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Koos Bekker knew minister would be axed: claim

Naspers CEO Koos Bekker

Naspers chairman Koos Bekker

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 the newspaper claims to have had sight of a memorandum dated March 2014 and sent by Bekker to senior management at Naspers subsidiary MultiChoice claiming Carrim would not return as minister after the May 2014 general election.

The newspaper said that Bekker, in the memo, wrote that Carrim was “temperamentally unsuited to high political office” and was “in the power of e.tv”.

MultiChoice has declined to comment, with spokesman Jackie Rakitla saying only: “Our policy is not to comment on speculation.”

The article claims that Naspers overstepped the mark between lobbying and playing a direct role in determining government policy on digital terrestrial television.

MultiChoice and Carrim fell out spectacularly early last year after the pay-television broadcaster took out full-page newspaper advertisements in three Sunday newspapers, accusing Carrim of pandering to “certain narrow commercial interests”. Carrim in turn accused MultiChoice of being a “bullying monopoly” who “cannot claim to speak for the poor”.

MultiChoice saw red over Carrim’s decision to include a conditional access system based on encryption in the set-top boxes that government intended subsidising for as many as 5m poorer households, even though the minister proposed that broadcasters wanting to use the system would have to pay for it.

A fight between MultiChoice and e.tv has dragged on for years over the use of encryption in free-to-air set-top boxes. E.tv insists it’s crucial that it be included to ensure free-to-air broadcasters can get access to the latest content in order to compete more effectively with DStv.

MultiChoice, on the other hand, argues that it is an unnecessary cost and would lead to unfair competition in that government would subsidise the entry of new pay-TV players into the South African market.

Former communications minister Yunus Carrim

Former communications minister Yunus Carrim

Carrim has repeatedly denied he was under e.tv’s influence and that the December 2013 decision on set-top boxes was taken by the cabinet and was not done on a “personal whim”.

The former minister told the Mail & Guardian this week that being under e.tv’s influence would amount to a crime. “The national fiscus wasn’t my personal money box that I could just use to benefit a particular company I chose,” he is quoted as saying.

After the election, President Jacob Zuma announced he was splitting the communications department in two, creating a new department of communications under minister Faith Muthambi. Carrim was removed and replaced at what became the telecoms & postal services department by former state security minister Siyabonga Cwele. Carrim is now chair of parliament’s portfolio committee on finance.

As communications minister, Muthambi quickly set about reversing the 2013 policy presented to cabinet by Carrim. Her final policy on broadcasting digital migration specifically stated that encryption would not be included in the government-subsidised set-top boxes. In doing so, she defied an ANC NEC decision that encryption should form part of the roll-out.

E.tv has now taken Muthambi’s final policy on review at the high court in Pretoria.  — © 2015 NewsCentral Media


  1. As expected. Multichoice is driving digital migration. “MultiChoice saw red over
    Carrim’s decision to include a conditional access system based on encryption in
    the set-top boxes.” “Her final policy on broadcasting digital migration
    specifically stated that encryption would not be included in the
    government-subsidised set-top boxes. In doing so, she defied an ANC NEC
    decision that encryption should form part of the roll-out.” Typical of Multichoice. MC was behind the removal of the return path with Monister Dina Pule. MC is also behind the reversal of having conditional access and premium content for all. MC also signed crazy contracts with SABC to never use conditional access for premium content. SABC is stuck with poor quality content forever.

  2. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Not sure which planet you’re from but having been here on Earth for quite some time now; the way things work is pretty obvious even to a 4year old…

    There’s the WINNERS! and; then there’s the LOSERS!

    I didn’t make all these rules, its just how I found it when I arrived here; and I made up my mind that I would always choose to go with the WINNERS.

    Your sorry LOSER song may be entertaining to the likes of ETV, the DA, etc. but that only proves that birds of the LOSER feather will always flock together.

  3. Duncan McLeod on

    Hi Thumi,

    This is not the first time I’ve heard these allegations. It’s time I put them to bed once and for all.

    I posted a comment on the Mail & Guardian story yesterday. For some reason, it hasn’t been approved, despite my nudging the M&G on Twitter to please do so. If it still hasn’t been approved by Monday, I will approach their editor about it. But let me post a more detailed comment on this matter here.

    There is no elephant in the room, as you suggest. I was, however, a little taken aback to see my name mentioned in the M&G piece. Still, in no reading of the article is it implied that TechCentral was captured, and any suggestion that we were is baseless and, frankly, libellous.

    Out of curiosity, I dug up the e-mail in question. Dated 21 April 2014, it was sent on behalf of Keith Thabo by one Professor Kunene (once Thabo’s right-hand man and now his sworn enemy in the other faction of Namec). It’s no secret that some parties in this Namec faction believe that TechCentral was somehow captured by MultiChoice. They’ve said as much to my face. But it’s an allegation that is devoid of truth. And I reject it with contempt.

    Not mentioned in the M&G piece, and probably conveniently left out by the M&G’s source/s (and easily corrected if I’d been contacted for comment), is that the e-mail was sent to two dozen journalists, including publications such as Rapport, Beeld, Business Day, The Citizen, News24 and Sapa. The M&G’s journalist was not among them.

    When the piece arrived in my inbox, I took an immediate decision to use it as a column, published under Thabo’s name, in our standard column format. This was an editorial decision in no way influenced by any third party. We took that call given that Namec put itself forward as important industry body representing black set-top box manufacturers. Here was an industry association launching a direct attack on a government minister — this was most certainly newsworthy and in the public interest.

    TechCentral has acted a platform both both viewpoints in this debate for many years — carrying pieces from former minister Yunus Carrim and former e.tv chief operating officer Bronwyn Keene-Young, for example, while also carrying opinion pieces from the opposing camp, including from M-Net legal and regulatory affairs head Karen Willenberg and others. When we have expressed our own opinions on the topic of digital migration — such as my view that encryption in set-top boxes is a bad idea (a view I continue to subscribe to as I believe it would be the wrong choice for South Africa) — this has always been clearly marked as opinion.

    I think a few people have interpreted my view on encryption as blanket support for MultiChoice. This is unfortunate. Many pieces I have written have been clearly critical of MultiChoice. Witness, for example, the feature piece I wrote in the Sunday Times (I think it was last year) on the deal between MultiChoice and the SABC over the controversial channel supply agreement. I also don’t believe MultiChoice is necessarily advancing its particular viewpoint on encryption for altruistic reasons.

    But coming back to the specifics of the M&G story… I was surprised to read my name in the piece, especially since it doesn’t appear to bear any relevance to the story and given that about 25 other journalists also received the press release sent on Thabo’s behalf by Kunene.

    I don’t know if MultiChoice’s Calvo Mawela mentioned me by name in his conversations with Thabo, as claimed in the M&G article, but if he did, I don’t think it’s relevant to anything. TechCentral has been an important platform for both sides of this debate to air their views. I’m sure the parties concerned were keen to have their viewpoint published on our website.

    On the suggestion that Mawela helped pen Thabo’s piece sent to the media on 21 April 2014, this information was shared with me earlier this year by the Adil Nchabeleng/Kunene faction of Namec. I raised this in a meeting with Mawela and two other MultiChoice executives about two months ago now. I was (and still am) researching a variety of claims about this whole mess, some of which the M&G has touched on tangentially in its piece this week.

    During this meeting at MultiChoice, I raised this specific allegation directly with Mawela and the other executives. I’d need to dig out my notes for an accurate transcript of what was said, but in summary, the response was that Namec (there was only one such entity at the time) was a partner of MultiChoice’s and partners are quite entitled to compare notes on issues of importance. That seemed to me to be a fair explanation and I decided to leave that particular matter there.

    I trust the above clears up any confusion on this issue. The whole sorry saga that is digital migration in South Africa will continue to develop and TechCentral will continue to cover it in a fair and balanced way. Needless to say, any suggestion that we have been “captured” by any of the protagonists involved in the process is entirely of devoid of truth.

    Duncan McLeod

    Editor: TechCentral

  4. Greg Mahlknecht on

    > Not mentioned in the M&G piece, and probably conveniently left out by the M&G’s source/s (and easily corrected if I’d been contacted for comment), is that the e-mail was sent to two dozen journalists

    Either they got the full email and singled out TechCentral, or whoever “leaked” the email to them only left TechCentral’s name on – either way, this site is obviously deemed the most important or biggest threat out of the two dozen other sites, so take that as a compliment 🙂

  5. Kerron Edmunson on

    Multichoice is a monopoly, that’s why it can charge what it wants to for its services, and if you want even some of their content, you pay their prices. When monopolies start manipulating political leaders and government policies, we are all losers. If winning means stamping on the consumer and the country, then sure, be a winner with Multichoice.

  6. Greg Mahlknecht on

    Let’s wait until proper competition pops up, and see if they significantly undercut Multichoice’s prices. My bet is they don’t. Content is incredibly expensive, and Multichoice don’t run at excessively high profit margins. I don’t like MC, but I don’t think they’re evil or anything.

  7. What I expect from a 4 year old! Multi choice, Eskom Telkom, SANRAL, ANC and &%*$ed up unions!! Anti competitiveness rules in SA. Follow the red brick road of socialism. Stop talking trash! Idea is to educate! Off the freakin ass and dirty your hands.

  8. Yes. Quite amazing how the majority of South African’s seem to vote for a turd to be head. Winning.

  9. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    >>Off the freakin ass and dirty your hands.

    Yep! now that’s what you can expect from a LOSER with a LOSER education…

    …I’m guessing with that kind of language you’re not a 4year old; but rather a great adult role-model for your 4year old.

  10. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    So Thumi… the country is a winner when the commercial interests of certain broadcasters are afforded a free ride at the taxpayers expense?

    BDM is not just about the 5mil poor households that are going to get STBs; there are many other people who wouldn’t qualify for the subsidy and would need to receive digital broadcast signals.

    Having a policy that is in-line with other successfully implemented BDM strategies that affords the country and those other people the opportunity to benefit from lower costs of iDTVs in the migration process is a BIG WINNER for SA.

    No one is forced to live in a loser country just like no one is forced to have DStv… (I’m quite certain that you’re not just stuck with the FTA options available and that there is a contribution that you’re making towards Multichoice being the near monopoly that it is.)

  11. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    >>When monopolies start manipulating political leaders and government policies, we are all losers.

    So you would rather the government be manipulated by ETV and lose more money (as if the Top TV saga wasn’t a lesson enough); but now waste the taxpayer money on a loser broadcaster that’s attempting to get a free-ride rather than being a Multichoice and funding their commercial interests themselves?

