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Cell C R10000 contract buy-out, Mining Charter audit, Robben Island goes green

How will Cell C's R10 000 contract porting work?

Heard on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies: the mid-week announcement by cellphone network provider Cell C that it would pay up to R10 000 to assist consumers with contract termination fees has raised many questions around feasibility. At the launch of this initiative, Cell C CEO José Dos Santos said that South Africans feel trapped in long-term contracts by their respective providers who ask for high early cancellation fees. The initiative is set to run until the 30th of September 2015. Dos Santos unpacks the finer details:

Over the years, we've spent a lot of time listening to consumers and we've found that the biggest barrier to entry is the cost of termination of contracts, when they want to join Cell C. We've come with several new tarriff packages starting from anything from R1000 to R10 000 on buy backs. The process is quite simple - you go to a Cell C store, you terminate your current contract, you choose the tarriff you want, you give us your old phone back you choose a new phone from the Samsung S6, the iPhone 6 and others, then you sign up. We also guarantee that whatever contract you sign up for, you won't experience any tarriff increases in the space of two years.

Govt and mining sector in disagreement over Mining Charter audit

Heard on 702's John Robbie Show: Minister of Mineral Resources, Advocate Ngoako Ramatlhodi's Thursday meeting looked at a review of the Mining Charter and issues regarding the imminent retrenchments of workers in the mining sector. Mining lawyer Peter Leon discussed the significance of this meeting and other developments in the mining sector:

The basic rule is the 26% ownership, which companies were supposed to have tended to by the end of 2014 and there was the Mining Charter audit conducted with the Department of Mineral Resources, the Chamber of Mines and the mining industry were all in disagreement over how the 26% ownership target is measured.

Plans to make Robben Island 'go green'

Heard on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies: the Department of Tourism made a Thursday announcement that Robben Island will soon operate solely on solar energy. The island will be the pilot of a wider project to convert the country’s national parks and heritage sites to solar power. Currently, Robben Island is completely reliant on diesel. CEO of Robben Island Museum, Sibongiseni Mkhize:

At this stage, we are still doing a feasibility study, because as you'd said, at the moment, we are still reliant upon diesel to power a lot of Robben Island and it is very expensive and most of that is being funded out of the Island's operating budget. Diesel alone is about R8 million to R9 million per year and that excludes the fees of the contractors. It's a very expensive exercise and we are hoping our partnership with the Department of Tourism will be of assistance. The feasibility study will be exploring which is the best form of green energy to use, between wind, solar and others.


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