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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 - NW175

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Faber, Mr WF to ask the Minister of Communications

With reference to the branches of the SA Post Office that closed down, (a) what number of post offices have been shut down by the owners of the buildings and/or premises in 2020 due to non-payment of the monthly rental and (b) how does the SA Post Office intend to solve these closure problems that occur on a regular basis?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SAPO as follows:

a) Of the 1 110 premises that are leased only 43 have been closed. The closure is mainly as a result of under utilisation of the core business of the SA Post Office by the customers.

b) The SA Post Office is currently embarking on processes to re-purpose its business model to adapt to new technologies, including digitising the services.

 

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

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

15 April 2021 - NW184

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

(1)   (a) Why and (b) for how long has the electricity been turned off at the Reygersdal Post Office in Atlantis; (2) What steps are being taken to ensure power is restored? (3) What steps are being taken to ensure a backup power system is put in place?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SAPO as follows:

1. (a) The Reygersdal branch’s electricity was disconnected due to cable theft in the area.

(b) The electricity was disconnected in mid-January 2021.

2. The electricity has since been restored.

3. The disconnection of electricity due to cable theft can not be predicted and planned for due to its nature. However, in instances where cable theft unexpectedly occurs, the Municipality is contacted to ensure urgent restorative maintanance to avoid prolonged disruption of services.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

08 April 2021 - NW957

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

(1)(a) What is the total monetary value of each concession that welfare, charitable and public benefit organisations used to receive on their annual fees for the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) TV licence(s), (b) in which financial year was each terminated, (c) what was the total cost of the concession for the three financial years prior to termination and (d) what is the reason that the concession was terminated; (2) whether the SABC has any intention of reviewing the concession for welfare, charitable and public benefit organisations; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I have been advised by SABC as follows:

1. (a) The concessionary license of R74 per annum is discounted as per the Broadcasting Act. According to the TV License Regulations, the qualifying persons for discounted license fees (concession) are: a person who receives a social grant from the state by virtue of age or disability or a war veteran, a person aged 70 years or older. The above mentioned persons are the only concessions provided for in the legislation. The legislation does not make provision for welfare, charitable and public benefit organisations, therefore concessions are not applicable to these entities.

(b) The SABC has not terminated any concessions provided for in the legislation.

(c) This information is not available as indicated under (a) and (b). The licence holder criteria on the database are in accordance with legislative requirements. Welfare, charitable and public benefit organisations are not specifically stipulated in the legislation and therefore not exclusively indicated on the database.

(d) The SABC has not terminated any concessions in the legislation.

2. The SABC has a responsibility to provide various types of specialised content aimed at all our audiences’ needs, including educational content; dramas; news and programming for audiences with disabilities. This mandate comes at a significant cost to the SABC. It is therefore not possible for the SABC not to request the license fee payments from welfare, charitable and public benefit organisations. The SABC relies on these funds to continue providing specialised content delivery to our audiences, in line with our public mandate.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

08 April 2021 - NW794

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What (a) total number of Post Office branches have closed their doors over the past five financial years and (b) are the reasons for the specified closures?

Reply:

I have been advised by SAPO as follows:

a) A total of 144 Post Office branches have been closed over the past five financial years.

b) Most of these branches were closed due to Network Optimisation strategy and only six were closed due to forced landlord evictions.

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

08 April 2021 - NW720

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Julius, Mr J to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

1. Whether there are any plans to sell the vacant stand on erf 1536 Oranjerivier Street in Toekomsrus, Randfontein, belonging to the SA Postal Services which is allegedly being used as a drug den and other criminal activities; if not, why not; if so, how far is the process; 2. What amount was spent to date on services paid to the Rand West City Local Municipality for the vacant land; 3. What has she found to be the social impact on the community due to this vacant land being used for criminal activities?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SAPO as follows:

  1. The Toekomsrus vacant land has been identified for disposal, subject to the requisite governance and approval processes.
  2. Municipal service charges amount to about R1 202 per month.
  3. To date, SAPO have not received any complaints from the community, however this matter will be investigated and if necessary, reported to SAPS.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

16 March 2021 - NW503

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Sarupen, Mr AN to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

(1)      Whether any staff member in her department (a) performed work in addition to the responsibilities related to his or her work, outside normal working hours, in the past five financial years and (b) has been performing such work during the period 1 April 2014 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, in each case, how is it determined whether such work is being performed or not; if so, in each case, (i) what number of staff members and (ii) in what job or work categories are the specified staff members employed; (2) whether approval for such work was obtained in each case; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the policy of her department in this regard, (b) by whom are such applications considered and approved, (c) what number of contraventions of this policy were brought to the attention of the National Treasury in the past five financial years and (d) what steps have been taken against the transgressors?

Reply:

The Department has advised me as follows:

(1)(a) Yes

(b) By completion and submission of application of approval for Other Remunerative Work and financial disclosures on an annual basis

(i) It differs each year based on the number of applications received each year. (refer to the table below developed from the actual applications and disclosures).

(ii) It differs each year based on the applications received and disclosures made. (refer to the table below developed from the actual applications and disclosures).

Table 1: This table provides the employees that have applied for and disclosed their other remunerative work performed in the past five years:

No

Level

Other Remunerative Work approved and disclosed in the financial disclosures

   

2019/20

2018/19

2017/18

2016/17

2016/15

 

Chief Director

2

3

3

3

1

 

Director

5

1

4

3

5

 

Deputy Director

2

2

2

2

1

 

Assistant Director

2

2

1

1

1

 

Other lower levels

1

1

1

3

1

(2)   Yes

(a) The policy is in line with the Public Service Act section 30 and Public Service Regulations 2016. The Financial Disclosures Policy further requires employees that are required to complete financial disclosures to disclose any other remunerative work performed. In line with the policies and legislation including section 195 of the RSA Constitution, employees are made aware that they have to complete the relevant forms to request permission to perform other remunerative work, disclose any other remunerative work in their financial disclosures and to ensure:

  • The Work of the Department is prioritised (comes first);
  • They cannot use the Department’s resources to conduct the other remunerative work;
  • They are prohibited from doing business with an organ of state (Regulation 13(c) of the Public Service Regulations 2016; and
  • They cannot perform the work during office hours.

(b) There are different levels where they are considered such as:

  1. Supervisor: - to consider if the work will not interfere with the employee’s Departmental duties and recommend for approval;
  2. Ethics Officer: - to ensure the correctness of the form and compliance with the relevant legislation and policies; and
  3. Executive Authority or Delegated Authority: - Approval.

(c) None

(d) N/A

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

16 March 2021 - NW538

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

1. What position does a certain person (name furnished) occupy at the SA Post Office? 2. Whether the specified person is authorised to (a) enter into contractual agreements and/or (b) contract or appoint official representatives on behalf of the SA Post Office; if not, what is the position in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SAPO as follows:

1. Acting Group Executive Sales/Commercial

2. (a) In terms of the Board approved Generic Delegation of Authority, Group Executives (EXCO members) have the authority to sign off contractual agreements on behalf of SAPO, depending on the value, nature, complexity and type of contract and delegation of Authority or sub-delegation of authority (if permitted).

(b) See reply (a) above in as far as it relates to contract/s. It further depends on the nature, type etc and exigency of the appointment of the official representatives and in which capacity such official is officially appointed by SA Post Office SOC Ltd.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

09 March 2021 - NW579

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether she has been informed that the Post Office in Highveld Park, Centurion, was closed during business hours for a number of days in November 2020; if not, why not; if so, what (a) were the reasons for the closure and (b) steps will she take to ensure that the unnecessary closures do not recur?

Reply:

No, I was not aware of the closure of the aforementioned Post Office branch as SAPO did not provide such information to the Department.

I have since been informed by the SAPO as follows:

a) The Highveld Park Post Office, Centurion branch was locked by the landlord on 13 November 2020. The reason for the closure is due to non-payment of rent as the landlord decided to lock the branch until payment is made.

b) SAPO is currently paying a rental amount of more than R 50 000 per month at the Highveld Post Office and as such an alternative site nearby (Eco Park Centre) +/- 2 km away has been secured, at a negotiated rental amount of R 8 000 per month for the next 3 years. SAPO intends to move the Post Office to that site around March 2021. Preparations are at an advanced stage and business will resume soon for all the customers in and around Highveld Park.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

09 March 2021 - NW480

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Communications

(a) What are the reasons that the Pefferville Post Office in East London was closed and (b) on what date will services resume at the specified post office? (b) on what date will services resume at the specified post office?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SAPO as follows:

a) The Pefferville Post Office in East London was closed in March 2019 following a housebreaking/robbery which caused extensive damage to the building and point of sale equipment. Despite the numerous attempts to repair the damages and equipment, several further incidents of housebreaking were reported and criminals continue to vandalise and steal the equipment of the Branch. The repeated incidents of housebreaking/robbery has resulted in the building being in an unhabitable state. Some of the damages that have been caused occurred whilst a guard was supposed to be securing the building.

b) Several attempts to repair and open the branch were unsuccessful due to repeated break-ins. This is despite security guards being deployed to secure the premises. Due to the above factors, the continued trading at this Post Office is under review and a decision will be made in due course. (Customers who require Post Office services may utilise the Buffalo Flats Post Office which is 4.5 kms away from the Pefferville Post Office)

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

04 March 2021 - NW173

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Faber, Mr WF to ask the Minister of Communications

(a) What total number of buildings and/or premises are currently utilised by the SA Post Office under lease agreements and (b) at what total cost?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SAPO as follows:

a) SAPO is currently renting 1 110 premises from landlords and is currently considering ownership option in some areas and releasing some where they are under-utilised.

b) Currently, the total rental bill is approximately R30 million per month.

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

25 February 2021 - NW192

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Communications

With reference to her reply to question 2995 on 6 January 2021, what total number of (a) persons paid their TV licences in (i) 2017-18, (ii) 2018-19 and (iii) 2019-20 financial years and (b) accounts were sent out via (i) mail, (ii) sms and (iii) email in each financial year?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SABC as follows:

(a)

Financial Year

Business Licence

Dealer Licence

Concessionary Licence

Domestic (Normal)

Total

2017 - 2018

37 003

4 079

514 653

2 181 630

2 737 365

2018 - 2019

36 400

4 007

461 621

2 265 324

2 767 352

2019 - 2020

29 522

3 418

393 963

1 896 586

2 323 489

(b)

Financial Year

E-mails

SMS

Mailed letters

2017 - 2018

23 846 458

103 909 803

372

2018 - 2019

23 793 849

82 655 991

0

2019 - 2020

8 025 851

28 055 096

0

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

25 February 2021 - NW186

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

(1)    What number of post offices have electronic National Traffic Information System (e-NATIS) vehicle licence machines? (2) Whether staff are trained on the use of the e-NATIS machines; if not, why not; if so, what (a) number of people are trained in this regard in each branch and (b) is the nature of the training?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SAPO as follows:

1. There are 520 Post Offices nationally across the Provinces, except for the Western Cape (which SAPO does not service currently) that have e-Natis with a current total of 580 machines.

