Telecommunications and Postal Services

National Department Budget for 2017-18

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 and to ensure the development of robust, reliable, secure and affordable ICT infrastructure. This contributes to the development of an inclusive information society in which information and ICT tools are key drivers of accelerated and sustained shared economic growth and societal development. The Electronic Communications Act (2005) allows the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services to draft policies 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; and promote universal service and electronic communications services in underserviced areas. The act also allows the minister to promote the participation of small businesses in the ICT sector, and oversee and strengthen the capacity of state-owned enterprises. 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

2017-18 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 2017-18

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
Transfers and subsidies - Departmental agencies and accounts
Transfers and subsidies - Foreign governments and international organisations
Transfers and subsidies - Public corporations and private enterprises

2017-18 Adjusted Budget

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

Budget changes in the Adjusted Budget

Total adjustments
220.6%

Total adjustment to the original budget for this department.

Value of virements
1.1%

Changes to planned spending between categories within this department.

Adjustments by type
Total adjustments by economic classification
Total adjustments by programme
Implement
Please note
Implementation data coming soon
Review

Planned compared to historical 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
2013-14 Audited Outcome
2014-15 Audited Outcome
2015-16 Audited Outcome
2016-17 Adjusted appropriation
2017-18 Main appropriation
2018-19 Medium Term Estimates
2019-20 Medium Term Estimates

Budgeted and Actual Expenditure comparison

Compare the Adjusted Appropriation to the Main Appropriation to see how the spending plans changed during the year. The Audited Outcome then shows what was actually spent.

Note: Direct charges against the National Revenue Fund are excluded

Main Appropriation
Adjusted Appropriation
Final Appropriation
Audited Outcome

Budgeted and Actual Expenditure comparison by Programme

Compare the amount of budget allocated to each of this deparment’s programmes at each phase in the process leading up to the Audited Outcome

Main Appropriation
Adjusted Appropriation
Final Appropriation
Audited Outcome
International Affairs and Trade
ICT Enterprise Development and SOE Oversight
Administration
Policy, Research and Capacity Development
ICT Infrastructure Support
ICT Enterprise Development and Oversight
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