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Court challenge to remove Usaasa boss

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has gone to court to try and remove a government agency head whose appointment was allegedly irregular, the Sunday Independent reported. The SIU has listed ex-communications minister Dina Pule as one of its respondents in the matter following allegations that she

Duncan McLeod
Carrim deserves another term as minister

In the days following this week’s general election – the most interesting since 1994 – the focus will shift to who president Jacob Zuma will name to his new cabinet. Whatever shuffling he decides to do, he should leave the communications portfolio in the hands

Carrim welcomes Usaasa probe

Communication minister Yunus Carrim on Thursday welcomed a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) probe on the Universal Service & Access Agency of South Africa (Usaasa). “We welcome the SIU proclamation on Usaasa. Obviously it is regrettable, but the proclamation is absolutely necessary in view of the persistent allegations against Usaasa

Zuma orders Usaasa corruption probe

President Jacob Zuma has signed a proclamation ordering the Special Investing Unit to investigate the perennially troubled Universal Service & Access Agency of South Africa (Usaasa), his office said on Tuesday evening. Zuma wants a probe of allegations “in respect of affairs” of the agency, which collects revenue from licensed telecoms

Duncan McLeod
Carrim is a breath of fresh air

South Africa’s hard-working new communications minister, Yunus Carrim, is tackling the challenges in his portfolio with such gusto that he appears to have taken many industry players by surprise. I had the opportunity twice this past week to watch Carrim in action

Fresh scandal erupts at Usaasa

The department of communications has initiated an independent investigation into the Universal Service & Access Agency of South Africa (Usaasa) following fresh allegations of corruption and maladministration at the state-owned entity. A report detailing the

Suspend Pule, says business chamber

The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called for communications minister Dina Pule to be suspended pending the outcome of a series of investigations against her. “We are disappointed at the lack of action taken by the president given that the minister’s public office is under investigation for serious allegations

Police agree to investigate Pule

The South African Police Service has agreed to begin an investigation into alleged corruption involving appointments by communications minister Dina Pule and her alleged romantic partner Phosane Mngqibisa at the department of communications and state-owned entities in the sector. The Democratic Alliance requested

SA’s unfolding digital TV nightmare

Lack of certainty around the encryption and access control mechanisms to be used for digital terrestrial television, along with how millions of set-top boxes will be subsidised for poorer households, looks set to throw South Africa even further off track

Usaasa’s R100 000 party draws fire

The Universal Service & Access Agency of South Africa (Usaasa), the “worst-performing entity” that reports to the department of communications, plans to spend R1 408/employee on a Christmas function this year, Democratic Alliance MP Marian Shinn

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