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19 August 2022 Cyberlaw & Technology Watch


Telkom now pursued by three suitors

Ironically, the week that SA’s major telecoms players formally joined an association to boost networking synergies in the sector, Telkom received two more expressions of interest in acquiring the telecom operator’s business, writes Legalbrief. Telkom shareholders, which include the government ... Read More


Make tech giants pay for local content, inquiry hears

Australian-style legislation that would force Google and Meta (owner of Facebook) to pay for the privilege of featuring news content of local media houses, has been proposed in SA. A News24 report notes that as part of a Competition Commission ... Read More

SA's metros will benefit from new tech – expert

With reports that only 16% of SA’s 257 municipalities got a clean audit for the 2020-21 financial year, accounting experts Xero SA, has declared that the overall standard of financial management in the municipalities has regressed considerably over the past ... Read More


Chatbots will help firms engage with customers

The significant increase in the use of chatbot technology and online live agents on chat will help firms better engage with their customers. Writing in an analysis on the site, Andreas Carney, partner at Pinsent Masons, notes that ... Read More


Data demand propels MTN’s growth

* MTN saw mobile data revenue rise by 14.6% from R7.9bn to R9.04bn in its results for the half year to end June. Data revenue was up despite a 8.9% reduction in the effective rate of data ... Read More

Sassa concerned about new scam

* Sassa in KZN said it was concerned by the increasing number of scam messages on social media purporting to be selling Sassa cards. In July, Sassa urged social grant recipients to be wary of fake people purporting to be Sassa ... Read More

SABC settles with sacked head of news

* The SABC has reached an out-of-court settlement with its former head of news, Phathiswa Magopeni, who was axed in January after a disciplinary process over a breakdown of trust in their relationship. An internal disciplinary hearing in December found her ... Read More


LinkedIn sees significant growth in SA

LinkedIn on the rise in SALinkedIn, the networking platform for professionals, says it has seen significant growth in SA, with a double-digit increase in user registrations year-on-year, over the past few years. The world’s largest professional network made its debut ... Read More

Policy Watch

Icasa calls for comment on ownership transfer

Icasa has given notice that it has received applications from Q-KON SA (Pty) Ltd for the transfer of ownership of its Individual Electronic Communications Service and Individual Electronic Communications Network Service licences. A Policy Watch report notes that the transfer ... Read More

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