BMW X3 Now Built In South Africa For Africa

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BMW Group Plant Rosslyn, which builds the BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) for South Africa and around 30 export markets, has added 16 African countries to its portfolio. BMW Group Plant Rosslyn, situated outside Pretoria, has produced vehicles since 1968 and was established as the first BMW Group production facility outside Germany.

Plant Rosslyn first produced the BMW X3 in April 2018, after a R6.2 billion investment to prepare it for production after close to 35 years of BMW 3 Series production. The investment – one of the biggest in the local automotive industry at the time – was used to upgrade the plant into one of the world’s most modern production facilities. More than 300,000 BMW X3s have been produced at BMW Group Plant Rosslyn.

The continuation of the BMW X3 story in South Africa, from its mid-lifecycle refresh in 2021, reaffirms the group’s commitment to operations in the country and, with the story extending beyond national borders, to the rest of Africa. The updated BMW X3 is being produced for 16 sub-Saharan African markets, including Senegal, Nigeria, Angola, Kenya, and Ethiopia. BMW X3s for these markets were previously sourced from BMW Group Plant Spartanburg in the United States.

Peter van Binsbergen, CEO of BMW Group South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, comments: “The addition of 16 key export markets is further evidence of the increased trade relations within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the broader African Continental Free Trade Agreement region. We all have a role to play in encouraging stronger trade relations on the continent, and I am especially proud of the BMW X3’s ambassador role – both for the BMW Group and South Africa.”

BMW Group Plant Rosslyn currently produces the third generation of the BMW X3 SAV and is able to manufacture up to 75,000 units per year, of which 96% is exported.

MTN Targets 25% 5G Coverage Across SA In 2022

MTN South Africa announced today that it is ramping up the rollout of 5G coverage to bring a seamless, fast and cutting-edge network experience to more South Africans. With over 1,000 active 5G sites across the country currently, MTN aims to have at least 25% of the population covered by the end of 2022.

“We want to have 5G connectivity across almost every part of SA. Our aim is to bring the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to more people in an efficient and cost-effective way. This means expanding our 5G coverage every day, with a strong focus on investment into main metros, peri-urban areas, and larger townships initially,” says Charles Molapisi, MTN SA’s Chief Executive Officer.

With speeds 10 times faster than 4G and the potential to be 100 times faster, 5G is changing the way South Africans work and play. “The benefits of 5G are immense. It makes everything faster, more connected and more reliable for households, businesses and across all areas of individual’s daily lives – really lending gravitas to our market statement, “5G your life”, says Molapisi.

5G wireless technology delivers higher multi-Gbps peak data speeds, ultra-low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and a more uniform user experience to more users. It also ushers in the next generation of service, with higher performance and improved efficiency empowering new user experiences, and to connect new industries. Economies will see more growth and jobs as a result, which is going to be crucial for SA’s COVID-19 recovery and to ensure SA does not miss out on the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The recent spectrum auction in SA accelerated the adoption of 5G and new applications in, among others, the internet of things (IoT), the Cloud and augmented reality, opening the door to a world of innovation and opportunity.

MTN 5G
MTN 5G

With the door opened to expand, every region in SA stands to benefit. MTN already has 555 5G sites in Gauteng; increasing to 575 when Rustenburg and Brits areas in the North West come online shortly, and this expansion will continue. Meanwhile, total 5G coverage is set to reach 179 sites in the Western Cape alone by the end of the year, while more 5G sites are planned for Bloemfontein.

Investment into the Free State and Northern Cape will be ramped up and MTN SA is on track to add 21 additional 5G sites across both provinces – to build on the existing 45 in the Free State and 21 in the Northern Cape. In Limpopo, the extension of MTN’s 5G connectivity includes rolling out 58 new sites in 2022 to add to the existing 53. Currently, the province has over 100 live 5G sites and more are planned for 2022.

The extension of MTN’s 5G connectivity is also planned for KZN. Currently, the province has over 100 live 5G sites and more are planned for 2022.

MTN is also rolling out 5G experiential zones in major shopping centres to showcase the capabilities of this next-generation tech, and make these benefits available across the new world of 5G gaming, smart home and motion tracking, among many others.

5G is available in mobile and fixed services through a home-connected ‘plug and play’ solution which connects WiFi-enabled devices, or through sim offering on 5-enabled devices.

