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Two entrepreneurs applied to the Court of the Commissioner of Patents in Pretoria this week for an interdict to stop Nedbank from using a card blocking system they say was stolen from them, notes a Moneyweb report.
A senior counsel representing the State Security Agency told the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) yesterday that journalists were not entitled to dictate how the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act (Rica) should be implemented.
The Public Investment Corporation (PIC), the MTN Group's biggest shareholder, is pushing for changes at the mobile-phone company to avoid the regulatory, legal and political disputes that have cut its share price by more than half over the past four years, BusinessLIVE says.
Vodacom Group and MTN Group shares fell after one of the competition regulators ruled that SA’s two largest mobile-phone companies overcharge customers for data – particularly those on lower incomes. According to a Fin24 report, the two carriers bill more in their home market than in other countries in which they operate, the Competition Commission said in a provisional report on an inquiry that began in August 2017.
The continuing troubles at Eskom open the way for independent renewable energy to play a greater role in the energy mix, Jeff Radebe, told the eighth Africa Power roundtable yesterday, according to a Business Day report. ‘Given the crisis at Eskom, I foresee a larger role for renewables,’ he said in opening the two-day event, hosted by DLO Energy Resources.
Nkosana Makate has hit out at Vodacom for portraying him as ‘greedy and unreasonable’ after the company said it had been generous in its compensation offer to him. ‘The CEO's determination considers me as a charity case and ignores the fact that I have a binding commercial agreement with Vodacom as found by the High Court and upheld by the Constitutional Court,’ said Makate.
Nkosana Makate is expected to take Vodacom back to court to fight the compensation offer made for his 'Please Call Me' idea. The Sowetan yesterday reported that Makate said his legal team has already drafted court papers to have Vodacom's determination reviewed. 'It is ridiculous and it is flawed, so on that basis we are going to review it,' he told the paper.
The ANC failed to obtain rights to the domain name of its website after an adjudicator, appointed by DomainDisputes.co.za, ruled against the party this week, says a News24 report. The party approached the body after service provider Unwembi Communications claimed ownership of ANC domain name www.anc.org.za.
Two men alleged to have kidnapped a Witbank boy and demanded Bitcoins in exchange for his safe return will spend the next few months behind bars as they await trial. The pair appeared in the Witbank Magistrate's Court yesterday where their case was postponed to 17 April, says TimesLIVE.
Vodacom is facing the escalating wrath of customers and citizens over its long battle with former employee Nkosana Makate, who invented the Please Call Me service. The Star reports Vodacom has been warned that it has until 10am today to pay Makate or face citizens who are mobilising for a total shutdown of services at Vodacom stores.
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has entered the dispute between Vodacom and 'Please Call Me' inventor Nkosana Makate, calling on the cellphone giant to pay up by the end of January. In a tweet, Lesufi says Vodacom will face the 'wrath of the nation' if it did not pay up, according to a TimesLIVE report.
The long protracted legal battle between Vodacom and ‘Mr Please Call Me’ Nkosana Makate (42) seems to be far from over, notes a report on the SowetanLIVE site. The latest salvo between the two comes after Vodacom was reported as saying it had agreed to pay ‘reasonable compensation’ to Makate. However, Makate took to his Facebook page to dispute that he had agreed to what he deemed an ‘insult’.
The Eastern Cape’s multimillion-rand broadband project – at the centre of a legal battle between two state organs – has been ruled irregular by the Eastern Cape High Court (Bhisho). Judge John Smith declared the R220m project – awarded to Liquid Telecom in October 2017 – ‘reviewable’ and that the Eastern Cape entered into the contract without approval from the State Information Technology Agency (Sita).
The ANC is concerned about the digital divide due to high data costs and has joined mobile data service providers in the call for ‘more spectrum’, says a Fin24 report. Noting ‘the cost of data in SA is significantly higher than other African countries’, the ANC's Phelisa Nkomo said the release of spectrum would lessen the network burden of operators. This submission was made on the third and final day of the Competition Commission’s Data Market Inquiry on Friday in Pretoria.
Both Vodacom and MTN have indicated data prices could fall dramatically when access to new radio frequency spectrum becomes available, notes Legalbrief. This became evident at the Competition Commission’s public hearings as part of its inquiry into the country’s data costs, which are perceived to be abnormally high.