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Yolanda Cuba is On Garden Leave Before Joining MTN

Letter of Resignation typed on a Vintage Typewriter
Letter of Resignation typed on a Vintage Typewriter

Yolanda Cuba, who resigned as Vodacom’s Chief Officer responsible for Strategy, M&A and Business Development, has been placed on garden leave with immediate effect.

Yesterday, TechFinancials exclusively reported that Cuba is leaving Vodacom after a five-year stint at the Vodafone-owned mobile phone company.

Later on the day, MTN announced that Cuba was joining the mobile phone operator as Group Chief Digital and Fintech Officer, reporting to the Group CEO Rob Shuter.

Asked whether Vodacom has not activated a restraint of trade on Cuba, Vodacom spokesperson Byron Kennedy, said: “Vodacom can confirm that Yolanda Cuba is currently serving out a six month notice period and is on ‘gardening leave’.”

Yolanda Cuba. Image source: Wiki Mzansi

“Garden leave” is a relatively new concept to South African jurisprudence and not provided for in the Basic Conditions of Employment Act. It is comparable to the concept of paid leave of absence at the request of the employer. For more read: Labour Court gives green light to “Garden Leave” clauses in employment contracts

There are several reasons why employers may find the inclusion of a garden leave clause necessary in contracts of employment, especially when managing perceived risks to the employer entity’s intellectual property, trade secrets, confidential information, and business contacts.

The reasons necessitating the import of this concept into South African law were recently explored in Vodacom (Pty) Ltd v Godfrey Motsa(J 74/16) [2016] ZALCJHB 53, the judgment being delivered by Judge Van Niekerk in the Labour Court.

Godfrey Motsa was employed by Vodacom in January 2007. On 23 December 2015, Motsa resigned. At the time, Vodacom sought a final order to enforce the terms of Motsa’s employment contract. In particular, Vodacom seeks to hold Motsa to a notice period of six months (in the form of what is known as ‘garden leave’) and a restraint undertaking for a further period of six months after the expiry of the notice period.

In addition to the garden leave clause, the contract restricted Motsa from taking up employment opportunities with Vodacom’s competitors within the geographic region comprising Southern, East and West Africa for a period of six months.

MTN Taps Yolanda Cuba as Group Chief Digital and Fintech Officer

Yolanda Cuba. Image source: Wiki Mzansi

MTN Group today announced the appointment of 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 expansion of its financial services and digital solutions efforts and transformation into a digital operator.

She replaces Stephen Van Coller. who resigned last year to be the boss of troubled JSE-listed technology group EOH.

Cuba brings extensive telecommunications and leadership experience to MTN Group.

She joins MTN Group from Vodacom, where she served as Chief Officer of Strategy and M&A. She was previously the CEO of Vodafone Ghana for a three-year period, a role that saw her named Telecom CEO of the Year in 2018.

TechFinancials exclusively reported this morning that Cuba resigned with immediate effect at Vodacom.

For more read: Vodacom Loses ‘CEO in Waiting’

“This role gives me the opportunity to drive digital innovation and financial inclusion across the group’s vast footprint. I’m really looking forward to the new challenge and being part of the MTN leadership team”, said Cuba.

MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter said he was very pleased to bring an executive of Cuba’s calibre into MTN Group.

“Cuba is a highly qualified and experienced executive, with a unique combination of operational telecommunications experience as well as finance, financial services and digital skills,” said Shuter.

“I am confident that Yolanda’s leadership will place us in good stead as we intensify our efforts to build a digital ecosystem and scale our FinTech offering across our markets”.

Under Yolanda’s leadership, MTN will continue to progressively grow the FinTech and digital opportunities in Africa as we see these areas as major drivers of our BRIGHT growth strategy. Yolanda’s start date will be communicated in due course.

Feel Like Your Airtime & Data is Being Stolen?