2. Yes, staff are trained on the use of e-Natis machines.

(a) Approximately 2080 staff were trained nationally with a minimum of at least 2 per branch.

(b) Training needs change continually based on specific operational requirements and with the service offerings of the respective branch that are based on specific provincial negotiated agreements. Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal and North West have a combination of full service and renewals. SAPO also has a supervisor and teller functions per branch as per e-Natis requirements.

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

25 February 2021 - NW185

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

With reference to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa and the annual renewal of certain electronic communication licences that were awarded and for which payment was made on 28 July 2020, but have not been received (details furnished), (a) on what date(s) were the specified licences issued for 2020, (b) on what date can the clients expect to receive the licences and (c) by what means are actual licences delivered to successful applicants?

Reply:

I have been advised by the ICASA as follows:

License Numbers

District Monitoring-License numbers 545-461-2 and 552-562-1

District Watch-License numbers 493-819-8, 145-617-2 and 483-730

District Bassetti-License numbers 532-539-4

a) ICASA issued all invoices for the annual Radio Frequency Spectrum (RFS) licence fees in respect of the RFS licences for the 2020-21 financial year on 22 July 2020. A batch of RFS Licences – including those held by District Watch, District Basset and District Monitoring - were printed on 29 November 2020.

b) The printed RFS licences are posted to licensees by the Authority’s service provider via unregistered postage. However, in light of the question posed it is apparent that the licensees may not have received their licences via post. The Authority will contact the licensees to arrange a reprint of the RFS licences for delivery or collection by the licensees at the Authority’s offices.

c) As stated above, printed RFS licences are posted to licensees by a service provider via unregistered postage. The Authority has however, noted the inefficiencies of this process and is currently implementing a new system (an Automated Spectrum Management System (“ASMS”)) for the processing of applications / renewals and delivery of RFS licences.

The ASMS system provides an online portal for receipt of – amongst others - new and renewal applications. The ASMS automatically sends invoices for administrative and licence fees via e-mail to the applicants as required. The system also automatically issues the RFS licences and e-mails them to successful applicants once processing and verification processes have been finalised. Going forward – with effect from 1 April 2021 - licensees will be able to download copies of their licenses from the ASMS and will no longer require the Authority to post licenses.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

06 January 2021 - NW2600

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entities reporting to her sponsored any events over the past two financial years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each case, what (i) was the nature of the specified event, (ii) date was it held, (ii) total amount was paid, (iv) was the purpose of the event, (v) budget were the funds derived from, (vi) were the expected benefits to her department and (vii) actual benefits were derived from the specified sponsorship?

Reply:

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

DEPARTMENT:

(a) None

(i) Not Applicable

(ii) Not Applicable

(iii) Nil

(iv) Not Applicable

(v) Not Applicable

(vi) Not Applicable

(vii) Not Applicable

(b) The South African Post Office; Postbank; South African Broadcasting Corporation; Film and Publication Board and NEMISA did not sponsor any event in the last two financial years.

Broadband Infraco (BBI) does not actively sponsor events, however it does entertain sponsorships, if able to, that are aligned with the BBI mandate and are developmental oriented and enable a platform for engaging with their customers.

The Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) did not sponsor any events in the 2018/2019 financial year, however it did in 2019/20.

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) did not sponsor any events in the past two financial years, however it supported the Department in the ITU campaign in 2018. South Africa was voted back into the ITU Council following a four-year absence. This event was funded from the International Relations Conferences Budget as it was in line with the mandate of ICASA.

Entity

(i)Nature

(ii)Date held

(iii)Total Amount Paid

(iv)Purpose

(v)Budget funds derived from

(vi)Expected Benefits

(vii)Actual Benefits derived

BBI

SITA GovTech Golf Day

26 October 2019

R26 086

The event provided a platform for networking with ICT industry executives, suppliers and stakeholders, including the shareholder and other regulatory bodies.

Own generated funds were used, as BBI does not receive any Treasury allocations

N/A

The expected benefits were achieved during the event.

State Information Technology Agency

(SITA)

Conference specifically targets SMMEs.

3 – 4 April 2018

Trade Zone 123 t/a Imbizo Events

R216 600.00

SMME in ICT and Expo Summit

SITA 2018/19 BUDGET

None

 
 

A biannual conference hosted by ARMSCO, DoD and SITA

18 May 2018

Military Basis Wonderboom Fonds 

R82 500.00

MICSSA Conference

SITA 2018/19 BUDGET

None

 
 

ICT Publication. Provides SITA profiling in the ICT industry

13 June 2018

My Broadband Events

R172 500.00

MyBroadband Cloud Conference 2018

SITA 2018/19 BUDGET

None

 
 

SITA invited to represent Public Sector ICT

19 – 20 June 2018

Manufacturing Indaba

R230 000.00

Manufacturing Indaba 2018

SITA 2018/19 BUDGET

None

 
 

Stakeholder Relations

5 October 2018

SENTECH SOC LTD

R65 000.00

SENTECH Chairperson’s Charity Golf Day

SITA 2018/19 BUDGET

None

 
 

Stakeholder Relations

29 October 2018

MSG IT Solutions

R50 000.00

Woman in ICT Conference /Awards

SITA 2018/19 BUDGET

None

 
 

Customer Relations

31 October –

3 November 2018

Kimberley Golf Club

R35 200.00

Barney Barnato Golf Tournament

SITA 2018/19 budget

   
 

Annual ICT Summit hosted in the Eastern Cape, SITA exhibited services and a speaking opportunity as the Lead ICT Agency for Government

20 - 22 November 2018

Trade Zone 123 t/a Imbizo Events R552 000

Eastern Cape 14th Annual ICT Summit 2018

SITA 2018/19 budget

None

 
 

Annual ICT Summit hosted in the Eastern Cape, SITA exhibited services and speaking opportunity as the Lead ICT Agency for Government

20 – 21 November 2019

Trade Zone 123 t/a Imbizo Events R287 500

Eastern Cape 15th Annual ICT Summit 2019

SITA 2019/20 budget

None

 

ICASA

SA Reception

02 November 2018

R 300 000

To ensure that delegates were able to hear the SA proposal to be voted back into the ITU Council as well as Board Member for the Radio Regulations Board (RRB)

International Relations Conferences Budget

SA to be voted back into the ITU Council

SA was voted back into the ITU Council following a four year absence

Sentech

Attached as Annexure

           

USAASA

SITA

GovTech

2019

conference

to be held

at the Durban ICC

27 – 30

October

2019

R 145 000.00

The Conference

bringing together

Government, Industry

and Business on a

multi-layered

engagement. SITA provides a platform

that not only

showcases the latest

technologies,

solutions and trends,

but also brings

together diverse

stakeholders across

the public and private

sectors.

Stakeholder

Engagement

and

Communications

The conference

assists USAASA

to build

successful private

public partnership

for USAF projects that are

implemented by

the Agency

through

exhibition,

attendance of

sessions and

networking

opportunities.

Sponsorship

through

Exhibition space

and Marketing

opportunity pre,

during and post conference

 

The 15th

Annual ICT

Summit

hosted by

Imbizo

Events at

the East

London International Convention Centre

in East

London,

Eastern

Cape

19 - 21

November

2019

R 30 000.00

The Summit is a

platform that aims to

showcase the latest

trends and discuss

solutions and issues,

innovative ideas, and

online

communications

within the industry

across South Africa

with a focus on the

Eastern Cape

Stakeholder

Engagement

and

Communications

The Agency has

interests in ICT

Solutions

highlighting latest

developments,

policies and

growth in the ICT

Industry to

develop South

Africa, As such

this summit

provides an

opportunity to

network with

Government, the

public sector

Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and Private

Sector to solicit

partnerships for

projects in the

Eastern Cape

Sponsorship

through

Exhibition space

Networking and

Marketing

opportunity pre,

during and post

Summit

zaDNA

iWeek

21-23 August 2018

26-28 August 2019

R 49 205.87

For ZADNA to market its services to the core internet audience (stakeholders)

in South Africa

ZADNA’s annual iWeek budget item

Yes

Yes

Notes: (vii) SITA - Note that whereas the activity is called sponsorship, it is actually payment for participation in the event, by exhibition of services, attendance of the event, in most cases summits or conferences by SITA representatives and SITA’s speaking slot and branding. The events are strategically targeted and aimed at promoting SITA services and the brand.

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

04 January 2021 - NW3021

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What is the justification of (a) charging persons with mobile devices the cost of a television (TV) licence and (b) transferring all the income of TV licences derived from mobile devices to the SA Broadcasting Corporation?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

On 09 September 2020, Cabinet, approved the publication of the Draft White Paper on Audio and Audio-Visual Content Services Policy Framework: A New Vision for South Africa 2020, for public consultation and comments. The department has since gazetted the Draft White Paper (No. 43797, Vol. 664) for public comments which has now been extended till 15 February 2021 to give the stakeholders enough time to engage with the complex proposals raised within the Policy Framework.

Section 4.2.2.3. of the draft White Paper, with reference to the SABC and licence matters propose that:

”provisions of the financial matters and staffing of the Corporation are necessary, although they require review and consequential amendments to the TV licence fee section to broaden the definition and collection system for television licences and to strengthen enforcement mechanisms and penalties of non-payment”.

Achievement of the above will be determined by the submissions expected from all South Africans towards the draft White Paper.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

28 December 2020 - NW2547

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether her department awarded any tenders to any non-South African companies (a) in the past three financial years and (b) since 1 April 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) is the name of each business to whom the tender was awarded, (b) is the name of the country where each company is based, (c) is the amount of each tender that was awarded to each specified company and (d) was the service and/or product that was supplied by each business?

Reply:

I was advised by the department as follows:

1. (a) No, there were no tenders awarded in the past three financial years.

(b) No. No tenders were awarded to any non-South African companies since 1

April 2020.

(c) Not applicable.

(d) Not applicable.

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

24 December 2020 - NW2229

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

With reference to investigations conducted into governance and corruption in her department and all the entities reporting to her, what is the (a) total number of investigations that were referred to the (i) SA Police Service and (ii) National Prosecuting Authority, (b) date on which each specified case was handed over, (c)(i) status of each specified investigation and (ii) docket number for each investigation and (d) total number of cases that are being prosecuted?

Reply:

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

DEPARTMENT

(a)(i) Nil

(a)(ii) Nil

ENTITIES:

NEMISA, Broadband Infraco, Film and Publication Board, ICASA, Post Bank, ZADNA,

(a)(i) Nil

(a)(ii) Nil

South African Post Office (SAPO)

(a)(i) One incident of alleged corruption in relation to IT Software procurement was referred to South African Police Service

(a)(ii) No incident was reported to National Prosecuting Authority

(b) SA Police Service: 05 July 2017

(c)(i) The case is still under SA Police Service investigation.

(c)(ii) SA Police Service: Lyttleton CAS 200/07/2017

(d) There are no prosecutions as yet. The case is still being investigated by the SA Police Service.