  12. Charley Lewis on

    Must say I didn’t read Lloyd Gedye’s article as in any way implying that TechCentral was complicit in knowingly acting as a mouthpiece for MultiChoice via NAMEC.

    The CompComm submission to the ICT Policy Panel is worth reading rather more at length than the snippet quoted by Gedye. It makes a good case for how a CA facility (careful choice of word) in STBs is paradoxically good for competition in the pay-TV market, which has been SOS’s position…

  13. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    >>It makes a good case for how a CA facility (careful choice of word) in STBs is paradoxically good for competition in the pay-TV market

    Once again; BDM is not about creating competition in the pay-TV market nor is it about ensuring that FTA broadcasters like ETV can get premium…

    …it is in-fact about the freeing up of the spectrum that is currently being utilized for analogue transmissions. With the ITU deadline in just a little over 2 weeks – you would think that taking a leaf out from how BDM has been successfully in such countries as the UK who switched off their last analogue transmitters well over a year ago should prove as most viable.

  14. CharlieTango on

    If Carrim had stayed in as Minister we would have met the DTT deadlines. Now, we have two incompetents who would find it difficult to throw a party in a restaurant.

  15. Kerron you are so right. “When monopolies start manipulating political leaders and government policies, we are all losers.” Multichoice is manipulating government and SABC. SABC can only deliver better services with better content with a return path and conditional access.

  16. Greg – proper competition will only show up if government and SABC are not misled by Multichoice.

  17. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    I’m sorry… didn’t get your first name there pal; but from your remark – you must be “The Bright Spark” of LOSERS.

    You know the previous president of the world’s greatest “Super Power” was no “Bright SparK” either and was referred to by many as less than even a turd… but the majority in the US still voted him in to head the country.

    Which country are we likely to see you being the head of, president Bright Spark? Would it be the Undemocratic Republic of LOSERS…???

  18. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    If you had placed your head on the block on that happening; then in just over 2 weeks from now… we would be planning your funeral.

  19. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    So you need the government and the SABC to be able to set yourself up to be competition for Multichoice; really…???

    When happened to entering the free market on your own merits?

  20. Dear Vusi – it is not a Free Market if you are up against the Multichoice monopoly. It is also not a free and fair market if you are against Multichoice manipulating government and SABC. That should be common sense?

  21. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    >>it is not a Free Market if you are up against the Multichoice monopoly.

    It actually is; just like it still is when you go up against SABMiller; MTN & Vodacom, etc.

    It becomes unfair when you manipulate the government for you to get a free ride on taxpayer money because you can’t or are not willing to take the risk to compete fairly with Multichoice;

    …which school of business did you graduate from???

  22. Most important enduring monopolies or near monopolies in the rest on government policies. The government’s support is responsible for fixing agricultural prices above competitive levels, for the exclusive ownership of cable television operating systems in most markets, for the exclusive franchises of public utilities and radio and TV channels, for the single postal service—the list goes on and on. Back to Multichoice – do you really think MC is doing nothing wrong to manipulate Gov and SABC?

  23. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    They are as is to be expected; protecting their interests. The amended policy is one which is workable;

    I for one; would scrap the subsidy plan as there are other priorities of greater importance that the money can be used on…

    …but the amended policy as is; is perfect and there’s absolutely no reason why it cannot work for all stakeholders.

  24. “They are as is to be expected; protecting their interests”. Wow – so bribes and manipulation is OK with you? Even if such bribes have a negative effect on people and companies? Do you really think a bribe is right thing to do?

  25. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    >>Wow – so bribes and manipulation is OK with you?

    Ever heard of crime line…???

    If you have any evidence of such – please share; but your continued unsubstantiated speculations only serve to confirm you as the LOSER which you clearly are.

  26. “The SABC initially supported encryption but changed its stance when it signed the deal with MultiChoice, the applicants say.” Seems you are loosing insight?
    Signing a controversial deal with the SABC in June 2013 that bought the support of the politically powerful public broadcaster. The SABC chairperson, Obert Maguvhe, recently declared he liked to think of the SABC as being married to MultiChoice;

  27. As part of the 2013 contract, the SABC agreed to bar conditional access on its free-to-air channels for five years. The deal is now the subject of a fierce legal battle in the Competition Tribunal. (See “Legal face-offs create static for state and broadcasters”);”

  28. Vuzi – do you need more evidence? ”
    Apparently securing political access and intelligence, including appearing to know that Carrim was going to be removed long before the minister himself knew it;”

  29. Vuzi – one more for your consideration ”
    Backing an empowerment lobby group that appears to have acted as a MultiChoice puppet in launching a public attack on Carrim and his backing for conditional access; and
    Succeeding in having Carrim’s policy, which was accepted by the Cabinet in 2013, dramatically reversed by Faith Muthambi, the new minister appointed by President Jacob Zuma after last year’s elections. In doing so, Muthambi seemingly also flouted ANC policy, and her about-face is being challenged in court by e-tv. (See “Legal face-offs create static for state and broadcasters”.)

  30. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Excuse me… when ETV signed an exclusive deal with MC for the eNCA channel; which they are now currently unable to broadcast on the own OVHD platform; where was your expert opinion?

    I’m guessing that you don’t have DStv which is the reason why you’re also not aware that MC actually has other deals with the likes of CNN, Sky News, etc.

  31. Vuzi – just for you: “At the same time, publisher
    Caxton and nongovernmental organisations Media Monitoring Africa and the SOS:
    Support Public Broadcasting Coalition have taken the SABC and MultiChoice to
    the Competition Tribunal.”

  32. Vuzi – some more info for you. In the case set to go before the Competition Tribunal, Caxton and the two NGOs argue that the SABC/MultiChoice contract constitutes a mandatory notifiable merger.

    According to their reading, the Competition Commission should have been notified when the deal was signed sothat it could give regulatory approval. In affidavits, Caxton chief executive
    Terry Moolman argues that, through the agreement, ultiChoice has “acquired control” over the SABC’s TV broadcasting policy as well as its programme archives.

  33. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Do you not understand the difference between evidence and speculation…???

    Read this article again and note the response from Multichoice.

    You are just speculating – where is your evidence Antonio???

    I would really love for your LOSER friends to call you as a witness in the court proceedings.

  34. Vuzi – what do think about this? Do you think bribery and manipulation have something to do with this?

    “Despite the protestations, the apparent love affair between
    the SABC and MultiChoice seems to have strengthened. At the launch of the SABC rerun channel Encore two weeks ago, SABC chairperson Obert Maguvhe proposed a marriage between the public broadcaster and MultiChoice.

    “Actually, for me, I wouldn’t have preferred it to just be a partnership,” said Maguvhe. “Actually it should be a marriage. You can be our bride and we will be the bridegroom.” “We love
    you so much, MultiChoice,” continued Maguvhe. “We want to enter into a marriage.”

    Wow Vuzi?

  35. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Still no evidence I’m afraid… just speculative!!

    But keep trying… you might get it right eventually.

  36. Vuzi – relax. This is before the Courts and before the Competition Tribunal. Facts remain – “There is widespread evidence of the pay-TV operator clearly trying to dictate state policy. Pay-TV operator MultiChoice waged a campaign to overturn a crucial government decision that critics claim
    crossed the line between acceptable lobbying and capturing state policy.”

    So – get yourself a cup of coffee and wait for the court decisions. Things might change!

  37. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Make sure you also play the LOTTO under the new iThuba…

    Things might change! Who knows…

    …you may not need to be in the STB business after-all.

  38. Vuzi – is something wrong with you? Is it not hard fact – for normal people – if the Chairperson of the SABC made a public statement for all – except Vuzi – to hear? “chairperson Obert Maguvhe proposed a marriage between the public broadcaster and MultiChoice.”

  39. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    And here I was thinking that its just baas Davebee who is without a sense of humor…

    Hey, but good luck with the new management at the LOTTO.

    Don’t think you’ll be having much of a bright future in the STB business. (BTW – Were you aware that iThuba means opportunity…???)

  40. Vuzi – do you remember the Return Path saga with Multichoice? MC manipulated minister Dina Pule to remove the return path. SACF and others convinced the Minister it was really bad to listen to Multichoice. The minister was luckily convinced – “Communications minister Dina Pule said on Wednesday that the set-top boxes that will be subsidised for poorer households will get a “return path” to provide basic Internet access. She made the announcement at the department of communications’ ICT Indaba in Cape Town.”

  41. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    You’ve been living in dream land so long that you’ve forgotten that there’s a new Nyatsi in Town now.

  42. Vuzi – can you focus on the issue at hand?

    “Koos Bekker knew minister would be axed: claim – Naspers chairman Koos Bekker reportedly said months before Yunus Carrim was fired as communications minister that he would not be reappointed to the job. By Sunil Gopal.”

  43. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Did you just say focus on the issue at hand…

    Got to hand it to you; coming from you – that’s a good one!

  44. Aha – yet another Parts of the Body idiom. The issue ‘at hand’ is the issue uppermost in the minds of all the relevant people. For example, at a business meeting the ‘issue at hand’ would be fairly high on the agenda. Don’t confuse ‘at hand’ with the idiomatic usage ‘to hand’ – within easy reach: “I think I’m free at that time, but I don’t have my diary to hand”.

  45. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Do I need to remind you about the effects of continuously banging your head against a brick wall… never mind; I guess its too late for you to head that warning.

  46. Vuzi – Heads up – focus on the issue “”Koos Bekker knew minister would be axed: claim – Naspers chairman Koos Bekker reportedly said months before Yunus Carrim was fired as communications minister that he would not be reappointed to the job. By Sunil Gopal.”
    Focus on “Caxton and nongovernmental organisations Media Monitoring Africa and the SOS:Support Public Broadcasting Coalition have taken the SABC and MultiChoice to
    the Competition Tribunal.”

    Forget your brick walls, grade 4’s and other stuff.

  47. I have never supported either a turd or less than a turd.

    Though by your reaction, you must be strongly supporting the chief turd.

  48. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Antonio, your future and hopes in the STB business have all but come to naught… focus on winning the LOTTO instead.

  49. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Oh dear… president Bright Spark; the point which I was making is in support of democratic rule: which from your remark – you have also never supported. (That Spark isn’t that bright now… is it?)

  50. You miss my pont.

    I never said that I don’t support democratic rule. I said that I don’t support turds.

    As much as the ANC would have the masses believe that if they don’t support a turd then they are undemocratic, they are wrong.

    Sadly our masses are sheep who are misled by the head turd and turdettes.

  51. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    I take it that also applies to the masses that voted for Bush?

    Well here’s an idea… since the masses in the democratic world can be so easily misled; why aren’t you (mis)leading them into voting for you president Bright Spark?

