Smells of corruption...

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Telkom can't explain its tarrifs. Well that's not surprising - a legislated, state-owned monopoly has been privatised and their prices are higher than prices in countries with competition. Why would they be otherwise. But at least the government seems to think its a problem. What smells of corruption is the quote from the Telkom representative:

"There are interesting economics as far as pricing is concerned. Maybe we should go away on a retreat - away from the media - and we can explain to the committee how it works," group executive Nkhetheleng Vokwana said.

Now why would the retreat need to be away from the media? Maybe in a nice game reserve where the committe is wined and dined...

Vokwana said Telkom was eagerly awaiting the arrival of the second national telephone operator, saying there was a need for people to be able to compare apples with apples.

Since the second national operator would be in a similar position to Telkom, of course their prices will be high too... South Africa really needs a lot more deregulation in this area.

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