for submission by

 

MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

11 May 2022 - NW871

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Sharif, Ms NK to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What (a) is the total number of incidents of (i) sexual harassment and (ii) sexual assault that were reported in her department (aa) in each of the past three financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2021, (b) number of cases (i) were opened and concluded, (ii) were withdrawn and (iii) remain open or pending based on the incidents and (c) sanctions were meted out against each person who was found guilty?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

No incidents of sexual harassment and sexual assault were reported in the Department in the past three years and since 1 April 2021.

Authorised for submission by

 

MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

05 May 2022 - NW986

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What amount did (a) her department, (b) the SA Post Office, (c) the National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa, (d) the SA Broadcasting Corporation, (e) the State Information Technology Agency and (f) Broadband Infraco spend on (i) settlements and (ii) salaries to suspended employees in the past eight financial years; (2) what were the reasons for each suspension?

Reply:

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

DEPARTMENT:

(1)(a)(i) R329,384-00 was paid on settlements.

(1)(a)(ii) R2 024 276,50.

2. The response is provided in annexure A.

SOEs:

1. (b-f)

SOEs

(i)NSettlements

(ii) Salaries to suspended employees

SAPO

R23, 023,132. 69

R69, 631,178. 13

Nemisa

R 30 000.00

R653 332.77

SABC

R66 390 764.35

R26 787 242.38

SITA

R 9 438 136.08

R 46 882 565.68

BBI

R 1 971 372.00

R 2 083 164.00

2. The responses are provided in the annexures. Annexure B for SAPO and annexure C for the other entities in question.

Authorised for submission by

 

MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

05 May 2022 - NW1201

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What amount did (a) the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, (b) Sentech, (c) the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa and/or Universal Service and Access Fund (d) Film and Publication Board, (e) Government Communication and Information Systems and (f) Media Development and Diversity Agency spend on (i) settlements and (ii) salaries to spend on (i) settlements and (ii) salaries to suspended employees in the past eight financial years; 2. What were the reasons for each suspension?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SOEs as follows:

1.

SOEs

(i)mSettlements

(ii) Salaries to suspended employees

a) ICASA

R1,098 751.50

R3 041 738.20

b) Sentech

R299 090.06

R1 557 694.72

c) USAASA

-

R 1 521 3834.00

d) FPB

R3 320 804.52

R1 337 956.81

e) GCIS

The question pertaining to the GCIS and MDDA should be directed to the Minister in the Presidency as these entities fall within his portfolio.

f) nMDDA

 

 

2. The responses are provided in the attached annexure.

Authorised for submission by

 

MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

05 May 2022 - NW1077

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What amount does (a) Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa and, (b) Film and Publication Board, owe the (i) Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, (ii) Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality and (iii) Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality for (aa) water, (bb) rates and (cc) electricity as at 7 March 2022?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SOEs as follows:

(a)- (b) USAASA and FPB have indicated that they do not owe any of the mentioned municipalities.

Authorised for submission by

 

MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

05 May 2022 - NW817

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What (a) is the total number of SA Post Office branches that have been auctioned, (b) is the physical address of each auctioned branch, (c) was the market value of the property at the time it was auctioned, (d) was the purchase price of each property at the auction, (e) are the details of the service provider that managed the auction of the properties and (f) is the total amount that the service provider was paid for the auctioning services?

Reply:

I have been advised by SAPO as follows:

(a) None.

(b – f) Not Applicable.

 

Authorised for submission by:

MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

 

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER

DATE:

05 May 2022 - NW815

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What (a) number of SA Post Office branches have been (i) broken into and (ii) vandalised and (b) amount was stolen that was meant for the special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant from 1 May 2010 to 28 February 2022?

Reply:

I have been advised by SAPO as follows:

(a)(i) There were 1762 incidents recorded during the last two financial years in which SAPO paid Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grants. Implementation was from May 2020. 1131 incidents of burglaries and 631 incidents of armed robberies were reported during the same period.

(a)(ii) 103 cases of vandalism or malicious damage to property were reported during the abovementioned period.

(b) Due to the sensitivity around SRD payments, SAPO is not in a position to provide a breakdown of the losses incurred. It can, however, confirm that beneficiaries did not incur any loss as supplementary cash orders were made available for swiftly making payments. In addition, SAPO is insured against losses incurred for, among other things, incidents of violent crime.

Authorised for submission by:

 

MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER

DATE:

05 May 2022 - NW729

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Wessels, Mr W to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

(1) What are the total outstanding amounts owed by the SA Post Office to (a) each local authority and (b) each province for services as at the latest specified date for which information is available; (2) Whether any steps are being taken to recover the outstanding monies; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) Whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SAPO as follows:

1.

(a) The only local authority that SAPO owes is Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality in the Eastern Cape. The amount outstanding is R 237,256.83 and will be settled in full on 15 April 2022.

(b) All other local authority accounts are up to date.

(2) SAPO is recovering all outstanding utilities amounts from Telkom

(3) No statement will be made on the matter.

Authorised for submission by

 

MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

05 May 2022 - NW816

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What (a) is the total number of SA Post Office branches that were permanently closed since 1 January 2018, (b) are the reasons for each closure and (c) is the physical address of each closed branch?

Reply:

I have been advised by SAPO as follows:

(a) Since 1 January 2018 a total of 248 branches were closed, for various reasons.

(b) Please see attached spread sheet

(c) Please see attached spread sheet

Authorised for submission by:

 

MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

 

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER

DATE:

05 May 2022 - NW1076

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What amount does (a) State Information Technology Agency, (b) Broadband Infraco, (c) the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa and (d) Sentech, owe the (i) Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, (ii) Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality and (iii) Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality for (aa) water, (bb) rates and (cc) electricity as at 7 March 2022?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SOEs as follows:

a) nState Information Technology Agency (SITA):

  1. Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality account is up to date.
  2. Not applicable.
  3. Not applicable.

b) nBroadband Infraco (BBI):

(i-iii) The BBI does not owe any of the Municipalities in question.

c)n Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)

(i-iii) ICASA does not owe any of the Municipalities in question.

d) Sentech

  1. As at 7 March 2022, Sentech owed the Tshwane Municipality R1 221 722.00. This amount was subsequently paid off.
  2. Johannesburg Municipality was owed R724 934.89 and this amount was paid off on 18 March 2022.
  3. Not applicable.

Authorised for submission by

 

MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

16 March 2022 - NW431

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Majozi, Ms Z to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Whether, with reference to her statement during the debate on the State of the Nation Address on 15 February 2022 that an allocation of 10GB basic data would be made available to all households, and in view of the fact that the Republic is yet to complete its digital migration that was set in motion in 2006 and scheduled to be completed in 2015, a feasibility study and/or costing has been done for the proposed 10GB data roll-out; if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the full, relevant details and (b) is the proposed timeline for the roll-out?