5G is also available on Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) in certain areas, offering another way to access faster speeds.

“Our investment will continue to drive the rollout of 5G as we want to bring the benefits of the modern, connected world to all. For us, every South African should be able “5G” their lives, homes, offices, and every aspect of their on-the-go lifestyles. Our intention is to keep increasing network coverage, improved throughputs, and customer experience”.

“We are moving fast to ensure our users are at the forefront of innovation and change. Thanks to its greater bandwidth and higher download speeds, 5G is a gamechanger and will continue to shake up the world of technology. MTN intends to ensure our customers experience the very best of 5G tech every step of the way,” concludes Molapisi.

Current 5G sites across South Africa include:

City of Johannesburg
City of Cape Town
Ekurhuleni
eThekwini
City of Tshwane
Nelson Mandela Bay
Mangaung
Buffalo City
Polokwane
City of Mbombela
Rustenburg
The Msunduzi
Emalahleni
King Sabata Dalindyebo
City of Matlosana
uMhlathuze
Makhado
Matjhabeng
Newcastle
Mogale City
Ray Nkonyeni
Govan Mbeki
Mogalakwena
Nyandeni
Steve Tshwete
KwaDukuza
JB Marks
Sol Plaatje
Abaqulusi
Enoch Mgijima
Msukaligwa
Stellenbosch
uMngeni
Kouga
Makana
Ndlambe
Masilonyana
Thembelihle

 

Official Who Issued SA Passport To ‘Lebohang From Bangladesh’ Nabbed

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A female Home Affairs official accused of unlawfully issuing an SA passport to “Lebohang from Bangladesh” has been arrested and will appear at the Benoni Magistrate Court on Tuesday.

The official, based at the Home Affairs office in Benoni, was arrested on Monday by the Department of Home Affairs Counter Corruption Branch, working with the Hawks and other law enforcement agencies.

“The official is on suspension and her disciplinary hearing is scheduled to take place this week,” said Siya Qoza, spokesperson for the Minister of Home Affairs.

“If she is denied bail, the Home Affairs Department will arrange with the Department of Correctional Services for the hearing to be held at their premises.”

Fahim Kazi became a news sensation as “Lebohang from Bangladesh” when he was arrested while trying to leave the country on 12 May 2022.

“At the time of Kazi’s arrest, Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said that the clampdown on the use of fraudulent SA documents was bearing fruit as the department knew which corrupt official issued that fraudulent passport because that official had been on the radar of the counter-corruption branch,” Qoza.

“The Minister also promised the country that the official would be arrested and face the full might of the law.”

Betway Spins Slots

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Betway is that type of bookmaker that always guarantees you an overall world-class betting service in terms of the betting products, payment methods, promotions, customer service and so on, the bookmaker has managed to maintain such a high level of professionalism and excellence in every country they operate in.

In South African, Betway is offering its clients with exciting slots games, what makes this exciting is that there is about 70 different games and it is this variety that punters are looking for because no-one wants to bet on the same game over and over again. The slot games on the Betway platform are also affordable because you can affordable play for as little as 40c a spin, which is incredible considering the amount of money you can potentially win. They have called this Betway Spins.

Which Software Provider offers these Slot Games?

The slot games on the Betway platform are powered by Habanero, a company renown for creating award-winning Slot and Table games worldwide. The fact that Habanero is the provider for these slot games means that you will get access to top games because that is what the company produces. The games produces by Habanero do have their own unique themes and features.

What are some of the popular Slot Games on the Betway Platform ?

As earlier indicated, Betway offers about 70 Spins games on their platform and punters can play these for an opportunity to win amazing amounts of money. Below is a list of some of the popular Slot Games on the platform;
Hot Hot Fruit          Hey Sushi
Wealth Inn            Egyptian Dreams Deluxe
Cake Valley            Panda Panda
Lucky Lucky            Wizzards Want War
Happy Ape            5 Lucky Lions
Egyptian Dream        Wicked Witch
Jump                Zeus 11

How to play Betway Spins Games?

The good thing about betting on the Betway platform is that everything has been simplified so that punters will not struggle to bet. Playing Betway Spins games on the Betway platform is quite easy, you just need to realise that you are required to register for a Beyway account before you can be allowed to play, assuming that you have already registered, you must simply follow the simple process below;

  • Visit the Betway website at https://www.betway.co.za/ and login.
  • Click on the Casino games button on the main menu.
  • Immediately click on the Betway Spins button to access all the games on the platform.
  • Select the game you want to play
  • Set your stake size using the bet level / coin size and start spinning.
  • If you are really into the Spins games, please note that there is an auto play feature that you can set to play automatically, for up to 200 spins.

