Media

​Call to Protect Independent Free Media

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has urged governments, politicians, businesses and citizens of the world must commit to nurturing and protecting an independent free media.
 
In a speech to commemorate the World Press Freedom Day, the UN chief pointed out that, “Without this fundamental right, people are less free and less empowered. With it, we can work together for a world of dignity and opportunity for all.”
 

​Cell C Launches its LTE-A

South Africa’s third largest mobile network Cell C says it has activated its LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town.

Cell C’s move to launch LTE-A comes after the company is the last among major networks to launch LTE last year in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Rivals Vodacom and MTN launched LTE networks in 2012.

SABC Journo Abductors in Court

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has reported that he was held hostage for two hours and money was withdrawn from his account.

Two suspects who allegedly held SABC’s radio news senior investigative journalist, Jacques Steenkamp, captive by a group of men in Krugersdorsp, Gauteng, while working undercover, investigating claims of prostitution and child trafficking.

Steenkamp was released after money was withdrawn from his bank account.

Free Wi-Fi Changing Lives in JHB

The City of Johannesburg's Wi-Fi users are allocated 300 megabytes daily and 50 percent of libraries and clinics also have free Wi-Fi.

Access to the Internet is considered a major requirement in any developing country and the City of Johannesburg is well on its way to achieving this with many free broadband spots launched six months ago.

The Press and Politics

The Democracy Development Programme’s (DDP) mission is to deepen democracy through the promotion of good governance, democratic governance and social justice. DDP’s vision is to advocate for an active citizenry that can hold those in power to account, and a society in which our constitutionally enshrined Bill of Rights yields tangible benefits for all, especially those living on the margins.
DDP is hosting a Master Training Workshop from 7-9 March 2016 in Durban.

How community-driven media can cover elections and unite the democratic process.

​UN Panel Rules in Favour of Assange

A United Nations (UN) panel has ruled that Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, has been ‘arbitrarily detained’.
 
No comment was immediately available from the United Nations in Geneva, where the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has been considering a request by Assange for a ruling.
 
Assange, 44, is wanted in Sweden for questioning over allegations of rape in 2010, which he denies.
 

Twitter Hit by Temporary Outages

Twitter says its social network suffered outages in several parts of the world and it was working to resolve the issues, which appear to be concentrated in Europe, according to external monitoring sources.
 
Both Twitter web and mobile services suffered outages for at least an hour, with smartphone users receiving the warning: "Tweets aren't loading right now."
 
The company says that, "Some users are currently experiencing problems accessing Twitter," adding that, “We are aware of the issue and are working towards resolution."
 

Livestock Management App Wins Seedstars World

Livestock management app, Modisar, has been crowned winner of the Botswanan leg of start-up pitching competition, Seedstars World, in the final African event of the world-touring competition.

This year’s Seedstars World saw the global contest host African heats in Mozambique, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Angola and Tanzania, Senegal and finally, Botswana.

Telkom Plans to Buy Cell C

Telkom has said it is in talks to buy Cell C as it seeks to boost its fledging mobile phone business.

Mybroadband spokesperson, Jan Vermeullen, says Telkom’s plans to buy Cell C will be a good idea as it will gain a very significant mobile phone operator.

Buying Cell C, the third largest mobile telecoms network in Africa, to boost the fixed line operator’s fledging mobile phone business, would give Telkom about 20 million mobile phone users.

Fibre Broadband for the Wealthy Questioned

High installation costs for fibre broadband results in it predominantly being rolled out in wealthier suburban areas, says an expert.

According to Duncan Alfreds, companies such as Telkom and Vumatel have been targeting more upmarket suburbs with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology.

He quotes Kalin Bogatzevski, chief executive officer of 123Net, as saying that, “There are many new fibre players focusing on FTTH opportunities, although the reach and availability is substantially limited – some focus on gated and cluster communities specifically.”

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