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How to choose the right website designer

Not all web designers are the same If you’re starting a new business, creating your first website, or looking to update your existing website, your mind might be reeling as you try to figure out which web designer in Durban to hire. There are tons of options out there, but you don’t need to be overwhelmed by all your choices. We’ve come up with a go-to checklist that will make finding the perfect web designer a breeze. Choose the kind of site you need The first thing you’ll want to consider is what type of site you need. Some web READ MORE

Google to keep most of its employees at home until July 2021

It marks a six-month extension of Google’s previous plan to keep most of its offices closed through the rest of this year. Google has decided that most of its 200,000 employees and contractors should work from home through next June, a sobering assessment of the pandemic’s potential staying power from the company providing the answers for the world’s most trusted internet search engine. The remote-work order issued Monday by Google CEO Sundar Pichai also affects other companies owned by Google’s corporate parent, Alphabet Inc. It marks a six-month extension of Google’s previous plan to keep most of its offices closed READ MORE

The perks of working at MTN and Vodacom – Free data and airtime

One of the advantages of working at a major mobile operator is the free allocation of airtime and data available to all employees. Even the CEOs of South African mobile networks don’t have to pay for their own smartphone contract. Vodacom’s recent financial results showed that the company’s CEO, Shameel Joosub, accrued a pre-tax remuneration of R43,446,398 for the year, R4,800 of which was attributed to a Vodacom mobile phone benefit. Like Joosub, lower-level employees at many mobile networks also receive attractive phone benefits, and these can be a great perk of working at these companies. Mobile phone benefits can include contributions towards READ MORE

Western Cape judge under fire over tobacco case delay

Western Cape judge president John Hlophe has become the subject of criticism from tobacco companies after he postponed the hearing of their case against the cigarette ban that forms part of the national lockdown, according to a report by The Sunday Times. British American Tobacco SA (BATSA) and nine other parties are taking the government to court to get the ban on tobacco sales during lockdown lifted. The case was originally agreed to be heard on Tuesday, but Hlophe postponed the case by over a month. The Sunday Times, however, said it has seen emails between the registrar in the chambers of READ MORE

Vodacom uncapped 5G – “Not yet, but it will come”

Vodacom recently launched its 5G network in South Africa, supporting mobile connectivity as well as a selection of fixed-wireless broadband products. The company currently only offers capped 5G products, although this will change as the technology evolves. This is according to Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub, who was speaking in an interview with MyBroadband following the publication of the company’s financial results for the year ended 31 March. Vodacom currently offers 5G fixed-broadband products on 24 or 36-month contracts with monthly data caps ranging from 100GB to 400GB. When asked whether Vodacom planned to launch uncapped 5G products in the future, Joosub READ MORE

Lockdown ISP speeds – The big winners and losers

The national lockdown which started on 27 March has had a slight negative impact on the average speed of fixed broadband connections, but there was one exception – fibre. Fibre subscribers have seen an increase in average download speed thanks to free line speed upgrades offered by fibre network operators. Many fibre network operators (FNOs), including Vumatel, Frogfoot, and Link Africa, have increased the speed of their users’ lines for free during the lockdown. Internet service providers (ISPs) have, in turn, upgraded the bandwidth available on their networks to accommodate these upgrades. These upgrades have resulted in higher average speeds for fibre READ MORE

Coronavirus: Reports increasing in South Africa

Following reports of South Africa’s first reported case of Coronavirus, of a 38 year KZN man from Hilton in KZN, a Mount Edgecombe Estate resident, and a Nedbank staff member, that were part of a group of travellers that returned from Italy have also been tested for the virus. In a statement released to residents, the Mount Edgecombe Country Club Estate said the matter was brought to their attention that the man living in Estate 2, had been in contact with the patient who tested positive for the virus. The Estate’s Desiree Stone said the resident had been in contact READ MORE

Free global WiFi to revolutionise Internet access in Africa

As companies across the globe race to launch free WiFi services, Chinese Internet technology company LinkSure Network will revolutionise Internet access through its ambitious plan to connect the entire world by 2026. This was the word from Dion Chang, trends analyst and founder of Flux Trends, presenting the 2020 edition of his “State We’re In” trend briefing, titled: “The Politics of Rage & Polarisation: A Quest for Middle Ground.” The “State We’re In” is an annual trend briefing by trends research firm Flux Trends that provides an executive summary of trends that are shaping and changing the way we live, work and play. Discussing READ MORE

Vodacom and Telkom clients hit by network outages due to load shedding

Both Vodacom and Telkom experienced network outages on Friday morning as prolonged load shedding take a toll at cellular towers. When power to cellular towers is cut off, battery back-up kicks in – but Vodacom told Business Insider SA that these offer limited power and will eventually also fail. Telkom, which has an agreement to roam on Vodacom’s network, said load shedding is affecting the network towers’ back-up support. Vodacom said it has put a number of proactive measures in place to help mitigate the effects of widespread load shedding. “For instance, we have deployed generators at numerous sites across the READ MORE

New regulations set to end annoying marketing calls in South Africa

The Information Regulator has asked President Cyril Ramaphosa to declare that the remaining provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) commence on 1 April 2020. Speaking in an interview with eNCA, Pansy Tlakula, the chairperson of the Information Regulator of South Africa, said that the act gives serious enforcement powers to the regulator including the ability to levy fines of over R10 million and the ability to pursue criminal prosecution. Law firm Webber Wentzel said that if the president acts on the regulator’s request, the remaining provisions in POPIA regulating the processing of personal information will become effective on READ MORE