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Minister Cwele welcomes Telkom’s half-year financial results
For immediate release
13 November 2018
The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Dr Siyabonga Cwele welcomes the Telkom’s half-year financial results for the period that ended in September 2018.
He said that the Government will once again be getting a dividend from Telkom despite the tough economic environment. Telkom has declared a dividend of 112 cents per share.
Minister Cwele said the Government was no longer considering the possibility of selling its shares in Telkom.
He acknowledged the leadership of the board and the management of the executive team of Telkom for the results.
Minister Cwele said the Department is supporting Telkom’s BEE facilitation application.
Issued by the Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services
13 November 2018
South Africa elected into the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Executive Council and Radio Regulations Board (RRB).
The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Dr Siyabonga Cwele has successfully guided South Africa’s election into the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Executive Council and the ITU Radio Regulations Board (RRB) at the Plenipotentiary Conference taking place in Dubai.
South Africa has been elected to serve in both ITU institutions until 2022. South Africa received overwhelming support from the 179 member-states attending the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference.
Minister Cwele is leading the SA delegation at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, which is highest decision making body of the United Nations’ specialised agency for the ICT sector.
“We are excited to be elected onto the ITU Council and the Radio Regulatory Board. We accept this enormous task with humility. We shall use the positions to push for the developmental agenda alongside the African Union’s Agenda 2063,” said Minister Cwele.
The ITU Council oversees the implementation of decisions of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conferences and manages the affairs of the Union between Plenipotentiary Conference.
As a member of the 48-member Council, South Africa will continue to champion the development agenda including the acceleration of broadband roll-out to support the Sustainable Development Goals, advocating for support of developing, least-developed, land-locked countries and small islands. To advance the regional agenda, South Africa will work with other member states to lobby for the demonopolisation of the manufacturing and software industry; champion ownership of critical ICT resource to boost Africa’s economy.
Additionally, South Africa’s participating at the ITU is to influence the agenda for spectrum. The allocation of spectrum is of significant interest as it relates to the roll-out of universal broadband and broadcasting services to reach all citizens of the global community.
South Africa will be represented by Mandla Mchunu in the Radio Regulations Board. The 12-person RRB is tasked with approving procedures for applying the provisions of the radio regulations and for registering spectrum frequency assignments made by the member states; addressing matters which cannot be resolved through the application of the Radio Regulations and Rules of Procedure amongst others activities. Mchunu has over 20 years of experience in spectrum management and regulatory activities; and has worked on domestic and international telecommunications/ICT matters.
Issued by the Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services
Minister Cwele casting South Africa’s vote for the positions of the Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General of the ITU at the 2018 ITU Plenipotentiary in Dubai, UAE.
a) The Objectives of this MOU on ICT with Lesotho Counterparts is to encourage and promote working relations between the two countries which will facilitate joint programme for the ICT backbone connectivity to global infrastructure in an effort to mitigate challenges faced by a landlocked country like the Kingdom of Lesotho.
b) The focus is to create joint action programmes that will allow the Kingdom of Lesotho to access networks in order to benefit from the SADC Programmes within the Region.
c) In this regard, the scope of collaboration calls upon the two parties to encourage a closer working relations necessary for the technical institutions, government, regulatory, business, research, education and other organisations in ICTs administration to form strategic partnerships.
a) The Objective of this Agreement is to promote cooperation in the fields of radio frequency coordination and spectrum management on the basis of equality and mutual benefit in accordance with the domestic laws of the Parties and their obligations under international law.
b) The focus of the Agreement will be to bring together technical and regulatory institutions of the two countries to coordinate frequency spectrum in order to mitigate against the harmful signal spillage.
The signing was witnessed by the Directors-General of the two Ministries, Messrs Lira Moeti and Robert Nkuna and overseen by the South African DDG, Nonkqubela Jordan.
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA POLICY STATEMENT
ITU PLENIPOTENTIARY CONFERENCE 2018
DELIVERED BY THE MINISTER OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND POSTAL SERVICES,
DR SIYABONGA CWELE, MP
Your Excellency Chairperson of the Conference,
Your Excellencies, Ministers and Heads of Delegations
Secretary General of the ITU and elected officials,
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen
On behalf of South Africa Delegation, I wish to congratulate the Government and people of the United Arab Emirates for the excellent hosting of this ITU Plenipotentiary Conference. In particular, I would like to thank you for the warm hospitality we have received since our arrival. Further, we pledge to work with all of you towards achieving a successful outcome to this conference.
At the core of ITU’s mission is to connect the world. Mr Chairperson, 53% of the world’s population remains unconnected - that is 3.9 billion people. 3.1 billion of those unconnected are located in Africa and Asia-Pacific Regions. We believe we can achieve our mission of connecting every citizen if we build partnerships and their confidence in use of the internet.
Last year South Africa adopted the Internet for All Initiative in partnership with 60 domestic and international stakeholders with a goal to connect the 22 million unconnected citizens to the internet by 2020. The project rest on four pillars of innovative deployment of affordable broadband infrastructure in unserved areas, affordable access to internet services and devices, massifying skill training and awareness, and stimulating demand through development of relevant local content and applications. This project has also assisted us to reduce the gender digital divide to less than 2 percentage point.
South Africa remains an active member of the global ICT family, having been a member of the ITU since 1910, left because of the tragedy of apartheid and re-joining the ITU in 1994 following the advent of democracy in our country. In Africa, we serve in various structures with the vision to connect Africa and achieve the African Union Agenda 2063.
South Africa supports various ITU initiatives;
• Since 2015, we have been serving as an active member of the UN Broadband Council for Sustainable development under the leadership of ITU and UNESCO Secretary Generals.
• We have been actively participating in various ITU committees ang regional meetings.
• Last month we hosted a successful ITU Telecoms World Conference in Durban, South Africa.
• As a legacy of this conference and with the support of ITU and other international organisations we launched and offered to host the African Digital Transformation Centre in our capital city of Pretoria. This Centre’s objective is to incubate enterprise talent, harness innovation and prepare our continent to take full advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It will assist African SMMEs with conformance testing, standardisation and protection of their intellectual property. It will contribute to the development and utilisation African-produced ICT solutions designed to meet local needs.
Excellencies and distinguished Heads of Delegation,
It is under this backdrop I wish to re-iterate my Government’s request to you all to support South Africa’s candidature for election to the ITU Council representing Region D. We also appeal for support of our candidate, Mr Mandla Mchunu for the Radio Regulations Board. Once elected, we will collectively work with other members to advance development of ICTs, promote gender mainstreaming, facilitate equitable representation, and to strengthen a rules-based international system. I respectfully request the valuable support of your governments for our candidacy.
In conclusion, I would like to commend and thank the Secretary-General of ITU, Mr Zhao and the ITU team for the excellent leadership, valued contribution and support provided to my country, to the region Africa, and to developing countries and all Member states and sector members, in building a globally-connected digital economy and knowledge society.
I thank you.
Delivered by: Minister Siyabonga Cwele, MP
Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services
Ms Nonkqubela Jordan-Dyani
Delivered in English
31 October 2018