2019-w818 - 19 April 2019

Cameron Mackenzie to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(a) On which date(s) was each of his department’s Acting Deputy Directors-General appointed, (b) for what period was each person appointed, (c) what are the details of each person’s (i) annual salary and (ii) annual bonus paid out in each year since each person’s appointment and (d) on what grounds were the bonuses paid in each case?

Reply from the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services on 19 Apr 2019

I was advised by the department as follows:

(a)NAME OF ACTING DDG AND DATES APPOINTED

(b) PERIOD APPOINTED

(c)i ANNUAL SALARY

ADDG ICT POLICY AND STRATEGY

2017/10/01 – 2018/03/31

2018/04/03 – 2018/09/30

5 MONTHS

6 MONTHS

2017

R1,232,694

(Pay progression)

2018

R1,232,694

(cost of living adjustment still to be announced)

ADDG ISAD ...

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2019-w648 - 19 March 2019

Sophie Suzan Thembekwayo to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

What number of SIM cards were issued in 2018?

Reply from the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services on 19 Mar 2019

I have been advised by ICASA as follows:

The number of SIM cards issued in South Africa from September 2017 to September 2018 is as follows:-

  • 80.4 million for prepaid mobile voice subscriptions
  • 11.3 million for postpaid mobile voice subscription
  • 6.9 million for machine to machine mobile subscriptions

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Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, MP

Minister

Date:

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2018-w3551 - 03 December 2018

Choloane David Matsepe to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

What are the details of (a) the employee who received the R18,940,000.00 arbitration award as a virement in Programme 5, (b) the programme that the specified employee is employed in, (c) the grounds on which the arbitration award was made and (d) the reasons the award was made from the Universal Service Access Fund?

Reply from the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services on 3 Dec 2018

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

(a) No employee of the Department received an arbitration award of R18,940,000.00 or of any sort.

(b) – (d) Not applicable.

 

Approved / not approved

Ms S Ndabeni - Abrahams

MINISTER OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS & POSTAL SERVICES

DATE: 03/12/2018

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2018-w3550 - 03 December 2018

Choloane David Matsepe to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(a) What is the budget allocation for the Cyber Security Hub over the 2018-19 to 2020-21 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework and (b) how will the budget be spent?

Reply from the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services on 3 Dec 2018

I have been advised by the Department as follows: 

(a)

(i) The budget for the 2018-2019 financial year is R 12 125 000.

(ii) The budget for the 2019-2020 financial year is R 9 000 000.

(iii) The budget for the 2020-2021 financial year is R 9 435 000.

(b) The budget is spent in pursuit of the mandate of the Cybersecurity Hub as ...

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2018-w3547 - 03 December 2018

Cameron Mackenzie to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)    Whether, with reference to his reply to question 1529 on 4 June 2018, any of his department’s (a) Directors-General and/or (b) senior staff members were involved in organising the International Telecommunication Union, Telecom World Conference 2018, held in Durban on 10 to 13 September 2018; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) (a) which service providers were contracted to render services in respect of the event, (b) what services did each service provider render and (c) how was the quality of services rendered monitored; (3) Whether any measures were put in place to ensure that the specified employees do not benefit financially from contracting the service providers; if not, (a) why not and (b) what steps have been taken to investigate whether any employees benefitted financially from contracting any of the service providers; if so, (i) were the measures implemented and (ii) what are the details of the results?

Reply from the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services on 3 Dec 2018

I have been advised by the Department that:

1. The Director-General and senior managers were involved in the organization of the ITU Telecom World 2018.

The details are as follows:

Name

Designation

Role

Mr. Robert Nkuna

Director-General

Project Sponsor

Ms. Nonkqubela Jordan-Dyani

Deputy Director General

Project Manager

Ms. Thulisile Manzini

Deputy Director General

Stream Head: Media, Marketing and Communications

Mr. Omega Shelembe

Deputy Director ...

