Archive for Wrzesień, 2012

Easier to use with more features than ever – BriefCam VS Forensics v2.3 now available from GIT

By admin, 21 września, 2012, No Comment

The BriefCam VS Forensics solution, available from Graphic Image Technologies (GIT), has just got better, with a software update that improves usability and adds a host of advanced functionality. Using proprietary Video Synopsis (VS) technology, BriefCam VS Forensics is a standalone software application that lets users browse and review hours of video footage in a matter of minutes for prompt identification and investigation of incidents. With Version 2.3 software, available free to existing customers, users get updated functionality, an improved user experience and enhanced video quality.

“Many organisations using CCTV simply do not have the manpower to meticulously watch hours of footage when incidents occur. The BriefCam VS Forensics solution enables real value to be leveraged from recorded footage by simplifying this task,” says Mark Chertkow, Managing Director of GIT.

“Many organisations using CCTV simply do not have the manpower to meticulously watch hours of footage when incidents occur. The BriefCam VS Forensics solution enables real value to be leveraged from recorded footage by simplifying this task,” says Mark Chertkow, Managing Director of GIT.

“Users can rapidly review and index full length footage using the VS technology, and create synopsis videos that deliver the simultaneous presentation of multiple objects and activities that occurred at different times. To put it simply, VS creates a snapshot of events that summarises hours of footage. These snapshots can then be used for identifying suspicious behaviour and perpetrators of incidents, for behavioural analysis and more,” he adds.

Version 2.3 of the BriefCam VS Forensics software platform includes a number of new features and improvements that augment the solution’s functionality. One of the most notable improvements is the ability to create and export high resolution synopsis videos from megapixel camera footage, a feature that in the past was not supported. Image quality on synopsis videos is enhanced as a result, for crisper, clearer snapshots of events.

“Another improvement in version 2.3 is the ability to better detect objects in extreme conditions. This means that even when it is dark, or windy and raining or there is low contrast on the recorded footage, the BriefCam solution can detect and track objects of interest. This also enables much smaller objects of interest to be tracked, and reduces the impact of noise on the video synopsis capability,” says Chertkow.

The updated BriefCam VS Forensics solution also includes two new possible ways to track single objects and events in scenes, for quick identification and investigation. A selected single object in the video synopsis can be tracked by rolling the mouse, which allows this single object to be moved backwards and forward through the synopsis independent of the rest of the objects in a scene. The single selected object can also be selected to remain while the video synopsis is playing, allowing for easy tracking of the event in a specific scene.

“The updated software also includes the ability to annotate highlighted objects with free text, so that users can make notes in the synopsis that will then be exported along with the original video. This makes collaboration on investigation a simpler task as users can read the notes of others who have already viewed the footage, and also allows for investigation findings to be easily reported,” Chertkow adds.

Additional features include verification of video CODECS before processing to ensure compatibility, support for 64-bit operating systems, the ability to combine a number of summary clips into a single file and an improved user interface. Updated system requirements include a quad core CPU, 4GB RAM and 1TB of available disk space, as well as 64-bit Windows 7 operating system and a dedicated graphics card.

BriefCam VS Forensics version 2.3 is available immediately from GIT.

The nature of IT expenditure moving into 2013

By admin, 21 września, 2012, No Comment

Gavin Halse, Director of Product Strategy at Adapt IT says IT managers are going to have to dramatically change their approach to motivating for budgetary increases if they are to survive and drive technological change in the organisation.  “Budgets are tight for technology improvements of any size,” says Halse, “but CIO’s and CEO’s are willing to make investments to guarantee future savings, based on the sound advice of their IT division.” Halse says that many leaders of companies have lived through over promised IT investments that take far too much time to implement or fail to meet the operational requirements of the business

South African has seen a steadily improving technology sector over the past 12 months and Adapt IT believes this will continue into 2013.  “Our clients are optimistic about the future and about investing in virtualisation, cloud and other forward-looking technology that might assist the development of their business. Halse says he has noticed a couple of trends driving technological expenditure including when last a business made a substantial investment in its infrastructure.

