[11 May 2024] The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) has published its Annual Performance Plan for the period 1 April 2024 to 31 March 2025.

Department of Communications and Digital Technologies Annual Performance Plan 2024/5

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[15 October 2023]

DCDT Entities presentation on 2022/23 Annual Reports

Department of Communications and Digital Technologies Annual Report 2022/23

Universal Service and Access Fund Annual Report 2022/23

Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa Annual Report 2022/23

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[12 December 2022] The Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies has given notice of her intention to declare 31 March 2023 as the date for final switch-off of the analogue signal and the end of dual illumination.

Written comments on the suitability of this proposed may be submitted on or before 27 January 2023, marked for the attention of  Mr T Ngobeni, DDG: ICT Infrastructure and sent per email to aso-bdm@dcdt.gov.za.

Enquiries can be directed to tkgarabjang@dcdt.gov.za.

Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy Consultation on date for final switch-off of the Analogue Signal and the End of Dual Illumination

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[8 November 2022] The DCDT has released its Annual Report for the 2021/2022 period.

DCDT 2021/22 Annual Report

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[5 September 2022] The DCDT presented to Parliament on the progress of the SA Connect phase 2 programme and various other matters.

 DCDT – Presentation to Portfolio Committee (30 August 2022)

DCDT – SA Connect Phase 2 Programme
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[29 August 2022] The DCDT presented on its organisational performance for quarter 3 & 4 of the 2021 / 2022 financial year to Parliament in June 2022, and on a proposed performance management system for ICASA Councillors on 23 August 2022.

DCDT – Organisational performance plan – quarter 3 & 4 2021 / 2022

DCDT – Performance management system for ICASA Councillors 

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[10 April 2022] The DCDT presented an amended Annual Performance Plan in Parliament on 22 March 2022.

220322 DCDT Annual Performance Plan

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[4 April 2022] The Department presented on opportunities for SMMEs in the roll-out of Phase 2 of SA Connect at an in-person event held on 29 March 2022.

SA Connect Phase 2 – Connecting Communities and Government in three years

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[3 September 2021] The Department is establishing a multi-stakeholder working group on strategies to address mis- and/or dis-information and mal-information in South Africa

Terms of Reference

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[4 August 2021] The Department is publishing a newsletter – Bytes.za – containing information about its programmes and initiatives.

BYTES.za Newsletter Issue 3, August 2021

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[9 June 2021] The DCDT updated Parliament on its progress in respect of

  • The formation of a State Digital Infrastructure Company (SDIC) through the merger of Broadband Infraco and Sentech
  • The repurposing of SITA into the State Digital Services Company (SDSC), focused on being a digital transformation partner to government
  • The merger of ICASA, the Film and Publications Board (FPB) and the .ZA Domain Name Authority (.ZADNA) through the passing of a Regulatory Reform Bill
  • The establishment of a Digital Development Challenge Fund (DDCF) to replace the Universal Service and Access Fund (USAF)

DCDT Presentation to Portfolio Committee 2 June 2021

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[4 January 2021] A copy of a letter to the President setting out the delegations and allocations of responsibilities as between the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies and the Deputy Minister has been made available:

Ministry of Communications and Digital Technologies: Delegations and allocation of responsibilities: Minister and Deputy Minister

The table below shows responsibilities for the organisations falling under the Ministry:

Minister Deputy Minister
  • ICASA
  • Broadband Infraco (BBI)
  • Sentech
  • Universal Services and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA)
  • National Electronics Media Institute of South Africa (NEMISA)
  • South African Post Office (SAPO)
  • State Information Technology Agency (SITA)
  • Film and Publication Board (FPB)
  • .za Domain Name Authority (ZADNA)
  • SABC
  • Development of the creative industries sector

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[19 December 2020] The Presidency has published the performance agreement entered into between the President and the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies for the period June 2019 to April 2024.

