DStv’s new price increases revealed

MultiChoice South Africa will increase the prices of all its DStv bouquets with effect from 1 April 2021, the company’s chief operating officer, Simon Camerer, revealed in an interview with TechCentral on Thursday. Most packages will see price increases below projected consumer price inflation (CPI) for 2021, with the Premium bouquet – which has come under pressure in recent years due to the weak economy and the proliferation of alternative streaming services – seeing its price increased by just 1.2%. DStv Family gets the bigger price increase of the bouquets, with the price rising by 5.7% — above projected CPI — to READ MORE

OneDayOnly website woes on Black Friday

Black Friday is the one day in November that most consumers all over the world lose any trace of sensibility. They either go out to stores, or are online for most hours of the day in the aim of making a purchase, and finding “that great deal”. However with all the twists and turns that 2020 has thrown us due to COVID-19, e-commerce sites have taken more strain then previous years. This year, in South Africa, a few online retailers experienced issues with their websites. However OneDayOnly, suffered more downtime compared to their competitors. Issues on their their mobile app, didn’t READ MORE

Social Media Management is important for so many reasons

Social media managers dabble in multiple palettes; call them content creators, analysts, community moderators, digital strategists, writers, videographers, public relations experts, meme masters; the list goes on. The skills they have are critical in supporting marketing goals. Social networking is just that; social. It’s about building a community around your business, listening to the conversations surrounding your industry, engaging with those conversations, and providing an authoritative voice people can look to for guidance and advice. So, how does social media marketing affect small businesses? Social media networking can help small businesses in many ways. Generate leads, attract new customers, share READ MORE

4 Reasons Good Web Design Matters

When it comes to good web design, first impressions count! When looking for a product or service online, individuals are always going to look for the best option, it’s just human nature – we all want the best deal available. They’ll consider reputation, price, word of mouth, and how your business is presented. Good web design helps you establish this trust with clients and customers. You’re going to be compared to your competition (which you will be, let’s face it) having a good website is a must to capture the trust of the user within those vital few seconds of READ MORE

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

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

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