Cartrack targets tricky US market

 

Cartrack, a South African new player in the vehicle tracking industry is actively pursuing global opportunities, is targeting growth prospects in the United States. By Gugu Lourie


Cartrack provides services related to stolen vehicle recovery, fleet management and insurance telematics through Software as a Service (Saas).

The company has more than 430 000 units installed in cars globally, after recording 24% growth in its maiden results.

Its technology solutions have so far helped to recover stolen vehicles in South Africa valued at R450m.

“The board of directors of the company is pleased to announce that the company is planning to launch a start-up operation in Orlando, USA by the end of this calendar year,” the firm informed investors on Friday.

The company competes with JSE-listed Digicore, which was recently acquired by US-based technology firm Novatel for R1.1bn.

Cartrack seems to be following DigiCore’s footsteps by creating more value for its shareholders, which includes Onecell Holdings and LMA Madeira.

The company has recently been awarded a prisoner tracking tender in Singapore.

This development reflects Cartrack’s flexibility and scalability of its technology platform as well as the innovative capabilities of its in-house agile engineers.

Cartrack is a company to watch closely in this competitive industry. If all goes well it could grow into a bigger global player as it continues to generate strong cash flows and deliver good dividends to its shareholders.

Fibre market in SA explodes

 

The fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) market is now so competitive big telcos are doing all they can – including snapping up smaller competitors – to stay ahead of the game. By Gugu Lourie


Oddly, the FTTH market rose out of the ashes of Telkom’s dwindling fixed-line telephone business that provides internet access to South Africans.

It is not a surprise that rival telcos and new players are taking Telkom on as they push for a market share of FTTH.

But the proliferation of companies that deploy fibre across the country is raising fears about the South African market becoming over traded.

JM Busha Asset Managers’ equity analyst Simba Chimhanzi says that there are not too many players seeking to or currently deploying fibre in South Africa.

“Globally, fibre deployment has outpaced South Africa as the established providers primarily have their focus around major metropolitan areas. Smaller and new players are taking initiative to build FTTH in areas that established providers have no presence,” he explains.

 

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Vox Telecom FTTH

 

South Africa is at a turning point for the deployment of broadband access, which is a platform for knowledge exchange and creative development that leads to economic growth and job creation.

As part of its growth trajectory, Telkom aims to use its open access fibre broadband network to deploy FTTH to 500 000 houses by the end of 2016 and to reach one million houses by March 2018 through.

This week, Telkom also launched Openserve, which is aimed at increasing broadband access in the country through open access on its network and increase competitiveness of smaller players. Openserve will be rolling out its high-speed fibre-to-the-home service available on an open access basis to all licensed operators.

MTN, South Africa’s second largest mobile phone operator, is also expanding its FTTH network via acquisition and organic growth. The operator, which is rolling out its fibre across the country, recently bought Smart Village from MultiChoice for an undisclosed amount.

Smart Village fibre network services 29 000 residential homes in Gauteng, the Western Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Vodacom is also quietly deploying its fibre network and services. VumaTel is also connecting Johannesburg northern suburbrs to the fibre network.

Metrofibre Networx, a provider led by ex-Absa CEO Steve Booysen and supported by its active shareholder Sanlam Private Equity, has its eyes on the booming fibre market.

In July telecoms operator Vox Telecom acquired internet service provider, Frogfoot Networks, to hasten its move into the fast-growing fibre market.

There are more players deploying fibre such as Cool Ideas, Cybersmart, Dark Fibre, iBurst, M-WEB, Sainet and Web Africa.

Cell C is also planning to roll-out its fibre network soon.

The rapid proliferation of fibre providers obviously raises eyebrows. But Chimhanzi is unfazed.

“This is good for both the market and consumers as more players enhance the pace and reach of fibre deployment throughout the country,” says Chimhanzi.

 

“If deployment is run under an open access model whereby peers let people on its network, consumers will have more choice when it comes to choosing their preferred internet service provider. This encourages service based competition rather than Infrastructure based competition.”

