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Cablegate: Sa Delegation to Itu Plenipotentiary Conference

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R 181327Z OCT 06
FM AMEMBASSY PRETORIA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 6392

UNCLAS PRETORIA 004327

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AORC ECPS ITU
SUBJECT: SA DELEGATION TO ITU PLENIPOTENTIARY CONFERENCE

REF: SECSTATE 168693

1. (SBU) Per Reftel post delivered diplomatic notes for U.S.
Election to the ITU Council and Mrs. Zoller's candidacy for
the ITU Radio Regulations Board on 11 October to the
Department of Communications (DOC) and the Department of
Foreign Affairs. DOC Administrative Officer Thabane Sieeko
responded 18 October stating that the South African
Government's position on the election and candidacy will be
revealed during the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, not
beforehand. He stated that DOC Minister Dr. Ivy
Matsepe-Casaburri will head the South African delegation but
that the minister will only be attending the first few days
of the conference. In the minister's absence, DOC Deputy
Minister Radhakrishna (Roy) L. Padayachie or Director General
Ms. Lyndall Shope-Mafole will head the delegation. Mr.
Sieeko added that representatives from ICASA (Independent
Communications Authority of South Africa), Telkom, Sentech,
Vodacom, MultiChoice, and the Department of Foreign Affairs
will join the delegation, but he did not provide names.
BOST

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