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From the “Bee in my Bonnet” column – Gungubele again chooses race-based policy over affordable data

“Paratus Group has concluded an agreement as a distributor for Starlink’s high-speed services across the African continent. This agreement will allow Paratus to provide Starlink to its customers across Africa, as operating licenses are awarded to Starlink in those countries.”

As the DA’s Shadow Minister for Communications & Digital Technologies, Natasha Mazzone points out, B-BBEE – alias cadre deployment – means it won’t be coming to SA anytime soon.

“MONDLI Gungubele, Minister of Communications’ insistence on B-BBEE requirements for foreign companies shows the ANC government’s obsession with race-based policies despite its detriment to the economy.

In response to questions by the DA this week, on why government insist on a 30% B-BBEE requirement for a licence to provide internet services in South Africa, Minister Gungubele not only defended this policy but also resorted to personal attacks on the DA.

The Minister’s remarks reflect an unwarranted obsession with race-based policies, which undermines the broader goal of economic growth and development. While neighbouring African countries such as Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria, Mauritania, Mozambique, and Rwanda have wisely sought partnerships like Starlink to enhance internet connectivity and promote economic progress, it’s disheartening to witness the ANC’s continued focus on divisive measures that hinder our nation’s true potential.

Given SA’s high data costs and costs of living crisis, the inclusion of Starlink, would decrease the price of data significantly making it more affordable for low-income households. Furthermore, since Starlink is satellite-based, it does not rely on cell towers and hence, will not experience outages from load-shedding.

The DA calls on the Minister to prioritise the plight of the poor and not continue to restrict access to a service which has become a critical utility to all South Africans.”


Source: Politics web.

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