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Madonsela to Testify in SABC Crises Inquiry

Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will be one of the witnesses called to testify in the inquiry into the crisis at the SABC.

Parliament’s ad hoc committee‚ which has been tasked with holding the inquiry‚ met for the first time on Tuesday to finalise the programme and witness list.

The meeting took place as news emerged that two more SABC board members had resigned‚ leaving the board of the troubled broadcaster with just one member — chairman Mbulaheni Maguvhe.

WhatsApp and Facebook Data Sharing on Recess

Facebook agreed to suspend its planned use of data from UK users of its WhatsApp messaging service for advertising purposes, the nation’s privacy watchdog said as it vowed to “keep pushing” so people get more control.
 
“We’ve set out the law clearly to Facebook, and we’re pleased that they’ve agreed to pause using data from UK WhatsApp users for advertisements or product improvement purposes,” UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said in a blog post Monday.

Smartphone Users Drowning Under ‘App Overload’

Abandonment rates for smartphone apps are surging as users simply have too much choice, says an analyst from technology research firm Gartner.

Speaking to media along the sidelines of the Gartner Symposium taking place in Cape Town, analyst David Willis explained this ‘compound problem’.

Data from Statista.com earlier this year shows that Android users have access to 2.2 million apps while Apple's App Store users have two million available apps.

Lecturer Charged Over WhatsApp Insult

A Tanzanian lecturer has been charged with insulting President John Magufuli in a WhatsApp message, according to a senior police official, bringing the number of people charged under a tough new cybercrimes law to 10.

Magufuli, nicknamed ‘the bulldozer’ for pushing through his policies, has won some praise from Western donors for anti-corruption drives and cutting wasteful government spending since coming to power in November 2015.

Madonsela Threatens Legal Action Over Motsoeneng

Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, says her office will be taking legal action against the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board following the appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng to a senior executive position.

"The starting point will be to find out what was the process of appointing him. Was that position vacant, what were the requirements before he was appointed to it," explains Madonsela.

#DataMustFall Campaign Launched

Former Metro FM DJ Tbo Touch (real name Thabo Molefe) has started a #DataMustFall campaign, calling for network service providers to cut data costs, as they are ‘too expensive’.
 
Taking to Twitter, Tbo Touch has listed a number of reasons why he thought data should be affordable, saying South Africa was the only country in Africa that had high data costs.
 
He says the success of his campaign would enable every student to access textbooks online for those who could not afford it, while some would be able to stream lectures.
 

Zimbabwe Votes Against Journos

According to a statement issued by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Zimbabwe, together with China, Rwanda, Vietnam and Russia voted against the resolution that sailed through after 40 of the 54 countries in the Economic Social Council called in favour, while six abstained and three were absent.

The country’s foreign affairs permanent secretary, Joey Bimha, says he is yet to be briefed on the matter.

Bimha adds: “I do not know what really happened in New York. I will find out.”

​SABC Appeals Labour Court Ruling Over #SABC4

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is appealing the Labour Court’s order that the state broadcaster reinstate four journalists it fired and said they may not report to duty.

The four journalists, Foeta Krige, Suna Venter, Krivani Pillay and Jacques Steenkamp, are part of the ‘#SABC8’ who were disciplined for criticising Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s controversial ban on broadcasting destructive protests.

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