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Title: PRESENTATION TO THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC ENTERPRISES DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND POSTAL SERVICES 2013/2014 ANNUAL REPORT 05 November 2014


1

PRESENTATION TO THE SELECT COMMITTEE
ON COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC ENTERPRISES
DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND POSTAL
SERVICES 2013/2014 ANNUAL REPORT
05 November 2014
2
PRESENTATION OUTLINE
  • PERFORMANCE PER PROGRAMME
  • Summary of key achievements
  • Summary of significant under-achievements
  • PROJECTS CARRIED OUT ACROSS PROVINCES
  • FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
  • Financial statements
  • Transfer payments
  • RESPONSE TO AUDITOR-GENERALS FINDINGS

3
OVERVIEW OF KEY ACHIEVEMENTS
  • The Annual Report being presented is for the
    former Department of Communications (DoC) as it
    covers the period 01 April 2013 to 31 March 2104.
  • Significant achievements were noted in the
    following programmes amongst others
  • The Cabinet approval of the National Integrated
    ICT Policy Review Green Paper which was followed
    by extensive public consultation.
  • The implementation of the Policy and Legislative
    Programme which saw the Cabinet approval of the
    following Amendment Bills Postbank, South
    African Post Office SOC Ltd., Electronic
    Communications and ICASA.
  • The Cabinet approval of the National Broadband
    Policy referred to SA Connect which also
    contains the National Broadband Strategy and
    implementation approaches.
  • The migration of all SMS and non-SMS employees
    into the revised organisational structure and the
    process was finalized in February 2014.
  • The appointment of staff in critical positions
    such as the DDG SOCs Oversight Enterprise
    Development DDG Information Society Development
    Research and DDG ICT Infrastructure Support,
    thus ensuring a full complement of DDGs.

4
ICT Policy, Research and Capacity Development
Summary of Key Achievements (1)
  • ICT Policy Review
  • Established the ICT Policy Review Panel of
    experts to review the Telecommunication,
    e-Commerce and Broadcasting policies.
  • Published the ICT Policy Framing Paper for public
    comments and also developed and tabled the ICT
    Policy Review Report.
  • National Integrated ICT Policy Green Paper was
    developed and approved by Cabinet in December
    2013 and gazetted for public consultation in
    January 2014.
  • National Consultative Conference on the National
    Integrated ICT Policy Green Paper was held on the
    3rd March 2014 and Public Hearings on the
    National Integrated ICT Policy Green Paper
    commenced in March 2014 in Provinces.
  • Policy and Legislative Programme
  • Postbank Amendment Bill
  • Postbank Amendment Bill was introduced to
    Parliament after which public hearings and
    deliberations were held in September 2013.
  • Postbank Amendment Bill was thereafter passed and
    signed by the President

5
ICT Policy, Research and Capacity Development
Summary of Key Achievements (2)
  • Policy and Legislative Programme continued
  • South African Post Office (SAPO) SOC Ltd
    Amendment Bill
  • SAPO SOC Ltd Amendment Bill was approved by
    Cabinet in June 2013.
  • Bill was introduced to Parliament and approved in
    the third quarter.
  • Bill was signed into law and became operational
    in January 2014.
  • Electronic Communications (EC) Amendment Bill
  • EC Amendment Bill was tabled in Parliament in the
    first quarter.
  • Regulatory Impact Assessment report was also
    aligned with the latest ECA Bill and submitted to
    Parliament.
  • Department participated in the Parliamentary
    processes towards the enactment of the EC
    Amendment Bill.
  • ICASA Amendment Bill
  • ICASA Amendment Bill was introduced to Parliament
    during the first quarter.
  • RIA report was aligned with the latest ICASA Bill
    and was submitted to Parliament.

6
ICT Policy, Research and Capacity Development
Summary of Key Achievements (3)
  • e-Skills
  • Targeted e-Skills courseware were developed in
    line with the National e-Skills Curriculum
    Framework in collaboration with key stakeholders.
  • With regards to the roll-out of the e-Skills
    Virtual Network, Minister launched the virtual
    network on 20 May 2013.
  • In February 2014, the integrated Ikamva National
    e-Skills Institute was officially launched by the
    Minister.
  • e-Strategy Framework
  • The e-Strategy framework was developed in line
    with Electronic Communications and Transactions
    (ECT) Act and the National Development Plan
    (NDP).
  • Postbank
  • The application for a Banking License was
    submitted to the Registrar of Banks.
  • Names of Board members that were recommended by
    SAPO were approved by the Minister of
    Communications and submitted to the Reserve Bank
    for the fit and proper assessment.

