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2:00

Comms ministry DG moves to monitoring and evaluation dept

Robert Nkuna, who until recently served as director-general in the communications ministry, joins the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation.

3:10
18 Jun

Online portal helps with zero-rating verification

The Internet Service Providers’ Association develops an online portal to inform locals of zero-rated sites and to easily verify a zero-rating status.

3:40

Zero-rating criteria for education, health sites gazetted

The communications ministry sets the criteria for zero-rating Web sites and content related to the education and health sectors under the COVID-19 lockdown.

3:10

Ndabeni-Abrahams to return to office after suspension

The communications ministry confirms that two months after her suspension, minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams will be back in the office by midweek.

4:10

Analysis shows SA govt effective in fake news war

Having already made several arrests, government is making strides in the fight against COVID-19 falsehoods, says the Centre for Analytics and Behaviour Change.

6:00

SA Post Office targets May launch for ‘e-mall’ commerce platform

The South African Post Office sees its e-commerce platform as the bridge to help government fast-track digital migration and boost its own revenue-generation efforts.

6:00

SA deploys hi-tech to fight COVID-19 disinformation

The South African government introduces a platform to monitor fake COVID-19 news and sounds off warnings to those that spread disinformation.

3:50

Ndabeni-Abrahams placed on special leave, ordered to deliver public apology

President Cyril Ramaphosa decides to suspend communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams for two months, after she violates the country’s lockdown regulations.

2:10

Comms minister in hot water for ‘breaking’ lockdown rules

Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams will face president Cyril Ramaphosa after a social media post purports her to be breaking lockdown rules. 

5:50

Government establishes COVID-19 tracing database, quells spying fears

Although it will track and trace, via cellphones, those people who may have been exposed to coronavirus, government says their rights will be safeguarded.

4:10

Merged communications ministry takes shape

It’s taken over a year, but the merger of the communications and telecoms ministries is finally effective, starting today.

3:20

Govt bans mobile data price surge, number portability during lockdown

The communications ministry declares new regulations, prohibiting the increase of mobile data prices and mobile number portability during the nationwide lockdown.

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