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Suspended radio stations back on the air

State-owned signal distributor Sentech has lifted its suspension of 15 radio stations with outstanding signal distribution fees following a meeting with communications minister Nomvula Mokonyane and industry

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Muthambi cracks down on travel costs

The department of communications on Tuesday confirmed that the SABC will from now on need to submit formal requests for all international trips to minister Faith Muthambi – but the public broadcaster is not the only entity required to

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Icasa hopeful an ex-convict

Thami Ntenteni’s appointment to the board of the Media Development and Diversity Agency last week may be unlawful, Democratic Alliance MP Gavin Davis has said. This is because Ntenteni

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A year of little real progress in ICT

South Africa Connect, South Africa’s broadband policy, was published in December 2013, ushering in 2014 with great promise. The policy called for, among other things, the removal of policies that constrain competition and the roll-out of broadband. It singled out service-based competition

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New political home for State IT Agency

Government’s centralised IT services and technology procurement organisation, the State IT Agency, will in future no longer report into the minister of public service and administration. Rather, it will in future report into the ministry of telecommunications and postal services, headed by Siyabonga Cwele. This is one of a

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Dumping Carrim an ‘absurd’ move

The SOS Coalition, which represents trade unions, community media and content producers hoping to support quality public broadcasting in South Africa, has slammed President Jacob Zuma’s decision to dump his communications minister, Yunus Carrim, instead creating two new departments headed by two new ministers. The Coalition has accused Zuma of

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And now for the ministry of propaganda

The whispers that started weeks ago were wrong, as they so often are: presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj will not be the minister for propaganda after all. But what President Jacob Zuma did announce on Sunday still has all the makings of a ministry for information, replete with overtones of spin and advocacy, but headed by the relatively unknown

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Owning the spectrum

The ANC’s policy discussion document on communications, which was released this week, contains proposals that could result in the rationalising of state institutions that overlap in their mandates. The policy document proposes the merging of Sentech, the state broadcasting signal

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Icasa rejects SABC tax proposal

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) told Siphiwe Nyanda, the former communications minister, in no uncertain terms, that it does not consider it viable to abolish licence fees and fund the debt-plagued SABC using personal income tax.