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  • How to invest to protect your portfolio in 2020 and beyond
  • Central banks have vowed to do what ever it takes to ignite economic growth. Growth is the only thing that will address the Covid-19 unemployment crisis facing the world. That means there will be a lot of cheap and seemingly “free” money thrown at this problem. We have several central bankers talking this week and our own monetary policy committee is due to make an interest rate an... ››› more
  • [20 May 2020]
  • These two stocks could also be victims of the #Feesmustfall movement
  • I'm not about to go into a political rant about the violence on university campuses or about the pros and cons of having free higher education for all. No. What I want to talk about is the newest campaign that just happened - on the back of #FeesMustFall. It's called #DataFeesMustFall! Thousands of people are unhappy with the data fees they're being charged by South African cell phone ... ››› more
  • [21 September 2016]
  • Vodacom, MTN or Telkom - Which investment is delivering better returns?
  • South Africa's telecommunications investments have been quite exciting to watch over the last year. Massive fines, reshuffling of executives and new developments and products across the industry have left some investors confused as to which telecommunications shares to invest in. So let's take a quick look at MTN, Vodacom and Telkom and see which investment has performed better in the last yea... ››› more
  • [25 July 2016]
  • One man pockets R21.8 million for Vodacom's decent performance
  • Since the markets opened on 4 January 2016, Vodacom's share price has increased nearly 6%. Its closest rival, MTN's share price fell nearly 5% since the markets opened. Telkom on the other hand has proved that it's less than worthy down nearly 11% over the same time frame. But there's one man that's smiling all the way to the bank. That's Vodacom's CEO Shameel Joosub... Vodacom pa... ››› more
  • [21 June 2016]
  • About the company: Blue Label Telecoms Ltd [JSE:BLU]
  • Blue Label Telecoms focuses on providing the virtual distribution of secure electronic tokens, mainly for cell phone airtime and data, and electricity. The company has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange… Full name: Blue Label Telecoms Limited Short name: BlueTel Ticker: BLU Sector: Telecommunications – mobile telecommunications Five top facts about Blue Label Telecoms ... ››› more
  • [12 August 2015]
  • The one Top 40 stock you must leave alone right now
  • The South African telecoms sector hasn't fared so well in 2015. Companies such as MTN, Vodacom and Telkom haven't lived up to investor's expectations so far. These companies continue to face tough market conditions, job cuts and slow growth. However, a couple weeks ago in my article "There's a trading war between two telecoms giants", I mentioned that the Vodacom-Neotel deal would be an... ››› more
  • [29 July 2015]
  • There's a trading war between two telecoms giants Here's how to profit from it…
  • Telkom has had a number of advantages over its rivals, including its monopoly legacy and infrastructure which locked South Africans into contracts and its expertise in building fixed-line networks. Subsequently, Telkom has kept a firm control on fixed-line services in South Africa. But one recent announcement is about to change all this. It's about to start a very interesting "war" in th... ››› more
  • [15 July 2015]
  • Telkom's earnings take a hit as restructuring gets well underway
  • Earlier today, Telkom released its results for the six-months to the end of September. The telecoms company posted a big hit to earnings as restructuring costs mount. Let's take a closer look at what Telkom revealed… Telkom posted a fall of 67% in earnings Telkom [JSE:TKG] reported a drop of 67% to its earnings for the first half of its financial year, reports Fin24. One of the ma... ››› more
  • [17 November 2014]
  • Unions get ready to fight Telkom over retrenchments
  • Yesterday, the South African Communications Union (SACU) said Telkom planned to cut 9,000 of its 19,000 workforce over the next six months. Both SACU and Solidarity are preparing to take Telkom to court over the possible job losses. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Telkom refutes claims of 9,000 job losses in six months Telkom denies the SACU’s claim that Telkom plans to let go... ››› more
  • [09 July 2014]
  • Business Connexion's shares rocket as Telkom bids for the company
  • Earlier today in a joint statement, Telkom announced its intention to buy Business Connexion. Telkom is looking to expand its information and communication technology (ICT) business. Shares in Telkom fell on the news. Business Connexion shares soared. Let's take a closer look at the deal… Telkom bids R2.67 billion for Business Connexion Telkom has made an offer to “buy Business Connexio... ››› more
  • [22 May 2014]
  • Nashua Mobile enters a R2.2 billion deal with MTN and Vodacom to sell its subscriber bases
