White Noise

Eyes right!!! …but are they the right eyes?

Industry’s initial reaction to the appointments of Siphiwe Nyanda and Dina Pule as minister and deputy minister of communications has been deafening by its silence.

10 June 2009

The industry responded to the announcement of the new Communications minister and deputy with uncharacteristic silence. Companies, especially the large ones, traditionally issue placating statements with words and phrases such as, “we welcome the appointment”, and “look forward to working together” and so on at times like these. The lack of immediate reaction is more of a sign of questions such as, “who are they?” and “what does it mean?”.

What it means is that collectively the industry knows very little about either and has no idea of what to expect. This has its good and bad aspects and may help rather than hinder the development of the entire sector.

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