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St Charles College, a pioneering learning institution in Pietermaritzburg has been researching the responsible use of technology in education for over 13 years. Now, after trialling the Samsung Galaxy Tab A in its classrooms, it has proven the case for schools successfully migrating to digital learning.

“We became excited when testing the Galaxy Tab A with the S pen device, as we found that it enhanced all the learning elements we wanted to preserve in a move towards a digital environment. We discovered that the device had solved some of the significant barriers to a paperless learning space and contacted Samsung to discuss future collaborations. We are happy to partner with Samsung to share our discoveries with those who understand the importance of making education personal and engaging,” says Allen van Blerk, Principal of St Charles College.

 

The school has tested the Galaxy Tab A on groups across all grades in the Senior School. The learners showed immediate enthusiasm with the S Pen cited as replicating the feel and ease of writing with a pencil. Principal van Blerk feels that the Tab A split screen enables schools to move effectively towards electronic textbooks, as a learner can scroll through a worksheet or textbook on the top half of the screen and write effortlessly on the lower half of the screen. He feels that the power of this feature has been underestimated but has become an essential solution for digital migration. Additionally, the simple connection of the devices to the teacher’s tablet means that shared information becomes personal for each learner.

 

“As a human-centred company we are committed to technology that makes a difference. When we place pioneering innovation in the hands of learners we take another step closer to positioning South Africa at the forefront of the 4th Industrial Revolution and that is truly inspiring, “says Hlubi Shivanda, Director of Business Innovation Group and Corporate Affairs at Samsung South Africa.

 

St Charles College plans to move 500 Grade 8 to Grade 12 boys to the Galaxy Tab A with S Pens in January, 2020. The connection platforms are currently being tested as the school prepares for the practicality of swopping a bag full of books, files, text books and stationery for a single tablet.

 

“The idea is to make the move to digital so seamless that it will be the obvious choice. It’s a quiet revolution and we’re proud to partner with Samsung on what will be a game changer in education,” concludes van Blerk.

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The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Sector Council congratulates Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams and Deputy Minister Pinky Kekana on their reappointments as Minister and Deputy Minister of Communications respectively.

“It’s an honour for the ICT Sector Council to congratulate both the Minister and the Deputy Minister as our new Line Minister in terms of the B-BBEE Act. The Council looks forward to working with both the Minister and her Deputy. said Andile Tlhoaele Chairperson of the ICT Sector Council.

 

The ICT Sector Council is responsible for developing, reviewing and publishing the B-BBEE ICT Sector Code. The Council is also mandated to monitor the implementation of the Code and report progress to Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Advisory Council on BEE; the B-BBEE Commissioner and the Minister of Trade & Industry.

 

 

“Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams has been a great supporter of the ICT Sector, leading the campaign on skills development to train One Million Data Scientists in readiness for the 4th Industrial Revolution. We know that she will continue to lead the 4th Industrial Revolution” Andile Tlhoaele continued.

 

The ICT Sector comprises four ICT industry sub-sectors: Broadcasting, Information Technology, Telecommunications and Electronics.

 

The ICT Sector Council functions through five sub-committees;

  1. Executive Committee, which comprises of the chairpersons of all the sub-committees, which is chaired by the Deputy Chairperson Councillor Pheladi Gwangwa
  2. Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Committee chaired by Councillor Petronella Linders
  3. Guidance and Monitoring Committee chaired by Councillor Adrian Schofield
  4. Review and Amendment Committee chaired by Councillor Sara-Jane Capazario
  5. Strategy, Governance, Risk & Funding Committee chaired by Councillor Lucky Masilela

 

The Council is constituted by fifteen members from the four ICT industry sub-sectors, ICASA, Labour, Community, Youth, Women, the (previous) Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services and the Department of Communications.