The mystery of the flipping missing airtime. This is a frustrating matter for many South Africans and most of us don’t know how to stop it. There are many potential causes for missing airtime. It’s a terrible feeling finding out that you have been using out-of-bundle data because your data has been depleted and you didn’t even notice.

There were so many smartphone users having this issue that the ICASA recently enforced new restrictions and regulations that seek the consent of the consumer before using out-of-bundle data and depleting your airtime.

This will help customers have more control over their spend but what about my airtime simply disappearing and I can’t see where it went?  Most of these unexplained missing airtime issues are caused by fraudulent WASP subscriptions.

What is a Fraudulent WASP Subscription?

WASP stands for “wireless application service providers” but let’s just stick to WASP. These providers secretly subscribe users to their content subscription, obviously without the user’s consent. This happens to thousands of users every single month.

The mobile operators give WASPs the ability to bill “subscribers” every month but they have exploited this and have started billing without the consent of the customer.

We know that there will always be companies/people out there trying to crook the system and make an extra buck, in this case a lot of bucks. But isn’t it the responsibility of the mobile provider ie, MTN, Vodacom etc to put measures in place to stop fraudulent activity like this? Instead the responsibility has been placed on the customer to check their accounts and that there is no fraudulent activity.

Your chances of ever seeing that money again even if it was added without consent is slim to none, the mobile provider won’t pay you back and good luck trying to get the money back from the WASP. So, our best course of action is to check ourselves.

Have a look below, we will show you how to check if you are being scammed on each network provider, Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and Telkom. Some mobile networks even allow you to block them for future activity:

MTN

MTN

Customers of MTN can now check for WASP service subscriptions and even cancel them using the USSD commands below:

  • Dial *155#
  • Select option 1 (View and Unsubscribe)
  • Select option 1 (Cancel All)

There will also be an option to block future WASP’s that try subscribing you for any content.

VODACOM
VODACOM

Vodacom

Customers of Vodacom can now check for WASP service subscriptions and even cancel them using the UUSD commands below:

  • Dial *111#
  • Select option 8 (Services)
  • Select option 11 (Next)
  • Select option 2 (Content Services)
  • Select option 1 (View and Stop Content Services)

Another way to cancel subscription services on Vodacom is to SMS “Stop All” to 31050.

CELL C
CELL C

Cell C

Cell C customers can dial *133*1# to preview and cancel any active WASP subscriptions that may be added to their account.

TELKOM
TELKOM

Telkom

Telkom customers can view and cancel any WASP activities within the Telkom app, which is such a great idea! Here’s how:

Go to, My Product > Subscriptions > Content Services.

To stop WASPs from ever charging your account on Telkom you can go to My Products > Manage > Protect Your Mobile Number, and set it to “On”

They can also navigate to My Products > Manage > Protect Your Mobile Number, and set it to “On”.

South Africans Upbeat about New Technologies, but Worried about Jobs

4IR
Industry 4.0 double exposure concept. buffaloboy / Shutterstock.Com

by Benjamin Roberts, Jare Struwig, Narnia Bohler-Muller, and Steven Gordon

Powerful new technologies are emerging that will continue to affect individuals in multiple ways. This has led to references to a Fourth Industrial Revolution – a new era involving the application of digitisation and automation to different areas of society and everyday life. This revolution is one that presents distinct opportunity. But it also presents major risk and human costs.

These changes have become a growing point of discussion in most countries in the world. In South Africa the debate has drawn in policymakers, business and unions. But the voices of average South Africans have been missing from the debate. A survey completed earlier this year by the Human Sciences Research Council contributes to addressing this gap.

Consisting of 2,736 respondents older than 15, the results suggest the public recognises the promise – and the pitfalls – of this technological turn. Most people have a moderately positive view of digital technologies, but they are sceptical about the impact it will have on the labour market.

Those who took part in the survey appeared cautiously optimistic when asked about the potential impact of recent computer and internet technologies on the economy, society, and personal quality of life.

