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Unable to compete with Uber & other apps, SA Taxi Associations resort to violence

In yesterday’s article, I talked about how a lot of traditional businesses are struggling against new data and tech-driven startups. In the western world, such businesses have resort to lobbying and asking for protective laws that do not always make sense to be passed by politicians in their pockets. Some businesses, however, like the South […]

Bad news for South African looters as Samsung moves to block their stolen TVs

Last month there was widespread looting and chaos in South Africa as alleged supporters of former president Jacob Zuma protested against his incarceration over contempt of court charges. The protests disintegrated into chaos as people started looting shops and blowing up ATMs. Among the popular items stolen were smart TVs. Samsung South Africa has now […]

Struggling to find job offers via LinkedIn, changing the location might do the trick

I have a confession to make, I have never taken LinkedIn seriously. Many years ago I signed up for an account on the platform and occasionally I receive requests from colleagues and virtual strangers who want me to add them to my network (whatever that means). I have also linked the account with my WordPress […]

Cell C shares plan to lay off 40% of staff

A year, ago I wrote an article titled Cell C Fast Becoming South Africa’s Telecel. The article noted some of the similarities between the two telecoms companies divided by a border and a year later there is still one big similarity. Neither company can catch a break. We wrote about the state of affairs at […]

Newly Licenced Internet Access Provider Believes Their Business Model Will Be Sustainable In Zim

When news broke earlier this week that Dark Fibre Africa had attained a Class B licence from POTRAZ this week, we had a couple of issue we raised in the article and got in touch with DFA as a result. The newly licenced IAP got back to us and provided some clarity which I’ll share […]

South Africans Who Pay Less Than DStv Subscribers From Other Regions Petition For Price Drop

Over a 150 000 South Africans have signed a petition asking MultiChoice to reduce their pricing during the COVID-19 crisis. The petition has a target of 200 000 subscribers with the originator of the petition highlighting how DStv is dropping subscription prices across the continent. It’s not entirely clear which price cuts are being referred […]

SA University Gives 30GB Free Data For Students To Continue Learning

South African tertiary education institutions, Wits University and University of Jo’Burg have informed their students that they will be able to access free data to continue learning online. Wits and University of Jo’Burg students will get 30GB of free data Dear Students Wits University is pleased to announce that you can now access 30GB of […]

8 South Africans Have Been Arrested For Spreading Fake News

South Africa’s Police Commissioner Bheki Cele informed citizens of the country that 8 people had been arrested for disseminating misinformation regarding the Novel Coronavirus. The most popular of these arrests is a 55-year-old Western Cape resident who was arrested for posting a video urging South Africans to resist testing as the testing kits being used […]

Google’s WiFi Initiative Crashes & Burns In SA 3 Months After Launch

Last July, we wrote about Google Station, a collaborative effort between the tech giant and network operators to launch over 100 free WiFi hotspots. When they started pitching the service to South African networks there were questions regarding the viability of the business model which would’ve been based on advertising. They launched in November in […]

Showmax’s 10 Most Streamed Shows Of 2019

2019 was a pretty eventful year for Showmax. The company made some considerable leaps in the world of streaming with one of the highlights being the trial of sports content. With 2019 having just ended Showmax released a list of the most popular shows on the streaming service internationally and in South Africa. 10 most-streamed […]

Fortune Chasi Says Eskom Still Supplying Us With Power

Whilst many have speculated that the ongoing South African power crisis is affecting us and has resulted in 24-hour power cuts, Energy Minister Fortune Chasi has said that imports from Eskom are yet to be impacted by the crisis in SA. I’m happy to report that although South Africans are facing challenges in the power […]

SA Competition Commission Orders MTN & Vodacom To Reduce Data Prices By 30%-50%

For a significant time now, the price of data in South Africa has been declared as bias against the poor and yesterday the Commissioner of Competition Commission echoed the same sentiments again. We think there is scope to reduce these prices in the region of 30-50%. We have decided we will give the industry two […]

South African Drivers Can Now Renew Licences On WhatsApp

South Africa’s latest e-governance push is pretty great and something we can’t help but envy. Infobip – an IT company specialised in cloud-based mobile services for businesses– is facilitating vehicle licence disk renewals on WhatsApp. The renewal process takes around a minute and a half and Infobip’s Managing Director emphasises the convenience of such services: […]

Cell C Planning To Move Its Network To MTN

Cell C is in dire straits. Most recently the company declared that it had made an R8 Billion loss in the past financial year. When the results were reported, however, the CEO was confident they could turn the ship around and now some of the strategies they hope to do this are being revealed. Cell […]

South African Government To Pass Cyber Bill Similar To Ours

South African government will be revising their Cybercrime bill and it contains a number of similarities with the cybersecurity bill that recently got cabinet approval, here in Zimbabwe. Similar new offences to be regulated by the bill as per include; Data messages which incite damage to property or violence; Data messages which threaten persons […]

SA’s Data-Only Network Rain Launches First Commercial 5G Network In Africa

[Image Source:] Rain a South African mobile network operator is the first African telecoms operator to launch a 5G network with their 5G wireless home broadband service. Rain’s offering right now consists of a single uncapped package for R1000/month in select areas within Jo-burg and Pretoria at the time of launch. During this year […]

South African President Says Zimbabwe Has Been Able “To Pay Up The Debt They Owe To Eskom”

President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently made a trip to South Africa to meet with South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa to discuss a number of issues, chief among which being the electricity issue. In an interview Ramaphosa also mentioned that these discussions had taken place and it seems the countries might be reaching an agreement of some […]

Standard Bank Closing 91 Branches, The Robots Are Here To Take Our Jobs!

