The government says it will use the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World Conference, which SA is hosting for the first time later in September, as a platform to attract new investment. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced earlier in 2018 that the government had set its sights on raising over R1-trillion in new investments over five years. However, observers say efforts to attract new local and foreign investment will be hampered by policy uncertainty, particularly around the issue of expropriation of land without compensation. The annual ITU conference, taking place in Durban from September 10 to 13, attracts more than 9,000 delegates from around the world, including government and industry leaders, to explore and identify investment opportunities and best practices for socioeconomic development through ICT. Some of the key discussions will be on 5G for smarter digital development, SA’s department of telecommunications and postal services says. The conference "is...

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