South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)

(a)(i) one (1) case was referred to the SA Police Service

(a)(ii) No incident was reported to National Prosecuting Authority

(b) Brixton SAPS Case 341/11/2019, the case was transferred to the Camps Bay SAPS jurisdiction where the crime was committed on 12/12/2019, Case 69/11/2019

(c)(i) The case is still under investigation.

(c)(ii) Case 69/11/2019

(d) One (1) Case

SENTECH

There is one case referred to the SAPS in April 2020, the case is still ongoing and the Station is Honeydew. The case number is CAS 456/04/2020, the matter to be referred to the National Prosecuting Authority by SAPS for decision.

State Information Technology Agency SOC (Ltd) (SITA)

(a)(i) 2017/2018: eight (8) case investigations were referred to the SAPS

2018/2019: one (1) case investigation was referred to the SAPS

2019/2020: one (1) case investigation was referred to the SAPS

2020/2021: one (1) case in progress

A total of ten (10) cases were reported to SAPS

(a)(ii) No case was referred to the National Prosecuting Authority.

(b) Date upon which case handed over

(c)(i) status of each specified investigation

(ii) docket number for each investigation

(d) total number of cases that are being prosecuted

August 2017

Under Investigation

Brooklyn Cas 408/8/2017

No cases are currently being prosecuted

September 2017

Under Investigation

Brooklyn Cas 318/9/2017

 

August 2017

Under Investigation

Brooklyn Cas 359/8/2017

 

June 2017

Under Investigation

Brooklyn Cas 22/6/2017

 

October 2017

Under Investigation

Brooklyn Cas 258/10/2017

 

May 2017

Under Investigation

Brooklyn Cas 146/5/2017

 

September 2017

Unable to contact Investigation Officer to be determined

Pietermaritzburg Cas 748/9/2017

 

October 2017

Unable to contact Investigation Officer to be determined

Brooklyn Cas 232/10/2017

 

May 2017

Under Investigation

Sunnyside Cas 334/5/2018

 

December 2017

Under Investigation

DPCI H/O Enquiry no. 1/12/2019

 

Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA)_

1. (a) Total number of total number of investigations that were referred to the:

(i) SA Police Services

(ii) National Prosecuting Authority

Date of which each specified case was handed over

Status of each specified investigation

Docket number of each investigation

Total number of cases that are being prosecuted

USAASA is not aware of any being reported to the SAPS.

One (1)

The proclamation was dated March 2014

SIU report was dated 16 April 2018

USAASA does not have this information

USAASA is not aware of any.

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

24 December 2020 - NW741

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

(1)What total number of (a) international and (b) domestic hotel bookings did her department make for (i) her and (ii) the Deputy Minister since they were appointed as members of the Executive; (2) what was the (a) date, (b) name of the hotel and (c) cost in respect of each booking?

Reply:

1. (a) Total number of international hotel bookings for the:

(i) Minister: 29

(ii) Deputy Minister: 11

(b) Total number of domestic hotel bookings for the:

(i) Minister: 241

(ii) Deputy Minister: 47

2. (a) Refer to the attached document.

(b) Refer to the attached document.

(c) Refer to the attached document.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

     

24 December 2020 - NW2941

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Communications

What was the total number of branches of the SA Post Office in each year from 2015 to 2020 (a) nationally and (b) in each province?

Reply:

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

(a) and (b)

Provinces

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

CURRENT

(from April 2020)

Eastern Cape

354

342

326

323

319

311

Free State

158

153

140

140

139

136

Gauteng

364

354

350

343

328

309

KwaZulu-Natal

329

320

310

310

307

277

Limpopo

326

324

260

259

259

255

Mpumalanga

192

194

206

207

207

205

Northern Cape

142

134

130

130

130

130

North West

262

247

209

209

207

206

Western Cape

321

300

288

288

284

279

Total

2 448

2 368

2 209

2 209

2 180

2 108

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

24 December 2020 - NW2601

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entities reporting to her sponsored any non-governmental organisations in the past two financial years; if not, what is the position in this regards; if so, for each specified organisation, what (i) was the monetary value of each sponsorship and (ii) were the reasons behind the awarding of the specified sponsorship?

Reply:

I was advised by the Department and Entities as follows:

1. (a)   No, the department did not sponsor any non-governmental organisation in the past two financial years.

    1. Nil
    2. Not Applicable

(b) Entities:

The Postbank, South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Broadband Infraco (BBI), Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA), State Information Technology Agency (SITA), Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), Nemisa and South African Post Office (SAPO) did not sponsor any non-governmental organisation in the past two financial years.

Entity

Name of NGO

(i)Monetary Value

(ii)Reasons behind awarding

Film and Publication Board (FPB)

WebRangers Cyber Safety Project

2018/19:

R 346 166

 

The project is aligned with the Film and Publication Board’s mandate to protect the public, and especially children, from exposure to harmful content. The WebRangers project aims to create a cadre of cyber safety leaders and ambassadors amongst the youth of South Africa that are empowered on safe usage of the digital space. These youth leaders are equipped and developed during the year-long programme to bring the message of cyber security and cyber safety into their communities through peer-to-peer education. The project runs in 4 Provinces (Gauteng; Western Cape; North West and Limpopo).

 

2019/20

R 395 000

 

zaDNA

iWeek

2018/19 and

2019/20

R 49 205.87

To enable ZADNA to market its services to the core internet audience (stakeholders) in South Africa.

Sentech

2018/19

Itlotleng Early Learning Centre and

Sithandiwe Disabled Care Centre

Kutlwanong Centre for Maths, Science and Technology

2019/20

1. Makana Rape Survivors Support Group

2. Cuddles and Care ECD Centre)

R 235 000

R 3 000 000

R 470 000

Charity Golf Day (Funds were raised externally and divided between the two beneficiaries).

Maths and Science Centre - CSI Project

Charity Golf Day (Funds were raised externally and divided between two beneficiaries each awarded R 235 000).

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

18 December 2020 - NW2674

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether, with regard to reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) News Division has spent R1,8 million on bulletproof vests for staff, she will furnish Ms L van der Merwe with the relevant details as to (a) on what date the vests were deemed necessary equipment for SABC staff, (b) which company received the tender, (c) the total number of vests that were purchased, (d) the total cost per unit vest and (e) which staff members the vests were assigned to; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) Whether she will confirm that the SABC incurred an R11 million independent contractors wage bill for its News Division for July 2020 alone, which constitutes a R4 million increase from the previous month; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details in this regard, (b) is it the case that the SABC cannot function and/or execute its mandate with its current staff complement only and (c) what is the SABC’s total spend on independent contractors from 1 April 2020 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; (3) what is the (a) SABC’s total legal bill as at the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) total breakdown of amounts spent per legal firm; (4) whether, with regard to the lockdown period, wherein the SABC News Division made use of the Nasrec facilities for a period of five months for the rental fee of R1 million a month (details furnished), she will justify the overspending during a time where austerity measures should have been the primary motivator behind spending; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details; (5) what measures has she put in place to ensure that the low staff morale at the SABC is addressed?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SABC as follows:

(1)(a) The signed Business Case was received by SCM on the 9 March 2018. This is a date in which vests were deemed necessary equipment for staff in the SABC News Division.

(1)(b) Mayehlome Communications

(1)(c) A total of 100 vests with various sizes were purchased

(1)(d)

 

Bullet proof vest Sizes

Number

Price per Unit (Excl. VAT)

Price per Unit (Incl. VAT)

Total Price

Medium

25

R9,305.88

R10,701.76

R267,544.05

Large

25

R9,667.35

R11,117.45

R277,936.31

X-Large

25

R10,175.28

R11,701.57

R292,539.30

XX-Large

25

R10,978.53

R12,625.31

R315,632.74

TOTAL PRICE

     

R1,153,652.40

(1)(e) The vests are to be distributed equitably to all SABC News offices and not assigned to individual reporters.

(2) Yes, the wage bill for July 2020 was R11 million which was R9 million actual paid, plus a further R2 million for accrued expenses and not R4 million as alleged.

(2)(a) During the hard lockdown period, journalists were complemented by the independent contractors, and this is the period that more COVID-19 cases were reported in the News Division, and freelancers were utilised.

(2)(b) The nature of the SABC news operation is such that services of independent contractors are indispensable.

(2)(c) The total independent contractors spend from April to October 2020 is R58.4 million.

(3)(a) Total = R65 351 000.00

(3)(b) Total breakdown is as per attached Annexure A.

4. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the SABC used the Nasrec Sentech DR site for a period of about 6 months free of charge. This was the agreement between SABC and Sentech which was extended to the end of September 2020.

5. The SABC has a Wellness Centre which conducts wellness programmes for all SABC employees.  Individual counselling is also available for employees with such needs.  An assistance programme will be rolled out for all employees affected by the Labour Relations Act section 189 process. 

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

18 December 2020 - NW2173

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Marawu, Ms TL to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether, based on Mr Edwin Sodi’s recent testimony at the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector including Organs of State, which implicated her Deputy Minister as a beneficiary of Mr Sodi’s company, her Deputy Minister declared the funds she had received in accordance with the requirements of the Executive Members’ Ethics Act, Act 82 of 1998, to the Registrar of Members’ Interests in Parliament; if not, what (a) total number of contracts have been awarded to Mr Sodi’s company under her leadership in her (i) previous and (ii) current executive position and (b) is the monetary value of each specified contract so awarded?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Deputy Minister as follows:

a) No payments were made in the current financial year as well as in the previous financial years.

b) Not applicable.

 

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

18 December 2020 - NW2424

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

1. What total number of (a) national and/or provincial departments, (b) municipalities and (c) state entities owe money to the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC); 2. what is the name of each specified (a) department, (b) municipality and/or (c) state entity that owes money to the SABC; 3. (a) what total amount is owed in each case, (b) what is the nature of each specified debt, (c) for how long has each debt been outstanding and (d) what plans are in place to recover each debt owed?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SABC as follows:

1. Government departments owe money to two divisions of the SABC that is TV Licences and Advertising. The following is in accordance with the TV Licence database:

(1)(a) A total of 20 National departments have outstanding TV licence fees balances. 126 Provincial departments have outstanding licence fees,

(1)(b) A total of 249 municipality accounts owe television licence fees

(1)(c) A total of 57 SOEs have outstanding TV licence fees on their accounts.

