Browsing: Pravin Gordhan

Gov’t to tax Internet use

It looks likely that Internet users will have to tighten their belts from next year. Finance minister Pravin Gordhan has raised the idea of introducing a tax on broadband use from 2014.
The minister has suggested that a rate of 50c/MB should apply, with a built-in escalation in the rate in subsequent tax years

Backspace: ‘Purchase?’

In case you missed his first contributions, Jerm (also known as Jeremy Nell) has joined the TechCentral editorial team. Jerm, whose current affairs cartoons are widely talked about, is contributing an exclusive tech-focused weekly cartoon, called Backspace. “With Backspace

Sars eyes its pound of digital flesh

Government wants to begin taxing virtual goods sold online by foreign companies, including e-books and downloaded music. These companies should be required to register as value-added tax (VAT) vendors, finance minister Pravin Gordhan said in his national budget speech in parliament

R1,9bn for SKA, MeerKAT telescopes

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and MeerKAT radio telescope projects have been allocated R1,9bn over the next three years, according to the 2013 national budget tabled by finance minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday. A large portion of the international SKA project

Guptas foil SABC’s news plans

The SABC has been left red-faced over the loss of its planned 24-hour news channel on DStv after the well-connected Gupta family seized the gap. Few at the SABC appear to have been aware that the Gupta channel was even in the offing, although the broadcaster must have been in regular contact

Summary: Gordhan’s 2012 budget statement

Government spending over the next two years will stick to the medium-term forecasts announced in February, finance minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday. In his 2012 medium-term budget policy statement, tabled in parliament, he said the third year (2015/16) would see

Eskom concerned at downgrade

Eskom is concerned about its one notch downgrading by rating agency Standard & Poor’s, the power utility said on Wednesday. “Although Eskom’s credit rating remains investment grade, with the support of government, the recent downgrades by Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s are

Telkom decision imminent – Pule

Communications minister Dina Pule on Wednesday told journalists that cabinet will finalise its decision regarding the future of Telkom either this week or by the “beginning of October”. Pule, who was speaking at the Classic FM Business

Gordhan wants cool heads on e-tolls

Finance minister Pravin Gordhan has called for cool heads to prevail in the Gauteng e-tolling saga, and said the government was seeking a win-win approach for all involved. “Theoretically, if the government wants to go and collect tolls tomorrow, it can go ahead and collect them, but that’s not the issue,” Gordhan told

Telkom in limbo after cabinet meeting

Uncertainty continues to surround Telkom after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday where the company’s future was meant to be debated. Communications minister Dina Pule said last week that she would present three options for the company’s future to cabinet, which is government’s highest-level

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