Browsing: Denis Smit

Denis Smit
SA’s ICT sector is facing its Brexit moment

I noted, with an element of morbid curiosity, the following exchange in the UK’s house of commons two days ago: “The government has not carried out any impact assessments of leaving the EU on the UK economy, Brexit secretary David Davis

Duncan McLeod
How to fix the ICT policy white paper

The department of telecommunications & postal services’s new director-general, Robert Nkuna, is going to have no time to ease gently into his new office in Hatfield, Pretoria. Indeed, he’s going to have to hit the ground running. The former councillor at

Denis Smit
Policy makers must learn from past mistakes

Are things repeating themselves in South Africa’s telecommunications policy development? Having been involved in telecoms policy processes and development for over 20 years, I have noticed how on many occasions history

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Inside SA’s exploding VOD market

It’s a veritable feast for couch potatoes – or at least those with access to affordable and fast broadband. In the space of just a few months, almost half a dozen new video-on-demand players have been launched in South Africa, promising an alternative to satellite pay

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Telkom to spin off its wholesale business

Telkom is planning to spin off its large wholesale services division as a separate business, with its own brand identity, in a move that promises to shake up fixed-line telecommunications in South Africa. Though the company isn’t giving away too much yet – a detailed announcement

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Negative real growth for SA telecoms

South Africa’s telecommunications industry will grow at a compound annual rate of just 1,4% over the next five years, meaning that in real terms – adjusted for inflation – the sector is shrinking. But

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Worries as Icasa set to lose top talent

Communications regulator Icasa looks set to lose four of its councillors in the next few months. William Currie and Joseph Lebooa are set to leave when their contracts come to an end on the 30 September, while William Stucke

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New political home for State IT Agency

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

Denis Smit
Dear government, some clarity please

On 25 May, President Jacob Zuma announced the cabinet for his second term. In a surprise movement, the announcement included significant changes in the role of the department of communications and the creation of a new ministry of telecommunications and postal services. This has resulted in enormous

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