The following with regard to SABC Sales (Advertising):

National Department: 3

Provincial Departments: 24

Municipalities: 6

SOEs: 8

(2)(a) National/Provincial Departments

Department

Segments

Province

Government Communications

National

National

National Department of Health

National

National

Department of Trade and Industry

National

National

Department of Education Polokwane

Provincial

Limpopo

Free State Department of Health

Provincial

Free State

KZN Department of Health

Provincial

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Department of Education and North West

Provincial

North West

Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature

Provincial

Eastern Cape

Free State Department of Provincial Treasury

Provincial

Free State

Department of Health North West

Provincial

North West

KZN Department of Transport

Provincial

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Department of Public Works Polokwane

Provincial

Limpopo

Department of Community Safety and Liaison

Provincial

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Department of Co-operative Governance - KZN

Provincial

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Kwa-Zulu Natal Education Department

Provincial

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Department of Health Mmabatho

Provincial

Kwa-Zulu Natal

The office of the Premier KZN

Provincial

Kwa-Zulu Natal

KZN Provincial Treasury

Provincial

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Premiers Office Mpumalanga

Provincial

Mpumalanga

Eastern Cape Provincial Treasury

Provincial

Eastern Cape

North West Legislature

Provincial

North West

Department Sport, Art and Culture - Mpumalanga

Provincial

Mpumalanga

Department of Human Settlements KZN

Provincial

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Department of Agriculture KZN

Provincial

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Department of Social Development KZN

Provincial

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Department of Agriculture Mpumalanga

Provincial

Mpumalanga

Department of Human Settlements Mpumalanga

Provincial

Mpumalanga

(b) Municipalities

Department

Segments

Province

Ethekwini Municipality

Municipality

Kwa-Zulu natal

Mopani District Municipality

Municipality

Limpopo

Thabo Mofutsanyana District

Municipality

Free State

Umzinyathi District Council

Municipality

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Maluti A Phofung Local Municipality

Municipality

Free State

Nkangala District Municipality

Municipality

Mpumalanga

(c) State Owned Entities

Names

Segments

Province

Compensation Funds Pty Ltd

SOE

National

Legal Aid South Africa

SOE

National

South African Social Security Agency

SOE

National

Sassa Province of the Eastern

SOE

Eastern Cape

Western Cape Conservation Board

SOE

Western Cape

Small Enterprise Finance Agency Ltd

SOE

National

Ithala Soc Ltd

SOE

Kwazulu Natal

Auditor-General

SOE

National

3. (a) TV License

Departments

Amount Owe

National Departments

R1 688 295.30

Provincial Departments

R18 694 129.47

Municipalities

R6 302 170.10

SOEs

R1 595 601.76

 

Sales Advertising

Departments

Amount Owe

National Departments

R13,139,832

Provincial Departments

R 9,221,629

Municipalities

R 2,343,711

SOEs

R 4,535,975

(b) The debt is for TV licence and sales (Advertising)

(c) Sales Advertising

 

Department

Segment

PROVINCE

TERMS

Total Outstanding

Ethekwini Municipality

Municipality

Kwa-Zulu Natal

30 days

1,179,182

Mopani District Municipality

Municipality

Limpopo

30 days

950,000

Thabo Mofutsanyana District

Municipality

Free State

30 days

89,944

Umzinyathi District Council

Municipality

Kwa-Zulu Natal

30 days

58,538

Maluti A Phofung Local Municipality

Municipality

Free State

30 days

54,165

Nkangala District Municipality

Municipality

Mpumalanga

30 days

11,881

Total Municipality

     

2,343,711

Government Communication And

National

National

30 Days

12,272,622

National Department of Health

National

National

30 Days

840,823

Department of Trade and Industry

National

National

30 Days

26,388

Total National Departments

     

13,139,832

Department of Education Polokwane

Provincial

Limpopo

30 days

1,904,762

Free State Department of Health

Provincial

Free State

30 days

862,500

KZN Department of Health Communication

Provincial

Kwazulu Natal

30 days

708,996

Department of Education and North West

Provincial

North West

30 days

701,247

Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature

Provincial

Eastern Cape

30 days

659,749

Free State Department Of Provincial Treasury

Provincial

Free State

30 days

575,000

Department of Health North West

Provincial

North West

30 days

453,282

KZN Department of Transport

Provincial

Kwa-Zulu Natal

30 days

421,274

Department of Public Works Polokwane

Provincial

Limpopo

30 days

416,566

Department of Community Safety and Liaison

Provincial

Kwa-Zulu Natal

30 days

405,375

Department of Co-operative Governance - KZN

Provincial

Kwa-Zulu Natal

30 days

381,967

Kwa-Zulu Natal Education Department

Provincial

Kwa-Zulu Natal

30 days

373,371

Department of Health Mmabatho

Provincial

Kwa-Zulu Natal

30 days

215,296

The Office of the Premier KZN

Provincial

Kwa-Zulu Natal

30 days

186,818

KZN Provincial Treasury

Provincial

Kwa-Zulu Natal

30 days

163,254

Premiers Office Mpumalanga

Provincial

Mpumalanga

30 days

158,107

Eastern Cape Provincial Treasury

Provincial

Eastern Cape

30 days

126,500

North West Legislature

Provincial

North West

30 days

105,727

Department Sport, Art And Culture - Mpumalanga

Provincial

Mpumalanga

30 days

97,257

Department of Human Settlements KZN

Provincial

Kwa-Zulu Natal

30 days

91,931

Department of Agriculture KZN

Provincial

Kwa-Zulu Natal

30 days

82,189

Department of Social Development KZN

Provincial

Kwa-Zulu Natal

30 days

65,723

Department of Agriculture Mpumalanga

Provincial

Mpumalanga

30 days

51,957

Department of Human Settlements Mpumalanga

Provincial

Mpumalanga

30 days

12,782

Total Provincial Departments

     

9,221,629

Compensation Funds Pty Ltd

SOE

National

30 days

3,760,219

Legal Aid South Africa

SOE

National

30 days

359,649

South African Social Security Agency

SOE

National

30 days

172,638

SASSA Province Of The Eastern

SOE

Eastern Cape

30 days

96,773

Western Cape Conservation Board

SOE

Western Cape

30 days

56,870

Small Enterprise Finance Agency Ltd

SOE

National

30 days

36,819

Ithala SOC Ltd

SOE

Kwazulu Natal

30 days

29,360

Auditor General

SOE

National

30 days

23,649

Total SOE

     

4,535,975

TOTAL ALL GOVERNMENT

     

29,241,147

Note: For more information of sales (advertising) attached is the spreadsheet

Attached is a PDF documents with regards to how long is the TV license debt outstanding

(d) The SABC continues to follow its collection processes to collect outstanding debts by communicating these balances to the departments and SOEs. However, “special” additional campaigns commenced in the month of October with priority on SOEs. Intervention through the Group Chief Executive Officer’s communique is planned for distribution in the months to follow to all the departments and municipalities.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

18 December 2020 - NW2673

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether, with regard to the urgent need to restore financial stability at the public broadcaster, as well as the abrupt departure of a former manager (name furnished) in 2013 who left the employ of the SA Broadcasting Corporation within only a 24-hour notice under a cloud of financial mismanagement, an investigation was ever conducted into the allegation that the specified former manager employed and paid approximately 31 ghost employees for a period of two years; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SABC as follows:

The SABC confirms that Mr Manamela left the employ of the SABC in 2013. He resigned with immediate effect and stated reasons for leaving as career progression. Furthermore, the SABC confirms that no investigation was ever conducted against Mr Manamela. The SABC has no record of an allegation or complaint of the 31 ghost employees as stated in the question.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

18 December 2020 - NW2698

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Communications

With reference to a certain post (details furnished) within the Department of Communications being filled by a Ms Kamogelo Mgotsi, what (a) is the level of the specified position and (b) level was the specified person appointed at?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:-

The person in question is not an employee of the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

18 December 2020 - NW2767

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Communications

(1)Which public relations (PR) company has been hired to clean up the image of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC); (2)(a) what is the total monetary value of the specified contract and (b) why was it deemed necessary to hire a PR company to do work for the SABC considering that the SABC does have an internal PR component and personnel; (3) Whether proper procurement processes were followed to appoint the specified PR company; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SABC as follows:

(1) PR WORX

(2)(a) R2,3 million including VAT

(2)(b) To further add to the SABC’s turnaround strategy, addressing and better managing its reputation and corporate image is a priority for the broadcaster. The SABC therefore sought a suitably qualified and competent firm as the reputation management; corporate image building; and market research services that the SABC required, were not available from an internal skillset and resource perspective.

(3) Proper procurement processes were duly followed to appoint the PR company. The SABC went on an open and competitive tender via the SABC website and E-tender portal. A compulsory briefing session took place with all interested agencies on 20 February 2020. The tender closed on 4 March 2020. The evaluation process commenced on 10 March 2020. All due diligence was performed and only when the SABC was satisfied that it had found a suitable service provider that understood the scope of work, and possessed the necessary experience to effectively execute the stipulated reputation mandate, was the contract awarded on 29 June 2020. The SABC then entered into an agreement with PR Worx as the agency of choice on 2 July 2020 for a 12-month period.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

17 December 2020 - NW1793

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

(1)What total number of executive management positions are currently (a) vacant and/or (b) filled by a person in an acting capacity in (i) her department, (ii) the SA Broadcasting Corporation and (iii) each of the entities reporting to her; (2) (a) on what date was each specified position (i) vacated and (ii) filled by a person in an acting capacity and (b) what are the reasons for the (i) resignation, (ii) dismissal, (iii) suspension and (iv) special leave that resulted in the position becoming vacant in each case?

Reply:

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

Department of Communications and Digital Technologies

(1)(a)(i) 3

(1)(b)(i) 4

(2)

POSITION (a)

DATE VACATED

(i)

DATE FILLED BY A PERSON IN AN ACTING CAPACITY

(ii)

REASONS FOR RESIGNATION

(b)(i)

REASONS FOR DISMISSAL

(b)(ii)

REASONS FOR SUSPENSION

(b)(iii)

REASONS FOR SPECIAL LEAVE

(b)(iv)

Director-General: Communications and Digital Technologies (New)

The post of DG: DCDT is new from 1 April 2020 following the merger of the DoC and DCDT

1/4/2020

(Post was advertised and recruitment process has commenced)

Transferred to another Government Department

N/A

N/A

N/A

DDG: ICT Policy and Strategy

1/7/2015

15/8/2015

(Post was advertised and recruitment process has commenced)

N/A

Found guilty of misconduct at disciplinary hearing and was dismissed.

N/A

N/A

CD: Postal Services

1/4/2017

1/4/2018 to 31/3/2020

Appointed in a higher post in another Government Department

N/A

N/A

N/A

CD: Communications and Marketing

27/6/2014

N/A

(Post was advertised and recruitment process is pending)

N/A

Found guilty of misconduct at disciplinary hearing and was dismissed.

N/A

N/A

CD: SOE Communication and Branding

03/08/2018

06/08/2018 to 05/08/2019

Appointed in a State-Owned Entity

N/A

N/A

N/A

ENTITIES:

SENTECH

(1)(a)(iii) Three (3)

(b)(iii) Three (3) Chief Financial Officer; Executive: Finance; and Executive: Broadband.