  52. I have no aspirations to be president. A person who has aspirations of being president needs to have a grotesquely over-inflated ego. (Clearly not unlike yours)

    What is not clear is why you keep on ranting about Bush? Perhaps it’s just an easy word for you to say? Or something Freudian?

    I have no interest whatsoever in US politics. Only in my country’s politics.

  53. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Was just comparing turds the same way you compare apples to apples… would’ve thought that was obvious enough.

    >>I have no interest whatsoever in US politics. Only in my country’s politics.

    Here’s some advice if you’re sincerely concerned about your country’s politics…

    Stop the insinuation and belief that the masses are incapable of discerning what’s best for them and begin to pay attention to; and respect the way they choose to vote…

    …that way you’ll be able to make the kind of progress that is made by opposition parties in other democracies.

  54. Vuzi – please focus on the issue. Don’t always attack people with different views. We are all talking and discussing the following; “Koos Bekker knew minister would be axed: claim

    Naspers chairman Koos Bekker reportedly said months before Yunus Carrim was fired as communications minister that he would not be reappointed to the job. By Sunil Gopal.”

  55. I disagree that the masses here know what is best for them.

    Do they believe that handouts in perpetuity are better and are continually improving their lives more than a proper education (which the ANC should have had in place by now) ?

    Do they believe that an uneducated, dancing, giggling, corrupt, thief will bring them a better life than a woman with two degrees including a masters degree in public administration (i.e. government management), or a man with a degree in psychology and a masters degree in theology?

    Apart from anything else, these qualifications show above average intellectual capacity and the ability to read beyond a grade 6 level. Something which first world countries demand.

    Given that the DA has this kind of calibre of intellect and a leader who can actually identify with the young masses instead of dancing half naked in Chinese-made cross-trainers and singing about a Russian-made machine gun, I expect the opposition party will sooner rather than later become a serious contender as you see in first world countries.

    Ultimately, the DA wants this country to become a first world country, whereas the ANC wants to keep it third world simply because it’s easier for the lazy turds to pillage and steal from the masses without them knowing it.

    If you dispute that, then perhaps you can listen to those visitors from first world democracies who praise the quality of infrastructure and public management in Cape Town, while at the same time detesting the same in Gauteng.

  56. “MultiChoice argues that its objections are based on the cost of the conditional access to taxpayers and are in the public interest.” I personally think its fantastic that Multichoice are concerned about the SA public. Oh look.. a flying pig.

  57. Multichoice owns IRDETO conditional access systems. “in the public interest” sounds like Zumas Fire Pool.

  58. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Let’s test your intelligence Bright Spark…

    Do you believe that in a proportional representation system there’s what one could even consider as an opposition when the ruling party – even at the worst of times can easily secure over 60% of the votes?

    Please give your newly appointed puppet to leadership all these viewpoints you’ve just shared; at least he won’t feel too bad after the next elections when the DA falls behind the EFF… he’ll have a Bright Spark like you to thank for his demise.

  59. And so we have come full circle.

    “Sadly our masses are sheep who are misled by the head turd and turdettes.”

  60. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Or maybe there are some Bright Sparks who believe themselves to be the best answer for the masses – when in reality they’re not.

  61. “Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.”
    ― Edmund Burke

  62. Greg Mahlknecht on

    Far better if they’re misled by companies that align with your interests, right? 🙂

  63. Greg Mahlknecht on

    You misunderstand the basic principles of a free market. If Multichoice is indeed overpriced and delivers terrible service like everyone seems to think, that’s EXACTLY the kind of thing that a free market is adept at resolving.

  64. Greg – the problem is with a Monopoly!. How do you compete against a monopoly? Multichoice has a monopoly. Multichoice use manipulation to force their monopoly on the market?

  65. Greg Mahlknecht on

    How do you compete against a monopoly? Uhh… Offer a better product or service. You know what countless monopolies and entrenched businesses throughout history all have in common? They get taken down.

    If you favour smaller players with inferior offerings (if they have superior offerings, they could take on MC) the only losers are the consumers. Look at what’s happening with FTTH and Telkom – that giant monopoly is having its ass handed to it.

  66. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Oh and so now someone has hinted to you that posting quotes makes you smart LMAO –

    7; 17; 27; 37; 47; & your birth date

    Try those 6 numbers since I see you’re very good at copying quotes.

  67. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    So the head turd is a Bright Spark now… I knew it all the time that you were just envious of the man with the BIG “mshini wami”.

  68. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Agh shame!! and no one is interested in Antonio’s conditional access system… (Can’t wait for another quote from you.)

  69. Greg – it seems you lost a proper view on Multichoice’s monopoly? How can anyone compete if MC has signed up all lucrative business deals? How can any one offer better services if MC contracts prohibit you to offer good or premium content? Please explain to all of us how you see surviving as a competitor to Multichoice?

    Please also explain to us how any competitor could win against “But without conditional access,new service providers would have no way of using the STBs to offer paid-for services, and MultiChoice’s virtual monopoly would be secured”.

    Please – if you are such a boffin on monopolies spell it out how you would do it.

  70. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    I’ve told you this before and I’ll keep telling you till you get it…

    Forget about Set Top Boxes pal – it’s game over;

    Now try those lucky numbers… what’s that favorite line of yours?

    Aha Yes! Things might change… 7;17;27;37;47; (you do know your birth date right?)

  71. Vusi – where do you fit in? “The Mail & Guardian reported in August last year that Namec had split into two factions. The article reported on allegations made against Thabo and Vijay Panday, another Namec leader. They were accused by one of the factions of being “empowerment raiders” for hijacking an empowerment deal for their own benefit.” Be honest for once in your lifetime?

  72. Greg Mahlknecht on

    >How can anyone compete if MC has signed up all lucrative business deals?

    Not sure what you’re getting at here? Do you propose the SA Government goes to HBO, CBS, etc and tells them to please break their exclusive contracts with Multichoice?

    MC’s competition must do what any company in the world, in a protected market or not would have to do – wait for MC’s contract to expire and try and purchase the content.

    You seem to be happily avoiding the fact that eTV’s parent company owns a CA STB company (OVHD). They should be using it to their advantage, not trying to advocate for a government-controlled STB which they have no control over.

  73. Collin Mackenzie on

    Antonio please be real you know the truth and stop making Carrim a fake hero.

  74. Greg Mahlknecht on

    Multichoice’s parent does. And eTV’s parent owns a CA STB company. Why are they not scrutinized in the same manner?

    EVERYONE is acting in their own interests. Multichoice just happens, by chance, to be aligned with the public interest. I don’t for a second think they’re going out their way to act in the public interest. But I’m not fooled in to thinking anyone else is, either!

  75. Greg Mahlknecht on

    I know Vusi makes content – perhaps he did the Fire Pool demo we saw in the recent press Nkandla Briefing, looks like Vusi would take a bullet for His Glorious Leader 🙂

  76. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Have always been and am still against the subsidy plan – so why would I even care about the Namec factions?

    Realized long ago that getting vested in this country’s BDM would be a fruitless waste of my time and so moved onto more lucrative online opportunities… you should also look at finding something else to be vested in.

  77. Greg Mahlknecht on

    Haha, all you need to know about Vusi is in his linkedin profile:

    ” Vusi Sibiya is a true find in this day and age. The rare highly technically skilled and incredibly creative one-of-a-kind Gem, who knows how to take it to the next level and doesn’t stop until the job is done in the most Pie in the Sky way possible ”

    Great stuff! You go, Vusi!

  78. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Someone on this TC forum at least bothers with a little research… unlike those; who would make one a Luthuli House spokesperson and a Multichoice employee 🙂

  79. Vuzi – does this sound familiar “At the heart of the dispute was
    the relationship Namec had entered into with MultiChoice and the Chinese manufacturer Skyworth Digital, to potentially supply 15-million decoder boxes over three years.”?

    I’ll go on and win the Lotto. You go on and learn more about set top boxes?

  80. Greg – Multichoice signed exclusive deals. No new player can get to premium content from most suppliers. “MultiChoice has a few tricks up its sleeve to defend its lucrative market — growing at the rate of about 100 000 subscribers a year — and has already tied up exclusive deals with new content providers, such as Disney.”
    But if you have followed these “exclusive deals” you might now why Multichoice is challenged before the Competition Tribunal?

  81. Vuzi might be a “true find” but Vuzi but it does not seem Vuzi understands “bribes” and “manipulation by Multichoice? I wonder if Vuzi can predict the outcome of “New York – South African officials paid more than $10 million (R120 million) in bribes to host the 2010 World Cup and handed over a briefcase stuffed with $10 000 stacks of banknotes in Paris, a US indictment alleged on Wednesday.”?

  82. It is really good if you make moola. Poor people are paying taxes as well. Let them have decent set top boxes – not low end zapper boxes – so they can also enjoy good TV like you.

  83. Greg Mahlknecht on

    My question stands – what’s the solution? Is SA government going to force Disney and HBO to not sign exclusive deals? Multichoice are the only company that can afford much of this content, they’d get exclusivity anyway, even if it was open to everyone to buy. So now we’ll need the government to dictate what prices international companies can sell their content to ZA for.

    I really hope that the Compeition Tribunal doesn’t outlaw exclusive deals at any level, for any market. That’s stepping WAY over the line, and will screw up the market a LOT more than Multichoice’s entrenchment in the market ever will!

    Try and think it through for once … you’re always so focussed on short-term solutions you never seem to take the big picture in to account.

  84. Collin – it is not about Carrim. Conditional access was part of the original SANS specs. The first Tender even asked for Nagra CA. Forget Cassim as a person. Carrim was only supporting government’s decision – and tender – to support conditional access for better content.

  85. Greg Mahlknecht on

    >Dear Greg – What is really wrong with Conditional Access for everybody?

    Nothing. I’ve always advocated it. I just want it to be a free market solution, not a taxpayer sponsored and government controlled solution.

  86. Greg Mahlknecht on

    They couldn’t afford the content. Are you still fooling yourself that CA will magically bring DSTV-level content to FTA channels?

  87. Greg – the problem remains: Multichoice signed exclusive deals with the best content providers. No new player can get content from the best. Multichoice even signed an exclusive deal with SABC – “It is our shared view that in terms of Section 12 of the Competition Act, the deal entered into between the SABC and Multichoice, in which Multichoice acquired control over part of the SABC business. We are not aware of any attempt to notify the Competition Tribunal.”
    ICASA is supposed to develop competition but no one can compete with Multichoice’s exclusive content usage?

