Author Hilton Tarrant


New Eskom boss’s momentous little decision

It may seem a trivial matter, but the significance of the decision by new Eskom group chief executive Phakamani Hadebe to reintroduce weekly system status bulletins cannot be overstated. On Thursday, at the launch of the first


Telkom: the (very) good, not all bad and the ugly

In November, at the half-year stage, I highlighted that Telkom was facing crises on a few fronts and that only one part of its business – mobile – was firing on all cylinders. With full-year numbers available, certain trends are clearer


Can MTN become Africa’s biggest bank?

When the continent’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, MTN, appointed Rob Shuter as group CEO, Stephen van Coller as one of its vice presidents and Ralph Mupita as chief financial officer in 2016, the strategy was plain


EOH shareholders voice their discontent

Shareholders in EOH have made their unhappiness known, with sizeable votes against five executive directors and significant resistance to its remuneration policy at Thursday’s annual general

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Two worrying signs in EOH’s results

It’s not just that IT services group EOH reported a 23% slump in headline earnings in the first six months of its 2018 financial year (this despite a 19% jump in revenue). It’s not that free cash flow is negative. Nor the


Data bundles: MTN giveth, and MTN taketh away

MTN has announced adjustments to its prepaid data bundles as well as pricing in a move it says is “in line with customer needs and market trends”. The new bundles and pricing, effective 5 March 2018, reduce what


FNB’s app strategy leaves its rivals in the dust

First National Bank’s deliberate move to aggressively shift transaction to its mobile app from other digital (and physical) channels is paying off handsomely. If recent trends are sustained – and there’s no indication that they

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