You can’t have coherent communications policy when you have constant turnover of the Minister of Communications, Qualcomm’s head of government affairs, Bill Bold, recently argued in a conference call.
“It just is not helpful when you have constant turnover of the Minister of Communications,” Bold said.
Bold was answering a question on what can be done to speed up the spectrum auction process in countries like Kenya and South Africa.
South Africa’s current Minister of Communications, Dina Pule, is the third permanent appointment to the post in as many years.
Her predecessor, Radhakrishna “Roy” Padayachie, received much praise from industry during his time as Minister from October 2010 to October 2011.
Before Padayachie, Siphiwe Nyanda’s administration came under heavy fire due to alleged irregularities in the awarding of tenders by the Gauteng roads and transport department to GNS Risk Advisory Services in which he had a 50% share.
Prior to Nyanda, Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri served as Minister of Communications from 1999 until her death in 2009. Manto Tshabalala-Msimang acted as Minister for a few months in 2009 until Nyanda took over from her.