Telkom’s $63m African expansion

first_img12 November 2008South African telecommunications company Telkom is to acquire the whole of Mweb Africa and 75% of Mweb Namibia from Multichoice Africa and MIH Holdings – both Naspers group companies – respectively, for US$63-million (about R646.8-million), as part of its strategy to expand outside South Africa.Telkom CEO Reuben September said the transaction would give further impetus to the company’s strategy of becoming a pan-African integrated service provider.“Expanding beyond the borders of South Africa provides Telkom with an opportunity to become less dependent on domestic revenue streams,” September said in a statement this week.Mweb AfricaMweb Africa is an internet service provider in sub-Saharan Africa, excluding South Africa, and also provides network access services in some countries. It is headquartered in Mauritius, with operations in Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe, an agency arrangement in Botswana, and distributors in 26 sub-Saharan countries.Although the company’s operations are largely focused on corporate customers, Mweb Africa’s predominantly satellite-based internet access offerings allows the company to reach a wide range of customers, many of whom are not reached by traditional fixed-line infrastructure.African expansionIn February last year, Telkom acquired Africa Online, an internet service provider active in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe, for £10.32-million.In May the same year, Telkom acquired 75% of Nigerian-based Multi-Links Telecommunications for $280-million, giving the company a strong foothold in the Nigerian telecoms market, as well as providing it with a springboard for expansion into West Africa.“This acquisition, together with Telkom’s investment in Africa Online, is expected to increase the value proposition of our product and service offerings to all customer segments in Sub-Saharan Africa,” September said.“Telkom’s position as partner of choice for connectivity and related services in Africa is expected to be strengthened.”The transaction is subject to several conditions, including regulatory approvals being obtained in certain African jurisdictions.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Job Sites in Maine, Part Three

first_imgTo end my three-part report on my trip to Maine, I’ll describe my visits to two new energy-efficient homes — an elegant home in Freeport, and a compact 1,000-square-foot home in Bath.The Freeport home was designed by architect Chris Briley and built by Dan Kolbert. Since the owners of the home haven’t moved in yet, the rooms are still empty of furniture.Most aspects of the home’s thermal envelope are very well detailed. The basement walls are insulated on the interior with R-etro System foam — 4 1/4-in.-thick EPS rated at R-18. The 12-in.-thick above-grade walls are framed with double rows of 2x4s and filled with dense-packed cellulose insulation (R-44), and the insulated sloped ceilings contain 16 in. of dense-packed cellulose (R-60) in unventilated rafter bays.The weak thermal link in the envelope is the windows. Instead of triple-glazed windows, the owners chose double-glazed double-hungs from Bonneville. The 2,600-square-foot home ended up with a design heat load of 50,000 Btuh; according to REM/Rate, it has a HERS Index of 36.Chris Briley prepared a spreadsheet for the owners to compare several space heating options. The installation costs on the spreadsheet ranged from $20,519 (for a propane boiler and a solar domestic hot water system) to $61,908 (for a propane boiler, a PV array, and a large solar thermal system providing DHW and some space heat). The system chosen by the owners — a Viessmann wall-hung propane boiler and a large solar thermal system providing DHW and some space heat — cost $38,325.Space heat is distributed through in-floor radiant tubing in thin concrete slabs poured over wood-framed floors. The home’s total projected annual energy cost for electricity (at 15¢/kWh) and propane (at $2.50/gal.) is $2,085.The last house I visited in Maine was on a wooded site on a hill in Bath, where… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Angelique Kerber advances to Wimbledon quarter-finals

first_imgGerman tennis player Angelique Kerber rolled over Japan’s Misaki Doi 6-3, 6-1 in a women’s singles fourth round contest at Wimbledon here on Monday.The Australian Open champion and fourth seed Kerber needed just 65 minutes to book a spot in the quarter-finals at the All England Club, reports Efe.The 28-year-old German committed just nine unforced errors in the match and was never broken by World No.49 Doi, who failed to convert on two break opportunities.Doi, a 25-year-old left-hander, committed 25 unforced errors and was broken four times.DOI YET TO BEAT KERBERKerber, a semi-finalist at Wimbledon in 2012, pushed her career head-to-head record against Doi to 5-0.The two played in January in Melbourne, with Kerber having to save a match point in her 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 victory over the Japanese player.The German went on to win her first Grand Slam title in Melbourne with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory over American World No.1 Serena Williams in the Australian Open final.Kerber will play the winner of the match between Romanian fifth seed Simona Halep and American ninth seed Madison Keys.last_img read more

Sir Bradley Wiggins Signs Trike For Charity Auction

first_imgHere’s something for the young cyclist in your life.Galt Trike Signed By Bradley WigginsSir Bradley Wiggins has signed a Galt trike for a charity auction raising money for TheTOYProject.Bradley Wiggins – or Wiggo, as he is more affectionately known – sped into the public’s conscience in 2012 following a mesmerising display in both the Tour de France and the London 2012 Olympic Games. Yet to those who had been following his career in the years before, Wiggins had been a huge success in bike racing across the world for a long time.TheTOYProject provides basic support tools for children across the UK who have lost a family member or friend. These could be toys to use in play therapy to help children open up about their feelings or simply a teddy bear to comfort them at night. In addition to their work with bereaved children they provide toys to children in hospices and hospitals.The auction runs until April 6, and can be accessed via Sellebrity.org.uk.last_img read more

Kim Coates makes a remarkable return to the stage as Rooster Byron

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Written by Jez Butterworth. Directed by Mitchell Cushman. Until March 10 at Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave. OutsidetheMarch.ca or 647-341-7390In 2009, Jez Butterworth created another icon of English folklore.Johnny “Rooster” Byron is Shakespeare’s lush Falstaff or faerie Puck, J.M. Barrie’s eternal boy Peter Pan, the noble and reclusive Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest, the Pied Piper of Hamelin, any unwitting man who came face to face with a giant, and more. Twittercenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Kim Coates as Rooster Byron, who goes from oddball eccentric with a drug and drinking problem to something more mysterious, magical and frightening in Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem. (DAHLIA KATZ) He is both an amalgamation of the mythical English men who came before him and a man made purely in the present.  READ MOREReview: Play Jerusalem triumphs as pure theatre of the kind we rarely seeJohnny (Rooster) Byron is an ex-daredevil drug dealer who sells cocaine to teenagers and parties with them at his trailer in the woods on the edge of a fictional town in the English county of Wiltshire. A modern-day Falstaff, he’s the unlikely hero of playwright Jez Butterworth’s profane and problematic Jerusalem – an exploration of the place of English identity in an increasingly bureaucratic and homogenous world, now getting a raging Toronto premiere directed by Mitchell Cushman.This sprawling Broadway and West End drama needs a star at its centre to work – and Kim Coates, the Saskatoon-born actor best known for his work on the FX show Sons of Anarchy, is taking on the challenging role here after a 25-year absence from the stage.This type of casting always rolls my eyes, but Coates quickly shows he hasn’t lost his live-performing chops in the decades since he got rave reviews as the psychopathic Roma in Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Stratford Festival back in 1986.  READ MORElast_img read more

Women from Tyendinaga lead a day of action

first_imgAPTN National NewsWomen from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory took to small rural road near the community Tuesday evening to set up for their day of action by the rail lines.By daylight Wednesday, the group had more than doubled.And by the time it was all over, dozens of people from Tyendinaga and surrounding communities joined in.The message from the day of action was a call for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women.APTN’s Annette Francis reports.last_img