7
ICT Policy, Research and Capacity Development
Significant Under-achievements
  • Community Broadcasting Support Strategy
  • The draft Community Broadcasting Support strategy
    was developed and internally consulted however it
    could not be finalised as the strategy needed to
    include financial implications.
  • However, in the 2014/15 financial year, the
    Department has finalised the draft Community
    Broadcasting Support strategy which is ready for
    public consultation.

8
ICT Infrastructure Support Summary of Key
Achievements (1)
  • Broadband
  • The Department undertook the process of revising
    the National Broadband Policy.
  • The revised National Broadband Policy, referred
    to as SA Connect, was approved by Cabinet in
    December 2013.
  • SA Connect also contains the National Broadband
    Strategy and implementation approaches through a
    four-pronged approach
  • Digital Readiness
  • Digital Development
  • Digital Future
  • Digital Opportunity

9
ICT Infrastructure Support Summary of Key
Achievements (2)
  • Radio Frequency
  • The National Radio Frequency Plan was approved by
    Minister and gazetted by the Authority.
  • National Radio-Frequency incorporates radio
    spectrum requirements of security services.
  • The spectrum requirements for exclusive
    allocations for Security Services was compiled
    and approved by Minister for incorporation by
    ICASA in the National Radio-Frequency Plan.
  • Broadcasting Digital Migration (BDM)
  • The Department reviewed the BDM Policy, largely
    with a view to make the use of Set Top Box (STB)
    Control non-mandatory.
  • With regards to National Digital Terrestrial
    Television (DTT) coverage, through Sentech, 100
    coverage was achieved via Direct To Home
    (DTH)-Satellite tranmission.
  • The Satellite transmission platform was launched
    in September 2013.

10
ICT Infrastructure Support Significant
Under-achievements
  • Cybersecurity
  • Although the National Cyber Security Advisory
    Council (NCAC) was appointed and the Virtual
    Cyber Security Hub was established, the
    Department was unable to establish the Cyber
    Security Hub as planned.
  • This was largely due to the reallocation of funds
    to other priority projects.
  • However, in terms of progress thus far, as an
    interim measure, the Department has commenced the
    process of operationalising the Virtual Cyber
    Security Hub.
  • Broadcasting Digital Migration
  • The Department did not achieve all planned
    elements of the BDM Programme such as the
    allocating 1.5-million subsidized STBs to subsidy
    scheme recipients, providing of STB installer
    training and the establishment of a National Call
    Centre.
  • Underperformance was due to delays in the broader
    BDM programme which was largely due to the
    contention on the STB control system amongst
    broadcasters as well certain manufacturers.
  • However in terms of progress to date, the
    Department has finalised the revised BDM Policy
    which is awaiting final approval.

11
ICT International Affairs Summary of Key
Achievements (1)
  • Africa ICT Infrastructure Programmes
  • With regards to coordinating the implementation
    of the Southern African Development Community
    (SADC) ICT Infrastructure Master Plan, SA
    participated in the Committee that developed a
    short-term action plan for 18 projects which were
    adopted by SADC Ministers. The SADC regional and
    national integrated broadband infrastructure
    project was the flagship project.
  • DoC participated in the SADC convened workshop on
    the Regional Internet Exchange Point (RIXP).
    South Africa has made substantive progress in
    establishing its own Internet Exchange Points
    which are in Cape Town, Durban, Grahamstown,
    Helderberg, Johannesburg and Centurion.
  • With regards to the dot.Africa domain name,
    official approval was received from the Internet
    Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
    (ICANN) for .ZACR to operationalise dot.Africa.
    The signed Agreement between .ZACR and ICANN took
    place on 27 March 2014 in Singapore.
  • Advancing RSA ICT Position
  • South Africa chaired the Universal Postal Union
    Council (UPU) of Administration Committee on
    Strategy as well as the Pan African Postal Union
    (PAPU) committee on strategy.