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Apple today introduced the new iPod touch with enhancements to power, capability and communication at a remarkable price. The Apple-designed A10 Fusion chip brings improved performance in games, and for the first time on iPod, immersive augmented reality (AR) experiences and Group FaceTime, making it easy to chat with family members, friends or colleagues simultaneously. The new iPod touch is available to order on apple.com and in the Apple Store app starting today and in stores later this week.
“We’re making the most affordable iOS device even better with performance that is twice as fast as before, Group FaceTime and augmented reality starting at just $199,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing. “The ultra-thin and lightweight design of iPod touch has always made it ideal for enjoying games, music and so much more wherever you go.”
iPod touch comes in a new 256GB capacity, giving plenty of space to download music for offline listening through Apple Music or the iTunes Store. With Apple Music, subscribers can access a catalogue of over 50 million songs, thousands of playlists, Beats 1 Radio and daily editorial selections from the world’s best music experts. Subscribers can create their own playlists, watch music videos, listen to exclusive Beats 1 shows from their favourite artists on demand and share music with their friends. Now available in over 100 countries, Apple Music offers the most comprehensive music experience ever.
iOS is the world’s largest gaming platform, and with three times faster graphics, games on the new iPod touch run even smoother and look even more beautiful. This fall gamers can look forward to Apple Arcade, a game subscription service with over 100 new and exclusive games with no ads or additional purchases, and the ability to download games for offline play. Apple Arcade is the perfect complement to the already enormously popular catalogue of free games on the App Store.

 

The new iPod touch also provides fun and productive AR experiences across gaming, education and web browsing. AR is even more engaging and immersive with the new capabilities of shared AR, persistent AR, which is tied to a specific location, and image detection, making it possible for the new iPod touch to magically bring to life 3D objects like toys and sculptures.
Pricing and Availability
  • The new iPod touch starts at $199 (US) for the 32GB model, $299 (US) for the 128GB model and $399 (US) for the 256GB model from apple.com, in the Apple Store app and Apple Stores, and is also available through Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers (prices may vary). iPod touch is available in six finishes; space grey, white, gold, blue, pink and (PRODUCT)RED.

 

  • The new iPod touch models are available to order starting today from apple.com and in the Apple Store app in AustraliaAustriaBelgiumCanadaCzech RepublicDenmarkFinlandFranceGermanyHong KongHungaryIrelandItalyJapanLuxembourgNetherlandsNew ZealandNorwayPolandPortugalSpainSwedenSwitzerlandTurkey, the UAEUK and US.
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Samsung Announces Free Software Upgrade

Posted by radio On May - 29 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Samsung South Africa recently announced a free firmware upgrade, to assist customers with specific Samsung devices, namely the Galaxy A5/A7 (2017 models), S7 and S7 Edge devices. Customers who visit participating Samsung Service Centres for the upgrade will save up to 5GB of data on the device software update and also receive a free installation and activation of Samsung Pay. The free upgrade offer will run from 23 May to 6 June 2019. Terms and conditions apply.

 

 

 

The upgrade process is as follows:

 

• Customers are to visit a participating Samsung Service Centres from 23 May 2019 and request their free upgrade.
• The Service Centre will confirm that the device is a Galaxy A5/A7 (2017), S7 or S7 Edge device (South African models only) and then complete their upgrade.
• The support staff will then perform the free installation and activation of the Samsung Pay app.

 

Samsung Pay is continuing to blaze new trails with mobile payments in South Africa and this free installation will allow more Samsung users to make full use of its convenience. This secure and simple digital wallet instantly gives Samsung Pay supported devices the functionality of a bank and loyalty card, which can be used almost anywhere* you can swipe, insert or tap a payment card.