(2)

POSITION (a)

DATE VACATED

(i)

DATE FILLED BY A PERSON IN AN ACTING CAPACITY

(ii)

REASONS FOR RESIGNATION

(b)(i)

REASONS FOR DISMISSAL

(b)(ii)

REASONS FOR SUSPENSION

(b)(iii)

REASONS FOR SPECIAL LEAVE

(b)(iv)

Chief Financial Officer

30/04/2020

1/5/2020

Career growth

N/A

N/A

N/A

Executive: Finance

30/11/2019

01/12/2019

Career growth

N/A

N/A

N/A

Executive: Broadband

New position created in 2019

18/06/2019

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

NEMISA

None

BBI

(1)(a)(i)(ii) One (1) i.e. the Company Secretary

(2)(b)(i) (ii) (iii) (iv) The position of Company Secretary became vacant after 31 August 2019, following the resignation of the incumbent. (b) (ii) The position was filled by an External Attorney (“Juristic Person”) from 1 November 2019 to 31 May 2020 following an Open Tender process. When the contract for the External Attorney came to an end, the tender was re-advertised as per the requirements of the PFMA and National Treasury regulations. The tender closed on 22 June 2020, and the adjudication is in progress to appoint a new External Attorney as the Company Secretary (“Juristic Person”), for a 12-month period.

POSITION (a)

DATE VACATED

(i)

DATE FILLED BY A PERSON IN AN ACTING CAPACITY

(ii)

REASONS FOR RESIGNATION

(b)(i)

REASONS FOR DISMISSAL

(b)(ii)

REASONS FOR SUSPENSION

(b)(iii)

REASONS FOR SPECIAL LEAVE

(b)(iv)

Company Secretary

2019-08-31

2019-11-01

Resignation pending Disciplinary Enquiry (Poor performance and absenteeism were the main charges)

N/A

 

N/A

Executive Human Resources

2020-08-31

2020-09-01

End of Contract - Retirement

N/A

N/A

N/A

ICASA

  1. (a)(i)(iii) 5 (five)

POSITION (a)

DATE VACATED

(i)

DATE FILLED BY A PERSON IN AN ACTING CAPACITY

(ii)

REASONS FOR RESIGNATION

(b)(i)

REASONS FOR DISMISSAL

(b)(ii)

REASONS FOR SUSPENSION

(b)(iii)

REASONS FOR SPECIAL LEAVE

(b)(iv)

Executive Corporate Services

01 July 2020

01 July 2020

(Post was advertised, and recruitment process has commenced)

N/A

(End of contract)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Chief Financial Officer

16 March 2020 due to suspension

17 March to 04 September 2020

N/A the incumbent CFO is back at work

N/A.

Precautionary suspension/leave pending the outcome of disciplinary proceedings that were instituted against him.

N/A

Chief Operations Officer

01/09/2017

N/A position frozen

COO became CEO of ICASA

N/A

N/A

N/A

General Manager: Compliance and Consumer Affairs

01/06/2019

Resignation

Incumbent had eight (8) months remaining of her five (5) contract and opted for early retirement.

N/A

N/A

N/A

SABC

(1) (a)(i)(ii) and (2)(b) (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) One Executive position in the SABC is currently vacant – Group Executive: Governance & Assurance. This position became vacant on 31 January 2019 and was filled by a person in an acting capacity. The position became vacant due to the incumbent being dismissed for incapacity.

USAASA

(1)(a)(iii) Two (2)

(1)(b)(iii) Two (2)

POSITION (a)

DATE VACATED

(i)

DATE FILLED BY A PERSON IN AN ACTING CAPACITY

(ii)

REASONS FOR RESIGNATION

(b)(i)

REASONS FOR DISMISSAL

(b)(ii)

REASONS FOR SUSPENSION

(b)(iii)

REASONS FOR SPECIAL LEAVE

(b)(iv)

Chief financial officer

17/10/2019

18/10/2019

Expiry of contract

N/A

N/A

N/A

Executive Manager: Corporate Services

01/06/2017

01/05/2020

N/A

The Executive Manager: Corporate Services was dismissed based upon a number of charges. However, he was reinstated following a CCMA award, but elected to settle on the remainder of his contract.

N/A

N/A

SITA

(1)(a)(iii) Two (2)

(1)(b)(iii) Two (2)

(2)

POSITION (a)

DATE VACATED

(i)

DATE FILLED BY A PERSON IN AN ACTING CAPACITY

(ii)

REASONS FOR RESIGNATION

(b)(i)

REASONS FOR DISMISSAL

(b)(ii)

REASONS FOR SUSPENSION

(b)(iii)

REASONS FOR SPECIAL LEAVE

(b)(iv)

Executive Strategy Management

Position was created in June 2017 never been filled

01/07/2017

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Executive: Service Management

Position created in 19/02/2020

01/04/2020

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

FPB

(1) (a)(i)(ii) and (2)(b) (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) There is one Executive Vacant Position, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The position is currently filled by the Chief Operations Officer (COO) who is acting as the CEO.

(2)(b)(i)(ii)(iii)(iv) see table below:

POSITION (a)

DATE VACATED

(i)

DATE FILLED BY A PERSON IN AN ACTING CAPACITY

(ii)

REASONS FOR RESIGNATION

(b)(i)

REASONS FOR DISMISSAL

(b)(ii)

REASONS FOR SUSPENSION

(b)(iii)

REASONS FOR SPECIAL LEAVE

(b)(iv)

Chief Executive Officer

December 2017

Secondment from DCDT 03/2017,

Secondment 2018.

Acting 08/ 2018 -12/2019.

January 2020 till present.

N/A

N/A

Allegations of abuse and gross negligence. During the suspension, he resigned.

N/A

ZADNA

(1) (a)(i)(ii) and (2)(b) (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) None

SAPO

(1) (a)(i) Seven (7)

(b)(iii) Seven (7)

(2)(b)(i)(ii)(iii)(iv) see table below:

POSITION

(a)

DATE VACATED

(i)

DATE FILLED BY A PERSON IN AN ACTING CAPACITY

(ii)

REASONS FOR RESIGNATION

(b)(i)

REASONS FOR DISMISSAL(b)(ii)

REASONS FOR SUSPENSION

(b)(iii)

REASONS FOR SPECIAL LEAVE

(b)(iv)

Group Chief Executive Officer

01/08/2019

1/08/2019

4/12/2019

14/09/2020

Early retirement

NA

NA

NA

Chief Operations Officer

01/08/2019

1/08/2019

21/02/2020

NA

NA

To enable independent investigation into serious allegations of misconduct contained in a Whistle Blower Report. Investigation completed and disciplinary processes commenced.

NA

Group Executive Sales

01/06/2018

01/06/2018

Early retirement

NA

NA

NA

Group Executive Governance

01/05/2018

01/07/2018

Voluntary resignation

NA

NA

NA

Groups Executive Strategy & Sustainability

07/07/2018

07/07/2018

Voluntary resignation

NA

NA

NA

Group Executive Human Resources

01/02/2019

01/02/2019

18/09/2019

Voluntary resignation

NA

NA

NA

Group Executive Supply & Chain Management

03/12/2019

05/12/2019

NA

NA

To enable independent investigation into serious allegations of misconduct contained in a Whistle Blower Report. Investigation completed and disciplinary processes commenced.

NA

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

17 December 2020 - NW2634

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether the South African Post Office currently holds and / or has ever held a corporate membership at the Irene Country Club in Tshwane; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details with regards to the (a) date the membership was taken out, (b) duration of the membership and (c) total cost of the membership broken down into annual payments since the inception of the membership?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SAPO as follows:

Yes, the SAPO has held a membership at the Irene Country Club.

a) Initial membership commenced on 30/09/2012

b) The membership was from 30/09/2012 to 01/08/2020, for the approximately 8 years.

c) The total cost broken down into annual payments is as follows:

Year

Amount

Type

2012/2013

R79 036.80

Annual Membership

2013/2014

R87 679.68

Annual Membership

2014/2015

R87 679.68

Annual Membership

2015/2016

R66 112.90

Annual Membership

2016/2017

R71 102.55

Annual Membership

2017/2018

R75 368.70

Annual Membership

2018/2019

R70 079.67

Annual Membership

2019/2020

R80 591.62

Annual Membership

TOTAL

R617 651.60

 

SAPO further wishes to state that the last payment at the Irene Country Estate was in August 2019 and is terminated and will not be renewed under the circumstances.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

17 December 2020 - NW2544

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Communications

With reference to the announcement made by the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, on 9 April 2019 of a 30-member Presidential Fourth Industrial Revolution Commission to provide the Republic with a digital transformation strategy plan, (a) what are the names of the current members of the specified commission, (b) what are the reasons that the commission only present the plan to the President in August 2020 and (c) on what date will her department be presented with the commission’s report?

Reply:

I have been advised as follows:

  1. Names of current members of the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution:
  • Prof. Tshilidzi Marwala
  • Prof. Chris Adendorff
  • Ms Beth Arendse
  • Mr Mpho Dagada
  • Mr Thulani Dlamini
  • Mr Abdul Esakjee
  • Dr Bernard Fanaroff
  • Dr Micheal Gastrow
  • Mr Xolile George
  • Ms Chairmaine Houvet
  • Dr Prince Jaca
  • Mr Tervern Jaftha
  • Mr Shameel Joosub
  • Ms Nomso Kana
  • Ms Marinda Kellerman (resigned)
  • Mr Baxolile Mabinya
  • Mr Rendani Mamphiswana
  • Ms Lindiwe Matlali
  • Ms Busisiwe Mbuyisa
  • Ms Nomvula Mkhonza
  • Mr Vukani Mngxati
  • Mr Joseph Ndaba
  • Dr Nompumelelo Happworth-Obokoh
  • Mr Rendani Ramabulana
  • Dr Leon Rolls
  • Mr Rob Shuter
  • Dr Sibongiseni Thotsejane
  • Mr Aubrey Tsabalala
  • Mr Gerhard van Deventer
  • Mr Ben Venter
  • Ms S’onqoba Vuba

b) Mr Andile NgcabaThe advent of the COVID-19 in March 2020 prompted that the planned presentation to the President in March 2020 be postponed accommodating the availability of the President. The confirmed date for presentation to the President was 06 August 2020. The diagnostic report was also presented to the President on 07 November 2019.

c) The report was presented to the department on 21 January 2020.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

 

17 December 2020 - NW2357

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

(a) What (i) provision has the Post Office made to meet the increase in the numbers of beneficiaries eligible for the Social Relief of Distress Grant payable at the Post Office and (ii) is being done to address the backlog where the Post Office in smaller towns does not have sufficient money to make the payments, (b) which beneficiaries get preference when the cash resources are low and (c) what are the time frames for addressing the backlog of beneficiaries who still have outstanding grants owed to them; (2) whether there is a record of which Post Offices have not been able to meet the demand; if not, why not; if so, what are the names of such Post Offices in each (a) town and (b) province? NW2931E

Reply:

I have been advised by the SAPO as follows:

(1)(a)(i) Available staff members within the SAPO Regions (even from other Business Units) are being utilised to assist with queue management, and the scanning of beneficiaries to ensure that they all have correct SMSes and proper identification documents to speed up the payment process.