  88. Greg Mahlknecht on

    Yes. AND YOUR SOLUTION PLEASE? If you just keep repeating the question and never offering the answer you seem to think you have, you’re not going to get very far.

    A free market solution is the only answer here. Any company is MORE than welcome to bid for that content, get exclusive deals and shut Multichoice out when it’s up for renewal. The door swings both ways, you know.

  89. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Antonio, isn’t it great to know that there are some things that will not change even under new management –

    Today is Powerball and 1 ball could change your life.

    >>South African officials paid more than $10 million (R120 million)

    You’re such a huge fan of BIG payouts aren’t you?

    Why spend all this time on TC making zip…??? When your briefcase could be stuffed with banknotes from tonight’s Powerball draw.

    Ah Yes! It’s that birth date thing that’s got you confused right?

    Don’t worry – 7; 17; 27; 37; 47 (Lucky #1 is the ball that could change your life)

    Now just keep at it the same way you persist with your speculations – I’ve realized that you not Big on the evidence side… who knows???

    Things might change…

  90. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    >>Poor people are paying taxes as well. Let them have decent set top boxes

    Sure as long as they are STBs from Antonio and his friends…

    You know nothing about the poor Antonio, if you did then you’d be sponsoring them to buy “Nice Life Problems” STBs from DStv because that’s what they really want.

  91. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Yep! It would seem a common trait amongst Bright Sparks including you Mr President of the Undemocratic Republic of LOSERS.

  92. Wow Vusumuzi. You have an uncanny ability to imitate the turdettes of the ANC.

    Can you say Nkandla properly?

  93. Collin Mackenzie on

    Antonio – lets be real now everyone can say and feel what they what and even speculate thet come of a soccer match before its even played and what’s wrong with that?
    I did to and I was right he did not come back it was based on my understanding of what was going on in the industry and how at felt at the time and so did many many others.
    how can one let emotions take over when dealing on matters relating to liability an impact on the so called poor or simply say the the tv loving audi

    You Nagra who appointed them who are they and on what grounds did they get appointed, you go on a public platform make comments that are totally baseless and have no fact to drive an agenda to discredit organisations and individuals.
    The minister Faith has executive power’s and can not please every one.
    You pay for CA if want it period.
    Why are people pushing for government to pay for something that will benefit commercial interests.
    In any case STB’s sale by date has come an gone they have expired.
    Government should just replace it with new tv sets for the poor at the same cost a STB with CA and other related costs will cost.
    I guess you not poor and hence you hard stance to go all out to lobby for something that after two years will have no value to anyone but only those who can save and costs and lunch other platforms.

    etv has deals with Dstv why can they not do the same deals with the Sabc if the need content or be creative rather than take government to at any given chance and try a play big brother and hold everyone at ransom.
    There are people to this date who can not receive tv or radio in South Africa and DTT is the most important thing after the world cup 2010.

  94. Vusi – your comments sound like coming from a person that can not think straight? We all know Vusi is better than that? You know Government published a long list of manufacturers?
    Knowing the poor? Yes – most of us come from a very poor background. You can tell me nothing about poor people.
    Vusi keep focused. You spend too much time fighting people.

  95. Vusi – you are wasting your time with all your senseless comments. Evidence? You might have missed the latest news on Multichoice and the Competition Tribunal? Study that and you’ll notice evidence.

  96. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    I see that “The Spark” is getting all the more dimmer as this continues…

    Still working on saving enough for that Fire Pool that the other Bright Spark managed to score? Let me guess… no security upgrades are in the pipeline for you – Agh Shame!!

  97. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Antonio – no one has an interest in helping you become a Multichoice… least of all the poor –

    You’ll have to do that all on your own I’m afraid – but if you’re looking for some one to draw some inspiration from; then look no further than the man in this article.

  98. Greg – Monopolies 101 – What’s so bad about a company amassing monopoly power? When firms have such power, they charge prices that are higher than can be justified based upon the costs of production, prices that are higher than they would be if the market was more competitive. The bottom line is that when companies have a monopoly, prices are too high and production is too low. There’s an inefficient allocation of resources. This comes down to all the repeats on DSTV. In addition, the tactics used to establish monopoly power (Multichoice), such as driving competitors out of business or thwarting potential entrants, can also cause considerable harm to households who own the businesses that are forced to close their doors.

    The problems with monopolies go beyond the economic effects. Many large, economically powerful companies, like Multichoice, also have considerable political influence and the ability to “capture” the political and regulatory process. This allows a powerful firm to tilt the legal and regulatory processes against any potential threat to its market power, and to bring about changes that further enhance the profits it earns.

    So – focus on what is happening with Multichoice and the competition tribunal.

  99. Greg Mahlknecht on

    addressed these exact points a few posts back, don’t feel it necessary to repeat myself. please read before replying.

  100. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Fortunately for us we have a judiciary that doesn’t find evidence to be something that is senseless.

    You can trial Multichoice using all the latest news and speculation that you can come up with –

    But without evidence that proves the wrongdoing alleged – you are wasting your time –

    …and perhaps even more importantly; everyone else’s time.

  101. Vusi – let’s wait for the results from Court and the Competition Tribunal. It is out of your, mine or anybody else’s control.

  102. So – focus on what is happening with Multichoice and the competition tribunal.

  103. Greg Mahlknecht on

    New subject, that’s Antonio-code for “i lost the previous discussion”

    Has the case you mentioned gone past the Caxton application? As far as I know Caxtons wrote a letter, then MC responded obviously denying it. Could be something, or it could just be Caxtons trying to “influence government policy” and get a free CA platform to aid their move out the dead tree printing business.

  104. Greg Mahlknecht on

    Yes, let’s wait – and until then, stop mentioning it like you’re proving a point.

  105. Nope Greg. We are discussing “Koos Bekker knew minister would be axed: claim. Naspers chairman Koos Bekker reportedly said months before Yunus Carrim was fired as communications minister that he would not be reappointed to the job. By Sunil Gopal.” We focus on monopolies. We focus on current court cases and Competition Tribunals.

  106. Greg Mahlknecht on

    Koos Bekker Reportadly Said
    Caxton’s makes allegations

    let’s wait for concrete evidence.

  107. Greg – certain things are FACT. A fact does not to be approved by you. Facts remain – and there are hard evidence. Take the signed contract between SABC and Multichoice? It is a fact – why should I try to prove a point?
    Google these cases and study the facts and hard evidence. No time to speculate.

  108. Greg – focus on those allegations with hard evidence. Evidence that you can not talk away. Forget to waste your time on common issues between Caxton and Multichoice that needs the Communication Tribunal. Zoom in on stuff that you can proof right now. Like the contracts signed between Multichoice and SABC.
    Hard facts only.

  109. Greg Mahlknecht on

    Uhhh.. nobody’s denying that fact. I’m not aware anyone has suggested there wasn’t a contract?

    What’s under question is whether that was a legal contract or not – around this matter there are no facts, only speculation and ongoing investigations – which you keep citing as proof of corruption.

    You’re the one not dealing with facts, not me!

  110. Greg Mahlknecht on

    Crikey dude, the Caxton/Multichoice tribunal case is about the contract. YOU brought up the tribunal, not me! And now you’ve moved on from it now that you obviously googled it and found that there’s nothing there… yet.

    Until proven otherwise, the MC/SABC contract is just like any other content provider contract… unless we’re starting to skip the “innocent until proven guilty” part of the process?

  111. Nope Greg. You get confused by the long list of contracts signed between Multichoice and SABC. Focus on those contracts that have no “innocent until proven guilty” part of the process?

  112. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    >>let’s wait for the results from Court and the Competition Tribunal.

    The only smart comment to come from you out of the thread of numerous comments in this article.

  113. Greg Mahlknecht on

    You have me at a loss. I was not aware there was a type of contract that could bypass the legal process. Which ones exactly are you talking about? I’m genuinely curious.

    You brought up the contract in front of the competition tribunal, i assumed you were talking about that one. Because why else would you bring it up when it’s not the one you want to talk about? That’d just be stupid.

  114. Greg – do you agree that there are 1. more than contract between Multichoice and SABC? 2. More than one court case and competition hearings? 3. More than one contract between Multichoice and 3rd parties to be tested by Competition Tribunal?

  115. Greg Mahlknecht on

    Probably. But you picked which one to talk about, not me. You’re arguing against yourself most the time now… tell you what, you finish this little discussion with the other Antonio, and tell me what you agree on – what’s relevant, and what’s important – and we’ll take it forward from there You’re all over the place, like the dog on Up. SQUIRREL!

  116. Great stuff. As long as you understand that the Caxton case is not the only case. There are plenty more from different companies and entities.
    I never mentioned Caxton before. So your assumption was wrong. Don’t blame it on me.

  117. Greg Mahlknecht on

    .. yes, and… are you going to keep me in suspense? What SABC/MC case before the competition tribunal are you talking about?

    You don’t give enough information, so I had to guess it was highest profile one. You’re absolutely to blame.

  118. Gee what an obnoxious person this Vusi is. Clearly has ANC blinkers on!

  119. Collin Mackenzie on

    Antonio – it’s so clear that after all you do have an agenda regarding CA.
    Why do you not just state your facts and figures without degradingorganisations and individuals who have their own position regarding the matter.

    For a fact the court out come,that the very same etv took government to court clearly state that free to air broadcasters have the last say regarding CA and that meaning sabc, ETV and community tv don’t for get that they to have a huge say in this regard.

    Content can be protected in may other ways an not only CA
    regarding Nagra that senctec thing was just another FiFA thing going on there imposing Nagra on everyone yet they are local companies here that can provide the same .

    Content providers and produce content so do the very same channels and they the one that invest in the very same content and platforms would like to have more eye balls.
    those content providers that want CA are looking at prostitution of content via CA and the can protect their content through the broadcasting contracts with bbroadcasters an not use CA and Tax payers money.

    Your facts and knowledge around this is limited please change the subject.
    You seem to have other companies information and that’s bordering on industrial espionage
    who gave you and how did you get other organisations information with out their consent.
    It’s time people like you are taken to task
    a plan simple Zapper is just want is needed for the DTT migration process because this not a permanent process.
    The current minister is totally correct pay for what ever you want use Nagra at ur own cost an not government and Tax money period.
    The case is the high and awaiting the outcome so let’s leave it and sometimes allow governmen to govern and big business to play their part in supporting government projects and stop being political parties
    Both Dstv and etv have a huge role to play in the development of the industry and we should be pushing and asking them to play a part in community development programmes an put some of that so called monopoly money back into the community and stop killing them for being successful and do a land grab on them because of their respective companies success.
    We call on external investors let’s call on mulitichoice to invest and I’m sure they will because are proudly South African company.

