Ivy's Sneaky Plans Denied 1
As a user of ADSL in South Africa I am duty bound to gnash my teeth at our current Minister of Communications Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri for her Departments seeming incompetence and uncaring attitude over the fact that Telkom is ripping SA consumers off as best they can. Which is why everyone was a bit concerned when the minister put pressure on the NCOP to amend the ICASA bill to give her more direct control over the selection of ICASA’s councillors, which is borderline unconstitutional.
Luckily Thabo Mbeki has given Ivy a political snotklap by sending the bill back to parliament. It seems even Thabo might be getting a bit impatient with the fact that Ivy hasn’t done much to lower telecommunications costs or promote competition in the seven years she has been in office. If there’s a cabinet reshuffle between now and the 2009 elections I don’t think Ivy will retain her post.
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