Performance Agreement with Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies signed 23 October 2020

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[7 December 2020] DTPS Annual Report 2019-2020

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[29 November 2020] The DCDT presented a revised Annual Performance Plan (APP) for the 2020/21 financial year to Parliament on 24 November 2020. The revision was necessitated by the impact of the national lockdown and resulting and related budget cuts (including a contribution of R38 million to the business rescue of South African Airways).

DCDT Presentation on Revised 2020/21 Annual Performance Plan

Set out below is a list – grouped by desired outcome – of the processes which the Department wishes to undertake / complete before 31 March 2021.

Outcome 1: Enabling Digital Transformation Policies and Strategies

International engagement strategy revised and submitted for approval

Submission of the South African Post Office SOC Ltd Amendment Bill to Cabinet

Submission of the South African Broadcasting Corporation SOC Ltd Bill to Cabinet

Development and implementation of the Data & Cloud Policy

Development and implementation of the Digital Economy Masterplan

Implementation of the PC4IR Report

Revision and implementation of the ICT SMME Strategy

Submission of Postbank Bill to Parliament

Submission of the State Digital Infrastructure Company Bill to Parliament

Submission of the State Digital Services Company Bill to Parliament

Issuing of final Policy Direction on 5G Spectrum

Development of Blueprint for Digital Technology diffusion

Outcome 2: Increased access to secure Digital Infrastructure

Development of the Legal Framework for the establishment of the BRICS Institute for Future Networks

Revision of National Radio Frequency Plan in line with WRC-19 Outcomes

Monitoring and sustaining provision of Broadband services to 970 connected sites

Conducting feasibility study for Phase 2 Funding

Establishment of the Digital Transformation Centre

Coordination and monitoring of 860,000 subsidized digital television installations in three (3) provinces

Coordination and monitoring of the distribution of 139 006 vouchers

Establishment of 1 additional Sector Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRTs)

Outcome 3: Transformed Digital Society

Signing and monitoring implementation of a Partnership Agreement, focusing on the Digital Economy

Implementation of the National e-Government Strategy and Roadmap towards digitalisation of government services

Implementation of the Digital and Future Skills Programme, in line with National Digital and Future Skills Strategy

Outcome 4: High performing Portfolio to enable achievement of the respective mandates

Revision and approval of the Organisational structure, aligned to mandate

Development and implementation of a Workplace Skills Plan (WSP), aligned to DCDT mandate

Development of and implementation of an Integrated DCDT Digitisation Strategy

100% of valid invoices paid within 30 days

Monitoring of service delivery performance and compliance of SOEs against strategic plans and relevant prescripts

Implementation of the Performance Management System for ICASA Councillors

Development of Quarterly analysis reports on SABC’s implementation of the turnaround plan

Development of an Integrated Digital Economy and Society Indicator Model

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[6 November 2020] The Minister and Department provided a detailed overview of the history and current status of the South Africa Connect National Broadband Network and provincial and other government-led telecommunications infrastructure projects in Parliament on 3 November 2020.

DCDT: Presentation on Broadband Rollout (3 November 2020)

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[6 June 2020] The DCDT has published its maiden strategic plan for the medium-term period 2020-2025 and its annual performance plan for the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

DCDT Annual Performance Plan 2020-21

DCDT Strategic Plan 2020-2025

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[1 April 2020] The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) – a merger of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services and the Department of Communications – came into existence on 1 April 2020.

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[5 March 2020] The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) will come into existence on 1 April 2020, when the merger between the Department of Teleco

mmunications and Postal Services and the Department of Communications is officially implemented.

National Treasury has published an Estimate of National Expenditure (ENE) for the to-be-formed Department. This document sets out the budget and top-level strategy for the DCDT and its portfolio organisations (which include ICASA, the Film and Publications Board, Telkom, Sentech and Broadband Infraco) for the next three years.

Vote 30 Communications and Digital Technologies

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