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01 March 2024 Cyberlaw & Technology Watch

CyberFOCUS


Confusion as Godongwana denies e-toll deal

The debacle of e-tolling in Gauteng seems no closer to resolution, despite promises made by Premier Panyaza Lesufi, as authorities pass the buck on who has ultimate responsibility for making a decision, writes Legalbrief. Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana says there ... Read More

CyberREPORTs


New fiscal incentive for electric vehicles

The Treasury last week announced a tax incentive to help local vehicle manufacturers to adapt their factories and technologies to produce electric powered cars, in line with the global introduction of these vehicles, and to preserve SA's seat as ... Read More

ANC blames loss of records on broken laptop

The ANC says a broken laptop is to blame for failing to hand over records and documents relating to its cadre deployment committee meetings between 2012 and 2018, a MyBroadband report notes. ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula said the laptop of ... Read More

CyberANALYSES


Hybrid fair use system an advantage for SA

‘The positive benefits of a hybrid fair use system have been proven in many countries. They clearly override the myths and disinformation being circulated by those who would prefer to keep the status quo. The Copyright Amendment Bill needs to be ... Read More

Rushing SABC Bill before elections is a red flag

Civil society should be very concerned about the SABC Bill as it stands. ‘What’s happening with the SABC Bill in the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications and Digital Technologies should make every democrat’s hair stand on end – particularly given ... Read More

CyberBYTES


Officials suspended over 'ghost worker' payment allegations

* The Free State Department of Health has suspended four officials over allegations of payments to ghost workers. Department spokesperson Mondli Mvambi said the four officials – three who work in human resources and one ‘Covid-19 clerk’ - were accused of manipulating ... Read More

Teraco sets aside R2bn for solar power plant

* Teraco Data Environments, Africa’s largest data centre provider, has set aside R2bn to build its own power plant locally to secure stable, reliable backup energy for its systems that can ill afford Eskom’s continued load shedding. Last week, Teraco said ... Read More

SIDEBARS


Seacom cable damaged near Red Sea area

Seacom cable damageSubsea cable operator Seacom encountered a service-affecting outage on its cable system on 24 February. The company said the disruption is only on the segment of the cable that runs from Mombasa (Kenya) to Zafarana (Egypt). Initial assessments ... Read More

Mobile operators join Open Gateway initiative

Mobile giants join anti-graft networkThree South African mobile operators – Cell C, MTN and Telkom – have joined the GSMA’s Open Gateway initiative, in an effort to combat fraud and digital identity theft. The GSMA Open Gateway is a framework ... Read More

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