Daily Archives: August 31, 2018

Minister Siyabonga Cwele: International Telecommunication Union Telecom World Conference

Media Statement on the hosting of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World Conference for first on the African continent
Deputy Directors-General
Our partners and sponsors in hosting this global event
Leaders of State-Owned Companies in our portfolio
Leaders in the ICT sector
Members of the media
Ladies and gentlemen
This very important engagement with you comes as we prepare to host the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World Conference which the country is hosting in Durban on 10 – 13 September 2018 at the iNkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre. The conference is expected to attract 7 000 delegates and exhibitors.
We are hosting this event on behalf of the government in partnership with the ITU, KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government, the City of eThekwini and our sponsors. Our host country partner is MTN.
We are fortunate to be hosting this event in the year in which we celebrate the lives of Tata Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu. Mandela was the first president of the democratic SA to address World Telecommunications Conference and Exhibition (ITU event) in Geneva in 1995. In his speech, Mandela said it was crucial for South Africa and the entire African continent to be part of the organisation that would drive international policy, technological development, co-operation and skills transfer.
We must find the courage to look beyond our narrow interests which may be political gain or maximising profits. This requires that we find innovative ways of transforming the sector by making it more inclusive. We must have more black young women who enter and remain in the sector. We must have more young people operating in the sector. We must have more people in rural communities having a greater stake in the sector.
The ITU Telecom World provides us with an opportunity to make meaningful headways in this direction. The conference is global festival of ideas on new and emerging technology which include 5G. It is a World Cup of the best ideas in the technology sector and best ideas are those that will impact the majority of world.
It is helping us to advance our ambitions as a country that is open for business by providing a platform to attract investment while enabling us to play a role in advancing the developmental agenda at multilateral organisations. We want to reiterate that SA is open for business. We shall use the platform to attract new investment into the country towards the President’s target of US$100 billion investment over the next five years. We hope that some of these companies will participate at the investment summit in October.
The conference brings together government leaders, policy makers, law makers and entrepreneurs to explore challenges, partnerships, solutions, and identify investment opportunities and best practices for socio-economic development through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Already 39 Ministers have confirmed their participation at the event. The conference aims to deliver economic development and foster social good through its exhibition for digital solutions, and forum for sharing knowledge and networking. The theme for this year is “Innovation for a Smarter Digital Development”
The conference will offer an opportunity to showcase their capabilities as the continent prepares for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. They will be showcasing their home grown innovations in ICTS.
During the ITU Telecom World, entrepreneurs from South Africa and the continent will have a glorious opportunity to showcase their best innovations as the continent seeks to migrate from being just consumers to producers of ICTs.
Working with our partners, we are providing support over 50 SMMEs to exhibit at the conference. In additional other multinational companies will bring SMMES from Africa and the rest of the world. These companies are in fields such as analytics, automation of performance management, geolocation of animals. These SMMEs are at different stages of development.
They are ready to dazzle the world. They have been mentored on how to pitch their ideas to investors. Beyond the conference, the department and partners will provide them with financial and business support as they journey to their next levels.
As a continent, we can migrate to being producers and be at the cutting edge of technology if we invest in intellectual property. The ITU Telecom World has committed to assist the continent to achieve this in various ways through the legacy projects.
The ITU has agreed to support us in setting up the African Digital Transformation Centre which will be launched at the Durban Conference.
The Department has engaged various national and international stakeholders in both the public and private sectors. The Centre has been conceptualised as an ecosystem upon which multi-stakeholder groups of experts conduct research, identify new approaches to policy development, explore ways of supporting innovation, consider new forms of funding support for start-ups and facilitate partnerships between established business and SMMEs.
This would enable the Centre to maintain oversight while also benefiting from a larger ecosystem of institutions, which will be critical in managing the sheer scale of engagement and implementation that will be required.
The Centre is anchored around four pillars, namely:
• Policy and governance
• Innovations and SMMEs
• Connecting the unconnected
• Social impact of digital transformation
The Centre will work with institutions of higher learning, which can champion each of the pillars.
The goal of the Centre is to enable to entrepreneurs to keep their intellectual capital on the continent while ensuring that their innovations are tested and standardised on the continent.
Other legacy projects include the following;
1. ICT SMME Incubation Centre – Dube Trade Port and Innovation Hub Pretoria
The Department and partnership intend to set-up a Tech SMME Incubation centres at the Dube Trade Port, KZN and the Innovation Hub, Pretoria. These centres will be hosted in an environment which will enable the building of solutions, and the ability to transform innovative ideas of SMMEs into real projects. The facility will grow into a space that allows sponsored SMMEs to build and stage their ideas. SMMEs using the facilities will be contracted on an agreed timeline to get their ideas to prototype level.
Through various partnerships, the Department and Cisco hopes to develop current and cultivate new SMMEs in the ICT space and help them enter, grow and compete in the market. These centres will be launched simultaneously during the ITU Telecom World 2018.
2. Dube Tech Park ICT Refurbishment Project Linked To SMMEs
The Department in partnership with industry will establish a refurbishment centre in KZN. The centre will refurbish in-warranty and out-of-warranty ICT gadgets including mobile phones, tablets, etc. SMMEs will be identified, trained and equipped to run the centre
The conference will discuss issues which include the following;
• Addressing the risks of a smarter world
• Financing digital development
• Government: enabling smarter digital development
• High Level African Investment Dialogue
• High Level Expert Roundtable on Promoting ICT opportunities for Women Empowerment
• Spectrum challenges: preparing for WRC-19
• 5G for a smarter world
• Powering smart: the Internet of Things
Ladies and gentlemen,
South Africa is ready to open her doors and welcome the ICT world. We thank our private sector sponsors for making Mandela’s dream of hosting such a global event on our shores.
Thank you.

