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Icasa will now report into Cwele

Government has backtracked on plans to have communications regulator Icasa report to the newly created department of communications, which also houses the SABC, Brand South Africa and other entities, a highly placed source with knowledge of the development has told TechCentral. Instead

Telkom, BCX suspend talks

Telkom and Business Connexion have agreed to suspend talks following the death on Wednesday of BCX CEO Benjamin Mophatlane. The two had been in negotiations following the telecommunications operator’s decision to table a R2,7bn offer to buy the IT services company. Mophatlane died on

Shinn again to lead DA telecoms portfolio

Newly appointed Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane has appointed Marian Shinn as the party’s spokesman on telecommunications and postal services. Shinn had been shadow communications minister before President Jacob Zuma split the

Duncan McLeod
Pretoria, we have a problem

What was the president thinking? Last Sunday, Jacob Zuma sent shockwaves through South Africa’s technology industry by dumping his hardworking communications minister, Yunus Carrim – arguably the most competent person to fill the portfolio since the 1990s – and splitting the ministry in

Cwele named as telecoms minister

In a development that is likely to send shockwaves through South Africa’s information and communications technology (ICT) industry, President Jacob Zuma has replaced his hard-working communications minister, Yunus Carrim, with Siyabonga Cwele, formerly the minister of state security

Zuma: ‘These are my new ministers’

This is a copy of the speech delivered by President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria on Sunday evening, where he announced his new cabinet ministers. The president announced a new department, telecommunications and postal services, will replace communications

Spooks threaten online freedoms

At a recent breakfast briefing on cybersecurity hosted by Neotel and the Mail & Guardian, information security consultant Beza Belayneh referred to cybercrime in South Africa as a “crisis”, and called on the government to make it a national security concern. He said the state needs

Telkom soars ahead of cabinet meeting

Telkom’s share price was trading up by more than 5% in mid-afternoon trade on the JSE on Monday ahead of a cabinet meeting scheduled for Wednesday at which communications minister Dina Pule is expected to set out three strategic options for the fixed-line telecommunications operator. The share

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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