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Title:Towards an alternative vision of telecommunications: the Economic Freedom Fighters and the South African Communist Party
Author:Sutherland, Ewan
Periodical:Communicatio: South African journal for communication theory and research (ISSN 1753-5379)
Geographic terms:South Africa
government policy
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02500167.2014.907188
Abstract:The appearance of Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in South Africa and the appointment of a member of the politburo of the South African Communist Party (SACP) as minister of communications raise the question of what a radical telecommunications policy might be. With the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and the Council for Mutual Economic assistance (COMECON) system and the gradual marketization of the Chinese economy, there are very few operational models of a Marxist-Leninist telecommunications policy. Theorists appear to have ignored telecommunications in favour of media and other sectors, leaving a gap that grows wider as the Internet is embedded more deeply into industrial production and social activities. Taking operators into State ownership is a reflexive response, but presents management challenges, though it would remedy the very odd ownership structure in South Africa and address network construction in rural and remote areas. The Chinese model of competing State-owned operators, though very successful, would be difficult to reproduce. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]