  120. Collin Mackenzie on

    So what is the problem with that i see you really liked that guy.

    I knew because I had a dream and indeed the dream came true.
    Your focus is just on Koss we all knew that he will not last and to be honest nobaby liked him and playing a divide an rule is not being a good leader.

    Remember the words “you can bring a lie detector”

    People and leaders come and go so what’s so special about this guy man you keep talking about who is he and why why is it a problem if any new knew if he was coming or going.

    Stop selling a dead fish please let’s deal with the current position.

  121. Collin – that is your own view. Your own personal view. Why are you blind to the call of so many other parties? You might think as you wish. That is your democratic right. But it looks you have limited knowledge about the true benefits of conditional access? Have you ever spoken to local content owners? Local film, video and documentary producers? Have you ever spoken to an author of a printed book? What do they have in common? Copyright! Protection of their own materials! Yes, they don’t want to be on air once and copied many times for free. Think. Think about all the benefits of CA. Think about poor people. Why should poor people be sanctioned to crappy content? There are a lot of benefits in CA.
    Please explain how you would protect local an international copyright without CA?

  122. William Stucke on

    Oh, boy, Antonio. Are you still going on about the mythical return path?
    Four major problems with the concept:
    1) How will those too poor to buy an unsubsidised STB afford to pay for 3G data to actually _USE_ the return path?
    2) Let’s assume that we devote an entire extra multiplex (which isn’t built yet) to broadcasting data in response to requests over the return path. With around 13m households and ~30 Mbps available in a mux, that works out as rather less that 3 bits per second. How long will it take your web page or email to appear?
    3) Where’s your keyboard? Have you actually tried to type anything moving a cursor around a virtual keyboard with a TV remote?
    4) It’s been done before, and isn’t being done now for these very reasons. Teletext was in the UK 30-odd years ago. A crappy 40 char x 25 line screen of text is less than useful. Ask Multichoice, your favourite people. They have a whole warehouse full of unsold keyboards with a return path built in. No one wanted them.

  123. William Stucke on

    I found that one too, but as there were a total of 33 candidates, I wasn’t sure I had the right one.
    The face looks familiar. Have we met, Vusi?

  124. Hi William. Please don’t get stuck in the past. WiFi life is moving at great speed. See Tshwane FREE Wi Fi. See Cape Town Wi Fi. See Eastern Cape FREE Wii Fi. And be sure there are many more to come. A return path does not necessarily mean ADSL, 3G or a new SABC/Sentech service. Tshwane FREE Wi Fi is showing everybody how to go about it. Tshwane FREE TV had more than 5 million views. And it is as easy as “Looking for the nearest Free Internet Zone to you? Download the Tshwane Free WiFi App on Android or IOS and find Free WiFi at the click of a button.”. So we don’t need a new, dedicated system for a return path. A viewer can use any service available in his area.
    You can see thousands of Apple TV and Android devices in South Africa. Same concept. It is not necessary for an entire extra multiplex at all.Keyboard – William, the best is to get yourself on of the new Android TV boxes. They come with dedicated on TV screen interfaces. Some even with a keyboard on the remote.
    Teletext is old. Teletext got stuck as an old – really old – technology. So let’s move forward to 2015. Who wants to use old tech? Let’s use new stuff.
    Not everybody might be in a FREE Wi Fi zone today but we see millions being add each year.
    A return path does not mean a viewer is stuck if he has not access to the Internet. Take What’s App for instance. Very small packets can return to broadcasters, producers, marketing people, etc.
    Don’t see the return path as a fully flexed Internet service at all. In the most basic use a return path might only gather information = viewing habits.
    Please come and see Tshwane FREE Wi Fi in action.

  125. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    It’s possible since I see you were at ICASA at some point… but all you whitees look the same 🙂

  126. Collin Mackenzie on

    5 million of what kind of LSM oh please I think you are just a Technical person and not practical.

    Tshwane is a total bad module to use because just on the other side of town people can not get clear tv analog signal what are really talking about and I know for a fact you installed thst fake slow Wi so do the right thing stick to fair comment you spoke about Carrim, Koss and many other people and organisations what is your point now you are bringing Tshwane Wi into this oh my word.

  127. Collin Mackenzie on

    Go set up your own company and compete period you are totally doing a land grab here.
    How many South African people are dependant on that organisation and families go set up your own monopoly.
    You should be saying can these so monopolies help or assist in the development of new products and special services and small businesses and maybe a broadcasting law that a percentage of the revenue is paid towards the development of small businesses or Csi projects.

    Why are you trying to kill organisations for doing well and you call them names due to your own failure.

    Why is Starset or Top TV not taking them on head on You want to use tax payers money to fight s commercial war this is not FIFA or FBI this is South Africa.

  128. Collin Mackenzie on

    Greg – Antonio has his own an personal problems with Mulitichoice and lacks trueunderstanding of the industry and wants government to pay for his failure and talks benefits of CA , for who if I may ask how will CA benefit my grandparents out in the rural Limpopo with no WI let alone can not use or see the cellphone keypad.

  129. Collin – it is your problem if you do not understand the options with return paths. You can be 100% sure that Tshwane FREE Wi Fi is working like a dream. Why not try it yourself? Thousands and thousands of people are enjoying Tshwane FREE Wi Fi. A return path can use any available Internet.
    William Stucke asked questions about a return path on set top boxes. Any end user device, set top box, tablet, Android TV box or anything else can connect to whatever Internet is available. Cape Town is offering FREE Wi Fi as well. Soon you’ll get FREE or dirt cheap Wi Fi in all towns and cities. Get yourself a set top box with a return path and enjoy.

  130. Collin – don’t make your parents the reason for not understanding the benefits of conditional access. Those with cell phones or Wi Fi and healthy eyes will benefit from connected set top boxes.

  131. Collin Mackenzie on

    It’s that we look at the source an also start to ask government or the Wharks or maybe the FBI look into the print industry.
    I can tell you for real and this is fact the movtive in that article and the reasons of the individual interests behind that an that it is not fair when people use the press and Snr people in the editing world.

    I was really shocked when I got to know that people really do get used to write articles about people to say good stuff and bad stuff and this is true and fact all you need to do is look at the trend and the papers and will see.

    I openly request that an enquiry that needs to be open to probe our so called freedom of speech it’s so sad that respectable people and people who I respect and thought highly about just like Sepp Blatter are not true they are used to write stuff to create or help or change the out come of the truth.
    watch the space one day is one day when government always says our press should write and tell us the truth I thought it was just all talk and oh my word this is really happening guys

    Let’s open this conversation and leave the CA one to the courts
    the Conversation or Question is do our print Editor’s write free and fair news and information and Do you think that they never take sides in there reporting and if you know any Good guys let’s talk and write about them.

  132. Collin – monopolies are causing huge problems for everybody. That is why they have Competition Tribunals. Just google “monopolies” to get a better understanding of the impact on societies. Multichoice is facing a number of issues. The Minister said “South Africa cannot continue with MultiChoice’s monopoly in the pay-TV space, which he noted has a 98% control of satellite TV in the country.”

    And one more “Last month, the Federal Government decided to break the monopoly of Digital Satellite Television (DSTV) over the broadcast of some programmes in the country, notably the English Premiership League (EPL). And now, the management of EPL has separated Nigeria from the rest of Africa in its marketing deals, thereby removing the nation from the grip of Multichoice, owners of DSTV. This has set the stage for a healthier competition in the local media market.”

    And there are more ….. So – monopolies are bad!

  133. Collin Mackenzie on

    So did etv not support encryption so what are you on about it looks like anything sabc is wrong to you an you don’t have real objective views on this subject so did I but so glad I read more and more importantly traveled to see what other countries did and how and why.

  134. Collin Mackenzie on

    Keep your copies to you self I don’t work on third party info I’m a realist.

  135. Collin Mackenzie on

    How is this going to help the rural foke come on please you talking city and towns talk farms my brother and more South Africa is bigger than just the city.
    At who’s cost will it be installed and will you be installing it.

    What a joke you should selling your set up boxes rather ask an promote government to do it for you

  136. Collin – Glad to see you travel a lot. Please visit those countries that include conditional access in their Digital Migration roll outs.

  137. Collin Mackenzie on

    So Mulitichoice is the only monopoly company in SA? Or is this now in the interests of your commercial space and can’t deal.

    Please set up your company and take them head on get rich and no problem so what do you call Bill Gates and Anglo American of this world in the miming industry.
    Please go after them and use government money to set up mines and IT firms to fight competition. …jJust another land grab ..

  138. Collin Mackenzie on

    Now you get it and hence the objections you are getting to CA instead of say you can or you have a solution for my concern you shut me down bully…

  139. MTN South Africa claims to have 68% 3G coverage in the country, while Vodacom reports that it had 83% of South Africa covered for 3G at the end of 2012. That was way back in 2012. South Africa has almost 96% coverage in 2015. You will see huge numbers of these areas connecting their TV’s with the Internet. Ask Apple TV and Android TV resellers to confirm.

  140. Collin Mackenzie on

    Great stuff good but they did not use CA to do that hence I rerecommended commercial and industrial or CSI projects to counter this problem
    why did you have to go round and round I agree with you in that regard but No No no to CA that is nonsense you will be creating another monopoly with government and Tax payers money
    you want CA go for it and pay for it period

  141. Collin – fact remains. The SA Government Tender asked for Nagra. All tendering had to be screened by Nagra. So – Nagra was 100% part of SANS and the Tender.

  142. Collin Mackenzie on

    Who’s pay role is that dude from the MG under watch the space the FBI is coming what do commercial business deals got to do in the public.

    That email is to drive an agenda like the FBI on South Africa 2010 it’s time that such people should be exposed for industrial espionage.
    Wright or wrong it should made law that the source be named be careful even at the high last they were all seen hand in glove with the MG come on guys the timing of this is to create a picture regarding CA

    Well if Namec and Mulitichoice share the shame position on CA just like the others we know what’s wrong with it
    when people who we respect and have written good now become a currency for espionage then I totally disagree and it a no no .

    Tumi it’s great that you mentioned this the elephant in the room is the person behind the scenes.
    I no longer read that ghosp paper that has agendas to drive an out come I sometimes feel that the editor there is paid to write negative stuff about the government the Anc, SABC or anything that is pro government has no space in that paper

  143. Collin Mackenzie on

    Duncan – I feel you and I like the fact that you are one person o can clearly trust and believe what you right and hence I follow your organisation and articles.
    it’s so sad that individual people have taken this CA thing a bit to far.

