Browsing: Yunus Carrim

ANC said to favour TV encryption

The ANC decided at its lekgotla last week that cabinet’s decision in favour of the use of a conditional access system based on encryption was the right one for South Africa’s digital terrestrial television project

Duncan McLeod
SA flounders as TV deadline looms

Next year was meant to be a big one for South Africa’s technology industry. Years ago, under the Mbeki administration, the government agreed with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) that the country would switch off analogue terrestrial television broadcasts by 17 June 2015. Countries

Duncan McLeod
Gov’t in no rush to bring SA up to speed

After years of inaction and delay in resolving some of the big policy bottlenecks holding back South Africa’s communications technology industry – a sector that has the potential to underpin economic growth and even to lift

Duncan McLeod
What to do about SA’s failing Post Office

The irony about the Post Office strike, former First National Bank CEO Michael Jordaan tweeted this week, is that the longer it drags on, the more its customers will move to electronic alternatives — never to return. That the Post Office is in crisis

Marian Shinn
Digital TV delays: who’s pulling the strings?

Several delays in the regulatory process necessary to roll out government’s subsidised television set-top boxes for digital terrestrial television indicate continuing indecision and possible manipulation by broadcasting industry players, individuals in state entities and deployed ANC

Set-top box control stays, says Cwele

Government will still require the inclusion of a control system based on encryption in the set-top boxes South Africans will need to watch digital terrestrial television. That’s the word from telecommunications and postal services minister Siyabonga Cwele

Rift tears at black set-top box makers

A dispute over an empowerment deal that has soured could cost South Africa a massive boost to the local set-top box manufacturing sector. At the heart of the dispute is the relationship that the National Association of Manufacturers in Electronic Components, an industry body for

Zuma’s daughter, 25, lands top telecoms job

President Jacob Zuma’s daughter, Thuthukile, may have made history as South Africa’s youngest head of a minister’s office. From a lowly public liaison officer to the powerful position of chief of staff within two months at the age of 25, she now earns almost a million rand a year. Her dramatic rise to the position, which

Duncan McLeod
Communication a huge issue for ANC

“There is no confusion in the ANC.” Those are the words telecommunications and postal services minister Siyabonga Cwele used in parliament this week to deflect criticism that President Jacob Zuma’s post-election decision to

Motsoeneng stays because he performs: SABC

There is no basis to suspend controversial SABC acting chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, SABC board chair Zandile Tshabalala told MPs on Friday night. “We don’t have a basis for suspension because … in our case he performs,” Tshabalala said, briefing a joint sitting of parliament’s communications

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