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Vodacom bolsters international portfolio with R35bn Safaricom stake buy

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th May 2017 The pending acquisition of a 35% stake in Kenya’s largest telecoms group Safaricom will secure JSE-listed Vodacom a high-growth market that is as large as all of its international subsidiaries combined. The R35-billion deal, expected to be concluded in August, presented South Africa’s largest... 

Electric cars

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     5th May 2017 Michael Douglas, the actor starred in the 1987 film, Wall Street, played Gordon Gecko, who decreed that "greed is good". In the sequel to the film, Gekko, in 2000, is released from prison after serving eight years for insider trading and securities fraud. He is handed his possessions, which were... 

Innovation, home-grown solutions to be showcased at event

     5th May 2017 Conference and exhibition African Utility Week, held in Cape Town from May 16 to 18, will showcase how the continent is coming up with innovative, home-grown solutions to its energy and water challenges and how these are creating exciting and lucrative opportunities for utilities and industry... 

Vodacom chairperson to step down in July

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th April 2017 Vodacom chairperson Peter Moyo will step down from the board at the company’s annual general meeting on July 18. He will join Old Mutual Emerging Markets as CEO in June. 

Products supplied by A.B.E Construction Chemicals were successfully applied to create and coat floors in four parts of Southern Africa.

     9th March 2017 A.B.E. Is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group. The A.B.E. Products supplied were: 

African Utility Week Industry Awards include new gas, small scale and ICT categories to reflect evolution of energy and water sectors

     20th February 2017 Nominations are open for top industry professionals and projects   “I know the energy revolution is powering up and ready to take off. We should embrace energy trade with each other”.  With these words Mr Kandeh Yumkella, UN Under-Secretary-General and Former Special Representative of the... 

IBM to train 25m Africans over five years

By: Bloomberg     17th February 2017 Technology group IBM is ramping up its digital-skills training program to accommodate as many as 25-million Africans in the next five years, looking toward building a future workforce on the continent. The US giant plans to make an initial investment of R945-million to roll out the training... 

Icasa starts public hearings on draft National Radio Frequency Plan

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th February 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Thursday kicked off the public hearings on the revised draft update to the National Radio Frequency Plan (NRFP), which is aimed at ensuring the most efficient use of the radio frequency spectrum. Stakeholders presenting at the... 

Expo and conference to focus on major industry trends

     3rd February 2017 In line with significant changes in the power and energy landscapes in Africa, this year’s African Utility Week (AUW) conference and expo will focus on the latest challenges, developments and opportunities in the power and water sectors. “The availability of private investment for power and... 

Strong developmental flavour to Africa’s tentative adoption of IoT solutions

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th January 2017 The concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) is beginning to penetrate Africa, where adoption, albeit patchy and hesitant, is underpinned primarily by a developmental agenda, as well as efforts by firms to bolster productivity and efficiency. The continent’s unique socioeconomic and business... 

Strong developmental flavour to Africa’s tentative adoption of IoT solutions

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th January 2017 As the Internet of Things (IoT) embeds its early-stage unique shape across Africa, one thing is certain: the continent cannot afford to fall behind as it approaches the adoption of the interconnected way of life in its own way to drive growth and development. Despite an initially slow, hesitant... 

Otel Connect Store Simplifies Voice & Data

     19th January 2017 South Africa's increasingly competitive telecoms landscape is good news for the economy but potentially confusing for the consumer. Local fixed, mobile and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) users today have a choice of a couple of fixed line providers, several cellular networks and dozens of... 

African Utility Week to host launch of YEPP for young power pros and graduates wishing to solve Africa’s energy challenges

     18th January 2017 African Utility Week to gather 7000+ power professionals in Cape Town “Youth unemployment on the continent is a major epidemic and internship opportunities are an amazing solution to help maximize human capital development on the continent” says Daniel Antwi, co-founder of the Africa Internship... 

African Utility Week returns to Cape Town in May and showcases how community scale projects are the continent’s energy future

     18th January 2017 Expo and conference to focus on major industry trends “The power and energy landscape in Africa is undergoing significant change” says Evan Schiff, African Utility Week event director, adding that current trends include “the availability of private investment for power and energy projects, the... 

Liquid Telecoms’ buyout of Neotel nears final hurdle

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th November 2016 The R6.5-billion buyout of converged communications network operator Neotel by privately owned Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom is reaching its final hurdle – approval by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). The acquisition was progressing “very well” and the... 

BLSA appoints Mabuza as chair as it unveils new leaders

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st October 2016 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has announced the appointment of Telkom’s Jabu Mabuza as its new chairperson and Shell South Africa’s Bonang Mohale as its deputy chairperson after a council meeting, which also approved a new board of directors for the big business grouping. Mabuza and... 

Neotel optimistic for next decade as R6.5bn buyout nears conclusion

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th October 2016 Ten-year-old converged communications network operator Neotel is confident of the company’s further growth in the next decade as it awaits the conclusion of its buyout by privately-owned Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom. The R6.5-billion acquisition by a shareholder with a similar vision... 

Operators cannot move forward without high-demand spectrum

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th October 2016 While the #datamustfall movement is calling for lower data prices, telecommunications giant Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub says there is only so much an operator can do to comply with demands without high-demand spectrum. Speaking at the yearly MyBroadband Conference, which took place in Midrand, on... 

Home Affairs opens new contact centre to speed up service delivery

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th October 2016 Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Tuesday launched the Department of Home Affairs’ (DHA's) new contact centre, which is aimed at speeding up enquiries and at opening multiple avenues for citizens to access information about their applications and the validity of their documents. Situated at... 