Furthermore, big telcos such as Telkom, Vodacom and MTN can generate wholesale revenues by allowing rivals to come onto their networks within an open system.

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Fibre rollout in Sunninghil by Metrofibre Networx

Last month Telkom announced its intention of becoming an open-access operator. The fixed line giant has opened copper access at 200 exchanges on trial basis.

The industry is likely to experience organic and acquisitive growth. Chimhanzi agrees that big telcos are likely to be aggressive buyers of smaller players.

“They (large players) can also take an aggressive, predatory approach of acquiring the smaller ISPs that are providing ‘last mile’ connectivity into the homes,” says Chimhanzi.
The equity analyst warns that the possibility exists that underfunded and inexperienced companies might take short cuts and roll-out substandard cables.

 

“Fibre optic cables are very expensive to install, and this poses the risk of smaller inexperienced players providing sub-standard installation and connectivity,” explains Chimhanzi. “Organisational bodies like the FTTH Council Africa, bring governments, operators and regulators together to address these challenges and risks and therefore ensure a robust and efficient FTTH deployment not only in South Africa but across Africa.”

But the big question is whether the FTTH Council Africa is doing enough to police the deployment of fibre in South Africa.

That said, the industry and customers residing where fibre is being rolled-out are likely to benefit from faster broadband access in the near future

Why Turrito bought Dial a Nerd?

 

Dial a Nerd is set to bolster the offering of Turrito Networks in the small medium enterprises (SMEs) market. By Gugu Lourie


Dial a Nerd, a technology support company known for 17 years for sending a nerd to fix your computer, has been snapped up by Turrito Networks, a subsidiary of JSE-listed investment group MICROmega.

Turrito Networks, a converged communication provider, is buying a 51% stake in Dial a Nerd.

The deal will be finance through equity and shares.

Colin Thornton, who founded Dial a Nerd in 1998, and his brother Aaron will both remain substantial shareholders in the firm. While other shareholders, Roberto Caprio and Phil Case, who joined in 2002 and 2006 respectively, will be selling their shareholding.

The firms did not disclose more terms of the deal.

MICROmega – a R2.2 billion firm that operates in the technology, stockbroking industries and occupational health and safety spaces – owns 66% of Turrito Networks.  The listed investment company has seen its share price rise more than 500% in the past three years after the return of Dave King, a controversial businessman, as an executive chairman.

King came back after settling a long-standing tax dispute with the South African Revenue Service.

MICROmega has grown organically and through acquisitions of companies such as Aspirata Auditing Testing Certification, Freshmark Systems, Rdata and Amanzi Meters.

Dial a Nerd is set to bolster the offering of Turrito Networks in the small medium enterprises (SMEs) market.

“With the acquisition of Dial a Nerd, Turrito Networks is now able to offer an end-to-end IT solution, resulting in a single point of responsibility and none of the finger pointing endemic to the IT industry,” says Brian Timperley, managing director of Turrito Networks.

“Dial a Nerd already has a large SME customer base and can now offer them all market available connectivity, hosting and Cloud solutions.

“The two companies, working closely together, can now handle every aspect of an SME’s IT, from the keyboard right through to the internet with a wider range of skills and the same massive focus on superior service.”

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Pictured left to right: Louis Jardim, commercial director at Turrito Networks, Aaron Thornton, co-MD at Dial a Nerd, Brian Timperley, MD at Turrito Networks and Colin Thornton, co-MD at Dial a Nerd

The deal makes Turrito Networks a more sizable company and enables it to be the first service provider to encompass every aspect of IT for the SME market.

This will include managed desktop and LAN (local area network) through to managed connectivity and WAN (wireless area network), as well as managed hosting and cloud solutions.

The transaction enables Dial a Nerd to offer more comprehensive solutions.

The deal enables both firms to handle every aspect of an SME’s IT, from the keyboard right through to the Internet with a wider range of skills.

“There is benefit in the substantial financial backing offered by the MICROmega, which enables far more investment in our growth,” says Colin Thornton, co-managing director of Dial a Nerd

Dial a Nerd employs about 60 people and plans to increase its workforce.

