MultiChoice Group has appointed Nyiko Shiburi as the new CEO of its South African (MCSA) operations - effective from 1 December 2020. Until now, Shiburi has been the Regional Director of MultiChoice Africa: Southern Region — a role that spans nine countries. “Nyiko is an extremely experienced leader and has successfully...
With a wide array of global tech competitors making a name in the South African market, big brands are losing their foothold and market share to younger, more agile and much more affordable brands. High-end, high-price isn’t necessarily what South Africans are after in the current economic climate, so...
Stripe has revealed that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Paystack, a payments collection company based in Lagos, Nigeria. According to an official statement, Paystack works with more than 60,000 businesses in Nigeria and Ghana to securely collect online and offline payments. It also processes more than half...
Uber South Africa and Medicare have partnered to launch an over-the-counter medication delivery service. “We strongly believe in reinventing pharmacy, and thanks to this partnership with Uber Eats this is made possible,” says Tim Knapp, CEO of Medicare. “Getting the medication South Africans need, when they need it, without the risk...
Telkom has approached the Competition Tribunal to declare the suite of spectrum arrangements between Vodacom and Rain as a merger - something that it believes should have been notifiable in terms of the Competition Act. The Telco says that the merger is notifiable because "the multiple agreements between Vodacom and Rain...
Rain has announced the appointment of Brandon Leigh as its newest CEO - effective from 1 March 2021. Leigh will be taking over from the telco's current CEO, Willem Roos, who will move to a non-executive role from 1 March 2021. “Willem joined rain in January 2018 and played a...
Xiaomi has introduced two new smartphones to the South African market - the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9. Here's a closer look at the latest additions to the Xiaomi Redmi Note series Featuring an impressive quad-camera setup in the rear, the Redmi Note 9 Pro’s 64MP main lens...
Telkom is expected to launch a new streaming platform called TelkomONE in November 2020. The video service will host a variety of local South Africa content including music, education and series. “TelkomONE is a proudly local and South African service and naturally, we want to host and showcase outstanding content...
Liquid Telecom has appointed Deon Geyser as its new CEO - effective 1 January 2021. Geyser holds a master’s degree in engineering management as well as bachelor’s degrees in Electronic Engineering and IT from the University of Johannesburg. Prior to joining LTSA, and in his 18-year career, he has held senior...
MTN has the best mobile network in South Africa, according to findings from the Q3 2020 Mobile Network Quality Report. The report, from MyBroadband Insights, shows that South Africans had an average mobile download speed of 29.16Mbps and an average upload speed of 11.46Mbps. To determine the best mobile network in...
Cell C and Facebook have partnered with the Saldanha Bay Municipality (SBM) in the Western Cape of South Africa to launch express public access hotspots - part of a plan to roll out Wi-Fi hotspots across the country. The move is said to be part of an ongoing initiative by Cell...
The accelerating rate at which retail merchants are enabling consumers to pay digitally at point of sale is said to be fueling the growth of digital payments in South Africa. This is according to FNB, which revealed that its Scan-to-Pay and Tap-to-Pay functionality on the FNB APP recorded the...
Vodacom has revealed that the Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA) could revoke its license to operate in the country. According to TechCentral, the LCA has imposed a R134-million fine for 'allegedly flouting its licence conditions and for allegedly being in breach of local legislation governing companies'. In an official response, Vodacom says...
Uber South Africa has launched its Mask Verification tool in an attempt to ensure all passengers wear a mask when taking a ride. Passengers may be required to take a selfie while the mask verification tool 'detects whether a mask is within the frame of the portrait and allows access...
Xiaomi has officially unveiled two entry-level smartphones - the Redmi 9 and Redmi 9A. The tech company says that these devices represent its mission to make 'exceptional smartphone experiences accessible to everyone'. Here's a closer look at the Redmi 9 and Redmi 9A: Redmi 9 As the first entry-level Redmi smartphone to feature...
South Africa continues to feel the effects of load shedding, resulting in a decrease in productivity and disruption to business operations. Eskom announced earlier this year that load shedding is expected to continue into 2021 as power demand exceeds supply and more downtime is needed for overdue maintenance of the...
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