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Zuma’s daughter, 25, lands top telecoms job

President Jacob Zuma’s daughter, Thuthukile, may have made history as South Africa’s youngest head of a minister’s office. From a lowly public liaison officer to the powerful position of chief of staff within two months at the age of 25, she now earns almost a million rand a year. Her dramatic rise to the position, which

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New political home for State IT Agency

Government’s centralised IT services and technology procurement organisation, the State IT Agency, will in future no longer report into the minister of public service and administration. Rather, it will in future report into the ministry of telecommunications and postal services, headed by Siyabonga Cwele. This is one of a

Duncan McLeod
Communication a huge issue for ANC

“There is no confusion in the ANC.” Those are the words telecommunications and postal services minister Siyabonga Cwele used in parliament this week to deflect criticism that President Jacob Zuma’s post-election decision to

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Cwele sounds urgency on digital migration

Telecommunications and postal services minister Siyabonga Cwele intends publishing a final policy on South Africa’s migration to digital terrestrial television within the next two weeks. Cwele made the promise in parliament on Wednesday, where he was presenting ahead of his department’s budget vote

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Gov’t sets sights on TV content rights

Could MultiChoice subsidiary SuperSport find itself forced to make its exclusive sports content available to other broadcasters? Government may be taking a step in that direction after telecommunications and postal services minister Siyabonga Cwele said on Wednesday that he intends directing communications

Denis Smit
Dear government, some clarity please

On 25 May, President Jacob Zuma announced the cabinet for his second term. In a surprise movement, the announcement included significant changes in the role of the department of communications and the creation of a new ministry of telecommunications and postal services. This has resulted in enormous

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Minister wants SABC to foster patriotism

South Africa could soon wake up to a rendition of the national anthem on national television in a bid to improve patriotism, social cohesion and moral regeneration. Communications minister Faith Muthambi told parliament on Tuesday that there will be a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the SABC

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Cwele to have oversight of Infraco

Broadband Infraco will no longer report into the department of public enterprises. Instead, the department of telecommunications and postal services (formerly known as the department of communications) will have oversight responsibility. It’s not known if the changes in reporting have been implemented

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DA MPs walk out of committee meeting

Democratic Alliance MPs walked out of a briefing by the department of communications on its budget and strategic plan on Tuesday, saying they were not given enough time to prepare for the meeting. Four DA MPs, from the portfolio committees on communications and telecommunications and postal

Duncan McLeod
Zuma leaves ICT policy in a vacuum

It’s been more than six weeks since the election and nearly a month since President Jacob Zuma stunned the information and communications technology industry by dumping his hardworking communications minister, Yunus Carrim, and splitting the communications portfolio in two. Since then, there has been

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