    Emails have been edited an published people are stealing people laptops editors from some print news paper promising to destroy people’s lives and can be clearly heard on the streets and wall ways.

    Duncan it’s a sad state of affairs that individuals can go this far just for CA that the majority don’t want.
    trust me this should now become a public process and allow the people to vote via a referendum.
    It is sad someone is totally and truly not objective and being very very personal just for CA and one wonders why.

    Duncan please check all articles and even those from the past the position is clear and in three weeks when the judgment is out the truth will come out.

    Sometimes I think being objective and sharing a view point with anyone is bad or you called monopoly

    It’s so amazing how etv in all this is not mentioned and the other manufacturers that stand to loss out on this big time to local manufacturer industry and it’s so sad are they not monopolies in STB sector hence all this and they know that no local community company has the capacity to install a CA and if they do they will have to buy the rights and it will take them another two years to make any box and by then DTT migration is done.

  144. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    >>MTN South Africa claims to have 68% 3G coverage in the country, while Vodacom reports that it had 83% of South Africa covered for 3G at the end of 2012.

    Nothing wrong in supporting those two colluding giants when it suites you to do so now…

    …everyone is onto how you operate pal; and I’m willing to bet a small fortune that your operation will tank way before Top TV bottomed up.

  145. Vusi – the fact remains that South Africa is almost 100% covered by telecoms of some sort. Cities are now offering FREE Wi Fi as a service. Towns and villages are following. Rural areas are next. A return path on set top boxes makes sense for broadcasters, production houses, live broadcasts, marketing companies as well as the public themselves. Wake up. It is almost 2016. Technology is to be used.

  146. There is no problem whatsoever if any broadcaster owns or develops its own conditional access. Broadcasters can use any CA as long as broadcasters use CA to protect content owners. Local producers are worried about their assets. Just like a local author of books. And musos are worried too. Illegal copies of local or international content is a huge problem. Put your producer cap on and think about copyright protection.

  147. Collin – go read the concerns of content owners. Local and international content owners are all worried about copyright protection. A lot of money and skills go into making good documentaries, music videos, inserts, short form videos, movies, etc. Conditional Access has been made to protect the assets of production companies and individuals.
    CA is good for everybody. CA is good for content owners. CA is good for viewers because they can get access to decent content.
    Poor people are tax payers as well. Give them CA boxes so they can also watch nice TV.
    Poor people might get organized as law abiding tax paying citizens and refuse to use plain common zapper set top boxes to watch low quality TV.

  148. Collin – work on your Google skills. Advanced Google searches will give you access to a lot of information.
    And there is nothing wrong if the FBI, Hawks or even if a good forensic reporter unlocks bribes, scaly deals, etc.
    Praise the good work of a reporter who is behind the FIFA bribes. That is fantastic investigating work. Well done to the media uncovering these stories.

  149. Greg Mahlknecht on

    Um, okay – so your previous post about MC owning IRDETO wasn’t about it being a problem? Or does that mean you don’t have a problem with Zuma’s Fire Pool? Again – you’re arguing with yourself here.

  150. Greg – clearly you don’t follow the conversation. My response is to CoyZan above.

  151. Collin Mackenzie on

    Greg – Don’t waste endless time with this dude so called Antonio
    when you raise objective comments he responds by instulling you and personal attacks and moves away from the point of order.

    So Im going to block him from my chats because when someone who you font even know gets personal and tells nonsense it just shows the limitations of his mind.

  152. Greg Mahlknecht on

    It was in reply to my message, not CoyZan’s. Finger trouble your side. There’s a “Reply” under CoyZan’s post, click that if you want to reply to him 🙂

    Regardless of who you replied to, it directly contradicts your previous comment.

  153. Greg Mahlknecht on

    It’s fine, Disqus emails me when I get any replies, and I bang out something while I wait for a compile or deploy. Keeps me out of mischief 🙂

  154. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    >>Wake up. It is almost 2016. Technology is to be used.

    You need to wake and realize that the mandate which government has, does not compel it to sponsor Antonio and his friends with their commercial ventures.

    Antonio, I am in the content business and vested in online offerings (you ought to be aware that such would be functioning with a return path). I have been testing and developing various apps not just on HbbTV but also on RadioDNS (Hybrid radio).

    That’s just the problem with the likes of you – that believe themselves to be the only “Know-it-alls”; you don’t have a clue about who it is that you’re targeting and you continue to ramble when it’s clearly obvious that Platco with their OVHD offering have missed the target altogether – and Star Sat is no shinning example either.

    Even on online platforms, one is able to do numbers that exceed both OVHD and Star Sat and that’s because I have a solid understanding of the target; and that is why, as an ANC volunteer, I am able to work the ground and ensure that the ANC always remains in the driving seat.

    You and your friends need to “catch a wake-up” pal.

  155. Dear Vuzi! You are a weirdo by the way you react to most peoples comments. It is fantastic that you are exposed to the value of a return path. It seems to most of us that Vusi seems to be the only one on earth playing around with technology?

    You have no support for PlatCo and Starsat? Vusi only believes in himself? Maybe you are busy trying to help yourself with the possibilities of a return path bu you completely ignore others made long before you? Vusi, you think you are “Know it All”? Wow. Your comment about the ANC? Laughable! Now we understand your psychy. Go build yourself another Nkandla.

  156. Collin – In behavioral finance, the ostrich effect is the avoidance of apparently risky financial situations by pretending they do not exist. The name comes from the common (but false)[1] legend that ostriches bury their heads in the sand to avoid danger. From Wiki to You.
    Soon you’ll wake up to find millions of set top boxes with Conditional Access and a Return Path. Technology will not miss you.

  157. Hi William. Any second thoughts about 2015/6 technology? Almost 90% of South Africa is covered by one or the other Wi Fi solution.

  158. Collin Mackenzie on

    I will cool with it as long as it not from tax payers money I have no problem with that you not getting my point
    have CA at your own cost anytime even tomorrow set up the call centre and other related infrastructure and do as you please.

    But not with Tax payers money .

  159. Pay back the Tax. Poor people are in the majority in this beautiful country of ours. These poor people pay TAX every time they buy something? Give the poor good quality TV. Look after local and international producers and protect their copy right. Wake up. Look after the poor. Understand the concerns of local content owners.

  160. Collin Mackenzie on

    Antonio – you don’t get it broadcasters also produce content and that’s the trend an it will be moving back to that direction.
    In house production’s is the next generation Because of people like you content is copyrighted and is protected already.
    You don’t need CA to protect content l, so government must invest in a product that must protect your personal interest and not serve the interest of the community and the public, come on Antonio let’s be real and totally honest.

    So you must sell your content to those who will guarantee protection and the other six million STB’S that you can put a CA in that will benefit your commercial interests and it’s clear in the policy.
    It never said you cannot it say you may if you want but at your own costs and what’s the problem .

    Antonio don’t you get it you do not need a CA to protect your content there is going to be many platforms to sell content and many producers to chose from and rem

  161. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    The government most certainly doesn’t need to be assisting you nor ETV with your commercial interests Antonio; and it isn’t going to be happening – so live with it.

    Your comments about acting in the interests of the poor? Laughable!

    You haven’t fooled anyone with your self serving psychy; and what you need to do is to find a way to move yourself from being the LOSER which you clearly are; to being a weirdo WINNER! which is far better.

  162. Vuzi – Conditional Access is a very clever thing to do. Learn from other African countries. It is clear that you can not see the benefits for local and international producers. It is only people or broadcasters with crappy content that do not mind CA. A pathetic producer produce low end content. High end producers are spending a huge budget on good video production and they want to protect their content.

  163. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Pay for it yourself if you want it – Nollywood has been highly profitable with what many have described as crappy content… (Just like I’ve always known – you know nothing about this industry).

    We have DStv already providing us and the rest of the continent with premium content; and that is where you can expect to find premium content – on a pay TV platform.

    The more you continue with this, the more you reveal yourself for the complete and utterly clueless idiot that you really are.

    Once again; Welcome to the real planet Earth…

    …the WINNERS are ALL weirdos – that’s why there are so few of them; the LOSERS like yourself, live in dreamland which has been specifically designed to “keep hope alive” for them… so they don’t die of envy every-time they see huge business successes like Koos Bekker being featured on a TC article –

    …so there you have it LOSER!

    That’s just how I found it when I arrived here; you can whinge and whine all you like – just like ALL the other LOSERS do; but that isn’t going to do much to change your situation pal.

  164. It takes an “idiot” to show Vusi what is really important in Nollywood and why Nollywood is using Conditional Access to protect their assets?

    “Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and UK based broadcast software solutions provider, Inview Technology, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Inview will power the national set-top-box platform that would enable commonalities for all services in the country.

    Inview in collaboration with MTS Communications, a consortium of Nigerian Broadcasters, will jointly facilitate integration of software solutions on STB for the provision of key services such as collection of annual Digital Content Access Fee, Conditional Access System, Electronic Programme Guide, Push Video-On-Demand on DTT, Interactive Advertising and audience measurement services.

    Emeka Mba, Director General of NBC said that Inview deal was a culmination of many months of consultation and a crucial step towards the digital switch over in Nigeria.

  165. Collin – please explain how SABC 1, 2, 3 and new 4 and 5 are going to protect copyright of local and international content owners? It seams you know a system that can prevent people to copy SABC and eTV Free to Air broadcasts?
    Please – there are hundreds of local producers waiting for your explanation?

  166. Vusi – please learn from our brothers in Africa. Our brothers are not stupid? Or idiots? Africa countries go for conditional access to protect their own content producers and to provide all their tax payers with quality TV.

    African DTH provider Azam Media has teamed up with Kudelski-owned conditional access module supplier SmarDTV to deploy CI+ CAMs for its AzamTV service, currently in Tanzania, with other East African countries to follow.

    Azam Media has targeted the 76% of Tanzanians that do not have access to digital-terrestrial TV following the country’s switchover. Following its launch, the company is extending the service to Uganda and Kenya as of this month.

    Kudelski-owned Nagra is already supplying conditional access to AzamTV.

    “Demand for better entertainment channels and programs is on the rise in sub-Saharan Africa. iDTVs combined with modules is a fantastic way to accelerate access to pay-TV and encourage customers to take up digital TV services,” says Rhys Torrington, Azam Media CEO.

    “With this proven technology solution, we would be able to provide Tanzanians with high-quality value-added services and offer more opportunities for viewers in East Africa to enjoy television, plus everything that a digital service has to offer.”

  167. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    As has been repeatedly said to you time and time before… all those countries are most welcome to go with whatever solution they believe will work best for them. If you feel that you’re better off in those other countries – then by all means immigrate; and make space for another of the millions of our African brothers who want to be in South Africa.

