South Africa

The DA’s plans for tech & telecoms in South Africa

Published by on Jan 15th, 2014, 3 Comments


On Monday we reported on the ANC’s plans for tech, communications and internet in South Africa, and while we were promised better broadband connections, free WIFi for entire towns and “superfast” internet speeds, it doesn’t seem as though the country fell for these promises.

As it is in politics, when one party confronts an issue, the other will serve up a rebuttal – it’s like a game of ping pong, you know.

Being the official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance recently filled us in on their thoughts for tech development and telecommunications in South Africa by means of their ICT (Information and Communications Technologies) Policy Document.

Of course, we have to remember that this document is kind of hypothetical  – obviously it will only be implemented if the DA is elected to power this year.

Nevertheless, Helen Zille and her blue army laid down a pretty interesting document; focusing more on improving competition within the telecommunications field rather than “superfast” internet.  (more…)

The ANC wants to give free WiFi and better broadband to all

Published by on Jan 13th, 2014, 1 Comment


As the 2014 national elections draw closer, the race is on between parties to spread their manifesto’s and encourage people to vote for them. 

This year, however, many parties are hammering on about telecommunications, digital prowess and everything internet – perhaps more so than previous years.

With the need for better, cheaper and more reliable internet getting bigger across the country, various parties are promising improvements in this sector, should they get your vote.

The ANC has also come to the party on this note, and promised their supporters (and of course the rest of South Africa) significant improvements in this area.

On Saturday, the ANC revealed their 2014 election manifesto to a rather large crowd at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

The man himself, president Jacob Zuma, addressed the crowd and, while making promises about the usual, compulsory things like job creation and education, JZ also revealed the ANC’s plan to better internet in the country. (more…)

Coming soon: Locally made Android smartphones and tablets

Published by on Jan 9th, 2014, 3 Comments


South Africans can soon look forward to a more affordable Android smartphone and tablet, that is made right here in South Africa.

Seemahale Telecoms, a South African telecommunications company, announced their plans to manufacture affordable, locally made Android-based smartphones and tablets in October last year.

And now it seems that the time has arrived for the manufacturing to start, after all their testing has been completed.

According to CEO and Chairman of Seemahale Telecoms, Thabo Lehloke, both ICASA (The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa) and Vodacom have completed their individual testing.

Apparently, Vodacom was testing the company’s 5-inch, dual SIM Android smartphone as well as a single SIM version, and that they were pleased with the results.  (more…)

Rdio Streaming Music Service launches in SA

Published by on Dec 12th, 2013, 3 Comments


For the past few months South Africa has finally gotten some decent streaming radio services – and today Rdio launched as well. Including South Africa in its list of countries means that Rdio now has more international reach than Spotify (which is still not in SA). Rdio is very similiar to Spotify – in that the focus is on music discovery, something we feel is not quite catered for on other streaming radio services in SA.

Rdio’s focus is on you following your friends, and seeing the music trends they go through. I managed to find some good new music within the first hour of using Rdio, all because I went to go look at what music my friends are listening to. Then again – you might have some friend’s with not that great music taste…  (more…)

SportingBetSA launches sports betting app

Published by on Dec 11th, 2013, 1 Comment


SportingBetSA has done it again. The local sports betting brand has just launched their very own sports betting app through Apple’s iTunes App store. is South Africa’s largest online sports book. The company operates in partnership with Sportingbet PLC, which is one of the biggest sports betting companies in the world. Through their association with Sportingbet PLC, SportingBetSA is able to gain access to some of the most advanced technologies in the sports betting industry. (more…)

South Africans fall in love with Cyber Monday

Published by on Dec 11th, 2013, No Comments


2013 has sure been some year for online shopping world wide. People would much rather shop in the comfort of their own homes or offices, than dare to take on a shopping mall or long queue.

Cyber Monday, a term synonymous with online shopping specials, has also become a big event in the world of online retail. The USA has reported a 20% increase in online shopping on Cyber Monday and South Africa is not far behind, especially with the festive season in full swing.  A recent report showed that 9.5% of South Africans are planning on doing their festive shopping online this year.

Bringing this ever increasing trend to South Africa, popular online retailers and, recently launched their very own Cyber Monday campaign. The first Cyber Monday sale-day took place on Monday, December 2nd – and proved its worth immensely.  (more…)

Habari Media acquired by Caxton

Published by on Dec 10th, 2013, No Comments


After a period of serious speculation, it has been confirmed that popular media sales company, Habari, has been bought by giant media and printing group, Caxton.

Caxon, which is South Africa’s largest publisher and commercial printer, has made a smart move in acquiring Habari. With digital ad revenue skyrocketing in South Africa at the moment, Caxon could get the upper hand in this playing field with Habari.

Habari is quite the acquistion. Founded in 2004, the company has offices in many fore-fronting African cities such as Cape Town, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Lagos.

Some of Habari’s biggest names in the African digital real estate scene include LinkedIN, MTV, All4Women,, 2Go and Autotrader.  (more…)

SABC and others to ban advertisements for next 48 hours following death of Madiba

Published by on Dec 6th, 2013, No Comments

Nelson Mandela

As South Africa enters into a state of national mourning over the death of former President and political hero, Nelson Mandela, the SABC has declared that no advertisements will be heard on their channels during the next 2 days.

The SABC announced that they will only air tributes to Nelson Mandela and material that will reflect the prolific life of the former President.

These programmes, which will include tributes, documentaries and interviews, will be broadcast across SABC 1, 2 and 3 for the coming days. According to Kaizer Kganyago, a spokesperson for the SABC, the plan has always been to broadcast only Madiba material, should he pass away.  (more…)