Author Sunil Gopal


Koos Bekker knew minister would be axed: claim

Naspers chairman Koos Bekker said months before Yunus Carrim was fired as communications minister that he would not be reappointed to the job. This startling allegation is contained in a report by the Mail & Guardian on Friday, in which

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Chaos outside MTN head office

The street outside MTN’s plush head office near Roodepoort in Johannesburg resembled a war zone on Friday as striking workers burnt tyres and barricaded the entrance amid claims that police had used teargas and fired rubber bullets. A driver


Angry client erects anti-Vodacom banners

In a development reminiscent of a move by an aggrieved Cell C customer last year, who erected a giant billboard against the mobile operator, an incensed Vodacom client has erected three banners after experiencing problems with his cellular signal


Smartphones now dominate everything

The world’s cellphone manufacturers will sell 1,4bn smartphones in 2015, generating US$300bn in sales. Indeed, smartphone sales will dwarf the sale of all PCs, televisions, tablets and game consoles


Inside the Internet’s staggering growth

In 2000, at the height of the dot-com bubble, there were 400m internet users worldwide. Today there are 3,2bn. This is according to the “ICT Facts and Figures – The World in 2015”


Telkom price cuts don’t reach end users

Telkom’s wholesale price cuts of up to 63% announced last month have so far failed to translate into lower prices for those with broadband digital subscriber lines. Internet service providers (ISPs) that were prepared to comment were not expecting to


Muthambi acted unlawfully at SABC

Parliament’s constitutional and legal services unit has found that communications minister Faith Muthambi effectively acted unlawfully when she threatened SABC board members with removal and again when she removed them. In a statement


Millions allocated for Jo’burg ‘smart city’

City of Johannesburg finance head Geoff Makhubo has announced the allocation of millions of rand towards technology investment and the development of a “smart city”. Makhubo said a R1,2bn operating budget and a R1,5bn capital


Vitriol flies as MTN strikers dig in

The Communication Workers Union has taken to social media to direct its vitriol at MTN management as the strike against the telecommunications operator enters its second week. The CWU’s Facebook page has become a battleground for launching


Fears as Usaasa ‘tax’ set to rise

Telecommunications & postal services minister Siyabonga Cwele presented his budget vote speech last week and concealed among the details is a ticking time bomb that’s about to go off on mobile operators, broadcasters and Internet service providers

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