Past expenditure

“In the past few years, a portion of our clients have been forced to upgrade hardware, platforms or business applications linked to their core IT infrastructure. For South African business, their last major expenditure might have been as long ago as Y2k, and as a result as it is necessary to upgrade.”

Increase in outsourced model

Halse says that another trend is the increase in outsourcing in South Africa, as customers move undifferentiated “commodity” services to reliable infrastructure provided by technology service providers, whilst retaining a much smaller portfolio of strategic business systems that provide competitive advantage.

Emergence and adoption of cloud

“The emergence of cloud is resulting in some new areas of growth and is leading a new business model.  One of our key offerings at Adapt IT is the provision of managed services across server, database, disaster recovery and hosted environments, but with the increase in our cloud based offering, we are still seeing hesitation from the CIO’s we deal with,” says Halse.

To mitigate the possible risk, some CIO’s are investigating on-premise private cloud solutions which allow them to learn the technology in a “safe” environment and partially reduce the risk of vendor lock in.  “This approach is entirely rational; because choosing a cloud provider is highly strategic and there is still relatively little experience a CIO can rely on to assess the longer term impact on the business.”

Halse concludes saying that he believes there is no shortage of opportunity for technology companies in South Africa specifically based on the range of new technologies and IT applications available to them. “The environment and evolving IT expenditure patterns will suit those vendors and service providers that show agility, flexibility and partnership.”

Summit features a comprehensive, innovative and interactive agenda

By admin, 21 września, 2012, No Comment

The anticipated 3rd annual Cloud and Virtualisation Summit Africa will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, from 10 to 11 October 2012. The event is hosted by international business-to-business conferencing company, Kinetic Events.

The Cloud and Virtualisation Summit Africa offers delegates the invaluable opportunity to converse with IT industry peers in an attempt to understand, evaluate and find solutions to enterprise computing challenges, including public networks, data storage reliability, bandwidth management, data security, and enterprise computing models and processes. The strategic summit will address how these challenges can be overcome through enterprise IT organisation, innovation and the alignment of technology.

The summit features a comprehensive, innovative and interactive conference agenda to address critical cloud computing, virtualisation and operational challenges relating to enterprise industry issues, incorporating best practice case studies from industry experts. The cutting edge summit agenda has been strategically developed, providing expert-led interactive keynote sessions featuring internationally renowned guests to address topical industry issues. Industry focused workshop sessions will address effective solutions in delivering IT projects and services enabling business growth and innovation, advancing goals of operational excellence and powerfully demonstrating the value of cloud computing and virtualisation to the enterprise.

Corporate display areas encourage crucial networking opportunities among industry peers. Refreshments and break rooms are available to all attendees during the summit promoting increased interactivity. Summit sponsors have added invaluable benefits to attending delegates with an opportunity to showcase their solutions within the corporate display areas accessible throughout the event. These areas provide the ideal opportunity for industry peers to discover, share and engage in the latest technological advancements available for effective enterprise implementation.

The interactive format of the summit includes a cutting edge agenda offering strategic workshop sessions featuring industry thought leaders and innovative solution providers, expert-led interactive keynote sessions presented by internationally renowned guests, innovative networking and interactive discussion sessions, and an invaluable industry solution providers showcase area.

For more information, comment or photographs, visit or contact Shaunei Meintjes on +27 21 555 0866 or Follow @ITLeadersAfrica and @KineticEventsSA on Twitter for daily updates and news feeds.

Mindjet launches integrated service, unifying web, mobile and desktop products into single offering

By admin, 20 września, 2012, No Comment

New Mindjet service promotes better ideas and powerful collaboration leading to significant productivity gains

Mindjet has announced the integration of all desktop, web, mobile and on-premise products into one collaborative work management service. Now customers get the power of Mindjet’s MindManager and the flexibility of Stevie award winning Mindjet Connect at one subscription price, with the ubiquity of Mindjet Mobile, under the single Mindjet brand. A complete offering, customers receive Mindjet’s visual collaboration and task management capabilities for brainstorming, creating plans or tracking milestones across teams on whatever device they choose, from wherever they are in the world. The new Mindjet offering will be generally available on September 20, 2012 at 6AM PDT, 2PM BST and 3PM CEST.