Source: Government of South Africa

National Student Financial Aid Scheme clears payments backlog

R1.2 billion paid to clear payments backlog
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has successfully processed an outstanding payment of R1.2 billion to students and institutions. Some of this amount is for students whose allowances were delayed early this year. The payments were made on Thursday, August 30, 2018 in line the commitment made by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor in Parliament on Wednesday that students would start receiving their delayed allowances.
“There are two processes that were followed separately to pay the funds. R1.2 billion was paid to the institutions to advance the funds into student’s account while the other payment of R60 million was made through the sBux system – making instant access to allowances via a cellphone solution. From today NSFAS will start with issuing the remittance report to ensure that we assist the institutions to allocate the funds accordingly as rapidly as possible to the right students”, said NSFAS Acting Chief Financial Officer Morgan Nhiwatiwa.
The process to deal with the backlog started 10 days ago when Dr Randall Carolissen was appointed the NSFAS Administrator to ensure, amongst other priorities, that payments are processed urgently to pave the opening the 2019 application on Monday 03, 2018.
In total, last night’s payments cleared a backlog of more than 25 000 students who have signed their agreements. This includes a large cohort of 12 850 students at the University of South Africa who will receive credit for book vouchers which were delayed. The success of this backlog was also boosted by 19 000 students who responded positively to the signing campaign #SignYourNBA that was launched by NSFAS on Monday.
Students who have not signed their agreements are encouraged to approach the student support services or the financial aid office at their institution to be assisted by NSFAS agents who are deployed in various institutions. 50 technical experts have been deployed across the country to deal with the backlog and assist students with signing of agreements.
The new NSFAS Administrator, Dr Carolissen, has engaged with all Vice-Chancellors, TVET College Principals and student leaderships, and received an overwhelming support to ensure that the problems are resolved, and students are paid. He will be meeting with the student leadership today, and other stakeholders as part of the 2019 application cycle.

Source: Government of South Africa

KwaZulu-Natal Treasury marches against women and children abuse

Provincial Treasury men say a big no to women and children abuse
There was no better way to end this year’s Women’s Month than having men standing their ground in the relentless fight against women abuse and saying – NOT in our name!
The message was loud and clear as KZN Provincial Treasury men, joined by their female colleagues, hit the streets of Pietermaritzburg CBD in a march against women and children abuse in general and fight against gender-based violence in particular.
KZN Provincial Treasury men joined millions of other South Africans in saying enough is enough with the abuse of women and children in our society. South Africa has seen a spike in gender-based violence in recent years
In the absence of senior management due to pressing government and departmental duties, Head of Ministry and Chief Director Ntokozo Maphisa led the march and passed on messages of support from MEC Belinda Scott and Head of Department Simiso Magagula.
“The MEC and HoD are very pleased with the initiative we have taken. It is indeed the duty of all men to ensure that wherever they are women are not abused. As KZN Treasury stuff we are also doing our bit to lend a helping hand through the messages we are conveying here today. We say enough is enough with this cancer,” said Maphisa.
While an internal event in its nature, KZN Treasury, nonetheless, went all out to interact with the community on the streets while distributing pamphlets with useful tips.
A candle was also lit at the Carbineers Park outside the City Hall in memory of the victims of violence. A self-defence demonstration offered by Serfontein Correctional Services’ Edna Grobler and Sifiso Xhakaza.
“While this is not a training, the demonstration today we empower you and equip you with self-defence skills that will be useful when you find yourself under attack of any form,” said Grobler.

