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Econet gets $300m Chinese injection

Zimbabwe’s biggest mobile operator, Econet Wireless, is set to get at least US$300m from China Development Bank and ZTE. The loan agreement was announced in South Africa, during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit. In a press


Naspers seeks R36bn for acquisitions

Naspers plans to sell 17,1m ordinary shares in order to raise US$2,5bn (about R36bn), the company announced on Friday. Naspers said in a statement that it will use the


MTN hasn’t asked us for help yet: Cwele

MTN hasn’t yet asked South Africa’s department of telecommunications & postal services for help regarding its multibillion-dollar fine in Nigeria. This is according to telecoms minister Siyabonga Cwele, who was speaking on the


ISPs want submissions to censor made public

A local association representing Internet service providers wants submissions on a controversial draft online content policy to be made public. “South Africa’s Internet Service Providers’ Association has called on the Film and Publication Board to make public


Why Mark Barnes got Post Office top job

Tapping e-commerce, ramping up banking services and regaining trust are key reasons why banker Mark Barnes was hired as the South African Post Office CEO. This is according to the minister of telecommunications & postal services Siyabonga Cwele, who


5 reasons why e-tolls flopped

On the second anniversary of the launch of e-tolls, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance looks back at a system it says “was doomed from the outset”. Gauteng’s e-toll scheme was launched exactly two years ago, on 3 December 2013. This


More opposition to cybercrimes bill

The new cybercrimes bill is flawed, too broad and brings the country one step closer to the securitisation of the Internet, the Right2Know Campaign has said. It was basically the secrecy bill of the Internet as it stood now and handed the keys of the Internet to


Huge jump in cyber attacks on SA

Hackers have doubled the number of cyber attacks against South Africans as the expansion of Internet access brings more people online. This is according to cybersecurity firm Kaspersky


MTN Nigeria fine reduced by a third

The Nigerian Communications Commission has decided to reduce the fine imposed on MTN by 35%, the telecommunications group said on Thursday. The size of the fine remains by far the largest fine ever imposed on a telecoms


Free education for all impossible, says Blade

Free higher education for all was impossible, higher education minister Blade Nzimande said on Thursday. Government policy made no mention of free higher education, he told student representatives from 26 universities around the country

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