Mindjet provides a visual way to generate better ideas that are seamlessly tracked with project and task management capabilities, leading to greater accountability and success. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, better collaboration can increase productivity by 25 percent ¹.

“Mindjet is changing the way people work. We’re creating a single collaboration space for professionals to work inspired and generate real results.” said Scott Raskin, Mindjet CEO. “The new Mindjet offering brings together our MindManager brainstorming and mapping capabilities with Connect social task management into an integrated collaboration service that’s available anywhere.”

The McKinsey report also stated that businesses could unlock $1.3 trillion through social collaboration. “Unfortunately, almost 80 percent of organisations aren’t reaping the full rewards from their social technologies used for interacting with employees, customer and business partners,” explained Bruce Skjolde, channel manager for Mindjet’s Emerging Markets. “Mindjet believes that we’re not making the most of this because there’s too much time spent focusing on the tactics and not enough time spent on ideas. And this is something we are prepared to change.”

Included as part of the new Mindjet release, the company launched the latest version of MindManager, Mindjet 11 for Windows, with powerful new capabilities:

  •      Intuitive planning and budgeting that auto calculate project costs and expenses;
  •      Synchronisation of tasks and assignments across desktop, web, mobile and on premise applications; and
  •      Customisable workspace that allows for modification of menus and creation of custom ribbons to suit what you do most often.

For a complete list of updated Mindjet functionality click here. See the new Mindjet – Jess3 “Get Connected” video. Get the one-minute Mindjet overview. View new Mindjet product images.

Customers and tech insiders are raving about how Mindjet boosts productivity:

“Mindjet has become key in optimising productivity both for myself and across my team. The ability to search through projects visually and share ideas and information with ease helps everyone to pinpoint insight faster, and helps my team and I simplify information for use in plans and proposals. We’ve found that collaborating together using Mindjet’s software has improved efficiency and understanding too. Each member of the team can now get an overview of tasks and progress, helping them to manage their time more effectively and in turn produce better results.” – Iain Byers, UKIT – Service and Product Management at PwC.

“Mindjet has extended its mapping and brainstorming software to drive the science of innovation with additional social task management tools.  Mindjet’s integrated cloud service simplifies collaboration across teams and enables real work to drive business.” – Jim Lundy, lead analyst, Aragon Research.

The new Mindjet offering is available immediately for new customers at €360 (approximately R3,850) for an annual subscription at  Existing customers can contact their Mindjet representative for upgrade pricing options. To sign up for a free 30-day trial click here.

To learn more about collaboration, the visualisation of information and agile business practices, visit Conspire, the Mindjet blog, at

The Carbon Disclosure Project in 2012 (and what it means for SA businesses)

By admin, 20 września, 2012, No Comment

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is a global initiative encouraging big business to report their carbon footprint and water usage and the steps that they are taking to reduce it. It was introduced to South Africa in 2007 and has recently also been extended to cities. This year, CDP has requested climate change information from the 100 largest South African companies by market capitalization, based on the FTSE JSE All Share Index. Although companies are not yet obliged to disclose their carbon emissions, some experts believe they may soon be required to do so.

“There is no obligation yet for businesses to report their emissions,” says Tim James, director of sustainableIT. “However, this situation is changing rapidly internationally and locally, the government has indicated that it will introduce carbon taxation in the 2013/14 budget. What this means exactly is unknown – but it is clear that as least some businesses will be required by law to report and disclose their footprints in the short term.”

Whether it is obligatory or not, James says that there are a number of business benefits to calculating your carbon emissions. “The main benefits would include identifying emissions sources – which can then reveal reduction opportunities. Reducing emissions often lead to reduced costs, which is important in the tough economic times we find ourselves in. It is also important to understand your carbon profile and hence your risk exposure when emissions taxation and/or emissions caps are introduced.”

James believes there are intangible benefits to green business as well. “Improved staff morale and marketing and public relations benefits are but a few,” he states, although he believes that companies will only demonstrate a real commitment to environmental awareness once they see the improvements thereof reflected in their bottom line. “There is also no doubt that in geographies where legislation has been passed to support emissions reduction, business uptake is far more significant,” he adds.

