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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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