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Working with a constant change of ministers, one more dysfunctional than the other and a Department of Communications (DoC) that was leaderless yet had a direct say in the funding of ICASA, could not have been easy for Dr. Mncube. It is a well-known fact that the agency has been underfunded for a long time; a situation that now seems to have been recognised by government. But for a long time is was very difficult to appoint the right level of staff to fill all the vacancies or even keep staff with experience… (more)

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In August 2012 the Department of Communications (DoC) published the Electronic Communications Amendment (ECA) Bill 2012 with the aim of creating a parallel organisation that will be responsible for the management of the radio spectrum. The Bill proposes a sizeable structure to manage what everyone understood to be the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)’s role. So if the amendments are accepted and the Bill becomes law more money will have to be allocated to the DoC… (more)

The Minister of Communication, Dina Pule announced the establishment of an ICT policy review panel in her opening address at the first African ICT Indaba held in Cape Town, 4 –7 June 2012. The inaugural ICT Indaba was hosted by the Department of Communications and the ITU with the objective to formulate a continental agenda and approach to expanding the growth of the ICT sector. The minister said that discussions must shape the framework for using technology in order to achieve socio-economic development and create sustainable jobs… (more)

It feels if a tsunami has hit the South African communications industry with one clean sweep of a tidal wave moving obstacles out of the way and creating a new environment – and all that in a short space of time… (more)

It is a fact that South Africa’s readiness to protect the country and its citizens against cyber attacks has a very long way to go. At the moment SA does not have any organised structure to address these issues, but there seems to be a small light somewhere in the (cyber) darkness!… (more)

In 2005 South Africa adopted the digital video broadcasting (DVB) standard for digital broadcasting, approved by the South African Bureau of Standards. Since 2007 all digital migration trials have been conducted based on this standard. Now government is interfering in the process by suggesting that a Japanese-derived standard will be more advantageous for this country... (more)

April 2010 saw the transfer of the control of the SumbandilaSat from Sunspace to the CSIR’s Satellite Application Centre at Hartebeeshoek. Sunspace will continue working on the commission for some time to commission the various experimental payloads which include the NMMU string experiment, the Department of Communication’s communication experiment and the VLF experiment from UKZN… (more)

There is renewed vigour from government to improve local telecoms services and reduce costs.  Assuming that the new minister of communications Siphiwe Nyanda is more effective than his predecessor – not a particularly difficult feat – things may start to look up in the local telecommunications market… (more)

The installation of a state-of-the-art ionosonde at the Hermanus Magnetic Observatory, Western Cape will greatly enhance ionospheric research.  South Africa now has four ionosondes; the others are in the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Limpopo. The project was initiated in 2006 by the Department of Communication in partnership with the HMO and Rhodes University with the aim of advancing research in radio wave propagation… (more)

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