Top 3 Sports Betting Apps In June 2022

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For each sort of sporting event, there are several top-rated sports betting apps available for download and use. In today’s mobile-driven world of sports betting, it’s crucial to know which operators have the finest mobile apps. 

Sports betting app developers want to make betting on your favorite teams as simple as possible. This also includes offering a platform for mobile sports betting from the convenience of your own smart device.

You can’t just use any app for sports betting. You must consider a few aspects before selecting a sports betting app. While some are considerably easier to use, others include features that may appeal to some more than others. 

Numerous aspects contribute to reliable sports betting mobile apps, and here, you will learn which are the best all-around mobile software for sports betting.

Here is the list of the top 3 sports betting apps in June 2022:

1. BetMGM Sports Betting App

BetMGM has risen in prominence and now offers a wide range of betting options, from NBA props to Super Bowl futures and odds on almost any event. Its rewards, especially those for returning clients, are also exceptional.

  • Mobile app rating: 4.8
  • Top Feature: It has some of the highest odds available, a massive selection of markets, and unlimited live streaming of almost every event.

2. FanDuel Sports Betting App

Before introducing the FanDuel Sportsbook, FanDuel established itself as a global leader in the Daily Fantasy Sports business. It has become the most popular alternative worldwide.

The FanDuel app is prevalent, with some of the most excellent ratings in the iOS store, and it is also a popular choice among industry professionals. The mobile sports betting app provides access to all the features of the website.

  • Mobile app rating: 4.8
  • Top Feature: It is an absolute favorite among industry leaders and iPhone users. It boasts a modest minimum bet requirement, a massive variety of markets, and a top-notch racebook.

3. DraftKings Sports Betting App 

DraftKings is a sports betting market giant. It began as a betting leader on desktops but swiftly expanded and has now emerged as the market leader for mobile apps. It was one of the first legal sports betting apps in the USA.

Due to its simplicity and intuitive U.I., DraftKings has established itself as the finest sports betting app for both iPhone and Android users.

  • Mobile app rating: 4.8
  • Top Feature: It is trendy and user-friendly, and its geolocation system functions flawlessly. It has some of the most significant ongoing bonuses for current clients.

 

Vodacom Mourns The Passing Of Its Independent Non-Executive Director David Brown

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Vodacom today pays tribute to its independent non-executive director David Brown, who tragically passed away on Sunday 19 June 2022.

David was highly regarded and widely respected by his fellow Board members. Over a period of more than ten years, David made a significant contribution to the Board, having served Vodacom with impeccable measure and sound judgement. His leadership leaves an indelible mark on the Vodacom team and his generous advice and wise counsel will be sorely missed.

Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub says “David was an invaluable member of the Vodacom family, who was held in great esteem by all who knew him. We are deeply saddened by the news of his passing and wish to acknowledge the significant impact and legacy he has left at Vodacom as a beloved colleague and friend. I would also like to offer my personal heartfelt condolences to David’s family.”

David joined the board in January 2012 and served as the chairman of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee from July 2013. He was appointed as the lead independent director in July 2020 and was a member of the Remuneration Committee. The Chairman, on behalf of the Board, management and staff extends deepest sympathies and condolences to David’s family during this difficult time.

Khumo Shuenyane will assume the role of lead independent director. Clive Thomson will assume the role of chairman of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and become a member of the Remuneration Committee. These changes are in line with the announcement made by the company on 25 November 2021 and which were anticipated to take effect following David’s retirement from the board after the annual general meeting on 18 July 2022.

 

Zondo Commission Report Delayed Again

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The much-anticipated release and handover of the final report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into allegations of state capture, corruption, and fraud in the public sector, including organs of state, has been again delayed.

The overdue final volumes of the report were to have been sent electronically to President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday and handed over officially today.

However, on Monday afternoon Professor Itumeleng Mosala, the Secretary of the Commission said the report had again been delayed.

“The Commission would like to inform the public that due to challenges in processing Part V and VI of the Report on time for the handover to the President by 18h00 today, 20th June 2022, it has been agreed to move the event to Wednesday, 22 June 2022 the original handover date in Cape Town,” said the Secretary of the Commission.

