Lloyd Gedye

Lloyd Gedye is a freelance journalist and one of the founders of The Con.

A guilty pleasure

The Smoking Popes reunite and release a DVD and CD, to the delight of Lloyd Gedye.

Hey you, what’s that sound?

Lloyd Gedye chats to some of the overseas speakers at the Moshito music conference to find out how technology is driving change in the music industry.

The day the music died

A war of words has erupted among Moshito board members over claims of bad corporate governance and a lack of accountability. Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition, which represents the South African music industry, is supposed to act as a clearing house, allowing its members to communicate on matters affecting the music industry.

Local, lekker and booming

While the global music industry is haemorrhaging and shrinking at alarming rates, South Africa's music industry is booming -- thanks in no small part to the phenomenal performance of locally produced music. On the whole South Africa's recorded music market grew by 22% last year in the number of units sold.

From SNO to GNO

If the government gets its way a new giant could soon be stalking the telecommunications sector. The new player, which would own significant telecommunications infrastructure, would be an alliance between the government, the major shareholder, and Tata subsidiary VSNL.

Gasping for bandwidth

South African broadband consumer activist website MyADSL pays more than R10 000 a month to host its website locally when it could host it overseas for a mere R700. These exorbitant local hosting costs are causing South Africa's ICT sector to fall behind international standards as content developers are prevented from using multimedia delivery.

Resuscitating the wetlands

The exploitation and damage done to human beings by apartheid is clearly documented, but the long-term damage wrought on the environment is not as readily recognised. For over 40 years the Orange river estuary, home to a unique wetlands system, was degraded by the effects of upstream farming and a road built by mining companies.

Do judge a song by its cover

<b>CDS OF THE WEEK:</b> Take a song and make it your own by not respecting the original too much and breathing new life into it, and you will succeed, writes Lloyd Gedye.

Beating around the Bush

Elder statesman Neil Young has produced a blistering assault on George Bush with his new album titled <i>Living with War</i>, writes Lloyd Gedye.

Funk odyssey

<b>CD OF THE WEEK:</b> Lloyd Gedye reviews one of the most blindingly brilliant albums you may ever hear, The Flaming Lips' <i>At War With the Mystics</i>.

Go slow for house prices

The good news is house prices are up 14% on last year. The bad news is this is the slowest growth in prices in four-and-a-half years. While lower transfer fees -- after lower transfer fees were announced by Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel in the Budget -- were expected to bring resilience to the sector of the market up to R1-million, the cooling down in prices is across all sectors.

Thriving in Telkom’s shadow

South Africa's telecommunication industry is so poorly structured that an industry worth several billion has sprung up in its shadows, offering cut-price calls. The LCR or least-cost routing industry is saving businesses up to 40%, through implementing savings on the cellphone portion of their Telkom bill.

Press Releases

Land reform still a hot potato

The land has got to belong to all the people of South Africa, and many believe that there’s no other mechanism for that except expropriation

UP chemical pathology scientists develop ground-breaking nanobodies for Covid-19 detection and therapy

Nanobodies are smaller than conventional antibodies and easier to work with so they are ideal for good cheap sensitive rapid tests for Covid-19

Inclusion as learned experience in higher education

Understanding the complexity of intersections between oppressions relating to race and gender is key to any commitment to creating a culture of inclusion and social justice

Local government in crisis: how it can be fixed

Local governments are supposed to promote non-racial development, in a decentralised manner, but the reality does not match up

Covid-19 accelerates adoption of technology by the African property sector

It’s not the technology itself that is valuable, it’s the opportunities that it creates: this may be the perfect time for reinvention

BE 1 OF 8 LUCKY PEOPLE TO DRIVE OFF WITH R80 000

From 23 to 30 November 2020, simply purchase any BMW bearing the number “8” and you could be one of eight lucky people to drive off with R80 000

Introducing Sabinet Judgments

A well-rounded view of reported and unreported judgments supplemented by an advanced system to enable users to rapidly find the information they require

The Southern Africa Tuberculosis and Health Systems Support Research and Publication Interventions

The project places emphasis on rolling out a standardised package of occupational health services and mining safety standards across four countries