There are several steps companies could take in determining their carbon emissions. “First and foremost companies should measure their emissions and do so using a recognised standard such as the Greenhouse Gas Protocol,” James says. “This can be achieved by using tools such as The Carbon Report ( or through a consulting approach. The process involves identifying emissions sources, gathering non-financial data that supports these sources, and then quantifying the emissions. In reality this is not an onerous task and is an important step in embracing a sustainable future.”

Once companies have gained further insight into the state of their carbon emissions, they can examine the possibilities of emissions reduction or offsetting. “Business should always target emissions reduction opportunities prior to offsetting any emissions,” James advises. “This not only lowers costs but demonstrates the sustainable journey and a commitment to emissions reduction. However, you will never be able to eliminate all emissions, at least with current technologies and these can be offset through a reputable offset provider. Offsets should be certified or verified through one of the globally recognised standards like the Voluntary Carbon Standard, Plan Vivo or the CDM Gold Standard.”

Absa launches Greatest Ticket of All campaign

By admin, 20 września, 2012, No Comment

Absa, South Africa’s largest consumer bank launched one of the biggest customer incentive campaigns today; bringing together its impressive sponsorship portfolio and affiliation with Barclays in one campaign that promises to deliver a major boost in rewarding its customers.

“This is a very unique campaign. Just by doing everyday banking Absa customers stand the chance of being part of some of the biggest sporting events of 2013. For example by using our network of ATM’s to draw cash, or by swiping your Absa debit, cheque or credit card, doing online banking or taking up a personal loan, customers stand the chance to go to some of our biggest sponsorship properties, ranging from the Barclays Premiership to the Absa Cape Epic or the Absa Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees”, explains Arrie Rautenbach, Absa Head of Retail Markets.

Adds Rautenbach: “Absa is extremely excited about this campaign as this proves that our customers are at the heart of our business and they ultimately stand to benefit.  We also believe that this will increase usage across our Digital Channels, Transactional accounts and Personal Loans offering.”

Customers transacting will be randomly selected on a daily basis as cash prize winners will be able to redeem their prize money via CashSend™. They will then be automatically entered into monthly Grand Prize Draws. During these draws a total of 25 Absa customers with their partners will win a trip to the UK to watch a Barclays Premier League match. In addition, three  Absa customers with their partners will win an Absa All Access Pass which includes attendance to one of the following events next year:

  • African Cup of Nations Final
  • IRB Sevens Series in Las Vegas
  • Absa Cape Epic
  • Absa KKNK
  • An Absa Premiership match
  • A Springbok test match

The Greatest Ticket campaign will commence on the 19th of September up until 30 November 2012.

“The competition boasts one of the biggest prizes on offer and uses Absa and Barclays’ impressive array of sponsorships to ultimately benefit its customers,” says Rautenbach, adding that the campaign will give customers the chance to win once in a life time experiences.

“We have recently been voted the number one banking brand in South Africa for the sixth consecutive year, so this campaign is just another way of giving back to our customers and rewarding them for banking better with us,” concludes Rautenbach.

Schools and education departments should embrace tablets

By admin, 20 września, 2012, No Comment

Affordable alternatives exist to take learning to the next level


The remarkable mainstream success of mobile devices – specifically tablets – opens up immense opportunities in education.

If embraced by schools, they can overcome the expense and impracticality of desktop-bound computer hardware, lessen the premium on software and significantly raise the value of technology-aided education.

Proven and affordable
As demonstrated with the recent text book delivery crisis in Limpopo, access to information is a key obstacle to raising education standards in South Africa.

Undeniably, information access is a less immediately pressing issue than access to water, good roads or land ownership. But perhaps government policy makers can be swayed by the fact that tablets are more affordable than is widely known.

iPads are admittedly not the best solution for state schools, but there are Android alternatives that cost half the price of Apple’s models, and must therefore be considered candidates for a government-subsidised distribution model.

In schools that don’t qualify for subsidies, due to a legacy of privilege, another possibility is for learners to bring their own tablets to school. These can be integrated into the school’s network and custom app ‘store’. Private ownership is already becoming more attainable – some cellular contracts offer a tablet along with a handset, at a low premium.