Reply:

I have been advised by the department as follows:

a) A specific feasibility study relating to the 10GB data has not been undertaken, however, the SA Connect Phase 2 proposal borrows on the tenets of universal access to basic and essential services (e.g. water, electricity and data being the next step). Recognizing the negative impact of the digital divide, especially in the rural and underserviced areas, the statement relating to the allocation of 10GB is a statement of intent to address this divide.

b) The proposed timeline is in parallel to the roll out of the SA Connect Revised Model, which is planned to be completed within the next 3 years starting from 01 April 2022.

22 February 2022 - NW180

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

(a)What number of supplier invoices currently remain unpaid by (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her for more than (aa) 30 days, (bb) 60 days, (cc) 90 days and (dd) 120 days, (b) What is the total amount outstanding in each case and (c) By what date is it envisaged that the outstanding amounts will be settled

Reply:

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

DEPARTMENT:

a) Currently there are no invoices that are unpaid by the Department for,

b) N/A.

c) N/A

ENTITIES:

(a)

ENTITY

(aa) 30 days

(bb) 60 days

(cc) 90 days

(dd) 120 days

SITA

51

40

28

91

NEMISA

None

None

None

5

BBI

35

95

24

9

SENTECH

7

2

4

20

FPB

1

1

2

1

SABC

23

19

9

2

ZADNA

None

None

None

None

SAPO

90

26

17

63

POSTBANK

1

2

-

5

ICASA

18

11

03

29

USAASA

6

6

2

3

(b)

ENTITY

30 days

60 days

90 days

120 days

SITA

R45.3m

R45.3m

R45.3m

R45.3m

NEMISA

-

-

-

R70 364.74

BBI

R13 000 942

R19 100 028

R17 089 078

R12 338 747

SENTECH

R267,606.64

R267,606.64

R267,606.64

R267,606.64

FPB

R 7 854.20

R 737 420.63

R 456 499.72

R318 279.37

SABC

R1 152 514.02

R24 421 343.05

R 1 973 703.05

R191 242. 27

ZADNA

-

-

-

-

SAPO

R119m

R59m

R37m

R270m

POSTBANK

R136 967,30

R141 107,14

-

R10 672 890.74

ICASA

R371 859,95

R366 837,92

R19 946,55

R175 127.05

USAASA

R419 193.21

R441 369.37

R107 308.27

R29 090.64

(c)

SITA is working with all its client departments to ensure that they make funds available to settle all outstanding invoices as soon as possible, not later than 31 March 2022. These outstanding amounts are largely for services consumed by different government departments, and SITA manages the related contracts on their behalf, and can only settle invoices when client departments make funds available.

NEMISA envisage that the outstanding amount will be settled by 31 March 2022.

BBI stated that; (30 days) 29 of these invoices (R2 615 956) have since been paid. The balance of the invoices is from fellow SOE’s with whom they are discussing payment options. (60 days) 70 invoices (R162 783) are from their previous Travel Management Company and still undergoing verification. The balance of the invoices is from fellow SOE’s with whom they are discussing payment options. (90 days) the invoices are from two fellow SOE’s with whom they are discussing payment options. (120 days) the invoices are from two fellow SOE’s with whom they are discussing payment options.

SENTECH stated that the outstanding amounts will be settled by 31 March 2022.

FPB indicated that the envisaged date of settlement is by 31 March 2022 for all invoices that meet the payment requirement i.e. Service or Goods have been delivered.

.ZADNA indicated they have no outstanding amount to be settled.

SABC invoices falling between 30-120 days will be settled between February 2022 and March 2022 subject to all internal processes being concluded.

SAPO currently does not have the required funds to settle the liabilities. SAPO has requested funding through the MTEF process. SAPO has developed a revised strategy to improve its operational and financial performance and is in the process of implementing such. However, the success of the new Strategy depends on the availability of funding.

Postbank has indicated that the payment will be made by 28 February 2022, with the exception of SAPO where payments to SAPO were put on hold as SAPO has withheld Postbank's revenue from SASSA on payment of grants. Negotiations between SAPO and Postbank are still in progress. The outcome of these negotiations will determine the way forward.

ICASA stated that invoices falling between 30 – 90 days are currently in progress and will be settled no later than the end of February 2022. The invoices falling within the 120 days are either under dispute or the supplier’s tax status is not up to date, therefore payment cannot be effected.

USAASA has indicated that some of the invoices will be paid before end of February 2022, while other invoices are awaited to be are fully compliance.

 

MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

22 February 2022 - NW9

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Wessels, Mr W to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

(1)    What is the current outstanding amount owed by the SA Post Office (SAPO) to (a) landlords, (b) municipalities and/or (c) water and electricity suppliers for (i) outstanding rentals, (ii) water and (iii) electricity across all branches of SAPO; (2) What are the reasons for the specified amounts owed; (3 What is the impact of the arrear accounts on the (a) business and (b) daily (i) activities and (ii) responsibilities of SAPO; (4) Whether there is a plan in place to pay arrear accounts and mitigate the effect thereof on the daily activities of SAPO branches; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SAPO as follows:

1. (a) Landlords

As at 31 January 2022 an amount of R304 million was owed. The amounts owing to landlords include rental and operational/ utilities costs

(b) & (c) Municipalities & Water and electricity

The current balance for municipalities as at 10 February 2022 is R915 000 which is only the current costs for the month.

2. The reason for outstanding rentals is due to SAPO’s constrained cash flow position. SAPO’s costs have continued to exceed revenue resulting in losses for the year ending 31 March 2021 and for the ten months ending 31 January 2022. The losses are unfunded resulting in SAPO having insufficient funds to settle liabilities.

3. (a) Negative impact on customers as branches are closed / locked by landlords.

(b) Also impacts on revenue not being generated by closure of these branches.

4. SAPO currently does not have the required funds to settle the liabilities. SAPO has developed a revised strategy to improve its operational and financial performance – and is in the process of implementing such. In addition, SAPO has requested funding through the MTEF process.

22 February 2022 - NW60

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Whether she has found that there are enough sports commentators for all indigenous languages on all SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) channels; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; 2. By what date does her department intend to have (a) Afrikaans and/or (b) isiXhosa and/or (c) isiZulu cricket radio commentaries on the SABC channels; 3. Whether there is a time frame in place of when her department will pursue the idea that we must have all African language sports commentators on SABC channels in all sporting codes; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; 4. By what date(s) will the service of sports commentators in different languages be available on SABC channels?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SABC as follows:

1. There are sufficient commentators for all indigenous languages and for all covered sporting codes, even XK FM has started doing live commentary in !Xu and Khwe languages.

