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MTN to spend R30bn on infrastructure upgrades

MTN will invest close to R30bn this year to grow its infrastructure in the 23 countries where it operates, in an effort to attract 17.5-million more customers.

The bulk of the expenditure has been set aside for SA, where it has suffered declining revenue, and Nigeria.

The board had authorised investment spending of R10bn on South African cellphone and fibre-optic networks, said CE Sifiso Dabengwa on Wednesday. That is nearly double the R5.7bn spent upgrading the network last year. The year before it spent R5.8bn.

In Nigeria, MTN’s biggest market by both revenue and customers, it is spending R8.8bn on infrastructure this year. Last year it spent R8.4bn, almost half the previous year’s R14.3bn.

That is despite a temporary ban on the sales of SIM cards by the regulator early last year, which was done to force cellphone operators to improve the quality of their networks.

MTN hopes to add 4.8-million new users in Nigeria this year. Its 59.9-million Nigerian customers spent R54bn, up 12% from the previous year. MTN’s other large markets, Ghana and Cameroon, will get R5.3bn of the capital spending.

Read the full article here: http://www.bdlive.co.za/business/technology/2015/03/05/mtn-to-spend-r30bn-on-infrastructure-upgrades

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Snake wins beauty contest

The Boomslang at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden has been voted the most beautiful object in South Africa.
The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway, as it is known, was one of 12 nominated works in the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa competition at the Design Indaba Expo 2015.

Yesterday it was announced most votes went to the walkway. Inspired by a snake's skeleton, the 130m steel and wood structure takes visitors on a winding walk through the arboretum, with views of the mountains, gardens and Cape Flats. Architect Mark Thomas and engineer Henry Fagan worked on it for three years.

Read the full article here:http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2015/03/02/snake-wins-beauty-contest

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SA's visa rules for children to change again - report

Cape Town - Tourism Update reports the department of home affairs says South Africa’s immigration regulations now require unabridged birth certificates or a country’s equivalent thereof for travelling minors, to be in English.

Many breathed a sigh of relief when the Department of Home Affairs agreed to delay the implementation of an unabridged birth certificate requirement for children travelling to, from or through South Africa until 1, June 2015 – but questions remained for the unique criteria which inadvertently overrides the use of an international passport, to a certain degree. 

The SA immigration requirement for an unabridged birth certificate, which names the child’s mother and father – or the equivalent thereof from their country of origin is said to be a means to curb child trafficking across SA's borders.

But the criteria has in turn badly affected inbound tourism from South Africa's key source markets such as China, with the Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba and the Minister of Tourism opting to add a reprieve in that the unabridged birth certificate would not need to be in English. 

Also see: Changes to be made to new visa rules to minimise impact – Hanekom

However, according to the report this is no longer the case.  In the report department spokesperson, Mayihlome Tshwete says the birth certificates would have to be in English so that “South Africa’s customs officials could read them”.

Tshwete reportedly also says “most countries supplied birth certificates in English”, including India and China.

According to Tshwete, the change is said to be due to the department realising that the untranslated document was "not going to be feasible and that the translation is going to have to happen, despite what the rules say". 

Read the full article here: http://traveller24.news24.com/TravelPlanning/VisaInfo/SAs-visa-rules-for-children-to-change-again-report-20150223

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Another happy client at Intergate Immigration

"Thank you most sincerely for alerting your clients to this refund opportunity and the speed and professionalism that you showed at the office during our visits.

You should be very proud of your service levels, truly world class.

Tony"
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The real employment rate in South Africa

New research finds that only 43% of all South Africans aged 15 to 64 are working, while as many as 59% have either no education at all, or have an incomplete secondary education.

Solidarity Research Institute has published its South African Labour market report, which puts broad unemployment at 35.8%, while the official unemployment rate is 25.4%.

Of the 35.5 million, only 15.1 million have any kind of job – which is how the employment rate of 43% is determined.

Read the full article here: http://businesstech.co.za/news/general/79373/the-real-employment-rate-in-sa/

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Inspirational SA initiative goes global

“Hang up. Help out.” That’s the slogan of The Street Store, which started off as a one-off event organised by two youngsters at a Cape Town-based advertising agency. Like most good ideas, it was simple.

The public was asked to donate clothing, and on 14 January 2014, a “premises-free, rent-free” shop was set up – at which no money changed hands. On the railings of a building in Green Point, cardboard hangers displayed jerseys, T-shirts, trousers and dresses donated by the Cape Town public, with boxes of shoes stacked beneath. Assistants greeted homeless people, and escorted them through the displays, seeking out clothes that best fit them or met their needs.

Fast-forward a year, and The Street Store has not just spread to other South African cities. It has become a truly global phenomenon. On Friday, London will become the 184th city to host a Street Store. Not bad for an initiative which has cost just over R5,000 to date.

Read the full article here:http://homecomingrevolution.com/blog/2015/03/02/inspirational-sa-initiative-goes-global/ 

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South Africa’s best companies to work for in 2015

Universum has released its Most Attractive Employer Awards for 2015, which shows that the government and parastatals are popular employer choices for young South Africans and professionals.

