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Mandela Month activities start with flame lit in Qunu

Mandela Month activities start with flame lit in Qunu

The Nelson Mandela Museum's Acting CEO Noel Solani yesterday lit the flame at Qunu, outside Mthatha, symbolizing the start of Mandela Month activities.

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Free Wi-Fi for 1500 taxis within Six Months

Free Wi-Fi for 1500 taxis within Six Months

The taxi council Santaco has announced free Wi-Fi for taxi commuters with 50MB per month limit. Within three years, more than 90 percent of taxis will be Wi-Fi enabled, as per the decision taken by taxi council.

Connectivity is important and as many users switch to smartphones, the decision to offer Wi-Fi for commuters has been welcomed by everyone.

South African National Taxi Council launched WiTaxi at an event in Soweto. The service will be provided by Telkom. The data transfers will be powered by 3G and 4G networks and commuters can expect fast service.

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Gold Fields Plans to Cut 500 Jobs

Gold Fields Plans to Cut 500 Jobs

Gold Fields in holding talks with workers union to reach a deal on 500 job cuts to reduce the operational expenses. The company plans to cut nearly 13 percent workforce at the South Deep mine.

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ASA rules against Vodacom data transfer advertisement

ASA rules against Vodacom data transfer advertisement

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled against the new Vodacom advertisement which indicates that Vodacom subscribers can gift data packages to their friends and relatives. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) reviewed the complaint of a consumer in case of the latest advertising campaign released by the telecom major.

The consumer complaint had urged that Vodacom cannot term this as a gift as consumers are not allowed to gift their unused bandwidth to other users. One has to purchase additional data and gift it.

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Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi will mediate for resolution of Platinum Strike

Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi will mediate for resolution of Platinum Strike

Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi said that the government will take action to help the mine workers and the management reach a positive conclusion for the matter pending for more than four months.

Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union had called for platinum workers strike in January this year for wage hike and other benefits for the workers. However, the management of three major mines in the country had declined their demands. The management was ready to offer smaller compensation but the union had rejected the offer.

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Nashua Mobile sells Cell C subscriber base to Altech Autopage

Nashua Mobile sells Cell C subscriber base to Altech Autopage

Nashua Mobile has sold its portfolio of Cell C subscribers to Altech Autopage for R91.5 million. Johannesburg-listed firm Reunert has earlier indicated that it would sell its Vodacom and MTN subscribers to raise funds. Nashua Mobile is owned by Reunert.

The wholly owned subsidiary of Altron, Altech Autopage will pay half of the payment upfront for 65,000 subscribers of Cell C.

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Cell C Starts another Price War

Cell C Starts another Price War

The third largest mobile services operator in the country has announced another reduction in calling rates for prepaid consumers to 66c. Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos said that his company is committed to provide value for money to consumers. Cell C will also reduce the price for contract customers to 79c.

The new rates will be applicable from June 1. Further, Cell C will bill consumers on per second pulse. Cell C has certainly improved its market share compared to Vodacom and MTN in the recent months.

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Aquarius Platinum Reports Lower Profit as Platinum Prices Remain Flat

Aquarius Platinum Reports Lower Profit; Stock Gains

The fourth largest platinum miner in the world, Aquarius Platinum, has reported lower revenue for the quarter as the platinum prices in the international market have remained range-bound. The three major platinum miners in South Africa are facing labor unrest as AMCU announced strike in January this year.

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HPV vaccine Shows Positive results for HIV Positive Women

HPV vaccine Shows Positive results for HIV Positive Women

Brown University researchers have registered positive impact of HPV vaccine in HIV positive women. The study results have countered the doubts raised over the use of vaccine. The HIV positive women responded well to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

HPV can cause cervical and other cancers among women. Dr. Erna Milunka Kojic, associate professor of medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University led the study to check the safety and immune system response for HPV vaccine among HIV-positive women in age group 13 to 45.

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Pioneer Foods Upbeat about Earnings; Stock Firm

Pioneer Foods Upbeat about Earnings; Stock Firm

Food processing major Pioneer Foods has announced that the company is expecting to register a strong set of half yearly numbers. The company has managed to cut costs and this would result in better quarterly data.

Pioneer Foods official statement said that the company is expecting 110 percent rise in half year earnings. The company registered better sales in international market. The decline in Rand will also help the profit in local currency.

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