12
ICT International Affairs Summary of Key
Achievements (2)
  • Advancing RSA ICT Position (continued)
  • South Africa continued its role as Chair of the
    Africa group for International Telecommunications
    Union (ITU) in both World Telecommunications
    Standardisation Assembly (WTSA) and World
    Conference on International Telecommunications
    (WCIT) Africa report back meetings.
  • South Africa also successfully hosted a meeting
    of the Global Standards Initiative for (Internet
    Protocol Television (IPTV) of Study Group 16
    (South Africa through CSIR is vice-chair), to
    address IPTV and e-health. The meeting is part of
    a continuing project to look at global IPTV
    standards through IPv6.
  • South Africa is the first African country to host
    an IPTV test bed. This has provided an
    opportunity for CSIR to showcase its IPTV
    technology, and to participate in the development
    of global standards in this area.
  • South-South Relations
  • With regards to BRICS ICT programmes, South
    Africa drafted a position paper on the
    operationalisation of Cooperation on the BRICS
    Cybersecurity, which was adopted with comments in
    the Ministerial meeting in Russia, Moscow.

13
ICT International Affairs Summary of Key
Achievements (3)
  • South-South Relations (continued.)
  • In terms of negotiating and developing two
    bilatera programmes with countries of the South,
    a Memorandums of Understanding between South
    Africa and Brazil as well as South Africa and
    India were negotiated and agreed with the
    respective counterparts.
  • ICT Trade and Investment
  • An ICT Trade and Investment Strategy together
    with the implementation plan were consulted with
    Members of the Economic Cluster and approved for
    submission to Cabinet.
  • The DoC participated in the SA-SADC on-going
    trade negotiations, which focused on opening up
    markets in the audio visual sector.
  • With regards to facilitating the implementation
    of the SA-EU work programme, the Department
    hosted the SA-EU Dialogue on the Information
    Society and ICTs which provided for an exchange
    of ideas and experience in implementing key
    priorities for the development of the information
    society in the areas of Broadband, DTT, Spectrum
    Management, Research programmes, as well as
    access to Europian Union research funding.
    Agreement was reached on a number of possible
    outcomes for future cooperation.

14
ICT International Affairs Significant
Under-achievements
  • Ratification of International Telecommunications
    Regulations
  • Although planned for, the Department was unable
    to submit the International Telecommunications
    Regulations to Cabinet for approval.
  • Delays were due to the prolonged waiting period
    for the International Telecommunications
    Regulations from the ITU so as to commence with
    the ratification process. Such challenges are not
    directly in the Departments control however the
    Department has taken into consideration the
    implications of reliance on external
    stakeholders, such as the ITU, during its
    planning processes.

15
Broadcasting, Communications Regulation and
Support Summary of Key Achievements (1)
  • ICT SMME Programme
  • Training workshops on the Small Medium Micro
    Enterprises (SMME) e-Commerce platform were
    conducted in 4 provinces, Limpopo, North West,
    Gauteng and Eastern Cape. A total of 129 SMMEs
    were capacitated on the use of the e- Commerce
    Platform and their business profiles and
    offerings were uploaded on the platform. Sectors
    covered includes travel and tourism,
    accommodation, arts and craft.
  • With regards to the development of reports on Job
    creations, from April 2013 to March 2014, 865
    jobs were created. 63.4 (549) of these
    individuals were youth. Only 1.7 of the total
    employed consists of people living with
    disabilities. Of the total jobs, 37.7 (326) were
    females and 37.9 (328) were males. It is also
    critical to note that 21.3 (185) of these
    individuals were employed on a permanent basis,
    while 54.2 (469) were employed on a temporary
    basis.

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Broadcasting, Communications Regulation and
Support Summary of Key Achievements (2)
  • SOC Oversight
  • The Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF)
    requests of all SOCs were facilitated and all
    SOCs participated in the Medium Term Expenditure
    Committee (MTEC) process.
  • In order to ensure alignment and integrated
    planning, all SOCs participated in the DoC
    strategic planning workshop while the DoC
    participated in all SOC planning workshops.
    Furthermore, joint DoC/SoC Strategic Work
    sessions were hosted.
  • SoCs quarterly reports were analysed to determine
    the actual performance against planned targets
    and through engagements with executive management
    of SoCs, Departmental feedback was provided.
  • Analyses of the 2012/13 Annual Reports were
    conducted within 30 days of receipts.
  • The submission of unaudited financial statements
    to the external auditors was facilitated for all
    entities.
  • Monitoring of adherence to good Governance
    practices was undertaken on a quarterly basis and
    all SOCs completed King 3 compliance scorecards.
  • Drawdown schedulesof all entities were finalised
    and the payments effected as well as expenditure
    monitored on a quarterly basis.

