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Gordhan flying back to SA tonight – Treasury

By: News24Wire      27th March 2017 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will comply with President Jacob Zuma’s order and return to South Africa on Monday evening. That is according to Treasury spokesperson Yolisa Tyantsi, who told Fin24 on Monday that arrangements were being made to fly him back to South Africa later on Monday evening. 

JRA to upgrade Roodepoort intersection

By: Anine Kilian     20th March 2017 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has embarked on a R4.3-million upgrade of the Jim Fouche road and Wilhelmina avenue intersection in Constantia Kloof, Roodepoort, to ease congestion and improve motorist safety. The project will be completed in September. 

Three cheers for three years of Cradlestone Mall!

     9th March 2017 Three years after opening its doors, the award-winning Cradlestone Mall has changed lives and raised the bar for shopping centres in South Africa. It has achieved this with its innovative approach to its shopping and entertainment experiences, as well as its commitment to its community and... 

Cell C rejects Telkom’s buy-out offer  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd February 2017 Mobile operator Cell C on Thursday confirmed that it had rejected an unsolicited nonbinding and conditional acquisition proposal from telecommunications giant Telkom. Media reports emerged this week that Telkom was planning to throw its hat in the ring for the buy-out of Cell C, which is being... 

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... 

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... 

Govt, business and labour to up partnership game in 2017 

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th November 2016 The partnership between civil society, labour, business and government that recently averted a near-downgrade of South Africa’s investment rating will “lift its game” next year to ensure that citizens start to experience change, according to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Speaking at a World... 

Connectivity Not Assured Without A Dual-Medium Fibre Approach

     24th November 2016 The universal adage that time is money has never been more accurate. In the current ultra-modern age, where technology is driven by daily innovation, any business seeking success simply cannot afford to be offline, or fall behind with its information technology infrastructure. With high levels of... 

Goscor cleans the Telkom 94.7 cycle challenge route for safe cycling

     23rd November 2016 The Telkom 94.7 cycling challenge took place on Sunday, 20th November 2016 and it was once again a great success. Major roads in Johannesburg were shut down and over 30 000 cyclists from all walks of life took to the safe and clean route along Johannesburg’s iconic Nelson Mandela Bridge, Zoo... 

FibreCo appoints Business Development Executive

     22nd November 2016 FibreCo Telecommunications today announced the appointment of Sammy Thamsanqa Mafu as its Business Development Executive.  This strategic and pivotal role will help drive the growth of the company, driving new business initiatives as well as aligning FibreCo’s growth strategy with the... 

National Treasury makes further strides in bringing down supplier costs

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st November 2016 In an effort to bring down supplier costs, National Treasury’s Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO) has successfully renegotiated an existing contract with Telkom-owned Business Connexion (BCX). It is expected that the renegotiated fixed-line telecommunication services contract will... 

BCX integration, mobile business lifts Telkom’s H1 earnings

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th November 2016 JSE-listed Telkom on Tuesday posted higher earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of R5.3-billion and an improved Ebitda margin of 26.1% for the six months to September 30. This was in line with the company’s outlook of maintaining an Ebitda margin of between 26%... 

Govt tight-lipped on broadband tender deal

By: News24Wire      10th November 2016 The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services on Wednesday kept mum on whether Telkom would be the preferred bidder to supply and maintain a government broadband project in South Africa. Deputy Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize told Parliament on Wednesday that the Department appointed the... 

BLSA appoints Mabuza as chair as it unveils new leaders

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st October 2016 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has announced the appointment of Telkom’s Jabu Mabuza as its new chairperson and Shell South Africa’s Bonang Mohale as its deputy chairperson after a council meeting, which also approved a new board of directors for the big business grouping. Mabuza and... 

ICT paper ‘good’ in general, spectrum a red flag – Armstrong

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th October 2016 While the newly tabled National Integrated Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Policy White Paper contained a lot of “good” principles, a Telkom executive has warned that the government’s push to open the market, increase customer choice, reduce the cost to communicate and improve... 

Telecoms companies jump in to help students study

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th October 2016 Telecommunications firms Cell C and Telkom have offered assistance to students who are eager to study but are being prevented from attending classes as a result of the ongoing protests at the country’s universities. Many universities have made lecture and study material available online, which... 

Many tech companies expected to be started, incubated at Joburg hub

By: Schalk Burger     14th October 2016 Many new technology companies would be started and incubated  at the digital innovation hub, in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, which would also contribute to the transformation of Johannesburg and Gauteng. The hub – called Tshimologong, which is seTswana for a place of new beginnings – was the... 

Otel Speeds Up Fibre Roll-Out With Telkom & Neotel Partnerships

     30th September 2016 OTEL high-speed fibre customers can expect faster commissioning of their broadband services as the independent telco launches new retail fibre products on the back of partnership agreements with Dark Fibre Africa, Telkom and Neotel. OTEL's national agreements with the country's three biggest... 

Releasing spectrum will lower data costs – MTN

By: News24Wire      21st September 2016 MTN officials have told Parliament that the release of available spectrum would, in theory, lower data costs. South Africa has yet to migrate to digital broadcasts, a key requirement for opening up radio spectrum for faster and more widespread mobile internet services. 

