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Eskom blaming renewables ‘misdirected’

Blaming the early closure of some South African coal-fired electricity plants and subsequent job cuts on renewables is “misdirected” because generation from the fuel far outpaces clean-power supply, a former National

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Telkom CEO tells Icasa: ‘We’re sorry’

Shortly after taking the reins at Telkom in April, newly appointed group CEO Sipho Maseko made it one of his first orders of business to meet with and apologise to the full council of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) for the operator’s past aggressive approach to the industry

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What separation means at Telkom

The “functional separation” of Telkom’s wholesale and retail divisions, agreed to in a wide-ranging antitrust settlement announced last week, could be a precursor to the structural separation of the two divisions, analysts say. Last week, as part of a R200m settlement reached

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Miriam Altman to head Telkom strategy

Telkom has tapped a member of Trevor Manuel’s National Planning Commission as its new head of strategy. Miriam Altman will join the troubled telecommunications operator on 1 June. Altman, who will report directly to newly appointed Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko, will support

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Electricity demand unchanged for six years

Electricity demand has remained static, requiring an urgent change in future energy plans, National Planning Commission member Anton Eberhard said on Wednesday. “Electricity demand today is still at 2007 levels. It’s unprecedented. In the entire history of the electricity industry in South Africa

In-depth
Technology a pathway out of poverty

It will take a century for a poor household to tweet its way out of poverty. That’s a very long time for anyone wondering where their next meal is coming from. But it’s a significant new finding because it proves once and for all that social media and access to information and communication technology

Podcasts
TalkCentral: Ep 68 – ‘Break-up’

TalkCentral is back for another episode and your hosts, Duncan McLeod and Craig Wilson, chat about the National Planning Commission’s National Development Plan and the (very sound, in our view) proposals it makes to grow SA’s information and communications technology sector. Also in the show, we chat about

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Commission moots idea of Telkom break-up

The National Planning Commission’s revised National Development Plan, handed over to President Jacob Zuma by planning minister Trevor Manuel on Wednesday, has raised the idea of separating Telkom structurally into two businesses, one focused on

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Policy overhaul ‘long overdue’

The department of communications’ policy summit next week has generally been welcomed by analysts and industry players, who say the event is long overdue, especially in light of Africa slipping down world connectedness rankings. Communications minister Dina Pule said on Tuesday that the colloquium had been

Duncan McLeod
One step forward, one step back

The National Planning Commission’s National Development Plan, published on Friday, makes a number of sensible, market-friendly proposals to grow SA’s information and communications technology industry. One of the most important is the idea of spectrum trading

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