17
Broadcasting, Communications Regulation and
Support Significant Under-achievements
  • SMME Programme
  • With regards to the implementation of ICT SMME
    Programme delays regarding the participation of
    SMMEs in the BDM value chain were related to the
    delays in the implementation of the broader BDM
    programme. Of most significance was the
    non-achievement of the roll-out of STBs due to
    the contention on the STB control system amongst
    broadcasters as well certain manufacturers. This
    had a direct negative impact on the participation
    of SMMEs in the BDM value chain.
  • However in terms of progress thus far, the
    Department has commenced with a baseline study on
    SMMEs in the Broadcasting, Postal and Electronic
    Manufacturing sub-sectors. To date, relevant data
    for approximately 100 SMMEs have been gathered
    and is currently being analysed.

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Administration Summary of Key Achievements (1)
  • BDM Public Awareness
  • In an effort to bring about public awareness
    regarding BDM, a Media Plan for the BDM awareness
    campaign was developed and the BDM awareness
    programme was implemented through numerous public
    events, media platforms, billboards, radio
    stations, exhibitions and literature distribution
    as well as key stakeholder engagements.
  • Organisational change and transformation
  • With regards to implementation of the approved
    migration plan focusing of placement of staff
    from the current to the new organisational
    structure, all SMS and non-SMS employees were
    migrated into the revised organisational
    structure and the process was finalized in
    February 2014.
  • Staff in critical positions were appointed such
    as the DDG SOCs Oversight Enterprise
    Development DDG Information Society Development
    Research and DDG ICT Infrastructure Support,
    thus ensuring a full complement of DDGs.
  • Furthermore, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
    Chief Director HRM, Chief Director Internal
    Audit and Risk Management.

19
Administration Significant Under-achievements
  • BDM Public Awareness
  • The optimal roll-out of the BDM public awareness
    programme was affected by the delays in the
    broader BDM programme largely due to the STB
    control dispute which delayed the manufacturing
    and distribution of STBs. This had a knock on
    effect on the BDM awareness programme.
  • However in an attempt to resuscitate the BDM
    public awareness programme, taking into
    consideration the limited resources available,
    the Department has established a
    multi-stakeholder framework. This allows the
    Department to leverage on the available resources
    of other stakeholders.
  • Organisational change and transformation
  • The Department did not implement the leadership
    development programme as planned largely due to
    HR capacity constraints.
  • Furthermore, the culture and climate survey could
    not be conducted as it was dependant on the
    completion of the migration process.
  • However, going forward, in addressing the
    organisational change and transformation
    interventions, a more holistic approach has been
    taken through developing and implementing an
    internal control framework which will improve
    compliance and optimise the functioning of
    multiple functional areas across the Department.
  • Furthermore, preparations are underway to conduct
    the climate and culture survey.

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PROJECTS CARRIED OUT ACROSS PROVINCES BY DoC (1)
  • SCHOOLS CONNECTIVITY
  • The department completed connectivity to the
    following 1650 schools by connecting them to the
    Wide Area Network.

No Province District/Circuit(s) Districts Schools Dinaledi schools
1 North West Rekopantswe Kagisano Molopo Area Offices 94 88 18
2 Mpumalanga Witbank 1,2,3 and Middelburg 1,2,3 Circuits, Nkangala Region 148 19
3 Gauteng Tshwane South District 175 14
4 Western Cape Cape Winelands District 195
5 Free State Motheo District 136 8
6 KwaZulu-Natal Hammersdale Umhlathuze Circuits, Pinetown District 199 29
7 Limpopo Vhembe District 200 12
8 Northern Cape Siyanda District 101 3
9 Eastern Cape Lady Frere and Queenstown Districts 189 22
Total Total Total 1525 125
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PROJECTS CARRIED OUT ACROSS PROVINCES BY DoC (2)
  • e-SKILLS
  • The department undertook the following e-Skills
    related initiatives across identified Provinces.

