Johannesburg - Telkom [JSE:TKG] said on Friday the
government will not back its partnership with KT Corp, a South Korean firm that
wants to buy a 20% post-issue stake in the fixed-lined company.
South Korea's No. 2 mobile operator last month cut is offer
for the stake by nearly a third, bringing the total sale value down to about
Telkom, which is majority owned by the South African
government, said the proposed deal was presented to cabinet on May 30 and did
not get the support it needed.
"Telkom was informed by the Minister of Communications
... that (the) cabinet had taken the decision not to support the transaction as
proposed," it said in a statement.
Telkom said it will discuss the implications of the
cabinet's decision with the minister.
Battered in recent years by steadily falling fixed-line
revenue and expensive blunders in Nigeria, Telkom has been looking to offset
shrinking demand for its core business by pushing into new businesses and
The company has also been struggling to keep up with bigger
Johannesburg-based African mobile operators MTN Group [JSE:MTN] and Vodacom
KT has been scouring for opportunities in Africa, Latin
America and Eastern Europe seeking to grow earnings as competition back home