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ICASA to Extended COVID-19 Temporary Spectrum

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has indicated that a temporary radio frequency spectrum issued to qualifying applicants in effort to deal with COVID-19 communication challenges will now be extended. The temporary spectrum was supposed to expire at the end of November this year.

Vodacom KZN Fight Vandalism

Organised crime syndicates are increasingly targeting Vodacom base stations in KwaZulu Natal for theft and vandalism, with over 70 incidents of vandalism reported on a monthly basis. Vodacom KZN is losing R6.5 million per month from vandalism, a cumulative R80 million per annum. In most cases, the theft has resulted in significant site downtime…

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Altron boosts Continuing Operations interim EBITDA by 17 percent as revenue jumps 14 percent

JSE-listed technology company Altron has announced an increase in Continuing Operations EBITDA of 17% to R883 million for the first half of the year through to August 31, while revenue increased 14% to R8.4 billion.

Headline earnings per share from continuing operations were up 28% to 83 cents while basic earnings per share increased by 27% to 85 cents.

Huawei launches Counter Services to compete with Google ecosystem

Following Google’s decision to no longer send updates to Huawei smartphones due to issues of expired temporary general license (TGL) issued by the US government to Huawei, which essentially cut US ties with the company.

Loadshedding risk to lower after September 2021

While Eskom expects to have performed adequate reliability maintenance on its aged power plants to significantly improve reliability by September 2021, the risk of loadshedding will still not be eliminated going forward. This frank admission was made by the power utility’s…

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MultiChoice Group continues its support of global UN Pause campaign

As the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic continues, MultiChoice Group (MCG) has reaffirmed its commitment to the United Nations’ (UN’s) efforts to conquer the virus that has wreaked havoc around the globe and will continue to support the global organisation’s Pause campaign…

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Cabinet approves domestic ferrochrome industry interventions

Cabinet has approved a number of interventions to support domestic ferrochrome production and its chrome value chain sector. Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu said the interventions include the proposed introduction of the export tax on chrome ore, the usage of energy efficiency technologies on smelters, and the adoption of cogeneration and self-generation technologies.

AFI – Vodacom partnership advances financial inclusion in Africa

Vodacom Group is partnering with AFI under the global network’s public-private dialogue (PPD) platform to advance financial inclusion in Africa through systematic knowledge sharing with financial policymakers and regulators.

Aquaculture projects to create jobs

The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has announced that more than 900 jobs will be created through the Coega Aquaculture Development Zone (ADZ). The project will be funded by the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism…

ICASA to hear submissions with respect to the mobile broadband services inquiry

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa ICASA will hold public hearings in relation to the Discussion Document on Mobile Broadband Services Inquiry from 26 to 27 October 2020. 

Siya Kolisi partners with MTN, while bringing smiles to children around the country

MTN recently announced South Africa’s World Cup-winning South rugby captain, Siya Kolisi, has partnered with MTN and will be working with the company on several campaigns over the next two years, as MTN’s latest brand ambassador. A deal negotiated via Roc Nation Sports. The announcement was

Load shedding, News, and Online Shopping: The most popular Apps in South Africa are available on HUAWEI AppGallery

The numbers are in with HUAWEI revealing the top downloaded apps in South Africa on its exclusive app distribution platform, HUAWEI AppGallery, for 2020 so far. These apps vary in category from financial, news and travel, to food and shopping, providing insights into…

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CELL C’s shift in strategic focus reflected in its latest results

Cell C released its interim results for the six months to June 2020. Normalised earnings1 showed a 64% improvement to R1.8-billion, reflecting the overall impact of the new management team’s strategic focus on optimising its network as well as its emphasis on more profitable customers.

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Gauteng households spend 10% of their income on public transport

Almost 60% of households in Gauteng spent more than the policy maximum target of 10% of their income on public transport in 2019/20, up from 55% in 2014.

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Ariadne-Venus 400 kV line construction to resume

Eskom is set to resume work to complete construction of the final leg of the approximately 123-km of transmission power line in KwaZulu-Natal. The power line will run through the uMgungundlovu…

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SA Astronomical Observatory unveiled as national heritage site

The 200 year-old SA Astronomical Observatory has been unveiled as a national heritage site. It is the place where Cape astronomers first successfully observed the distance…

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REMAKE2020 with R100 million in rewards from MTN

While 2020 has certainly not been the year any of us imagined it would be, the Summer of 2020 is our opportunity to change the story, closing out the year the way we choose. To help our customers #REMAKE2020, MTN is giving all subscribers the chance to earn their share of R100 million in rewards.

Samsung and the United Nations Development Programme Partner With Youth to Accelerate Progress for the Global Goals

An inaugural group of four diverse young leaders will unite under a shared mission to champion a better future, using Galaxy technology and the United Nations ecosystem.

Cisco Accelerates Secure Cloud Adoption with Launch of New WAN Edge Platform

Cisco today announced its new Wide Area Networking (WAN) edge platform to help customers accelerate cloud adoption and deliver secure and automated connectivity to applications across cloud, data center…

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Deadline looms for filing returns at SARS branches

Individual taxpayers, who wish to file their personal income tax return at a South African Revenue Service, branch have until Thursday to do so. “The South African Revenue Service (SARS) reminds individual taxpayers, who wish to file their personal income tax return at a SARS branch, that the final day to do so is Thursday, 22 October 2020,” said SARS.

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Media freedom in SA in a far better position now

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) on Wednesday joined media houses and advocacy groups around the country in commemorating Black Wednesday. Black Wednesday is the day in October 1977 when then…

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ICASA reminds stakeholders to abide by the closing date for IMT ITA inquiries

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) hereby wishes to remind stakeholders that the closing date for enquiries in respect of the Invitation To Apply (ITA) for high demand spectrum or International Mobile Telecommunications…

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Four apps that SA women can use to protect themselves from the second pandemic – Gender-Based Violence

On 18 June 2020, the President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, during a COVID-19 presidential address, referred to gender-based violence (GBV) as South Africa’s second pandemic.

Eskom’s de Ruyter and Absa’s Lucas-Bull to headline The Directors Event

Eskom CEO, Andre de Ruyter, and Chairman of the Absa Group, Wendy Lucas-Bull, will be headline speakers at the 6th edition of The Directors Event, to be streamed online today, Tuesday 20 October 2020.

Change your summer, change your world with Cell C’s summer campaign

After months of lockdown during the darkest of winters, Level 1 and the anticipation of summer is lifting everyone’s spirits. Summer 2020 in South Africa will be like no other we have ever experienced.

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Vodacom KwaZulu Natal Region invests over R320 million to accelerate broadband connectivity in rural areas of the province

Vodacom KwaZulu Natal Region will invest just over R320 million into the network across the province during the 2020/2021 financial year. The lion’s share of thecapital expenditure will go towards building new LTE base station sites in both urban and deep rural areas of the province.

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Cell C launches Wifi public access and FTTH with Saldanha Bay Municipality

Cell C in partnership with Facebook and the Saldanha Bay Municipality (SBM) have launched express public access hotspots and Cell C Fiber FTTH using the municipality’s fiber infrastructure.

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Vodacom urges Consumers to Contribute towards the Green Economy and Recycle

As the world is assessing the social and economic impact of Covid-19, society is also assessing the Covid-19 impact on the natural environment. Since most industries were closed during…

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MTN Group named most valuable African brand, worth US$3,3 billion

MTN Group is pleased to announce that it has been named the most valuable African brand in the Brand Finance Africa 150 2020 ranking, which ascribes a brand value of US$3,3 billion to MTN.

Vuma Partners With PinkDrive to Bring Critical Cancer Screening To Chatsworth And Phoenix

COVID-19 has dramatically impacted the screening and treatment of non-communicable diseases such as Cancer and Diabetes as well as communicable diseases such as HIV/ Aids and TB.

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