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Eskom at a sustainability ‘tipping point’, business and labour warn

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2017 Business and labour raised serious questions on Friday about the sustainability of State-owned electricity producer Eskom in light if its current governance failings, which were now undermining its financial health to the point where government could be force to assist the utility in meeting its... 

Outa lays treason charges against Muthambi 

By: African News Agency      17th July 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Monday announced it had laid treason charges against former Communications Minister Faith Muthambi. Based on information contained in the #GuptaEmails showing Muthambi had purportedly sent confidential cabinet documents, including a Presidential... 

DTI supporting black emerging filmmakers through R100m in incentives

By: Anine Kilian     17th July 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has, through its South African Emerging Black Filmmakers Incentive, committed R100-million to supporting emerging black filmmakers by the end of March 2018.   The DTI has partnered with the Industrial Development Cooperation, the National Film and Video... 

The legal weapons in the ongoing battle against impunity at parastatals 

     5th July 2017 In this opinion article, Dale T McKinley outlines the instruments available within the Public Finance Management Act and the Companies Act to hold nonexecutive directors and executives at State-owned enterprises legally accountable for their actions. It is not as if South Africa needs more nega-... 

The legal weapons in the ongoing battle against impunity at parastatals

     30th June 2017 In this opinion article, Dr Dale T McKinley outlines the instruments available within the Public Finance Management Act and the Companies Act to hold nonexecutive directors and executives at State-owned enterprises legally accountable for their actions 

South Africa needs to find middle ground for electricity conundrum – former EIUG chair 

     29th June 2017 If South Africa wants to prevent its deindustrialisation and find middle ground between the sustainability of State-owned Eskom and the affordability of electricity, a few “holy cows will have to be slaughtered”, former Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) of Southern Africa chairperson Piet van... 

Brown to set up Eskom corruption probe headed by retired judge 

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has announced that she will institute a “broad scope” investigation into allegations of corruption currently hanging over State-owned electricity producer Eskom. The terms of reference and form of the investigation were still to be finalised, but Brown... 

Incapable State and economic sabotage

By: Terence Creamer     14th April 2017 The decision by President Jacob Zuma to retain in his Cabinet Bathabile Dlamini and Faith Muthambi (albeit with the latter in a new role as Public Service and Administration Minister) brought to mind arguments about the vital relationship between an individual’s competence and her or his ability... 

Icasa starts public hearings on draft National Radio Frequency Plan

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th February 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Thursday kicked off the public hearings on the revised draft update to the National Radio Frequency Plan (NRFP), which is aimed at ensuring the most efficient use of the radio frequency spectrum. Stakeholders presenting at the... 

Our brave new world

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     27th January 2017 It is I think the stuff that dreams are made of: a system is invented whereby organisations, governments and individuals can seamlessly communicate with  one another without tediously writing and delivering letters and notices. It is with us now: email, SMS, Whatsapp, cellphones. Instant... 

Fedusa takes aim at SoEs with Section 77 notice  

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th January 2017 The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) is taking a stand against government’s alleged failure to appoint “suitably qualified, accountable, responsible and responsive” management at some of South Africa’s vital parastatals. A Section 77 Protest Action Notice has been lodged with the... 

State-owned entities fare poorly in Auditor-General findings

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th November 2016 Embattled State-owned entities such as the South African Post Office (SAPO), the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) once again fared poorly in the yearly audits of South Africa’s Auditor-General (AG), Kimi Makwetu, who puts this down to... 

Biometric identification is fine, but just don’t share private information

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     4th November 2016 A growing technology is that of biometric interfaces. 'Biometrics' is just a smart way of saying "recognising the identity of a person by their fingerprints, voice or the pattern of the iris of one of their eyes”. It seems that using biometrics to identify a person is convenient for all parties:... 

The paper chase

By: Riaan de Lange     7th October 2016 If you were a child in the mid-1970s, then you can truly relate this article. Back then, children would spend an evening, preferably a few evenings, in front of a television set, gazing at the South African Broadcasting Corporation's (SABC’s) text panel transmission, which lasted for all of two... 

Digital broadcasting migration project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd September 2016 South Africa’s digital broadcast migration project has been delayed once again. 

Outa calls for Motsoeneng’s removal and full investigation of the SABC

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2016 The Organisation Against Tax Abuse (Outa) on Wednesday called for an urgent investigation into the operations of public broadcaster the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and the removal of COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Unless irregularities at the broadcaster were effectively addressed, Outa... 

Digital broadcasting migration project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd June 2016 Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has noted the Supreme Court of Appeal ruling on free-to-air television broadcaster eTV’s STBs encryption court battle. 

Minister notes set-top box encryption court ruling

By: SANews, SA government news service     31st May 2016 Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has noted the Supreme Court of Appeal ruling on the free-to-air television broadcaster, eTV’s Set Top Boxes (STBs) encryption court battle. The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, on Tuesday, found that the amendment to the Broadcasting Digital... 

Digital broadcasting migration project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th November 2015 Free-to-air broadcaster e.tv has been given permission to take its fight against government’s digital migration policy to the Supreme Court of Appeal. 

e.tv to take digital migration policy appeal to Supreme Court

By: RDM News Wire      6th November 2015 Free-to-air broadcaster e.tv has been given permission to take its fight against the government’s digital migration policy to the Supreme Court of Appeal. Pretoria High Court Judge Bill Prinsloo granted e.tv leave to appeal on Friday‚ signalling further delay to the country’s fraught attempt to... 

