Part 1: Why are broadband prices so high in South Africa compared to Kenya?

While in Kenya on a social media assignment last week, a friend told me that he pays 1 Kenyan Shilling for a SMS. On 1 October 2011, 1 South African Rand (ZAR) = 12.34 Kenyan Shillings (KES). When I convert Kenya’s cost of SMS in South African currency, this comes to 8 cents. The cheapest SMS rate in South Africa right now is 15 cents. Thus, this is close to 100% more expensive than the Kenyan rate! Why?

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How the SABC missed a golden digital opportunity with Bafana/Niger’s AFCON qualifier

South African soccer fans experienced a Bafana Bafana AFCON 2012 qualifying match broadcast blackout AGAIN! This time around the SABC compounded the situation by failing to mitigate this risk, despite having known about it as far back as in May 2011 when broadcast rights negotiations started with SportFive.

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*DeathbyDigitalMarketingConference* era for marketers? Here’s my 10-point selection checklist

Since the beginning of 2011, there have already been numerous paid public conferences on or incorporating elements of digital marketing in South Africa. Recent conferences I am aware of are – Thinking Mobile, Integrated Marketing Communication Conference, Mobile Media Mindblast and Social Media World Forum Africa.

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