Figure 1: Envisaged impact of new technological developments (promise vs. reservation, %)
HSRC SASAS 2018/19 4IR module

Around half – 48% – 52% – believed that the advances would be beneficial economically, societally and personally. A fifth expressed reservations, with the employed specifically concerned about job losses. They tended to acknowledge that automation would have a bearing on the workplace. A sizeable majority were concerned that it will affect them.

Public opinion remains critical from a policy and accountability perspective, as the priorities deemed important by citizens should be used to inform government’s agenda. Concerns about possible job loss due to technological change need to be considered in developing social protection and other measures to minimise the negative effects. Ignoring peoples’ voices could have far-reaching political consequences.

The threat

Three-quarters (73%) of South Africans believed that in the next decade machines or computer programmes would assume many of the jobs presently done by humans. In addition, six in 10 workers (62%) were very or quite worried that such automation will threaten their job security.

Compared to the UK, South Africans exhibited almost equivalent views on the likelihood of automation impacting on the labour market (73% versus 75%). But local workers demonstrated vastly higher levels of worry about the personal job impact of automation than is evident among British workers (62% vs. 10%).

To gauge how culturally accepting South Africans are of technological change, respondents were asked to rate how comfortable they felt with four situations involving the use of robots:

(i) a medical operation performed by a robot;

(ii) factories where workers are replaced by robots;

(iii) receiving goods delivered by drone or robot; and

(iv) being driven in a driverless car or taxi in traffic.

They provided scores using a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 means ‘totally uncomfortable’ and 10 ‘totally comfortable’ (Fig. 2).

Figure 2: Cultural acceptance of use of robots (%)
HSRC SASAS 2018/19 4IR module

On average, respondents weren’t particularly accepting of any of these four scenarios. Only 14-18% expressed comfort, 19-23% would be moderately comfortable, while 59-67% were uncomfortable with such propositions.

Government’s capability

We also set out to establish how confident people were in the government’s ability to intervene successfully to minimise adverse affects on the labour market.

Little more than a third (37%) were very or fairly confident that government could effectively put in place strategies to ensure that new technologies do not result in job losses, while 57% were doubtful (Fig 3). Poorer South Africans expressed greater scepticism than better off South Africans. While the survey results didn’t address the role to be played by other role-players (especially market actors), it nonetheless provided a sense of views on state policy to address any adverse labour impact that automation might produce.

Figure 3: Perceived ability of government to avert job losses brought on by new technologies, by poverty status (%)
HSRC SASAS 2018/19 4IR module

What next?

The analysis suggests that, generally, there’s more optimism than circumspection about the impact of the newest digital technologies on society and peoples’ general well being. But, there’s recognition that automation will affect the labour market and there are deep concerns exist over the threat this poses to jobs. There is also broad discomfort with robots performing a range of tasks. This points to quite low levels of cultural acceptance of the application of robots.

If technological change creates further labour market inequality and sustained reductions in human employment, then carefully planned social and labour market policies will be required to address low pay, precarious employment, and expanded, long-term unemployment.

At this stage, the public is fairly pessimistic about the ability of government to minimise the human costs of the fourth industrial revolution. Ongoing dialogue between various sectors, such as at the recent inaugural Fourth Industrial Revolution SA Digital Economy Summit in South Africa, are needed to promote new insights and develop responses. There should also be campaigns to inform the public about technological change and the planned response for the country.The Conversation

Benjamin Roberts, Chief Research Specialist and Coordinator of the South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS), Human Sciences Research Council; Jare Struwig, Chief Research Manager, Human Sciences Research Council; Narnia Bohler-Muller, Executive Director of the Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery Programme at the Human Sciences Research Council and Adjunct professor of law, University of Fort Hare, and Steven Gordon, ‎Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Human Sciences Research Council

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Altron Exploring Legal Options Over Tshwane Broadband Contract

Mteto Nyati
Mteto Nyati

The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has set aside the City of Tshwane’s (CoT’s) Municipal Broadband Network Project contract which was awarded to Thobela Telecoms, a special purpose vehicle in which Altron Nexus, a subsidiary of JSE-listed Altron, was a minority shareholder.