Source: Government of South Africa

Minister Ayanda Dlodlo: Launch of 2018 Public Service Month

Remarks by the Minister for the Public Service and Administration Ms Ayanda Dlodlo, MP, at the launch of the 2018 Public Service Month, Velmore Conference Centre, Tshwane
Councilors present;
Distinguished Guests;
Ladies and Gentlemen:

Programme Director:
We are gathered here today to launch one of the most critical flagship programmes of our country, the Public Service Month, which will be taking place from 1 – 30 September 2018 across the three spheres of government. The theme for this year’s Public Service Month is, “Thuma Mina – Taking Public Service to the People: Batho Pele: We Belong, We Care, We Serve.”
Public Service Month serves to honour men and women who serve our nation with pride, dignity and commitment. This program also serves as a mechanism to assess the quality of service delivery with a view to improve the quality of our service offering to comply to the standards of the Batho Pele Principles of accountability, quality service and commitment.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
As a service delivery improvement programme, the PSM is an integral part of the Batho Pele Revitalisation strategy, with an enduring vision to:
• instill and rebuild good ethics and professionalism in how public servants do their work;
• recommit and rededicate the public servants to the principles of Batho Pele;
• improve the morale and inculcate a sense of pride of being a public servant; and
• to improve service delivery by exposing senior and middle managers to the coalface service delivery points to identify challenges and develop plans for corrective action and interfacing with the citizens.

As the Ministry for the Public Service and Administration, we are custodians of the Public Service in South Africa as entrusted by the Constitution. This country needs a Public Service that is developmental, caring and progressive.
We are therefore guided by the National Development Plan (NDP) to build a Public Service that supports a capable and developmental state. The NDP complements our constitutional imperative to create a public administration that is professional, responsive capable and responsible.
During the Public Service Month and beyond, we should demonstrate that we are committed to building a caring public administration that recognises and acknowledges the contribution of public servants to the ideal Public Service we aspire to attain.
This ideal Public Service should among others, create a conducive working environment which instils a sense of belonging to all public servants. Through many of our other professional and innovative programs, we strive to position the public service as a career and employer of choice to young graduates and public servants in general.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
The 2018 Public Service Month celebrations are more significant as they take place in conjunction with the centenary celebrations of the late former President Nelson Mandela, and of one of the great daughters of the African soil Mama Albertina Sisulu, who dedicated her life to fight for the emancipation of women and the liberation of South Africa.
Mama Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu was a fearless champion of democracy and human rights. We celebrate her centenary under the theme is: Albertina Sisulu – “A woman of fortitude,” in recognition of her courage, discipline, integrity and love for her country. MaSisulu was also a dedicated public servant who started work in Johannesburg as a midwife in 1946. She demonstrated the spirit of Batho Pele during the dark years of apartheid by going an extra mile, walking to visit patients in townships to provide help and assistance as a nurse and a dedicated public servant.
In marking the 100 year anniversary of Madiba’s life we have an opportunity as Government to reflect on the values he left us. Through his values and dedication to the service of humanity, we remain inspired to become a united and prosperous nation that contributes towards building a better world for all. We have an opportunity to reflect on how we can continue his legacy and work together to move the country forward. Tata Nelson Mandela inspires us to become instruments of change and support the less fortunate within our communities.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
In the State of the Nation Address early this year, President Cyril Ramaphosa made a clarion call to public servants to adhere to the Batho Pele Principles, by putting our People First. All Public Service stakeholders should be determined to undertake their responsibilities with efficiency, diligence and integrity. He further called for a new discipline to be instilled, to do things correctly, to do them completely and to do them timeously. He made a call on all public servants to become agents of change. We dare not fail the President’s on this important call.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
This morning, we had the opportunity to engage with public servants and management at Kalafong Hospital in order to have an overview on their service to the public. We have noted the issues of the long queues which result in patients spending long hours in the hospital. At the same time, we realised that the shortage of health practitioners also contributes to the hospital taking a long time to assist patients. We have engaged the hospital management on these matters and will escalate these issues to MEC of Health in Gauteng Province, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa.
Allow me to commend the many public servants who conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner when executing their official duties. Their behaviour reflects the values of an ideal Public Service as espoused by the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and the Public Service Code of Conduct.
It is important to reiterate that the primary purpose of the Code of Conduct is a positive one, namely to promote exemplary conduct so as to build a professional Public Service as envisaged in the National Development Plan. That said, it is also important to know that in terms of the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council Resolution 2 of 1999, all the employees in the Public Service have the responsibility to comply with the prescribed Code of Conduct.
The Code of Conduct forms the main basis on which pro-active, corrective and even disciplinary action rests. If an employee contravenes any provision of the Code of Conduct, an employee shall be guilty of misconduct in terms of the Public Service Act (as amended).
Public servants are therefore reminded that it is required of them, amongst others, to put the public interest first in the execution of their official duties as per Regulation 11 (b). They must also be committed through timely service to the development and upliftment of all South Africans as per Regulation 12 (e). Public servants must not engage in any transaction or action that is in conflict with or infringes on the execution of his or her official duties.
The Code of Conduct is clear that public servants must execute their official duties in a professional and competent manner. It also prescribes that public servants, when on official duty, dress and behaves in a manner that is befitting of a public service employee
Ladies and Gentlemen:
As Government, as Public Administration, as Public Service, we are all accountable to the citizens of our country.

