Mr. President: Please take note of the African Union Convention on Cyber Security

  There is no doubt that the ubiquitous threats and consequences of cyber crime are growing at an alarming rate internationally. Reports of companies losing millions with private customer information being compromised are daily events. Unfortunately, South Africa is not excluded from this picture – in fact, some recent reports list SA as third internationally […]

Technology enables transformation but people make it happen

  The ICT industry has enormous potential to change the world for the better – economically, socially, politically and environmentally. We shape and determine the future state of our economy and society and I believe we have an obligation to ensure we play a positive role here. Connectivity – and the technology that it enables […]

ICASA IMT roadmap a leap forward in the spectrum debacle

  The publication of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) roadmap for radio frequency spectrum for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) for comment has been welcomed by many of the vendors of telecommunication equipment and some South African telcos. They said it was a great leap forward.  It is significant that ICASA has followed […]

We must watch our back door!

  It is a well-known and published fact that the American National Security Agency (NSA) is paranoid about business and government secrets leaving via the back door.  As far back as 2010, American officials have considered Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant a security threat, blocking it from business deals in the USA for fear that […]

Communications – what is Zuma thinking?

  What is President Jacob Zuma thinking?  Yunus Carrim is out and former security minister Siyabonga Cwele is in the hot seat to manage South Africa’s telecommunications, in a new department called the Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services. Before the election the communications industry had generally expected that Carrim would continue as the minister […]

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