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A digital literacy programme by the city of Johannesburg and the University of Johannesburg will tutor city residents in making constructive use of the city's free, public wireless broadband network, in the interests of job creation, economic growth and community development.
Commuters at Gugulethu and Khayelitsha taxi ranks will get access to free wifi, according to Project Isizwe, which will offer a cap of 250MB at a speed of 15mbps. Living without information is unthinkable, says the group, which also drives access in other parts of South Africa.
Mobile operator Vodacom has started the large-scale rollout of an EMV banking card that is accepted anywhere, and is linked to its mobile wallet offering, m-pesa. A chipped card, it is secure, and offers greater convenience, security and social inclusion.
Eskom has thanked South African consumers and businesses for their efforts, and urged them to keep saving electricity this summer as it continues with planned maintenance on its generating units.
The South African Reserve Bank has introduced a new security feature on the country's Nelson Mandela banknotes to mark the first 12 months since the introduction of the new notes.
Previously blacklisted consumers have been given some breathing space, with the Cabinet approving a proposal to allow consumers who can afford to take up more debt to access credit once they have settled their debt.
South African bank Absa has launched a multi-currency travel prepaid cash card through MasterCard, which is available in four currencies and is a first for the country and the continent.
Failure to disclose the ingredients contained in food products constitutes a breach of the Consumer Protection Act, the National Consumer Commission said following reports last week of undisclosed meat products in certain processed foods available at stores in South Africa.