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Lyndall Shope-Mafole: Director-General, Department of Communications

18 October 2007
 
MONEYWEB: Still with the technology sector. Lyndall Shope-Mafole is the director general in the Department of Communications. Lyndall good to have you on the programme, not least because, well, bandwidth has certainly been raised to a level of priority in many areas in South Africa - also within the department itself. If you could perhaps, just in layperson's terms, tell us why bandwidth would be a priority now?

LYNDALL SHOPE-MAFOLE: Well, thank you very much for having us. Bandwidth would be a priority because it would enable people to use information and communication technology such as telephony, such as access to data and information much more cheaply. You can put the same analogy as when you are going on the highway and there is lots of traffic, and people want to go from one town to another. When you have lots of lanes, many more people are able to go from one place to another much quicker than if you have only a path or only a two-lane. So this is why bandwidth has become a priority. And ...

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