News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 110 on 17 May 2002

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SOUTH AFRICA - PRIVATE SECTOR CHALLENGES THE GOVERNMENT TO CREATE REAL COMPETITION

10 May 2002

South Africa is the first major sub-Saharan African country that is trying to create a competitive connectivity market. How it is done and whether it succeeds will have important lessons for the rest of the continent.   One lesson that is already apparent is the importance of bodies outside the Government and the regulator who can represent and lobby for different interests. South Africa has strong industry advocacy bodies but much weaker consumer interest bodies: both will be essential in a competitive future.   This week we interview Mike van den Bergh, Chair of the SA VANS Association who has…