(ii) There is no backlog in essence, as all validated beneficiaries (appropriate SMSes and Identification) and the allocated queue numbers (branch capacity) for that specific day are assisted. Cash ordering for payments at branches are done in accordance with predictive models of number of SASSA beneficiaries to collect their payments from the particular Branch on a daily basis. Many clients, however, arrive at Post Offices, having not yet applied for the SRD, not yet approved or prematurely on receipt of only their registration SMSes. The queue management is assisting in this regard and also to educate and inform beneficiaries on what to do.

(b) With the screening of beneficiaries whilst in queue, preference is normally given to those who possess appropriate SMSes to collect their grants. Queue card number systems have also been introduced in Regions which has improved the operations and cash handling and have reduced the influx of beneficiaries without appropriate SMSes.

(c) SRD Grant payments are done continuously throughout the month, except during the first 3–4 days when regular social grants are being paid.

(2)(a)(b) SAPO Branches are generally able to deal with the demand for a specific day, taking into consideration the number of beneficiaries the branch is able to assist per day. Beneficiaries who are not assisted on the day are given a number to return and are then prioritised in the queue. Some SAPO Branches may have been closed due to operational or financial reasons and clients are then referred to the nearest alternative available branches.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

17 December 2020 - NW2311

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether (a) her department and (b) any entities reporting to her paid any bonuses to senior officials in the past two financial years; if so, in each specified case, (i) to whom and (ii) what total amount was paid; (2) whether the specified bonuses were performance-based; if not, what is the justification for each bonus; if so, in each case, from which budget were the performance bonuses paid; (3) whether, in each case, (a) a performance agreement was signed with the official and (b) regular performance assessments were conducted; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

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

As stated in the Annual Reports to Parliament for the said financial years regarding the department and entities, the details of the payments are as per the tables below, namely;

Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services

1(a) 2017/18:

   

(i)To whom

(ii)Amount Paid

(DTPS)

Senior Managers

Yes, cash bonuses were paid to deserving senior managers in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 financial years

Performance bonuses paid for the 2017/18 financial year

The following senior managers received cash bonuses in the 2017/18 financial year:

  • Mr Shelembe O, DDG: ICT Enterprise Development and SOEs Oversight
  • Mr Osman F, Chief Director: Strategic Planning and Monitoring
  • Advocate Lyons-Grootboom S, Chief Director: Legal
  • Ms Maponya C, Director: HRD
  • Ms Beukes T, Director: HRA
  • Mr Wiltz A, Director: ICT Telecommunication and IT
  • Ms Lesufi C, Director: Telecommunications
  • Mr Motlatla JL, Information Technology Policy
  • Mr Mabuza, Director: Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Mr Musetha RD, Chief Director: Broadband Infraco
  • Mr Sono DA, Chief Director: Radio Frequency Spectrum
  • Mr Rabindhnath T, Director: E Skills

The total amount of cash bonuses paid to the senior managers above was R380 565.36 and the budget came from the 1.5% allocated budget from the compensation budget.

2018/2019:

   

(i)To whom

(ii)Amount Paid

DTPS

 

Performance bonuses paid for the 2018/19 financial year

The following senior managers received cash bonuses in the 2018/19 financial year:

  • Mr Mlambo B, Director: Parliamentary and Cabinet Support
  • Ms Sebastian P, Director: Parliament and Cabinet Support
  • Mr Mongala S, Director: Risk Management
  • Mr Osman F, Chief Director: Strategic Planning and Monitoring
  • Mr Maleka SM, Director: Strategic Planning
  • Mr Libago J, Director: Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Advocate Lyons-Grootboom S, Chief Director: Legal
  • Ms Maponya C, Director: HRD
  • Ms Masemola JK, CFO
  • Ms Motswoenyane E, Director: SCM
  • Mr Paterson JG, Director: Organisational Economic Cooperation Development
  • Mr Wiltz A, Director: ICT Telecommunication and IT
  • Ms Lesufi C, Director: Telecommunications
  • Mr Musetha RD, Chief Director: Broadband Infraco
  • Mr Gxotiwe S, Director: Broadband Infraco
  • Ms Langa R, Chief Director: Postal Sector
  • Ms Mandlanga NM, Chief Director: Telecommunications and IT
  • Ms Tsolo, P: Director: SOE Governance and Support
  • Ms Paul M, Chief Director: ICT Macro and Infrastructure Applications
  • Mr Pillay K, Chief Director: Cyber Security Operations
  • Ms Duma G, Director: Intergovernmental Coordination
  • Ms Mallela P, Director: Stakeholder Relations

The total amount of cash bonuses paid to the senior managers above was R499 660.23 and the budget came from the 1.5% allocated budget from the compensation budget.

  1. Yes, the bonuses were performance based. The senior managers were found to have performed above what was expected of them in relation to their signed performance agreements in the Moderation Committee meetings and the payment of incentives was approved by the Minister.

3(a) Yes, all senior managers were assessed based on signed performance agreements and performance assessments.

3(b) Yes, all senior managers who received bonuses had mid-term reviews with their supervisors.

Department of Communications

1(a) 2017/2018:-

   

(i)To whom

(ii)Amount Paid

Department of Communications (DoC)

Senior Managers

Yes, cash bonuses were paid to deserving senior managers in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 financial years

Performance bonuses paid 2017/18 financial year

The following senior managers received cash bonuses in the 2017/18 financial year:

  • Mr Kgarabjang T, Director: Legal Services
  • Mr Nieman F, Director: Financial Administration
  • Ms Phetla K, Director: Director: Strategic Planning and monitoring

The total amount of cash bonuses paid to the senior managers above was R303 455.68 and the budget came from the 1.5% allocated budget from the compensation budget.

2018/2019:-

   

(i)To whom

(ii)Amount Paid

DoC

 

Performance bonuses paid 2018/19 financial year

The following senior managers received cash bonuses in the 2018/19 financial year:

  • Mr Kgarabjang T, Director: Legal Services
  • Ms Mmushi T, Director: Internal Audit

The total amount of cash bonuses paid to the senior managers above was R163 241.04 and the budget came from the 1.5% allocated budget from the compensation budget.

  1. Yes, the bonuses were performance based. The senior managers were found to have performed above what was expected of them in relation to their signed performance agreements in the Moderation Committee meetings and the payment of incentives was approved by the Minister.

3(a) All senior managers were assessed based on signed performance agreements and performance assessments.

3(b) Yes, all senior managers who received bonuses had mid-term reviews against their signed PAs with their supervisors.

State Owned Entities

1(b)

Entity

Financial Year

(i)To whom

(ii)Amount Paid

ZADNA

Yes, for FY 2018/19 only

  • Mr Peter Madavhu
  • Mr Louis Bezuidenhout
  • Ms Hendrina Williams
 
   

TOTAL

R93 979.00

SABC

No

N/A

N/A

Film and Publication Board

(FPB)

Yes, for FY 2018/19

  • Unathi Ndobeni
 
   

TOTAL

R79 743.23

Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)

Yes, FY 2017/2018

  • Gidi Nkhetheleni Norman
  • Sookharan Anneal Kumar
  • Ngwepe Willington Alpheus
  • Van der Walt Maria Elizabeth
  • Nomtshongwana Anele Zandile
  • Maina Leah Watetu
  • Mngomezulu Portia Busisiwe
  • Khumalo Albert Junior
  • Kganakga Magobotla Daniel
 
   

TOTAL 2018

R1 813 700.24

 

Yes, FY 2018/2019

  • Gidi Nkhetheleni Norman
  • Sookharan Anneal Kumar
  • Ngwepe Willington Alpheus
  • Van der Walt Maria Elizabeth
  • Nomtshongwana Anele Zandile
  • Maina Leah Watetu
  • Mngomezulu Portia Busisiwe
  • Khumalo Albert Junior
  • Kganakga Magobotla Daniel
 
   

TOTAL 2019

R2 222 738.77

Broadband Infraco (BBI)

No

N/A

N/A

Nemisa

Yes, FY 2018/19 only

  • Mr Doc Fick
  • Mr Phuthi Phukubje
 
   

TOTAL 2018/19

R 394 326.00

Sentech

Yes, FY 2017/18 &

FY 2018/19

  • Mr Mlamli Booi
  • Mr Tebogo Leshaope
  • Mr Siphamandla Mthethwa
 
   

TOTAL 2017/18 FY

R2 192 805.64

   

TOTAL 2018/19 FY

R3 250 597.17

State Information Technology Agency (SITA)

Yes, 2018/19 only

  • Ms Mimi Le Roux
  • Mr Lance Williams
  • Mr Sidima Ntsangani
  • Mr Ntutule Tshenye
  • Mr Ken Weinand
  • Ms Makgopolo Mkwanazi
  • Mr Setumo Mohapi
 
   

TOTAL

R348 761. 91

Postbank

No

N/A

N/A

USAASA

No

N/A

N/A

SAPO

No

N/A

N/A

2. ZADNA, FPB, ICASA , Nemisa, Sentech, and SITA indicated that the bonuses paid were performance-based. (The question is not applicable to the SABC, BBI, Postbank , USAASA and SAPO as no bonuses were paid during the during the financial years in question)

3(a)&(b) ZADNA, FPB, ICASA, BBI, Nemisa, Sentech and SITA confirmed that performance agreements were signed and regular performance assessments were conducted. (The question is not applicable to the SABC, BBI, Postbank , USAASA and SAPO as no bonuses were paid during the during financial years in question)

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

           

17 December 2020 - NW2310

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

What is the total number of (a) legal matters in which the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) was the defendant in the past two financial years up to the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) the specified legal matters that were dealt with by (i) the State Attorney and (ii) private counsel during the specified periods; (2) what (a) are the reasons that her department was not represented by the State Attorney in each specified case and (b) total amounts were paid by the SABC to (i) the State Attorney and (ii) private counsel during the specified periods?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SABC as follows:

1. (a) 87

(b)(i) 0

(ii) 29

2. (a) There was no reason for the department to be represented in these matters as they related to the operations of the SABC.

(b) (i) 0

(ii) R 65 351 000.00

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

17 December 2020 - NW2309

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

1. With reference to industrial relations of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), which unions are recognised by the SABC management; 2. whether any other unions have not been recognised by the SABC management; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what criteria are used for the recognition of unions; 3. whether the processes in respect of the recognition of unions have been found to be fair and in compliance with the constitutional principles of freedom of association; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SABC as follows:

1. There are two recognised unions, namely, BEMAWU and Communications Workers Union.

2. Prior to its deregistration, MWASA was not recognised by the SABC.  MWASA failed to fulfil the 500-membership threshold. The threshold was decided upon through a process of negotiation between the SABC and unions that were seeking recognition within the SABC.

MWASA had a limited organisational rights collective agreement because of its failure to secure the 500-member threshold. MWASA has since been de-registered by the Labour Registrar and thus no longer has a relationship with the SABC.

