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Digital TV in SA: what went wrong

If you worked for five years on one project and had little to show for your efforts, would your boss fire you? The government has been plugging away at the digital terrestrial television migration now for half a decade and the broadcasting sector says the building blocks are still not in place. So what went wrong? And, why

Break up Telkom, says DA

Telkom should be structurally separated into two businesses, wholesale and retail, to facilitate greater competition in SA’s telecommunications industry, says new Democratic Alliance (DA) shadow communications minister Marian Shinn. Speaking to TechCentral in her first wide-ranging media interview

DA moots R700m national VC fund

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has raised the idea of creating R700m national venture capital fund, funded by the state, to provide investment capital to help early-stage businesses. The proposal is contained in the opposition political party’s “alternative budget”, published on Tuesday and available here

SABC gets new finance chief

Gugu Duda has been appointed as the new chief financial officer of the SABC, communications minister Dina Pule announced on Wednesday. “Ms Duda has the relevant qualifications, skills, capabilities and experience required for the position,” the communications ministry said in a statement. She would take up the

Icasa crowd-sources ‘underserviced’ definition

At public hearings in Johannesburg on Thursday, the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) said it would consider all submissions by interested parties in creating an official definition of what constitutes an “underserviced area” for both Internet access and access to public

Pule intervenes over SABC top post

The SABC has been asked to suspend its search for a chief operating officer, the communication ministry said on Monday. Communications minister Dina Pule had made the request to the board after reading a newspaper report on the process being followed to fill the position, said ministry spokesman Siyabulela Qoza

Drive on to reach the poor – Pule

The drive is on to give the poor in rural areas access to communication services, communications minister Dina Pule said on Tuesday. “Our aim is to bridge the rural-urban divide by 2020 with the help of the state-owned enterprises, such as [state-owned signal distributor] Sentech and the Universal Service

SABC suspends its technology chief

The SABC has suspended its acting chief technology officer, Gelfand Kausiyo, due to what it calls “allegations of misconduct”. Kausiyo has been acting in the position since November, having been appointed to the post following the resignation of Richard Waghorn as head of the crucial portfolio late last

Icasa to hear Sentech, Screamer dispute

The dispute over Screamer Telecommunications’ alleged unlawful use of radio frequency spectrum owned by state-owned broadcasting signal distributor Sentech is finally coming to a head, with the complaints and compliance committee of the Independent Communications

SABC loses its digital tsar

The SABC’s chief technology officer, Richard Waghorn, who was responsible for leading the broadcaster’s migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television and who has played a pivotal role in the country’s move to the new system, has resigned. He leaves the

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