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Khumbudzo Ntshavheni: SA to stop sale of 2G and 3G devices

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South Africa will no longer allow the importation and distribution of 2G and 3G devices and is planning to shut down their network towers by March 2023. This was revealed by Communications and Digital Technologies Minister, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni at the 2022 World Telecommunication Development Conference in Kigali, Rwanda recently.


Ntshavheni also revealed that South Africa is ready to launch its own satellite which will address both media broadband connectivity objectives and will entrench the country’s technology and data sovereignty. 

“The SA Connect programme will be complemented by a robust programme to modernise our networks in partnership with industry which entails the full deployment of 4G and 5G networks by 2025.

“To enable this, we will shut down 2G and 3G networks over the same period and this financial year, we will commence with the prohibition of the importation and distribution in South Africa of 2G devices.” 

Khumbudzo Ntshavheni


In May this year, Acting-Director General of Communications and Digital Technologies revealed that since May 2019 the Department has spent a whopping R15 million on accommodation for Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Officials. 

Nonkqubela Jordan-Dyani revealed that the total amount spent on accommodation for the period in question was R15 345 562.86. Of this amount, R3 615 001.95 was spent on accommodation for Ndabeni and Ntshavheni, while R1 021 003.90 was spent on housing deputy ministers while over R10 million was spent on officials in the department. 

Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams was the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies until July 2021 during and Khumbudzo Ntshaveni was her successor. 

Jordan-Dyani also revealed that R739 000 has been spent on catering since May 2019 to May 2022. Ndabeni and Ntshavheni spent R158 000 on food while deputy ministers spent R91 000 and officials spent R491 000. 

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