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Survé group says BT cannot cut ties

African Equity Empowerment Investments (AEEI) – a subsidiary of Iqbal Survé's Sekunjalo Group – claims that global telecoms group BT won't be able to end its relationship.


SABC, DStv dispute ‘must carry’ channel costs

The SABC wants its rival MultiChoice to pay for carrying three of its public broadcasting service television channels – despite the company’s contention that the public broadcaster already receives R569m in advertising revenue annually.


Online system for deceased estates this year

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola says his department is developing an online system for the reporting of deceased estates, expected to come on stream in the current financial year.


'Please call me' dispute ignores IP issues

A highly-contested and expensive case between Nkosana Makate and Vodacom has resulted in bad precedence in the field of company law on the issue of ostensible authority.


Twitter blocks access to tender exposé

Investigative journalism group amaBhungane said Twitter blocking links to its online articles appeared to be an ‘attempt at censoring a highly respected news outlet’.


Hard to determine ‘Please Call Me’ value – Vodacom

While the issue of what is reasonable compensation for a brilliant idea is the essence of Please Call Me inventor Nkosana Makate’s case, it is like asking what is the length of a piece of string – there is no obvious answer.


Vodacom 'Please Call Me' compensation offer 'reasonable'

Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub took an ‘insightful and reasonable’ approach in offering R47m compensation to ‘Please Call Me’ inventor Nkosana Makate, the company's legal team argued on the second day of the hearing at the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) yesterday.


Court asked to decide Please Call Me compensation

The nearly 21-year dispute between 'Please Call Me' inventor Nkosana Makate and Vodacom returned to the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) yesterday for a three-day review application in which the former employee is seeking R10bn in compensation.


Altron acquires Lawtrust for R245m

JSE-listed Altron has acquired digital signatures services company Lawtrust from Etion for R245m subject to Competition Commission approval.


GovChat ownership dispute heads to High Court

A dispute over ownership of government-led communications platform GovChat has landed in the Western Cape High Court, with claims made by a Milnerton businessman that the program is all his, says a Cape Times report.


Court date set for 'Please Call Me' offer review

'Please Call Me’ inventor Nkosana Makate says a court date has been set for a review hearing of the R47m in compensation he has been offered by SA's largest cellular company Vodacom.


Is it a machine? No, it's a cellphone!

Samsung has come out on the wrong end of a dispute with SARS over import duties on cellphones at the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria).


GovChat gets interim relief in Facebook case

The Competition Tribunal has restrained WhatsApp and Facebook from removing the government’s digital communication platform from the WhatsApp platform, notes BusinessLIVE.


'Disappointment' as Mantashe lists winning IPPs

Minister of Mineral Resources & Energy Gwede Mantashe has announced the winning bidders (listed in the report online) for emergency power procurement that may generate about R45bn in private sector investment and ease the chronic power shortages.


Identity theft rocketed in 2020 – fraud group

The rate of identity theft and fraud increased 370% during the past year of Covid-19 lockdown, warns the leading fraud prevention non-profit organisation in the country.


Icasa ordered to stop spectrum auction

The Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) has ordered Icasa to halt an auction of radio frequency spectrum licences pending a hearing of contentions raised by operator Telkom and broadcaster e.tv.


SABC wants payment from all collected by DSTV

The SABC wants money from people whether they own a TV set or not – and even if you don’t watch TV or listen to its radio programmes.


Digital letter allowed as demand for payment

Times have changed, and those who owe money can no longer hide behind the fact that they did not receive registered letters of demand in the mail.


2020’s biggest crypto scam unpacked

Mirror Trading International (MTI) was the world’s biggest crypto scam of 2020, roping in $588m worth of bitcoin across 470 000 transactions, according to the 2021 Crypto Crime Report by Chainalysis.


'Please Call Me' battle enters 'final stretch'

After more than a decade of fighting Vodacom, the inventor of ‘Please Call Me’ is hopeful that his protracted legal battle is entering its last stretch, says a Fin24 report.





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