 

The participating Samsung Service Centres are:

JOHANNESBURG

 

Main City: Rivonia
Partner: MMall
Contact No: 011 326 8337
Address: The Wedge Shopping Centre, 255 Rivonia Road

 

Main City: Midrand
Partner: Mall of Africa – Samsung Brand Store
Contact No: 010 001 9441
Address: Shop 1151, Mall of Africa, Waterfall City, Midrand

 

Main City: Fourways
Partner: Fourways Mall – Samsung Brand Store
Contact No: 011 465 1466
Address: Shop G17, Fourways Crossing, William Nicol Dr, Fourways

 

Main City: Rosebank
Partner: Rosebank – Samsung Brand Store
Contact No: 010 001 5070
Address: Shop 323-325, 50 Bath Ave, Rosebank Mall, Johannesburg

 

Main City: Bedfordview
Partner: Eastgate – Samsung Brand Store
Contact No: 011 615 1157
Address: Shop U59, Eastgate Mall, 43 Bradford Road, Bedfordview

 

PRETORIA

 

Main City: Pretoria
Partner: Pandadox
Contact No: 010 140 1780
Address: Shop B6 The Grove Mall Cnr Simon Vermooten Road

 

Main City: Menlyn
Partner: Menlyn – Samsung Brand Store
Contact No: 012 368 1055
Address: Shop LF 139A Menlyn Park Shopping Mall, Menlyn, Pretoria

 

DURBAN

 

Main City: Durban
Partner: Circle seven
Contact No: 031 569 2806
Address: 10-17 Redlyn Business Park, 1st Floor, 5 Riverhorse Valley

 

Main City: Durban
Partner: TM Electronics
Contact No: 031 579 2719
Address: Unit No 2 Teakfield, 1 Teakfield Road – Durban North

 

Main City: Durban
Partner: Gateway Mall Samsung Brand Store
Contact No: 031 566 6795
Address: Shop F162, 1 Palm Blvd, Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga

 

CAPE TOWN

 

Main City: Century City
Partner: Canal Walk Samsung Brand Store
Contact No: 021 555 4683
Address: Shop 38, Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Century City, Cape Town

 

Main City: Cape Town
Partner: V & A Waterfront Samsung Brand Store
Contact No: 021 421 1055
Address: 217 Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town

 

Main City: Bellville
Partner: Tygervalley Samsung Brand Store
Contact No: 021 914 0909
Address: Shop UL506D, Entrance 10, Upper Level, Willie Van Schoor Ave, Tygervalley

 

Main City: Somerset West
Partner: Somerset West Samsung Brand Store
Contact No: 021 851 1946
Address: Shop 301, Centenary Drive Intersection of N2 & R44, Somerset Mall, Somerset West

 

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Apple updated MacBook Pro with faster 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Core processors, bringing eight cores to MacBook Pro for the first time. MacBook Pro now delivers two times faster performance than a quad-core MacBook Pro and 40 percent more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro, making it the fastest Mac notebook ever.1 These new processors, combined with powerful graphics, the brilliant and colourful Retina display, super-fast SSDs, the Apple T2 Security Chip, all-day battery life and macOS, make MacBook Pro the world’s best pro notebook.

 

“Whether it’s college students mastering a course of study, developers building world-class apps or video editors creating feature films, we’re constantly amazed at what our customers do with their MacBook Pro,” said Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac Product Marketing. “Now with 8-core processors for an incredible performance boost, along with its stunning Retina display, fast storage, all-day battery life and running macOS, MacBook Pro continues to be the world’s best pro notebook and we can’t wait to get it into our customer’s hands to see what they do next.”

 

MacBook Pro delivers up to two times faster performance across pro applications.

 

Powerful Performance Boost for Pro Workloads

MacBook Pro is more powerful than ever for compiling code, processing high-resolution images, rendering 3D graphics, editing multiple streams of 4K video and more. The 15-inch MacBook Pro now features faster 6- and 8-core Intel Core processors, delivering Turbo Boost speeds up to 5.0 GHz, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar features faster quad-core processors with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.7 GHz.

 

When compared to the fastest quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro, the new MacBook Pro with 8-core processors is up to two times faster, so:

  • Music producers can play back massive multi-track projects with up to two times more Alchemy plug-ins in Logic Pro X.
  • 3D designers can render scenes up to two times faster in Maya Arnold.
  • Photographers can apply complex edits and filters up to 75 percent faster in Photoshop.
  • Developers can compile code up to 65 percent faster in Xcode.
  • Scientists and researchers can compute complex fluid dynamics simulations up to 50 percent faster in TetrUSS.
  • Video editors can edit up to 11 simultaneous multi-cam streams of 4K video in Final Cut Pro X.

