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DA wants criminal charges at Usaasa

Democratic Alliance MP and communications spokesman Marian Shinn wants communications minister Dina Pule to lay criminal charges against the “official or officials” who authorised the withdrawal of R4,7m to pay a tax bill. According to Shinn, the

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Pule appoints new Usaasa board

Communications minister Dina Pule has appointed a new board for the controversy-plagued Universal Service & Access Agency of SA (Usaasa), the state-owned agency that is charged with ensuring all South Africans have access to communications

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Suspended Usaasa manager resigns

Suspended Universal Service & Access Agency of SA (Usaasa) executive manager for business development services Molefi Mollo has tendered his resigation following what the agency calls “months of interrogation around his suspension”. Mollo was one of four Usaasa executives managers and

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Pule, Shinn clash in parliament

Communications minister Dina Pule and shadow minister Marian Shinn clashed in parliament on Tuesday over government policies in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry and a recent department of communications colloquium that discussed

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Digital TV ‘on track’

The switch to digital television broadcasting is on track, communications minister Dina Pule told MPs on Tuesday. “I want to affirm to this house that we are on course on the DTT [digital terrestrial television] process,” she said in the opening debate on her

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Owning the spectrum

The ANC’s policy discussion document on communications, which was released this week, contains proposals that could result in the rationalising of state institutions that overlap in their mandates. The policy document proposes the merging of Sentech, the state broadcasting signal

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Drive on to reach the poor – Pule

The drive is on to give the poor in rural areas access to communication services, communications minister Dina Pule said on Tuesday. “Our aim is to bridge the rural-urban divide by 2020 with the help of the state-owned enterprises, such as [state-owned signal distributor] Sentech and the Universal Service

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State still mulling digital TV options

Many of the details of the process for migrating from analogue to digital terrestrial television still need to be debated and finalised, including who will qualify for subsidised set-top boxes, says communications minister Roy Padayachie. Speaking in parliament on Tuesday

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Invest in desktops, not set-tops

The Universal Service and Access Fund was established to bankroll projects that ensure universal access to communications technology for all SA citizens. Instead, a large part of it — if not all of it — is being earmarked for keeping the public watching television

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Budget 2011: more money for digital TV

National treasury has allocated a significant budget to the department of communications over the next three years to assist in the country’s migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television

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