When asked if Turrito Networks is a good fit for Dial a Nerd, Thornton says connectivity is an absolutely essential piece of the IT environment.  The company has worked with other internet service providers in the past.

“However, without having a major relationship with one of them we could never leverage truly great service and pricing for our customers. With Turrito Networks that has changed.”

On the other hand, Turrito Networks regards Dial a Nerd as an important element in its growth strategy.

“There are significant synergies between the two organisations and the benefits to Turrito Networks and Dial a Nerd are mutual and substantial,” says Timperley.

 

“Dial a Nerd customers require superior connectivity, especially with the advent and rapid uptake of Cloud services, and Turrito Networks customers need exceptional support extending right to their desktops and Local Network. It’s a powerful partnership, and one that is sure to stir things up in the SME space.”

Turrito Networks already operates in various African countries.

Timperley says the company “will be looking to introduce Dial a Nerd and expand both brand northwards”.

Experience true innovation at MyWorld of Tomorrow

 

With less than a week to go before the start of MyWorld of Tomorrow, Business Connexion (BCX) is pleased to announce that a host of sponsors and exhibitors will be present at the second annual technology and lifestyle expo. By Staff Writer


Taking place from 22 – 24 October at the Sandton Convention Centre, MyWorld of Tomorrow is an African-led movement inspired by technological innovation and bringing thought leaders, communities and experiences together under one roof, creating discussion and solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) and its meaning for Africa.

Far more than just a conference and exhibition, MyWorld of Tomorrow is a platform for interaction and knowledge sharing in the technology and innovation space across industries.

The conference line-up includes both international and local thought leaders, such as Paul Maritz, Dion Chang, Clem Sunter and Emma Sadleir, and will cover a variety of topics ranging from the Internet of Things, cybersecurity, renewable energy and innovation.

The exhibition, which runs alongside the conference and only finishes on Saturday, is set to be an immersive experience of current technological innovations and a showcase of what is yet to come.

Sponsors and partner include Business Connexion, who will showcase an augmented reality experience, Telkom, IBM, HP and Cisco. Also present at the event will be the Technology Innovation Agency, Huawei and Dell.

EMC2 will have their data science and big data analytics team who were part of the team analyzing motorcycle racer John McGuinness’ performance to understand what makes the world famous “Morecambe Missile” the success he is onsite and visitors will have the opportunity to view John’s bike and racing suit.

Other brands that will be showcasing their innovation at the event include Oracle, Canon, Maxtec, Cell C, Lenovo and Belgium Campus, an ICT university focusing on IT learning and development, as well as technology in education. Rectron, MakerBot, Westcon CompTech, IFS, Fujitsu, NetApp, ThingWorx, MpeloTech, Locomute, The University of Pretoria, Sage Pastel, NGA, The Innovation Hub, FastNet, Dassault Systems and Mercedes Benz will also be showcasing solutions.

“There will be something for every member of the family on show at the event,” says Zinhle Modiselle, general manager of marketing at Business Connexion. “We will have a variety of experiences on show, from 3D printing, to a connected car and a complete 3D experience and the HDIYouth ‘Ready.Steady.Success!’ platform aimed at our young people. Oneal and #Kellman from CliffCentral will be broadcasting live from the event on Friday and, on Saturday, DJ Sphectacula and DJ Naves will be performing.”

The extensive exhibition showcases South Africa’s most innovative companies with the latest in technology and solutions.  This fascinating space will allow conference delegates and general visitors to experience the technology of tomorrow, in an informative and engaging manner.

For more information, please visit www.mwotafrica.com

 

SA mulls body-worn cameras for police

 

The argument for the use of police body cameras is gaining momentum in South Africa, amid growing demand for greater police accountability, especially in the wake of the Marikana massacre. By 


The cameras are typically worn on the chests of police officers. Their use is becoming common globally.

The chairperson of parliament’s portfolio committee on policing, Francois Beukman, recently asked for serious discussions on introducing body cameras in the South African Police Service.

The police say they are discussing the use of technology, including body cameras, to improve communications and for the safety of officers. South Africa has a high rate of police murders.