 

 

 

The world’s best pro notebook is now more powerful than ever.

 

The World’s Best Pro Notebook

Along with these powerful new processors, MacBook Pro features the best Mac notebook display ever, a stunning Retina display with 500 nits of brightness, support for the P3 wide colour gamut and True Tone technology, for a natural, true-to-life viewing experience. It also comes with incredibly immersive stereo speakers with wide-stereo sound, the security and convenience of Touch ID, dynamic and contextual controls with Touch Bar and a large Force Touch trackpad. MacBook Pro also features blazing fast SSD storage, the Apple T2 Security Chip for enhanced security, and powerful and versatile Thunderbolt 3 ports for data transfer, charging and connecting up to two 5K displays or four external GPUs.

Stunning Retina display with 500 nits of brightness and P3 wide colour delivers a true-to-life viewing experience.

 

 

macOS Mojave

All new Macs come with macOS Mojave, the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, with features inspired by pros but designed for everyone. In Mojave, Dark Mode transforms the desktop with a dramatic new look that puts the focus on user content, Stacks organises messy desktops by automatically stacking files into neat groups and FaceTime supports group calling. Mojave also brings iOS apps, including News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home to the Mac and features a redesigned Mac App Store with rich editorial content and the addition of apps from top developers, including Microsoft and Adobe.

MacBook is powered by macOS Mojave, the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system.

 

 

Pricing and Availability

Starting at $1,799 and $2,399 respectively, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pro are available today through apple.com, the Apple Store app and in select Apple Stores and Apple Authorised Resellers later this week. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at apple.com/mac.

 

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  • QLED Has Taken On Competing Technology in A Big Way.
  • 8K – Set to Change How We Experience Reality.
  • The Content Experience Has Given Consumers More Choice.
  • How Samsung is Different.

Samsung has been a pioneer in TV design for 50 years. Over that time, Samsung has researched what people love most about TV – the way it brings friends and families together and the many details that amplifies the viewing experience. This knowledge has led to innovation that has transformed how people watch TV and is one of the reasons it has been global number 1 for the 13 years. The 2019 QLED line-up builds on this legacy in a big way.

 

“Pictures that are as breath-taking as they are ground-breaking” is how Forbes Magazine described the Samsung QLED TV it reviewed in February this year. This is a sentiment that has been echoed by reviewers around the world. TechRader addressed the QLED versus OLED debate by citing the Samsung 65Q90R as ‘’Capable of competing with and often surpassing even the best OLED’s.” Powered by Samsung’s patented Quantum Processor, the 2019 QLED TV line-up features more screen size options, stunning picture quality enhancements, dazzling colours from every angle, exciting new design elements and intuitive smart TV upgrades.

 

QLED is Leading the Way

 

QLED TVs use quantum dots to enhance performance, delivering better brightness and a wider colour spectrum. That’s because the dots act like a filter when applied on top of an LED backlight. This produces a light purer than an LED can provide. Beyond TV viewing, QLED is also the best for gaming as it has the fastest refresh times, which could be the difference between victory and losing your last lifeline. QLED TVs are also far brighter than current OLED TVs. For example, the 65” Q90 can push out a peak measured light output (on a white HDR window filling 10% of the screen) of 2050 nits. That’s seriously impressive.

 

QLED Beats the Burn

 

And the innovation doesn’t stop at just the quality of the overall picture but on its impressive performance in another crucial area that requires everyone’s attention. Since QLED TVs don’t use organic elements, they are essentially immune to screen burn-in. This is a display issue in which certain facets of an image shown on a TV screen, such as a channel logo are either not shown properly, or fragments of that image remain on the screen. It then appears longer, as though it is embedded onto the display. This has been cited as one of the crucial flaws of OLED TV display technology. In fact, a quick search for “OLED Burn-in” on YouTube shows the high volume of criticism from those who have experienced the issue first-hand, as well as a number of burn-in tests, which compare Samsung’s QLED TV and OLED TV to demonstrate how the two displays differ on this very critical concern. Clearly, Samsung has mastered an area that can impact viewing in a big way.