From July to October 2014 Universum conducted a survey of 44,640 students at 25 tertiary institutions and 21,374 professionals from across South Africa.

This research was used to determine the Most Attractive Employer Awards, which provide indicators of the growth of certain sectors.

It further shows young people’s expectations for the future, and the changing face of South Africa’s professional landscape.

Awards are given to the companies ranked the highest in the two different surveys (student and professionals).
Students and professionals vote for employers in terms of the following areas of study:

Business/commerce students
Engineering/technology students
Health care / health sciences / sciences students

Read the full article here:http://businesstech.co.za/news/general/80855/south-africas-best-companies-to-work-for-in-2015/  
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S Africans can soon apply for Smart ID Cards at the bank

Cape Town – As of April, eligible citizens will be able to apply for their Smart ID Cards at the Home Affair’s kiosks in 

their nearest bank, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Tuesday.

The Minister said this when he led a briefing by government’s Governance and Administration Cluster at the Imbizo Media 

Centre in Parliament on Tuesday.

The Minister said this would be a pilot project.

The Minister said to date, two banks – FNB and Standard Bank – have signed a memorandum of understanding with the 

Department of Home Affairs for the pilot project.

Nedbank has indicated its willingness to sign on the dotted line and Minister Gigaba hopes Absa will also join the 

partnership.

He said his department had also approached the South African Post Office with the aim of reaching an agreement on how some 

of its infrastructure could be used as well.

Read the full article here: http://www.sanews.gov.za/south-africa/s-africans-can-soon-apply-smart-id-cards-bank

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No let-up on visa rules, says Gigaba

THE controversial immigration regulations gazetted last May "are not cast in stone" but will still be implemented in full, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says.

The tough new regulations caused an outcry from the public and the tourism industry, prompting Mr Gigaba to form a task team with stakeholders.

However, in a briefing at Parliament on Tuesday and in an interview with Business Day on Friday, Mr Gigaba said that no concessions were planned.

Read the full article here: http://www.bdlive.co.za/national/2015/02/18/no-let-up-on-visa-rules-says-gigaba

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South African rand touches 13-year low

The rand plunged to a near 13-year low on Wednesday night in the wake of widespread power cuts in SA, weak sentiment ahead of the state of the nation address and a loss of appetite for emerging-market investments because of heightened uncertainty over Greece’s debt crisis.

The rand hit an intraday low of R11.89 to the dollar on Wednesday, the weakest since 2002, and far off the year’s high of R11.24 reached last week.

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American exchange student Brendan Coli spent four months in South Africa in late 2014, during which he filmed video every day. 

He has compressed his footage into a remarkable 11-minute 30-second video called “The Life Project”, which reveals the remarkable character of the country through an outsider’s eyes. 

Watch the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xgeu9jonIm8

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For the past 6 years my husband and I have spent 5 months of each year at our home on the Western Cape. Prior to this year we have been able to travel to the Paarl Office of Home Affairs and carry out the necessary to extend our 90 day Visitors’ Visa. However last year new legislation was brought in and Home Affairs were no longer involved. The new procedure involves completing an application form online and submitting the necessary paperwork to VSF – the new Agency involved – and then waiting to be called for interview – in our case at the VSF offices in the ABSA building in Cape Town. We therefore decided to employ the services of an Immigration Agency – Intergate Immigration – to assist us with this new procedure. We visited their Cape Town offices (some 120 kms from where we live in Langebaan) on 20 November in order to discuss the extensions to our Visitor’s Visas, hand over the necessary paperwork and sign the necessary documents. All fine so far ……….. On that same day we received an email from the person handling our documents and on 24 November another email saying that our application documents were complete and we were to await interview with VSF. Up until 8 December we had no further communications – no telephone calls or weekly updates. And THEN ---- on 8 December my husband received a phone call at 8.15 am – he was out on the golf course at the time – confirming that we were to meet with the Intergate Agent at 10 am in their offices in Cape Town to be followed by an 11am appointment with VSF. This was the first contact from anyone from Intergate since 24 November – we had an impossible task to arrive in Cape Town by 10 am and only just made it by 11 am for our interview. Needless to say our Agent had several different stories and excuses as to why we hadn’t been contacted before this time!! Just sheer incompetence. However we did arrive in time to sign the necessary paperwork and await our turn. Just one more fright By Intergate however when it was spotted that my birthdate had been incorrectly entered on the paperwork Again just sheer incompetence. We might easily have been refused our application. On 10 December we had a standard email stating that our documents had been sent to Pretoria and then nothing more until 16 January when we had an email from VSF stating they had received our renewals. Later that day we also received a standard email from Intergate stating the same and suggesting we take our passports in to them in order for them to collect the necessary Visa. Needless to say we decided to go and collect the Visas ourselves from VSF – they were due for renewal by 29 January so only had about 10 days before they ran out. One last side note – we NEVER heard anything else from Intergate until this morning (3 March!!) when they decided to check up on us! As far as we are concerned this has been a costly, time-consuming and stressful experience. One we won’t repeat.
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