2. (a,b,c) The SABC has always carried live cricket commentary in the three languages (English, isiXhosa and Afrikaans).  This is still in place on the respective radio stations when they carry the games.  This is not possible on analogue TV as it cannot do multiple audio tracks.  This is possible on the SABC Sport Channel (DTT and DTH) and does occur, but the SABC cannot afford to do this simultaneously at this time.

3. This is the specialty of SABC Radio Stations and has been the case for many years. The SABC has identified and groomed most of the country’s sports commentators, who have gone on to work for other industry players.

4. This is already in place, but sequentially. This is done in parallel and will only be possible if the costs can be justified and it will be on a ‘case by case basis’. Currently Sport is a loss-making entity due the high cost of sport rights. The SABC is mandated in terms of the sports regulations to prioritise national sporting events. Therefore, it tries its best to ensure that there is a balance of the core language groups used in the broadcast of such events.

 

MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER

DATE:

22 February 2022 - NW131

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

(a) Which branches of the SA Post Office operate from privately owned properties in the Dr Beyers Naudé Local Municipality, (b) what are the arrears in rentals to the owners of the properties, (c) what payment arrangements have been entered into with the owners where outstanding amounts are owed, (d) were the payment arrangements honoured and (e) what are the average daily amounts paid out to grant beneficiaries from each of the post offices in the Dr Beyers Naudé Local Municipality?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SAPO as follows:

(a)

  • Graaff Reinet Post Office
  • Aberdeen Post Office
  • Willowmore Post Office
  • Jansenville Post Office

(b)

  • Graaff Reinet – R552,534.75
  • Aberdeen – R150,743.43
  • Willowmore – R103,500.00
  • Jansenville – R0

(c) All SAPO landlords were sent a letter explaining the financial situation of SAPO and negotiating a payment model. The commitment made was that payments would be made as soon as finances become available.

(d) Some payments are honoured based on cash flow, the Jansenville Post Office landlord was fully paid on February 10, hence the outstanding balance is R0.

(e)

Office

SASSA Grants (Average)

SRD Grants (Average)

Graaff-Reinet PO

R117 500

R29 750

Aberdeen PO

R105 750

R13 300

Jansenville PO

R82 250

R9 800

Willowmore PO

R157 450

R 10 850

 

MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER

DATE:

18 February 2022 - NW152

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Whether she and/or her department ever received correspondence from a certain political organisation (details furnished), via email, WhatsApp, hardcopy and/or in any other format of which the original file is dated June 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what date was the specified correspondence received, (b) who was the sender of the correspondence and (c) what steps were taken by her department in this regard?

Reply:

No, the department did not receive such correspondence from the Political Party in question.

A rigorous procedure guided by Public Service prescripts is followed in the recruitment and appointment processes in the department.

17 November 2021 - NW1887

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Mabhena, Mr TB to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What (a) prompted the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to move Ikwekwezi FM from Johannesburg to Tshwane a few years ago, (b) are the running costs associated with running Ikwekwezi FM, (c) is the projected savings for the SABC to move Ikwekwezi FM back to Auckland Park and (d) is the total number of other SABC radio stations that are affected by the move.

Reply:

I have been advised by the SABC as follows:

a) The decision to move Ikwekwezi to Tshwane was done by the previous leadership of the SABC and the reasons are unknown.

b) The SABC has moved Ikwekwezi FM back to Auckland Park due to associated previous running costs of R684k per month. The station will be housed at the SABC’s Auckland Park campus with no extra costs to the SABC.  Moreover, the SABC has also upgraded its Auckland Park radio facilities which accommodates all its Gauteng based radio stations and has a disaster recovery capability for all other radio stations.  The additional future costs of upgrading the Tshwane Office is therefore mitigated and the economies of scale, both employees and facilities is leveraged.  

c) The projected direct savings are R684k per month in rental costs.  This excludes the necessary upgrades that would have been required and the additional staff costs associated with running these stand-alone studios.

d) Motsweding FM based in Mahikeng, North West Province, also transmitted a few programmes from Tshwane.

17 November 2021 - NW2262

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Majozi, Ms Z to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Whether, in light of the fact that the dispute between the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa and mobile network operators has dragged on for some time in the courts, preventing the auctioning of much-needed spectrum, the Government has any immediate plans to release spectrum that is held and used by broadcasters which is required for 5G bidding; if not, why not; if so, what are the (a) plans, (b) dates and (c) other time frames for the release of the spectrum?

Reply:

The dispute between mobile network operators and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) was finally resolved on 15 September 2021 with the granting of a court order, in terms of which the decision taken by the Authority to publish the Invitations-to-Apply for the release of high demand spectrum and the licensing of the Wireless Open-Access Network (WOAN), was set aside and the matter was referred back to the Authority for reconsideration. Therefore, the Authority will, during the course of Quarter 3, make an announcement on the reconsideration of the matter as directed by the court.

In light of the above, the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies intends to conclude the digital migration process by the end of the 2021-2022 Financial Year. The Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies will outline key milestones before end of October 2021.

This will place ICASA in a position to licence the digital dividend currently occupied by broadcasting service licensees, and which was the subject of the litigation, without any contention. The Department is committed to providing support to ICASA to ensure that it delivers on its legislated mandate and strategic objectives.

17 November 2021 - NW2263

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Majozi, Ms Z to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

(1)In light of the fact that the dispute between mobile network operators and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa is set to remain unresolved after the 30 November 2021 extended deadline on temporary spectrum, as gazetted, what steps will the Government take to ensure smooth availability of internet to facilitate working-from-home; (2) whether the Government intends to find a permanent solution of making the spectrum available; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what steps are being taken to bring all parties to a consensus?

Reply:

1. The dispute between mobile network operators and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) was finally resolved on the 15th September 2021 with the granting of a court order, in terms of which the decisions taken by the Authority to publish the Invitations-to-Apply (ITAs) for the release of high demand spectrum and licensing of the Wireless Open Access Network (WOAN) was set aside and the matter was referred back to the Authority for reconsideration.

In light of the above, the Authority will, during the course of Quarter 3, make an announcement on the reconsideration of the matter as directed by the court.

(2) The Department – as the policy maker – will work with ICASA and all stakeholders to ensure that ICASA’s initiation of the process of licensing of spectrum.

17 November 2021 - NW2219

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Bodlani, Ms T to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What (a) are the details of the post offices that are and/or were closed to date in Gauteng, (b) informed the decision to close the specified outlets and (c) has she found had been the impact of the closures to the communities?

Reply:

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

a) (24) Twenty-four Post Office branches have been permanently closed in Gauteng for which official approvals have been granted. Another (66) sixty-six branches have been closed awaiting official approval for the closure. The closure of these branches relate to landlord disputes, lockouts due to rental arrears, electricity arrears, while others have been looted and vandalised. See details hereunder. The lists hereunder details affected branches but is fluid given the changing circumstances and issues at any point in time.

b) Some have been permanently closed due to optimization of the SAPO branch network as well as forced closures by landlords as a result of rental arrears.

c) Communities have been referred to the nearest alternative branches which are in a radius of +-5km. This does not affect the street delivery of mail in these areas. Where private boxes are to be moved, renters retain their PO Box numbers once transferred to the closest open Post Office.

