Browsing: Jacob Zuma

Duncan McLeod
Why Padayachie is the right choice

President Jacob Zuma dropped a bombshell on SA’s communications technology industry on Sunday when he sacked his controversial communications minister, Siphiwe Nyanda. In Roy Padayachie, the sector finally has the minister it wanted all along.

Analysts applaud Padayachie’s appointment

Analysts across the board have welcomed the appointment of Roy Padayachie as communications minister, saying his experience in government and in telecommunications should prove invaluable to the sector. President Jacob Zuma surprised almost everyone

Denis Smit
The best man for the job

President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle announced over the weekend has brought some good news to a communications industry that has been a bit short of it lately. The highly respected Roy Padayachie has replaced Siphiwe Nyanda as communications minister

Padayachie replaces Nyanda

In a shock development, controversial communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda has lost his job. President Jacob Zuma announced on Sunday evening that Nyanda would be replaced by former deputy communications minister Roy Padayachie.

Zuma’s new cabinet: full statement

This is President Jacob Zuma’s full statement delivered on Sunday evening, announcing his new cabinet. Zuma fired communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda, replacing him with former deputy communications minister Roy Padayachie.

Zuma’s hotline maths doesn’t add up, says DA [Updated]

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has questioned figures that the presidency has released detailing the number of calls received and resolved by the presidential hotline since it was established. The department of performance monitoring and evaluation in the presidency says President Jacob Zuma’s complaints hotline has received a total of 72 000 calls since it started.

Cell C raises R2,2bn China loan

Cell C has signed a €240m (R2,2bn) loan agreement with China Development Bank, according to a statement issued by an SA government delegation, led by President Jacob Zuma, that is visiting China this week. The loan comes just months after Cell C shareholders agreed to restructure the mobile operator’s debt by converting billions of rand of debt into equity.

Protector clears Nyanda after tender probe

Public protector Thulisile Madonsela has cleared communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda of any misconduct. This followed two investigations into tenders awarded to a company Nyanda is allegedly linked to. “It is our hope that these findings put to rest the string of continued malicious allegations made against the minister by opposition parties with regard to what was perceived to be conflict of interest,” Nyanda’s spokesman Tiyani Rikhotso said on Wednesday evening.

Mohlala backs down on legal action – for now

Axed communications director-general Mamodupi Mohlala has acceded to a request by President Jacob Zuma to postpone her legal action against communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda. Contradicting media reports elsewhere on the Web on Friday, Mohlala says she has agreed to the president’s request to postpone her legal application for now and a new court date has been set for 26 August.

Nyanda tells Zuma of ‘problem’ with Mohlala

President Jacob Zuma on Thursday told a press conference in Pretoria that he had heard from his communications minister, Siphiwe Nyanda, that there was a “problem” involving the department’s director-general, Mamodupi Mohlala. “The minister in passing indicated there is a problem. He has not given a proper and formal report. Once this happens, we move in,” Zuma said.

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