 

8K Pushes the Boundaries of Possibility

 

Samsung has declared 2019 the year of the ‘ultra-high definition 8K era’. With Samsung 8K QLED every scene is amazingly vivid and real. It’s like 3D without the glasses. With more colours than the human eye can see, infinite details and optimised audio you see, feel and hear as if the scene has come to life in front of you. Of course, because 8K is still new technology, Samsung’s intelligent Quantum Processor 8K can convert what you watching, depending on the source content, into an enhanced version with improved details and sharpened definition. This means more crystal clear and precise images with reduced noise and sharpened definition. It’s like an instant upgrade of everything you’ve seen before. Together with 8K resolution, Samsung’s HDR technology delivers maximum brightness to the scenes’ settings and conditions in the room you’re watching in. And with fewer visible pixels, you enjoy the feeling of pure immersion—even when you’re closer to the TV. This means everyone in the room has the same incredible experience at the same time.

 

Consumers Now Have Access to More Content Than Ever

 

As announced at CES 2019, Samsung has taken the user experience to the next level by offering iTunes Movies and TV Shows and Apple AirPlay 2 support on 2019 Samsung Smart TV models. In an industry first, a new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app is available on the QLED range. It works seamlessly with Samsung’s Smart TV Services, the new Voice Command and Search, to create a consistent experience across Samsung’s platform. With AirPlay 2 support, Samsung customers will be able to effortlessly play videos, photos, music, podcasts and more from Apple devices directly to Samsung Smart TVs, including QLED 4K and 8K TVs as well as other Samsung UHD and HD models. Additionally, it works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

 

Our 2019 QLED line is designed for users who want the best combination of picture quality, smart TV capabilities and design. This year’s line-up represents our largest screen size offering ever. It brings together innovative feature enhancements and exciting content and service partnerships to deliver a truly ground-breaking viewing experience and unprecedented value.

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Huawei Mobile Services held the first Developer Day in Europe, celebrating the existing and new partnerships by showcasing the common vision of the future, and the unstoppable growth of our jointly built consumer services, including top quality content discovery through user-centric storytelling, improved technical capabilities for developers, AI-powered tools, and much more. Huawei also announced HUAWEI Ability Gallery, bringing next generation intelligent connection between developers and users.

 

“Huawei Mobile Services are designed to enhance our users’ experience by connecting them with the most suitable content for every moment of their daily lives. This is achieved thanks to our intelligent, contextual distribution ecosystem. Partners gain access to Huawei’s fast-growing user base, whilst Huawei manages the editorial and technical optimization of our services.” said Dr. Jaime Gonzalo, Vice President of Europe Mobile Services, Huawei Consumer Business Group.

 

 

Huawei offeres a full-range apps distribution solution to developers such as OOBE (Out-of-box experience), AppGallery, AppAdvisor, etc. Huawei covers the entire application experience life cycle, and supports the story-telling of each unique content provider to a broad user group.

In line with the rapid growth of its Consumer Business and Device Groups, Huawei continues to expand its partner system to immerse and enrich each user’s mobile life with premium services.

The HUAWEI Ability Gallery is now one of the most important parts in Mobile Services’ ecosystem, serving as a platform that directly promotes services to users by assessing the users intent and actively recommending the matching “abilities”. Once integrated, developers’ services can reach multiple touch points across Huawei’s intelligent devices and a wide, global audience, helping them achieve their own growth goals in a lower integration cost.

“We provide a global intelligent distribution platform with a range of open capabilities and one-stop services for partners, to foster innovations.”, said Jervis Su, Vice President of Mobile Services, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “Huawei Ability Gallery provides enormous value to users by intelligently offering faster and more convenient services, and we are looking forward to working with our premium partners to provide best-in-class content and services to our users.”

