Lowly copper thief takes flight as jailbird.
Local telecommunications company Telkom has revealed that a copper cable thief has received a harsh jail sentence amid an updated criminal law. In a statement addressing sabotage of Telkom’s national network, the company further said that it had “secured an important legal victory” earlier this year regarding a copper thief case.... Read more
Irony overwhelming as regulator won't pay for work done either.
The National Trade Union Congress of South Africa (NTUC) has condemned the alleged victimisation of employees at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) following a six-week long strike which ended this week. ... Read more
Destroying key infrastucture somehow not classified as treason.
Telkom is offering a R500,000 reward for information after its facilities were “targeted in a series of acts of sabotage”. The communications network said that its facilities in Midrand, Silverton, Pretoria West, Pinetown, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Makhado and Musina were sabotaged. “This is not vandalism, the criminals who damaged our property knew what they were doing. Cables have been cut to cause maximum damage. Entire street distribution cabinet... Read more
Old skeletons heard rattling in closet.
Telkom can now procure goods and services without having to go through the very public tendering process mandated by the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), a development that will help it keep its strategic plans out of the public eye. Finance minister Pravin Gordhan has signed a notice exempting Telkom and its subsidiaries from the provisions of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act and any regulations made under section 5 of the act.... Read more
Other fibre providers not poeping themselves just yet.
MTN South Africa has reduced the prices of its fibre broadband data bundles by 50% to “boost the competitiveness of its propositions”, it said on Tuesday. In addition, those signing up for a 24-month contract before the end of September will get free installation and router plus bonus data bundles that are the equivalent of the bundle option, it said.... Read more