PRASA unit, Vodacom in R1bn ICT services, dark-fibre-optic network lease deal

By: Irma Venter     14th October 2016   Vodacom has signed a 15-year deal with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), through its subsidiary Intersite Asset Investments, valued at more than R1-billion. Intersite is responsible for property and asset development within PRASA. It aims to raise additional revenue for the... 

PRASA, Vodacom sign R1bn, 15-year fibre deal

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2016  Vodacom has signed a 15-year deal with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), through its subsidiary Intersite Asset Investments, valued at more than R1-billion. Intersite is responsible for property and asset development within PRASA. It aims to raise additional revenue for the... 

Vodacom enhances coverage in Gautrain’s underground tunnels

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th September 2016 Telecommunications giant Vodacom has enhanced its connectivity coverage along select routes of Gautrain’s underground tracks with speeds in excess of 100 Mb/s The group on Tuesday announced that its fourth-generation (4G) coverage currently deployed along the Rosebank, Sandton, Marlboro and... 

Deloitte acquires youth-led innovation hub

     30th August 2016 In a move designed to further diversify its offerings across industry sectors, Deloitte has acquired South African youth-led innovation consultancy SpringAge with effect from 1 August, 2016.   Founded in 2012 by female entrepreneurs Neliswa Fente and Raelene Rorke Clarke, SpringAge finds... 

Merchants launches second Vodacom customer service centre

     11th August 2016 With the opening of its Vodacom contact centre in Cape Town, leading South African BPO provider, Merchants, can now claim the title of longest standing partner and largest contact centre provider in South Africa. With the addition of this centre, Merchants is now accountable for operating the... 

Multimillion Rand Africa Projects Offer Huge Potential For SA Stainless Steel Supply

     5th August 2016 Strategic trips by the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) to Tanzania, Senegal and Mozambique as part of the dti’s Export Marketing and Investment Assistance Scheme (EMIA) have yielded a number of exciting, ‘new market’ opportunities for local companies wishing to... 

Data the new voice as Telkom shifts focus

By: News24Wire      22nd July 2016 Gigabytes are becoming more important than voice minutes when it comes to mobile networks structuring their phone contracts, says an expert. On Thursday, Telkom unveiled its new mobile contracts. 

Vodacom revenue rises y/y in Q1

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st July 2016 JSE-listed Vodacom’s year-on-year performance has been sustained in the first quarter of the new financial year. While quarter-on-quarter growth declined, the telecommunications giant on Thursday posted year-on-year group service revenue growth of 7.3% to R16.8-billion for the three months to... 

Vodacom, DoH deploy real-time medicine availability monitoring app

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th July 2016 Telecommunications giant Vodacom and South Africa’s Department of Health (DoH) have spent the last few months deploying a mobile-based real-time system that monitors the availability of medicines at primary healthcare (PHC) clinics and mitigates sporadic through recurring challenges of medicine... 

Armscor: No ‘classified’ data leaked in Anonymous hack

By: News24Wire      13th July 2016 State-owned arms supplier Armscor has said a cyber breach on its website has not resulted in classified or sensitive information being leaked. Hacktivists claiming links to the Anonymous group have breached Armscor’s website, dumping hundreds of records linked to the company’s settlement and... 

Muthambi lashes out at Nzimande over digital TV

By: News24Wire      21st June 2016 Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has hit out at Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande over recent comments he made about digital television. Nzimande, who also heads up the South African Communist Party (SACP), told Eyewitness News last week that Muthambi went against ANC policy on... 

Chamber celebrates 160 years of business operations

     27th May 2016 Network organisation the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) celebrated 160 years of operation at its annual gala dinner last month. More than 900 guests were in attendance, hosted at corporate tables acquired by the major companies in Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal. 

Vodacom lifts FY revenue by 7.5%, despite a lowered dividend

By: Samantha Herbst     16th May 2016 Despite a 1.2% cut in yearly dividend, and seeing a slight decline in customers to 61.3-million owing to international customer registration requirements, JSE-listed telecommunications group Vodacom continued with its growth trajectory off the back of a difficult 2015 financial year, seeing a... 

Government support imperative for solar energy in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th May 2016 One of the biggest challenges hindering large projects in the commercial and industrial sectors in South Africa is the lack of a legal framework enabling the production of alternate sources of energy, says photovoltaic module manufacturer SolarWorld Africa MD Gregor Kuepper. 

Court orders Vodacom to pay Please Call Me inventor

By: News24Wire      26th April 2016 South Africa’s highest legal authority, the Constitutional Court, has ruled that Vodacom must compensate the inventor of the Please Call Me SMS product. The court on Tuesday morning found Vodacom was bound by an agreement with Kenneth Nkosana Makate who has said he invented the Please Call Me... 

New Management Committee To Steer Wi-Fi Forum SA Into Second Year

     25th April 2016 The Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa has successfully completed its first year and elected a new management committee to take it into a second year of lobbying for Wi-Fi as a viable and affordable access medium for the majority of the country's population. Management committee members elected at the... 

‘New’ development bank

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2016 The New Development Bank (NDB), which is in the process of being established by the Brics bloc of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, is aspiring to begin approving its first batch of loans from next month. South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced during his Budget... 

Vodacom shelves R7bn bid for Neotel

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st March 2016 Telecommunications giant Vodacom has abandoned its years-long R7-billion bid for converged network operator Neotel after regulatory complexities and the failure to fulfill certain conditions led to the restructured proposal’s lapse. Last year, Vodacom undertook an eleventh-hour restructure of its... 

AIAC expands Johannesburg presence with new office move

     5th February 2016 AIAC Air Conditioning South Africa, a manufacturer of air conditioning and IT cooling systems, has now moved to larger premises on the 154 Schooner St, Laser Park, Honeydew, Johannesburg where it has been situated since 1 December 2015 Part of the Airedale International group of companies, AIAC... 

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