 

 

Huawei Mobile Services already gathers more than 500 million global users, including more than 38 million in Europe, with its business covering more than 170 countries. It provides a trusted, device-centric and inter-connected ecosystem that makes life easier for users, helping them to discover quality content while ensuring security and privacy.

Huawei also provides its partners with open capabilities including HMS core, HiAI, AR and Camera Kit, etc. to engage their digital innovations based on Mobile Services platform, provide intelligent one-stop services for developers and partners.

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Ahmad Farroukh, Smile Group Executive Director Operations, appointed as Group CEO; Irene Charnley, founder of Smile, appointed as Deputy Chairman.

Smile Telecoms (www.Smilecoms.com), a Pan-African telecommunications group with operations in Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, today announces the appointments of Mr. Ahmad Farroukh as Group Chief Executive Officer and Ms. Irene Charnley as Deputy Chairman, respectively, effective 1 June 2019.

 

Ahmad Farroukh, who currently serves as Smile’s Group Executive Director Operations, is a seasoned and experienced telecoms executive with a distinguished record of commercial and operational success. Mr. Farroukh’s vast experience extends to executive management positions at Investcom Holdings and the MTN Group (where he served as CEO of MTN Nigeria, MTN South Africa and Group Chief Operating Executive, responsible for 19 countries) and immediately prior to joining Smile, as CEO of Mobily, Saudi Arabia’s second largest telecommunications operator. Given the extent of the opportunity and the significance to Smile, Ahmad will spend the majority of his executive time in Nigeria.

 

Hailed as one of Africa’s most successful business leaders, Smile Telecoms founder and shareholder, Irene Charnley has led the Company’s innovation and pioneering of Africa’s first 4G LTE network infrastructure, using low band spectrum in 800MHz band. thereby revolutionizing the way people in Africa accessed high speed internet. After 12 years at the helm, Ms. Charnley will now serve as Deputy Chairman for the Company and will fulfil a strategic role.

 

Commenting on the announcement, Mohammed H. Sharbatly, Smile’s Co-Chairman and Group CEO of Smile’s majority shareholder, Al Nahla Group of KSA, said “The Africa telecoms market is as dynamic as it is challenging, and Ahmad is suited to lead Smile’s next exciting phase of growth, as we have transitioned from a spectrum rich upstart to the fastest, most reliable data gigabyte factory in Sub-Sahara Africa. We are equally delighted that Irene will continue to serve the company she founded as Deputy Chair, and we look forward to her ongoing strategic direction and guidance.”

 

“The next phase for Smile will focus on delivering excellent operational returns, achieving profitability and creating value for all stakeholders, and I believe that Ahmed is best suited to lead the Company forward in this regard”, added Irene Charnley.

“Africa is experiencing explosive data growth, and I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead the operations of one of the continent’s best 4G LTE networks at this exciting time. It has also been a revelation after over 20 years in the industry to witness the power and versatility of Smile’s proprietary technology applications platform, which was developed in-house and provides a huge competitive and cost advantage,” concluded Ahmad Farroukh.

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How Galaxy A is Connecting with Mothers

Posted by radio On May - 18 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The Galaxy A series has a surprisingly perfect market in South African moms

 

 

Mum’s have less time than ever before
• Technology needs to adapt to different mum’s needs
• Galaxy provides caters to specific needs and budgets

 

As any mum will tell you, when a woman becomes a mum she has to squeeze a dozen more hours into her day. The trade-off is fewer hours for herself. Whether she’s a helicopter mum, BFF mummy or career mum, smartphones have at least helped to ease the burden of ticking off the impossible number of tasks on her to-do list. And if saving money is on her list, the Galaxy A Series offers the unique opportunity to own a phone that has the flagship features she wants, while still staying on top of her home’s budget. The Galaxy A Series includes immersive viewing experiences, longer lasting performance and ground-breaking cameras.

