Two South African local municipalities seek to use digital to deliver better services to their users

16 September 2022

South African local government has a long history of underperforming in terms of providing services to the people who live in their local areas. Digitalizing these services is one way they can save money and provide a better service. Russell Southwood spoke to Poppy Tshabalala, Managing Executive for Public Enterprise, Vodacom about two municipalities that it is helping with this task. The two local government entities are The City of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and Emfuleni municipality. The former is a large suburban region east of Johannesburg covering over 3 million people. The latter is a smaller local municipality that in…


Ghana’s GIBA wins case to prevent regulator introducing conditional access for license revenue collection by stealth

23 September 2022

The Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) went to court over what it argued was the regulator’s (NCA) ‘backdoor’ introduction of conditional access as a standard on future DTT boxes. Russell Southwood talked to Cecil Sunkwa-Mills, President, GIBA about why they went to Court and what winning the case means. The nub of the argument GIBA had with the regulator NCA was its opposition to using conditional access as a mechanism for collecting revenues to finance the public broadcaster, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC): “The NCA wanted to put in a conditional access system to replace the revenue provided by the TV…


Sub-Saharan Africa's Broadcasting Landscape

Balancing Act is pleased to announce the publication of Sub-Saharan Africa’s Broadcasting Landscape and Nine Key Markets. The report is a joint publication with one of the continent’s leading providers of mobile-based research and insights GeoPoll.