Altron Nexus was involved as primary network designer and architect, supplier of broadband equipment and related services.

Altron Chief Executive Mteto Nyati said Altron was studying the judgement.

“We are disappointed and are considering our legal options,” he said. “Once we have consulted Thobela Telecoms and project funders, we will consider our next steps and we are not ruling out an appeal of the judgement.”

“Our estimated exposure to the business is between R40 million and R60 million. This considers our claims against Thobela Telecoms for infrastructure and equipment supplied so far. Up to this point the City of Tshwane has not paid a cent of taxpayers’ money towards the project as we are in the build phase which is being funded by our funders.”

The matter relates to a dispute between Thobela Telecoms and CoT over the City’s allegations that the tender award process was unlawful due to internal processes and procedures at the CoT not being correctly followed.

The project was later put on hold by CoT, pending the outcome of the court case.

The financial model provided solution and government regulations were investigated following the awarding of the contract, with the due diligence finding no shortcomings.

Vodacom Loses ‘CEO in Waiting’

Yolanda Cuba
Yolanda Cuba. Image source - Instagram

A top executive who joined Vodacom just five years ago is leaving the mobile phone group, TechFinancials has learned.

Yolanda Cuba, the Chief Officer of Strategy and M&A of Vodacom Group, has tendered her resignation with immediate effect, a source familiar with her exit told TechFinancials on Tuesday.

Cuba is a high-flyer in her field, having spent three years in Ghana as CEO for Vodafone, where she was named as the Telecom CEO of the Year in 2018. Also a former CEO of defunct JSE-listed behemoth Mvelaphanda Group, and chief strategy of SABMiller local unit.

Vodacom spokesperson Byron Kennedy confirmed Cuba’s exit.

“Vodacom can confirm that Yolanda Cuba has decided to leave the group to pursue an external opportunity.”

Yolanda joined Vodacom in 2014 and most recently held the position of Chief Officer responsible for Strategy, M&A and Business Development.

“During a two-year stint as CEO of Vodafone Ghana, Yolanda led the acquisition of 4G spectrum and maintained Ghana’s position as number two mobile operator,” said Kennedy.

“We would like to thank Yolanda for her contribution and wish her all the best in her future endeavours. Vodacom will announce a  successor in due course.”

Vodacom logo
Vodacom logo

Kennedy also confirmed that Cuba resigned with immediate effect.

Two months ago TechFinancials exclusively reported that Cuba, who was once tipped to take over from Shameel Joosub at Vodacom by this publication, left the company.

For more read: Is Vodacom’s Yolanda Cuba On The Move Again?

TechFinancials speculated that there will be no shortage of suitors for this rising star.

Cuba joins other executives who were snubbed by Vodacom and Vodafone for the top position, such as Sipho Maseko, Peter Moyo, Peter Matlare and Nku Nyembezi.

For more read: Who Should Replace Shameel Joosub As CEO Of Vodacom?

and

Is Yolanda Cuba being prepared to succeed Vodacom’s Shameel Joosub?

The Importance of e-Wallets in Online Gaming

Mobile wallet
Mobile wallet. Denys Prykhodov / Shutterstock.com

Online gambling must keep up with current trends to satisfy their casino members and attract new ones.

The best online casinos do this by offering the best games equipped with updated technology, competitions and free bonuses for new and existing members. However, they also attract customers with multiple payment methods.

The more payment methods they can cater to, the more gamblers they will satisfy and appeal to. One of the ways they do this is through offering e-wallet payment options.

What Is an e-Wallet?

