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Ex-Sentech directors may face criminal charges

As many as five former directors of Sentech could soon face criminal charges related to a deal the state-owned company concluded for the lease of technology equipment with IT finance company RentWorks Africa. Sentech chairman Quraysh Patel told

Duncan McLeod
Don’t do it, Sentech

State-owned Sentech is reviving plans to build a national broadband network. It wants a second chance and is promising to do things differently this time. However, as much as Sentech’s heart is in the right place, government must not allow it.

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Sentech poised to name new CEO

Sentech’s board has nominated a new CEO to lead the troubled stated-owned company. But it will only be a position to name the individual chosen once cabinet has approved his appointment, probably later this month. That’s the word from Sentech chairman Quraysh Patel

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Sentech revives broadband network plans

State-owned broadcast signal distributor Sentech is getting ready for another go at building a national wireless broadband network, TechCentral has learnt exclusively. This time, though, it’s promising not to repeat the mistakes

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Millions for ex-Sentech boss

The basic salary paid out to former Sentech CEO Sebiletso Mokone-Matabane more than doubled between 2009 and 2010 — from R1,7m to R3,2m. This is in spite of the company’s steep financial decline over the past year, which has resulted in its auditors

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Local broadcasters to kick off DVB-T2 trial

E.tv and M-Net plan to launch a trial of the upgraded European digital television standard, DVB-T2, in response the news that a pilot of the rival Brazilian and Japanese standard will soon get underway. The local broadcasters’ pilot will take place in Soweto. State-owned signal distributor, Sentech, is establishing test transmission sites to pilot digital terrestrial television broadcasts based on Brazilian and Japanese standards.

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No pay, no play, says Sentech

In a bid to curb its financial woes, state-owned signal distributor Sentech will start cutting off customers that don’t pay on time. Last week, TechCentral learnt Sentech was battling to get government institutions and community broadcast customers that owe it money to pay up. It is now owed a total of R30m.

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Sentech to test alternative TV standards

State-owned broadcast signal distributor Sentech is establishing test transmission sites in order to pilot digital terrestrial television broadcasts based on Brazilian and Japanese standards. In an exclusive interview with TechCentral, Sentech chairman Quraysh Patel says the two countries, whose terrestrial broadcasting standards are similar, have asked to set up test broadcasts at their costs.

Duncan McLeod
The shame that is Sentech

Sentech is dysfunctional. That’s the gloomy picture painted by the state-owned company’s board in a presentation it was meant to give to parliament last week. But the company was prevented from delivering the presentation, entitled “Strategic Plan 2010 – 2011” because it failed to supply supporting documentation, needed by members of parliament ahead of time, before the scheduled meeting.

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Sentech in dire straits

State-owned signal distributor Sentech is in dire straits. A submission from the company’s board to parliament reveals its auditors are concerned about its ability to continue as a going concern. TechCentral is in possession of a strategic presentation the company was supposed to deliver to parliament on Tuesday this week in which it has revealed that its auditing firm — which it doesn’t name — has raised concerns about its financial standing.

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