PROGRAMMES PROGRAMMES INDICATORS Eastern Cape Gauteng KwaZulu-Natal Limpopo Northern Cape Western Cape National
PROGRAMMES PROGRAMMES INDICATORS ICT for Rural Development Creative New Media Industries e-Enablement of Effective Service Del. Connected Health Knowledge Society (e-literacy/ e-astuteness) e-Inclusion and Social Innovation National
Multi-stakeholder Collaboration Multi-stakeholder Collaboration Multi-stakeholder Collaboration 206 150 67 6 12 111 552
  Provincial stakeholder members (n) Provincial stakeholder members (n) 200 150 67 6 12 100 535
  Partnerships formalised (n) Partnerships formalised (n) 6 0 0 0 0 11 17
Teaching and Learning Teaching and Learning Teaching and Learning 1605 276 1064 169 266 118 3498
  Targeted courses developed and implemented (n) Targeted courses developed and implemented (n) 2 5 7 1 1 4 20
  Learners trained including mobile apps eliteracy (n) Learners trained including mobile apps eliteracy (n) 1600 268 1054 156 262 110 3450
  Smart Community Knowledge Centres (n) Smart Community Knowledge Centres (n) 3 3 3 12 3 4 28
Research and Innovation Research and Innovation Research and Innovation 8 70 21 1 3 43 146
  Research projects initiated/completed - masters, honours (n) Research projects initiated/completed - masters, honours (n) 0 25 3 0 3 8 39
  PhD students (n) PhD students (n) 0 10 2 1 0 0 13
  Publications - journals/conference papers (n) Publications - journals/conference papers (n) 5 18 16 0 0 11 50
  Mobile apps developed/initiated (n) Mobile apps developed/initiated (n) 3 17   0 0 24 44
Advocacy and Awareness Advocacy and Awareness Advocacy and Awareness 7 1401 3 3 1 106 1521
  Campaigns/workshops (n) Campaigns/workshops (n) 6 0 3 3 1 0 13
  Mobile Apps Development Campaign (n) Mobile Apps Development Campaign (n) 1 1   0 0 1 3
  No of Mobile Apps Development learners No of Mobile Apps Development learners 0 1400 0 0 0 105 1505
Aggregation Aggregation Aggregation 1 0 0 0 0 1 2
      1827 1897 1155 179 282 379 5719
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PROJECTS CARRIED OUT ACROSS PROVINCES BY DoC (3)
  • e-SKILLS
  • The following are the key highlights across
    Provinces

Province KEY HIGHLIGHTS
Eastern Cape Focus Area ICT for Rural Development In terms of Multi-stakeholder collaboration, 200 provincial stakeholder members were consulted and 6 partnerships have been formalised. 1600 learners have been trained which includes mobile apps and e-literacy.
Gauteng Focus Area Creative New Media Industries In terms of Multi-stakeholder collaboration, 150 provincial stakeholder members have been have been consulted. 268 learners have been trained which includes mobile apps and e-literacy. Advocacy and awareness campaigns were targeted at 1400 Mobile apps development learners
KwaZulu-Natal Focus Area e-Enablement of Effective Service Delivery In terms of Multi-stakeholder collaboration, 67 provincial stakeholder members have been have been consulted. 1054 learners have been trained which includes mobile apps and e-literacy.
Limpopo Focus Area Connected Health 156 learners have been trained which includes mobile apps and e-literacy. 12 Smart Community Knowledge Centres were established
Northern Cape Focus Area Knowledge Society (e-Literacy / e-Astuteness) 262 learners have been trained which includes mobile apps and e-literacy. 3 Smart Community Knowledge Centres were established
Western Cape Focus Area e-Inclusion and Social Innovation 110 learners have been trained which includes mobile apps and e-literacy. 24 Mobile apps were developed/initiated. Advocacy and awareness campaigns were targeted at 105 Mobile apps development learners
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PROJECTS CARRIED OUT ACROSS PROVINCES BY SOCs (1)
  • STATE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AGENCY (SITA)

PROVINCE PROJECTS
Gauteng Completed Central Server Platform Renewal Projects for Department of Defence
Gauteng Established Social Media on cloud for SITA Product Investment Portfolio
Gauteng e-Disclosure Project implemented on pilot site for the declaration of the conflict of interest for SITA Product Investment Portfolio
Gauteng Developed the Prototype Lab for innovation and research Projects for SITA Research Portfolio
Gauteng Concluded development of deployment systems of the SA Navy in achieving their goal of operating and managing the weapons system and support by means of a single integrated Naval Logistic Information System for South African Navy.
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PROJECTS CARRIED OUT ACROSS PROVINCES BY SOCs (2)
  • STATE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AGENCY (SITA)
    continued