But, even these mechanisms still leave tablets out of reach for many poor sections of society, and state subsidies would be stretched to spread the tablet effect far and wide.

However, there is evidence to suggest tablets with pre-loaded content are more cost-effective than sourcing print course material. But the greatest news of all is that for approximately R1000, schools can buy an Android experience that compares satisfactorily to higher-end models.

Major benefits
Once the acquisition is made, the educational benefits of tablets quickly become evident.

Low-cost, quick content
Among the biggest benefits is the low cost and speed of rolling out tablet apps and content, compared to the PC software acquisition model. This is possible thanks to the app distribution model (downloads of low-cost, low-footprint apps).

More content and choice
App download stores, made popular by Apple, Google – and, to a lesser extent, Nokia and BlackBerry – have also had a huge impact on the accessibility of a wide spectrum of competing apps, congregating on a common store platform.

Mobile apps further tend to be more vertically focused, versus the generic application mindset of the PC platform. The effect is a wealth of choice in affordable apps, with hardware and app vendors all competing for mindshare.

Shareable, richer, trackable digital formats
Tablet content is infinitely more shareable than print books due to the portability of digital formats and the omnipresence of the Internet.

This makes sharing of non-copyrighted material between tablets virtually free, whereas sharing print books is impractical, subject to wear, and costly where distance is involved.

Digital has other advantages too – augmenting content with the aid of, for example, online search, academic research and online dictionaries adds enormous value, contributing to the retention and richness of the lesson.

Finally, digital formats allow tracking of reading and studying patterns, which can be very instructive for guiding (and policing) self-study.

World-changing education formula
It is clear that the tablet platform and app ecosystem are among the great innovations of the new century. With the wave of secondary innovation accompanying the platform, tablets might just amount to a world-changing formula in education.

Sasol Solar Challenge gains momentum as teams head into Upington

By admin, 20 września, 2012, No Comment

Day two saw North West University, University of Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, University of KwaZulu Natal and EV Drive start alongside the two Japanese teams for the second leg of the Sasol Solar Challenge. The second leg stretched from Vryburg in the North West province to Upington in the Northern Cape.

It did not take long for the two Japanese teams to further wield their dominance as it was clear at the halfway point that no one was going to catch the world champions, Tokai University.

The South African teams looked to have sorted out the teething problems experienced in the first leg of the race as we saw many of the teams covering longer distances yesterday than on day one.

Consistency seems to be the order of the day for the North West University as the team picked up from where they left off in the first leg of the race. The team maintained a steady pace which saw them safely arrive at the finishing point for day two.

The highlight of the day was when South African teams, University of Johannesburg, University of KwaZulu Natal and North West University arrive at the stop over point before the cut off time. This is a vast improvement from the first leg of the race, as at the end of day one, none of the South African teams made it to the finishing point on their wheels. This can only bid well for the rest of the race as teams are now starting to familiarise themselves with running their cars on the road.

Upington is one of the more significant stops along the route as the town is said to be one that gets the most sunshine in a year.

Today the teams make their way on a 350km journey from Upington to Springbok. As the race starts to gain momentum, we hope to see many more of the teams make it across the finish line on their wheels.

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Global survey dispels myths about the consumerisation of IT

By admin, 20 września, 2012, No Comment

Study reveals unstoppable shift globally in the use of consumer technology in the workplace and significant IT investment being made to manage this trend

A survey report by Avanade – a business technology solutions and managed services provider – titled ’Dispelling Six Myths of Consumerisation of IT’, challenges commonly held beliefs about the consumerisation of IT – including executive perspectives on Millenials as the driving force, employee brand preferences, and hesitance of business leaders to embrace the trend. The report, based on a survey of more than 600 senior business and IT leaders conducted in 17 countries, also found an unstoppable shift in the use of consumer technologies in the workplace and significant IT investments being made to manage this trend. Globally, 88 percent of executives report employees are using their own personal computing technologies for business purposes today.

