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Presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Communication 9 November 2007

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Presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Communication 9 November 2007

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  1. Presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Communication9 November 2007

  2. OUTLINE • Overview • Business Performance 2006/7 • USAASA • USAF • Financial Performance 2006/7 • USAASA • USAF • Medium Term Outlook • Conclusion

  3. OverviewMs Cassandra GabrielChairperson: USAASA Board

  4. OVERVIEW • Challenges over the past decade • Evolution of the Agency mandate and strategy • The role of the Agency in managing the USAF was not aligned to its mandate. • Since inception, programmes lacked a sustainability plan • Achievements were never measured • Programme implementation lacked stakeholder participation. • Lack of public awareness of the Agency’s activities.

  5. Business Review

  6. Business Review 2006/7 • USAASA • Focus on Agency stability. • Translating the new mandate into new strategy. • Implementing a turn-around strategy to reposition the Agency. • Bringing in needed skills and capacity. • Audit of all funded projects. • Addressing funding challenges.

  7. Business Review: USALS Subsidies (1)

  8. Business Review: ICT Access Subsidies (2)

  9. Business Review • Since inception the Agency launched 154 Telecentres.

  10. Telecentre at an MPCC

  11. Telecentre at an MPCC

  12. Training Courses at a Telecentre

  13. Training Courses at a Telecentre

  14. Container Telecentre

  15. Container Telecentre

  16. Container Telecentre

  17. Container Telecentre

  18. Container Telecentre

  19. ICT Telecentre for the Disabled

  20. ICT Telecentre for the Disabled

  21. Business Review: ICT Access Subsidies (3)

  22. Business Review • Since inception the Agency launched 234 Cyberlabs

  23. Cyberlab

  24. Cyberlab

  25. Cyberlab

  26. Cyberlab

  27. ICT Connectivity

  28. Business Review: ICT Access Subsidies (4)

  29. Business Review: ICT Access Subsidies (5)

  30. Business Review: Capacity Building (6)

  31. Business Review: Audit Findings • Community access Centres • Services that require rehabilitation • Photocopying • Fax • Printing • Scanning • Telephone • Internet • Training ( Accreditation) • Governance structures • Business and ICT skills training • Strong partnerships with Municipalities ( Oversight ) • Schools • Services that require rehabilitation • All computers need to be replaced • Additional services required to enhance learning environment • Digital Projector • Digital whiteboard

  32. Financial Performance

  33. AG audit opinions on USAASA and the USAF • Since 2001 the Agency and the USAF received unqualified opinions from the Auditor-General • No emphasis of matters during the same period

  34. USAASA Expenditure Summary

  35. USAF Operator Contributions

  36. USAF Summarised Financial Performance

  37. USAF Subsidies Communities R 9,303m • Access Centre maintenance and Connectivity (R2, 504m) • Capacity building (R6, 799m) Schools R 10,277m • Cyber-lab maintenance and connectivity USALS R 5,950m TOTAL R 25,530m

  38. MEDIUM-TERM OUTLOOKMr. James ThelediChief Executive Officer

  39. Strategic Context • DoC ASGISA priorities • Increase access to and enhance the quality of education using ICTs. • Increase access to and improve quality of government service delivery. • To provide robust, reliable, and affordable ICT infrastructure. • Contributing to social cohesion and national identity. • ISET ICT Plan • WTO issues, ICT and Broadcasting policy

  40. Repositioning Strategy • Redefine Universal Service and Access within the developmental agenda and converged platforms. • Review the role, identity and image- involve stakeholders. • Identify key partners. • Identify the niche to be addressed by the Agency - Filling the Gap. • Provide accurate information on universal service and access gaps and monitor progress. • Review the USAFund. • Address capacity and funding constraints.

  41. STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES • To reposition the Agency as a natural champion of universal service and access. • To reach every South African excluded from universal service and access to ICT and Broadcasting facilities and services, especially the needy and the disabled. • To effectively and efficiently manage the USA Fund. • To collaborate with the ICT industry in making ICTs available, accessible and affordable to all South A Africans. • To provide rigorous and continuous research regarding universal service and access.

  42. Priority Initiatives • Collaboration with relevant stakeholders • Advise Minister and Department on issues impacting on universal service and access • Expanding universal service to broadcasting and postal services • Central repository of knowledge: Portal • Definitions of under-serviced areas and needy persons, e.g. the disabled • International benchmarking • Affordability and costs of ICT services • Develop a sustainability model for ICT projects • Monitor and evaluate progress of universal service and access

  43. Research and Innovation • Review current Universal Service and Access regime and Reports conducted by the Agency. • Consult the public and make recommendations on definitions to the Minister. • Define niche areas of research for the Agency. • Collaborate with other Research Institutions on ICTs. • Design programmes and schemes on universal service and access. • Monitor and Evaluate progress on Universal Service and Access.

  44. Research and Innovation (2)

  45. Corporate Services • Finalise Human Capital, Media, Communications and Marketing strategies. • Launch of new Agency brand. • Public awareness initiatives in support of Agency and USAF programmes. • Consolidate Partnerships: • Parliament • DoC • MDDA • GCIS • ICASA • Industry • Civil Society

  46. Finance

  47. USAF • Access to ICT services • Connectivity • Funding Agent • Enterprise development • Competitive bidding • Focus on needy persons and under-serviced areas • Accelerate infrastructure development • Training and skills development • Public awareness campaigns • Management Information systems

  48. USAF: Sibsidising of ICT Access Facilities

  49. USAF: Telecentres Rehabilitation

  50. USAF: Telecentres • 4 telecentres completed. • 24 under deployment. • Rehabilitation cost per telecentre: R200,000 • Envisaged completion date: December 2007 • Equipment supplied includes: Photocopier, networked computers, server, and internet connectivity. • Deployment of new telecentres = R387,000