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Govt confident on SNO

12 September 2003
Cape Town - Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri expressed confidence on Friday that there would still be an announcement on the winning bidder for the second national operator (SNO) for fixed line telephones by the end of the financial year.

At a media briefing at parliament the minister was asked if she expected the SNO to be up and running by the end of the year, and she replied: "This is what we want to aim at... there is nothing to tell me that it won't happen."

This follows the rejection of two bids by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa).

Matsepe-Casaburri said she had solicited legal advice from senor counsel in order "to give an appropriate response to Icasa and all affected parties".

Asked if she did indeed decide to accept the Icasa recommendation, what would be the road forward, she said: "Those are the things we will look at. We will advise you," adding that there are legal implications either way.

She said whatever decision was taken would be in the ...

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