Daily Archives: May 31, 2018


DURBAN– South Africa is preparing for the establishment of a 5G wireless telecommunications network in its efforts to remain competitive and to embrace the new era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, says Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele.

The dense and heavy traffic 5G cells will need to be connected to the core network through a backhaul infrastructure, often with extreme requirements in terms of capacity, latency, availability, energy and cost efficiency, he adds.

Addressing the 5th Annual 5G Huddle in Durban on Tuesday, he said all backhauls would be important, whether it is microwave or new forms of satellite which will give the requisite speeds. Backhauls comprise the intermediate links between the core network, or backbone network, and the small sub-networks at the edge of a hierarchical network.

We’ll use any technology that can give us the requisite speeds and improve access for all. As a country, we are prioritising the rapid deployment policy, where we are harmonising and making it easy for the operators to access the site to deploy ICT (information communication technology) infrastructure, Cwele said.

The Minister said signal distributor SENTECH was exploring a partnership to roll out modern satellite technologies in order to expedite coverage, especially in rural areas.

Earlier this year, 5G trials were conducted successfully during the Pyong Chang Winter Olympics in the Republic of Korea (ROK) to demonstrate the performance, reliability and use cases for the future wireless technology during a dynamic and high-traffic event.

It is expected that 5G will build on the ongoing evolution of 4G technology and will deliver significant technological improvements by enhancing mobile broadband, the massive Internet of Things (IoT) and mission critical services.

We should also encourage and enable women to participate actively in the opportunities created by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which will be thriving on these 5G networks. The principle of inclusivity is fundamental in ensuring that global humanity embraces the benefits of the power of evolving technologies, the Minister said.

He said 5G would create an ecosystem for technical and business innovation involving vertical markets such as automotive, energy, food and agriculture, city management, government, healthcare, manufacturing, public transportation and many more.

5G will serve a larger portfolio of applications with a corresponding multiplicity of requirements ranging from high reliability to ultra-low latency going through high bandwidth and mobility, he said.



PRETORIA– The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has again called on local communities to work work with it to curb poaching and the illegal trade of marine living resources (MLR).

The call Wednesday followed the arrest of more than 40 suspected poachers of marine living resources recently by fisheries control officers from the department. Five boats which had been used in alleged poaching activities were confiscated as efforts intensified in curbing illegal harvesting of MLR.

The department said the five confiscated boats had been linked to poaching in the Gansbaai area uin Western Cape Province, about 160 kilometres southeast of Cape Town, with 13 suspects arrested for abalone poaching.

The latest confiscation took place on Saturday, 26 May when a boat of suspected poachers was pursued by law enforcement officers. The suspects reportedly jumped from the boat after, which a search immediately ensued,” the department said in a statement.

No arrest has been made. The boat was found to have more than 2,400 abalone units, 33 diving cylinders and other diving equipment which were confiscated. Further investigations are underway.”

The department said it had resolved not only to deal with illegal harvesters of the marine resources, but also to deal with illegal buyers.

Meanwhile, a suspect was arrested in Kalkbay harbour near Cape Town for a case related to smuggling of West Coast rock lobster. The case was opened in Muizenburg police station.

Another case involves the arrest of a suspect involved in illegal buying. The suspect was arrested in China Mall in East London in Eastern Cape Province for illegal possession of squid and swimming prawns.

Five suspects were also arrested in Durban in KwaZulu-Natal Province for illegal possession of 575 East Coast rock lobsters. A vehicle, a freezer and other items were confiscated during the arrest.