 

“Galaxy A is designed to provide an option for everyone, whether for first-time mobile users or value-seekers,” said Justin Hume, Director: Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa.” We focussed on the needs of the local market and have researched the unique preferences to bring the flagship experience to more people, in more ways.”

 

While the A Series now has wide appeal to everyone, it really makes a difference to mums. Whether at home, out and about or at the office, the Galaxy A really delivers. Of course not all mums have the same needs. Some are struggling to get a few minutes sleep as they grapple with their new-born’s sleeping cycle. Others spent hours teaching their little learner about subjects even they’re unsure about. And some find themselves staring at a moody teen wondering what happened to their cute bundle of joy.

The A Series caters to all these needs; the pixel perfect pictures needed to capture the precious moments, vivid, immersive screens to enjoy any downtime that’s available and long lasting battery to keep going despite having a million things to do. All you need to do is choose the A Series device that best suits your specific needs. It’s all about amazing value. Whether you choose the entry level A2 Core with its 5-inch screen and surprisingly strong processor or the power packed performances of the rest of Galaxy A, the whole series is a mum’s best friend.

 

Designed for those on-the-go, the A20 and A30 are both equipped with a powerful 4,000mAh, fast charging battery. They are also a visual feast. The edge-to-edge 6.4”, Super AMOLED Infinity-U displays are ideal for watching videos, messaging, gaming and browsing the endless stream of ‘How to’ videos. Created for a more seamless mobile experience, they include advanced camera features such as a dual camera, including an amazing Ultra Wide-angle lens, that can see more than your own eyes can. Yes, even wider than the most eagle-eyed mum’s eyes. And to keep your precious pics safe, there’s the simple, secure access with intuitive Face Unlock.

 

Ultimately, the entire A series is power-packed with innovations and upgrades to do so much. When compared to competitors in its price category, the A series is an all-round winner for every type of mum.

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The B-BBEE ICT Sector Council welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, that the shares held by government in Telkom will count as having BEE Facilitator Status.

The B-BBEE ICT Sector Council (the ICT Sector Council) was established in 2015 to give effect to the alignment of the ICT Sector Code with the Revised Generic Codes of Good Practice and to thereafter take responsibility for transformation within the ICT Sector. The Amended ICT Sector Code came into force on 7 November 2016 and covers entities in the Broadcasting, Electronics, Information Technology and Telecommunications sub-sectors. Telkom SA SOC Ltd (Telkom) is a measured entity in terms of the Amended ICT Sector Code, recognised as a BEE Level 4 Contributor for the period 2018/2019.

 

Following the publication of Notice 58 of 2019 dated 1 February 2019, the ICT Sector Council investigated the origin of the application for BEE Facilitator Status and consulted with stakeholders to establish the potential implications of such status for transformation within the Sector.

 

The ICT Sector Council understands the unique position of Telkom insofar as ownership is concerned, with the SA Government as a shareholder. The ICT Sector Council is sympathetic towards Telkom’s wish to achieve recognition as a BEE Contributor at the best possible level in order to be competitive and to support transformation in the supply chain. It is our understanding of the BEE Facilitator Status that it is intended to enable measured entities that benefit from public funding that is secured by shares in such entities to have the Black ownership of these shares recognised.

 

Mr Andile Tlhoaele, Chairperson of the ICT Sector Council, confirmed that this would improve Telkom’s BEE rating and enable it to compete fairly in the market. “The ICT Sector Council had engaged with Telkom and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services to support this move and is delighted that Telkom can move forward with transforming the telecommunications sub-sector,” added Tlhoaele

 

The ICT Sector Council is responsible for developing, reviewing and publishing the B-BBEE Amended ICT Sector Code (the ICT Sector Code). The ICT Sector Council is also mandated to monitor the implementation of the ICT Sector Code and report its progress to Honourable Minister Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Advisory Council on BEE, Honourable Minister Dr Rob Davies and the B-BBEE Commissioner Ms Zodwa Ntuli.

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