Telecommunications and Postal Services

National Department Budget for 2016-17

Vote purpose

Develop information and communication technology (ICT) policies and legislation that create favourable conditions for accelerated and shared sustainable economic growth that positively impacts on the wellbeing of all South Africans.

Mandate

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services is mandated to develop ICT policies that create conditions for accelerated and sustained shared growth of the South African economy, and to ensure the development of robust, reliable, secure and affordable ICT infrastructure. This is to contribute to the development of an inclusive information society in which information and ICT tools are key drivers of economic and societal development. The Electronic Communications Act (2005) mandates the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services to draft policies in order to fulfil South Africa’s obligations under bilateral, multilateral, and international treaties and conventions; set guidelines for the determination of certain licence fees by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa; promote universal service and electronic communications services in under- serviced areas; promote the participation of small business in the ICT sector; and enhance the capacity of state owned enterprises and exercise oversight over them. The department also contributes to building an ICT skills base in the country to ensure equitable prosperity and global competitiveness.

In addition to the Electronic Communications Act (2005), the department’s mandate is derived from the following legislation:

  • the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (2002)

  • the Sentech Act (1996)

  • the Postal Services Act (1998)

  • the South Africa Post Office SOC Ltd Act (2011)

  • the South African Postbank Limited Act (2010)

  • the State Information Technology Agency Act (1998)

  • the Broadband Infraco Act (2007).

The Budget Cycle
Plan

2016-17 Budget

The Estimates of National Expenditure (ENE) is a book published along with the tabling of the budget for the new financial year.

Programme budgets for 2016-17

A department's programmes are the activities that it spends money on during the financial year. Different programmes have different expenditure budgets, depending on their requirements and available finances. More detail on the programmes is available in the department's Estimates of National Expenditure documents.

Budgeted spending by sub-programme for each programme

Each chart shows the budgeted spending by each sub-programme of that programme.

Administration
ICT Enterprise Development and Oversight
ICT Infrastructure Support
International Affairs and Trade
Policy, Research and Capacity Development

Budgeted spending by Economic Classification for each programme

Each chart shows the budgeted spending by economic classification under that Programme.

Administration
ICT Enterprise Development and Oversight
ICT Infrastructure Support
International Affairs and Trade
Policy, Research and Capacity Development

Budgeted spending by programme for Economic Classification items

Each chart shows the budgeted spending of each Programme under that Economic Classification.

Current payments - Compensation of employees
Current payments - Goods and services
Payments for capital assets - Machinery and equipment
Payments for capital assets - Software and other intangible assets
Payments for financial assets - Payments for financial assets
Transfers and subsidies - Departmental agencies and accounts
Transfers and subsidies - Foreign governments and international organisations
Transfers and subsidies - Public corporations and private enterprises

2016-17 Adjusted Budget

The Adjusted Estimates of National Expenditure (AENE) is a book published along with the tabling of the adjusted budget.

Please note
The adjusted budget documents are not available yet on vulekamali.gov.za

Budget changes in the Adjusted Budget

These charts show changes to the spending plans originally published in the Estimates of National Expenditure. Details of these changes are published in the Adjusted Estimates of National Expenditure.

Please note
No adjusted budget data available for this year yet
Implement
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Implementation data coming soon
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Budgeted and Actual Expenditure

Budgeted and actual expenditure/allocations for a department can increase or decrease from year to year. Changes in expenditure for a department can be because of changes in the activities of the department, because of changes in priorities between departments, because of cost efficiencies or because of increases in the price of goods and services due to inflation.

The chart shows the department’s actual expenditure for past years, and budgeted expenditure for the current year and the upcoming three years of the medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF). By adjusting these numbers to take inflation into account, it is possible to determine if a department’s expenditure is really increasing or decreasing in real terms, as compared to the rest of the economy.

Previous financial years indicate actual expenditure while upcoming financial years indicate estimated expenditure:

Year Phase
2012-13 Audited Outcome
2013-14 Audited Outcome
2014-15 Audited Outcome
2015-16 Adjusted appropriation
2016-17 Main appropriation
2017-18 Medium Term Estimates
2018-19 Medium Term Estimates

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