Browsing: Usaasa

From Carrim to Cwele, a disconnect

Yunus Carrim’s appointment as minister of communications in July 2013 was greeted with apprehension. The avowed communist’s expertise lay with the local government sector. He knew nothing about technology. In fact, he joked at the time that he barely knew

Usaasa slams ‘junior’ Mokoetle over TV remarks

The Universal Service & Access Agency of South Africa has slammed remarks by the department of communications’ head of digital migration, Solly Mokoetle, that the agency’s tender process for television set-top boxes was flawed and could be taken away from

Usaasa may lose set-top box project

The man tasked with running South Africa’s digital migration project at the department of communications, Solly Mokoetle, says the Universal Service & Access Agency of South Africa has jumped the gun by launching a multibillion-rand tender before a final policy

Muthambi, Cwele no-shows in parliament

A joint sitting in parliament on digital migration was packed to the rafters this morning. But the stars of the show, communications minister Faith Muthambi and telecommunications & postal services minister Siyabonga Cwele, failed to appear. Their deputies

Concern over set-top box decision

Cabinet’s decision to provide free set-top boxes to 5m poor South Africans does not go far enough, two public broadcasting advocacy groups have said. Media Monitoring Africa and the SOS Coalition say government should have required that

Digital migration delayed to 2017

South Africa may have to wait until 2017 to complete its migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television, missing the mid-2015 deadline government agreed to with the International Telecommunication

New twist in set-top box saga

With just four months to go until the deadline to switch off analogue television broadcasts, the digital migration programme may be about to be thrown into disarray once again. This is after a report on Wednesday that says that communications

Usaasa tears into DA over tender claims

The Universal Service & Access Agency of South Africa (Usaasa) has torn into the Democratic Alliance over “unfortunate and sensational” claims by the party questioning the digital television set-top box tender process the agency has embarked on. Earlier on Tuesday

DA mulls legal action over set-top boxes

The Democratic Alliance may take legal action over a multibillion-rand government tender for the supply of as many as 5m set-top boxes for digital terrestrial television. “The DA is concerned that in a rushed attempt to partially meet the

TalkCentral: Ep 114 – ‘TV licence, please’

In this week’s episode of TalkCentral, your hosts Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg talk about MTN’s aggressive expansion plans in the enterprise IT market, including its plans to make acquisitions. Also in this week’s podcast, your

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