PROVINCE PROJECTS
KwaZulu-Natal Concluded the installation and configuration of Commvault software and seeding of data for 14 sites for the Depts. of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development
KwaZulu-Natal Developed of User Registration System for Department of Public Works
KwaZulu-Natal Developed IT Governance services for the Department of Sport and Recreation
KwaZulu-Natal Developed ICT Governance Services for KZN Department of Transport
KwaZulu-Natal Concluded the Fleet Management System Testing project for the Dept. of Transport
KwaZulu-Natal Developed a Disaster Recovery Plan for KZN Office of the Premier
KwaZulu-Natal Completed Business Process re-engineering for the KZN Gaming and Betting Board
KwaZulu-Natal Developed an IT Governance Framework for Umzimkhulu Municipality
KwaZulu-Natal Developed an IT Strategy Plan for uMzimkhulu Municipality
KwaZulu-Natal Developed a Business Continuity Plan Disaster Recovery Plan for the uMzimkhulu Municipality
KwaZulu-Natal Developed an ICT Strategic Plan for Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality
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PROJECTS CARRIED OUT ACROSS PROVINCES BY SOCs (3)
  • SENTECH

PROVINCE PROJECTS
Eastern Cape Established Internet Connectivity to 23 computers at Dumalisile Junior Secondary School Thubalethu Senior Secondary School Sakela Junior Secondary School
Eastern Cape Established Low Power Transmission at Cala for SABC 1,2,3 Umhlobo Wenene FM.
Limpopo Installed Computer Lab with Internet Connectivity to 23 computers at Ramphelane Secondary School.
Limpopo Established Low Power Transmission at Ga-Modjadji for SABC Thobela FM.
Limpopo Established Low Power Transmission at Makgaung for SABC Thobela FM.
Limpopo Established Low Power Transmission at Ga-Mafefe for SABC, Thobela FM Munghana Lonene FM.
Limpopo Established Low Power Transmission at Ga-Phooko for SABC Thobela FM .
Limpopo Established Low Power Transmission at Giyani for SABC 1,2,3 Munghana Lonene.
Mpumalanga Installed Computer lab with Internet Connectivity, to 23 Computers at Zenzele Secondary School.
Making South Africa a Global Leader in Harnessing
ICTs for Socio-economic Development
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PROJECTS CARRIED OUT ACROSS PROVINCES BY SOCs (4)
  • SENTECH continued

PROVINCE PROJECTS
KwaZulu- Natal Concluded Digital Terrestrial Television infrastructure installation at Ulundi
Northern Cape Concluded Digital Terrestrial Television infrastructure installation at Colesberg
Northern Cape Concluded Digital Terrestrial Television nfrastructure installation at Pofadder
Northern Cape Concluded Digital Terrestrial Television infrastructure installation at Kuruman Hills
Western Cape Concluded Digital Terrestrial Television infrastructure installation at Oudtshoorn
Western Cape Concluded Digital Terrestrial Television infrastructure installation at Riversdale
Western Cape Concluded Digital Terrestrial Television infrastructure installation at Uniondale
Western Cape Concluded Digital Terrestrial Television infrastructure installation at Uniondale Town
Western Cape Concluded Digital Terrestrial Television infrastructure installation at Willowmore
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PROJECTS CARRIED OUT ACROSS PROVINCES BY SOCs (5)
  • Broadband Infraco

