2020-w1624 - 14 October 2020

Phumzile Thelma Van Damme to ask the Minister of Communications

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

Reply from the Minister of Communications on 14 Oct 2020

I have been advised by the USAASA as follows:

a) Tender USAF – IDTV/01/2020 was a multifaceted tender which was divided into Part A (establishment of a database of suppliers to supply 32 Inch IDTV’s for indigent households with matric learners) and Part B (establishment of a database of suppliers to supply 32 Inch IDTV’s for the BDM Phase 2 roll ...

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2020-w1399 - 14 October 2020

Cameron Mackenzie to ask the Minister of Communications

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

Reply from the Minister of Communications on 14 Oct 2020

I have been advised by SAPO as follows:

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

2. At ...

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2020-w311 - 14 October 2020

Cameron Mackenzie to ask the Minister of Communications

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

Reply from the Minister of Communications on 14 Oct 2020

I have been advised by SAPO as follows:

1. (a,b,c) In terms of payments SAPO has information as per “Withdrawal transactions” and not beneficiary numbers. The reason for this is that one beneficiary is doing more than 1 transaction in a month (balance enquiry, 2x withdrawals maybe, and so forth). Out of 8,1 million beneficiaries SAPO paid during the month of ...

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2020-w1713 - 14 October 2020

Nomsa Innocencia Tarabella Marchesi to ask the Minister of Communications

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

Reply from the Minister of Communications on 14 Oct 2020

I have been advised by USAASA as follows:

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

The provision of a 32-inch IDTV to these indigent households ...

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2020-w2115 - 29 September 2020

Phumzile Thelma Van Damme to ask the Minister of Communications

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

Reply from the Minister of Communications on 29 Sep 2020

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

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

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

        

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2020-w2116 - 29 September 2020

Phumzile Thelma Van Damme to ask the Minister of Communications

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

Reply from the Minister of Communications on 29 Sep 2020

I have been advised by SABC as follows:

Year

(a) Catering

(b) Entertainment

2019/20

R2 973 768,65

0

2018/19

R3 106 635,82

0

TOTAL

R6 080 404,47

0

 

MS. STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

     

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2020-w1792 - 28 September 2020

Phumzile Thelma Van Damme to ask the Minister of Communications

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

Reply from the Minister of Communications on 28 Sep 2020

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

Department of Communications and Digital Technologies:

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

ENTITIES:

SENTECH

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

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2020-w1500 - 17 September 2020

Cameron Mackenzie to ask the Minister of Communications

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

Reply from the Minister of Communications on 17 Sep 2020

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

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

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2020-w742 - 17 September 2020

Cameron Mackenzie to ask the Minister of Communications

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

Reply from the Minister of Communications on 17 Sep 2020

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

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

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

2(a) The Group Executive: Governance and Assurance position has been vacant since January 2019.An incumbent has been acting ...

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2020-w1854 - 17 September 2020

Delisile Blessing Ngwenya to ask the Minister of Communications

Whether her department will consider scrapping television licence fees for pensioners and war veterans; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether her department considers the handing over of pensioners to attorneys for the collection of television licence fees a fair treatment for the senior citizens of the Republic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Communications on 17 Sep 2020

I have been advised by the department as follows:

1. The department will, in due course, be consulting on the Draft White Paper Audio and Audiovisual Content Services Policy Framework: A New Vision for South Africa. It will be worthy to consider the category of individuals and institutions that should be considered for such a relief.

2. The collection of television licence fees is ...

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