The case for police-worn body cameras

A recent study involving the random assignment of body cameras to half of the 54 patrol officers in Rialto, California, showed:

… shifts without cameras experienced twice as many incidents of use of force as shifts with cameras.

and

… the rate of use of force incidents per 1000 contacts was reduced by 2.5 times.

In a recent examination of allegations of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha, a township for black people in Cape Town, criminologist Andrew Faull suggested body cameras could improve the ability of police management to monitor officers’ interactions with civilians.

In March 2015, the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum produced a comprehensive report on smart policing technologies. The report highlighted the need for body cameras on local police.

It also cited the Igarape Instute’s Smart Policing Project. The project consists of an app for smartphones that tracks video, audio and GPS coordinates passively and in real time. It aims to improve police accountability and strengthen public safety in low- and middle-income settings in Brazil, Kenya and South Africa.

South Africa ran a one-month pilot scheme under the Smart Policing Project in October 2014. The South African Police Service and the Cape Town municipal police declined to participate because the technology was not stable. According to Gideon Morris, the provincial secretary for police, the focus of the pilot was:

… >to get the technology stable enough and to try and expand the use of it once they know that the prototype is working fully. Once this had been achieved the discussion with SAPS will be resumed.

Nevertheless, traffic officers from the National Department of Transport who took part in the pilot were not averse to wearing body cameras. They responded positively, saying their actions were questioned less by the public who knew they were being recorded.

Police brutality a rising problem

Incidents of police brutality are an ongoing problem in South Africa and body camera technology may help reduce them. Among the most recent high-profile cases:

  • In 2013, cellphone images showed Mido Macia, a Mozambican national working in South Africa as a taxi driver, handcuffed and being dragged behind a police van. The images were shot by members of the public and were used in court.
  • In 2011, the South African Broadcasting Corporation broadcast images of the killing by police of a protester Andries Tatane. Despite the evidence, the inability to accurately identify the officers involved resulted in their acquittal.

Use of technology not without risks

The advantages of body cameras seem obvious. The civilian oversight forum report highlighted the potential benefits of recordings, including for police training. Research from Scotland supports the evidentiary benefits of body cameras, saying they expedite resolution of cases.

They also provide additional protection for the police from public complaints. That way, they may even reduce the costs to the state from civil claims.

But the use of footage is not without unintended consequences. In Australia, it was found that a victim’s demeanour at a scene often differed greatly from what was presented in the courtroom. Footage depicting the initial reactions of a victim compared to the post traumatic aftermath can result in a victim essentially being re-victimised in the process.

The disadvantages of cameras also relate to privacy issues for both the police and the public.

Legislative changes required

Among the hurdles to the use of technology in policing is the the need for enabling legislation, especially to cover cases where privacy and evidential matters arise. Unfortunately the law will always remain light years behind technology.

The Electronic Communications and Transactions Act governs the admissibility and evidential weight of electronic evidence in court.

South African law relating to electronic evidence is, however, hampered by the lack of procedures governing the collection, storage and presentation of electronic evidence for purposes of criminal proceedings.

The South African Law Reform Commission has recommended changes to legislation to address the issue.

Clearing hurdles to progress

The use of body cameras in South Africa is an inevitable, welcome progression. But for this to happen, both the public and the police must actively embrace the technology for their mutual benefit.

There also needs to be discussion about the extent that these technological advances can help or hinder academic research of the police. Police are notoriously difficult for researchers to access. Will it mean they have a legitimate reason to exclude personal access and require researchers to study camera footage instead?

Vodacom iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus prices

 

The first Vodacom store to start selling the device will be Vodacom World in Midrand, which is set to open at 6 am today (Friday 16 October 2015). Breakfast snacks and coffee will be on offer for eager customers.  By Staff Writer


Vodacom packages include:

iPhone 6s

16GB

Available on a range of contracts including the Vodacom Smart S for R549 per month for 24 months. This deal includes an extra 1GB of data for the first three months.

Customers can trade in their iPhone 6 128GB for an iPhone 6s 16GB and pay only R299 on a Vodacom Smart S contract.

64GB

Available on a range of contracts including the Vodacom Smart S for R799 per month for 24 months. This deal includes an extra 1GB of data for the first three months.

128GB

Available on a range of contracts including the Vodacom Smart S for R899 per month for 24 months. This deal includes an extra 1GB of data for the first three months.

iPhone 6s Plus

16GB

Available on a range of contracts including the Vodacom Smart M for R699 per month for 24 months. This deal includes an extra 1GB of data for the first three months.

64GB

Available on a range of contracts including the Vodacom Smart M for R799 per month for 24 months. This deal includes an extra 1GB of data for the first three months.

128GB

Available on a range of contracts including the Vodacom Smart M for R899 per month for 24 months. This deal includes an extra 1GB of data for the first three months.

MTN iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus prices

At a glittering event attended by the A-list celebrities in the entertainment world, MTN launched and unveiled the pricing of its iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. By Staff Writer


MTN’s head office store in Johannesburg, and its flagship shops in Cape Town and Durban were doing brisk trade way past midnight catering to customers who wished to be among the first to acquire this iconic handset.

“MTN is excited to once more provide its customers with the opportunity to own the most advanced iPhone ever made. We have made a substantial investment of R12 billion into our network to ensure that we deliver the services that come with cutting edge devices such as the iPhone 6S,” says Larry Annetts, Chief Marketing Officer: MTN South Africa.

 

 

“This is part of our efforts at offering our customers with a distinct customer experience.”

MTN will be offering the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus on an optional 36 months contract as well.

This extended contract, which is a culmination of customer feedback, offers control and choice to customers and will substantially reduce the monthly. premiums.

The full list of MTN pricing is listed below.

 

Contract Term Price Plan Model Bundle Description Price
24 Months MTN Anytime 200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 16GB 500MB X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 489
24 Months MTN Anytime 350 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 16GB 500MB X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 599
24 Months MTN Anytime 500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 16GB 1GB  X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 719
24 Months MTN Anytime 750 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 16GB 1GB  X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 849
24 Months MTN Anytime 1200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 16GB 2GB  X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 1199
24 Months MTN Anytime 1500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 16GB 2GB  X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 1649
24 Months .MINUTE 100 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 16GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 489
24 Months .MINUTE 200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 16GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 599
24 Months .MINUTE 350 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 16GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 719
24 Months .MINUTE 500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 16GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 849
24 Months .MINUTE 1000 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 16GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 1249
24 Months MTN Anytime 200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 64GB 500MB X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 559
24 Months MTN Anytime 350 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 64GB 500MB X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 669
24 Months MTN Anytime 500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 64GB 1GB  X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 789
24 Months MTN Anytime 750 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 64GB 1GB  X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 919
24 Months MTN Anytime 1200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 64GB 2GB  X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 1269
24 Months MTN Anytime 1500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 64GB 2GB  X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 1719
24 Months .MINUTE 100 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 64GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 559
24 Months .MINUTE 200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 64GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 669
24 Months .MINUTE 350 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 64GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 789
24 Months .MINUTE 500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 64GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 919
24 Months .MINUTE 1000 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 64GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 1319
24 Months MTN Anytime 200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 128GB 500MB X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 619
24 Months MTN Anytime 350 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 128GB 500MB X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 729
24 Months MTN Anytime 500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 128GB 1GB  X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 849
24 Months MTN Anytime 750 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 128GB 1GB  X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 979
24 Months MTN Anytime 1200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 128GB 2GB  X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 1329
24 Months MTN Anytime 1500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 128GB 2GB  X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 1779
24 Months .MINUTE 100 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 128GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 619
24 Months .MINUTE 200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 128GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 729
24 Months .MINUTE 350 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 128GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 849
24 Months .MINUTE 500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 128GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 979
24 Months .MINUTE 1000 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 128GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 1379
24 Months MTN Anytime 200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 16GB 500MB X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 559
24 Months MTN Anytime 350 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 16GB 500MB X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 669
24 Months MTN Anytime 500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 16GB 1GB  X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 789
24 Months MTN Anytime 750 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 16GB 1GB  X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 919
24 Months MTN Anytime 1200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 16GB 2GB  X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 1269
24 Months MTN Anytime 1500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 16GB 2GB  X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 1719
24 Months .MINUTE 100 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 16GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 559
24 Months .MINUTE 200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 16GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 669
24 Months .MINUTE 350 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 16GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 789
24 Months .MINUTE 500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 16GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 919
24 Months .MINUTE 1000 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 16GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 1319
24 Months MTN Anytime 200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 64GB 500MB X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 619
24 Months MTN Anytime 350 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 64GB 500MB X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 729
24 Months MTN Anytime 500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 64GB 1GB  X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 849
24 Months MTN Anytime 750 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 64GB 1GB  X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 979
24 Months MTN Anytime 1200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 64GB 2GB  X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 1329
24 Months MTN Anytime 1500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 64GB 2GB  X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 1779
24 Months .MINUTE 100 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 64GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 619
24 Months .MINUTE 200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 64GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 729
24 Months .MINUTE 350 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 64GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 849
24 Months .MINUTE 500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 64GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 979
24 Months .MINUTE 1000 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 64GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 1379
24 Months MTN Anytime 200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 128GB 500MB X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 689
24 Months MTN Anytime 350 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 128GB 500MB X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 799
24 Months MTN Anytime 500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 128GB 1GB  X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 919
24 Months MTN Anytime 750 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 128GB 1GB  X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 1049
24 Months MTN Anytime 1200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 128GB 2GB  X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 1399
24 Months MTN Anytime 1500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 128GB 2GB  X 24 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 1849
24 Months .MINUTE 100 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 128GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 689
24 Months .MINUTE 200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 128GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 799
24 Months .MINUTE 350 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 128GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 919
24 Months .MINUTE 500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 128GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 1049
24 Months .MINUTE 1000 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 128GB FREE LTE VAS X 24 MONTHS 1449
36 Months MTN Anytime 200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 128GB 500MB X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 449
36 Months MTN Anytime 350 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 128GB 500MB X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 559
36 Months MTN Anytime 500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 128GB 1GB  X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 679
36 Months MTN Anytime 750 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 128GB 1GB  X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 809
36 Months MTN Anytime 1200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 128GB 2GB  X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 1159
36 Months MTN Anytime 1500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 128GB 2GB  X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 1609
36 Months .MINUTE 100 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 128GB FREE LTE VAS X 200 SMS X 500 MB 449
36 Months .MINUTE 200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 128GB FREE LTE VAS X 300 SMS X 500 MB 559
36 Months .MINUTE 350 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 128GB FREE LTE VAS X 500 SMS X 1GB 679
36 Months .MINUTE 500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 128GB FREE LTE VAS X 500 SMS X 1GB 809
36 Months .MINUTE 1000 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 128GB FREE LTE VAS X 500 SMS X 2GB 1209
36 Months MTN Anytime 200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 16GB 500MB X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 349
36 Months MTN Anytime 350 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 16GB 500MB X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 459
36 Months MTN Anytime 500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 16GB 1GB  X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 579
36 Months MTN Anytime 750 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 16GB 1GB  X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 709
36 Months MTN Anytime 1200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 16GB 2GB  X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 1059
36 Months MTN Anytime 1500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 16GB 2GB  X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 1509
36 Months .MINUTE 100 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 16GB FREE LTE VAS X 200 SMS X 500 MB 349
36 Months .MINUTE 200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 16GB FREE LTE VAS X 300 SMS X 500 MB 459
36 Months .MINUTE 350 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 16GB FREE LTE VAS X 500 SMS X 1GB 579
36 Months .MINUTE 500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 16GB FREE LTE VAS X 500 SMS X 1GB 709
36 Months .MINUTE 1000 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 16GB FREE LTE VAS X 500 SMS X 2GB 1109
36 Months MTN Anytime 200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 64GB 500MB X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 399
36 Months MTN Anytime 350 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 64GB 500MB X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 509
36 Months MTN Anytime 500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 64GB 1GB  X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 629
36 Months MTN Anytime 750 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 64GB 1GB  X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 759
36 Months MTN Anytime 1200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 64GB 2GB  X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 1109
36 Months MTN Anytime 1500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 64GB 2GB  X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 1559
36 Months .MINUTE 100 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 64GB FREE LTE VAS X 200 SMS X 500 MB 399
36 Months .MINUTE 200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 64GB FREE LTE VAS X 300 SMS X 500 MB 509
36 Months .MINUTE 350 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 64GB FREE LTE VAS X 500 SMS X 1GB 629
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36 Months .MINUTE 1000 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S 64GB FREE LTE VAS X 500 SMS X 2GB 1159
36 Months MTN Anytime 200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 128GB 500MB X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 499
36 Months MTN Anytime 350 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 128GB 500MB X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 609
36 Months MTN Anytime 500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 128GB 1GB  X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 729
36 Months MTN Anytime 750 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 128GB 1GB  X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 859
36 Months MTN Anytime 1200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 128GB 2GB  X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 1209
36 Months MTN Anytime 1500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 128GB 2GB  X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 1659
36 Months .MINUTE 100 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 128GB FREE LTE VAS X 200 SMS X 500 MB 499
36 Months .MINUTE 200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 128GB FREE LTE VAS X 300 SMS X 500 MB 609
36 Months .MINUTE 350 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 128GB FREE LTE VAS X 500 SMS X 1GB 729
36 Months .MINUTE 500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 128GB FREE LTE VAS X 500 SMS X 1GB 859
36 Months .MINUTE 1000 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 128GB FREE LTE VAS X 500 SMS X 2GB 1259
36 Months MTN Anytime 200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 16GB 500MB X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 399
36 Months MTN Anytime 350 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 16GB 500MB X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 509
36 Months MTN Anytime 500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 16GB 1GB  X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 629
36 Months MTN Anytime 750 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 16GB 1GB  X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 759
36 Months MTN Anytime 1200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 16GB 2GB  X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 1109
36 Months MTN Anytime 1500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 16GB 2GB  X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 1559
36 Months .MINUTE 100 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 16GB FREE LTE VAS X 200 SMS X 500 MB 399
36 Months .MINUTE 200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 16GB FREE LTE VAS X 300 SMS X 500 MB 509
36 Months .MINUTE 350 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 16GB FREE LTE VAS X 500 SMS X 1GB 629
36 Months .MINUTE 500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 16GB FREE LTE VAS X 500 SMS X 1GB 759
36 Months .MINUTE 1000 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 16GB FREE LTE VAS X 500 SMS X 2GB 1159
36 Months MTN Anytime 200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 64GB 500MB X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 449
36 Months MTN Anytime 350 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 64GB 500MB X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 559
36 Months MTN Anytime 500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 64GB 1GB  X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 679
36 Months MTN Anytime 750 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 64GB 1GB  X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 809
36 Months MTN Anytime 1200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 64GB 2GB  X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 1159
36 Months MTN Anytime 1500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 64GB 2GB  X 36 MONTHS + FREE LTE VAS 1609
36 Months .MINUTE 100 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 64GB FREE LTE VAS X 200 SMS X 500 MB 449
36 Months .MINUTE 200 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 64GB FREE LTE VAS X 300 SMS X 500 MB 559
36 Months .MINUTE 350 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 64GB FREE LTE VAS X 500 SMS X 1GB 679
36 Months .MINUTE 500 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 64GB FREE LTE VAS X 500 SMS X 1GB 809
36 Months .MINUTE 1000 APPLE_I-PHONE 6S plus 64GB FREE LTE VAS X 500 SMS X 2GB 1209

  

 

Mozido opens African headoffice in Jozi

 

Mozido Africa, a subsidiary of Mozido, Inc., a global digital commerce and payments solution provider, has selected Johannesburg as its African headquarters. By Gugu Lourie


The Africa head office  of Mozido will be based in Fourways, Johannessburg.

Mozido’s mobile payments solution already benefits millions around the globe by addressing key financial payment challenges. Mozido is committed to the growing movement of innovative mobile payments technology to help future generations live well both in Africa and across the globe.

The firm said the opening of an office in Johannesburg represents a key milestone in its expansion and its commitment to the continent of Africa. A

frica has some of the fastest growing mobile money markets worldwide. Providing African consumers access to Mozido’s innovative platform will change how mobile money is utilised across the continent.

“Our mission is to provide financial accessibility globally. Africa is a vital region for implementing Mozido’s operations and strategically it made sense to have our regional headquarters in Johannesburg,” said Michael Liberty, founder of Mozido. “Currently, Africa leads the world in mobile money use, therefore Mozido will have a great deal to contribute to and learn from the growing and active consumer base.”

African operations are led by Cuthbert Tembedza, executive vice president of business development of Mozido Africa.

Mozido Africa plans to set the standard for mobile money with innovative technology and product solutions that target the entire population of banked, under-banked and unbanked consumers.

“As long as the majority of our people do not have access to financial services, there is work for each of us to do,” said Tembedza. “To date, mobile technology has proven to be a catalyst in addressing financial exclusion. What we need now is to ensure that someday each of the 1.1 billion people in Africa have access to financial services. Mozido’s cloud-based mobile platform will help achieve that goal.”

 

 

 

IOL closes online comments

 

in a letter on the group’s website on Thursday that IOL will be closing comments on its online articles with immediate effect. By Staff Writer


The move by IOL follows  a similar strategy by News24 last month.

“The freedom of expression guaranteed by our Constitution was never meant to override the personal freedoms and human rights of our fellow citizens,” says Ephraim.

He added that let me be clear that commenting on an article is not a right, but a courtesy afforded to you by IOL as a reader.

“If you are prone to being racist or sexist in your thinking, by all means express yourself on other platforms that may find such behaviour acceptable, but not on IOL,” Ephraim explains. “We are of the view that instances of abuse in our comments section have become untenable.”

In 2014 IOL set up an Advisory Panel to investigate online abuse on our platforms after a 16-year-old intern was subjected to horrendous written abuse related to an article she had written last year.

The panel’s report stated in short, that it is desirable to have online comments in the interests of freedom of expression. However, the constitutional rights of readers and members of the public should not be infringed by such comments. And there’s the rub.

“From now on we will only tolerate meaningful contributions that take place with dignity, respect and clarity of thought. This way we can deliver more of the type of journalism you want. When we do publish your opinion, it will be at the discretion of the IOL editorial team,” he said.

“You may e-mail your opinion to IOLletters@inl.co.za and we will consider it for publication. We will also pre-moderate and publish opinion on selected stories, provided they relate to the subject at hand.

“In arriving at our decision, we concluded that we’d rather devote resources to doing better journalism than recruiting more people to fend off the trolls who lurk in the alleys of the comment section, offering zero value to the conversation.”

Cell C iPhone 6s contract prices

 

Cell C today announced it will offer iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the most advanced iPhones ever, beginning on 16 October. iPhone 6s 16GB will be available starting at R449 per month for 24 months on the Epic 150 plan. By Staff Writer


iPhone 6s Plus 16GB will be available starting at R499 per month for 24 months on the Epic 150 plan. iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5s will also be available.

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus bring a powerful new dimension to iPhone’s revolutionary Multi-Touch interface with 3D Touch, which senses force to enable intuitive new ways to access features and interact with content.

Cell C customers will also be able to purchase the 32GB and 64GB versions of these devices. The iPhone 6S 64GB will be available at R499 on Epic 150 per month and the 128GB version on Epic 150 for R599. The iPhone 6S Plus 32GB is available on the Epic 150 for R549 and the 128GB for R649.

“As always, the iPhone is generating great buzz in the market and the large number of preorders prove that these devices remain exceptionally popular,” said Doug Mattheus, Cell C Executive Head of Marketing.

Customers can buy iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at Cell C retail shops and online at www.cellc.co.za. For complete details on pricing, please visit www.cellc.co.za. For more information on iPhone, please visit: www.apple.com/iphone.