27 Nov 2012

IT & Telecommunications


Let's support the little guy

Not only large corporates need to engage in CSI / CSR, says MD of PR Worx, Madelain Roscher, SMEs need to get involved as well. According to Roscher, companies will see benefits in terms of brand recognition, increased sales, return on investment (ROI), tax benefits, and, most importantly, fostering trust with employees and the general public - all that while contributing to a greater good... What are you waiting for?!

Remember the ladies in orange at the 2010 FIFA World Cup who were accused of ambushing marketing for Bavaria? Well, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has warned that he'll be having none of that during AFCON 2013. Davies plans to designate the sporting event as a "protected event" to ensure stringent advertising laws are enforced.

Former MTN CEO Phuthuma Nhleko is a wanted man - wanted by Anglo American that is, to take the helm. While chairman John Parker sings his praises, a London-based mining analyst doesn't believe him to be the right man for the job, citing lack of operational mining experience.

It's not often that the big guy lends a helping hand to the little start-up, but here's a little heart-warmer for you; as part of its Enterprise Development Initiative, Cape Town's Protea Hotel Victoria Junction has signed a "twinning" agreement with a local guest house in Thornton. In order to help the guest house owner, Khanyisa Balfour, put her best foot forward and realise her life-long ambition, the Protea Hotel Victoria Junction management team will provide expertise and training to the guest house owner.

Let's all put our best foot forward into what's left of 2012!

Sindy Peters: Group Head, Content

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Sita works to regain clients' confidence
[Thabiso Mochiko] The State Information Technology Agency (Sita) has been quietly cleaning up its business to rid itself of the rot that has troubled it in the past. Read more >>

.ZA Central Registry Operator Agreement signed
The ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) and UniForum SA, signed the .ZA Central Registry Operator Agreement in Joburg earlier this week, which is the culmination of several years of research and is intended to transform the .za name space into a world-class, innovative and standards-driven domain name registry. Read more >>

Public can buy Ruckus Wireless shares
Ruckus Wireless, Inc. has announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 8 400 000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $15.00 per share. Of the 8 400 000 shares, 7 000 000 shares are being offered by Ruckus Wireless and 1 400 000 shares are being offered by certain selling stockholders. Read more >>


Province's broadband goal for 1,000 schools
The Western Cape government aims to provide 1,000 schools in the province with broadband internet access of 10mbps within the next two years. Read more >>


Xpanse buys 12% stake in Khauleza
[Thabiso Mochiko] Privately-owned Xpanse Investments has bought a 12% stake in technology firm Khauleza IT Solutions‚ it said on Friday (23 November). The companies did not disclose the value of the stake. Khauleza is partly owned by JSE-listed Mustek (MST) Read more >>

Cell C tie-up 'not a solution for Telkom'
Telkom, which reported a 79% drop to 37.2c in its headline earnings per share for the six months ended September, has not ruled out a partnership that will assist its struggling mobile business, 8ta, but does not see a merger as the ultimate solution for its problems. Read more >>


ConvergeNet's loss of R7,1m
Information technology services company ConvergeNet made an operating loss of R7.1m in the year ended August compared to an operating profit of R27.3m for the corresponding period a year ago‚ due to an increase in operating expenses‚ the company said in a SENS announcement on Friday (23 November). Read more >>

Telkom launches new customer service app
In its ongoing quest to improve customer service‚ Telkom on Thursday, 22 November, unveiled a free mobile application to enable its clients to‚ among other things‚ log a technical fault related to their telephone lines and internet connection. Read more >>

Ricoh SA improves customer service with mobile information devices
Ricoh SA has improved customer service by rolling out Windows-based mobile devices to all of its 120 field engineers. The devices give engineers and Ricoh SA's service centre greater control, flexibility and improved response capabilities as they are integrated with the call centre, service despatch controllers, and the Siebel-based back-end system. Read more >>

Vodacom confident m-pesa will grow
Vodacom wants to grow its m-pesa mobile money service in South Africa as user numbers remain well below expectations despite having passed the million mark for the first time. Read more >>

MTN launches mobile money service
[Thabiso Mochiko and Evan Pickworth] MTN yesterday, 22 November 2012, launched its mobile banking service in partnership with South African Bank of Athens, Pick n Pay, and Boxer Stores. Read more >>

New software research and development centre from Career Planet
The career and work opportunities NGO, Career Planet has partnered the Chief Information Officers Forum to help develop the ICT industries and aid socio-economic development in South Africa, with the aim of giving IT graduates real work experience. Read more >>

PartServe appointed as service centre for IBM in SA
PartServe Channel Support has been appointed as the locally authorised service centre for IBM in South Africa and carries out all repairs to IBM equipment, including Lenovo products, regardless of whether they are in or out of warranty. Read more >>


Absa to launch first app next year
[Sure Kamhunga] Absa plans to will launch its first banking application early next year and this week laid out its vision of using innovation as a means to grow and defend market share. Read more >>

Nordic countries tell Facebook to stop ads
OSLO, NORWAY: Facebook should stop providing unsolicited advertising to users in Nordic countries or face legal action, the Norwegian consumer agency said on Thursday (22 November). Read more >>

MTN files complaint against Ugandan magistrate
MTN Uganda has lodged a formal complaint with the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) in Uganda against the Chief Magistrate of the Buganda Road Magistrates Court‚ Sylvia Nabagala. Read more >>

Global mobile data traffic doubled in year: Ericsson
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN: The amount of data used by mobile devices doubled over the past year, boosted by growth in video streaming services, according to a study released on Wednesday (21 November) by Swedish telecommunications group Ericsson. Read more >>

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Vodacom tries to resove DRC disputes
Vodacom's new chief executive, Shameel Joosub, is energetically trying to resolve the group's long-running disputes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Read more >>

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