Batho Pele Principles demand that:
• public servants must Consult citizens on the level and quality of services rendered;
• public servants must inform citizens of the Service Standards they should expect;
• public servants should give citizens Access to services they are entitled to;
• public servants must treat citizens with Courtesy;
• public servants must provide citizens with correct and accurate Information on services they are entitled to receive;
• public servants should demonstrate to the citizens the Openness and Transparency on how government is run;
• public servants must provide citizens with a Redress mechanism if the promised standard of service is not delivered; and finally,
• public servants must render public services on a Value for Money basis in order to ensure that services to the citizens are provided economically and efficiently.

Ladies and Gentlemen:
As Government and Public Service, we are guided by the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa which envisages a Public Service that, amongst others, maintains and promotes a high standard of professional ethics; promotes efficient, economic and effective use of resources, and is accountable for its actions.
In order to achieve this ideal Public Service as enshrined in the Constitution, government has reviewed the Public Service Regulations including clauses that prohibit public servants from accepting gifts when performing their official duties, conducting business with any organ of state or being a director of a public or private company conducting business with an organ of State.
As government, we have already informed public servants to disclose their business activities involving any organs of State and that such employees should, by January 2017, make a decision either to resign from the Public Service or relinquish their business activities.
Through this intervention, government intends to eliminate any form of corruption in the Public Service. When the government anti-corruption drive eliminates the corrupt activities from the system, the resources saved will enable it to efficiently and effectively deliver services to you, citizens of our county. Corruption deprives our citizens of resources which would make their lives better.
In the same breath, we make a call upon public servants to stick rules and policies that govern our country. Public servants have an obligation not just to take unlawful instructions from their superiors – even if that superior is a Minister, a Deputy Minister, Director-General or Head of Department. An unlawful instruction remains just that – an unlawful instruction and public servants have a duty to uphold the rules and policies that govern our public service.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
We learned an expensive and painful lesson through the Life Esidimeni tragedy on how public servants carried out unlawful instruction which had disastrous endings. We dare not repeat the same mistake hence I challenge any public servant to report such unlawful instruction to the Public Service Commission.
In fact, Public Service Regulations of 2016, Regulation 13 (e), places an obligation upon public servants to immediately report to the relevant authorities, fraud, corruption, nepotism, maladministration and any other act which constitutes a contravention of any law (including, but not limited to, a criminal offence) or which is prejudicial to the interest of the public, which comes to his or her attention during the course of his or her employment in the public service.
Also, in terms of Public Service Regulations of 2016, public servants are required to immediately report any non-compliance of the Public Service Act to the head of department.
I therefore urge public servants as well as citizens that, when you exposed to or know of any kind of corrupt activity taking place within the government system, please call the National Anti-Corruption Hotline: 0800 701 701 to report such activity.
These measures are in place as a clear demonstration that government is committed to uprooting corruption within its system.
In conclusion:
Let us use the period of the Public Service Month and beyond to honour the legacy of both former President Mandela and MaSisulu by inculcating the Batho Pele Value Statement when providing services to our people.
We must honour the legacy of the Tata Mandela and MaSisulu by working together to build a country and a public service that we all can be proud of. Every day, as we execute our responsibilities, we must ensure that we act professionally, we conduct ourselves ethically, we are corruption-free and we respect the law.
Public Servants, you are duty-bound to uphold the Batho Pele Principles on daily basis so that our communities can be assured that as a Public Service, We Belong (to them), We Care (about them), We Serve (them).
I thank you.

Source: Government of South Africa

Police host National Crime Detection Conference, 3 to 5 Sept

Theme: Repositioning crime detection for excellence and synergy in the SAPS service delivery value chain
The South African Police Service, will be hosting the first National Crime Detection Conference between the 3rd and 5th of September 2018 in Pretoria, at the Velmore Hotel. Crime Detection comprises of the Divisions: Crime Intelligence, Detective Services and Forensic Services.
The Conference will create an opportunity for the mentioned and other divisions to discuss various aspects in which crime detection methods may be improved.
It is a three-day session where crime detection experts from various fields such as the Forensic Science Laboratory, Detective Services, Crime Intelligence, Visible Policing and other external law enforcement agencies will discuss different topics to improve the service delivery value chain in crime detection.
The conference will consist of a live simulation of a crime scene by forensic experts, panel discussions and commissions on topics such as quality investigations, legislative framework, crime scene management and cybercrime strategies.

Source: Government of South Africa