PROVINCE PROJECTS
KwaZulu-Natal With regards to the establishment of the Durban Teraco Points of Presence (PoP) project, the secondary fibre installation was completed.
Gauteng Concluded the establishment of 2 new Open Access PoP sites in Pretoria East (located at the CSIR Innovation Hub) and Pretoria West (located at Gijimas Rust Building)
Gauteng Concluded establishment of the Parklands Bryanston Open Access PoP Site which includes the installation of transmission equipment installation of Optic Fibre Tie Cable and Installation of Auxiliary Equipment.
North West Concluded the establishment of the Open Access PoP Site at Ramatlabama Border and an optic fibre link of 30km from the Mafikeng PoP to provide connectivity to Botswana and the SADC region.
North West Concluded the Mafikeng (Link) which entailed upgrading the existing system from hiT7070 to hiT7080 due to end of life for the system and upgrading of capacity to address the current and future capacity requirements.
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FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE FOR THE 2013/14 FINANCIAL
YEAR
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STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE (1)
2013/14 2012/13
REVENUE R000 R000
Annual appropriation 2 372 117 1 655 024
Departmental revenue 1 711 942 2 052 037
Direct Exchequer receipts - -
Aid assistance - -
TOTAL REVENUE 4 084 059 3 707 061
Current expenditure
Compensation of employees 169 682 157 512
Goods and Services operational exp. 589 042 277 917
Interest and rent on land 6 23
Financial transactions in assets liabilities 555 343
Total current expenditure 759 285 435 795
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STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE (2)
2012/13 2011/12
R000 R000
Transfers and subsidies 1 600 775 1 209 324
Expenditure for capital assets Expenditure for capital assets Expenditure for capital assets
Tangible capital assets 2 654 5 723
Software other intangible assets 72 369
Total expenditure for capital assets 2 726 6 092
TOTAL EXPENDITURE 2 362 786 1 651 211
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STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE (3)
2013/14 2012/13
R000 R000
Voted funds surrendered 14 072 3 813
Departmental revenue 1 711 942 2 052 037
Direct Exchequer receipts - -
Transferred to National Treasury 1 726 014 2 055 850
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APPROPRIATION STATEMENT
2013/14 2013/14 2013/14 2013/14 2012/13 2012/13
Programme Final Appro-priation Actual Expen-diture Variance Expendi-ture as of final appro-priation Final Appro-priation Actual Expen-diture
1. Administration 212 083 210 444 1 639 99.2 196 011 195 959
2. ICT International Affairs and Trade 36 664 41 405 (4 741) 112.9 47 866 44 190
3. ICT Policy Development 88 965 88 793 172 99.8 95 270 95 185
4. CT Enterprise Development 1 075 010 1 062 749 12 261 98.9 1 209 035 1 209 035
5. ICT Infrastructure Development 959 395 959 395 - 100 70 765 70 765
TOTAL 2 372 117 2 362 786 9 331 99.6 1 655 024 1 651 211
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SUMMARY OF ECONOMIC CLASSIFICATION
2013/14 2013/14 2013/14 2012/13 2012/13
Economic Classifi-cation Final Appropria-tion Actual Expen-diture Variance Variance as against final allocation Final Appro-priation Actual Expenditure
Current payments 758 398 759 285 (887) (0,1) 435 106 435 795
Transfers and subsidies 1 608 417 1 600 775 7 642 0.5 1 213 826 1 209 324
Payments for capital assets 5 302 2 726 2 576 48.6 6 092 6 092
TOTAL 2 372 117 2 362 786 9 331 0,4 1 655 024 1 651 211
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DETAILS OF TRANSFER PAYMENTS (1)
Adjusted Appropriation Act R000 Actual Transfer R000 Variance
USAASA 60 090 60 090 -
USAF 45 046 45 046 -
USAF Set Top Box Subsidy 240 000 240 000 -
ICASA 390 661 390 661 -
NEMISA 50 746 50 746 -
Sentech Digitisation 529 304 529 304 -
Sentech AFCON 6 000 6 000 -
SABC Public Broadcaster 127 055 127 055 -
SABC- Channel Africa 44 673 44 673 -
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DETAILS OF TRANSFER PAYMENTS (2)
Adjusted Appropriation Act R000 Actual Transfer R000 Variance
SABC Digital Migration Project 76 000 76 000 -
SABC Programme Production 10 550 - 10 550
SABC Community Radio Stations 8 842 8 842 -
.za Domain Name Authority 1 583 - 1 583
Sector Education and Training Authority ISETT-SETA 249 - 249
International Telecommunications Union 10 826 14 212 (3 386)
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DETAILS OF TRANSFER PAYMENTS (3)
Adjusted Appropriation Act R000 Actual Transfer R000 Variance
Universal Postal Union 3 555 4 667 (1 112)
African Telecommunication Union 710 853 (143)
Pan African Postal Union 680 753 (73)
Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation 281 - 281
Organisation for Economic and Cultural Development 109 417 (308)
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RESPONSE TO AUDITOR-GENERALS FINDINGS
  • In the annual report for 2013/2014, the
    Auditor-General has raised the following key
    matters
  • Payment of Suppliers
  • Human resources management
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Governance
  • Expenditure Management

