Ann Crotty Writer-at-large

Fixed-line telecommunications service provider Telkom has confirmed speculation that the government is planning to offload part or all of its 39.3% stake in the company. On Wednesday the company told shareholders the government was now considering various strategic options to partially reduce its interest in Telkom. The government’s shareholding is valued at about R13bn. Following the announcement, the share price ticked up to close at R62.20. “The implementation of government’s Telkom proposal may have a material effect on Telkom’s share price,” said the company in a stock exchange announcement. It advised shareholders to exercise caution when dealing in the shares. The DA’s Alf Lees said the Telkom announcement indicated that Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba was finally talking to Telkom. Lees said he assumed the Telkom shares would be sold to the Public Investment Corporation in a bid to raise the R10bn needed to bail out South African Airways (SAA). The PIC owns just more than 11%...

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