  168. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Please move to Nigeria – I’m sure that they are in desperate need of such “bright sparks” like yourself.

  169. Vusi – please listen to SACP and most ANC members – and not only to those manipulated in believing Multichoice and Vusi.

    “The SACP is against the monopoly entrenched in the digital satellite pay television landscape and the glaring
    misinterpretation of the cabinet decision to, knowingly or unknowingly, weaken free-to-air TV and grow the pay-TV monopoly.”

  170. Vusi – a lot of “idiots” can see the value in Conditional Access?
    “Over the years, the ANC-led government and cabinet have made it clear that the digital divide is to be overcome through the introduction of digital television, not further entrenched by preventing free-to-air broadcasters from securing and protecting world-class content for all the people in the country and not just the wealthy

    Digital terrestrial television also has the potential to help bridge the content divide, thereby enabling all citizens to have access to diversity of content and premium content.

    The SACP is against the monopoly entrenched in the digital satellite pay television landscape and the glaring
    misinterpretation of the cabinet decision to, knowingly or unknowingly, weaken free-to-air TV and grow the pay-TV monopoly.

    * Solly Mapaila is SACPsecond deputy secretary-general”

  171. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    There’s a minister that’s charged with BDM – you aren’t…

    …so you can carry on as much as you like pal with your endearing insinuations that she is an idiot and lets see where that lands you LOSER!

  172. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    The SACP is not the government and FYI the decisions taken by government involve the cabinet as a whole; so much for how little you actually know.

    Just because some clueless DA idiot says that the ANC is for CA doesn’t mean that it actually is so…

    …just like when you read articles in the news, it does not make them to be evidence of the silly allegations that you have no proof of.

    I just love how as this continues, you manage to reveal your true colors.

  173. Vusi – I never said the Minister is an Idiot. You are the one using that language. What we are saying is that people like Solly Mapaila, SACPsecond deputy secretary-general, can’t all be idiots in your eyes?

    You might even enjoy CA – “Digital terrestrial television also has the potential to help bridge the content divide, thereby enabling all citizens (Vusi included) to have access to diversity of content and premium content.”

  174. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    >>Please – there are hundreds of local producers waiting for your explanation?

    So you’ve moved from being a spokesperson for the poor to a spokesperson for local producers now… what a joke!!

    Producers make content which they then sell – the distribution of that content would be for the networks that have bought the content.

    Fortunately there are such networks as DStv whose specialty is premium content that have invested their own money in having CA provided by IRDETO.

    There’s plenty of content that’s freely available and consumed by millions visit YouTube as an example –

    …and as a network where you are providing a FTA service you can commission content of your own or wait for the premium content to be accessible to FTA platforms.

    If as a FTA network you feel that you need to have CA for the content on your platform as is the case with ETV; then pay for the CA yourself…

    …where do local producers come in Mr spokesperson?

  175. Vusi – the IDIOTS in your eyes are, inter alia, Solly Mapaila SACP second deputy secretary-general, most of the Cabinet and many others in the ANC. For your info in December 2013, the
    cabinet approved amendments to the Digital Migration Policy, amendments
    of which stipulated that all STBs would have conditional access. It is the ANC’s opinion and not just one Minister – and Vusi.

    Maybe you should ask people in the ANC why they support conditional access.

    Vusi – SACP leader Blade Nzimande wants you back in college to teach you the basics of humanity.

  176. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    >>I never said the Minister is an Idiot. You are the one using that language.

    Your comments are repeatedly inferring to idiots – please go back and check for yourself cause it seems your memory span last as long as the “bright spark” of a lightning flash.

    >> What we are saying is that people like Solly Mapaila, SACPsecond deputy secretary-general, can’t all be idiots in your eyes?

    What I have said and will repeat is that – you are a LOSER! no need for me to window dress or hide behind semantics when the plot thickens –

    What you really represent and your true colors are now revealed… sorry but you can’t go back and reverse it pal.

  177. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Grasping to get support from all over the place I see…

    …doubt very much that after reading your comments in this article that there’s anyone from the SACP who would boldly come out in support of your views.

    I just love the way you make a habit of name dropping – have you even met comrade Blade Nzimande… he’s not the kind of person that’s fooled by the likes of you pal.

  178. Vusi – shame on you. Even Solly Mapaila SACP
    second deputy secretary-general and most of the Cabinet can see the true values (more than one) of conditional access. Maybe you need more education and exposure to the local production industry? If you give away your own content it can not be good?

    “Therefore, encryption in an STBused by free-to-air broadcasters will be used to protect content from piracy, from
    being copied, to protect it from criminals and to protect e-governance services content. – Solly”.

    “With the migration to digital worldwide, content producers are increasingly concerned at the need to protect
    their programming from piracy and ensure broadcasters that have legitimate access to programming (through contracts) are not unwittingly enabling criminals to access and copy the content. – Solly”

  179. Vusi – show me one time I was calling the Minister names? You are dreaming.

    Go learn from Solly Mapaila SACP second deputy secretary-general and most of the ANC and Cabinet wanting conditional access.

  180. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    What CA system is on YouTube Antonio?

    There’s plenty of content creators making a fortune on the platform and FTA has been around for some time now without CA and producers like myself have been making a living selling commissioned content to these FTA broadcasters that don’t have CA.

    Well, just keep going with exposing your ignorance – I see this industry is one which you still need to learn a lot about…

    …hardly surprising that you didn’t foresee the direction that the amendments to the policy would take; like I’ve said before – its game over for you pal.

  181. Vusi – Solly Mapaila SACP
    second deputy secretary-general is on record. Ask him personnaly. Do your home work. “The SACP is against the monopoly entrenched in the digital satellite pay television landscape and the glaring misinterpretation of the cabinet decision to, knowingly or unknowingly, weaken free-to-air
    TV and grow the pay-TV monopoly.”

    Is it really so difficult for Vusi to understand?

  182. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    LOSERS live in dreamland; and the weirdos are the ones doing the WINNING… remember; this is the real planet Earth.

    All I need is the policies gazetted from cabinet decisions that outline the direction which government is taking; name dropping doesn’t convince anyone I’m afraid Antonio – please get Solly and all those other ANC persons who support you to state so categorically.

    I don’t think they would be in need of a LOSER like yourself to voice out opinions that they have on any subject.

  183. Vusi – seems you are a Typical YouTube Producer? Conditional Access is to protect high quality content of value.

    Learn from Solly Mapaila SACPsecond deputy secretary-general – “Therefore, encryption in an STBused by free-to-air broadcasters will be used to protect content from piracy, from being copied, to protect it from criminals and to protect e-governance services content. – Solly”.

    Hollywood, Fox, Metro, Walt Disney and many other premium contents owners demand conditional access to protect their assests.

    Vusi – if YouTube makes you happy go for it. We are talking of premium content.

  184. Vusi – so many things made it to the Government Gazette before to be changed later on. SABC is already making it known they made a mistake.

  185. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Isn’t fortunate for us that Koos Bekker got in on the game way back in the years when the late Pik Botha was minister and build the now proudly South African Multichoice that has agreements with –

    >>Hollywood, Fox, Metro, Walt Disney and many other premium contents

    …to provide South Africans with the best quality premium content available; with a reliable CA system (talk about nice life problems – Thanks DStv)

    >>Learn from Solly Mapaila SACPsecond deputy secretary-general

    You need to learn from Koos Bekker – that’s not just name dropping pal; its what all who are in the know about this industry – can confirm.

  186. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    You must have got that from your friend Hlaudi – Mr name dropper, who’s the person at SABC whose already making it known they made a mistake? You are such a clown… LMAO!!

  187. Vusi – Solly Mapaila SACP second deputy secretary-general and most of the ANC and Cabinet are all serious. Ask Google to confirm that for you.

    SABC suddenly realises the truth in Solly’s stements. This is not name dropping. These facts are easy to verify. Google and see for yourself.

  188. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Who at SABC supports your viewpoints is not a difficult question to answer Antonio? All you do is speculate…

    …and I remember how you were going looking forward to the amended policy – must have been a shocker for you just like the announcement of switch-on is going to once again take you by surprise.

    SABC News & SABC Encore are the only channels that SABC is going to be adding to the three they have on DTT – those two channels are commissioned by Multichoice, that relationshi has become stronger.

    Once again all you have is speculation which is just typical of the LOSER which you have proved yourself to be.

  189. Vusi – have a look at how we got to the current Minister gazetting her own decision:

    Number One “Cabinet has approved the digital migration amendment policy which will see an access control system included in television set-top boxes, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi said on Thursday. “It will protect the government investment in set-top boxes so that the box cannot be used outside the boundaries of South Africa,”
    Muthambi told reporters following Cabinet’s fortnightly meeting on Wednesday. Muthambi initially argued against control, but the ANC earlier this year made it clear that it disagreed.”

    Number Two “The SABC, which started out supporting access control, changed its position after July 2013 and now opposes it. The SABC’s change of heart came about after it signed a multimillion-rand deal with MultiChoice, which provided the national broadcaster with a platform for its 24-hour news channel as well as a new entertainment channel on DStv, which will have exclusive rights to the SABC archive.”

    Number three “The Cabinet is also involved in a tussle over set-top box control. It is believed a memorandum submitted to it by Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, arguing against access control, has been withdrawn after opposition from other ministers. The African National Congress has made it clear it supports access control.”

    Number 4 – “On 4 December Cabinet decided that the USE of a control system in Set Top Boxes (STBs), or decoders, for digital television would not be mandatory, as was the case in the previous Broadcasting Digital Migration policy. However, it was decided that the STBs would have a control system to protect Government’s investment in the subsidized STB market and the local electronics industry and, with rapid technological changes, for future use by broadcasters who might not want to use it now. To avoid subscription broadcasters unfairly benefitting from the STB control system, Government’s investment in the STB Control System will be recovered from those subscription broadcasters that choose to make use of the STB Control system. The cost to the government of control will be
    about R20 per subsidized box. From dtps gov za “

    And there are many more. Senior people at SABC voting
    for conditional access to protect local and international production of good television content are all calling for a review. Ask them yourself.

    R20-00 or less for conditional access is a small price
    to pay. By the way the R20-00 price is straight from the governments own website – dtps gov za

  190. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Antonio, wouldn’t you agree that the dreamland of ignorance is the perfect place for the LOSER that had this speculation added as a comment under the TC article – Final digital TV policy to published;

    >>Hope government goes one better than the outdated digital migration to linear terrestrial TV. Government should jump directly to HbbTV – hybrid broadband broadcast TV. Sentech is on satellite in any case. Why duplicate on terrestrial with exactly the same service? Gov should use satellite for normal linear TV and all terrestrial towers for HbbTV. Broadband TV is winning the race in most countries.Why waste money on old fashioned set top boxes?