Much has been made of companies embracing “bring your own device” (BYOD) policies to accommodate younger employees and attract the best new recruits. Yet, according to executive respondents, allowing personal technologies in the workplace is not a strong recruitment or retention tool. Less than one-third (32 percent) of business leaders have changed policies to make their workplace more appealing to younger employees. Even fewer (20 percent) believe allowing personal computing technologies in the enterprise will benefit recruitment and retention efforts.

In fact, when asked about the impact of personal computing technologies on company culture, the majority of executive respondents (58 percent) said the greatest outcome was the ability for their employees to work from anywhere, followed by their employees being more willing to work after hours (42 percent).

“For business leaders, the consumerisation of IT has less to do with the worker and more to do with the way employees work,” said Rudi Greyling, Avanade South Africa Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Director of Innovation. “Our research shows that productivity and anywhere access are rated significantly higher by executives over improved employee morale or providing greater responsibilities to younger employees.”

Though media coverage has made iPhones and iPads synonymous with the consumerisation of IT, Avanade’s survey found that while Apple is certainly a factor in the consumerisation of IT, it is far from alone in driving the trend. According to business and IT leaders, the most popular consumer-owned devices being used in the enterprise are Android smartphones, BlackBerry smartphones and Apple laptops.

Another related myth is that these devices are being used to check email and browse social networks. But Avanade’s research revealed a major shift in the way employees are using their personal technologies in the enterprise. Employees have evolved beyond straight content consumption – checking email or Facebook – and are now increasingly using mission-critical enterprise applications.

On the question: which applications and services employees were using, executives cited customer relationship management (45 percent), time and expense tracking applications (44 percent) and enterprise resource planning (38 percent).

Despite perceptions that businesses are hesitant to embrace the consumerisation of IT, Avanade’s global survey found companies are embracing the change and it is executives at the highest levels in the enterprise leading the charge. Key findings include:

  •  An overwhelming majority (88 percent) of respondents report employees are using their personal computing technologies for business purposes today
  •  The majority of C-level executives (65 percent) report the consumerisation of IT is a top priority in their organisation
  •  On average, companies are allocating 25 percent of their overall IT budgets to manage the consumerisation of IT
  •  The majority of companies (60 percent) are now adapting their IT infrastructure to accommodate employee’s personal technologies

“Progressive CIOs and IT organisations have moved from gatekeepers of consumer technology to enablers of these innovative devices, applications and services to meet employee needs and demands,” said Greyling. “The consumerisation of IT provides companies with an opportunity to transform the role of IT from a function focused on mitigating risk into a strategic enabler that leverages the breadth of today’s powerful consumer technologies to drive business results.”

Avanade’s global survey was conducted by Wakefield Research and surveyed 605 C-level executives, IT decision makers and business unit leaders at top companies located in 17 countries.

To learn more about Dispelling Six Myths of Consumerisation of IT, please visit

Alternative means of communication and ‘know-how’ reduces the cost of roaming when abroad

By admin, 20 września, 2012, No Comment

MTN educates consumers on effective ways of keeping telephony costs low when travelling overseas and talks about its cost effective Eurosaver and SEA region offering

With the end of year holiday season fast approaching, more and more South Africans travel abroad, while business tourists continue their voyage overseas for commercial purposes. Inevitably, the topic of Roaming rates and potential bill shock when travelers return home will likely become a bone of contention. For MTN, discussing roaming rates is not simply a promotional opportunity for holidays or international festivities, but rather an ongoing education drive to empower consumers with the ’know-how’ of curbing the cost of communicating when abroad.

“Roaming internationally can be seen as somewhat daunting – choosing a roaming operator, the best form of communication to use and of course, managing what could be an overwhelming phone bill,” says Serame Taukobong, Chief Marketing Officer at MTN SA. “However, with adequate information and education coupled with knowing what is on offer from your operator, the cost of being connected when out of the country shouldn’t be as overwhelming as people think it is.”

Taukobong emphasies that knowing your call and data rates and choosing the best form of communication that works for you is essential. Contrary to belief, Instant Messaging services are not free especially when you leave the confines of your country’s border and in some instances it may in fact be more cost effective to send an SMS. This is the type of information, that consumers should be arming themselves with – by asking their operator – prior to departure.