“The Presidency will announce the exact time for Wednesday handover.

“The final volumes of Part V and VI of the report are about 1 824 pages long.

“The volumes themselves are seven in total.”

Professor Itumeleng Mosala said in the interest of quality and reduction of unavoidable errors and as a result of calendar logistical problems, it has become necessary to allow for a responsible and proper completion of the conclusion of the report.

“The Commission apologises to the public and all concerned for this further delay. The patience and support of the public is highly appreciated.”

The Youth Needs To Look Within To Unlock Their Talents

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The artistic skills of most African youth lay latent, awaiting a trigger. So, amid the commemoration of Youth Month, it is apt to take an intensified note of the creative possibilities of the young ones. Such prospects could emerge from harnessing the deep-rooted ability of the youth to create.

On that account, encouraged observation and learning from the journey of arts from elders is essential to spark the youth’s hidden talent.

An inspiration standing tall and worthy of note among patriarchs is that of mama Noria Mabasa.

Forming part of her numerous achievements is that Mabasa is the recipient of the 2002 Silver category of the presidential Order of the Baobab. Also counted in her portfolio of works is a famous piece titled The Drum of Thunder, a masterpiece that sold for R150,000 during an auction in 2017.

Despite not having formal art training, the woodcarver who also creates with clay gained national and international recognition. Numerous artworks of hers have been exhibited extensively and occupy space in several private, corporate, and public collections.

Recently, Mabasa completed a residency and exhibition at NIROX Sculpture Park (23 May – 6 June 2022). Featured were thirty-eight works in both clay and wood. The exhibition, titled Noria Mabasa: Shaping Dreams, was supported by the national Department of Sports, Arts and Culture.

In addition, “Shaping Dreams” forms part of an ongoing celebration of the legacy, the living heritage of Mabasa. The programme is set to culminate in a broader exhibition later this year at the Villa-Legodi Centre for Sculpture, which is currently under construction at NIROX. Also scheduled for inclusion in the showcase are new works and pre-existing pieces produced during her residency, with three large tree trunks being sent to Tshino for her to continue to produce new work.

Meanwhile, the unmistakable posture of Mabasa as an artist and woman gets reflected through myriad forms of her works. Over the years, she has notably expressed her authentic skill in a way that elevated her above the ordinary.

The custodian of indigenous knowledge was born on 10 May 1938, in Tshigalo, Ramukhumba, Venda in Limpopo. Mabasa only attended formal schooling for a year.

From an early age, she was persuaded to give in to her natural artistic talent. It was a spiritual gift from her ancestors, who were tenacious in guiding her creative path. In 1965 the deceased grandmother of Mabasa whispered to her that she should mould in clay. Following some hesitation, she eventually answered her calling.

By default or design, Mabasa progressed to become one of the most respected visual art socio-cultural commentators. Over time, the source of inspiration for her artwork came from everyday lived experiences.

Moreover, the clay figures that arise from her hands depicted the surrounding material world. These works included traditional ceremonies, women with babies, and those that captured daily life around her.

When KwaZulu-Natal experienced one of its devastating floods in 1987, Mabasa produced a work titled “Floods”. It depicted the suffering people went through because of the natural disaster.

“It took a very long time to get my artwork right because I did not understand the dreams well,” says Mabasa about the complex vistas of her mind.

In 1976, the year of the June 16 Youth Uprising, the first Venda woman to work with wood started carving. It was a step in the direction that rattled the cage of hierarchies within the traditional African family unit.

Taking on the task of carving, supposedly the preserve of men, she got ridiculed and labelled as crazy.

When her ancestors called on her to take up woodcarving, she positively answered the call.

“I do not carve anything until I see it in a dream. Therefore, I sometimes take power naps during the day.”

The dream-inspired story of Mabasa proves that every so often, it is necessary to merge visions that come in a state of sleep and those formulated when wide awake.

After a long struggle for economic survival, Mabasa began making clay sculptures which were later used at Domba initiation schools. Since then, she has never looked back.

“I grew up poor, but my family’s living conditions improved as soon as I started embracing the gift the Gods gave me.”

Mabasa has survived the struggle to neatly fit in the pre-existing projections meditated on by a world replete with make-believe and externally told visions.

