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SABC urged to sell own content
31 October 2018, 8:46 PM

The public broadcaster has been urged to sell its own content and not rely on competitors like MultiChoice.

Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane responded to questions in the National Assembly on Wednesday afternoon, responding to how she intended making the Parliamentary channel available on free to air SABC channels.

The Minister says access is already occurring via set top boxes in some areas as well as HD televisions.

Mokonyane says hosting the Parliamentary channel on the MultiChoice platform had been costly for the public broadcaster and this has led to accumulated costs.

She says the contract with MultiChoice was bad as it had no stipulated costs. She also cited other badly signed contracts including those entered into with SAFA and the PSL.

Mokonyane says many contracts are being reviewed, including the one with MultiChoice.

“This Parliamentary Channel is now taken off the pay TV to the Free to Air. And the intention is to ensure that South Africans have access to the proceedings of this parliament.

“The issue of the licenses have got nothing to do with digital migration. What we are working with the SABC on are two things. We need to find a better way of collecting license fees,” Mokonyane added.

DSTV to compensate government

The DA in Parliament wants DSTV to financially compensate government for the profits made through the Parliamentary Channel.

DA MP Marrianne Shinn blames former COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng for allegedly driving subscribers to the DSTV Parliamentary Channel to benefit MultiChoice.

Shinn was one of the MPs who posed a question to Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane on digital migration and why the Parliamentary Channel is still not on an SABC Free to Air channel for all South African to access it.

“This  Parliamentary Channel on DSTV was part of Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s  plan to drive subscribers to the  Platform which profited MultiChoice very much. It was a drive to get people onto these subscription platform. What plans do you  have in place to ensure that DSTV financially compensate the fiscus for the market value of this channel over the years  and to use those funds to give impetus to the failed Digital migration broadcast policy?”Shinn asked.

 

Theodore Yach
Tributes pour in for long distance swimmer Yach
18 October 2018, 9:32 PM

Legendary South African swimmers, Ryk Neethling and Lewis Pugh, have expressed their sadness at the passing of long-distance, open water swimmer, Theodore Yach.

He died on Wednesday at the age of 60.

Yach completed the Robben Island to Cape Town crossing a record 108 times.

Multiple Olympic Gold medallist Neethling tweeted that it was “terrible news” while long distance swimmer, Pugh said he was devastated by the news.

Pugh described Yach in a tweet as one of the world’s greatest endurance swimmers, a family man and an environmentalist.

A former chairperson of the Cape Long Distance Swimming Association and friend of Yach, Peter Bales, says they are still shocked and will sorely miss him.

“Whatever facet of open water swimming cropped up in Cape Town, Theo was always part of it. His consistency over the years, every season, you could rely on Theo of doing a certain number of Robben Island swims, and then coming up with other unusual ones. Two weeks ago he was scheduled to swim from Hout Bay to Robben Island and had to call it off because of cold water. So, he was obviously in peak condition and superbly fit.”

Parents urged not to leave kids unattended
18 September 2018, 4:13 PM

Johannesburg Emergency Services have warned communities not to leave children unattended, especially in conditions where there is a fire risk.

Six children died in two separate fires in Johannesburg in recent days.

On Sunday four children aged three to seven burnt to death after their mothers allegedly locked them in a house in Alexandra to go partying.

On Monday, two children aged eight months and two years died when their shack caught fire while the mother was out doing laundry.

Johannesburg Emergency Services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi says these types of fire tragedies are preventable.

“We just want to urge parents not to leave young children unattended because in most cases these young children are tempted to play around with heating devices like candles and paraffin stoves. They are also tempted to prepare food for themselves and this makes them vulnerable to fire incidents like we have seen lately where young children are losing their lives when they are left unattended.”

Maimane will not stand for W Cape Premier position
18 September 2018, 2:41 PM

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has informed that party’s federal executive that he will not stand as Premier candidate for the Western Cape.

Over the weekend, it was reported that Maimane has thrown his hat into the ring for the position of Premier of the Western Cape.

Maimane was expected to announce the candidate for the position of premier on Sunday in Cape Town, but the media briefing was postponed to Tuesday.

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Meanwhile, Western Cape Community Safety Minister, Dan Plato, has been nominated by the DA to be Cape Town’s next mayor.

Plato is set to take over from the current Mayor Patricia de Lille, who resigned in August following protracted differences with the party.

The other candidates for the Mayoral position were provincial Parliament speaker Sharna Fernandez, Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson and Mayco Member for Urban Development, Brett Herron.

Plato’s nomination follows a protracted Fedex meeting in Cape Town on Tuesday.

ITU
SA gears up for ITU Telecom World 2018
6 September 2018, 9:15 PM

The (International Telecommunication Union) ITU Telecom World 2018 forum gets underway in a few days’ time in Durban.

The event attracts various role-players including representatives from government and the industry. This year’s event is being hosted by the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services.

They will all be discussing a central theme of innovation for smarter digital development.

For more on this, see video below:

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