MTN reaffirmed its customer centric roaming offering when it recently introduced Euro-Saver rates applicable when roaming on any operator in seven Euro-Saver countries. Considering that approximately 80% of calls made while roaming are calls back home, Taukobong notes that having a cost-effective international call rate was key for MTN customers. MTN significantly reduced the cost of international roaming rates by 87%* as part of the operator’s commitment to providing affordable and convenient roaming options in Europe and SADC operators. Thanks to MTN’s large footprint across Africa, countries such as Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya and the DRC that were deemed expensive to roam in, moved from ‘exclusion zones’ to MTN’s Africa zone, where customers can enjoy value-added roaming services.

MTN rates in the SEA region remain the most competitive where receiving of calls is free and data costs R0.25 per 25KB. MTN has a strong positioning with respect to roaming on the continent due to its footprint in Africa, and this is fast expanding into its European counterparts. Furthermore, MTN customers in Africa are also able to recharge their local number by purchasing a foreign operator’s recharge voucher – offering more convenience.

With the reduction of rates, MTN now has a stronger value proposition to its African customers. MTN PayAsYouGo, TopUP subscribers will enjoy reduced call rates while Contract customers will benefit from both call and data rates.

“With the increased number of business tourists and holiday makers travelling abroad, MTN has worked tirelessly with Europe and SADC operators to provide affordable and convenient roaming options throughout these regions,” adds Taukobong. “We are pleased to be able to offer rates that curb the high costs of communicating abroad therefore alleviating customer worries. MTN continues to empower and educate customers about data roaming so that not only do our customers have the confidence to roam freely, but they have more choice than ever that meets their communication needs 24/7 365 days.”

So to prevent frustration and digging deep into pockets upon returning home, MTN advises its customers to use the below roaming tips: 

Roaming tips:

  1. To activate MTN Roaming, go to your nearest MTN store, and enjoy up to 87% discounts while roaming in Europe and Africa. MTN PayAsYouGo and MTN TopUp customers can automatically use this service.
  2. Love to SMS? Try out MTN SMS Roaming by dialling *111*14# to activate.
  3. Activate MTN iMail to manage your voicemail from anywhere around the world. Visit to register.
  4. Don’t empty your pockets by calling your voicemail; dial *111*100# to get an MTN VoiceMail CallBack.
  5. Get familiar with international roaming rates. Go to to check out the current MTN Roaming rates.
  6. Beware of background data activity, such as automatic updates on your cellphone and laptop. This can be very expensive. Smartphones in particular use a lot of data. Also note that all South African bundles do not apply in the country you will be visiting.

“MTN has always placed heavy focus on understanding its customers’ needs and we continually review our prices and packages to meet those needs,” he concludes.

*Roaming rates vary, based on the country you are in while roaming. Discounts vary across voice, SMS and Internet usage. Reduced rates apply to specific countries in Africa and Europe, when roaming in those countries. See for full Terms and Conditions that apply.

Rates effective from the 17 May 2012 include:

Continent ****Local Calls ****Int. Calls / South Africa ****Receiving Calls **SMSs Internet (Per 25KB)
Africa R5.00 R7.00 R4.00 R2.00 R2.60
Asia R8.25 R25.50 R4.00 R3.50 R3.50
Europe R8.00 R23.50 R4.00 R2.75 R2.70
Euro-Saver# R7.56 R10.66 R4.00 R2.75 R0.35
Oceania R7.50 R23.50 R4.00 R2.75 R4.00
South America R8.25 R38.00 R4.00 R2.75 R3.00
North America R11.00 R20.00 R4.00 R3.00 R3.50
MTN South and East Africa*** R3.00 R5.00 Free R1.50 R0.25
Exclusions* R9.50 R25.50 R4.00 R2.75 R2.60

* Angola
** SMS rates are only applicable for roaming rates. Additional SMS charges as per price plan will apply.
***MTN South & East Africa refers to MTN operators in Botswana (Mascom), Zambia, Swaziland, Rwanda and Uganda.
**** All Voice Calls are charged per minute
#Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom. Note: Euro-Saver rates will be available when roaming on any operator in a Euro-Saver Country

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