Official approval granted for permanent closure:

No

Office

Province

When Closed

Reason

Approval granted for closure during April 2021

1.

Linden

Gauteng

Apr 2021

Optimization and amalgamation with the surrounding offices.

2.

Jukskeipark

Gauteng

Apr 2021

Optimization and amalgamation with the surrounding offices.

3.

Thokoza

Gauteng

Apr 2021

Optimization and amalgamation with the surrounding offices.

4.

Fontainebleu

Gauteng

Feb 2021

Forced closure by landlord

5.

De Deur

Gauteng

May 2020

Optimization and amalgamation with the surrounding offices.

6.

Fairland

Gauteng

Aug 2020

Forced closure by landlord

Approval granted for closure during May 2021

7.

Glenharvie

Gauteng

Mar 2021

Optimization and amalgamation with the surrounding offices.

8.

Sonlanpark

Gauteng

Nov 2020

Optimization and amalgamation

with the surrounding offices.

9.

Monumentpark

Gauteng

Feb 2021

Forced closure by landlord.

10.

Henbly

Gauteng

Mar 2021

Optimization and amalgamation with the surrounding offices.

11.

Strubensvallei

Gauteng

May 2021

Forced closure by landlord.

12.

Van Dyk Park

Gauteng

May 2021

Optimization and amalgamation with the surrounding offices.

13.

Brenthurst

Gauteng

May 2021

Optimization and amalgamation with the surrounding offices.

14.

Bakerton

Gauteng

May 2021

Optimization and amalgamation with the surrounding offices.

15.

Edenpark

Gauteng

May 2021

Optimization and amalgamation with the surrounding offices.

16.

Dunnottar

Gauteng

May 2021

Optimization and amalgamation with the surrounding offices.

Approval granted for closure during June 2021

17.

Wendywood

Gauteng

Feb 2021

Optimization and amalgamation with the surrounding offices

18.

Boipatong

Gauteng

Jun 2021

Optimization and amalgamation with the surrounding offices

19.

Kagiso

Gauteng

Sept 2020

Forced closure by landlord

20.

Welobie

Gauteng

May 2021

Forced closure by landlord

21.

Woodhill

Gauteng

Sept 2020

Optimization and amalgamation with the surrounding offices

Approval granted for closure during July 2021

22.

Khumalo

Gauteng

Feb 2021

Optimization and amalgamation with the surrounding offices

Approval granted for closure during August 2021

23.

Dower Glen

Gauteng

May 2021

Optimization and amalgamation with the surrounding offices

24

The Tramshed

Gauteng

Aug 2021

Optimization and amalgamation with the surrounding offices

Branches closed awaiting official approval, locked out by landlords due to rental arrears, electricity arrears, looted and vandalised branches:

No

Office

Province

Reason

1

Alexandra South

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

2

Aston Manor

Gauteng

Closed, awaiting official approval

3

Atlasville

Gauteng

Closed, awaiting official approval

4

Benoni North

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

5

Bertsham

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

6

Boitumelo

Gauteng

Electricity account arrears

7

Bramley

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

 

8

Cleveland

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

9

Dersley

Gauteng

Closed, awaiting official approval

10

Doornpoort

Gauteng

Closed, awaiting official approval

11

Dunnottar

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

12

Dunswart

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

13

East Lynn

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

14

Ebony Park

Gauteng

Looting and vandalised

15

Elardus Park

Gauteng

Closed, awaiting official approval

16

Elspark

Gauteng

Closed, awaiting official approval

17

Evaton

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

18

Faerie Glen

Gauteng

Closed, awaiting official approval

19

Fararmere

Gauteng

Electricity account arrears

20

Florida Hills

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

21

Fourways North

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

22

Heidelberg

Gauteng

Electricity account arrears

23

Highveld Park

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

24

Ifafi

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

25

Isando

Gauteng

Burglary. Equipment stolen

26

Kaalfontein

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord and vandalised by looters

27

Kagiso East

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

28

Katlehong

Gauteng

Closed, awaiting official approval

29

Khumalo

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

30

Kliptown

Gauteng

Looting and vandalised

31

KwaXuma

Gauteng

Looting and vandalised

32

Kyalami

Gauteng

Closed, awaiting official approval

33

Lambton

Gauteng

Closed, awaiting official approval

34

Laudium

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

35

Leondale

Gauteng

Looting and vandalised

36

Lynnwood Ridge

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

37

Masoheng

Gauteng

Looting and vandalised

38

Montana

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

39

Noordheuwel

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

40

Oliefantsfontein

Gauteng

Blocked sewerage drain

41

Orange Farm

Gauteng

Looting and vandalised

42

Paardekraal

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

43

Pierre Van Ryneveld

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

44

Protea Gardens

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

45

Quagga

Gauteng

Closed, awaiting official approval

46

Randhart

Gauteng

Closed, awaiting official approval

47

Randpark Ridge

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

48

Rant en Dal

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

49

Raslouw

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

50

Rensburg

Gauteng

Electricity account arrears

51

Ruimsig

Gauteng

Closed, awaiting official approval

52

Rusloo

Gauteng

Electricity account arrears

 

53

Rynfield

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

54

Sandringham

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

55

Silverton

Gauteng

Closed, awaiting official approval

56

Sinoville

Gauteng

Closed, awaiting official approval

57

Stretford

Gauteng

Looting and vandalised

58

Strubenvale

Gauteng

Electricity account arrears

59

Sunward Park

Gauteng

Closed, awaiting official approval

60

Tembisa South

Gauteng

Looting and vandalised

61

Three Rivers

Gauteng

Locked out by landlord

62

Tiegerpoort

Gauteng

Closed, awaiting official approval

63

Turffontein

Gauteng

Closed, awaiting official approval

64

Vosloorus

Gauteng

Electricity account arrears

65

Westonaria

Gauteng

Electricity account arrears

66

Zola

Gauteng

Looting and vandalised

17 November 2021 - NW1821

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Majozi, Ms Z to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What (a) steps has she taken to resolve the litigation given the impasse regarding the auctioning of spectrum and (b) immediate interventions have been put in place to ensure that the impasse caused by the litigation does not put the Republic behind in the rolling out of modern communications offered by 5G technology?

Reply:

a) The Minister continues to facilitate engagements between the parties to the litigation to find an amicable solution. These efforts have resulted in consensus on matters on dispute be they on the release of the spectrum or temporary spectrum.

b) The Department continues to support the development and advancement of modern technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), etc. At this point the Department is working with industry experts and academia to develop South Africa Artificial Intelligence Policy, this is after the country successfully led the development of the AI Blueprint for Africa the Smart Africa Alliance. Of course, the ability to extend the availability of these technologies will highly be influenced by the deployment of the spectrum.