The open access telecommunications model in South Africa

     20th September 2016 “The Open Access Network model has been adopted to a major extent in the telecommunications sectors of many parts of the developed world (European Union and the Americas).  The advantage of this model is that it allows multiple service providers to compete over the same network, in so doing... 

MTN again tops the list of South Africa’s most valuable brands

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th September 2016 Despite losing 32% of its brand value owing to reputational challenges, communications giant MTN, which is worth R37-billion, has remained the most valuable brand in the country, according to Brand South Africa and strategy consultancy Brand Finance’s yearly survey. Retailer Woolworths, ranked at... 

The data obtained is key to leveraging IoT

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th September 2016 Common themes are being seen in the shift from traditional asset-heavy business models in the transition to the Internet of Things (IoT), and this includes comprehending the generated data and applying the insights gained  to add real value. The interconnection of billions of devices can... 

IoT can bring South Africa into digital era, says Telkom exec

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th September 2016 The exponential growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) presents a significant opportunity to bring South Africa into the “digital era” as it pushes new frontiers in production and efficiency. With the desired outcome an ecosystem that benefits all, the development of the IoT is an important phase... 

Minister Cwele confident over Icasa legal battle

By: News24Wire      5th September 2016 Telecoms and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele is confident that his office can win a lawsuit to stop a high-speed broadband auction from going ahead. Cwele’s office earlier this year asked the North Gauteng High Court to interdict and set aside the Independent Communication Authority of... 

Union slams judge in Telkom retrenchment case 

By: News24Wire      31st August 2016 The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has cried foul over a damning labour court ruling handed down against it on Tuesday. The Johannesburg Labour Court’s Judge AJ Snyman on Tuesday struck down the CWU’s bid to interdict Telkom from completing a restructuring process. 

Telkom doubles reward for capture of saboteurs

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th August 2016 Telecommunications giant Telkom on Friday doubled its reward for information leading to the prosecution of those responsible for malicious damage inflicted on Telkom facilities and its infrastructure over the last few weeks. Telkom is now offering a R1-million incentive to deal with increasingly... 

Opinion: Start electricity reform process now before another crisis 

     26th August 2016 South Africa has not had load shedding for nearly a year. This is a welcome development after years of power cuts that constrained economic growth. Electricity consumption has more or less flattened out, giving the national utility, Eskom, more space to catch up on maintenance and meet demand.... 

Research identifies barriers, suggests new approach to building black industrialists

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th August 2016 The South African economy requires a new approach to regulation, competition and industrial policy to open the economy for greater participation, particularly for black industrialists, according to research released last month by the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development... 

Telkom considers suing Icasa over spectrum

By: News24Wire      18th August 2016 Local telecommunications company Telkom has threatened launching legal action against communications regulator Icasa over a planned spectrum auction. Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele has asked the North Gauteng High Court to interdict and set aside Icasa’s... 

Union denies sabotage of Telkom facilities

By: News24Wire      18th August 2016 Striking Telkom workers have denied involvement in the alleged sabotage of several network facilities across the country. On Thursday, Telkom put up a R500 000 reward for information regarding the sabotage of numerous facilities around the country. 

Telkom takes stand against strike intimidation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2016 Telecommunications giant Telkom on Monday obtained an urgent interim court order against the Communication Workers Union (CWU), barring striking trade union members from blocking access to the group’s property and intimidating working employees. Following reports of around 100 CWU members... 

Telkom strike turns 'violent' as staff intimidated

By: News24Wire      15th August 2016 Telkom said that a union-led strike outside its Centurion offices in Gauteng turned ugly on Monday with employees being “aggressively intimidated” and “threatened with violence”. Jacqui O’Sullivan, Telkom communication and PR executive, said that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) chose to... 

Union embarks on strike at Telkom

By: News24Wire      12th August 2016 Hundreds of Telkom staff have launched strike action against the company this week over a pay dispute. The Communication Workers Union (CWU), which is behind the strike, says Telkom workers need a cost-of-living inflation linked salary increase. 

Protect local e-Sports before it’s game over

     12th August 2016 At the start of this year, South Africa announced its first one million Rand prize money in an e-Sports tournament, the Telkom DGL Masters tournament. e-Sports, or electronic sports, is competitive gaming via electronic systems. It’s a growing industry in South Africa with local e-Sports... 

Energy poverty unemployment and growth 

     5th August 2016 The recent discussion about energy and electricity is one of the most important debates South Africa can have.   One of the fundamental objective of South Africa is the necessity to address urgently inequality unemployment and poverty and this objective cannot be achieved by redistribution of... 

30% Club launches new initiatives to increase senior representation of women in corporates

     1st August 2016 Diversity makes business sense   Many have been inspired by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of the Lean In Foundation, who is known for her quote: “A truly equal world would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes. I believe that this would... 

Transformation a must for economic growth – Mohale

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2016 South Africa’s current administration has destroyed 22% more black-owned businesses than the apartheid regime, Shell South Africa chairperson Bonang Mohale told delegates at the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals (Absip) investment management summit in Johannesburg, on... 

Data the new voice as Telkom shifts focus

By: News24Wire      22nd July 2016 Gigabytes are becoming more important than voice minutes when it comes to mobile networks structuring their phone contracts, says an expert. On Thursday, Telkom unveiled its new mobile contracts. 

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