3. SABC believes the collective bargaining process between the parties which preceded the conclusion of the recognition agreements was fair as it culminated in the conclusion of the two recognition agreements with the two unions currently recognised by the SABC which were in line with the applicable provisions of employment law. SABC can confirm that to date neither CWU nor BEMAWU have challenged the fairness or otherwise of the recognition agreement.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

14 October 2020 - NW311

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

(1)  What is the total number of social grant recipients who are being paid (a) through the SA Post Office channels, (b) in cash, (c) via SA Social Security Agency card and (d) directly into bank transactional and/or credit card accounts; (2) What (a) total number of cash payment points are currently being used and (b) are the total costs of each pay point per month, since the inception of the SA Post Office and the Department of Social Development agreement

Reply:

I have been advised by SAPO as follows:

1. (a,b,c) In terms of payments SAPO has information as per “Withdrawal transactions” and not beneficiary numbers. The reason for this is that one beneficiary is doing more than 1 transaction in a month (balance enquiry, 2x withdrawals maybe, and so forth). Out of 8,1 million beneficiaries SAPO paid during the month of February 2020, total transactions that were done were 63,155,360 which far exceed the 8,1 grants that gets paid through SAPO channel. However, SAPO is able to ascertain that of this transaction total 57,97% make use of ATMs, 31,55% use Retailers; those that access their grants making use of SAPO branches and CPPs are 4,38% and 7,50% respectively. These figures fluctuate slightly around these percentages on monthly basis.

(d) SAPO disburse to Special Disbursement Accounts (SDA – commonly known as a SASSA Cards). SASSA client (beneficiaries) that are not using SDA are handled direct by SASSA through their EFT process to their bank accounts. SAPO is not privileged to those numbers.

2. a) SAPO is contracted to service 1740 Cash Pay Points (CPPs) with SASSA.

b) The cost of cash pay points since inception is R962 million: September 2018 to March 2019: R267 million; 2019/20 Financial Year is R695 million.  The average cost of each Cash Pay Point per month is R40, 000 (17,703 CPPs (Apr – Feb) / R695m = R39,259).

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

 

14 October 2020 - NW1399

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

1.What arrangements are in place during the Republic’s national lockdown to move mail and parcels to and from international destinations? 2. Whether there is any mail backlog at the (a) Johannesburg, (b) Durban and/or (c) Cape Town international receiving centres of the SA Post Office; if so, (i) what is the total number of (aa) parcels and (bb) letters at each specified location, inbound and outbound and (ii) by what date(s) are the mail backlogs expected to be cleared; 3. Whether there are any international destinations that are closed to mail due to the outbreak of Covid-19; if so, what are the (a) names of such international destinations and (b) envisaged reopening dates in each case? NW1770E

Reply:

I have been advised by SAPO as follows:

1. The South African Post Office is currently dispatching and receiving mail from the following countries: Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Dubai, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Japan, London (UK), Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, USA, Botswana, ESwatini, Lesotho and Mozambique. Swisscargo is currently utilised as the dispatching and receiving airline.

2. At the time of drafting of the response,theDurban office of exchange was the only centre without mail on hand. As for Johannesburg and Cape Town offices of exchange there has been a backlog from the time that SAPO was allowed to reopen the Office of Exchange. Due to the regulatory requirements to maintain social distancing and at some point that only a third of the workforce could be in attendance, the working off the backlog is not as fast as it would usually take.

The volumes were as depicted in the table below represents in the two centres:

2.1 Johannesburg Office of Exchange (JIMC)

Product

Mail Bag

Mail items

Inbound

Outbound

Total

EMS

101

568

568

0

568

Small packets

5900

997320

997320

0

997320

Parcels

173

4697

4697

168

4865

Registers

3088

3220

3220

1687

4907

TOTAL

9262

1005805

1005805

1855

1007660

2.2 Cape Town Office of Exchange

Product

Mail Bags

Mail Items

Inbound

Outbound

Total

EMS

0

0

0

0

0

Small packets

0

4654

4654

0

4654

Parcels

0

168

168

0

168

Registers

17

1745

1745

0

1745

TOTAL

17

6567

6567

0

6567

(3)(a) The designated postal operators of Namibia, Singapore and Australia are international postal destinations that are closed to mail due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

(3)(b) Namibia mail is affected by air transportation which is not yet operational. SAPO is looking at the option of transporting Namibia mail to Gaborone in Botswana, and Namibia Post can collect from there. SAPO’s plan has been communicated to Namibia and SAPO is waiting for the response from Namibia Post whether the proposed arrangement is suitable.

The designated postal operators of Singapore and Australia have opted for the alternative of sending mail by road or sea to South Africa. The mail will be received at the Durban Office of Exchange. This will include transit mail into Africa. With regards to other international postal destinations, SAPO’s capacity to dispatch still remains dependent of the availability of flights. SAPO continue to observe the situation and as more flights become available the list of countries where dispatch is possible will be updated and the public informed.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

14 October 2020 - NW1624

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

What (a) are the reasons for the cancellation by the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) of the tender for the appointment of a panel of suppliers for the procurement of 32-inch Integrated Digital Television (IDTVs) for indigent 2020 matriculants, (b) total amount was budgeted to purchase the IDTVs and (c) number of IDTVs did USAASA intend to procure?

Reply:

I have been advised by the USAASA as follows:

a) Tender USAF – IDTV/01/2020 was a multifaceted tender which was divided into Part A (establishment of a database of suppliers to supply 32 Inch IDTV’s for indigent households with matric learners) and Part B (establishment of a database of suppliers to supply 32 Inch IDTV’s for the BDM Phase 2 roll out).This tender was cancelled for two reasons; namely (i)localisation and local production was not clearly defined in the initial tender which has major economic consequences for South Africa; (ii) the tender needed to be split into two (2) separate tenders to ease the evaluation and adjudication of the tenders and administration thereof.

The two separated tenders were re-advertised on 12 June 2020 with closing date of 2 July 2020 in the Tender Bulletin with the Tender Numbers (i)USAF-IDTV/02/2020 and (ii) USAF- IDTV/03/2020. USAASA indicated they are at the Bid Evaluation stage to appoint suppliers for the 32 inch IDTV, it is envisaged that the Adjudication will be done in September 2020 and thereafter the distribution of the IDTVs will take effect. 

b) The procurement of IDTV’s for indigent households with matric learners is a Covid- 19 initiative which was not budgeted for. However, National Treasury was approached to approve utilising accumulated interest to the amount of R242 million.

c) USAASA is working closely with seven (7) provincial Departments of Basic Education to collect information regarding indigent households with matric learners. The final numbers of indigent households with matric learners are not yet finalised. The total number of IDTV’s to be procured will be for the total amount of R242 million, at a market price.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

           

14 October 2020 - NW1713

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether, with reference to the reply of the Minister of Basic Education to question 1444 on 13 July 2020, her department requested the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) to assist Grade 12 learners by providing locally-produced 32-inch television sets which saw a certain tender (details furnished) being put out; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, Friday, 24 July 2020 669 INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: NATIONAL ASSEMBLY NO 28 - 2020 why was the specified tender cancelled only to be put out again under a different reference number; (2) Why did USAASA deem it fit to provide television sets to learners instead of other technological devices such as laptops and/or tablets? (3) Which areas in the seven provinces are earmarked to receive the specified TV sets? (4) By what date does USAASA envisage to complete the whole process from the bidding to the delivery of the television sets to households; (5) (a)(i) what total number of Grade 12 learners have applied to receive a television set and (ii) which schools are the learners from, (b) which company and/or companies won the bid to supply the TV sets to Grade 12 learners and (c) for what total amount, including the relevant breakdown of costs, was the tender awarded?

Reply:

I have been advised by USAASA as follows:

1. The provision of IDTV’s to indigent households with grade 12 learners, but do not have access to a television, is a Covid 19 initiative to assist the most vulnerable Grade 12 learners to keep up educationally with their peers who have more resources.

The provision of a 32-inch IDTV to these indigent households enables the Grade 12 learners to view educational programmes broadcast on SABC channels in preparation for the 2020 matric exams. Tender USAF – IDTV/01/2020 was a multi-facetted tender which was divided into Part A – Establishment of a database of suppliers to supply 32 Inch IDTV’s for indigent households with Grade 12 learners and Part B – Establishment of a database of suppliers to supply 32 Inch IDTV’s for the BDM Phase 2 roll out.

This tender was cancelled for the following 2 reasons: Localisation and local production was not clearly defined in the initial tender which has major economic consequences for South Africa and that the tender was to be split into 2 separate tenders in order to ease the evaluation and adjudication of the tenders and the administration thereof.

The two tenders were published on 12 June 2020 with a closing date of 2 July 2020 in the Tender Bulletin with the Tender Numbers (i) USAF-IDTV/02/2020 and (ii) USAF- IDTV/03/2020

2. The IDTVs were chosen as it is a technology that has already been approved by Cabinet for Phase 2 of the BDM project. IDTVs enable any person to actively participate in TV programs and live debates on key issues that are important for the society as a whole. Thus, transforming a formerly passive device into an active medium for spreading information and opinion. The IDTVs for Grade 12 learners from Indigent households is an early implementation of the Phase 2 of the BDM project and will be continued and phased in to the process. USAASA is therefore not in a position to provide any other technology such as laptops etc, as these will be misaligned to Phase 2 of the BDM project.

3. The IDTVs are intended for indigent households with Grade 12 Learners, who do not have access to a TV, primarily in the following provinces and areas/district as per the attached Annexure A for ease of reference:

a. Limpopo

b. Eastern Cape

c. North West

d. Northern Cape

e. Mpumalanga

f. Free State

g. KZN

4. The tender is currently at the bid evaluation stage. It is envisaged that the tender would be adjudicated in September 2020 and thereafter the distribution of the IDTVs will take effect.

5 (a) (i) USAASA is still in the process of collating lists of qualifying households through the assistance of Department of Basic Education. Application forms have been sent to all the schools as stated in section 3 above. Information is being received from the various schools and is being consolidated. As such, the list of qualifying Grade 12 learners has not yet been finalised.

(ii) The list of schools has not been finalised.

(b) The tender has not been awarded as yet.

(c) The final cost of the IDTVs is not yet known as the procurement process is still underway. However, approval was received from National treasury to retain R242 million from accumulated interest from the 2019/20 financial year.

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

      

29 September 2020 - NW2115

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether any alcoholic beverages were purchased in the past three financial years with any official credit card issued to any staff member employed by any entity reporting to her; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what (i) are the relevant details and (ii) is the value of the specified purchases in each case and (b) for what purpose was each purchase made?

Reply:

I have been advised by entities in the DCDT portfolio as follows:

No alcohol was purchased using any official credit card in the past three financial years.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

        

29 September 2020 - NW2116

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

What total amount has the SA Broadcasting Corporation spent on (a) catering and (b) entertainment in the past two financial years?

Reply:

I have been advised by SABC as follows:

Year

(a) Catering

(b) Entertainment

2019/20

R2 973 768,65

0

2018/19

R3 106 635,82

0

TOTAL

R6 080 404,47

0

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

     

28 September 2020 - NW1792

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether (a) her department and (b) all entities reporting to her paid out the remainder of contracts to employees whose employment was terminated before the contractually stipulated date of termination in the past two financial years up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, why not; if so, what total amount has been paid out in each case?