15 September 2021 - NW319

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

With reference to the pension of SA Post Office (SAPO) pensioner, Mr Carl Olivier, (details furnished) and the fraud committed on his account, (a) what steps have been taken to stop the fraudulent activity on Mr Olivier’s pension account, (b) what progress has been made in issuing Mr Olivier with a functional SA Social Security Agency card that will allow him to draw his pension, (c) by what date will this matter be resolved, (d) what number of other accounts have been fraudulently accessed in a manner similar to the specified person's account and (e) what steps are being taken by the SAPO to deal with the matter?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SAPO as follows:

(a) On 11/07/2020 a fraudulent reissue card was performed (Card number 4213 xxxxxx100415) at Umzinto Post Office. The account was reimbursed on the 28/09/2020.

(b)(c) Another card was issued (4213xxxxx991290) on 18/11/2020 at Halfway Post Office which has an active status on the client’s profile.

(d) SAPO did not receive any new affidavit for any other disputed amounts.

Stats below refer:

(e) The modus operandi that criminal syndicates embark on from time to time changes continually. SAPO/POSTBANK have embarked on a process of cleansing its payment system and circumventing unauthorised access.

15 September 2021 - NW665

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Walters, Mr TC to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entity reporting to her makes use of private security firms; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each case, what is the (i) name of each firm, (ii) purpose, (iii) value and (iv) duration of each specified contract?

Reply:

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

a) DEPARTMENT

Yes

(i) Name of the company

Vimtsire Protection Services

(ii) Purpose

To provide physical security for the department (both Hatfield and Cape Town offices).

(iii) Value

R 18 091 921,34

(iv) Duration

Three years (01 December 2018 – 30 November 2021)

b) State-Owned Entities (SOEs)

Entity

(b)

(i)Name of Firm

(ii)Purpose

(iii)Value

(iv)Duration

ICASA

Yes

Modise Protection Services

Physical guarding

R 5 097 931.15

3 years

   

CIYTech Systems Cc

Maintenance of security systems

(CCTV cameras & biometrics)

R 174 018.00

3 Years

   

ADT Fidelity

Armed response & alarm monitoring

R 88 591.40

3 Years

   

Modise Protection Services

Physical guarding

R 262 649.76

1 Year

   

Televonic Systems

Maintenance of security systems (CCTV cameras & biometrics)

R 56 223.50

3 years

   

Rishumele Trading

Maintenance of security systems (CCTV cameras & biometrics)

R 95 041.17

3 years

   

Ubomi Technologies

Physical guarding

R 298 515.13

7 months

   

Pro-Secure PTY Ltd

Maintenance of security systems (CCTV cameras & biometrics)

R 99 056.80

2 years

   

Multi-Locking systems

Maintenance of security systems (CCTV cameras & biometrics)

R 268 984. 16

4 Years

   

Multi-Locking systems

Maintenance of security systems (CCTV cameras & biometrics)

R 173 111.71

3 Years

   

Postbank

Yes

Vusela Security Company

Monitor access control; screening employees; escorting clients; protection of company assets and personnel, report criminal activities to SAPS and assist in handover of Postbank Visa and SASSA cards

R 44 000 per month

5 years

   

Nemisa

Yes

Rise Security Services

Provide physical protection in the Parktown Building

R 3 732 056.51

3 years (ending March 2021)

   

PEPLER ALARMS CC

Provide reaction service and 24/7 monitoring of the alarm in the Franschhoek Building

R 462.30

Month to month contract

   

SABC

Yes

Mafoko Security Patrols

(Head Office-Gauteng)

Provision of physical security services at SABC Auckland Park offices and TV Outside Broadcasts

R 185 519 425. 61

5 years

   

Khayalami Security CC

(Eastern Cape)

Provision of physical security services at TV Outside Broadcasts and Provincial offices

R 13 838 216. 62

2 years

   

Khayalami Security CC

(Western Cape)

Provision of physical security services at TV Outside Broadcasts and Provincial offices

R 11 525 746. 05

3 years

   

Vhugi Protection Services (Limpopo)

Provision of physical security services at TV Outside Broadcasts and Provincial offices

R 17 421 396. 43

3 years

   

Modise Protection Services

(North West)

Provision of physical security services at TV Outside Broadcasts and Provincial offices

R 17 415 286. 04

3 years

   

Mafoko Security Patrols

(Free State)

Provision of physical security services at TV Outside Broadcasts and Provincial offices

R 7 186 607. 46

3 years

   

Khayalami Security CC

(Northern Cape)

Provision of physical security services at TV Outside Broadcasts and Provincial offices

R 4 569 137. 04

3 years

   

Mafoko Security Patrols

(Mpumalanga)

Provision of physical security services at TV Outside Broadcasts and Provincial offices

R 4 966 994. 66

2 years

   

Mafoko Security Patrols

(Gauteng)

Provision of physical security services at TV Outside Broadcasts and Provincial offices

R 3 236 391. 24

2 years

   

Mafoko Security Patrols

(KwaZulu Natal)

Provision of physical security services at TV Outside Broadcasts and Provincial offices

R 7 361 514. 50

3 years

   

Broadband Infraco (BB)I

Yes

Selkirk Security services

Provision of security services at Head Office

R 2 440 944. 00

3 years

   

Mzuzovama (Pty) Ltd

Provision of alarm monitoring and ad hoc call outs for emergency responses at Newcastle Point of Presence

R 148 940. 00

2 years

   

Nthuthuko Zulu Innovative Holdings

Provision of alarm monitoring and ad hoc call outs for emergency responses at Mzintlava Substation

R 20 400. 00

2 years

   

Azifani Security and Cleaning Services

Guarding services on emergency basis and escorting of technical employees to dangerous sites in the Northern Cape and Gauteng regions

R 1 220 662.12

As and when – value is for the period 1 April 2020 to 28 February 2021

Provision of alarm monitoring and ad hoc call outs for emergency responses at Mzintlava Substation

R 20 400.00 - 2 years

   

National K9 Security Services

Guarding services on emergency basis and escorting of technical employees to dangerous sites in KwaZulu-Natal

R 572 784. 00

As and when – value is for the period 1 April 2020 to 28 February 2021

   

Bohlale Security Services

Guarding services on emergency basis and escorting of technical employees to dangerous sites in the Free State

R 208 874. 00

As and when – value is for the period 1 April 2020 to 28 February 2021

     
   

Sentech

Yes

Collins Sebola Financial Services (PTY) LTD JV Ramadzwi Security Services and Training Agency (PTY)

NKP Security guards’ deployments

R 14 532 175. 93

3 years

   

Afriguard Security Services

Security guarding for the sites

R 4 591 766. 81

2 years

   

Fidelity Security Services

Emergency security guard’s deployment due to power and RF cable theft on site

No contract value, services charged on a month to month basis

Month to month until new contract is set up.

