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Nyanda may suspend DG Mohlala – report

Communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda is planning to suspend department director-general Mamodupi Mohlala, according to a newspaper report. Business Day reports on Thursday that Nyanda may suspend Mohlala following “repeated disagreements over tenders she refused to sign”.

An important call for Telkom

Reuben September’s decision to step down early as CEO of Telkom wasn’t unexpected. All eyes are now on the board, which must appoint his successor. Will it make the right choice? Or will the decision be political? It was probably inevitable that September didn’t stick around at Telkom until his con- tract ended in November. When the board elected not to renew his contract, the long- serving Telkom executive took it badly, say company insiders.

Symantec fouled by spammers

In a development laced with irony, Symantec’s World Cup 2010 website has fallen victim to the same spam threats it’s constantly warning its own customers about. The company unveiled its 2010 Net Threat site just before the start of the soccer spectacle, using it to detail a variety of World Cup-related information security threats.

Analysts flag concerns over Telkom

The surprise resignation of Telkom chief financial officer Peter Nelson could point to deeper problems at the telecommunications group, say analysts. Birgitta Cederstrom Nicholson, technology research head at Frost & Sullivan, says Nelson’s resignation and the early exit of the company’s CEO, Reuben September, is reason for concern.

Naspers grabs more of Russian Internet giant

JSE-listed media group Naspers will fork out R2,9bn and give up its stake in Mail.ru in exchange for a 28,7% stake in Russian Internet giant, Digital Sky Technologies. According to a statement issued via the JSE on Wednesday, the deal will be completed through Naspers subsidiary, Myriad International Holdings. Naspers will hand over its 39,3% […]

Peter Nelson: why I quit Telkom

Telkom’s chief financial officer, Peter Nelson, appears to have quit his job in part because of frustrations with the way the telecommunications group is being led by its board of directors. Telkom surprised the markets on Tuesday afternoon when it announced that Nelson had tendered his resignation just days after CEO Reuben September left the group.

Telkom shares plunge as Nelson quits

In a shock development, Telkom chief financial officer Peter Nelson has resigned from the telecommunications group. The move comes less than a week after the departure of group CEO Reuben September. In a short statement issued to the JSE’s Sens news service on Tuesday afternoon, Telkom says Nelson has informed the board of his resignation as director and chief financial officer with effect from 9 October 2010.

Microsoft climbs into the cloud

Jean-Philippe Courtois, president of Microsoft International, was in SA last week to meet with the software company’s customers and to attend the soccer World Cup final in Johannesburg. TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod sat down with Courtois, who is responsible for all of Microsoft’s operations outside the US, for an exclusive media interview and asked him about life at the company after the departure of Bill Gates, cloud computing and the plans for its Bing search engine.

Cipro clamps down on fraud

As of Wednesday, South Africans hoping to register a business will have to provide a certified copy of their identity documents to the registration office. The Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office (Cipro) says all transactions that take place at the office will require company directors to provide their barcoded ID books. Cipro acting CEO Lungile Dukwana says the new process is part of the organisation’s attempt to fight the fraud and corruption that has afflicted the organisation.

BlackBerry shows off new software (video)

Research in Motion, maker of the popular BlackBerry range of smartphones, has posted a new video showing off its upcoming BlackBerry 6 operating system software. The company has introduced a new, more fluid user interface. The video demonstrates a few of the new applications and features in BlackBerry 6, including a redesigned home screen.

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