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2018-w3546 - 03 December 2018

Cameron Mackenzie to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(1)    What (a) is the detailed breakdown of the (i) R 1 398 000 spent on goods and services to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecom World Conference 2018, as stated in the Programme 2 virements, (ii) R 6 778 000 virement from Programme 3 and (iii) R 1 267 000 virement from Programme 4 of his department’s 2018-19 Adjusted Estimates of Expenditure and (b) impact have these virements had on the service delivery mandates of the affected programmes; (2) Has South Africa’s membership of any international organisation been affected by the Programme 2 virements; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) Whether any funds from the virements were sent to (a) the ITU and/or (b) any person or organisation not based in South Africa; if so, in each case, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services on 3 Dec 2018

I have been advised by the Department that:

(1)(a)(i) R 1,398,000 under Programme 2 spent on goods and services was for the travel and accommodation expenses of the ITU officials to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecom World 2018 event.

(ii) - (iii) R 6, 778, 000 virement from Programme 3 and R 1,267,000 virement from Programme 4 were ...

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2018-w3548 - 03 December 2018

Cameron Mackenzie to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

With reference to his reply to question 685 on 27 March 2018, what is the current status of the dispute between his department and the Department of Communications relating to the payment of Media Corner; (2) What is the current status of the disciplinary proceedings instituted against the employees who served as members of the Departmental Bid Evaluation Committee and the Departmental Bid Adjudictaion Committee; (3) Whether any criminal charges have been laid agains any employee or consultant involved in the Media Corner matter since 27 March 2018; if not, why not, if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services on 3 Dec 2018

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

1) Judgement was obtained against Media Corner on 20 September 2016. The High Court held that the decision of the Department, taken on 14 August 2012 and 22 October 2012 to award the tender to Media Corner, is reviewed and set aside, further ordering that the two remaining prayers, namely:

(i) to have the contract ...

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2018-w3549 - 03 December 2018

Choloane David Matsepe to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

With reference to his reply to question 678 on 27 March 2018, what is the (a) status of the legal challenge lodged by former Deputy DG, Mr Gift Buthelezi, against his dismissal and (b) total amount spent by his department in defence of the challenge to date.

Reply from the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services on 3 Dec 2018

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

a) Mr Buthelezi lost his case with the arbitration process at the GPSSBC and is now challenging the outcome of the arbitration in the Labour Court. Legal counsel was appointed to defend the case of the Department.

b) Total amount paid toward legal cost is R791,283.90

 

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Ms S Ndabeni - Abrahams ...

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2018-w3552 - 03 December 2018

Harold Mc Gluwa to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

(a)What number of meetings did each chapter of the national information and communication technology forum have since 1 September 2016, (b) on what date was each meeting held, (c) what was the agenda of each meeting and (d) did each meeting quorate?

Reply from the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services on 3 Dec 2018

I have been advised by the Department as follows:

(a) The number of meetings held by each chapter of the National Information and Technology Forum since 1 September 2016 are as follows:

Social Chamber – Two (2)

Economic Chamber – One (1)

Governance and Security Chamber – three (3)

ICTs and Disability Chamber – One (1)

b) The meetings were held on the following dates

Social Chamber – 9 ...

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2018-w3544 - 03 December 2018

Marian Robin Shinn to ask the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 1529 on 4 June 2018, the full costs of hosting the International Telecommunications Union’s Telecom World Conference in Durban in September 2018 was covered by sponsorships received; if not, (a) what amount of the total cost was not covered by sponsorships, (b) to whom was the shortfall paid and (c) from which budget allocation of his department was the shortfall paid; if so, what (i) is the name of each sponsor who paid money over to his department and (ii) was the value of each sponsorship?

Reply from the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services on 3 Dec 2018

I have been advised by the Department that:

No, the full cost of hosting the International Telecommunication Union’s Telecom World Exhibition and Forum was not entirely covered by sponsorship.

a) The amount not covered by sponsorship was R 11, 5 Million (estimated pending receipt of one outstanding invoice)

b) The shortfall was paid by the Department to:

  • the contracted Travel Agent of the ...
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