   

Fidelity-ADT Security Services

Armed Response and monitoring

R 32 905. 00

5 years

   

Buyisa Security Services

Guarding of the offices afterhours only and 24 hours on weekends and Holidays

R 753 210. 36

3 years

   

Fidelity ADT and Technical

Armed Response and monitoring

R 27 000. 00

3 years

   

National Security and Fire

Armed Response and Monitoring

R 24 443. 64

3 years

   

National Security and Fire

Armed Response and Monitoring

R 15 120. 00

3 years

   

Red Alert (PTY) LTD

Armed Response and Monitoring of all four areas/sites

R 85 523. 71

3 years

   

Harambe Technologies

CCTV system maintenance

R 663 964.56

5 years

   

Craddock Sekuriteit CC

Armed Response, monitoring and escorts to sites

R 9 457,20

3 years

   

SAPO

Yes

Fidelity Cash Solutions

** All Provinces

South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) Pay point Services

  • Cash-in transit (CIT) & Guarding

R 825 000 000. 00

2 years (RFP to be issued)

   

Fidelity Security Services

** Gauteng

Guarding Services

  • Static and SASSA

R 201 032 089. 00

5 years

   

Fidelity Security Services

** Eastern Cape

Guarding Services

  • SASSA

R 81 449 264. 51

5 years

   

Fidelity Security Services

** Western Cape

Guarding Services

  • SASSA

R 33 376 527. 70

5 years

   

G4S

** All Provinces

CIT Services

R 400 447 987. 28

5 years

(New Award pending)

   

Vusela Sanmva Joint Venture

** Free State

** North West

** Kwazulu-Natal

** Northern Cape

Guarding Services

  • Static & SASSA

R 240 656 922. 50

5 years

   

Isidingo (UNITRADE 1047 CC)

** Western Cape

Guarding Services

  • Static

R 33 422 400. 00

5 years

   

Tyeks Security Services

** Eastern Cape

Guarding Services

  • Static

R 59 942 143. 30

5 years

   

Marumofase Security

** Limpopo

Guarding Services

  • Static & SASSA

R 2 859 247. 04

1 year

   

Ally’ s counter Force Security

** Limpopo

Guarding Services

  • Static & SASSA

R 1 714 828. 32

1 year

   

Clearpoint Security & Hygiene

** Mpumalanga

Guarding Services

  • Static & SASSA

R 1 153 047. 60

1 year

   

Sakhile Ezweni Group

** Mpumalanga

Guarding Services

  • Static & SASSA

R 4 191 095. 23

1 year

   

Khayalami Security

** Mpumalanga

Guarding Services

  • Static & SASSA

R 8 667 153. 9

5 years

   

Ndivhuwo Security Training

** Limpopo

Guarding Services

  • Static & SASSA

R 3 302 970. 48

5 years

 

Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA)

Yes

PMT Security Service

Provision of physical security services

R 29 000 per month

1 year

 

SITA

 

SITA currently does not have security contracts in place for the East London, Bhisho and Port Elizabeth offices.

SITA is receiving security services from the Landlord’s Security at East London and Bhisho that are on site.

At Port Elizabeth there is currently no security on site. It is for this reason that a new Security Contract for SITA has been concluded for all 3 sites.

SITA is not paying for security service exclusively, as it is incorporated in the lease agreements.

We can thus not quantify any value for security service.

East London

Lease Term: 01 Mar 2019 to 28 Feb 2024

Port Elizabeth

Lease Term: 08 Jul 2020 to 07 Jul 2021

Bhisho

Lease Term: 01 Nov 2019 to 31 Oct 2024

   

Bangilizwe Security Services

Physical Building security for SITA Eastern Cape premises (East London, Gqeberha and Bhisho)

R 475 410. 00

6 months

   

Tyeks Security Services

Provide guarding and security services for SITA Free State premises ( Fort Drury Building and DATA CENTRE in Bloemfontein)

R 2 752 318. 30

3 years

   

4B Protection Services

Provide 24/7 Physical Security Services for SITA Gauteng premises (Erasmuskloof, Centurion, Beta and Numerus Buildings )

R 50 248 823. 29

3 years

   

Sbu & Sbo Protection Services (Pty) LTD

Provision of 24/7 Physical Security Services for SITA KZN premises (Pietermaritzburg & Durban Office)

R 4  839 720. 07

3 years

   

R5 Security services Pty Ltd

Provision of physical security services for SITA Limpopo premises (Polokwane Office)

R 2 741 598. 87

3 years

   

Mthenjankave Security Service

Provision of physical security service for SITA Mpumalanga premises

R 1 495 315. 01

3 years

   

This forms part of the Landlord (Bridge Trust) Lease agreement. The security company is CCL Services

Provision of physical building security for SITA Northern Cape premises (Kimberley office)

R 151 800. 00

(Only 1 day shift guard, seven days a week from 06h00 to 18h00)

1 year

   

SITA currently does not have a security contract in place as this forms part of the Landlord Lease agreement.

Provision of security services for SITA North West premises (Mafikeng, Rustenburg and Potchefstroom)

SITA is not paying for security service exclusively in terms of the lease agreements.

We can thus not quantify any value in terms of security.

The Film and Publication Board (FPB) and ZADNA do not make use of any private security firm as their offices are located at an office park which has its own security company.

15 September 2021 - NW539

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Whether the SA Post Office offers a registered email communication and/or registered SMS service to its customers; if not, why not; if so, (a) what IT system/supplier is being used to provide this service, (b) on what date was the service procured, (c) at what cost was the service procured and (d) what are the full details of the relevant tender?

Reply:

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

Yes, the South African Post Office does offer registered digital communication. There is one system in operation, namely:

(a) Registered electronic mail system on RiPoste TrEx from Escher Group (IRL) Ltd;

b) SAPO entered into the Escher contract on 29 November 2013 and a modification was done on 27 June 2016. The original design of the service was one sender to one recipient. One sales engagement with customers, it became clear that customers were looking for an automated system to cater for one sender to many recipients (bulk). The cost of the modification amounted to R17 398.00.

c) The original cost was R 8 512 830.00. The maintenance cost amounted to R677 988.00 per quarter. SAPO has not paid maintenance for nine quarters due to the process of changing hosting providers. However, SAPO does not anticipate the need to pay outstanding maintenance costs.

d) The registered electronic mail system was concluded on agreement number 4600000491. The tender number was RFP No 03 E Registered Mail 12/13/HM. There was no tender conducted for the revenue sharing concept, it followed an investment procedure. The SAPO/Service Provider Agreement; SAPO Limited Bidding Document; and e-Registered Mail Statement of Work Agreement is attached as Annexures B1, B2 and B3 respectively.

