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2013  // Posts published in 2013

13 Nov 2013 Media & Broadcasting

ONLINE VIDEO IN SOUTH AFRICA FROM E.TV

E-tv has grand plans for its online video offering in South Africa While E-tv currently has around 12,000 unique viewers using its “e On Demand” service, it aims to increase that viewership 40-fold. That’s the word from Maxwell Nonge, formerly the group executive of new business and platforms at E-tv; currently the boss of Platco […]

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10 Nov 2013 Media & Broadcasting

TIME TO DEAL WITH DIGITAL TV MESS

Communications minister Yunus Carrim demonstrated in parliament this week that government may finally be dealing decisively with the impasse over digital terrestrial television that is undermining efforts to get more South Africans connected to broadband. Carrim’s remarks to parliament’s portfolio committee on communications point to possible imminent progress in the migration from analogue to digital […]

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MINISTER CENSURES SABC OVER SET-TOP BOX CONTROL

Communications Minister Yunus Carrim on Tuesday slapped down the SABC over control of set-top boxes, saying the public broadcaster “cannot decide for government”. An estimated 11-million households will have to buy a set-top box, to enable their TV sets to receive the new digital signal. Mr Carrim’s comments came after the SABC said last week […]

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STATE TO ACT ON SET-TOP BOXES

Communications minister Yunus Carrim has told parliament that government has not yet made a final decision on whether to mandate the inclusion of an encryption system in the set-top boxes South Africans will need to watch digital television. Government has not reached a final decision on whether to include an encryption system in state-subsidised digital […]

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DID SABC JUMP GUN ON DIGITAL TV?

The Democratic Alliance says communications minister Yunus Carrim must explain why the SABC has decided to abandon encryption in digital television set-top boxes before cabinet has pronounced on the matter. The SABC “unilaterally” decided on government policy when it announced last week that it would not support the inclusion of a conditional access or encryption […]

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EDITORIAL: CLOTHING UNION BECOMES MANAGER

THE acquisition of Seardel’s loss-making clothing division by the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (Sactwu) is an interesting development in the South African business landscape which deserves to be closely watched. The union is about to find out that it is often easier being on the opposition benches than in the ruling seat […]

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31 Oct 2013 Clothing and Textiles

UNION TO BUY APPAREL BUSINESS

SEARDEL, the industrial holding group controlled by investment giant Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI), will cast off its loss-making clothing manufacture operations. In an intriguing twist, Seardel has disclosed that the buyer of the threadbare clothing operations is trade-union investment company Sactwu Investment Group, which is aligned to the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union […]

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30 Oct 2013 Niveus Investments

COMPANY COMMENT: NIVEUS

ONE of the issues diplomatically raised at the annual general meeting (AGM) of investment company Niveus on Monday was that its potent mix of fast-growing alternative gaming assets (limited payout machines and electronic bingo) could be diluted by laggard liquor company KWV. In the nine months to end-March, KWV swung R7.4m into the black on […]

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29 Oct 2013 General

HCI’S TIGHT-FISTED APPROACH TO REMAIN

HOSKEN Consolidated Investments, the R17bn investment conglomerate, won’t be giving much away … no matter how investors look at it. Speaking at the HCI annual general meeting on Monday, CEO Johnny Copelyn ruled out a more generous dividend policy and reiterated a determination not to dilute current shareholders by issuing new scrip for acquisitions. Shareholder […]

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29 Oct 2013 Media & Broadcasting

PLATCO AGREES CONDITIONAL ACCESS DEAL WITH CISCO

Platco Digital, the sister company of South African commercial broadcaster e.tv, has signed a conditional access deal with Cisco for its new multi-channel satellite TV service. Platco has selected Cisco’s VideoGuard conditional access solution to protect the distribution of content on its free-to-air DTH platform, OpenView HD. The CA system will ensure that only licensed […]

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