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State Capture Inquiry - Who will testify

President Jacob Zuma, his son Duduzane, the infamous Gupta family and others implicated in the state capture inquiry, could be forced to testify if the legal team at the inquiry has its way.

However, chairperson of the commission of inquiry Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo will reveal all on Tuesday after he hears full argument on the issue and makes a ruling.

Namibian mobile operator slashes data pricing

Inspired by South African data protests, Namibian mobile operator Paratus has cut its data prices by a massive 80%.

The operator announced in a statement that it reduced the cost per gigabyte from N$85 (R85) to N$15 (R15).

"According to statistics from Research ICT Solutions (2018), Namibia rates 29th out of 52 African countries with regards to the cheapest 1 Gigabyte mobile prepaid rates per month for 2018 in USD, with a rate of US$7.35," the Paratus statement reads.

Facebook has a "responsibility" to protect its users' data

Breaking more than four days of silence, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted mistakes and outlined steps to protect user data in light of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm.

Zuckerberg posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday that Facebook has a "responsibility" to protect its users' data.

"If we can't then we don't deserve to serve you," he wrote.

Digital broadcast migration on target

Minister of Communications Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, who has been in her post for about two months, announced to the Communication Committee that the deadline to complete digital migration is June 2019.

Committee members may be forgiven if they have their doubts. This is the latest in almost a decade of delays and missed deadlines.

SABC Deal - MultiChoice Accused of 'Kickbacks'

The minutes of a 2013 meeting between the SABC’s interim board and MultiChoice have shed more light on the controversial deal between the pay-TV broadcaster and the public broadcaster, raising heated concerns – especially about competition law – from both the Democratic Alliance and civil society groups Media Monitoring Africa and the SOS Coalition.

The Cost of Being Too Frugal

In Nonprofits: We Must Break Out of the Scrappiness Cycle, Vu Le talks about the extremely frugal nature of most nonprofits. “We are always scrimping, trying to find the best deals, trying to get stuff discounted or preferably free. …  It has become a mind-set that is ingrained in all of us. It is our donors’ money! We must save! We must be responsible!”

And while this is true, there are times when frugality actually costs the organisation.

SABC Draft Report

Parliament's ad hoc committee looking into the SABC board has agreed to finalise its draft report without any recommendations, until those implicated have been given a chance to respond.

Eight MPs voted against the inclusion of preliminary recommendations on Friday, with only two Democratic Alliance MPs voting for inclusion.

African National Congress MP Juli Kilian proposed on Thursday that the committee consider leaving out the recommendations until it had received a response from the SABC, to avoid potential litigation and claims of bias.

Bill Threatening Journalism in SA to be Re-Introduced to Parliament

The Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill is expected to be introduced to parliament before the end of the year and anxiety around it still abounds. Critics argue that it gives too much power to government with not enough leeway for public interest. Critics are particularly concerned about its impact on investigative journalism.

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