- Nov 11, 2009
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1 - "let go" qualified technicians and replaced them with improperly trained ones
2 - management consists of bean counters and bul****ters, very few technical people
3 - knee-jerk reaction to improvements in technology
4 - far too much BEE
5 - jobs for pals taken to the nth degree
6 - work ethic undermined by adherence to out of date rules
7 - instead of improving the company to take on competition, they go to court to have competition stifled
8 - similarly, use of underhand and illegal tactics to keep work and revenue
9 - no proper plan to supply working alternatives to ongoing copper theft
Everything the government touches turns to mould. It's very sad
The PIC handles the GSPF portfolio, hence 10% not 20%.I really don't know why it is always left out, but the gov controls almost 40% directly, the PIC 10% and the Government Employees Pension Fund has another 10%. So that puts the current gov stake in at almost 60% as far as I am concerned.
It’s way past time for government to admit that it has failed to achieve its “developmental [highlight]goal” of reducing the cost to communicate and increasing broadband access[/highlight] through its SOEs and parastatals like Telkom.
All of the progress made in South Africa’s telecommunications sector has been fought for tooth and nail by the industry itself. Any advances that were made have been in spite of government’s involvement rather than because of it.
A little less greed and placing huige profits into their shareholders pockets and a little more of "Let's build South Africa ICT together will go a far way in getting us to move forward in ICT.
We are still not thinking this through. Why should South Africa's ICT future in any way see Telkom as the main player for connecting everyone? The landscape is changing and ten years from now the ICT structure in thyis country will look very different. Instead of lamenting over Telkom's woes let's look at what CAN be done by other players working together, Neotel, Dark Fibre Africa, Vodacom, MTN in developing national networks. I am excited to see fibre to the home project beginning through players other than Telkom. Come on people. If government cannot be progressive enough to either help telkom move forward or sell their stakes in Telkom then let's support those who, with our support, can do something.
Players like Neotel, Vodacom and MTN need to come up with more affrdable bandwidth pricing so just as they need our support so we need theirs too. It's a two way street. I will venture to say that what is holding South Africa back is not so much the Government and Telkom, but the business sectors (primarily Vodacom, MTN and Cell C, with Neotel not far behind.). A little less greed and placing huige profits into their shareholders pockets and a little more of "Let's build South Africa ICT together will go a far way in getting us to move forward in ICT.