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Duncan McLeod
Rebooted yet again

Though he’s been widely praised for firing two of his ministers this week, President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle has ruffled the technology industry. There are fears that redeploying communications minister Roy Padayachie will delay crucial projects. Padayachie, in the job

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Mixed reaction to Zuma’s Padayachie move

President Jacob Zuma’s decision to redeploy communications minister Roy Padayachie and his deputy, Obed Bapela, has drawn mixed reaction from the information and communications technology industry, with one analyst saying he was “stunned” by the move

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Zuma cabinet reshuffle: full statement

President Jacob Zuma surprised the information and communications technology industry on Monday, redeploying communications minister Roy Padayachie and appointing Dina Pule as his successor. Zuma also named Tembisa Ndabeni as Pule’s new deputy

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Padayachie out, Pule in as Zuma reshuffles cabinet

Communications minister Roy Padayachie has been redeployed as minister of public service & administration. Former deputy communications minister Dina Pule will replace him in the communications portfolio. President Jacob Zuma announced the changes

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Padayachie takes issue with deputy’s BBM comments

Communications minister Roy Padayachie has downplayed recent statements by his deputy, Obed Bapela, that government may seek to allow law enforcement agencies, through the courts, to get access to the records of people using the popular BlackBerry Messenger

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State’s BBM access plan: BlackBerry reacts

BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion (RIM) has vowed to “work cooperatively with all appropriate authorities” in SA but has warned it cannot decrypt the communications of its business customers who use its BlackBerry Enterprise Server product. The company, responding to remarks

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Bapela defends BlackBerry interception plans

Government is not specifically targeting BlackBerry maker Research in Motion in its proposed attempts to allow law enforcement agencies, through the courts, to intercept the communications of the text messages of suspected criminals

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Gov’t to help ease fibre roll-out

The department of communications will meet with local and provincial governments in November to finalise guidelines to facilitate the deployment of fibre-optic cables by the private sector in the country’s cities and towns. Deputy communications

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SA gov’t may demand access to BBM records

Government has mooted a change to legislation to allow the SA Police Service to get access, through the courts, to the records of people using Research in Motion’s popular BlackBerry communications service. Deputy communications minister

Duncan McLeod
Now let’s go rural

The department of communications is working on a number of long overdue projects that could have a profound impact on the technology sector. If it delivers on its new approach, SA has a good chance of building a more competitive

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