Browsing: Yunus Carrim

Duncan McLeod
Zuma leaves ICT policy in a vacuum

It’s been more than six weeks since the election and nearly a month since President Jacob Zuma stunned the information and communications technology industry by dumping his hardworking communications minister, Yunus Carrim, and splitting the communications portfolio in two. Since then, there has been

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Nzimande ally to chair portfolio committee

Mmamoloko Kubayi has been named as the new chair of parliament’s portfolio committee on telecommunications and postal services. The position was effectively held previously by Eric Kholwane. The communications portfolio committee, which now looks after the SABC and communications regulator

Duncan McLeod
Pretoria, we have a problem

What was the president thinking? Last Sunday, Jacob Zuma sent shockwaves through South Africa’s technology industry by dumping his hardworking communications minister, Yunus Carrim – arguably the most competent person to fill the portfolio since the 1990s – and splitting the ministry in

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Dumping Carrim an ‘absurd’ move

The SOS Coalition, which represents trade unions, community media and content producers hoping to support quality public broadcasting in South Africa, has slammed President Jacob Zuma’s decision to dump his communications minister, Yunus Carrim, instead creating two new departments headed by two new ministers. The Coalition has accused Zuma of

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Zuma has set ICT back 25 years: Shinn

President Jacob Zuma’s decision to split the department of communications into two separate entities — one focused on broadcasting and media and the other on posts and telecommunications — is a retrograde step that has set ICT policy making in South Africa back by 25 years. That’s the view of

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Still no action on SABC’s Motsoeneng

SABC acting chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng is waiting to hear from his employers regarding a damning report by public protector Thuli Madonsela, his lawyer said on Monday. “We are still waiting to hear from the SABC. I spoke to Hlaudi yesterday [Sunday]. He has not heard from the board either,” said Motsoeneng’s lawyer Zola Majavu. In a report

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Cwele named as telecoms minister

In a development that is likely to send shockwaves through South Africa’s information and communications technology (ICT) industry, President Jacob Zuma has replaced his hard-working communications minister, Yunus Carrim, with Siyabonga Cwele, formerly the minister of state security

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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Inside state’s broadband plans

A meeting of Strategic Integrated Project (SIP) 15, the communications technology component of the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission, took place on Thursday, with communications minister Yunus Carrim urging government to “move with speed” to ensure broadband goals are achieved. In a media statement, the

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Operators must work with Icasa: Carrim

South Africa’s mobile telecommunications operators must cooperate with Icasa in providing the information the communications regulator needs to draw up new regulations governing call termination rates. That’s the word from communications minister

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