Therefore, while serious are pronouncements that education is a key to an economically active life, equally, the cold shoulder must not get given to natural talent.

Such was necessary, especially in a country where even the educated struggle to be economically active. It, therefore, makes sense to make use of the success story of Mabasa and many other gifted people to encourage the youth to look within and unlock their talents.

In emulating her, without a doubt, most South African youth with creative or artistic skills could find success in their path of personal fulfilment and economic freedom

 

Happy Youth month!

BMW Is Now Offering Long-Term Rentals In SA

BMW South Africa has launched Charter products, a new an all-inclusive finance solution that offers the benefits of driving the latest BMW and MINI vehicles, without having to own a vehicle.

The BMW Group Financial Services Charter solution allows consumers the use of a BMW or MINI vehicle, at a fixed monthly rental payment, without the need to consider a deposit, depreciating values, interest rate fluctuations or final balloon payments.

BMW Group South Africa, in adapting to the changing needs of consumers, has meticulously designed the Charter finance solution for individuals who drive fewer than 20,000 km per year, prefer an inclusive finance solution, and do not want to own a vehicle.

The fixed monthly rental fee is calculated based on an individual consumer’s chosen rental period and agreed-upon mileage limit (up to 20,000 km per year). This fee includes comprehensive insurance cover, as well as the BMW Group’s signature Motorplan service plan for added peace of mind. Excluded from the monthly fee are fuel and toll fees, as well as certain wear-and-tear items.

BMW Charter Rentals

Rental periods range from 12 to 54 months, with mileage parameters from 10,000 to 95,000 kilometres for the period. The vehicle can be returned to a preferred approved BMW or MINI retailer at the end of the rental period.

BMW Group South Africa believes in the power of choice, and BMW Charter and MINI Charter affords consumers another avenue to exercise this choice.

According to Stefan Schuett, Chief Executive Officer for BMW Group Financial Services South Africa: “The Charter offer for our BMW and MINI brands is, we feel, the right product at the right time.

“In keeping with our mission to support consumers in realising their dreams, we want to ensure they are able to choose a vehicle finance solution that appeals to them and is aligned with their mobility aspirations. BMW Charter and MINI Charter is a flexible and customisable option to continue delivering world-class experiences from BMW Group Financial Services South Africa to local consumers.

Discovery Bank Is Launching Vitality Pay As You Gym To All Clients

Discovery Bank announced today that it will offer Vitality Pay as you Gym to all Discovery clients, including those with a Discovery Account.

This is part of making physical activity more accessible for all Discovery clients.

It’s easy to use and clients can access more than 170 Virgin Active and Planet Fitness clubs nationwide.

Clients simply go to a club, scan the QR code at the entrance, seamlessly pay the access fee of between R75 and R100 (depending on the facility) from either a Discovery Bank transaction account, credit card or using Discovery Miles, and enjoy their workout.

As an introductory special offer, Discovery clients can make unlimited use of Vitality Pay as you Gym for free between 20 June and 31 July 2022 and get a free smoothie after their first visit.

Launches Discovery Account

Discovery also announced that its clients who don’t already have a Bank account, now have exclusive access to the Discovery Account.

“It is a fully digital banking account at zero monthly fees, that is easy to activate; clients can access their full Discovery product portfolio in the app.”

They also have access to the following benefits:

  • The Vitality Travel booking platform and its unique rewards with a 10% saving on local and international flights (up to 35% for Vitality Health members) on all domestic and regional flights – including Airlink, FlySafair, LIFT, South African Airways and CemAir – as well as on accommodation and car hire. The platform also includes access to properties and the best available rates on Booking.com so that clients can book everything in one place, with the option of paying with Discovery Miles and using the benefits of Vitality Travel servicing.
  • A Discovery Miles Account where clients can track and save the Discovery Miles that they earn across their Discovery products (including their Vitality Health and Vitality Drive benefits). Clients can convert their Miles into cash and they automatically qualify for up to 15% off when they spend Discovery Miles – doubling to up to 30% off on Miles Ð-Day (on the 15th of every month).
  • Discovery Pay, the digital payments capability for real time payments. This includes Health Pay whereby Discovery Health Medical Scheme members can integrate payments for out-of-pocket medical expenses. Members can instantly settle any out-of-pocket expenses at participating GPs, pharmacies, hospitals, pathologists, radiologists, and other healthcare providers directly from a linked Discovery Bank account.