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Usaasa staffer out over alleged graft

A senior staff member at the Universal Service and Access Agency of SA (Usaasa) has been suspended for alleged corruption and maladministration, the state-owned entity said on Wednesday. “The allegations border on financial misconduct which is a very

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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

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Usaasa hits out at SIU

The Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (Usaasa), the body charged with developing communications technology infrastructure in underserviced parts of the country, has slammed the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) over its probe of the appointment of the agency’s CEO, Zami Nkosi. In a statement, Usaasa

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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