Legal View

Govt considers new approach to Broadband Infraco, Sentech merger

Critical consultations on the potential acquisition of Sentech by Broadband Infraco are under way, says the comms ministry, as it looks to accelerate the merger.


LexisNexis SA, Law Society of South Africa release Legal Tech Report 2021

Sixty percent of mainly small and medium-sized firms say they have been “grossly impacted” by the lockdown, with the remainder giving a more bullish assessment.


Info watchdog members reappointed as data breaches mount

The president largely retains members of the Information Regulator, although SA has been at the mercy of data breaches and leaks under their watch.


SA publishers want Google, Facebook to pay for content

The companies take the US tech giants to the Competition Commission, looking to be compensated fairly and equitably for journalistic efforts.


Some sections of Cyber Crimes Act now in force

The remaining sections will be put into operation in due course, once the concomitant regulations have been finalised, says the justice ministry.


Social justice tech entrepreneur intros legal advice app

New app Lawyered Up will provide legal online counsel for people who may not be able to afford the high costs associated with legal services.

26 Nov

ICASA to raise R200m as operators get provisional spectrum

The licences are valid for a period of seven months, commencing from 1 December 2021 and ending on 30 June 2022, says the regulator.


Litigation threatens to further derail SA’s delayed digital migration

Deputy communications minister Philly Mapulane tells Parliament that SA should have led digital migration in Africa and urges an end to ongoing litigation.


Debating the human rights issue around vaccine mandates

Many local companies are considering implementing vaccine mandates for employees from the new year, says Ian McAlister, GM at CRS Technologies.


Comms minister throws weight behind ICASA’s spectrum plans

Communications minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni backs ICASA’s move to assign provisional spectrum, saying it’s in the best interests of the country.

17 Nov

Tribunal extends GovChat’s stay on WhatsApp

The Competition Tribunal extends GovChat’s interim relief order in the Facebook and WhatsApp matter, but declines a request for a variation.

16 Nov

ZTE to pay CompCom R5m for anti-trust conduct in SA

The company was accused of cartel-like behaviour by driving the distribution of telecoms equipment and network solutions between its entities.