Once upon a time, before the internet, we used bank accounts to store our money and savings. Obviously, this still happens today but technological advances and the introduction of cryptocurrency has changed that. Now we can be our very own bank manager with a crypto e-wallet or use other websites offering e-wallets. These are a type of electronic bank account and are not necessarily restricted one country. Just like a regular bank account, they can be used to make electronic payments, deposits and money can be sent to other e-wallet accounts.

Do Most Online Casinos Use Them?

The best online casinos will offer players e-wallet depositing and withdrawing options. For example, InTouch Games own online platforms such as mFortune Casino and offer their online gamers the chance to use PayPal, probably the world’s most well-known e-wallet and alternative banking option. Some video games also offer their gamers the chance to make in-game purchases using e-wallet payment methods as well.

What Are There Benefits in Online Casinos?

So, why do online casinos need to adopt e-wallets? What benefit does it serve to them?

Really, the benefit of accepting e-wallets on their platform has no significant advantage to the casino directly, but benefits their players, which comes back to promoting the online casino.

The benefits of e-wallets for players are:

  • Convenient payment options
  • Enhanced security – but not always. Getting a reliable and secure e-wallet requires research
  • Cheaper (in some scenarios). Crypto wallets are decentralised and make transactions cheaper for everyone.
  • Quicker transactions compared to traditional banking methods. This is especially the case when it comes to withdrawals. Conventional banks may take multiple working days to process your withdrawal, but an e-wallet can execute your transaction almost instantly.
  • It helps gamblers keep track of their play by using an e-wallet dedicated to their gambling, thus contributing to gambling awareness and keeping people gambling safely.

It has been found that millennials and younger gamblers prefer to own e-wallets over cash and bank cards. On the whole, this means if online casinos can cater to the generations who are more likely to enjoy their games, they can increase their members and grow their business.

An online casino that offers e-wallet payments may appeal to a wider market and benefit significantly. Considering online gaming and online gambling is a crowded industry, small inclusions like these can make a significant difference for gamers.

Sasol and Mozambican Government Collaborate to Help Create Jobs

Sasol and Mozambican Government collaborate to help create jobs
Sasol and Mozambican Government collaborate to help create jobs

Sasol has reaffirmed its partnership with the Government of Mozambique to deliver on its socio-economic development strategy focusing on the creation of self-employment opportunities for local nationals.

In 2017, Sasol committed to contributing towards the training and development of Mozambicans nationals through an all-inclusive bursary, artisans and learnership programmes focusing on economic growth stimulation, community transformation and the creation of meaningful job opportunities and careers in Mozambique.

According to the World Bank’s Mozambique Jobs Diagnostic findings report for 2018 “good jobs” in the country “are not expanding fast enough to absorb the growing, better-educated labour force”.

The report reflects that “unless this changes, poverty reduction will be slow and the ‘demographic dividend’ will be squandered”.

The report summary also states that “jobs can be improved through linkages in the labour, product and capital markets”.

However, “whether in self-employment or in wage jobs, better jobs require capital, technology, market access, scale and agglomeration economies,” it adds.

As a means to respond to the report and to help increase the pipeline of skilled professionals in the country, enabling industrial growth and socio-economic development, Sasol handed-over the second batch of 40 tool kits for startup businesses to the Ministry of Labour, Honourable Dr. Vitória Diogo.

The first batch of tool kits was delivered last year (2018).

Sasol is confident that the tool kits will go a long way in supporting the Government’s efforts to enable self-employment opportunities.

Sasol and Mozambican Government collaborate to help create jobs
Sasol and Mozambican Government collaborate to help create jobs

Other Sasol Mozambique Programmes:

In 2019, Sasol held a soil turning event for the construction of the Inhassoro Training Centre (ITC). Through this programme, Sasol has been providing world-class technical training to Mozambican nationals, equipping them with critical skills in the disciplines of: civil Engineering, Scaffolding, Welding, Boiler-making, Pipefitting and other specialised construction trades including Industrial mechanical, Industrial electrical and Production.

