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Reply received: September 2013

QUESTION NO: 1453

DATE OF PUBLICATION: 7 June 2013

QUESTION PAPER NO: 20

DATE OF REPLY:

Mrs. J D Kilian (Cope) to ask the Minister of Communications:

(1) With reference to the appointment of a certain person (Ruben Mohlaloga) to the Council of the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA), on what date did she receive the names of the five shortlisted candidates;

(2) Whether any background scrutiny of the five shortlisted candidates was conducted prior to the three positions being filled; if not, on what basis did she select the three persons for appointment to the ICASA Council; if so, when

(3) (a) from which date did said person's appointment become effective, (b) when did he receive his first allowance as councillor and (c) what is his total annual remuneration package?

NW1798E

REPLY

(1) The shortlist of five (5) candidates was published in the Announcements, Tabling and Committee Reports (ATC) of 19 September 2012 and subsequently submitted to the Minister, however the Ministry has no record of the exact received date of the list.

(2) The former Minister Dina Pule did not conduct any background scrutiny of the shortlisted candidates. There are no legal requirements for the Minister to undertake any background scrutiny except to ensure that the recommended candidates meet the requirements outlined in Section 5(3) of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa No. 13 of 2000.

(3) (a)On 1 July 2013

(b)He received his first salary as a Councillor on 1 July 2013.

(c) R 1 144 624 (One million one hundred and forty four thousand six hundred and twenty four rand)

Reply received: September 2013

QUESTION NO: 1452

DATE OF PUBLICATION: 7 June 2013
QUESTION PAPER NO: 20
DATE OF REPLY:
Ms MR Shinn (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:

(I)
How many executive management positions are currently (a) vacant and (b) filled by a person in an acting capacity at the SA Broadcasting Corporation?

(2) (a) On what date was each specified position (i) vacated and (ii) filled by a person in an acting capacity and (b) in each case, what are the reasons for the (i) resignation, (ii) dismissal, (iii) suspension and (iv) special leave that resulted in the position becoming vacant?
NW1797E
REPLY:


(1) (a) Chief Operating Officer and Group Executive: News

(b) The following positions are currently filled in an acting capacity:
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Group Executive: News
Group Executive: Stakeholder and Provinces

(2) (a) Chief Operating Officer

(i) 31 December 2006
(ii) Various individuals since January 2007

(b)
(i) N/A
(ii) N/A
(ii) N/A
(iv) N/A

Group Executive: Mews

(i)31 May 2013
(ii)Various individual since January 2011 as the individual appointed as GE:
News was acting as GCEO and later placed on special leave.

(b)(i)N/A.
(ii)N/A
(iii)N/A

(iv)The employee was placed on special leave in order to allow further investigation into alleged misconduct and insubordination. He remained on special leave while the disciplinary proceedings were underway and until the final pay-out of the remainder of contract was effected on 31 May 2013

Reply received: September 2013

QUESTION NO: 1409
DATE OF PUBLICATION: 7 June 013
QUESTION PAPER NO: 20
DATE OF REPLY:
Mr. S Mokgalapa (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:


What amount did her department spend on (a) promotional items and (b) cocktail receptions on the occasion of his 2013 Budget Vote debate?
NW1751

REPLY:

(a) The Department did not spend any funds on promotional items; the items used at the exhibition stand were from the previous DTT material procured in 2012 by the DTT project office. For the 2013 budget vote speech no promotional material was procured.

(b) There was a gala dinner sponsored by the following:
▪ Telkom - R360 750 towards meals, venue, decor and gifts.
▪ IBurst - R50 000 towards technical equipment
▪ Business Connexion - R50 000 towards technical equipment
▪ Neotel - R20 000 towards stage and lighting
▪ Cell C - R20 000 towards stage and lighting
▪ Multichoice - R75 000 towards entertainment
▪ Dark Fibre Africa - R35 000 towards Videography, Photography and gob0 lights.

Reply received: August 2013

QUESTION NO: 1409

DATE OF PUBLICATION: 7 June 13

QUESTION PAPER NO: 20

DATE OF REPLY:

Mr. S Mokgalapa (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:

What amount did her department spend on (a) promotional items and (b) cocktail receptions on the occasion of his 2013 Budget Vote debate?

NW1751

REPLY:

(a) The Department did not spend any funds on promotional items; the items used at the exhibition stand were from the previous DTT material procured in 2012 by the DTT project office. For the budget vote speech 2013 no promotional material was procured.

(b) The gala dinner was sponsored.

QUESTION 1366

QUESTION PAPER NO: 19
DATE OF REPLY

DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31 May 2013
Mrs. JD Kilian (COPE) to ask the Minister of Communications:


(1) Whether, with reference to the collection of spectrum and other license fees by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) she has investigated the alleged systemic challenges that prevent the (a) collection of license fees and (b) capturing of data regarding license holders;

(2) What steps has she taken to facilitate the effective (a) functioning and (b) collection of license fees by the regulator to ensure that it fulfills its responsibilities in terms of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Act, Act 13 of 2000?
NW1697E

REPLY:

(1) The systemic challenges faced by ICASA regarding the collection of spectrum licence fees and the capturing of data regarding spectrum licence fees have been investigated. Recommendations have been made on how to address these challenges.

(2) ICASA is in the process of acquiring an integrated spectrum management software system that is capable of overcoming these challenges. It is envisaged that this spectrum management system will be installed by the end of the financial year.

Reply received: September 2013

QUESTION NO: 1365
DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31 May 2013
A
QUESTION PAPER NO: 19
DATE OF REPLY:
Mrs. JD Kilian (Cope) to ask the Minister of Communications:


(a) When did the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Interim Board confirm the appointment of a certain person (name furnished) as Acting Chief Operations Officer of the SABC, (b) for what period has he been reappointed and (c) when will the position of Chief Operations Officer be advertised to attract suitably qualified candidates with a view to filling the position on a permanent basis?
NW1696E

REPLY:

(a) The Interim Board did not confirm the appointment. The previous Minister had found the resolution taken by the previous Board to be un-procedural and so did not accede to the request to remove the individual as the Acting Chief Operations Officer (COO).

(b) The Department informs me that the previous Minister took the decision on 28 November 2011, approving the resolution taken by the previous Board on 18 November 2011 for the current person to be appointed as the Acting Chief Operations Officer until the appointment of a COO.

(c) In response to the SABC's advertisement to recruit a COO in February 2013, a copy of the Court Order granted in 2008 for an interdict against the appointment of a COO was received. The Court Interdict effectively prevents the SABC from recruiting a COO until the conditions of the Interdict have been met or resolved.

(d) Negotiations were begun recently to end the impasse. They are proceeding reasonably, and it is hoped that there will be an amicable outcome reasonably soon.

Reply received: September 2013

QUESTION NO: 1317
DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31 May 2013
QUESTION PAPER NO: 19
DATE OF REPLY:
Mrs. P C Duncan (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:


(1) Whether (a) she, (b) her deputy minister, (c) any specified officials and (d) any other persons have been issued with a government or official credit card (i) in the (aa) 2011-12 and (bb) 2012-13 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2013; if so, in each instance, what is the (aaa)(aaaa) name and (bbbb) job title of each person to whom a credit card was issued, (bbb) credit limit, (ccc) outstanding amount as at the latest specified date for which information is available, (ddd) monthly expenses incurred for each month since receiving the credit card, (eee) reason for such a person being issued with a credit card and (fff) uses that such a credit card is intended for;

(2) whether the credit limit of any specified credit card was exceeded at any time since it was issued; if so, (a) whose credit cards are over the limit and (b) what is the reason for the credit card exceeding the limit?

NW1647
REPLY:

(1) No officials including the Minister and Deputy Minister have been issued with government or official credit cards for the specified periods.

(2) Since no credit cards have been issued no limits could, be exceeded.

Reply received: September 2013

QUESTION NO: 1291
DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31 May 2013
QUESTION PAPER NO: 19
DATE OF REPLY:
Ms MR Shinn (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:


(1) Whether a profit-sharing incentive was made to middle management at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in 2012; if not, why not; if so, (a) what was the nature of the incentive agreement and (b) how much was paid out;

(2) Whether the specified incentive agreement will be made public;

(3) Whether the SABC has concluded an agreement to correct the disparity regarding middle and executive management salaries; if not, why not; if so, how has this agreement been honoured?

NW1621E
REPLY:

(1) No profit-sharing incentive payment was made in 2012 to middle management.
No performance scheme was in place and not all obligations in terms of the Government Guarantee targets were achieved.
(a) Not applicable.
(b) Not applicable.

(2) Not applicable

(3) No agreement has been concluded. Each management level is correlated to an equivalent scale code (worth of the job) and with an established range. It is envisaged that a salary analysis will be conducted within 24 months in terms of the salary review project.

Reply received: September 2013

QUESTION NO: 1290
DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31 May 2013
QUESTION PAPER NO: 19
DATE OF REPLY:
Ms Shinn (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:


(l)(a) How many staff skills audits has the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) conducted since 1 January 2009, (b) what was the scope of each audit, (c) when was each audit completed and (d) by whom was each audit conducted;

(2)(a) What is the scope of the skills audit that is being conducted at the SABC at present, (b) who is conducting the audit, (c) what is the cost of the audit and (d) when will it be completed;

(3) Will the findings of the current audit be made public?
NW1620E

REPLY:

(l)(a) In 2012 - 1 skills audit (internally conducted)
In 2013 - 1 skills audit (external service provider)

(b) In 2012 -to determine skills levels and qualifications verifications of all employees.

In 2013 - Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications requested an external, independent review to analyze the skills and competency levels of employees within core business areas for DTT migration. Qualification verification exercises were carried out. All executives and senior management were required to undergo competency based assessments.

(c) Skills audit for 2012 was completed in 2012
Skills audit for 2013- currently in progress. Results of the audit for the permanent workforce are currently being presented to the SABC Board.

Reply received: September 2013

QUESTION NO: 1220
DAT'E OF PUBLICATION: 24 May 2013
QUESTION PAPER NO: 17
DATE OF REPLY:
Mr. SB Farrow (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:


What amount has her department spent on (a) catering and (b) entertainment in the (i) 2012-13 financial year and (ii) since 1 April 2013?
NW1466E
REPLY:
(a) Amount spent on Catering

Year

2012-13

1 April 2013 to August 2013

Amount

R 3,5 (Million)

R 982 (Thousand)


(b) Amount spent on Entertainment

Year

2012-13

1 April 2013 to 28 May 2013

Amount

R 159 (Thousand)

R 123 (Thousand)

Reply received: September 2013

QUESTION NO: 1181
DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24 May 2013
QUESTION PAPER NO: 17
DATE OF REPLY:
Mrs. JD Kilian (C0PE)to ask the Minister of Communications:


How does she intend to hold the former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Board members accountable for irregularities and transgressions which lead to financial losses at the SABC?

NW1424E
REPLY:

It is not clear precisely what the irregularities and transgressions which led to financial losses at the SABC are that the Member had in mind when she formulated the question. We have, however, set up a Joint Task Team comprising representatives of the SABC, Department of Communications, Auditor General's Office and National Treasury to assist the SABC to implement the recommendations of the Auditor General's Audit report and work towards the SABC's longer-term financial sustainability.

Reply received: September 2013

QUESTION NO: 1173
DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17 May 2013
QUESTION PAPER NO: 16
DATE OF REPLY:
Mrs J D Kilian (Cope) to ask the Minister of Communications:


(1) What steps has she taken to give effect to her intention that the Auditor-General (AG) conducts a forensic audit into possible transgressions of the Public Finance Management Act, Act 1 of 1999, in respect of irregularities in her department;

(2) when will the proposed forensic audit commence;

(3) whether she could not give effect to her undertaking that the AG conducts a forensic audit into possible transgressions of the specified Act?
NW1417E

REPLY:
(1) The department informs me that the former Minister did not say that the Auditor-General should conduct a Forensic Audit into the Department but rather that there was a need for a partnership between the Auditor-General's Office, the Department and its Entities to work towards a Clean Audit by 2014.

(2) Not applicable.

(3) Not applicable.

Reply received: August 2013

QUESTION NO: 1207

DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24 May 2013

QUESTION PAPER NO: 17

DATE OF REPLY:

Ms MR Shinn (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:

What amount has the SA Broadcasting Corporation spent on legal fees in resolving staff dismissal disputes since 1 January 2009?

(a) Which positions resulted in the spending of legal fees to resolve staff dismissal disputes since 1 January 2009, (b) what is the cost related to each position and (c) what is the resolution related to each position?

NW1453

Reply

I have been advised by the SABC as follows:-

(1) R10 875 170

(a) (b) (c)

POSITION

NATURE OF DISPUTE

COST

RESOLUTION

Human Resource Administrator

Constructive Dismissal

R 327 716

Ongoing awaiting

Labour Court set

down date

Editor-News

Dishonesty alternatively Contravention of the

PFMA

R 484 158

Ongoing awaiting Labour Court

outcomes

GM:SABC News International

Unfair Dismissal

R 1 632 102

Ongoing awaiting Labour Court

outcomes

Independent Contractors (Gauteng)

Unfair Dismissal

R 120 000

Ongoing awaiting Labour Court

outcomes

Head: Procurement

Unfair Dismissal

R 481 064

Finalised CCMA

closed file, Employee did not pursue the matter further

Provincial GM

Unfair Dismissal

R 206 440

Ongoing awaiting Labour Court set

down date

Office Assistant

Unfair Dismissal

R 26 916

Ongoing awaiting Labour Court set

down date

HCS Consultant

Unfair Labour Practice

R 39 955

Ongoing awaiting Labour Court set

down date

National Sale Manager

Unfair Dismissal

R102 304

Ongoing awaiting Labour Court set

down date

· CFO

· Acting Head: Procurement

· Buyer: Procurement

Dishonesty

Non-compliance with rules

& regulations

Fruitless & Wasteful expenditure

R 5 347 883

Disciplinary process

in progress

GE: News & Current Affairs

Insubordination

Leaking information to

press

R 1 861 632

Remainder of

Contract paid out. Applicant lodged an appeal to the

Supreme Court of Appeal

Chief Audit Executive

Insubordination

Absence without permission

R 335 000

Finalised.

Charges withdrawn, suspension lifted

and employee back

to work

Reply received: August 2013

QUESTION NO: 1206

DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24 May 2013

QUESTION PAPER NO: 17

DATE OF REPLY:

Ms MR Shinn (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:

(1) How many executive management positions are currently (a) vacant and (b) filled by a person in an acting capacity at the SA Broadcasting Corporation?

(2) (a)On what date was each specified position (i) vacated and (ii) filled by a person in an acting capacity and (b) in each case, what are the reasons for the (i) resignation, (ii) dismissal, (iii) suspension and (iv) special leave that resulted in the position becoming vacant?

NW1452E

Reply

I have been advised by the SABC as follows:-

(1) (a) Chief Operating Officer and Group Executive: News

(b) The following position are currently filled in an acting capacity

· Chief Financial Officer

· Chief Operating Officer

· GE: News

· GE: Stakeholder and Provinces

(2) The Chief Financial Officer and Group Executive: Provinces and Stakeholder positions are not vacant. The Chief Financial Officer is currently serving suspension and the Group Executive: Stakeholder and Province is currently acting as Chief Operating officer.

(a) Chief Operating Officer

(i) 31 December 2006

(ii) Various individuals since January 2007

(b)(i)N/A

(ii)N/A

(iii)N/A

(iv)N/A

Group Executive: News

(i)31 May 2013

(ii)Various individual since January 2011, as individual appointed as GE: News was acting as GCEO and later placed on special leave.

(b)(i)N/A

(ii)N/A

(iii)N/A

(iv)The employee was placed on special leave in order to allow further investigation into alleged misconduct and insubordination. He remained on special leave while the disciplinary proceedings were underway and until final payout of the remainder of contract was affected on 31 May 2013

Reply received: August 2013

QUESTION NO: 1205

DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24 May 2013

QUESTION PAPER NO: 17

DATE OF REPLY:

Ms MR Shinn (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:

(1) (a) How many investigations have been conducted into (i) governance and (ii) corruption at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) since 2009, (b) how many (i)(aa) employees and (bb) board members were investigated and (ii) disciplinary actions have resulted from these investigations and (c) what has been the outcome of each specified disciplinary action;

(2) (a) what is the scope of each allegation, (b) who investigated each allegation, (c) what is the cost of each investigation, (d) where were the funds for each investigation sourced and (e) what is the status of each investigation;

(3) (a) how many of these investigations were referred to the SA Police Service, (b) when was each specified case handed over, (c) what is the status of each investigation, (d) what is the docket number of each investigation and (e) how many cases are being prosecuted;

(4) How many investigations into (a) governance and (b) corruption are currently under way at the SABC?

NW1451E

REPLY:

I have been advised by the SABC as follows:-

(1) (a) (i) & (ii) The Auditor General undertook a special investigation in July 2009, The Special Investigations Unit carried out a follow-up audit between 2010 and 2012. The Department of Communications also commissioned a governance review of all SOE's and appointed SAB & T at the DoC cost. This is not an investigation, it is a review of compliance against governance requirements such as Companies Act, PFMA, King III Code, etc. The SABC is awaiting a report by SAB & T to be submitted to the DoC and forwarded to the SABC. SABC's Internal Audit and Forensic Audit units have carried out 107 investigations for the period.

(b) (i)(aa) 145 employees through internal and forensic audits;

1465 employees were identified in the AG report of 2009 for not declaring their interests of which SIU identified 698 employees that were still employed as at 30/11/2010.

(b) (i)(bb) Declarations of interests of 32 Board members were investigated by the SIU.

(b)(ii) Disciplinary action has been undertaken against more than 300 employees that were identified by the SIU for not declaring their interests.

(c) The disciplinary actions against employees were in the form of progressive disciplinary action, final written warnings as well as dismissal. In instances where employees resign prior to the finalisation of action, disciplinary action cannot be continued, however, criminal procedures and recoveries are being pursued where applicable.

(2) (a) Every investigation had a specific scope; it is not practical to identify the scope of more than 100 investigations in this response.

(b) Auditor General South Africa; SUI; the SABC various forensic and internal

audit investigations as and when the need is identified.

(c) Auditor General South Africa- no cost to the SABC

SIU-R19, 5 million

SABC forensic and internal audit – internal funded as per operational requirements and budget allocation.

(d) Auditor General South Africa- N/A

SUI - the SABC funding

SABC forensic and internal audit - the SABC funding

(e) Auditor General South Africa – completed

SUI – Completed

The SABC forensic and internal audit- investigations are done as and when

required and the final reports are reviewed by the Audit Committee and Board. Cases that are not yet completed ranges in status from under investigation to final report to be submitted

(3) (a) 14 cases were reported to SA Police Service.

(b) See table attached

(c) See table attached

(d) See table attached

(e) See table attached

The names of individuals have been withheld as the above matters are sub judice and/or under investigation by SAPS.

The above represents cases handed over by the SABC. All investigations and subsequent criminal cases arising from the SUI investigations have been handed over to the DoC for follow up.

(4) (a) The report will be provided in the SAB &T governance review initiated by DoC for all SOE's in its portfolio.

(b) None.

Reply received: September 2013

QUESTION NO: 1168

DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17 May 2013

QUESTION PAPER NO: 16

DATE OF REPLY:

Mrs. Kilian (COPE) asked the Minister of Communications:

1. What (a) was the total expenditure for the delegation that was funded by her department to participate at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) conferences in Geneva during May 2013 and (b) amounts were spent on (i) flight tickets, (ii) hotel accommodation, (iii) subsistence and travel, (iv) conference fees, (v) all specified aspects of travel insurance and (vi) other associated costs;

2. what are the (a) names and (b) post descriptions of (i) the officials of her department, (ii) the officials of other entities and (iii) all other persons who comprised the delegation that was funded by her department;

3. through which departmental processes did the director-general (a) authorise the expenditure and (b) approve the participation of (i) officials of her department and (ii) other stakeholders funded by her department;

4. whether her department followed the protocol for international trips by departmental delegations by processing the trip through the Department of International Relations and Cooperation; if so, it is requested that she make available a copy of the formal application to Mrs. J D Kilian; if not, (a) why not and (b) who will be held accountable for any irregularity that occurred during the process;

5. whether she intends to bring the matter to the attention of the Auditor-general; if not, why not; if so, when?

NW1409

REPLY:

1. The WSIS and ITU events attended by the Department during May 2013 were:

· The ITU World Telecommunication Policy Forum

· The WSIS Forum

(a)(i) The total expenditure for participation in the two events was R 338, 026.82

(b)(i) flight tickets : R 194,306

(b)(ii) hotel accommodation: R 102, 888.63

(b)(iii) subsistence and travel: R 30, 707.00 paid as advances

(b)(iv) conference fees: none

(b)(v) travel insurance: R 1315.00

(b)(vi) other associated costs: R 8810.19 claimed expenses

2(a) & (b)(i) The following officials from the Department attended the aforementioned conferences:

  • Dr Harold Wesso, Deputy Director-General: e-Skills Institute: attended the WSIS Forum;
  • Mr. Jim Paterson, Director: Multilateral Affairs;
  • Ms Palesa Legoze, Director: Cybersecurity;
  • Mr. Simon Qobo, Director: International Affairs and Trade, (temporarily stationed in Geneva at the time)

    Ms Adelaide Masemola, Director: Economic Policy Analysis.

    2(ii) & (iii) No other persons were funded by the Department to participate.

    3(a) &(b)(i) All international travel by officials are authorised through internal Departmental processes and require the approval of the Minister.

    3(b)(ii) Not applicable as no other persons were funded by the Department.

    4. This same question has been responded to in parliamentary question 1167, asked by the same author.

    5. The substance of this question was dealt with in response to question 1167, asked by the same author.

    Reply received: September 2013

    QUESTION NO: 1167

    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17 May 2013

    QUESTION PAPER NO: 16

    DATE OF REPLY:

    Mrs. J D Kilian (COPE) to ask the Minister of Communications:

    (1) On what date did her department put a request to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to facilitate the participation of her department's delegation at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) conferences in Geneva during May 2013;

    (2) Whether her department had adhered to all protocols for such requests; if not, what are the relevant details;

    (3) Whether her department followed the protocol for international trips by departmental delegations by processing the trip through the Department of International Relations and Cooperation; if so, it is requested that she make available a copy of the formal application to Mrs J D Kilian; if not, (a) why not and (b) who will be held accountable for any irregularity that occurred during the process;

    (4) Whether her department has arranged participation in international conferences through the Department of International Relations and Cooperation in the past;

    (5) Whether the ITU conferences that were held in Geneva in the 2012-13 financial year had been duly processed through the Department of International Relations and Cooperation as per her request?

    NW1408E

    REPLY:

    (1) The meetings referred to include the WSIS Forum and the World Telecommunication Policy Forum which both took place in Geneva in May. The WTPF took place from the 14th - 16th May 2013, and the WSIS Forum that took place from the 13th - 17th May 2013.

    The WSIS Forum is convened annually by the ITU together with other UN organizations as part of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society. It is a Multi-stakeholder platform, which allows for the sharing of best practice and expertise from different stakeholders from around the world. At this year's event the Department was invited to showcase the model that has been developed for the e-Skills Institute, which has attracted a lot of interest from the International Community.

    The World Telecommunications Policy Forum is organized by the ITU to discuss key topical issues and provide opinions, which sometimes inform decisions in other bodies of the ITU and UN.

    The Department did not request DIRCO to facilitate participation in these meetings, as they are technical meetings for which the DoC is responsible. However, invitations are received by DoC for international meetings through DIRCO, including with respect to the ITU. The DoC engages with DIRCO regularly about the Department's participation in International events, and about developments impacting on the country's foreign policy priorities. The DoC also participates in the International Cooperation, Trade and Security (ICTS) Cluster meetings and its sub-committees, which coordinates international activities of government in line with our foreign policy, across government departments. The DoC engaged with DIRCO with respect to these meetings.

    (2) Yes. It should be noted that these are technical meetings, not formal decision making meetings or negotiations, nor did they include high level (political) delegations. South Africa through the DoC is a member of the ITU and is an elected member of the ITU Council, and as such is mandated to participate in the activities of the ITU. The DoC participates within the ambit of South Africa's Foreign Policy which is led by DIRCO.

    The delegation met with South Africa's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and officials from the South African embassy to brief them about the meetings and to update the Embassy on the DoC's work relating to the ITU. The Ambassador also updated the delegation on the current status of South Africa's foreign policy priorities in the multilateral arena.

    (3) Yes. However, as stated there was no formal application to DIRCO.

    (4) Yes, on a number of occasions. The DoC works very closely with DIRCO with respect to major summits and conferences, including Treaty level conferences, in which political factors tend to come to the fore, as well as other high level meetings in which Ministerial participation is planned.

    (5) The only meetings of the ITU in Geneva during this period that were attended by the Department were technical meetings.

    Reply received: September 2013

    QUESTION NO: 1117

    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17 May 2013

    QUESTION PAPER NO: 16

    DATE OF REPLY:

    Mr. M M Swathe (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:

    What total amount has (i) her department and (ii) each specified entity reporting to her spent on conferences in the (aa) 2009-10, (bb) 2010-11, (cc) 2011-12 and (dd) 2012-13 financial years and (b) what (i) amount was spent on, and (ii) is the breakdown of the expenditure for, each specified conference?

    NW1350E

    REPLY:

    (a) (i) A total amount of R19 160 224.90 was spent on conferences by the Department of Communications.

    (aa) 2009-10

    b(i) Amount

    b(ii) Breakdown

    Description

    Subject Matter

    244,980.02

    185,250.00

    Venue

    Broadband Policy Colloquium

    12,448.80

    Lunches & Refreshments

    Broadband Policy Colloquium

    47,281.22

    Equipment rental (audio)

    Broadband Policy Colloquium

    118,112.00

    109,500.00

    Venue

    Postbank & SAPO Bill

    4,012.00

    Refreshments

    Postbank & SAPO Bill

    4,600.00

    Equipment rental (audio)

    Postbank & SAPO Bill

    352,604.59

    294,690.00

    Venue

    Broadband Policy Colloquium

    47,428.60

    Equipment rental (audio)

    Broadband Policy Colloquium

    10,485.99

    Refreshments

    Broadband Policy Colloquium

    365,712.00

    258,939.20

    Venue

    Colloquium on Set Top Box manufacturing

    69,061.60

    Equipment rental (audio)

    Colloquium on Set Top Box manufacturing

    37,711.20

    Refreshments

    Colloquium on Set Top Box manufacturing

    268,892.18

    268,892.00

    Venue

    Multi-Stakeholder workshop (Not itemised)

    1,350,300.79

    1,350,300.61

    (bb) 2010-11

    b(i) Amount

    b(ii) breakdown

    Description

    106,122.60

    89,205.00

    Venue

    Cyber security Colloquium

    11,217.60

    Equipment rental (audio)

    Cyber security Colloquium

    5,700.00

    Lunches & Refreshments

    Cyber security Colloquium

    360,165.30

    260,604.00

    Venue

    Local Content Summit

    25,769.70

    Equipment rental (audio)

    Local Content Summit

    73,791.60

    Lunches & Refreshments

    Local Content Summit

    62,202.67

    62,202.67

    Accommodation

    Local Content Summit

    529,629.02

    261,174.00

    Venue

    Community Television Workshop

    45,178.20

    Equipment rental (audio)

    Community Television Workshop

    79,344.00

    Lunches & Refreshments

    Community Television Workshop

    143,932.82

    Accommodation

    Community Television Workshop

    917,252.74

    7,980.00

    Venue

    DTT Standards Symposium

    26,767.20

    Equipment rental (audio)

    DTT Standards Symposium

    195,166.29

    Venue

    DTT Standards Symposium

    49,057.30

    Equipment rental (audio)

    DTT Standards Symposium

    69,978.41

    Lunches & Refreshments

    DTT Standards Symposium

    265,041.21

    Venue

    DTT Standards Symposium

    108,350.83

    Lunches & Refreshments

    DTT Standards Symposium

    194,911.50

    Venue

    DTT Standards Symposium

    1,975,371.90

    1,975,372.33

    (cc) 2011-12

    b(i) Amount

    b(ii) breakdown

    Description

    328,750.53

    233,360.53

    Venue

    Seminar on Broadcasting Signal Piracy

    95,390.00

    Lunches & Refreshments

    Seminar on Broadcasting Signal Piracy

    332,514.80

    264,191.00

    Venue

    South African Internet Forum 1 - 3 September 2011

    68,323.80

    Lunches & Refreshments

    South African Internet Forum 1 - 3 September 2011

    89,050.00

    26,050.00

    Venue

    ICT Working Group Conference

    31,000.00

    Lunches & Refreshments

    ICT Working Group Conference

    32,000.00

    Accommodation

    ICT Working Group Conference

    1,026,138.30

    615,858.30

    Venue

    2nd African group preparatory meeting for WTSA/WCIT

    410,280.00

    Lunches & Refreshments

    2nd African group preparatory meeting for WTSA/WCIT

    362,504.35

    129,197.07

    Equipment rental (audio)

    ITU Kaleidoskope Academic Conference

    19,650.00

    Plant & Flower rentals

    ITU Kaleidoskope Academic Conference

    11,152.93

    Donations

    ITU Kaleidoskope Academic Conference

    36,784.95

    Venue

    ITU Kaleidoskope Academic Conference

    96,957.00

    Lunches & Refreshments

    ITU Kaleidoskope Academic Conference

    68,762.40

    Dinner

    ITU Kaleidoskope Academic Conference

    271,300.00

    271,300.00

    Venue & Accommodation

    Africa ICT Indaba

    10,000,000.00

    10,000,000.00

    Event management

    Africa ICT Indaba

    12,410,257.98

    12,410,257.98

    (dd) 2012-13

    b(i) Amount

    b(ii) breakdown

    Description

    1,377,352.94

    770,198.65

    Venue

    National ICT Integrated Colloquium

    17,670.00

    Medical Services

    National ICT Integrated Colloquium

    10,054.80

    Security Services

    National ICT Integrated Colloquium

    205,399.81

    Lunches & Refreshments

    National ICT Integrated Colloquium

    2,565.00

    Gifts & Decorations

    National ICT Integrated Colloquium

    323,304.00

    Venue

    National ICT Integrated Colloquium

    48,160.68

    Lunches & Refreshments

    National ICT Integrated Colloquium

    2,046,941.04

    539,484.00

    Venue

    National Community Radio Governance Indaba

    1,323,347.04

    Lunches & Refreshments

    National Community Radio Governance Indaba

    142,500.00

    Artist & Performers

    National Community Radio Governance Indaba

    41,610.00

    Stage & Sound

    National Community Radio Governance Indaba

    3,424,293.98

    3,424,293.98

    19,160,224.65

    19,160,224.90

    (ii)

    A. NEMISA

    NEMISA did not incur any expenses for conferences.

    B. SAPO

    During the course of 2012/13 the South African Post Office provided funding for the following Conferences:

    a. ICT Indaba 4-7 June 2012, Cape Town- R 500 000

    b. Fifth BRICS Summit 27th March 2013, Durban – R1.2 million

    C. USAASA

    Financial

    year

    2009/10

    2010/11

    2011/12

    2012/13

    Conference

    R127 050.00

    R276 930.77

    R347 892.00

    R432 744.00

    · ICT Entrepreneurship

    · ICT Local Governance

    · National summit

    · Gov, fraud, risk

    · Board seminar

    · IT security summit

    · Annual digital broadcasting

    · Strategic workshop

    · CFO Africa summit

    · ITU Pavilion in Geneva

    · SA internal Audit

    · Internal Audit in Malaysia

    · SA Internal

    Audit

    · Strategic

    session

    · ICT Conference

    D. SABC

    (a) (ii) (aa) R147 347: 2009-10

    (bb) R147 022: 2010-11

    (cc) R 230 774: 2011-12

    (dd) R 227 558: 2012-13

    (b)

    Financial Year

    SABC Department

    Description

    Amount

    2010

    Technology

    CTO Conference-Protea Gold Reef

    R 50 320

    Employee Relations

    Strat. Plan Workshop Venue Hire

    R 19 970

    SABC 1

    Promo Strat. Workshop

    R 8 735

    SABC 2

    Promex Workshop-on air

    promotions

    R 50 748

    SABC 3

    Promex Workshop-on air promotions

    R 3 000

    Group Communication

    Communication Forum Workshop

    R 14 574

    R 147 347

    2011

    Chief Financial

    Office

    Financial Managers Workshop

    R11 925

    Group Internal Audit

    ISACA Conference

    R19 684

    Group Internal Audit

    ACFE Fraud Conference

    R41 684

    Market Intelligence

    SAMRA Conference

    R9 265

    Corporate Strategy

    Internal Control Concepts &Application workshop

    R16 681

    SABC 3

    Promex Workshop-on air promotions

    R31 857

    Risk

    Risk Management

    Workshop

    R15 960

    R147 022

    2012

    Group Internal Audit

    IIA Conference

    R41 985

    Group Internal Audit

    ACFE Fraud Conference

    R44 079

    Group Internal Audit

    ISACA Conference & Workshop

    R28 800

    Treasury

    Cash Management Seminar

    R11 210

    Marketing Intelligence

    PAMRO Conference

    R9 000

    SABC 1

    Promex Workshop-on air promotions

    R35 307

    SABC 2

    Promex Workshop-on air promotions

    R58 793

    Radio

    Radio Advertising Bureau Workshop

    R1 600

    R230 774

    2013

    Group Internal Audit

    IIA Conference

    R80 511

    Group Internal Audit

    ACFE Fraud Conference

    R52 105

    Group Internal Audit

    ISACA Conference & Workshop

    R16 800

    Payroll

    Payroll Professionalism

    workshop

    R7 900

    Payroll

    Basic Payee Seminar

    R7 158

    Human Capital Services

    SABC Policy Review & Development Workshop

    R33 816

    Market Intelligence

    SAMRA Conference

    R8 860

    SABC 2

    Promex Workshop- on air promotions

    R10 352

    SABC 3

    Promex Workshop- on air promotions

    R6 785

    SABC Board

    CBA Conference

    R3 271

    R227 558

    E. ICASA

    (a) (ii)

    Summary of conference costs

    Row Label

    2009/10

    2010/11

    2011/2012

    2012/13

    OPEX

    1 091 134

    3 140 691

    2 822 219

    3 006 0833

    Associated Workshops

    142 479

    2 070 553

    973 683

    1 007 636

    Workshops

    948 655

    1 070 138

    1 848 536

    1 998 447

    Normal Projects

    8 233

    262 904

    Workshops

    8 233

    262 904

    Ring-Fenced: Projects

    63 086

    Workshops

    63 086

    Grand Total

    1 091 134

    3 140 691

    2 830 452

    3332073

    NB. Conference costs were funded from normal Opex and Regulatory Projects.

    F. SENTECH

    (a)(ii)(aa) 2009/10 no spending on any conference

    (bb) 2010-11 R26 500-00 Govtech conference

    (cc) 2011-12 R35 750-00 Govtech conference

    (dd) 2012/13 no spending on any conference

    G. ZADNA

    .ZADNA did not hold any conference during these periods.

    Reply received: September 2013

    QUESTION NO: 1085

    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17 May 2013

    QUESTION PAPER NO: 16

    DATE OF REPLY:

    Dr W.G James (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:

    (1) What total amounts has (a) her department and (b) each specified entity reporting to her spent on (i) print and (ii) broadcast advertising in the (aa) 2009-10, (bb) 2010-11, (cc) 2011-12 and (dd) 2012-13 financial years;

    (2) In each case, (a)(i) by which radio or television station were the advertisements broadcast and (ii) in which newspapers were the advertisements published in the (aa) 2009-10, (bb) 2010-11, (cc) 2011-12 and (dd) 2012-13 financial years and (b) at what cost in each specified case?

    NW1318E

    REPLY:

    1

    (a) The Department spent a total amount of R58 013 227.12 on print and broadcast advertising.

    Print Advertising for 2009/2010

    Name of the Supplier

    Amount

    Government Printing Works

    R 73,311.03

    Beeld

    R 261,558.29

    Sunday Times

    R 222,619.20

    The Citizen

    R 39,726.72

    Sowetan

    R 779,669.26

    Picasso Headline

    R 347,643.00

    RCP Media

    R 173,907.00

    Ayanda Mbanga Communications

    R 579,926.55

    Pondo News

    R 9,234.00

    Zululand Observers

    R 9,029.18

    BDFM Publishers

    R 189,810.00

    Izimpondo Communications

    R 10,000.00

    Independent Newspapers

    R 1,319,976.65

    Ads 24

    R 1,191,696.58

    Avusa Media

    R 113,732.10

    Draftfcb SA

    R 1,261,025.36

    Sky Blue Media

    R 6,156.00

    Lumka Executive Search

    R 727,327.78

    TOTAL

    R 7,316,348.70

    Broadcast Advertising for 2009/2010

    Name of the Supplier

    Amount

    Radio Igagasi

    R 74,812.00

    Vibe FM 94.7

    R 69,000.00

    SABC Groupsales& Marketing

    R 2,120,027.20

    TOTAL

    R 2,263,839.20

    Print Advertising 2010/2011

    Name of the Supplier

    Amount

    Government Printing Works

    R 135,803.61

    Beeld

    R 644,948.74

    Sunday Times

    R 543,925.92

    Ilanga Printing & Publishing

    R 14,395.19

    Natal Witness

    R 10,000.00

    Sowetan

    R 493,597.20

    Mail & Guardian

    R 36,799.20

    Institute for African Alternative

    R 5,000.00

    BDFM Publishing

    R 108,573.60

    IT Web

    R 75,000.00

    Independent Newspapers

    R 840,210.96

    ADS 24

    R 777,858.02

    TNA Media

    R 252,692.32

    Ayanda Mbanga Communications

    R 330,318.55

    Lumka Executive Search

    R 28,728.00

    Boniswa Recruitment

    R 450,419.07

    Basadzi Personnel

    R 474,851.99

    Happy People at Woork

    R 212,429.88

    TOTAL

    R 5,435,552.25

    Broadcast Advertising 2010/2011

    Name of the Supplier

    Amount

    SABC Groupsales& Marketing

    R 427,155.00

    TOTAL

    R 427,155.00

    Print Advertising 2011/2012

    Name of the Supplier

    Amount

    Northern Media Group

    R 13,591.40

    Amawinna Magazine

    R 7,980.00

    Government Printing Works

    R 14,073.40

    Sunday Times

    R 365,871.60

    Sowetan

    R 265,756.80

    Mail & Guardian

    R 121,708.40

    Newcastle Advertiser

    R 3,123.60

    Cape Media Corporation

    R 40,755.00

    Die Burger

    R 24,198.55

    BDFM Publishing

    R 28,779.30

    Media 24

    R 169,809.84

    IT Web

    R 69,750.00

    Independent Newspapers

    R 783,298.87

    Uxhumano communications

    R 8,509.86

    ADS 24

    R 141,382.80

    Highbury Safika Media

    R 51,300.00

    Vusizwe Media

    R 60,000.00

    Amandla Media

    R 14,850.00

    Ulutsha Communications

    R 160,792.44

    TNA Media

    R 73,625.76

    Ayanda Mbanga Communications

    R 22,901.08

    Basadzi Personnel

    R 345,201.84

    Mindworx Consulting

    R 381,762.63

    TOTAL

    R3,169,023.17

    Broadcast Advertising 2011/2012

    Name of the Supplier

    Amount

    SABC Groupsales& Marketing

    R 2,146,589.05

    Motswako radio Sales

    R 99,835.50

    TOTAL

    R 2,246,424.55

    Print Advertising 2012/2013

    Name of the Supplier

    Amount

    Continental Outdoor Media

    R 521,449.06

    Creative 4

    R 20,000.00

    Government Printing Works

    R 92,644.73

    Sunday Times

    R 2,373,271.38

    The Citizen

    R 90,639.12

    Bag Port Africa

    R 1,575,000.00

    Sowetan

    R 759,732.48

    Independent Newspapers

    R 1,038,704.41

    Mail & Guardian

    R 1,089,474.86

    BDFM Publishing

    R 971,592.91

    Media 24

    R 2,253,734.97

    ADS 24

    R 263,807.40

    Primedia Outdoor

    R 396,720.00

    Highbury Safika Media

    R 89,820.36

    Media Corner

    R 23,080,008.00

    Basadzi Personnel

    R 93,206.40

    Uhuru Communications

    R 245,100.00

    TNA Media

    R 756,932.64

    Ayanda Mbanga Communications

    R 1,073,623.94

    Mindworx Consulting

    R 248,580.99

    TOTAL

    R 37,034,043.65

    Broadcast Advertising 2012/2013

    Name of the Supplier

    Amount

    Radio Riverside

    R 120,840.00

    TOTAL

    R 120,840.00

    A. NEMISA

    (1)(b)

    Financial Year

    Amount

    Newspaper

    2009-10

    R143 219.58

    Proveto Student Study Guide, Cape Media Corporate

    20 2010-11

    R127 230.83

    Proveto Student Study Guide, Government Printing Works, Sunday Times.

    2011-12

    R16 530

    Proveto Student Study Guide

    2012-13

    R150 264.90

    Sunday Times, Proveto Student Study Guide and Government Printing Works

    B. SAPO

    (1)(b)

    Financial Year

    2009/10

    2010/11

    2011/12

    2012/13

    Print

    R7 021 901

    R4 782 180

    R8 004 248

    R14 064 677

    Radio

    R 8 873 064

    R17 896 827

    R22 447 410

    R19 933 372

    Television

    R 3 503 367

    R3 452 407

    R2 200 000

    -

    Total

    R19 398 332

    R26 131 414

    R32 651 658

    R33 998 049

    TV Cost

    R3 503 367

    R3 452 407

    R2 200 000

    -

    The television cost were for channels of the SABC 1, 2 & 3

    Radio Cost

    R 8 873 064

    R 17 896 827

    R22 447 410

    R 19 933 372

    Radio Medium

    · SABC radio stations - 50% utilisation

    · Primedia Stations - 30% utilisation

    · Kagiso Media - 15% utilisation

    · Community Radio Stations - 5 utilisation

    · Magazines –Mostly commercial and consumer publications

    Print Cost

    R7 021 901

    R4 782 180

    R8 004 248

    R14 064 677

    Print Medium

    · Magazines 10%

    · Daily Newspapers 20%

    · National Newspapers 60%

    · Regional daily newspapers 10%

    · Magazines – Mostly commercial and consumer publications 10%

    · Daily Newspapers – Sowetan30%, Daily Sun, IsoLezwe

    · National Newspapers – The Star 40%, Business day 35%, New Age 5%, Beeld 20%

    · Regional daily papers – Cape Argus 30%, Pretoria News 40%, Mercury News 30%

    C. USAASA

    (1)(b)

    Financial year

    2009/10

    2010/11

    2011/12

    2012/13

    Printing and Broadcasting

    R 594 046.75

    R2 286 057.95

    R733 989.52

    R658 299.22

    · Newspaper

    adverts

    · Tender

    Bulleting

    · Branding

    Printing

    · Magazine

    advert

    · Tender

    bulleting

    · Newspaper advert

    · Branding

    · Printing

    · Exhibition

    stand

    · Marque tent

    hire

    · Branding

    Print

    · Magazine advert

    · Newspaper advert

    · Branding

    Print

    · Magazine advert

    · Newspaper advert

    · Tender bulleting

    D. SABC

    (1) (b) (i)(aa) R1 729 995 expenditure on print in 2009/10

    (bb) R2 056 878 expenditure on print in 2010/11

    (cc) R5 193 155 expenditure on print in 2011/12

    (dd) R4 678 568 expenditure on print in 2012/13

    (ii)(aa)R2 965 494 expenditure on broadcast advertising in 2009/10

    (bb)R6 736 218 expenditure on broadcast advertising in 2010/11

    (cc)R4 901 040 expenditure on broadcast advertising in 2011/12

    (dd)R4 249 200 expenditure on broadcast advertising in 2012/13

    (2)(a)(i) The SABC does advertising on various platforms other than its own its radio stations and television channels.

    (ii)The SABC uses a media agency called; 'The Media Shop' to place its advertisements in various newspapers and publications based on the individual radio, television, TV Licence or corporate marketing requirements. The SABC is therefore unable to provide the detailed breakdown per newspaper, per financial year. The cost of print advertising in summarised in (1)(b)(i) above.

    The SABC Radio has also undertaken various trade exchange deals, whereby SABC airtime is traded against print media exposure on a 1:1 monetary ratio.

    Below is an extract of trade exchanges with print media exposure for the 2012/13 fiscal year:

    SABC Platform

    Print Media

    R

    SABC Corporate Radio

    Media 24

    1 987 480

    UmhloboWenene FM

    Avusa Publishing Eastern Cape: A Division of Avusa Media Ltd

    300 000

    UmhloboWenene FM

    Daily Dispatch

    300 000

    SABC Corporate Radio

    The New Age

    502 000

    Ukhozi FM

    Independent Newspapers

    200 000

    Tru FM

    Eastern Cape Today Publishing

    77 000

    SAFM

    Sunday Independent

    230 250

    SAFM

    Daily Maverick

    105 000

    RSG

    Media24

    374 465

    RSG

    Media 24 (Kuier Magazine)

    198 650

    RSG

    Media 24 (Magazines) (ADDENDUM)

    50 000

    RSG

    BeeldKinderfonds

    150 000

    Lotus FM

    Independent Newspapers (Post)

    42 515

    Lotus FM

    Independent Newspapers

    50 000

    Lotus FM

    Independent Newspapers

    200 000

    Lotus FM

    The Rising Sun Newspaper PTY (LTD)

    160 000

    Lotus FM

    The Rising Sun Newspaper PTY (LTD) (Race Day)

    30 000

    Good Hope FM

    Die Son

    70 000

    Good Hope FM

    Son op Sondag

    82 320

    Good Hope FM

    Independent Newspapers

    173 127

    Good Hope FM

    Primedia Sport (Division of Primedia Pty Ltd)

    616 000

    Good Hope FM

    Independent Newspapers

    449 995

    5FM

    Media24 – Grazia

    320 400

    5FM

    Media 24 Lifestyle Division - FHM Magazine

    407 592

    5FM

    Associated Magazines (Cosmopolitan)

    359 700

    5FM

    Media 24 - Seventeen Magazine

    120 760

    5FM

    3i Publishing - Rolling Stone Magazine

    119 850

    Total

    R 7 677 104

    E. ICASA

    (1) (b) (i)(aa) the total expenditure for print in 2009/10 is R288 732.70

    (bb) the total expenditure for print in 2010/11 is R419 243.13

    (cc) the total expenditure for print in 2011/12 is R41 889.30

    (dd) the total expenditure for print in 2012/13 is R328 678.15

    (ii)(aa) the total expenditure for broadcast advertising in 2009/10 is nil.

    (bb) the total expenditure for broadcast advertising in 2010/11 is nil.

    (cc) the total expenditure for broadcast advertising in 2011/12 is R10

    191.50

    (dd) the total expenditure for broadcast advertising in 2012/13 is R33

    687.00

    (2) (a)(i)The advertisements were broadcasted on the following:

    2009/10

    2010/11

    2011/12

    2012/13

    2012/13

    N/A

    N/A

    Radio 2000

    Kaya FM

    R33 687.00

    R10 191.50

    Metro

    R65 640.00

    SA FM

    R21 540.00

    Ukhozi FM

    R36 630.00

    UmhloboWenene

    R37 780.00

    Lesedi FM

    R40 470.00

    Thobela FM

    R28 770.00

    Motsweding FM

    R25 230.00

    Radio 2000

    R11 880.00

    Total

    R 301 627.00

    (ii)The advertisements were placed in the following newspapers:

    2009/10

    2010/11

    2011/12

    2012/13

    City Press

    Business Day

    Financial Mail

    IT Web

    Sunday Times

    Engineering News

    National/Provincial Yellow and White pages edition 2010

    Hambanathi Newspapers

    Consumer Fair

    Newspapers

    The Argus

    Eastern Cape Herald

    Daily News Mercury

    Isolezwe

    The Witness

    Ilanga

    Sowetan

    Daily Sun

    Eyethu Media

    Consumer Fair

    Citizen

    Times

    N/A

    Consumer Fair

    Human Communication

    Consumer Fair

    Commuter SA

    Sowetan

    Citizen

    F. SENTECH

    (1) (b)

    Financial year

    2009/10

    2010/11

    2011/12

    2012/13

    Printing media

    R 390 523.40

    R 187 079 .00

    R 284 045.37

    Broadcasting

    R 584 610.88

    R 93 453.56

    (2) (i) SA Economy; Talk Radio 703; RSG; SA FM, Ukhozi FM; Lesedi FM; Motsweding FM; UhloboWenene; Business Day Report, All SABC public Broadcasters, Aspire Magazine, Beyond Magazine

    (ii)Sunday Times: 2009-10

    Avusa Media: 2010-11

    Succeed Magazine, Brainstorm and News Desk Media: 2011-12 and

    Musina FM OB: 2012-13;

    G .ZaDNA

    (1) (b)(i)and(ii) .ZaDNA did not undertake any print or broadcast advertising during these periods

    (2) During these periods .ZaDNA only advertised a limited number of tender/RFPS in the Government tender bulletin.

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    Basic Payee Seminar

    R7 158

    Human Capital Services

    SABC Policy Review & Development Workshop

    R33 816

    Market Intelligence

    SAMRA Conference

    R8 860

    SABC 2

    Promex Workshop- on air promotions

    R10 352

    SABC 3

    Promex Workshop- on air promotions

    R6 785

    SABC Board

    CBA Conference

    R3 271

    R227 558

    E. ICASA

    (a) (ii)

    Summary of conference costs

    Row Label

    2009/10

    2010/11

    2011/2012

    2012/13

    OPEX

    1 091 134

    3 140 691

    2 822 219

    3 006 0833

    Associated Workshops

    142 479

    2 070 553

    973 683

    1 007 636

    Workshops

    948 655

    1 070 138

    1 848 536

    1 998 447

    Normal Projects

    8 233

    262 904

    Workshops

    8 233

    262 904

    Ring-Fenced: Projects

    63 086

    Workshops

    63 086

    Grand Total

    1 091 134

    3 140 691

    2 830 452

    3332073

    NB. Conference costs were funded from normal Opex and Regulatory Projects.

    F. SENTECH

    (a)(ii)(aa) 2009/10 no spending on any conference

    (bb) 2010-11 R26 500-00 Govtech conference

    (cc) 2011-12 R35 750-00 Govtech conference

    (dd) 2012/13 no spending on any conference

    G. ZADNA

    .ZADNA did not hold any conference during these periods.

    Reply received: September 2013

    QUESTION NO: 1071
    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17 May 2013
    QUESTION PAPER NO: 16
    DATE OF REPLY:
    Ms M.R. Shinn (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:


    With reference to her reply to question 523 on 29 April 2013, what steps will she take to recover the debt owed to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa?
    NW1303
    Reply

    ICASA has issued letters of demand to the outstanding licensees, issued sealing orders, entered into payment plans and, where appropriate, suspended licenses.

    Reply received: September 2013

    QUESTION NO: 963

    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10 May 2013

    QUESTION PAPER NO: 15

    DATE OF REPLY:

    Ms M.R. Shinn (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:

    (1) Since 1 January 2011, how many applications under the Promotion of Access to Information Act, Act 2 of 2000, were received by (a) her department and (b) entities reporting to her, and in each case, how many were (i) granted, (ii) refused and (iii) deemed refused under section 27;

    (2) Since 1 January 2011, how many internal appeals under the Act were received by (a) her department and (b) entities reporting to her, and in each case, how many were (i) granted, (ii) refused and (iii) deemed refused under section 77(7);

    (3) Who is the information officer for (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her, and in each case, what are the contact details of the officer?

    NW1186E

    REPLY:

    Department

    (1) (a) The Department received 16 applications.

    (i) Granted: 14

    (ii) Refused: 2

    (iii) Deemed refused under section 27: 0

    (2) (a) No internal appeals were received.

    (i) Granted: 0

    (ii) Refused: 0

    (iii) Deemed refused under section 27:0

    (3)(a) The Department's Information Officer is Ms Rosey Sekese, the Director-General.

    Tel: 012 427 8167

    Fax: 012 427 8016

    Private X 860

    Pretoria

    0001

    Email: director-general@doc.gov.za

    Entities

    SAPO

    (1) (a) 14 Applications were received

    (i) Granted: 0

    (ii) Refused: 14

    (iii) Deemed refused under section 27: 0

    (2) (b) 8 Appeals were received

    (i) Granted: 0

    (ii) Refused: 8

    (iii) Deemed refused under 27: 0

    In all the matters where there had been a refusal to provide information, the requests were for information which related to Motor Vehicle Registration and this could be obtained from the Department of Transport or the relevant Municipality. The South African Post Office (SAPO) only has access to this information as a consequence of its commercial relationship with the Municipalities and the Department of Transport. The information is not South African Post Office information.

    (3) (b) The information officer for the South African Post Office is Ms. M Lancaster and her contact details are:

    SAPO Head Office

    350 Witchazel Avenue

    Eco point

    Centurion

    Pretoria

    Tel: 012 649 7637

    email: Marietjie.lancaster@postoffice.co.za

    SENTECH

    1 (b) One application was received

    (i) Granted: 1

    (ii) Refused: 0

    (iii) Deemed refused under section 27: 0

    2 (b) No internal appeals were received

    (i) Granted: 0

    (ii) Refused: nil

    (iii) Deemed refused under section 27: 0

    3(b) The information officer for Sentech is Mr. Zunaid Adams and his contact details are:

    Sentech SOC Ltd

    Tel: 011 471 4422

    Email: Adamsz@sentech.co.za

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    .ZADNA

    (1) (b) No applications were received

    (i) Granted: 0

    (ii) Refused: 0

    (iii) Deemed refused under section 27: 0

    (2) (b) No internal appeals were received

    (i) Granted: 0

    (ii) Refused: 0

    (iii) Deemed refused under section 27: 0

    3(b) The Information for .ZADNA is Mr. Vika Mpisane, the General Manager and his contact details are:

    Tel: 011 314 0077

    Cell: 082 880 0715

    Email: vika@zadna.org.za

    ICASA

    (1) (b) No applications were received

    (i) Granted: 0

    (ii) Refused: 0

    (iii) Deemed refused under section 27: 0

    (2) (b) No internal appeals were received

    (i) Granted: 0

    (ii) Refused: 0

    (iii) Deemed refused under section 27: 0

    (3)(a) The information officer for ICASA is Mr. Themba Dlamini the Chief Executive Officer and his contact details are:

    Tel: 011 566 3085

    Fax: 011 566 3086

    Email: ceo@icasa.org.za

    NEMISA

    (1) (b) No applications were received

    (i) Granted: 0

    (ii) Refused: 0

    (iii) Deemed refused under section 27: 0

    (2) (b) No internal appeals were received

    (i) Granted: 0

    (ii) Refused: 0

    (iii) Deemed refused under section 27: 0

    (3)(b) NEMISA does not have an officially designated information officer. The Company Secretary's details are as follows:

    Name: Mr. HulisaniMurovhi

    Tel: 011 644 4807

    Cell: 084 383 7762

    Email: hulisanim@nemisa.co.za

    USAASA

    (1) (b) No applications were received

    (i) Granted: 0

    (ii) Refused: 0

    (iii) Deemed refused under section 27: 0

    (2) (b) No internal appeals were received

    (i) Granted: 0

    (ii) Refused: 0

    (iii) Deemed refused under section 27: 0

    (3)(b) No one is appointed as an Information Officer. Applications are received through the Office of the CEO. The CEO's details are as follows:

    Mr. Zami Nkosi

    Tel: 011 564 1600

    Fax: 011 564 1630

    Email: zami@usaasa.org.za

    P.O. Box 12601

    Vorna Valley

    1686

    SABC

    (1) (b) No applications were received

    (i) Granted: 0

    (ii) Refused: 0

    (iii) Deemed refused under section 27: 0

    (2) (b) No internal appeals were received

    (i) Granted: 0

    (ii) Refused: 0

    (iii) Deemed refused under section 27: 0

    (3)(b) The Information Officer as delegated by the SABC GCEO is Ms Mbulu Nepfumbada, Head of Legal. Her contact details are as follows:-

    Tel no. 011 714 3434

    Email: nepfumbadam@sabc.co.za

    Private Bag X1, Auckland Park, Johannesburg, South Africa 2006

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    Allowing for the obtainment of a preservation order in terms of Prevention of Organised Crime Act to permit police officers to seize proceeds of crime temporarily.

    The resolution is yet to be implemented

    A review of the International Assistance in Criminal Matters Act to define the respective roles of the South African Police Service, the National Prosecuting Authority and the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

    The resolution is yet to be implemented

    Department of Social Development is currently implementing the following resolutions as part of an Integrated Programme of Action (2011-2016) developed by the Inter-ministerial Committee on Combating Substance abuse:

    · Review of the structure and mandate of the CDA to allow for proper coordination by government structure and oversight by an independent body

    · Intensifying campaigns that seek to inform and educate people, in particular young people, about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.

    · Ensuring equal access to resources, especially for civil society and organisations from rural areas

    · Implementation of a continuum of care and a public health approach that provides for prevention, early detection, treatment, rehabilitation and after care services.

    · Implementation of comprehensive prevention programmes including both universal and targeted approaches. All young people need life skills and this should be taught in all schools. In addition in high risk areas this should be supplemented by more targeted approaches.

    · Strengthening of after care services – including for young people (learners).

    · Utilisation of multiple approaches to prevention across different disciplines and structures targeting for example families and schools. Programmes like youth development and sport development can be used as channels.

    · Public advocacy and messaging which advocates for a substance abuse free South Africa.

    · Increasing the provision of rehabilitation and after care and ensuring that all communities have access to these services.

    · Setting an example to the public by ensuring that all public service functions are alcohol free.

    Reply received: June 2013

    QUESTION NO: 826
    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26 April 2013
    QUESTION PAPER NO: 13
    DATE OF REPLY:
    Mrs. J D Kilian (Cope) to ask the Minister of Communications:


    (1) Whether, with reference to the local content development drive of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), she can present a comprehensive breakdown of the local content investment made quarterly (a) during the 2011-12 financial year and (b) since 1 January 2013 regarding (i) sport programmes, (ii) documentaries, (iii) educational programmes, (iv) children's programmes and (v) other programmes, including (aa) soap operas and (bb) actuality programmes;

    (2) What was the nature of the delays, if any, in the commissioning process?

    (3) Whether any irregularities were found with the closing of the request for proposals book; if not, why not; if so, (a) what steps were taken to investigate this and (b) will charges and criminal action with regard to irregular commissioning processes follow? -

    REPLY:

    I have been advised by the SABC as follows:-

    1 (a) During the 2011-12 financial year ending on 31 March 2012, the SABC awarded contracts to the value of R 758,086,493. The investment per genre is as follows:

    Mar-12

    Jun-11

    Sep-11

    Dec-11

    Mar-12

    FULL YEAR R'

    Q1 R'

    Q2 R'

    Q3 R'

    Q4 R'

    Sport

    114 783 556

    25 123 293

    40 413 244

    22 699 776

    26 547 243

    Documentaries

    73 554 145

    27 956 055

    28 644 595

    12 878 053

    4 075 442

    Educational

    57 645 246

    32 433 739

    -

    5 362 952

    19 848 555

    Children

    56 587 453

    20 260 575

    20 581 474

    -

    15 745 404

    Other

    455 516 093

    122 837 147

    135 184 859

    152 894 161

    44 599 926

    758 086 493

    228 610 809

    224 824 172

    193 834 942

    110 816 570


    Mar-12

    Jun-11

    Sep-11

    Dec-11

    Mar-12

    Breakdown of Other

    R'

    R'

    R'

    R'

    Drama

    282 361 912

    91 509 768

    76 983 031

    98 098 415

    15 770 698

    Entertainment

    117 715 760

    12 934 008

    45 309 521

    49 195 870

    10 276 361

    Religion

    53 054 889

    17 893 37 771

    12 043 715

    4 564 936

    18 552 867

    Other

    2 383 532

    500 000

    848 592

    1 034 940

    0

    455 516 093

    122 837 147

    135 184 592

    152 894 161

    44 599 926

    l(b) Since January 2013 to date, the SABC awarded contracts to the value of R 281,538,781. The investment per genre is as follows:

    R'

    Sport 19 916 244
    Documentaries 12 867 819
    Educational 19 790 380
    Children 5 628 378
    Other 223 335 960
    Other-Actually
    281 538 781

    Apr-13
    R
    '

    Breakdown of Other

    Drama 142 534 588
    Entertainment 46 667 448
    Religion 22 599 422
    Other 11 534 502
    223 335 960

    2. The Nov 2011 RFP book pitching sessions were delayed by 3 months because the SABC had to ensure that proposal submissions were in line with the PPPFA (Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act). As part of Industry Development, new entrants were invited to attend the pitching process – utilizing this process, new companies particularly young black companies were exposed to the broadcast pitch environment, thus empowering them with valuable knowledge of submitting for further RFP books issued by the SABC.

    Other Operational factors that caused delays:

    ▪ There were two (2) companies that were awarded projects but it took a lengthy period of time for them to obtain renewals of tax clearance certificates with SARS.
    ▪ As per PPPFA, any entity that fails to provide mandatory documentation will be disqualified.
    ▪ As part of Industry Development, some of the briefs invited individual script writers (Independent individuals).After being awarded projects, the individuals had to form formal entities. The latter took long to finalize thus delaying the process.
    ▪ Some pitching sessions could not proceed as planned owing to a shortage of SABC personnel and such sessions had to be rescheduled.
    ▪ There are some operational inefficiencies of instances where the delays in issuing of final contract resulting from delays in reviewing the draft contracts by Commissioning Editors as well as Producers as well as delays in submission of budgets by Producers.

    3. As with any RFP book, the SABC ensures its policies and procedures are followed to limit any irregular activities.
    In the November 2011 RFP book,

    ▪ Four (4) staff members in Content Hub recused themselves in the proposal evaluation process and pitch process due to personal relationships with companies submitting proposals;
    ▪ Two (2) Factual Request for proposals had to be re-read by other Commissioning editors as the staff reading and evaluating were found to not have enough experience in evaluating proposals;
    ▪ One (1) Entertainment shortlist was recalled as too few companies were shortlisted given the number of proposals submitted. Proposals were reread and a more balanced shortlist issued.

    No irregularities were found in the commissioning process of Nov 2011 RFP book.

    Reply received: September 2013

    QUESTION NO: 881
    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 3 May 2013
    QUESTION PAPER NO: 14
    DATE OF REPLY:
    Mr R Shinn (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:


    (a) When will the disciplinary processes against two certain persons (names given) be concluded and

    (b) What will be its total cost?
    NW1100E

    REPLY:

    (a) The CFO - The SABC informs us that hearing began in the week of 8 September. The second phase will be held soon.

    The News Editor - The SABC informs us that the disciplinary process has been abandoned and he has been paid out the remainder of his contract on 31 May 2013. Mr. He has referred the matter of his employment status and payout to the High Court.

    (b) The CFO -The total costs can only be determined upon the conclusion of the matter. Please refer to the response provided on NW13-2588E for on-going costs.

    The News Editor - The remainder of contract - R 2,398,925 and legal fees - R 1 861,632.

    Reply received: September 2013

    QUESTION NO: 825
    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26 April 2013
    QUESTION PAPER NO: 14
    DATE OF REPLY:
    Mrs. JD Kilian (Cope) to ask the Minister of Communications:


    (1) Whether she will support a forensic investigation by the Auditor-General (AG) into any alleged corporate governance transgressions and possible financial irregularities committed during the term of office of the recently dissolved SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Board; if not, why not; if so, when will the AG be requested to conduct the forensic audit;

    (2) Whether the terms of reference of the forensic audit have been drafted; if not, why not; if so, what are the terms of reference;

    (3) Whether a deadline has been determined by when the forensic audit should be tabled before the interim board; if not, why not; if so, what is the date?

    NW1042E
    Reply


    The Member is requested to be specific about the corporate governance transgressions and possible financial irregularities at the SABC that she had in mind when formulating the question. I will upon receiving a response from the Member respond further.

    Reply received: September 2013

    QUESTION NO: 824
    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26 April 2013
    QUESTION PAPER NO: 13
    DATE OF REPLY:
    Mrs. JD Kilian (Cope) to ask the Minister of Communications:


    (1) Whether, with reference to the suspension of a certain person (name furnished), there was any investigation into the irregular and unlawful appointment process followed in the appointment of the specified person; if not, why not?

    (2) Whether the Interim SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Board will be requested to investigate the paper trail regarding this matter; if not, why not?

    (3) Whether the Interim Board and her department will take steps against those persons responsible for any irregular appointment processes in this regard; if not, why not?

    (4) (a) what is the sum total of benefits that accrued to the specified person during his suspension period so far and (b) when will this matter be finalised;

    (5) Whether a severance package and golden handshake are currently being considered; if not, why not; if so, what would it amount to?
    NW1041E
    REPLY:

    (1) No investigation was undertaken. The SABC is not aware of any irregular or unlawful appointment process having taken place.

    (2) No.

    (3) Necessary disciplinary action would be taken against the person/s should evidence be obtained of any wrong-doing in the appointment process.

    (4) (a) R 2 654 184 until 31 May 2013.

    (b) The remaining remuneration as per his contract has been paid to the person concerned. However, he has appealed the High Court judgment (South Gauteng) to the Supreme Court of Appeal.

    (5) No golden handshake or severance package has been considered.

    Reply received: September 2013

    QUESTION NO: 815
    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26 April 2013
    QUESTION PAPER NO: 13
    DATE OF REPLY:
    Adv. A de W Alberts (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:


    Whether she will see to it that cell phone networks will further reduce their tariffs to the public; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?
    NW1028
    REPLY:

    The Department of Communications is currently undertaking a number of policy interventions with the view to contributing to further reduction in the cell phone retail tariffs. The details of the Interventions include:

    ▪ Cooperating with ICASA to conduct a comprehensive market review of the Impact of the Call Termination Regulation introduced in 2010 to assess the extent to which the intervention has achieved or not achieved its stated objectives.
    ▪ Building a system of Data Portal IT to collect, process, analyze and monitor the cell phone tariffs to understand trends and to timeously intervene to address continuous market failures.
    ▪ Conducting various studies for informed decision-making on innovative policy interventions that need to be implemented to stimulate greater competition among communications network services and electronic communications service providers to contribute to the reduction in the cost to communicate in South Africa.
    We are also going to have a pricing policy workshop with the mobile operators and other stakeholders soon.

    ICASA is also giving further consideration to this matter

    Reply received: September 2013

    QUESTION NO: 631
    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28 March 2013
    QUESTION PAPER NO: 10
    DATE OF REPLY:
    Dr A Lotriet (DA) asked the Minister of Communications:


    (1) How many claims were instituted against her department (a) in the (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2008-09, (iii) 2009-10, (iv) 2010-11 and (v) 2011-12 financial years and (b) during the period 1 April 2012 up to the latest specified date for which information is available;

    (2) in respect of each financial year (a) what amount was claimed, (b) how many claims were (i) finalised in court, (ii) settled out of court and (iii) are still outstanding and (c) what amount has been paid to each plaintiff in each case that was (i) finalised in court and (ii) settled out of court?
    NW790E
    REPLY:

    The department advises me that this question is unclear and we are therefore unable to respond at this stage.

    Reply received: May 2013

    QUESTION NO: 523

    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22 March 2013
    QUESTION PAPER NO: 9
    DATE OF REPLY: 10 April
    2013
    Ms MR Shinn (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:

    (a) What legal challenges is the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) facing in respect of disputes involving the invoicing of applications for license fee renewals,
    (b) how many of these challenges are there,
    (c) what are the names of the disputing companies, and
    (d) How much is owed in terms of each dispute?
    NW680E

    REPLY:

    (a) I have been informed by ICASA as follows:-

    (a) There are no legal challenges. Renewals are done based on requests received from operators/industry.

    (b) N/A

    (c) Spectrum Disputes

    Companies

    Nature of Dispute

    Sum of Outstanding Amount

    Bassom Group

    Application of the regulation 1999

    R 699 986.00

    Vodacom (PTY) LTD

    Repeal Regulations and Deferred of New

    R 65 452 445.73

    SANDAF

    Lack of pay

    R 189 216 989.00

    South African Police Services

    Lack of funds to pay

    R 20 886 702.00

    Wireless Business Solutions

    Migration Costs to be offset against the billing

    R 55 374 081.02

    Enforcement in progress

    Untraceable

    R 5 999 287.35

    Grand Total

    R 337 629 491.10


    (d) Electronic Communication Related

    Provision for Impairments

    Comment

    Amount

    Neotel

    ICASA's interpretation of the regulations-awaiting for legal opinion

    R 34 909 857.00

    Cell C (Pty) Ltd

    ICASA's interpretation of the regulations-awaiting for the legal opinion

    R 107 278 168.12

    Orbicom

    Regulations were never amended to cater for Orbicom

    R 4 692 055.66

    Internet Solutions (Pty) Ltd

    USAF interest and penalty; awaiting for legal opinion

    R 2 460 259.86

    MTN

    USAF interest and penalty; awaiting for a legal opinion

    R 14 465 313.00

    Unresolved Impairments

    R 163 805 653.63

    Reply received: April 2013

    QUESTION NO: 522
    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22 March 2013
    QUESTION PAPER NO: 9
    DATE OF REPLY: 04 April 2013
    Ms M R Shinn (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:


    (a) What is the type of leave that two persons (names furnished) are currently on, (b) what are the conditions of their leave and (c) what are the (i) employment benefits and (ii) amount in salary that they are receiving while on leave?
    NW679E
    REPLY:
    (a) Ms Gugu Duda is on suspension
    Mr. Phil Molefe is on special leave.

    (b) Ms Gugu Duda - not applicable
    Mr. Phil Molefe -full pay and benefits

    (c) (i) Ms. Gugu Duda -full benefits are due until the disciplinary process is complete.

    (i) Mr. Phil Molefe - full benefits are due until the disciplinary process is complete.

    (ii) Ms. Gugu Duda - (R 1 563 275 for period)
    (iii) Mr. Phil Molefe - (R 2 278 607 for period)

    Reply received: June 2013

    QUESTION NO: 521
    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22 March 2013
    QUESTION PAPER NO: 9
    DATE OF REPLY: 26 APRIL 2013
    Ms M R Shinn (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:


    What is the status of the negotiations or legal challenges surrounding the removal of (a) the head of SABC News and Current Affairs (name furnished) and the Chief Financial Officer (name furnished)?
    NW678E
    REPLY:
    The SABC has informed me as follows:

    The Group Executive: News and Current Affairs:

    The application to prevent the SABC from proceeding with his disciplinary case was dismissed by the courts with costs. The disciplinary hearing is due to commence.

    The Chief Financial Officer (CFO):

    The disciplinary hearing of the CFO is underway.

    Reply received: September 2013

    QUESTION NO: 483
    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22 March 2013
    QUESTION PAPER NO: 9
    DATE OF REPLY:
    Adv. A. de W Alberts to ask the Minister of Communications:


    Whether she has investigated the involvement of a certain company (name provided) in allegedly influencing the Government to vote against certain resolutions of the United Nations in exchange for regulatory benefits for the said company from the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

    NW599E
    REPLY


    The department informs me that no allegation of impropriety were made available to the previous Minister.

    Reply received: September 2013

    QUESTION NO: 478
    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15 March 2013
    QUESTION PAPER NO: 8
    DATE OF REPLY:
    Mrs. JD Kilian (COPE) to ask the Minister of Communications:


    (1) With reference to the commissioning of a certain company (name and details furnished) by the SABC Board, on what date did the meeting of the Board approve the terms of reference for the investigation;

    (2) Whether the SABC has no internal capacity to conduct investigations of this type; if not, why not; if so, why was the investigation outsourced;

    (3) Whether any competitive tendering processes were followed by the SABC during this process; if not, why not; if so, (a) what process was followed and (b) were any Board members (i) directly or (ii) indirectly involved in the process;

    (4) (a) what amount was initially approved in terms of the Delegation of Authority Framework (DAF), (b) what monies were paid out to the specified company,

    (c) on what date did the Board approve the final payment, (d) what was the process that was followed and (e) were any members of the Board (i) directly or (ii) indirectly involved in the process;

    (5) Whether she will make a statement on the matter?

    NW637E
    REPLY:


    (1) 10 September 2012

    (2) The SABC does have an internal forensic audit unit; however, for investigations relating to executives, independent external companies are used.

    (3) No competitive tendering process was followed.

    (a) Not Applicable

    (b) Initially the Board appointed Dr. SP Makhesha and Mr. CS Gina to undertake the exit interview with the person concerned. The outcome was reported to the Governance, Nomination & Remuneration Committee and referred to an emergency Board meeting. Feedback was provided to the Governance, Nomination & Remuneration Committee and it was recommended that the Board approve a mandate to the Deputy Chairman, Mr. TS ka Plaatjie, to deal with the matters. The Board approved the appointment and subsequent extension of the contract of SML Matsaung Attorneys

    (4) (a) The initial amount was R288 000. Thereafter approvals were provided for the additional scope of work.

    (b) R288 000 21/09/2012
    R3 311,731 09/11/2012
    R 1 313, 280 21/12/2012

    (c) The last resolution was dated 30 October 2012.

    (d) It was referred by the Chairperson of the Risk Committee and Governance (GNR) Committee for the appointment of an independent consultant due to the sensitive nature of the enquiry. The independent consultant then provided feedback at the GNR Sub-committee meeting held on 7 September 2012. At this meeting, further expansion of the mandate was requested. The request was recommended by the GNR Sub-committee for approval by the Board. The mandate was the approved by the Board on 10 September 2012

    (e) The approvals were carried out by the Board as a whole.

    (5) There is no need at this stage to do so.

    Reply received: April 2013

    QUESTION NO: 461
    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15 March 2013
    QUESTION PAPER NO: 8
    DATE OF REPLY:
    Mrs J D Kilian (Cope) to ask the Minister of Communications:


    (1) Whether the parity process of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has an impact on the finances of the organisation; if not why not; if so, what are the relevant details with regard to salary increases that (a) have been granted to staff members and (b) are about to be reversed;

    (2) Whether she has found that the salary anomalies project was a miscalculation on the part of the broadcaster; if not why not; if so, what are the relevant details

    (3) Whether the developments have aggravated the relationships between the unions and the broadcaster, if not what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?
    NW615E
    REPLY
    :

    I have been informed by the SABC as follows:

    (1) Yes, the parity process will increase personnel costs; however, this has been budgeted for. The process is aimed at addressing parity issues that exist.

    (a) 1 230 individuals impacted to varying degree.

    (b) 465 queries have been received and these are being investigated.

    Currently, the transactions for 174 employees have been frozen until all of the queries have been resolved. This does not affect their normal monthly salaries. This is a joint process between management and Unions. All queries are being addressed by the joint task team which was specifically created for this purpose. Through the queries process, some omissions have also been noted.

    (2) The project was not a miscalculation. The project was a calculated decision to address historical disparities and salary gaps agreed upon by Management and Unions as per the collective Bargaining Agreement.

    (3) The queries encountered have not aggravated the relationships with Unions. The queries are being addressed by the task team which consists of Union and Management representatives.

    Reply received: May 2013

    QUESTION NO: 409
    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15 March 2013
    QUESTION PAPER NO: 8
    DATE OF REPLY: 29 April 2013
    Mrs. JD Kilian (Cope) to ask the Minister of Communications:


    (1) Whether, with reference to the appointment and recent dismissal of the Acting COO of The SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), the post was advertised; if not, why not;

    (2) (a) when was the current incumbent appointed, (b) when was the specified person appointed as Acting COO and (c) when was his acting appointment rescinded;

    (3) Whether the SABC Board formally approved his appointment as Acting COO; if so, when was the appointment approved;

    (4) Why was the Board's decision overruled resulting in conflicting messages in the media about the Acting COO;

    (5) Whether she will reveal the reasons for the specified person's dismissal; if not, why not; if so, what are the reasons?
    NW556E

    REPLY
    (1) It was advertised on 03 February 2013.

    (2) (a) The position of the COO has been vacant since 31 December 2006. It has been occupied by various individuals in an acting capacity only.

    (b) Ministerial approval was obtained on 18 November 2011 for him to be appointed as Acting COO.

    © The Board decision to rescind the incumbent's acting was taken at a Board meeting held on 26 February 2013 and was subsequently withdrawn by the then Deputy Chairperson of the Board.

    (3) Yes, the incumbent's Acting was approved at the Board meeting of 14 November 2011.

    (4) The decision of the Board was never overruled on the Acting COO matter; the Minister simply required adherence to Section 19.1-2 of the Memorandum of Incorporation 2011 of the SABC in dealing with the appointment.

    (5) Not applicable. The individual in question was not dismissed

    Reply received: April 2013

    QUESTION NO: 398

    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 8 March 2013

    QUESTION PAPER NO: 6

    DATE OF REPLY:

    Mrs J D Kilian (Cope) to ask the Minister of Communications:

    (1) Whether her department commissioned TV licence holders (a) SABC and (b) e.tv to develop the specifications for signal control in set-top boxes; if so, why was that process overturned;

    (2) (a) what (i) process did her department follow to select the preferred service provider (name furnished) and (ii) basis and criteria were used to select the specified service provider, (b) which other companies participated in the bidding process, but were unsuccessful and (c) what amounts have so far been paid over to the specified service provider;

    (3) (a) who served in the Tender Committee of his department, (b) when did they meet and (c) were records kept of the proceedings of the specified committee; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

    (4) whether she will confirm that all applicable Treasury regulations were followed; if not, (a) where did his department deviate from tender regulations and (b) why;

    (5) whether she will take disciplinary steps against officials who flouted tender regulations; if not, why not?

    NW551E

    REPLIES:

    (1) The Department of Communications did not commission TV license holders or the licensed free to air broadcasters SABC and e.tv to develop specifications for signal control in set-top boxes. However, the Department in March 2011 requested the SABC to work in co-operation with other affected licensed free-to-air broadcasters to commence a process to select a suitable STB Control vendor in order to meet the requirements as set out in the Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy. After 14 months of the DoC having requested the SABC to work in co-operation with affected free-to-air broadcasters to select the vendor, the SABC working with other broadcasters did not manage to finalise the selection of a vendor resulting in the SABC tender to lapse.

    (2) (a) (i) The Department did not select any service provider/s and therefore there is no preferred service provider. The Minister having taken advice from both the Department and Sentech that a STB Control System (Conditional Access system) already exists at Sentech, which can meet the requirements set out in the policy. Sentech is the government owned agency to which the government has invested over R 2 billion for digitizing its network. This is important for Sentech to be positioned to play a central role in delivering digital signal transmission for the success of the digital migration programme. The Sentech control system is currently used for the satellite transmission network. The control system also required upgrading at minimal cost. In an attempt to move the project forward, and to also save costs for the broadcasters, an instruction was issued to Sentech to resume responsibility for the STB control system with a view to help the country to move ahead with the implementation. This decision was aimed at also ensuring that the DTT Project timelines including the international date set by the International Telecommunications Union of 17 June 2015 are met.

    (ii) The SABC and other broadcasters issued a tender in order to select a STB Control System vendor in 2008, and reissued another tender in April 2011 and by May 2012 this tender had lapsed. At the time that the tender lapsed, two companies were shortlisted, namely Nagravision and NDS. However this tender was awarded by the SABC.

    (b) None.

    The Department did not go through a bidding process, but the SABC and other broadcasters did. The SABC tender process was never awarded.

    (c) The Department did not pay any money to Sentech for the STB Control system. Sentech upgraded the STB Control system within its existing operational budget.

    (3) (a), (b), (c) Nobody served on the Tender Committee for this STB Control system because the Department did not go on tender for the STB Control System. The SABC issued the tender as earlier indicated.

    (4) (a), (b) It can be confirmed that there were no treasury regulations applicable on the instruction to Sentech to resume responsibility for the STB Control system. The instruction was intended for Sentech to play a central role in the transmission of signals on behalf of all concerned broadcasters in the use of the STB Control system including community broadcasters as mandated by the Broadcasting Digital Migration and the ICASA Regulations. This would also save costs for these broadcasters since the STB Control system is already in place.

    (5) No. There is no need for disciplinary procedures since there were no tender irregularities applicable in this case.

    Reply received: September 2013

    QUESTION NO: 353
    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 8 March 2013
    QUESTION PAPER NO: 06
    DATE OF REPLY:
    Ms M R Shinn (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:


    (a)(i) Who and (ii) from which government entities were they who represented South Africa at the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai from 3-14 December 2012, (b) what input did they make at the conference, (c)(i) what resolutions did the delegation (aa) support and (bb) reject and (ii) why and (d)(i) what prior consultation with South African (aa) civic and (bb) ICT sector representatives took place before the conference to inform South Africa's contribution and (ii)(aa) with whom and (bb) on what dates were the consultations?
    NW500E
    REPLY:

    (a)(i) and (ii) Representation at the World Conference on International Telecommunications

    The South African delegation to the World Conference on International Telecommunications was led by the former Minister of Communications, Ms Dina Pule MP, and included officials from the following Departments and organisations:

    1. Department of Communications (DoC):
    Gift Buthelezi. DDG International Affairs and Trade
    Themba Phiri, DDG Policy
    Jabu Radebe, Acting DDG Infrastructure Development
    Jim Paterson, Director: Multilateral
    Simon Qobo, Director: Trade
    Charles Mabuza, Director: ISAD Branch
    Adelaide Masemola, Director: Policy
    David Monyepao, Deputy Director: Infrastructure Development
    Queen Montoedi, Assistant Director: International Affairs

    2. Department of Defence (DoD):
    Major General Bhembe
    Brigadier General Fordred
    Major Ngwenya

    3. Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA):
    Themba Dlamini, CEO
    Albert Ntavhaedza
    Eric Nkopodi
    Praneel Ruplal
    Phosa Mashangoane
    Thenjiwe Dube
    Norman Gidi
    Leweng Mphahlele

    4. ComSec:
    Zoyisile Mshunqane

    5. State Security:
    Hellen Makhuvela

    6. Telkom:
    Nigel Naidoo
    Tennyson Chimbo
    Elizabeth Roussot

    7. Broadband Infraco:
    Ramasela Moloto
    Modise Motlhabane

    8. Internet Solutions:
    Zandile Mbele
    Siyabonga Madyibi

    (b) Inputs to the Conference

    The South African Delegation, led by the DOC, was Chair of the Africa group, which met on a daily basis during the Conference in order to coordinate African positions. This placed a greater responsibility than would otherwise have been the case for the delegation to work in close coordination with the Africa group on all the issues being discussed in relation to negotiations for the new International Telecommunication Regulations, and to be one of the countries to speak on behalf of the Africa group.

    South Africa was also the Vice-Chair of the overall conference, and part of the conference Steering Committee, where decisions were made with respect to the overall management of the conference. South Africa also chaired two Ad-hoc groups of the Plenary, the first dealing with the compulsory nature of recommendations, and the second dealing with the Right of Access to International Telecommunication Networks.

    The South African delegation also met on a daily basis to discuss South Africa's position with respect to the evolving debates taking place in the different committees. South African delegation members were also assigned to contribute to all of the working groups established within the Africa group dealing with revisions to all of the Articles of the International Telecommunication Regulations. South Africa was therefore able to contribute to the development of all of the African positions at the Conference, and was active in addressing these positions in the negotiations.

    (c) (i), (aa), (bb) (ii) Resolutions of the Conference

    Key issues at the conference included the text in the new International Telecommunication Regulations dealing with Security and Robustness of networks and Unsolicited Bulk Electronic Communications (SPAM). These were highly contentious issues, which were considered to be priorities by many developing countries as there is no global treaty or global multilateral organisation dealing with these issues comprehensively. The articles concerned address activities that are potentially disruptive of the networks in which developing countries are investing a lot of resources to build. A paragraph dealing with Human Rights was also included in the Preamble on the basis that this may address some of the concerns some countries had with respect to the inclusion of these articles on Security and SPAM.

    The Chairperson also approved the text for a resolution dealing with Internet Governance, on the basis of the strength of the views in favour of inclusion. This was the first departure of the conference from the ITU tradition of agreement through consensus. A second departure from tradition occurred with a formal vote on the issue of including text in the Preamble concerning the right of Member States to Non Discriminatory access to International Telecommunications Networks.

    It should be noted that the conference took place in a highly politicised atmosphere, with intense international lobbying by powerful countries and leading internet companies and organisations, both through the media and through high level meetings.

    South Africa supported the inclusion of all the text mentioned in the preceding paragraphs, on the basis that these issues were of major concern to many developing countries. Many developing countries also argued that they are not the countries of origin for most of the world's SPAM, yet the onus remains on recipient countries to tackle the problem.

    The conference also dealt with a number of other important issues, such as the avoidance of double taxation, greater transparency of international telecommunications pricing and quality of service, cooperation in border zones to prevent inadvertent roaming charges, issues relating to misuse and fraud with respect to numbering resources, calling party and origin identification, Internet Protocol interconnection, alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, issues relating to market power, accessibility for persons with disabilities, energy efficiency, and special measures for landlocked developing countries and small island states.

    The South African delegation supported the outcomes of the World Conference on International Telecommunications and signed the new International Telecommunication Regulations, along with the majority of ITU Member States. However a significant number of countries issued statements at the end of the conference indicating that they would either not be signing the new Regulations or that they would have to consult further before endorsing the ITRs.

    (d)(aa), (aaa) and (bbb) Consultations prior to the Conference

    A number of preparatory meetings were held with the ICT sector to prepare for the WClT and for the preceding World Telecommunications Standardisation Assembly (WTSA), including on the following dates: 6th March 2012, 4th April 2012, 7th May 2012, 16th - May 2012, 6th - 7th September 2012, 13th November 2012. Companies from the South African Telecommunications sector participated, together with government agencies and regulatory bodies such as ICASA and the za Domain Name Authority.

    South Africa also participated in the Africa group preparations for WClT and the VVTSA, and hosted one of these preparatory meetings on the 21st – 24th - May 2012. Participation in the Africa group meeting preceding and during WClT included Afrinic, the regional internet registry for Africa.

    South Africa also received a number of submissions and held meetings with a number of delegations, countries and organisations, including regional groups (the Americas, representatives of Europe, the Asian group, Eastern European countries, Arab group), telecommunications companies, internet related businesses and organisations, and Trade Union organisations.

    The ITU also published draft international Telecommunication Regulations prior to the conference and opened a public consultation via their web page to solicit public views and opinions. These opinions were published and made available to all delegations.

    Reply received: September 2013

    QUESTION NO: 352

    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 8 March 2013

    QUESTION PAPER NO: 6

    DATE OF REPLY:

    Ms MR Shinn (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:

    (a) On what dates has the task team of the June 2012 ICT Indaba met, (b) who sits on this team, (c) which resolutions of the ICT Indaba of June 2012 has the task team implemented or is in the process of implementing and (d) what are the details of the progress to date?

    NW499E

    REPLY:

    (a) The Department has established an Inter-Branch Committee and the National SOE Forum which deals with the implementation of National ICT Programmes which includes the outcomes of the ICT Indaba and other national commitments made at other international forums. These meetings are held on a monthly and ad-hoc basis. These structures are also supported by the ICT Industry Forum which developed several proposals for the implementation of vision 2020. The New National ICT Forum will once launched take forward many of these issues contained in the Ministerial Declaration.

    (b) The Inter-Branch Committee is attended by representatives from different branches in the Department who are responsible for the implementation of programmes and commitments of the Department taken from different forums which have implications for the roll out of ICT interventions at the three spheres of Government.

    The National SOE Forum is attended by the Chairpersons and Chief Executive Officers of the ICT Sector as well as SOEs falling under the Department of Communications. The Department also planned to host an ICT high level panel composed of representatives from other African countries. However, due to the ongoing investigations and limited budget, the high level expert panel meeting has not been convened thus far.

    c) Access to broadband communication as a basic human right.

    The Department has developed a National Broadband Policy, Strategy and Plan, and is consulting further on it. It is hoped that it would be processed through Cabinet by the end of November 2013.

    Closing the Skills gap in consultation with other stakeholders.

    The Department has taken a decision to focus on up-scaling ICT skills production in the country through collaboration with universities and FET colleges. A process is underway to amalgamate the National Electronics and Multimedia Institute of South Africa (NEMISA), Institute of Satellite Applications and the e-Skills Institute into a single Institute that responds to ICT skills in the country including technology and multimedia studies, as well as satellite applications skills for the knowledge economy. The New Institute will focus on ICT skills development particularly for previously disadvantaged groups such as, youth, women and people with disabilities. The New Institute will also ensure a better and more holistic response to the ICT skills challenges in the country.

    The Department has also partnered with the Department of Basic Education to ensure that ICTs forms part of learner curricula. The collaboration has successfully developed school connectivity programmes and a number of schools have already been connected particularly in rural areas.

    Establishment of ICT Indaba Secretariat comprised of multi-stakeholder participation

    The Department is currently in a process of establishing a National Secretariat comprising of representatives from all provinces. A consultative process will commence soon as part of the build-up to the hosting of a high level expert meeting to be convened in early 2014.

    (d) Progress has been hampered in some areas due to lack of capacity within the Department. This challenge will be overcome by appointing staff in key positions of the organogram.

    Reply received: April 2013

    QUESTION NO: 340
    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 8 March 2013
    QUESTION PAPER NO: 8
    DATE OF REPLY:
    Adv. A. de W. Alberts (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Communications:


    (1) Whether she aware of the standard of cell phone networks of all cell phones operators, with regard to which cell phones are cut off or blocked because of insufficient capacity, even in metropolitan areas where stronger signals ought to be available; if not why not; if so;

    (2) Whether she will take any steps to address the specific poor service, including the possibility of further enforced price reductions, if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?
    NW485E

    REPLY:

    I have been advised by ICASA as follows:-

    (1) Yes, ICASA conducts monitoring of cellular networks in selected areas around the country, including the metropolitan areas. Through this monitoring, ICASA is able to determine the Quality of Service (QoS) of the networks as well as engage the network operators in areas of poor quality.

    (2) ICASA has published the End User Subscriber Service Charter for cellular networks (currently being updated). The Charter specifies the parameters used for monitoring and effectively forms the basis by which ICASA regulates Quality of Service to prevent poor service.

    Reply received: May 2013

    QUESTION NO: 327
    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 8 March 2013
    QUESTION PAPER NO: 6
    DATE OF REPLY: 04 April 2013
    Mrs J D Kilian (Cope) to ask the Minister of Communications:


    (1) Whether, with reference to the turnaround strategy of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and the government conditions relating to its guarantee, the SABC has repaid 80% of the Nedbank loan for which a government guarantee was approved; if not, what are the relevant details; if so, on what dates were the amounts deposited into the Nedbank account;

    (2) (a) what does the outstanding amount owing to the specific Nedbank loan agreement amount to and (b) when will the loan be fully repaid;

    (3) What are the implications for the public broadcaster of the extension of employment contracts to freelancers working for the SABC, both in terms of head count and actual additional costs for salaries and benefits;

    (4) Whether she has found that the SABC has achieved its reduction of head count which was a condition of the Nedbank loan; if so, please motivate; if not, what are the relevant details? NW403E

    REPLY
    I have been advised by the SABC as follows:-

    (1) As at 01 March 2013, the SABC has repaid 80.6% of the Nedbank loan. A table below is for the accelerated payment dates and for easy reference:

    Nedbank Loan Capital Payment Schedule

    02/01/2012

    R27 777 777.78

    R111 111 111.11

    31/01/2012

    R27 777 777.78

    R0.00

    29/02/2012

    R27 777 777.78

    R0.00

    02/04/2012

    R27 777 777.78

    R0.00

    30/04/2012

    R27 777 777.78

    R27 777 777.78

    31/05/2012

    R27 777 777.78

    R27 777 777.78

    02/07/2012

    R27 777 777.78

    R27 777 777.78

    31/07/2012

    R27 777 777.78

    R27 777 777.78

    31/08/2012

    R27 777 777.78

    R27 777 777.78

    01/10/2012

    R27 777 777.78

    R27 777 777.78

    31/10/2012

    R27 777 777.78

    R27 777 777.78

    30/11/2012

    R27 777 777.78

    R27 777 777.78

    31/12/2012

    R27 777 777.78

    R416 666 666.67

    28/02/2013

    R27 777 777.78

    R27 777 777.78

    01/04/2013

    R27 777 777.78

    R27 777 777.78

    30/04/2013

    R27 777 777.78

    R0.00

    31/05/2013

    R27 777 777.78

    R0.00

    01/07/2013

    R27 777 777.78

    R0.00

    31/09/2013

    R27 777 777.78

    R0.00

    02/12/2013

    R27 777 777.78

    R0.00

    31/12/2013

    R27 777 777.78

    R0.00

    31/01/2014

    R27 777 777.78

    R0.00

    28/02/2014

    R27 777 777.78

    R0.00

    31/03/2014

    R27 777 777.78

    R0.00

    30/04/2014

    R27 777 777.78

    R0.00

    02/06/2014

    R27 777 777.78

    R0.00

    30/06/2014

    R27 777 777.78

    R0.00

    31/07/2014

    R27 777 777.78

    R0.00

    01/09/2014

    R27 777 777.78

    R0.00

    30/09/2014

    R27 777 777.78

    R0.00

    31/12/2014

    R27 777 777.78

    R0.00

    R1000 000 000.00

    R1000 000 000.00


    (2) (a) R 194 444 444.96
    (b) On 30 September 2013, as per the accelerated payment schedule above.

    (3) Should the SABC decide to offer employment contracts to freelancers, this will be done at the same or lower cost to the company. In order to not escalate headcount, approved vacancies would be used for this purpose. A task team has been established to look into the matter and make recommendations to the SABC management.

    (4) In February 2010, the SABC committed to reduce its headcount numbers by 15% over a 3 year period i.e. fiscal periods 201012011,201112012 and 201212013. The headcount at that stage was 3 889 employees. The headcount as at 28 February 2013 was 3 645 employees which equals a headcount reduction of 245 (6.3%) since February 2010.

    Reply received: April 2013

    QUESTION NO: 326

    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 8 March 2013
    QUESTION PAPER NO: 6
    DATE OF REPLY: 05 April 2013
    Mrs. J D Kilian (Cope) 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 there are any other unions that have not been recognised; if not, why not; if so, what are the criteria used for the recognition of unions;

    (3) Whether the processes in respect of recognition of unions have been found to be fair and in compliance with constitutional principles of freedom of association; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; if not,

    (4) Whether she intends taking any steps in this regard; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?
    NW402E
    REPLY:

    (1) The SABC has recognition agreements with the following unions:

  • The Communications Workers Union (CWU)
  • The Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union (BEMAWU)
  • (2) On 04 August 201 1, the SABC terminated its recognition agreement with the Media Worker Association of South Africa (MWASA) due to its lack of sufficient membership.

    The SABC is not aware of any other trade union/s that have approached it with a view of concluding a recognition agreement.

    (3) The processes in respect of recognition of CWU and BEMAWU are fair as it complies with the provisions of the Labour Relations Act No. 66 of 1996 (LRA). In addition to complying with the relevant provisions of the LRA, the relationship with the two trade unions is also governed by the voluntary collective agreements concluded.

    No employee's right to participate in forming a trade union and to join a trade union has been infringed.

    (4) Not applicable.

    Reply received: April 2013

    QUESTION NO: 308
    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 1 March 2013
    QUESTION PAPER NO: 4
    DATE OF REPLY:
    Mrs JD Kilian (COPE) asked the Minister of Communications the following questions:


    (1)Whether, with regard to the roll-out of digital migration, her department has informed the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) about the fact that South Africa would not meet the cut-off date for analogue transmission; if not, why not;

    (2) Whether the ITU offered any solution to the anticipated analogue signal interference after the 2015 cut-off date; if so, what are the relevant details;

    (3) Whether her department has determined a new target date for (a) the commencement of the dual illumination phase as well as (b) a new target cut-off date of the analogue transmission; if not, why not, in each case; if so, in each case, what are the relevant target dates;

    (4) Will the delay in the digital migration roll-out have any financial implications for:-
    (a) Sentech and
    (b) broadcasters; if so, what will the estimated costs be?
    NW404E

    REPLIES:

    1. Should South Africa not meet the date of 17 June 2015 for the switch-off of analogue television transmissions, it would not be necessary to inform the ITU of this. The GE-06 Regional Agreement makes provision for analogue television transmissions to continue after 17 June 2015, on condition that they do not cause harmful interference to the digital television transmissions of neighbouring countries. This would be subject to bilateral agreements between South Africa and the neighbouring country concerned, and is not an ITU matter. South Africa intends placing the matter for consideration by SADC Ministers and will be bound by such a regional position.

    2. This is not the role of the ITU but a matter of bilateral or multilateral agreements between South Africa and the affected neighbouring countries. With the continued coordination between South Africa and its neighbours the matter can be resolved. South Africa will approach SADC for a decision on how coordination will be managed among SADC member states.

    3. (a) The Department is targeting July 2013 for the commencement of the performance period, signaling the start of dual illumination.

    (b) Analogue transmission will be switched off in phases across the country during the migration period. A final target cut-off date has not been set, but the Department will be working towards meeting the June 2015 deadline and will be working closely with the neighbouring countries in accordance with the relevant bilateral/multilateral agreements.

    4. (a) Analogue transmission has operational cost implications to Sentech as a result of the additional analogue technical infrastructure that must be maintained during the dual illumination period. The estimated costs after 2015 are R 112- million per annum with an inflation increase for subsequent years; and

    (b) there will be no additional costs to the broadcasters.

    Reply received: September 2013

    QUESTION NO: 299
    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 1 March 2013
    QUESTION PAPER NO: 4
    DATE OF REPLY:
    Ms M R Shinn (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:


    (a) What was the total cost to the state in the case between e-tv and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and Sentech, (b) how much did (i) her department, (ii) ICASA, (iii) SABC and (iv) Sentech contribute to the cost and (c)(i) who led the defence and (ii) from which legal firm?
    NW376E
    REPLY:

    (a) The total cost to the state is R1, 523,610.3.

    (b)(i) The Department paid R704, 583.16 towards its own costs (R690, 854.00 for the costs of two counsel and R13, 729.16 for the legal costs of the consultant).
    The Department has to pay 50% of e.tv's costs - that is R125, 112.14.

    (ii) NA
    (iii) NA
    (iv) Sentech paid R568, 802.84 towards its own costs (R555, 073.68 for the costs of attorneys and two counsel and R13,729.16 for the legal costs of the consultant). Sentech must pay 50% of e.tv's costs -that is R125, 112.14.

    (c)(i)&(ii) Only the Minister and Sentech opposed the case. The Minister's case was led by Adv PM Mtshaulana SC as briefed by the State Attorney and Sentech's case was led by Adv Theo Beckerling SC as briefed by Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc.

    Reply received: April 2013

    QUESTION NO: 274
    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 1 March 2013
    QUESTION PAPER NO: 4
    DATE OF REPLY: 11 April 2013
    Ms M R Shinn (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:


    (1) How many signals were turned off for those companies/entities that did not renew their licences by 1 February 2013; if none, what is the reason for this;

    (2) Are any of these companies/entities in arrears with their licence fees; if so, (a) how many, (b) how much do they owe and (c) how will the arrears be recovered?
    NW349
    REPLY:

    I have been informed by lcasa as follows:

    (1) No signals have been turned off as yet due to the enforcement and collection process still being carried out.

    (2) Yes; (a) 13 180 (non disputed) plus 11 (disputed).
    (b) R18 690 612.91 ((non disputed) plus R501 435 144.74 (disputed)
    (c) If the operators are found to have dissolved their companies, lcasa will have to write off the debt. If the operators have moved premises or changed trading names and are found to be operational and using the services, the database will have to be updated, the operators will be issued with new invoices.

    Reply received: April 2013

    QUESTION NO: 273
    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 1 March 2013
    QUESTION PAPER NO: 4
    DATE OF REPLY: 03 April 2013
    Ms MR Shinn (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:


    (1) With reference to her reply to question 2558 on 1 October 2012, has the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) completed its study of the report of the State Security Agency (SSA) into the alleged breach of confidentiality by a certain person (name furnished); if so,

    (2) Whether ICASA will make this report public;

    (3) Were any of the recommendations acted on; if so, what actions did this involve; if not,

    (4) Did it conduct any other inquiry into this issue; if so, what are the (a) details and (b) outcomes;

    (5) Whether the matter is now concluded?
    NW348E

    REPLY:

    I have been advised by ICASA as follows:-

    (1) Yes,

    (2) No. It was an internal investigation.

    (3) Yes, ICASA is reviewing its information classification policy.

    (4) No other enquiry was conducted.


    (5) Yes

    Reply received: September 2013

    QUESTION NO: 220
    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22 February 2013
    QUESTION PAPER NO: 2
    DATE OF REPLY:
    Ms MR Shinn (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:


    How many companies or entities that had approved operating licenses in 2012, (a) are (i) up to date and (ii) not up to date with the payment of their (aa) licenses and (bb) links and (b) what was the total arrears due at the end of 2012?
    NW235E

    REPLY


    I have been advised by ICASA as follows:-

    (a)(i) There are 145 operating Electronic Communications licenses that ICASA had approved in 2012

    (ii) (aa) 350 licenses are not up to date with their payments

    (bb) 1 link is not up to date.

    (b) The total arrears as at the end of the financial year 2012 is R442 886 651.69.

    Reply received: April 2013

    QUESTION NO: 218
    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22 February 2013
    QUESTION PAPER NO: 2
    DATE OF REPLY:
    Ms M R Shinn (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:


    How many (a) annual radio frequency spectrum licenses were due for renewal by 1 February 2013 (b) license renewal applications did her department received by 1 February 2013 (c) radio frequency spectrum licenses have been renewed and (d) new links involved in each license?
    NW233E

    "
    REPLY:

    (a) The number of frequency spectrum licences that were live on the system by 1 February 2013 and potentially due for renewal was 52 000.

    (b) The number of email responses for renewal on 01 February 2013 was 8328. (However, in some cases one email or renewal form applied to more than one licence, perhaps up to 400 licences). Requests for renewals continued after the closing date and still continue as the licenses only expire on 31 March 2013.

    (c) The number of licenses invoiced so far for renewal is 37850.

    (d) The number of links varies from one license to another. Some licensees, typically small users, would have a license for only one link. Others, like I-ECNS licensees, would have more than one link per license, but then all links covered by the license will be in one frequency band. For example, one I-ECNS licensee would have 1700 links in the 7 GHz band, typically covered by a number of spectrum licenses-with perhaps as many as 100 links per license. The same I-ECNS licensee may also have links in other bands, e.g. the 15, 18 and 23 GHz bands. These would be covers by separate spectrum licenses.

    Reply received: September 2013

    QUESTION NO: 195
    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 8 March 2013
    QUESTION PAPER NO: 3
    DATE OF REPLY:
    Mrs. P C Duncan MP (DA) asked the then Minister of Communications the following question:


    Whether she intends to introduce legislation that seeks to compel television broadcasters to ensure that the volume of commercials is the same as that of the regular programmes; if not, why not; if so, when will such legislation be introduced? NW209E

    REPLY
    No.

    I agree that over the recent years many consumers have been concerned that at times the commercials on television are broadcast at a higher volume than a preceding programme they watched. But this issue is largely a regulatory (not a legislative) matter related to the Code of Conduct for broadcasters. ICASA needs to ensure that when it reviews the Code of Conduct for broadcasters regulations published in 2009, it looks into developing rules that will require broadcasters to ensure that television programming and commercials are broadcast at a similar volume. Currently, broadcasters are also responsible for maintaining the volume of the programmes themselves, to ensure that both programmes and advertisements are transmitted at a relatively even volume. Once ICASA has finalised the regulations, member of the public could follow the complaints procedures as outlined by ICASA in its regulations. I would encourage the member, Ms P Duncan, to make use of the relevant ICASA processes.

    Reply received: April 2013

    QUESTION NO: 137
    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15 February 2013
    DATE OF REPLY:
    Mr M R Sayedali Shah (DA) asked the Minister the following questions:


    (1) How many legal matters were dealt with by her department (a) in the (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11, (iii) 2011-12 financial years and (b) during the period 1 April 2012 up to the latest specified date for which information is available;

    (2) (a) how many of the specified legal matters were dealt with by (i) the State Attorney and (ii) private attorneys during the specified periods and (b) what are the reasons why her department was not represented by the State Attorney in each specified case;

    (3) what total amounts were paid by her department to (a) the State Attorney and (b) private attorneys during the specified periods?
    NW 13 -143

    REPLY

    Qualification:
    Matters that continue over more than one year have been counted once only in respect of the year of commencement; or if it commenced prior to 2009 but was ongoing in 2009, then it was counted in respect of 2009;

    (1) 2009-10 Financial Year
    10

    2010-11 Financial Year
    7

    2011-12 Financial Year
    10

    2012-2013 Financial Year
    2

    (2) 2009-10 Financial Year
    a) The State Attorney was instructed in all 10 matters. The State Attorney, however, instructed private attorneys in two matters due to the involvement of those private attorneys in advising government on the relevant transaction that was the subject matter of both cases and due to the specialised commercial nature of the two matters. No private Attorneys were appointed.

    b) Refer to c) above.

    2010-11 Financial Year

    a) (i) The State Attorney was instructed in 6 matters.
    (iii) 1 Private Attorney was appointed.

    b) The Private Attorney was appointed through the Supply Chain Management process approved by the Departmental Bid Adjudication Committee.

    2011-12 Financial Year

    a) (i) The State Attorney was instructed in 8 matters. The State Attorney, however, instructed private attorneys as its correspondent attorneys in one matter since the State Attorney is located in Pretoria and the matter was heard in Makhado.
    (ii) 2 Private Attorneys were appointed.

    b) Private Attorney was appointed through the Supply Chain Management process approved by the Departmental Bid Adjudication Committee.

    2012-2013 Financial Year
    (a) The State Attorney was instructed in both matters.
    (b) Refer to (a).

    (3) 2009-10 Financial Year
    a) A total amount of R567 11 5.36 was paid to the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development to refund claims relating to the State Attorney bearing in mind that the State Attorney paid the private attorneys that were involved.
    b) No Private Attorneys were appointed by the department on legal matters during this period.

    2010-11 Financial Year
    a) A total amount of R3 026 707.00 was paid to the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development to refund claims relating to the State Attorney.
    b) Private Attorney was paid R548 664.50.

    2011-12 Financial Year
    a) A total amount of R1 054968.42 was paid to the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development to refund claims relating to the State Attorney bearing in mind that the State Attorney paid the private attorneys that were involved.
    b) 2 Private Attorneys were paid a total of R2 510 143.3 ( R2 467 119.27 and 43 024.00, respectively)

    2012-2013 Financial Year (up to 15/02/2013)
    a) A total amount of R489 029.98 was paid to the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development to refund claims relating to the State Attorney.
    b) No Private Attorneys were appointed by the department on legal matters during this period.

    Reply received: August 2013

    QUESTION NO: 104

    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22 February 2013

    QUESTION PAPER NO: 2

    DATE OF REPLY:

    Mr E J Marais to ask the Minister of Communications:

    (1) Whether (a) her department and (b) any entities reporting to it paid any bonuses to senior officials in December 2012; if so, in each specified case, (i) to whom and (ii) what 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?

    NW110E

    REPLY:

    DoC

    The Department of Communication did not pay performance bonuses to senior officials in December 2012.

    SABC has advised as follows;

    The SABC did not pay bonuses to senior officials in December 2012.

    Sentech has advised as follows;

    Sentech has not pay bonuses to senior officials in December 2012.

    SAPO has advised as follows;

    The South African Post Office did not pay bonuses to senior officials in December 2012.

    NEMISA has advised as follows;

    NEMISA did not pay any bonuses to senior officials in December 2012.

    USAASA has advised as follows;

    There were no bonuses that were paid in December as the Board has declared that due to non performance of the organization, there will be no bonuses paid for the financial year 2011/12.

    The performance agreements were signed and the performance assessments were done but were more focused on individual performance other than linkage between organizational and individual performance.

    ICASA has advised as follows;

    (1) (b) ICASA has paid performance bonuses to Senior Managers for 2011/12 performance year.

    (i)

    (ii)

    MI Ngxingo

    R 29 464.73

    EB Sehlapelo

    R 29 464.73

    C Mhlanga

    R 20 988.57

    NMF Tshabalala

    R 29 464.73

    PD Molefe

    R 29 464.73

    ML Morgan

    R 29 464.73

    TC Dubazana

    R 29 468.20

    CD Mashile

    R 29 464.73

    UY Bangani

    R 29 464.73

    KA Serero-Chiloane

    R 29 464.73

    PH Ruplal

    R 29 464.73

    R Algu

    R 30 166.27

    NN Gidi

    R 29 464.73

    MV Letsiri

    R 29 464.73

    MA Ramsey

    R 30 166.27

    R Langa

    R 32 411.20

    Total

    R 467 312.56

    (2) ICASA had a performance management policy of 2003, which was used to effect the 2011/2012 performance bonuses. The 2003 performance management policy was subsequently reviewed and a new robust and comprehensive performance management policy was developed and approved by Council for implementation with effect from 1 September 2012. However, due to the fact that the Authority's financial year and performance year is from 1 April – 31 March of each year, the performance bonuses for 2011/2012 were paid based on the 2003 performance management policy that was in force at that time.

    (3) All Senior Managers who received performance bonuses were contracted based on 2003 policy and had regular performance reviews as dictated by the same policy.

    Reply received: August 2013

    QUESTION NO: 71

    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15 February 2013

    QUESTION PAPER NO: 01

    DATE OF REPLY: 14 March 2013

    Mr D C Ross (DA) who asked the Minister of Communications:

    a) How many tickets did (i) her department and (ii) any of its entities purchase to attend business breakfasts hosted by a certain newspaper (name furnished)

    (aa) in the (aaa) 2010-11 and (bbb) 2011-12 financial years and (bb) during the period 1 April 2012 up to the latest specified date for which information is available and

    (b) what was the total cost in each case?

    REPLY

    . (a) (i) The Department did not purchase tickets to attend business breakfast shows hosted by the New Age newspaper .

    (a) (ii) The South African Broadcasting Corporation and the National Electronic Institute of South Africa did not purchase tickets to attend business breakfast shows hosted by the New Age newspaper from 2010-11 to 31 February 2012-13 financial years.

    (aa) Nil

    (aaa) Nil

    (bbb) & (b) Sentech and USAASA each purchased 10 tickets in March 2012 at a cost of

    R 7 130, 70 per entity.

    (bb) The South African Post Office purchased 10 tickets in the period 1 April to February 2013 at a cost of R 7 130, 70.

    Reply received: June 2013

    QUESTION NO: 55

    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 1 March 2013

    QUESTION PAPER NO: 1

    DATE OF REPLY:

    Ms MR Shinn (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:

    1. Whether any disciplinary action has been taken against certain senior staff members (names furnished) of the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA); if not, why not, in each case; if so, what (a) actions and (b) were the outcomes in each case?

    NW58E

    REPLIES;

    I have been informed by the Universal Service and Access Agency of SA (USAASA) as follows:

    1. The following employees were charged on various charges of misconduct:-

    (aa) Mr Phineas Moleele, the former Chief Executive Officer was charged In December 2011 and he resigned in January 2012;

    (bb) Mr Molefe Mollo, the former Executive Manager: Business

    Development Services was charged in December 2011 but resigned in September 2012 before the completion of the hearing;

    (cc) Mr Andrew Hlubi, the Chief Financial Officer was charged in December 2011 and found guilty of various charges of misconduct in the internal disciplinary process. He has since been dismissed with effect from 15 March 2013 and on 11 April 2013 he noted an appeal with the CCMA and the matter is set down for conciliation at CCMA on 29 April 2013.

    (dd) Ms Thandeka Mngadi ("Ms Mngadi"), the Executive Manager:

    Corporate Services was charged in December 2011 and the independent chairperson in the internal disciplinary hearing found her guilty on various charges of misconduct and recommended final written warning. Ms Mngadi has now been advised to remain at home until the Board has made a final determination. In the meantime Ms Mngadi has also lodged dispute with CCMA that is set down for 02 May 2013.

    (dd) Mr Thato Matsepe, the former Senior Manager: ICT was charged in February 2012 and he resigned in July 2012 before the completion of the disciplinary hearing;

    (ee) Mr Archie Mbatha, the Senior Manager: SCM was charged in December 2011 and the disciplinary process found him guilty of less serious charges relating to negligence other than willful and recklessness. Mr Mbatha has since tendered a resignation that was accepted by the Board and he left on 31 March 2013.

    (i) The Board has also sought for legal advice on how to recover monies where no value was derived by USAASA as well as laying civil and criminal charges against the employees and service providers.

    Reply received: June 2013

    QUESTION NO: 54

    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 1 March 2013

    QUESTION PAPER NO: 1

    DATE OF REPLY:

    Ms MR Shinn (DA) to ask the Minister of Communications:

    (1) Whether a forensic investigation was commissioned by her or any of her predecessors into the alleged financial mismanagement at the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA); if so, (i) who commissioned the investigation, (ii) who conducted it, (iii) when was it conducted and (iv) what were the terms of reference?

    NW57E

    REPLIES:

    I have been advised by the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) as follows;

    (i) There were two investigations conducted, one being a forensic investigation and another being value for money audit investigation. The first investigation (forensic investigation) was commissioned by my predecessor, the late Mr Padayache and the second investigation (value for money audit) was commissioned by the present Minister, Ms Dina Pule;

    (ii) The forensic investigation was conducted by a company called Forensic Investigation, Risk and Recovery Management (Pty) Ltd; and the value for money audit was conducted by Gobodo Forensic and Investigative Accounting (Pty) Ltd;

    (iii) (aa) The forensic investigation conducted by Forensic Investigation, Risk

    and Recovery Management (Pty) Ltd was for the period 05 October 2011 to 30 November 2011;

    (bb) The value for money audit conducted by Gobodo Forensic and

    Investigative Accounting (Pty) Ltd was for the period 27 February 2012 to 08 June 2012;

    (iv) (aa) And the terms of reference for the forensic investigation conducted by Forensic Investigation, Risk and Recovery Management (Pty) Ltd were to conduct forensic investigation on any possible internal irregularities regarding supply chain management processes and procedures, governance processes and non-compliance to the delegation of authority of USAASA and any relevant components with particular focus to the following:-

    1 Human resource issues relating to 21 appointments;

    2 Governance issues relating to resolutions of the Board;

    3 Resolutions of Board Committees;

    4 Supply chain management issues relating to:

    (a) Dan Young;

    (b) MI Holdings;

    (c) High level review of tenders awarded to a number of service providers.

    5 Finance issues relating to capacity building project, establishment of Project Management Office, Msinga project and appointment of Ntumba (Pty) Ltd.

    (bb) And the terms of reference for the value for money audit conducted by Gobodo Forensic and Investigative Accounting (Pty) Ltd were conducting value for money audit in respect of identified service providers. In conducting the value for money audit the following must be taken into consideration by the consultant:-

    1 Investigate and express an opinion on the value for money derived from the listed tenders and/or contracts awarded to service providers;

    2 Investigate and conduct background checks of firms and/or individuals involved in the tenders/or contracts both internally and outside USAASA.

    3 Investigate and conduct the verification of equipment supplied to access centres around South Africa and determine the value for money thereof.

    4 Gathering documentary evidence.

    5 Review project related documentation, including contract documents of the list of service providers mentioned below which rendered services and/or goods to USAASA with the view of expressing an opinion on the value for money.

    6 Conducting interviews of involved parties, including the service providers and project managers if required.

    7 It was expected as a final output that the consultant must produce an analysis indicating to what degree USAASA's money has been spent in relation to the qualitative value that has been derived from the delivery of services rendered; and

    8 The consultant was also expected to make recommendations which may include recovery of money wasted, if any and reporting of the irregular activities to the relevant bodies.