  • On Friday, it emerged that Nashua Mobile will sell its MTN and Vodacom bases to the respective mobile operators. The decision came as major stakeholder in Nashua, Reunert, deems the bases unprofitable over the long-term. Let's take a closer look at what this means… ****************************************************** Get a 72 hour head-start on everyone else… Let TV show pundits, blogs... ››› more
  • [14 April 2014]
  • A court rules on MTN and Vodacom's fight against ICASA's rate cuts
  • Yesterday afternoon, a court ruled that the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) can go ahead with its planned cuts to mobile termination rates [MTR]. This is in spite of the court finding them “unlawful and invalid”. This follows MTN and Vodacom taking the regulator to court over its plan to cut MTRs. At the end of January, ICASA announced it was slashing the fees char... ››› more
  • [01 April 2014]
  • Telkom boss hits out at MTN and Vodacom over fighting rate cuts
  • The CEO of Telkom Sipho Maseko has criticised MTN and Vodacom over their moves to try and stop the lowering of mobile termination rates. In full page advertisements in the Sunday papers, Mr Maseko says MTN and Vodacom are standing in the way of what's best for South Africa. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Telkom’s CEO published an open letter to bosses of MTN and Vodacom The ... ››› more
  • [03 March 2014]
  • Vodacom joins MTN's bid to fight ICASA over rate cuts
  • It emerged earlier today that Vodacom is to follow in MTN's footsteps. It is legally challenging the Independent Communication Authority of South Africa's (ICASA) decision to slash mobile termination rates (MTRs). At the end of January, ICASA announced its plan to cut the rates. Vodacom began legal proceedings yesterday. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Today, Vodacom revealed it... ››› more
  • [26 February 2014]
  • ICASA delays its plans to cut termination rates after MTN's legal challenge
  • At the end of January, the telecoms regulator announced it was slashing the fees mobile operators charge other operators to use their networks. MTN and Vodacom weren't happy with the decision. Last week, MTN took legal action to try to stop the regulator's plans. As a result, plans are on hold. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Last month, the Independent Communications Authority of... ››› more
  • [17 February 2014]
  • Will Vodacom join MTN in its bid to challenge ICASA's ruling on rate cut?
  • Yesterday, MTN announced that it is to challenge the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa's (ICASA) ruling over termination rates. At the end of January, ICASA said that as of the beginning of March, termination rates between mobile providers will drop 50%. Vodacom said last week it planned to challenge the bid. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Yesterday, MPs heard ... ››› more
  • [12 February 2014]
  • The market isn't impressed with Vodacom's figures
  • Yesterday, mobile operator Vodacom released a trading update covering the last three months of last year. In spite of showing strong growth in data usage, it appears investors are concerned with the mobile giant's future outlook. Let's take a closer look at what the trading update revealed… In spite of Vodacom’s trading update containing some good news, shares in the mobile operator “close... ››› more
  • [06 February 2014]
  • Telecom regulator slashes fees sending MTN and Vodacom shares lower
  • Earlier today, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) announced that from the start of March cross network fees would halve. Shares in MTN and Vodacom fell on the news. Let's take a closer look at what the regulator's move means… Back in October last year, ICASA announced its intention to slash the fees paid for mobile operators to use each other’s networks. At the ... ››› more
  • [29 January 2014]
  • Telkom's suspended CFO told to repay R6 million loan immediately
  • Back in mid-November, Telkom admitted it had lent its suspended chief financial officer R6 million. Telkom suspended Jacques Schindehütte the month before for undisclosed reasons. Late yesterday it emerged that Telkom demands that Mr Schindehutte immediately pays back the borrowed money. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Yesterday, Telkom said that “it is claiming back the R6 mil... ››› more
  • [15 January 2014]
  • Shares in MTN rise 2.5% on back of Iran deal
  • Yesterday, shares in MTN Group Ltd rallied following successful talks about Iran's nuclear programme on Sunday. With its operations in Iran, MTN's share price rose on the back of the news. Let's take a closer look at what the deal with Iran could mean for MTN… This is down to “hopes a landmark deal on Iran’s nuclear programme may unlock millions of dollars” that MTN has in the country, r... ››› more
  • [26 November 2013]
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