2022-w2380 - 10 November 2022

Zandile Majozi to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

(1) With reference to the Broadcasting Digital Migration, what number of households have applied for set-top boxes through the SA Post Office to date; (2) Whether she has found that her department will meet its targets for the deadline of 30 September 2022; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies on 10 Nov 2022

1. About 1, 5 million registrations have been recorded since the commencement of registrations in September 2015 to date.

2. A date of 30 September 2022 is gazetted and remains the deadline for citizens to make application for Government subsidised Set-top box. We have created sufficient awareness around the final registrations date, and the Minister does not intend issuing another gazette to extend the ...

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2022-w2990 - 10 November 2022

Leon Amos Schreiber to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Whether she and/or her department submitted a policy review document and/or any other government policy document to structures outside of the Government, either to private and/or external structures or structures of any political affiliation during the past five years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) will she furnish Dr L A Schreiber with copies of all such documents and (b) what are the reasons that the Government documents were provided to each structure?

Reply from the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies on 10 Nov 2022

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

1. All Policy Documents of the Department undergo public consultation with relevant stakeholders. Some of the consultations may require closed meetings and such are undertaken when requested included by political parties.

(i) The Draft White Paper on Audio and Audio-visual Content Services Policy Framework, Gazette No. 43797, published on 09 October 2020, was consulted with ...

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2022-w3047 - 10 November 2022

Sinawo Tambo to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What strategies are in place to ensure that Parliamentary, Legislatures and Council plenary sittings and committee meetings are accessible to the public through broadcasting platforms which are free to air?

Reply from the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies on 10 Nov 2022

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

Parliamentary sittings are broadcasted to South Africans through Commercial, Public, and Community broadcasting platforms. Secondly the parliament channel is accessible through various streaming platforms.

  1. Currently the public may follow sittings live on Parliament Radio and TV (DStv Channel 408), via live stream on Parliament YouTube channel and Twitter and Facebook pages. The public may subscribe ...
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2022-w2903 - 10 November 2022

Zandile Majozi to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

With women reportedly making up 31% of Telkom’s Board of Directors, what steps is she taking to ensure better gender representation at the State-owned entity at board level?

Reply from the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies on 10 Nov 2022

Telkom has committed to engage with Department, as its significant shareholder. The Minister is confident that the matter will be resolved through the application of the relevant prescripts of the Companies Act, and the applicable JSE Securities Exchange rules and regulations.

Authorised for submission by

 

MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS ...

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2022-w2963 - 10 November 2022

Tsholofelo Katlego Motshidi-Bodlani to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

(1) (a) What is the rationale for the pending merger of Sentech and Broadband Infraco, (b) how is it anticipated that the merger will impact the (i) workers and (ii) board directorship of the two entities, respectively; (2) what are the (a) full relevant details of the financial ramifications of the merger and (b) timelines for the completion of the merger?

Reply from the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies on 10 Nov 2022

I have been informed by the entities as follows:

(1)(a)The State-Owned Company (SOC) Rationalisation project seeks to harmonise and align SOCs capabilities within the DCDT to form a coherent agent for the efficient delivery of ICT services to South African citizens.. Broadband Infraco holds an Electronic Communications Network Service (ECNS) licence whilst Sentech has both Electronic Communications Service  (ECS) and ECNS licences. The two ...

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2022-w3401 - 10 November 2022

Ahmed Munzoor Shaik Emam to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What are the reasons that the Government intends to sell its shares in Telkom without consulting with the public?

Reply from the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies on 10 Nov 2022

As the shareholder representative of Telkom, I am unaware of any intention to sell Government’s shares in the company.

Authorised for submission by

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MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

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HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

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2022-w3497 - 10 November 2022

Dianne Kohler Barnard to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Whether she will furnish Ms D Kohler with (a) a complete list of the (i) names and (ii) addresses of the branches of the SA Post Office (SAPO) that she has decided to close and (b) the reasons for the closure of each specified branch; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies on 10 Nov 2022

a) The Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies did not decide to close any post office branch.

 

Authorised for submission by

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MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

_______________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

___________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

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2022-w2981 - 24 October 2022

Dianne Kohler Barnard to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What (a) amount was spent on legal fees in relation to the firing of the approximately 600 staff, and in view of the current recruitment drive whereby the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) are now advertising for hundreds of new staff and (b) exactly did the truly terrible culling process actually achieve other than decimate the quality of the SABC product across the board, resulting in the concomitant drop in audience and revenue generation?

Reply from the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies on 24 Oct 2022

I have been advised by SABC as follows:

a) The Section 189 process was led internally by SABC Executives, i.e. the Chief Operating Officer and Group Executive: Human Resources. The process was facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). No legal costs were incurred during this period. However, as is common knowledge, Organised Labour (BEMAWU) took the SABC to court ...

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2022-w1898 - 24 October 2022

Cilliers Brink to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Whether she has been informed that mailboxes and their enclosure at the corner of Rooihuiskraal and Panorama Road in the Reeds, Centurion, have been occupied as a makeshift housing shelter without the requisite facilities for water and sanitation, and that this effectively prevents customers of the Post Office from using the specified facility; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what action will be taken to restore and/or relocate the facility for its intended purpose?

Reply from the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies on 24 Oct 2022

I have been advised by SAPO as follows:

Plans are afoot to relocate and combine the mailboxes with the Wierda Park Box Lobby.

 

Authorised for submission by

 

MS. NONKQUBELA JORDAN-DYANI

DIRECTOR-GENERAL (ACTING)

DATE:

Recommended/not recommended

__________________________

HON. PHILLY MAPULANE, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

DATE:

Approved/ not approved

________________________________

HON. KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL ...

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2022-w1075 - 24 October 2022

Mmoba Solomon Malatsi to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

What amount has (a) Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, (b) Sentech, (c) the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa, (d) the Films and Publication Board, spent on (i) flowers, (ii) cards, (iii) wreaths and (iv) gifts in the past eight financial years?

Reply from the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies on 24 Oct 2022

I have been advised by the SOEs as follows:

SOEs

(i) Flowers

(ii) Cards

(iii) Wreaths

(iv) Gifts

ICASA

R500.00

-

-

R8 250.00

Sentech

R63 905.00

R15 878.00

R4 322.00

R55 273.00

USAASA

-

-

-

-

FPB

-

-

-

-

  • ICASA implemented the cost cutting measures as issued by National Treasury under Instruction Note 03 of 2017/18. The spending for flowers, cards, wreaths and gifts are ...
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