Reply:

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

Department of Communications and Digital Technologies:

a) The department did not have early termination of contracts for the past two financial years.

ENTITIES:

SENTECH

(b) Sentech did not terminate any of its fixed term contracted employees over the last two financial years 2018/19 and 2019/20, neither did it pay out settlements over the stated periods.

NEMISA

(b) At NEMISA, during the financial year 2018/2019, 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 all employees on contract, were not terminated before the contractually stipulated date of termination. Therefore, there were no pay-outs during these financial years.

BBI

(b) In the past two financial years no employee of Broadband Infraco (BBI) left the company before the contractually stipulated date of termination of their contract of employment. As a result, the company has not paid out any monies for the remainder of a contract to any employee.

ICASA

Not Applicable. ICASA did not have any such cases within the last two financial years.

SABC

b) Not applicable. The SABC did not pay out any employees whose fix term contracts were terminated before they came to an end in the last two financial years.

USAASA

(b) Mr Musa Ngidi, Executive Manager: Corporate Services was suspended on 1 June 2017; and dismissed on 30 September 2018. CCMA awarded his reinstatement retrospectively to 30 September 2018, with effect 01 October 2019, as well as paying his salary for the period that he was dismissed. Mr Ngidi entered into negotiations with the Agency that instead of him coming back to office, he be rather paid the remainder of his contract. Four (4) months instead of Six (6) months was agreed upon as a period to be settled as the remainder of his contract.

Payment in the amount of R2 180 453.00 (Two Million One Hundred Eighty Thousand Four Hundred And Fifty-Three Rand) which comprises of the following was paid out:

R1 189 338.00 awarded by the Commissioner for the period Sep 2018 to Oct 2019;

R594 669. 00 for the period Oct 2019 – Mar 2020;

R396 446.00 for termination of contract including all statutory costs, including but not limited to leave pay; and any other cost, including but not limited to interest.

Legal costs to review application incurred by Mr Ngidi in the amount of R25 000.00

(Twenty-Five Thousand Rand);

The above-mentioned amounts, except the legal costs, were subjected to SARS Tax

Directive and taxed before being paid to Mr Ngidi.

FPB

(b)The Film and Publication Board (FPB) did not terminate any of its fixed term contracted employees, over the last two financial years 2018/19 and 2019/20, neither did it pay out any settlements over the stated periods

SAPO

(b) Not applicable, SAPO did not pay out any employees whose fixed term contracts were terminated before they came to an end in the last two financial years.

POSTBANK

Not Applicable. Postbank did not have any such cases within the last two financial years.

ZADNA

c) Not applicable, ZADNA did not pay out any employees whose fixed term contracts were terminated before they came to an end in the last financial years.

SITA

b) Mr Louis Mark Schlebush was on a 2-year contract that was due to expire later in the current financial year ended on 09 April 2020. He was implicated in the NMMU project where amongst other things, he allegedly colluded with external suppliers. He was suspended and later charged, however, to continue with the case, the organization relied on evidence from external OEM’s who were not willing to testify. Based on the broken trust relationship between the organisation and the employee, a mutual separation agreement of three months was entered into. He was paid an amount of R564 300, 00 before tax.

Ms Sibongile Jabulile Tlhako was the Executive: Supply Chain Management. Her contract terminated on 05 August 2018. She was suspended and charged on allegations of poor management of contractors and other irregularities in the Supply Chain Environment. Upon receiving the charges, she requested to get into mutual separation agreement with the organization, which the then CEO approved at 3 months to avoid the costs of a lengthy litigation. The decision was also taken to ensure that the organization could speedily appoint a replacement considering the significance of the SCM division within SITA. She was paid an amount of R291 710, 04 before tax.

Mr Johnson Mzuvakile Dyodo’s case related to conflict of interest and procurement irregularities. During the disciplinary hearing proceedings, the parties came to an agreement to mutually separate on the basis of broken trust relationship. He was therefore paid his salary for the month of termination and an additional month’s salary as notice period. Her contract was terminated on 31 July 2018 and paid an amount of R468 187, 32.

Ms Fikiswa Njongwe was dismissed on 31 July 2017 following forensic investigations. She challenged the case at CCMA which resulted in an award in her favour including interest of what was owed. The legal department filed for a review at the labour court, however, was advised to rather engage in a settlement with Ms Njongwe. The settlement was made on June 2020 and the amount that was eventually negotiated and paid out was R1 m lower than the CCMA award. She was paid an amount of R1 521 716, 69.

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

           

17 September 2020 - NW2009

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

In respect of purchases made with each official credit card issued to any staff member employed by any entity reporting to her, (a) what is the (i) name and (ii) designation of the user and (b)(i) what is the value of the purchases made in each month since the credit card was issued, (ii) what are the details of each item purchased and (iii) for what purpose was each purchase made?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SOEs as follows:

zaDNA indicated that there were no purchases made on the credit card issued.

All other entities reporting to the department did not issue credit cards to their staff members.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

           

17 September 2020 - NW742

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

1.  What total number of vacancies currently exist in the SA Broadcasting Corporation at (a) executive director and (b) group executive level; 2. (a) How long has each vacancy held by staff on an acting basis, existed and (b) by which date will each such vacancy be advertised?

Reply:

I have been advised by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) as follows:

1(a) There are currently no vacancies at the Executive Director level.

1(b) At Group Executive level, the SABC currently has one vacancy, that is, Group Executive: Governance and Assurance

2(a) The Group Executive: Governance and Assurance position has been vacant since January 2019.An incumbent has been acting in this position since 21 December 2018 until present.

2(b) The position of the Group Executive: Governance and Assurance is currently being reviewed.

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

17 September 2020 - NW1500

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

What spectrum bands have been allocated to the SA Broadcasting Corporation for broadcasting (a) television, (b) radio and (c) other services such as shortwave transmissions; (2) (a) how much of the assigned spectrum is currently unused and (b) what is the list of the spectrum bands; (3) whether any assigned spectrum is traded and/or leased to third parties; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the list of the bands, (b) who have the bands been assigned to and (c) what are the respective terms and conditions?

Reply:

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

(1)&(2) The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has assigned Radio Frequency Spectrum to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) for the purpose of providing both commercial and public sound and television broadcasting services. The details of the frequencies assigned to the SABC are provided in the table below. The table further outlines the frequencies that are currently being used as well as the number of frequencies unused:

Frequency Band

Broadcasting Service

Number of

Frequencies

Assigned

Number Frequencies Unused

470 -694

MHz

Terrestrial

Television

(SABC1, SABC2 and SABC3)

Digital Terrestrial Television

Multiplexer 1 (182 frequencies assigned) – 85% of capacity of

Multiplexer 1

At least 75% of the useable frequencies in the broadcasting frequency band 470 to 694 MHz is normally unused due to the nature of the planning methodology for Broadcasting Services and is earmarked for the use of Television Whitespaces applications.

   

NB. 15% allocated to Community

Television

 

87.5 -108

MHz

(FM)

Sound

792 frequencies

(21 stations)

140 spare frequencies categorised for public sound broadcasting (earmarked for possible coverage expansion).

535.5 - 1606.5 kHz

( MW/AM)

Sound

2 frequencies

(2 stations)

43 non categorised frequencies (can be used for public/community/commercial sound broadcasting with coordination with neighbouring and existing broadcasters in the band)

(3) In terms of the current regulatory regime, spectrum trading is not presently allowed in South Africa. Therefore, no frequency bands are leased to third parties.

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

17 September 2020 - NW1854

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Ngwenya, Ms DB to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether her department will consider scrapping television licence fees for pensioners and war veterans; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether her department considers the handing over of pensioners to attorneys for the collection of television licence fees a fair treatment for the senior citizens of the Republic; 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. The department will, in due course, be consulting on the Draft White Paper Audio and Audiovisual Content Services Policy Framework: A New Vision for South Africa. It will be worthy to consider the category of individuals and institutions that should be considered for such a relief.

2. The collection of television licence fees is the responsibility of the SABC. The department has not adopted a position in this regard because the SABC has not engaged the department on the issue. As indicated above, this requires discussions and will be raised during public consultations.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

17 September 2020 - NW1987

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether she and/or the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) have been informed of these two tenders (a) SAT154/19 for Google Marketing platform licence and implementation and (b) SAT149/20 for the provision of support and maintenance of a Microsoft CRM solution; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (i) did SITA participate in the tenders and (ii) what are the reasons that the agency was unsuccessful in securing the bids if SITA did participate?

Reply:

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

(a) & (b) The Minister and SITA were not informed of the two tenders. The South African Tourism (SAT) is not bound by the SITA Act and is not obliged by the Act to procure from or through SITA unless SAT request to do so.

(i) No, SITA has not participated in these tenders.

(ii) Not applicable.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

          

17 September 2020 - NW2008

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether the credit limit on any of the credit cards issued to any staff member employed by any entity reporting to her has ever been exceeded since it was issued; if so, in each case, what (a) (i) was the limit and (ii) by what amount was the limit exceeded and (b) is the current balance of each of the specified credit cards?

Reply:

I have been advised by the SOEs as follows:

Except for .zaDNA, the entities have indicated that credit cards were not issued to staff members. The .zaDNA credit card was never used.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

           

17 September 2020 - NW2007

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Communications

(1)What are the relevant details of each official credit card issued to any staff member employed by any entity reporting to her; (2) in respect of each specified credit card, (a) what is the (i) name and (ii) organogram position of the user, (iii) maximum permissible value of each purchase and (iv) total credit limit of the card and (b) what are the (i) relevant details of permissible purchases for which each credit card may be used and (ii) reasons that each specified person was issued with a credit card? NW2568E

Reply:

I have been advised by the SOEs as follows:

1.

Entity

Details of official credit card issued

zaDNA

The official credit card issued to Mr Peter Madavhu in his capacity as Acting CEO

SAPO

No official credit card issued to any employee

Postbank

No official credit card issued to any employee

Nemisa

No official credit card issued to any employee

USAASA

No official credit card issued to employees

FPB

No official credit card issued to any employee

BBI

No official credit card issued to any employee

SITA

No official credit card issued to any employee

ICASA

No official credit card issued to any employee

SABC

No official credit card issued to any employee

Sentech

No official credit card issued to any employee

2. (a)

Entity

(i)Name

(ii)Organogram

(iii)

(iv)

zaDNA

Mr Peter Madavhu

Acting CEO

Never used

R200 000

USAASA

Not applicable

     

Nemisa

Not applicable

     

BBI

Not applicable

     

SABC

Not applicable

     

ICASA

Not applicable

     

Postbank

Not Applicable

     

FPB

Not Applicable

     

Sentech

Not applicable

     

SITA

Not applicable

     

SAPO

Not applicable

     

(b) (i) (ii) zaDNA indicated that the official credit card was never utilised by Mr Madavhu who was the Acting CEO. This section of the Parliamentary Question is not applicable to other entities based on their response to number 1.

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES