May 27, 2008
Daily Podcast – May 27, 2008Back
Johannesburg|Africa|Bharti Airtel|Cement|Deutsche Telekom|NTT DoCoMo Incorporated|PROJECT|Reliance Communications|Resources|Sustainable|Telkom|Vodacom Group|Vodafone|Water|Africa|Botswana|France|Iraq|Japan|Mozambique|South Africa|USD|ZAR|De Hoop Dam|Energy|Fixed-line Telephone Operator|Merged Group|Mining|Mobile Operator|Mobile Phone Group|Mobile Phone Operator|Telecoms Group|Lindiwe Hendricks|Nicholas Sarkozy|Power|Water|Limpopo|Sub-Saharan Africa|Cellular Telephone
© Reuse this Tuesday, May twenty-seven, 2008.
Making headlines today:
South Africa's biggest mobile phone operator, Vodacom Group, reported strong growth in profit for the year ended March, Telkom said on Tuesday.
Telkom said its mobile unit Vodacom had 34-million customers by the end of the period and that its earnings before interest tax and depreciation rose 15% to 16,5-billion rand.
The world's largest mobile phone group by revenue, Vodafone, owns a 50% stake in Vodacom, with the remainder held by Telkom, Africa's largest fixed-line telephone operator.
Indian number two Reliance quickly stepped into the void after bigger rival Bharti Airtel pulled out of talks with MTN at the weekend aimed at taking control of sub-Saharan Africa's biggest mobile operator.
A combination of MTN, valued at 38-billion dollars, and Reliance, valued at 28-billion dollars, would create a top ten global industry player to rival Japan's NTT DoCoMo Incorporated in market value. In terms of subscribers, a merged group would slot in just below Deutsche Telekom - as the seventh biggest in the world.
The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry said this agreement had secured the 7,4-billion rand water supply project to Limpopo province, of which the De Hoop Dam was a large component.
The project would ensure a sustainable supply of water for mining and commercial use, as well as for public use.
Also making headlines:
Green Scorpions target cement producers in latest compliance campaign
In political news:
US candidates ponder Iraq strategy
Edited by: Shannon de Ryhove© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Intellectual Property Law News
Engineering, management and specialist technical services company Aurecon achieved a first in Tshwane in 2011 when its Lynnwood Bridge Office Park building, situated just off of the N1 highway, achieved a 4 star GreenStar SA – [Office Design v1, Office Design v1]...
Pharmaceutical companies typically invest substantial amounts of money into research and development. Their research, however, is not only aimed at discovering new active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). Instead, some companies make small modifications to existing...
A controversial patent process known as ‘ever-greening’ is being carried out by many pharmaceutical brands, and is preventing medications from being made available as generics, affecting many South Africans who are struggling to keep up with the cost of medication....
Recent Research Reports
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
This Week's Magazine
South Africa remains an important manufacturing and export platform for Ford Motor Company, says executive chairperson Bill Ford. However, he adds that other countries on the continent are “becoming interesting”, and that the US carmaker is casting its net wider for...
Germany’s Max-Planck-Society (MPG) and the Max-Planck-Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPlfR) are investing €11-million (about R150-million) into South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array programme. The money will be used to design, build and install S-band radio...
Infrastructure spend in sub-Saharan Africa will grow from $70-billion in 2013 to $180-billion by 2025, says PwC capital projects and infrastructure Africa leader Jonathan Cawood. This is one of the findings of PwC’s Capital Projects & Infrastructure report on East...
Private-owned defence and aerospace manufacturer Paramount Group and the Ichikowitz Family Foundation unveiled its Anti-Poaching Skills and K9 Training Academy in Magaliesburg last month.
The inclusion of Bluetooth to provide sub-three meter accuracy and heightened functionality for users is one of the ways to change existing wireless networks into engagement networks. An engagement network differs from common wireless networks in that it enables the...