    Yep! like I’ve said before – dreamland has been specifically designed to “keep hope alive” for such LOSERS as yourself.

    South Africa is moving forward with BDM with the focus being on what BDM is actually about – freeing up the spectrum that is currently being utilized by analogue TV. Your dreams of having government sponsor your commercial interests so you can use taxpayer money to compete with Multichoice; having HbbTV STBs are just that – dreams.

    You shouldn’t be too gutted though by the switch-on announcement as it has been now made clear what direction the government has decided to take regarding CA.

    I see you haven’t as yet fully recovered and accepted the reality that there actually is an amended policy gazetted but that’s just how it always is in dreamland… in the real planet Earth –

    There’s always going to be the WINNERS; and there’s going to be LOSERS – You are a LOSER! find a way to live with it.

  191. Vusi – Gov has missed the international deadline. The specifications, with conditional access and a return path, were published in 2009. Six years have passed. Six years in broadcast and broadband technologies is huge. Technologies have moved on. Set top boxes of 2009 are ancient against boxes available in 2015. Broadcast has moved on. Broadband access has moved on. A clever and realistic person should be able to at least understand the possibilities of new technologies in 2015/6?
    It seems like losers and left behinds are still backing 2009 technologies?
    Why not embrace new stuff? The latest set top boxes? The latest – and cheap – conditional access for $1 or $2? The latest internet connections? More than 90% of the country has access to cell phones and Internet.
    It just makes sense to use the latest technologies on the market?

  192. 小杜 (xiao du) on

    What on earth does copyright have to do with conditional access?

    Conditional access protects nothing except monopolies.

  193. Copyright law is federal law and does not vary from state to state. It protects your video and every individual piece of that video. The protection occurs automatically and immediately when the video is fixed in a tangible medium. Once you’ve created your video, only you, the copyright owner, can give permission to others to copy the video, to distribute copies of the video by sale, rent, lease, or other transfer of ownership, to prepare derivative works based upon the video or its contents, or to perform (i.e., show) the video publicly.

    Copyright Infringement
    Infringement occurs when someone uses work that is protected by copyright laws without the creator’s permission and, if you’re found liable for copyright infringement, you may face damages of up to $150,000. The penalty is greater if the court finds the infringement willful.

    Conditional Access and CopyRight

    Directive 98/84/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 1998 on the legal protection of services based on, or consisting of, conditional access is aEuropean Union directive in the field of intellectual property law, made under the internal market provisions of the Treaty of Rome. The Directive covers “conditional access services”, which are defined as television or radio broadcasts or internet services to which “access […] in an intelligible form is made conditional upon prior individual authorisation”. Examples are pay-per-view and encrypted television and internet sites.

  194. 小杜 (xiao du) on

    We live in South Africa. “Federal Law” doesn’t apply here.
    I also note that you’ve just edited your post so that my reply doesn’t make much sense.

  195. The copyright law of South Africa governs copyright, the right to control the use and distribution of artistic and creative works, in the Republic of South Africa. It is embodied in the Copyright Act, 1978 and its various amendment acts, and administered by the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission in the Department of Trade and Industry.

    South Africa is a party to the Berne Convention and the TRIPS Agreement. It has signed, but not ratified, the WIPO Copyright Treaty.[1]

    Copyright for Local Video Producers
    Copyright is a subject that is very misunderstood by photographers in South Africa, and yet it is so important not only in how we protect ourselves but also how we negotiate these rights. If done correctly, it could create a new revenue stream for the future. – Please focus on “revenue stream for the future”.

    Copyright for International Videos and Movies
    An infringement can take place when copyright films are duplicated, and rented out or any of the actions such as still photograph productions from the movie are carried out without the consent of the owner/creator.

  196. If the prize of a gizmo is 100 Rand, and you find a way to make and market the gizmo for 10 Rand, would you market it for 10 Rand or wouldn’t you rather market it for 95 Rand?

  197. Greg Mahlknecht on

    95. but with many players that number goes to 90, 85, 80, etc. At the end of the process one should end up with a reasonable profit margin (DSTV’s is around 30% according to their financials – not too awful)

    The big problem is that TopTV cost more than DSTV for similar content, the first chance of someone to show up how overpriced DSTV is, and how terrible their service is, cost more and had worse service. Not a good start at all.

  198. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    And once again… *yawning* pay for it yourself –

    I have all the latest tech and am not relying on government to fund my HbbTV and RadioDNS app developments.

    >>It just makes sense to use the latest technologies on the market?

    …and what you should be adding to that is –

    It also just makes sense to keep government and taxpayer money out of it.

  199. William Stucke on

    > the fact remains that South Africa is almost 100% covered by telecoms of some sort.

    Antonio, if you’re going to claim that something is a “fact”, then you really need to take the trouble to actually check your facts. According to the ICASA / USAASA Underserved Areas Definition, for example: –

    Engcobo Local Municipality:
    Internet – 0.0%
    Computer – 0.5%
    Telephone – 0.7%
    Cellphone – 49.7%
    Average – 12.7%

    These figures are a few years old, but I think that they adequately prove the point – and refute your “nearly 100%” claim.

    Oh, and these figures are verifiable. See page 5 of GG 35675. The Explanatory Memo is in GG 35673. Many of us are still waiting for you to give the sources for your many claims on this forum …

  200. William Stucke on

    > Ask Google to confirm that for you.
    No, Antonio. You are the one making the claim. Therefore _YOU_ are the one who should be asking Google, and posting the results as PROOF of your assertions. Otherwise, it’s just hearsay.
    We’ve had this conversation before. We keep hoping that you will start to listen, and perhaps learn.

  201. William Stucke on

    Hey, Vusi. I know that Antonio is very irritating, but please tone down the aggression and ad hominem remarks.

  202. William Stucke on

    Arrant nonsense. Saying something doesn’t make it true.
    I’m currently attending the Wi-Fi Innovation Summit. Right now. Many of the largest local and international Wi-Fi operators are here. The biggest of them claims to have no more than 2,500 venues – mostly in affluent areas.
    Rural areas? Almost nothing.

  203. Population covered by mobile cellular network is the percentage of people that live in areas served by a mobile cellular signal regardless of whether they use it.This page has the latest values, historical data, forecasts, charts, statistics, an economic calendar and news for Population covered by mobile cellular network (%) in South Africa.
    From world bank.

    A new report puts South Africa’s smartphone users at 20 million, showing growth of 32% in 2013. By Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB).

    More people across Africa have access to a cellphone network than they do to electricity, piped water, or a health clinic, according to the latest Afrobarometer released on Wednesday. The survey, titled “Developing Africa’s Infrastructure: the Rough Road to Better Services”, also
    highlights enormous differences between some of the 34 countries sampled.

    Cellphone coverage is nearly universal (93 percent), and most communities have access to a school (88 percent). AfroBarometer.

    William, you got stuck with old statistics. And please, don’t measure by sq kilometer coverage. Calculate by people having access to cellphones and internet coverage. If you
    look at people coverage we are 90% plus. As per official studies in 2014.

    According to Afrobarometer, the average access to services across the 34 countries surveyed is:
    Cellphone service: 93 percent;
    School: 88 percent;
    Market stalls: 68 percent;
    Electricity grid: 64 percent;
    Health clinic: 62 percent;
    Piped water system: 59 percent;
    Paved roads: 47 percent;
    Police station: 38 percent;
    Sewerage system: 28 percent; and,
    Post office: 27 percent.

  204. William – You can find the article by Solly Mapaila SACP second deputy secretary-general at:
    sacp org za / main php ID 4682

    I can show proof of everything I state.

  205. William Stucke on

    Good. Well done. Now, that wasn’t so hard, was it?
    Please post links to every one of your claims.

  206. William Stucke on

    Sorry, Antonio. You don’t win by changing the subject.

    You said: “Almost 90% of South Africa is covered by one or the other Wi-Fi solution”
    Nothing to do with cellular coverage, so quoting those statistics is irrelevant. As is going on about averages.
    If you bothered to check the reference I gave you (did you?), you would realise that is it the least-served local municipality in South Africa. Pretty averages don’t mean that there aren’t ugly gaps.
    Oh, and when you say “90% of South Africa”, as opposed to “90% of South Africa’s population”, it’s clear to any reasonable reader that you are indeed referring to km^2

  207. Thanks William. I thought it is common knowledge that “Population covered by mobile cellular network is the percentage of people that live in areas served by a mobile cellular signal regardless of whether they use it.”
    It does not help to cover the Karoo with signal in areas where there are no people? There are vast land in this country with little or no people?
    Internet access is available on cell phone networks?
    Lots of people in rural areas are now using Vox, Maxwell, and other satellite Internet services.
    Furthermore, WAPA is extremely busy connecting rural areas with wireless access.
    Fact remains – according to studies most of our population has access to cell phone networks with Internet access. The other do have Internet access via satellite and wireless Internet (WAPA).
    William – this is not a perfect world. SABC TV does not even reach all corners of this country. SABC TV is using satellite services to reach areas without terrestrial signals. So with Internet. BUT – most of the human beings are reached.
    So – it is a great time to launch set top boxes with a return path and even STB’s with full Internet access. The majority of people are covered.

  208. William – here is some info from MTN as well. Fact remains – most of the population is covered. We are not talking of covering every square meter even if there are no people living on the land. We focus on covering human beings. A huge number of people get Internet access from wireless providers WISPS or satellite from Vox, Maxwell and many others. Perfect coverage for a return path on set top boxes.

    MTN continues to invest in its mobile network, and is aiming for 99% 2G coverage by the end of 2012. The company is also planning to reach 70% 3G(broadband) coverage by the end of the year.

    Kanagaratnam Lambotharan, Chief Technology Officer at MTN SA, told MyBroadband BusinessTech that “MTN is deploying 2G
    sites to ensure sufficient capacity and coverage with the goal of getting 99% population covered by year end”.

    “With regards to 3G, we are aggressively rolling out coverage to both improve the in-building experience and to provide new
    coverage. We aim to get to 70% by end 2012 and 85% (population covered) later in 2013.”

    MTN is currently conducting LTE trials in Gauteng using re-farmed 1,800MHz spectrum, and initial feedback from users on the trial results are very promising.

    However, Lambotharan would not divulge more information
    about their LTE trial, saying that “MTN is currently monitoring and analysing progress on the LTE pilot and therefore is not yet in a position to divulge further information”.

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