Politics to grease the wheels of an MTN, Telkom deal

MTN Group CEO Ralph Mupita

The idea of a pan-African telecommunications champion that has a large shareholding by the South African government looks likely to grease the political wheels of MTN Group’s audacious – and complex – bid to Read more

Apple claims it is now a major force in health care

Apple published a nearly 60-page report on Wednesday outlining all its health features and partnerships with medical institutions, arguing that such offerings are key to the tech giant’s future.

The company pointed to its breadth of existing services — Read more

Elon Musk deserves to lose his fight with Twitter

Elon Musk

On Tuesday, US judge Kathaleen St J McCormick is scheduled to hear lawyers representing Twitter argue for a speedy trial in its lawsuit against Elon Musk, while those on Musk’s side seek to punt the case to Read more

How Netflix plans to find its inner Star Wars

Netflix broke Hollywood’s rules to create an US$82-billion global streaming colossus that the rest of the entertainment industry rushed to copy. But as growth slows, it is looking backwards for a way forward, borrowing a page from Walt Disney’s Read more

Icasa councillors should get 7-year terms: ex-chair Modimoeng

Keabetswe Modimoeng

Keabetswe Modimoeng, who stepped down last week from Icasa, where he was chairman of its decision-making council, said councillors should be appointed for a period of seven years, not the current four, to strengthen the organisation.

Speaking Read more

After years of flirting, MTN is in talks to buy Telkom

MTN Group has entered into discussions to acquire Telkom, the companies said on Friday. The news sent Telkom’s share price rocketing higher.

MTN has long been interested in Telkom, with market talk about discussions stretching back years. However, this Read more

Ex-Icasa chair on MTN, Telkom talks: consolidation is ‘inevitable’

Keabetswe Modimoeng

Keabetswe Modimoeng, the former chairman of Icasa who stepped down from the communications regulator this week, said MTN Group’s proposed acquisition of rival Telkom should be considered seriously by regulators and that consolidation in the sector is Read more

Good news! Eskom to dial back load shedding

Good news for South Africans hit hard by weeks of severe load shedding is that the rolling power cuts are expected to lessen in intensity this weekend and into next week.

Eskom said Thursday’s stage-4 load shedding, between 4pm Read more

Energy transition threatened as solar prices surge

The price of a key material for solar panels rose for the seventh straight week, threatening to slow clean energy installations critical to the world’s efforts to achieve climate targets.

Prices of polysilicon, the ultra-conductive metal used to make Read more

Gosolr’s big plan to save South African homeowners from Eskom

A new venture, backed by experts in renewable energy and finance, is hoping to capitalise on South Africans’ load shedding misery by helping homeowners go solar, without the upfront costs and complexity.

Gosolr is the first of several companies Read more