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Payment of Suppliers
Action Plan Status
Payment of suppliers in 30 days The Department is currently implementing invoice receipt register. Invoices are date stamped upon receipt. Monthly follow up on outstanding commitments is done RR101 report is used to monitor the payment progress of invoices received and captured. Follow ups on long outstanding invoices are done and exception reports submitted to National Treasury.
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Human Resources Management (1)
Action Plan Status
Filling in of critical and funded vacancies Critical positions as Non-SMS and SMS levels have been identified and advertised. Interviews and appointments are at various stages in terms of progress. A detailed report on vacancies is available in this regard. The current vacancy rate of funded positions is 11.2, which represents a significant reduction from 34 last year. Staff in critical positions were appointed such as the DDG SOCs Oversight Enterprise Development DDG Information Society Development Research and DDG ICT Infrastructure Support, thus ensuring a full complement of DDGs. (DDG ISAD Research has since resigned)
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Human Resources Management (2)
Action Plan Status
Verification and pre-screening of applicants Pre-screening on all appointments are currently conducted through the assistance of State Security Agency prior to appointment.
Signing of Performance Agreements Performance agreements for 2014/2015 have been signed with the exception of 2 officials. Disciplinary steps are being taken against both the officials. Furthermore, Internal Audit has conducted an audit on submission of performance agreements for the current 14/15 FY with minimal findings as compared to the previous FY.
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Human Resources Management (3)
Action Plan Status
Appointment of the Chief Financial Officer The CFO was appointed in January 2014 and resigned in March 2014. The position was advertised and the suitable candidate could not be found. The head hunting process has commenced and interviews are scheduled to take place by Mid November 2014. The previous CFOs non-disclosure was discovered before his appointment however it was not reported by an HR official who has since been charged and released from the employment of the Department
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Information Technology
Action Plan Status
Implementation of Disaster Recovery (DR) The DR infrastructure has been implemented at SITA. The upgrade of the infrastructure by SITA will be implemented to ensure compatibility with the DR.
Upgrade of the ageing IT infrastructure SITA has conducted an assessment on the existing infrastructure and will be recommending appropriate upgrades and lead the actual implementation.
Implementation of password controls to prevent users from being locked-out The appropriate anti-virus software has been purchased and installed. This was subsequently audited by the Internal Audit and the AG with no findings.
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Supply Chain Management (SCM)
Action Plan Status
Prevention and detection of irregular expenditure Compliance reviews are conducted on all transactions pre and post procurement to ensure that there is full compliance with policies and procedures of the Department. Internal audit conducts regular checks on compliance with SCM policies and procedures All suppliers in the Department are subjected to pre-screening by State Security.
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Governance
Action Plan Status
Review of Departmental policies and procedures The Operations Committee (OPSCOM) was established to review all the policies of the Department. The OPSCOM has reviewed key policies which have been approved.
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Expenditure vs Performance
Action Plan Status
All projects were costed and budgeted in the beginning of the financial year Expenditure on projects are currently monitored on a monthly basis to ensure that funds are used in line with the allocation.
  • The Department reported 100 expenditure of its
    budget due to the following reasons
  • Prior year commitments
  • Ad hoc projects which were not budgeted for
  • Reprioritization of funds
  • Transfers
  • Currency fluctuations on international
    organizations membership fees

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Resolved Audit Findings (2012/13)
Findings Status
Management of leave Leave is currently being monitored to ensure that proper approval procedures are observed. HR regularly conducts quality checks on all leave files to ensure compliance. Two audits on leave are conducted annually by Internal Audit and Human Resources.
Overtime The Overtime policy has been approved and a 30 threshold has been implemented on Persal.
Management of fixed assets Internal controls have been introduced to ensure that the department keeps an accurate and updated asset register.
Appointments made on unfunded positions Measures have been put in place to ensure that only the funded positions are advertised and filled.
Targets were not specific and measurable The Department has developed a technical indicator description for its 2013/14 APP. Going forward the DoC engaged further with National Treasury so as to improve the Technical Indicator description for the 2014/15 APP thus improving the measurability of targets.
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