Dramatic title aside, automation has been a very touchy subject over the past few years and recent developments at Standard Bank SA won’t do anything to halt people’s animosity towards the digital transition the world is going through right now. The bank has announced that they will be closing off 91 branches and this is […]

Huawei To Open Two Data Centres In South Africa

Next month, Huawei will begin work on one of two data centres they are building in South Africa. Huawei has said it will support localized public cloud services based on domestic policies and requirements as part of its plan for a fully-connected Africa. Huawei’s acknowledged they will be partnering with local companies: The company is working […]

[Press release] Liquid Telecom to Establish Multi-Billion Rand 4G Network In South Africa

Liquid Telecom South Africa, part of the leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, today announced that it will establish a multi-billion Rand 4G network in South Africa. From early 2019, wholesale roaming services will be made available across Liquid Telecom’s network nationwide. According to Liquid Telecom South Africa CEO, Reshaad Sha: “This is an exciting […]

Here Are Some Money Transfer Controls In Other African Countries, And Then Compare With Zim

The amount of online money transfers is fast growing year by year. It’s one reason to have a closer look at the situation in Africa regarding remittances and capital control restrictions.  To whom are online money transfers relevant? Online money transfers are relevant to anyone who wants to transfer money to a person in another […]

{Press Release}: Digital Payments Firm, Cellulant Listed On The Prestigious KPMG’s 2018 FINTECH100

Cellulant, a leading digital payments provider that reaches 40 million people across 11 African countries has been named among the Top 50 emerging Fintech companies in the world in this year’s KPMG FinTech100 report. Cellulant is among the only three African companies representing Africa from Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa to be included in the […]

The World’s Second Largest Reinsurance Firm Appoints A Zimbabwean As CEO For UK And Ireland Operations

Another Zimbabwean has put us on the spotlight again, this time for a good reason. The world’s second-largest reinsurer, Swiss Re has appointed a Zimbabwean, Tavaziva Madzinga to be its chief executive officer (CEO) of its UK & Ireland (UKI) and business effective from January 2019. With this, Mr. Madzinga will leave his current role […]

Kwese Introduces An Enticing Promotion To Celebrate Its 1 Year Of Existence In Zimbabwe

Last year around this time, Kwese graced the satellite and broadcasting network scene challenging DSTv. I must say it wasn’t an easy road for Kwese to enter into Zimbabwe. At that time it was ironic that it was being impeded to start broadcasting in Zimbabwe, the home of Strive Masiyiwa, yet in other African countries […]

DStv Offering ‘Secret Deals’ To Entice Customers Who Were Not Renewing Subscriptions

According to reports from Mybroadband, DStv is offering former subscribers sizeable discounts on the premium package in hopes that these customers can renew their subscriptions. The satellite broadcaster has actually been sending SMS’s and emails to user. The email sent to a former subscriber reads: Shhh! Don’t tell anyone – we have a special offer […]

Payments Summit To Be Hosted To Educate Consumers Of Dangers They Face In A Cashless Economy

With the digital age raging on there has never been a better time to go cashless. I’m not talking about cashless in the manner we’ve come to understand as Zimbos, but rather a cashless society created out of convenience and not necessity. For the third year running, Vukani Communications will be hosting The Cashless Payments […]

Mauritius Has Best Telecoms Industry In Africa, But Africa Still Far Behind Asia

Budde Comm released their African Market Report and this report contains the Telecoms Maturity Index (TMI) of all African countries and the TMI measures and ranks the maturity of a country’s telecoms industry on a scale of 1 to 100. All countries are placed into one of three categories: ‘Market Leaders’, ‘Market Challengers’ and ‘Developing […]

[Breaking] Golix To Launch In Two More Countries, Going Ahead With ICO

Zimbabwe’s most popular cryptocurrency exchange had an eventful month in May. From planning their ICO to having to contend with the RBZs ban of Crypto and then dealing with customers after their fall from favour, it’s safe to say the last month was chaos-ridden for the exchange. Now it seems they are trying their best […]

Crypto’s Are Not Currency But Tokens: SA Central Bank

Cryptocurrencies are quite confusing, to be honest. It seems very few people fully understand cryptos and those who do are usually unable to fully explain how the digital currencies work to the general populace. Is South Africa back-tracking? South Africa which has long been considered one of the pioneers in Africa when it comes to […]

[Press Release] Golix Expands To South Africa

Zimbabwe’s popular cryptocurrency exchange, Golix is crossing borders and will begin operations in South Africa in the near future. The move is part of their aim to grow in the continent and here is the statement Golix released to the press announcing the development: Golix expands to South Africa Zimbabwe’s leading cryptocurrencies exchange, Golix, has […]