Author: Gugu Lourie

Vodacom has launched a Super Value Data Offer, providing its customers 80GB. The promotion is available on SIM-only data bundles on a 24-month contract. The Super Value Data Offer is giving customers 80GB, consisting of: 30GB Data Night Owl (12 am – 5 am) 50GB Anytime Data The deal is available on a Huawei R218H Router for an additional R30 per month and on a Huawei B315 or a ZTE MF283 Home Router for R50 per month. Last week, MTN South Africa announced the launch of the 80GB Mega Deal at R299 per month. The mobile phone operator said the Mega Deal…

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TymeBank announced on Wednesday it has promoted Tauriq Keraan to CEO after Sandile Shabalala resigned in June. The African Rainbow Capital-owned TymeBank said Keraan has been deputy CEO since 2018. In this role, he drove cross-functional execution and had line accountability for strategy, partnerships, data science, innovation, stakeholder engagement and operations. He also played a critical role in the market launch of TymeBank in 2019. He has played an instrumental role in the bank’s development, having been a founding member that led to Tyme’s inception in 2012 and has played a critical role in the market launch of TymeBank in…

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The Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Science and Technology, Buti Manamela, will tomorrow officially launch the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) in Potchefstroom. SADiLaR is a national centre supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) as part of the new South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap (SARIR). SADiLaR has an enabling function, with a focus on all official languages of South Africa, supporting research and development in the domains of language technologies and language-related studies in the humanities and social sciences. The centre supports the creation, management and distribution of digital language resources, as well as…

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The US Trade and Development Agency has provided funding to South Africa’s Wireless Access Providers Association (WAPA). The funding will be used for a pilot project that will help improve internet access for rural and semi-rural areas in South Africa through the use of American TV white space (TVWS) technologies. The pilot sites will be in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Gauteng, and in Mpumalanga. The consortium carrying out the pilot will be led by Adaptrum and includes Microsoft and International Data Corporation (IDC). The pilot will help WAPA promote TVWS networks to its wireless internet service provider member companies. “We are extremely…

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Troubled JSE-Listed technology group EOH has re-launched the ICT business, which has been renamed iOCO, and the company seeks to improve its balance sheet efficiency. The group said in an update to shareholders on Thursday that re-launched the ICT business represents a key milestone in the internal reorganisation process. The process is aimed at simplifying the ICT business, integrating client offerings under one brand, driving governance imperatives and aligning the service delivery model and offerings for the cloud economy and fourth industrial revolution. The company added that work on the NEXTEC strategy continues, including how iOCO, NEXTEC, and the IP…

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Telkom August Big Deal has been revealed. The company is offering a SmartBroadband Wireless deal for R249 a month on a 24-month contract and comes with an LTE WiFi router. The deal also includes: 20GB Telkom anytime data per month 20GB night surfer data per month (Night Surfer Data shall be valid between 12 am – 7 am) Customers on SmartBroadband Wireless 20GB offer are eligible to add a LIT TV box at an additional amount of R50pm x 24 months. Included in this August deal the ability to receive 3 months of Netflix on Telkom. Telkom said it reserve…

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JSE-listed pay-TV group Multichoice has today published its integrated annual report detailing the salaries of its top executives. MultiChoice Group includes MultiChoice South Africa, MultiChoice Africa, Showmax Africa, and Irdeto. The company competes with global video-on-demand players like Netflix, Amazon, Facebook and iFlix continuing to offer alternatives in our territories. In the pay-TV market, operators such as StarSat, ZAP TV, Zuku TV and Azam TV all have the necessary broadcasting knowledge and experience to compete with MultiChoice. Improved mobile broadband penetration also facilitated growing competition in the provision of OTT services with the entry of StarTimes ON, iRoko TV, Cell…

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Online sales are booming at South African supermarket chain Shoprite Holdings, which also owns the Checkers chain of supermarkets. Shoprite on Tuesday published a trading update for the six months to June 2019 showing online sales, which includes Click & Collect orders and its on-demand liquor home delivery partnership has swelled 386% with rapid customer acceptance. Excluding hyperinflation, Africa’s biggest retailer Shoprite reported a 3.2% (0.1% like for like) increase in turnover to R150.6 billion in the period to June 2019. Shoprite’s supermarkets increased the number of customers served by 2.3% and product volumes sold by 1.2%. Including the impact of the Angolan…

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MTN Nigeria today announced that its subsidiary, Yello Digital Financial Services Limited (YDFS) has been granted a full Super Agent Licence by the Central Bank of Nigeria. The Super Agent licence enables the scale launch of MTN Nigeria’s FinTech strategy. This is part of the South African-based company’s plant to “be the largest bank in Africa” in the next three to four years. The company has also appointed Yolanda Cuba as Group Chief Digital and Fintech Officer. Cuba will join the MTN Group Executive Committee reporting to the Group CEO Rob Shuter. In this role, Cuba will lead the Group’s strategic…

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Nigeria, MTN’s largest market by subscribers, attracted 3.3 million subscribers in the six months to end-June 2019. The South African-based firm announced on Friday that its Nigerian operation now has 61.5 million customers. The operation was launched in 2001. MTN Nigeria is part of the MTN Group – a multinational telecommunications group which operates in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East. Two months ago, MTN made history as the first mobile telephone company to trade on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). MTN is now the second biggest Nigerian company listed on the NSE. Dangote Cement Plc owned by…

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