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A tale of six ministers

A tale of six ministers

It all started in the late noughties, I think around 2006 or 2007, when the former communications minister, the late Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri – a former chairwoman of the SABC – declared that South Africa would complete

Why is SA broadcasting in such an awful mess?

Why is SA broadcasting in such an awful mess?

A recent supreme court of appeal decision that pitted e.tv and others against MultiChoice and the SABC on the issue of the digital migration and the specifications of set-top boxes – itself a reversal of a high court decision – is now heading to the constitutional

Listing MultiChoice a ‘no-brainer’: chairman

Listing MultiChoice a ‘no-brainer’: chairman

MultiChoice South Africa Holdings chairman Nolo Letele has said it would “absolutely make sense” to list the pay-television broadcaster on the JSE, but the requirement of its broadcasting licence that 30% of its equity be in black

Pay-TV pressures weigh on Naspers

Pay-TV pressures weigh on Naspers

Naspers is seeking to further boost its international Internet business as it grapples with falling pay-television subscription numbers in sub-Saharan Africa. The company, which usually spends half a billion dollars

Encryption will hurt the poor: MultiChoice

Encryption will hurt the poor: MultiChoice

Encrypted digital television set-top boxes risk being expensive for government and burdening poorer South Africans with defunct technology, says pay-TV provider MultiChoice. Set-top boxes are key to South Africa’s

Encryption battle headed to SA’s top court

Encryption battle headed to SA’s top court

Communications minister Faith Muthambi’s spokesman, Mish Molakeng, has confirmed that government on Wednesday lodged papers at the constitutional court to challenge the supreme court of appeal’s judgment over

Muthambi ‘confident’ of winning TV appeal

Muthambi ‘confident’ of winning TV appeal

The department of communications is confident of winning its constitutional court appeal against encryption of set-top boxes. The supreme court of appeal ruled recently that the decision by communications minister

Icasa to probe uncompetitive pay-TV sector

Icasa to probe uncompetitive pay-TV sector

Communications regulator Icasa has announced that it intends launching a probe into South Africa’s pay-television market after various attempts in recent years to introduce competition to dominant operator

Expert: TV encryption is ‘anti-consumer’

Expert: TV encryption is ‘anti-consumer’

MultiChoice and the department of communications have launched appeals against the supreme court of appeals ruling on encryption for set-top boxes. Both the pay-TV provider and the department disagree with the appeal court’s

Ministers in war of words over digital TV

Ministers in war of words over digital TV

Communications minister Faith Muthambi has lashed out at her cabinet colleague Blade Nzimande after the higher education minister and South African Communist Party leader said that she had gone against the ANC

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