More Americans love Telkom

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Telkom is attracting more American institutional investors in the equity markets as some South Africans ditch the shares of the country’s largest fixed-line operator. Telkom’s turnaround strategy especially its initiative to cut fat in the business via retrenchments is facing opposition from its unions and...

Is R18m paid to ex-Telkom CFO a golden parachute?

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  By Gugu Lourie Telkom ex-chief financial officer Jacques Schindehütte would only get R18 million as a ‘golden handshake’ or so said the country’s biggest fixed-line telephone group’s 2015 annual report. It is a victory for Schindehütte and a loss for those who wanted him out of...

Vodacom CFO Dittrich quits

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By Gugu Lourie Vodacom Group, a subsidiary of British mobile phone giant Vodafone, announced on Monday that Ivan Dittrich, Chief Financial Officer and executive director, has resigned from the company to pursue his own interests. He will step down from the Vodacom board with effect from...

Google: University in your pocket?

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What’s the point of education if Google can tell us anything? By Ibrar Bhatt Can’t remember the name of the two elements that scientist Marie Curie discovered? Or who won the 1945 UK general election? Or how many light years away the sun is from the earth?...

A customer-service wearable that helps restaurants, hospitals, retailers

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  No need to wave to get attention at restaurants, just press a button to get the service you require Many times people compliment restaurants for their good food, but they often complain about poor service – but that may be a thing of the past. Dissatisfaction...

Huge Group scouting for acquisitions

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  By Gugu Lourie Buoyed by its rising share price, JSE-listed telecommunications firm Huge Group has set its sights on niche acquisitions in South Africa, where it sees itself as a natural consolidator. Huge Group – which has a market capitalisation of more than R388m –has seen...

How drones can deliver tangible benefits to ordinary people in Africa

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By Thomas Snitch They are called unmanned aerial vehicles but are better known as drones. These are small aerial vehicles with fixed wings or small rotors, are usually powered with batteries, and equipped with a high resolution camera. Drones range in cost from $99 to tens of...

Meet “gauge” your retirement future: Goal Gauge app

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  By Staff Writer Denver Courtier (not his real name) is a typical young South African, who claims he is too young to worry about retirement right now. While many people on low incomes believe they do not have enough to save, since their income barely...

Vodacom to invest R200m in Limpopo

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  By Staff Writer In late 2013, Vodacom embarked on a major project to accelerate investment in its network across South Africa. This programme, called Project Spring, has over the past year alone resulted in Vodacom increasing the number of 3G sites by more than 20%...

Is the golden age of African mobile profitability over?

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  By Guy Zibi, founder and MD at Xalam Analytics Rarely has an industry been as celebrated as the African mobile industry over the past decade – and deservedly so. From its unprecedented ability to alter human interaction and communication, change the fabric of entire economic sectors,...