  • In 2017, Sasol pledged to support the Ministry of Labour’s efforts to further enhance the skills and capacity of its labour inspectors and last November, Sasol hosted the first group of labour inspectors at its Central Processing Facility (CPF) in Temane as part of this capacity-building programme.
  • In 2016, Sasol in collaboration with the Eduardo Mondlane University and other partners, developed and rolled out a first-of-its-kind Downstream Masters programme empowering students with essential skills to help enable Mozambique to effectively monetise its abundant hydrocarbon resources for the benefit of all its citizens. A total of 24 students were enrolled for the first intake of the programme. This year, Sasol South Africa hosted the second group of students in Secunda where they were exposed to best practices and were able to gain a different perspective of who Sasol is.
  • Sasol also started an internship programme, aimed at providing trainees with relevant hands-on work experience at an Oil and Gas facility. The programme caters for support functions such as Safety, Environment, Inter-community links, Supply chain, HR and Finance. To date, more than 30 trainees have benefitted from the programme.

South African Roads vs The Rest of The World

Daimler Trucks establishes global organization for highly automated driving
Daimler Trucks establishes global organization for highly automated driving

An estimated 1.25 million people died from road injuries in 2015 and 20-50 million people sustained serious injuries that are non-fatal from road traffic incidents.

These are stats according to the latest WHO report.

WHO has stated the following, “Over 90% of road traffic deaths occur in low-middle income countries, which account for 82% of the world’s population, but only 54% of the world’s registered vehicles”.

Top 15 Most Dangerous Roads in The World

The 9th biggest cause of deaths in the world is road injuries/crashes and if you didn’t think it could get any worse the biggest age group driving this is 15-29-year-olds. The biggest age group of road accident deaths are among people of the age 15-44 years.

When looking at road death rates in the world South Africa comes in at the 42nd highest country. The most dangerous roads in Africa are in Malawi with 35 deaths per 100 0000 people. Get an online and instant quick quote comparison comparing over 9 car insurance providers in South Africa for free:  

South African Roads

A frightening Global report was issued by WHO stating that South Africa has the most deaths associated with drinking and driving. Your blood alcohol limit may not be more than 0.05% and can stay in your system for up to 8 hours.

It was noted that Johannesburg has some of the most dangerous roads in the world and ranked as the 13th most likely road to die on. I would like to put this into perspective for you, Johannesburg’s roads are about 5 times more dangerous than the roads in New York. YES! 5 times more dangerous.

According to Arrive Alive, one of the leading causes of death on the roads in Johannesburg is due to drivers who refuse to wear their seatbelts.

Driver demerit system

According to the proposed demerit system, drunk driving and speeding have the highest penalties. You can get 6 demerits for drunk driving, and for your license to be suspended it takes only 13 or more points.

The whole aim behind the proposed demerit system isn’t to give drivers more fines or replace them but to take irresponsible drivers off of the road… that’s if we don’t have a bribery issue.

 

 

Afrihost Introduces Pure Fibre with no Limits

Afrihost Pure Fibre
Afrihost Pure Fibre

Afrihost announced on Tuesday it was relaunching its fibre product as Pure Fibre – a simple, powerful fibre solution that does everything and doesn’t break the bank.

“The best part about Pure Fibre is that it is uncapped, unshaped, unthrottled and unmetered,” Gian Visser, Afrihost CEO, said.

“That means there are no thresholds, no hidden terms and the performance of the product will never change according to how much you use.”

The specials went live today.

The Internet Service Provider is offering customers that orders its fibre through (or migrates to it) up to R5,000 in value when they sign up for Pure Fibre.

“Customers who signup will receive a new Wi-Fi router, free activation and installation, plus up to 2 months FREE,” the company said.

It added that customers who migrate from another ISP to Pure Fibre, they’ll receive a new Wi-Fi router (if needed), free migration and up to 3 months FREE!

“There’s no trade-off. You get one premium product at one great price,” said Visser.

“No more having to choose whether you compromise on great quality or great price – you get both!”