It doesn't make much sense. South African mobile phone users have to pay standard cellular rates if they want to call the South African Police Service (SAPS) emergency 10111 line.
I don't see the reason why the government and mobile phone network operators can't reach some sort of a compromise and look at the policies around this matter.
Squeezed into some 60 pages is a review of how digitisation is impacting on media in Southern Africa, and especially how the new digi-scape is impacting on state-owned broadcasters. It's been produced for distribution at the 13th Highway Africa conference to a mass of influential people in journalism and journalism education.
By Gillian, Rod and Peter
Successful journalism is about one thing. Which means that successful journalism education is about one thing: a good story that matters.
If the story reaches the hearts and minds of its receivers, its medium becomes a secondary consideration.
I'm probably a bit crazy. We never teach first years anything technical. Firstly, there are too many of them. Then there's a logical reason - we don't have the equipment - digital cameras and recorders are expensive. But this year I'm introducing a course on blogging and multimedia produced on cellphones.