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  1. Hanno Labuschagne

    GCIS planning to spend R1 billion on own video streaming service

    GCIS planning to spend R1 billion on own video streaming service The Government Communications and Information System (GCIS) is reportedly spending R1 billion on a new video streaming service. Sunday newspaper Rapport saw an email sent the Friday before last, 6 October 2023, calling for people...
  2. Hanno Labuschagne

    Scammers using government's 10GB free data promise to steal people's personal info

    Scammers using government's 10GB free data promise to steal people's personal info Posts doing the rounds on Twitter and Facebook claim that the South African government is giving away 10 gigabytes (GB) of data. The posts say: “Government is providing 10GB of free data to every South African...
  3. Jan

    After R743,644.95, Digitech is broken - SITA redesigned it, used "admin" for password

    South Africa's R740,000 app website uses R950 template and "admin" for password Digitech, the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies’ “digital products portal”, was built using the $49 (R957) Martis theme for Drupal. An eagle-eyed MyBroadband forum member and our in-house...
  4. Jan

    Comms minister tacitly confirms he is moving South Africa's 2G and 3G sunset dates

    South Africa's 2G and 3G shutdown plans hit a snag South Africa will hopefully know more about the government's intention to shut down 2G and 3G networks in the country in about four months, strongly suggesting that former communications minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni's deadlines will not be...
  5. Hanno Labuschagne

    Private sector will add 4,000MW of capacity to South Africa's grid by end of 2024 — Government

    Private sector will add 4,000MW of capacity to South Africa's grid by end of 2024 — Government South Africa expects private companies to add more than 4GW of electricity generation capacity to the grid by the end of 2024, as the government accelerates efforts to increase private sector...
  6. Jan

    Digitech got a R743,645 redesign and still doesn't have an app store or marketplace

    Government blows R743,645 on redesigning Digitech "app store" — with no way to download apps The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) has revealed that it spent R743,644.95 to redesign its Digitech “digital products portal”. However, despite featuring a “marketplace”...
  7. Jan

    Analogue TV switch-off delayed again for "consultations" - all the missed deadlines in one handy table

    South Africa's digital TV failure — 12 missed deadlines and almost 12 years late South Africa recently missed its 12th deadline for the switch-off of terrestrial analogue TV broadcasting signals that will mark the completion of the country's migration to vastly superior digital transmissions...
  8. Jan

    "National Conventional Arms Control Committee has no record of an approved arms sale by the state to Russia"

    South Africa says "no record" weapons were sold to Russia for war in Ukraine South Africa’s government requested a meeting with US Ambassador Reuben Brigety after he publicly accused Pretoria of supplying arms to Russia. The request for the meeting was confirmed by the Minister in the...
  9. Jan

    ISPA says networks are struggling to drop prices while dealing with load-shedding

    South African networks can't cut data prices while load-shedding rages South African Internet service providers say government’s concern about the cost to communicate must consider the impact of regular power cuts on the cost of providing connectivity and Internet access. President Cyril...
  10. Jan

    South Africa's had 14 communications ministers in 14 years

    14 ministers in 14 years President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Mondli Gungubele as South Africa's new communication minister, replacing Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, who has been in the role since 2021. Ntshavheni will take over Gungubele's role in the Presidency as the minister overseeing state...
  11. Hanno Labuschagne

    Launch of SABC's local language news channel could be unlawful

    Launch of SABC's local language news channel could be unlawful The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced it will launch a 24-hour news channel in local languages. However, the Sunday Times reports that the move could be unlawful, as the state-owned broadcaster doesn’t...
  12. Jan

    Big-screen monitor and media box price comparison - January 2023

    Goodbye TV Licence — Big-screen monitor and media box price comparison While there are plans for the South African Broadcasting Corporation's (SABC) TV licence to be replaced with a household tax, this could still take up to five years to complete. Those wishing to avoid paying TV licence fees...
  13. Hanno Labuschagne

    No goodbye to TV licence in the next 5 years

    No goodbye to TV licence in the next 5 years The proposal to replace the SABC's TV licence fee with a broadcasting tax will take more than five years to implement. That is according to feedback provided to the Sunday newspaper Rapport by Dominic Cull of Ellipsis Regulatory Solutions, a...
  14. Jan

    Minister announces proposed analogue TV switch-off date, says network quality deteriorating

    Goodbye analogue TV — Hello 4G and 5G The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) has proposed 31 March 2023 as the switch-off date for analogue broadcast signals in South Africa. During a media briefing on the progress of the broadcast digital migration programme...
  15. Jan

    University of Johannesburg to include AI courses in all degrees

    University of Johannesburg making AI courses compulsory for all qualifications The University of Johannesburg is making artificial intelligence (AI) courses compulsory in all qualifications offered at the learning institution. The news came from the Department of Communications and Digital...
  16. Jan

    Four newly appointed Icasa councillors sworn into office

    Four new Icasa councillors sworn in The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has gained four new councillors after Judge Thokozile Masipa swore them in during a closed online ceremony. They join the industry regulator after communications minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni...
  17. Jan

    Mobile operators at odds over 2G and 3G shutdown

    Battle brewing over 2G and 3G shutdown in South Africa At least two of South Africa's major mobile networks are at odds over the country's draft next-generation radio frequency spectrum policy. First published for public comment on Thursday, 8 September 2022, the policy outlines the...
  18. Jan

    Draft spectrum policy includes spectrum trading and sharing, while banning hoarding

    South Africa could get spectrum trading and sharing — but hoarding is banned Communications minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni published a draft spectrum policy on Thursday for public comment. Titled "Next Generation Radio Frequency Spectrum Policy", the policy outlines the government's plans for...
  19. Jan

    10GB free data for every household - MTN and Cell C raise questions

    Big questions about 10GB free data for every household in South Africa The South African government has plans to provide households with a free basic data allocation. MTN says it is ready to lend a hand, while Cell C is concerned over the enormous costs that could be involved. MTN South Africa...
  20. Jan

    Minister proposes timelines for shutting down 2G and 3G in South Africa

    South Africa’s proposed plan to shut down 2G and 3G — including banning 2G devices Communications minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has proposed a roadmap for shutting down South Africa’s 2G and 3G networks by 2025. The plan is contained in the ministry’s next-generation radio frequency spectrum...
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