08 September 2021 - NW2071

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Given the crucial importance of private sector players in the communications and digital technologies arena with regard to their expertise, resources and assets, what steps has she taken or does she plan to take towards cultivating value-creating and synergistic public-private partnerships that will contribute to the imperative of advancing the Fourth Industrial Revolution and narrowing the digital divide in the Republic?

Reply:

We believe in the founding tenets of this country of a social compact between government, business, labour and the value that cooperation and collaboration with other stakeholders adds to the reach and depth of any programme.

21 July 2021 - NW1099

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 538 on 16 March 2021 and the appointment of a certain company (name furnished) as an authorised representative of the SA Post Office (SAPO) on 5 February 2020, any services, technology and/or products have been supplied by the specified company to the SAPO; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the nature of the services rendered, technology and/or products supplied, (b) what is the monetary value of the services, technology and/or products and (c) was any request for proposal and/or request for quotation issued?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SAPO as follows:

The contractual matters involving the parties, including possible requests for proposals and/or requests for quotations are currently under review as part of an internal disciplinary process. SAPO is therefore unable to provide details until such time that this process has been finalised.

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

21 July 2021 - NW1100

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 538 on 16 March 2021 and the appointment of a certain company (name furnished) as an authorised representative of the SA Post Office (SAPO) on 5 February 2020, any requests for proposals and/or requests for quotations have been issued by the SAPO for electronic registered post technology; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, will she furnish Mr C MacKenzie with the full details of the requests including any tenders and awards; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SAPO as follows:

The contractual matters involving the parties, including possible requests for proposals and/or requests for quotations are currently under review as part of an internal disciplinary process. SAPO is therefore unable to provide details until such time that this process has been finalised.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

21 July 2021 - NW1098

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 538 on 16 March 2021 and the appointment of a certain company (name furnished) as an authorised representative of the SA Post Office on 5 February 2020, she will furnish Mr C MacKenzie with the full details of the contract entered into by a certain person (name furnished) and the specified company; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SAPO as follows:

The contractual matters involving the parties are currently under review as part of an internal disciplinary process. SAPO is therefore unable to provide details until such time that this process has been finalised.

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

02 July 2021 - NW1015

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August, Mr SN to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether, in light of the recent announcement by the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) of its intention to publicly auction the Rocklands Villas residential property in Sea Point, Western Cape, she has considered leasing the specified building to any other government department, particularly to provide social and affordable housing within the Cape Town Central Business District; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details (2) Whether she intends on having discussions with other government departments regarding making the best use of the property in order to address spatial justice within the society; if not, why not; if so, which government departments

Reply:

1. On 21 September 2020, the SABC was granted concurrent approval by the Ministers of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) and Finance to dispose of 25 non-core properties including Rockland Villas through an open market auction in terms of section 54(2)(d) of the Public Finance Management Act, 1999. The concurrent approval was also granted in keeping with National Treasury’s prefunding conditions which were attached to the financial bailout allocation and turnaround plan implementation to dispose of all residential properties as the leasing of properties does not form part of SABCs core mandate.

2. The Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation has since submitted a request and proposal to the DCDT on 05 May 2021 for possible acquisition of the Rocklands Villas residential property based in Cape Town, Sea Point by the Housing Development Agency for human settlement development purposes. DCDT is currently facilitating engagements between the SABC, Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation as well as the Housing Development Agency (HDA) seeking to find an amicable solution between the parties (SABC and the HDA).

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

 

02 July 2021 - NW1717

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Hill-Lewis, Mr GG to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

With reference to the directive of the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, which she refers to in her remarks in Government Gazette No. 42388 of 9 April 2019, that her Office assumes responsibility to oversee and lead the work of the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (PC4IR), what are the full details of all fees and monies paid to the (a) individual members of the PC4IR and (b) Chairperson of the PC4IR?

Reply:

a) The Department set aside an amount of R1 650 000, as a once-off gratuity payment to (33) thirty-three PC4IR Commissioners, wherein each Commissioner would receive an amount of R50 000. Of the 33 Commissioners, (6) six were already in employment of the State which eliminated them from receiving the gratuity. In addition, (11) eleven Commissioners opted not to receive the gratuity, while (1) one Commissioner resigned during the beginning of the work of the PC4IR. A total of (15) fifteen Commissioners who complied with the conditions of registration in the Central Supplier Database (CSD) were paid. Accordingly, a total amount of R750 000 was paid to individual members of the PC4IR out of the allocated R1 650 000.

b) No payment or fees were paid to the Chairperson of the PC4IR.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

02 July 2021 - NW1535

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Buthelezi, Mr EM to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Given the recent publication of the annual report of the SA Post Office’s financial results for the 2019-20 financial year, which shows that the Post Office is technically insolvent, how does she and/or her department intend to return the Post Office to solvency?

Reply:

The SA Post Office has prioritised initiatives that focus on improving service delivery, revenue recovery and growth and cost reduction. The Department is concluding the procurement process to appoint a team of experts to develop a restructuring and turnaround plan for a sustainable post office of the future. The turnaround plan will inform the MTEF funding submission for the post office.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

02 July 2021 - NW1469

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Mabika, Mr M to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

(1)Whether her department has concluded any work exchange and/or employment agreements with any entity of the Republic of Cuba from the 2010-11 financial year up to the 2020-21 financial year; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) total number of Cuban nationals (i) have been employed in each of the specified financial years and/or (ii) are due to be employed in the 2021-23 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework period, (b) are the details of the work that each of the specified Cuban nationals was and/or will be employed to perform, (c) are the details of the specific skills sets that each of the specified Cuban nationals possessed and/or will possess that South African nationals did or will not possess and (d) are the details of the total cost of employing each of the specified Cuban nationals in each case; (2) Whether her department took any steps to ensure that the specific skills set of the specified Cuban nationals were and/or will not be available in the Republic amongst South African citizens; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the (a) steps taken and (b) outcomes of the steps taken in this regard?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

  1. No
  2. Not applicable

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

02 July 2021 - NW1244

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Majozi, Ms Z to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Given current litigation surrounding the auctioning of spectrum, (a) how does the Government intend to ensure availability of high demand spectrum and (b) for how long will such initiatives last?

Reply:

(a)(i) With regards to the pending litigation, the effect of the interdict granted on 8 March 2021, is that the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is prohibited from proceeding with auctioning the spectrum as planned. The Ministry and the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies remain desirous of the speedy resolution of the matter out of court and continues to support the auctioning of spectrum as government is in dire need of the proceeds that will be derived therefrom. The Ministry and Department respect the interim relief granted by the court and abide thereby. Government can therefore only ensure the availability of high demand spectrum when all parties submit to mediation to resolve the matter out of court or the court rules thereon, whichever comes first.