‘State enterprises not in crisis’ – ANC 

By: African News Agency      17th August 2015 South Africa’s State-owned enterprises were not in crisis, African National Congress (ANC) national executive committee policy subcommittee member Lindiwe Sisulu said on Monday. ”It is not true that the State-owned enterprises are in crisis. This matter was responded to by deputy president [Cyril... 

Numsa rejects Eskom claim that strikes delayed Medupi build  

By: Natalie Greve     23rd April 2015 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has rejected a claim by energy utility Eskom that fractious labour relations and intermittent strike action had delayed the Medupi coal-fired power plant build programme by several months. “Their attempt to blame the crisis of electricity... 

Icasa publishes findings of local content review

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th April 2015 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Friday published the findings of a discussion document on South Africa’s television and radio local content environment. Icasa last year requested industry input as it reviewed and revamped “outdated” television and radio content... 

Digital radio switchover gains traction worldwide

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th April 2015 As South Africa trialed two potential standards as the digital replacement for current analogue radio broadcasting in the AM and FM/VHF bands, much of Europe and the Asia Pacific had gained traction in the switchover to digital radio through the DAB+ standard. This emerged during the Southern... 

We risk fragmenting our power crisis mitigation efforts

By: Sisa Njikelana     3rd April 2015 This article is dedicated to the late Minister of Public Service and Administration, Collins Ohms Chabane, a gallant fighter and visionary leader for better a South Africa for all. This dedication is also extended to the Human Rights Day and to those who sacrificed for a democratic, nonsexist and... 

Inquiry must establish root cause of Eskom’s problems – President 

By: SANews, SA government news service     27th March 2015 President Jacob Zuma says the independent commission of inquiry into Eskom should get to the root cause of the problems facing the power utility. In an exclusive interview with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Thursday night, the President spoke about Eskom and other current... 

DoC to gazette final broadcasting policy next week

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th March 2015 The Department of Communications (DoC) is preparing to align the soon-to-be-gazetted final Broadcasting Digital Migration (BDM) policy to the activities required to kickstart South Africa’s transition from analogue to digital broadcasting. Following Cabinet’s approval of the amendments to the... 

Conditional access on STBs would hike costs, cause delays, argues Namec 

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd March 2015 South Africa could face another delay in its already years-delayed digital migration project if government adopted the much-disputed conditional access (CA) for the set-top boxes (STBs) required to intercept digital broadcasting frequencies. Emerging black-owned electronic manufacturing firms... 

SA is crying out for effective leadership

     23rd January 2015 By Kaizer Nyatsumba and Henk Langenhoven South Africa needs qualified, untainted leadership to take it out of its current spiral of poor growth and electricity load-shedding. 

The DA – boon or bane for SA democracy?  

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     14th November 2014 Is the Democratic Alliance (DA) a blessing or a curse to our democracy? Five years ago, the DA went to court to challenge the decision of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to withdraw charges of corruption, racketeering and money laundering against President Jacob Zuma. The then acting... 

Govt puts DTT back on track

By: SANews, SA government news service     7th November 2014 With the international June 2015 deadline looming to migrate broadcasting services from analogue to digital, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has initiated the process of reviving the digital terrestrial television (DTT) migration project. Minister Muthambi, who was recently delegated the... 

Redistribution to combat water interruptions, situation to be ‘normalised’ within two weeks – Mokonyane   

By: Leandi Kolver     26th September 2014 State-owned water utility Rand Water has resolved to use load shifting to correct current imbalances in water supply around areas in Gauteng, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) said on Friday. According to Rand Water, the water shortages, which first started in the west of Johannesburg... 

Digital broadcasting migration project, South Africa

     19th September 2014 Energy solutions provider Jasco Power has said that it will play a “significant” role in South Africa’s migration to digital terrestrial television. 

Icasa ICT competition consultations set to start in October

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th September 2014 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is preparing to hold public hearings into the state of competition in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector from October 1 to 3. Icasa embarked on a multimonth high-level inquiry in March this year, calling on... 

Govt outlines gains in fight against State corruption following SIU probes 

By: Natalie Greve     10th September 2014 Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Monday that government had made “great” progress in countering corruption within State institutions, noting that President Jacob Zuma had, since 2009, signed 36 proclamations authorising the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to probe departments and... 

Jasco Power to provide signal protection for SA’s DTT migration

By: Natalie Greve     8th September 2014 Energy solutions provider Jasco Power said on Monday that it would be playing a “significant” role in South Africa’s migration to digital terrestrial television (DTT), providing the failover and protection needed for the new enabling equipment being installed nationally by signal distributor... 

Icasa publishes revised DTT promotion of diversity regulations 

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th August 2014 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has outlined the conditions for the assignment of capacity on the digital television channels on Multiplex 3 and any excess capacity on Multiplex 1. The latest regulations overseeing the long-awaited digital terrestrial television... 

Zuma says gains made in rooting out corruption

By: SANews, SA government news service     23rd July 2014 President Jacob Zuma says South Africa is making progress in the fight against corruption, as evidenced by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) probes he has authorised in the last five years. Between 2009 and 2014, the President signed 36 proclamations with five extensions authorising the SIU... 

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