Author: Craig Wilson

Canada is actively pursuing South African entrepreneurs through a new start-up visa programme its government has introduced to assist “qualified entrepreneurs” interested in relocating. The cities of Toronto and Waterloo – the home of embattled mobile device manufacturer BlackBerry

By early next year, South Africans will be able to buy locally designed, developed and manufactured smartphones and tablet computers built through an initiative between two independent, black-led companies, Seemahale Telecoms and CZ Electronics. Seemahale makes networking

iBurst has launched an uncapped satellite Internet service intended for small businesses and home users, particularly those in remote parts of the country, pitching it against companies like Vox Telecom, with its YahClick product. Download speeds range from

Will Vodacom’s proposed acquisition of Neotel pass regulatory muster? That’s the question on everyone’s lips now that the mobile operator has confirmed that it is in exclusive talks with a view to buying its smaller rival, which is majority controlled by India’s Tata Communications

Gijima posted a huge, R210,8m loss for its 2013 financial year to June, but management promises its turnaround efforts are starting to bear fruit and says this view is supported through investments from key shareholders. Chairman Robert Gumede says he has put R75m

FNB Connect boss and head of First National Bank’s business operations, Farren Roper, has resigned after five years at the company to pursue an undisclosed business venture in the telecommunications sector. Roper is an admitted attorney and an executive director

First National Bank’s tech-savvy CEO, Michael Jordaan, has been appointed chairman of the board of mobile messaging company Mxit. The appointment is effective immediately and, although Jordaan won’t be getting paid in the position and won’t be taking a stake in the company at first, he has the

South Africa’s online advertising industry can look forward to substantial growth in coming years thanks in part to cheaper smartphones and data. This is according to PwC’s latest annual “South African Entertainment and Media Outlook” report. Unsurprisingly

Democratic Alliance MP Marian Shinn says the department of communications’ annual report, which was tabled in parliament on Friday, reveals how the department was “grossly mismanaged” during the tenure of former communications minister Dina Pule. Pule was fired by president

In an effort to arrest declining revenues and remain competitive, Telkom is slashing costs wherever possible, including cancelling newspaper and magazine subscriptions, scrapping its “gift and flower policy”, doing away with bottled water and water coolers and limiting staff travel costs.