(a)(ii) As far as it relates to temporary spectrum, the Minister issued the Electronic Communications, Postal and Broadcasting Directions under the Disaster Management Act on 26 March 2020. In terms of the Directions so issued temporary licensing of high demand spectrum must be provided for the duration of the COVID-19 national disaster.

(b)(i) The litigation is set down for hearing on 26 to 29 July 2021 and the Ministry and Department are not in a position to pre-empt the outcome and length thereof.

(b)(ii) ICASA, in its latest amendment of the ICT COVID-19 Regulations (28 May 2021), extended the validity of the temporary radio frequency spectrum licences to 31 August 2021.

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

02 July 2021 - NW1178

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Techgnologies

With regard to the broadcast digital migration project, what (a) total number of households (i) have been identified as requiring state assistance, through subsidies or otherwise, to migrate from analogue to digital broadcast signal reception and (ii) that were identified have already been migrated to date in each province, (b) are the cumulative monthly household broadcast migration targets in each province until the envisaged completion of the project and (c) are the (i) allocated budgets for the project and (ii) anticipated shortfalls in relation to the specified household migration targets in each province?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:-

(a)(i)   See table below. The data provided below is from StatsSA and has a margin of +/- 15% accuracy - noting the dynamic circumstances of households that proceed to voluntarily migrate via the existing commercial digital broadcast platforms. The Department used data from StatsSA as a reference point for planning.

 

  1.  
  •  

ESTIMATED SUBSIDY BENEFICIARY HOUSEHOLDS

Free State

322 970

Northern Cape

101 885

North West

391 767

  •  

646 116

  •  

381 717

Eastern Cape

551 649

KwaZulu Natal

817 383

Western Cape

380 100

  •  

1 091 256

  1.  

4 684 843

 

 

(a)(ii)   See table below. Installations are conducted in a sequential provincial schedule, as depicted in the order of provinces below:-

PROVINCE

Total Registrations Completed as at June 2021

Total Installations Completed as at June 2021

Free State

278 069

213 902

Northern Cape

72 429

44 356

North West

155 530

85 224

Limpopo

86 817

37 381

Mpumalanga

97 095

49 288

Eastern Cape

163 162

25 231

KwaZulu Natal

206 652

77 639

Western Cape

54 860

2

Gauteng

33 895

8

TOTALS

1 148 509

533 031

 

(b)       Monthly household migration targets are not used as a yardstick. Instead, a determination is made to conclude a critical mass threshold of 70% household migration within a target transmitter coverage area (which covers a number of predetermined towns/villages). The outcome is then applied to determine the analogue transmitter switch off (ASO) in the provincial sequence. The ASO is carried out in a provincial transmitter sequence in this controlled manner until the final transmitter within the province is switched off.

The table below provides depicts the preliminary migration schedule for each province. The ASO process is carried out in an overlapping manner between provinces. The schedule is subject to continuous revision to optimise where practical, taking  external circumstances and internal implementation variables into account.

 MIGRATION AND ANALOGUE SWITCH-OFF (ASO) PROVINCIAL SCHEDULE 

PROVINCE

Start

Finish (revised)

FREE STATE ASO

08/01/2018

07/03/2022

NORTHERN CAPE ASO

08/01/2018

21/02/2022

NORTH WEST ASO

05/04/2021

21/01/2022

LIMPOPO ASO

06/09/2021

08/03/2022

MPUMALANGA ASO

03/06/2021

14/02/2022

EASTERN CAPE ASO

02/08/2021

31/01/2022

KWAZULU-NATAL

26/07/2021

15/03/2022

WESTERN CAPE ASO

23/08/2021

01/03/2022

GAUTENG ASO

13/09/2021

22/03/2022

 

(c)(i)   Total budget allocated so far for decoder subsidy, excluding goods and services, is approximately R1,2 billion.

(c)(ii)   The anticipated combined national decoder subsidy shortfall is approximately R563-million for the vouchers; an additional amount will be required for the voucher system which still needs to be determined.

 

 

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

04 June 2021 - NW1358

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether, with regard to the preparations of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) for the coverage of the upcoming 2021 local government elections, and with reference to the mandate and obligations of the SABC as the national public broadcaster to educate and inform the public, the SABC will be broadcasting any practical and specific public education content related to municipal governance, especially with reference to sections 151 to 164 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, as well as its Schedules 4 and 5; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SABC as follows:

Yes, public education has historically formed part of the SABC’s standard elections coverage mandate and will continue to do so during this current election cycle. The SABC News will drive this process from an editorial perspective as has always been the case post democracy with covering and contextualizing the elections, Constitution and functioning of municipalities.

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

16 April 2021 - NW317

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

(a) What is the total number of retail post offices in the Republic, (b) of these post offices, what number is (i) SA Post Office (aa) owned and (bb) rented and (ii) postal agencies premises and (c) will she furnish Mr C MacKenzie with an aged analysis of all rentals due to landlords for each retail post office?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SAPO as follows:

(a) 1 414 Post Offices

(b)(i)

(aa) 458 owned Post Offices

(bb) 956 rented Post Offices

(b)(ii) 694 postal agencies

(c) Age analysis of rentals due as at January 2021 which includes 154 other rented

sites such as mail centres, depot’s box lobbies, etc. (A detailed list is attached hereto)

+30 days

+60 days

+90 days

+120 days

TOTAL

-24 514 125,63

-26 371 402,36

-26 803 607,04

-51 586 293,58

-129 275 428,61

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

16 April 2021 - NW318

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

(a) What is the total number of bank accounts that the SA Post Office have and (b) will she furnish Mr C MacKenzie with the account balances as at (i) 31 March 2020, (ii) 30 June 2020, (iii) 30 September 2020 and (iv) 31 December 2020?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SAPO as follows:

a) SAPO has fourteen (14) bank accounts for different operational requirements.

b) The request for the bank account balances is noted. SAPO is however mindful that responses to parliamentary questions are public documents and given the sensitivities surrounding its finances, the bank account balances cannot be provided.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

16 April 2021 - NW174

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Faber, Mr WF to ask the Minister of Communications

What has she found to have been the impact of the closures that were as a result of late or non-payment for the monthly rental to owners of the buildings utilised by the SA Post Office on (a) SA Social Security Agency grants and the (b) renewal of motor vehicle licenses that took place at the specified Post Offices?

Reply:

(a) & (b) The closure of any SA Post Office as a result of late or non-payment for the monthly rental to owners of the buildings - or for whatever other reasons - is a concern and can be an inconvenience to all parties concerned.

The impact to both the SA Social Security Agency grant recipients and the renewal of motor vehicle licenses is that the customers often must incur additional costs as they are redirected to other branches.

The impact to SAPO staff members is that they often must attend to additional customers that are re-directed from the closed branches.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES