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AppDate: AB de Villiers cam app offers social rewards

In his apps round-up, SEAN BACHER highlights a tyre-size service, AB de Villiers’ rewards app, Waze gets voice-control in Ford,’s app revamp, and GeleZAR.



ABD Cam offers rewards to cricket fans

AB de Villiers, in partnership with the JET8 Foundation has launched a JET8 social iOS and Android app called ABDCam. Fans and supporters in South Africa, India, and all around the world will be able to use the ABDCam app to customise photos and videos with AB de Villiers personal Geo-stickers and Geo-frames, and earn points (‘JETPoints’) in exchange for their social influence throughout social media platforms. JETPoints can be used to redeem a variety of rewards and to contribute to youth-related social impact causes supported by the AB de Villiers Foundation.

JETPoints are awarded to fans for likes, comments, and shares of social media posts when customised using AB de Villiers’ Geo-stickers and Geo-frames found in the ABD Cam app. Users are additionally rewarded JETPoints when sharing the posts onto other social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: The ABDCam can be downloaded here.

Waze in Ford vehicles now with voice commands

Waze users in South Africa can now project the app’s real-time traffic and navigation service onto the touch screen in Ford vehicles via SYNC 3 AppLink, and control it through voice command, allowing for easier access to features like finding the quickest traffic routes and reporting traffic accidents.

To use the feature, customers connect the smartphone to the USB port of their Ford, select the Waze app on the car’s heads-up display, and access the app’s features on a larger display. Voice commands can then be given directly to the application – making it safer to find alternative routes or getting traffic updates.

To deliver optimal driving directions and traffic updates, Waze uses crowdsourcing to gather information about road conditions from all of its users. People type in their destination and drive with the app open to contribute data to Waze’s community of users. At the same time, people can take a more active role by sharing reports from the road, including notifying the community of accidents, hazards or route changes that were previously unknown.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: In order to use the service, Ford owners need to update their SYNC 3 software here.

Users will also need the latest Waze version, which can be downloaded here.

Tiger Wheel and Tyre tyre size specificator

Tiger Wheel & Tyre has announced a new fast and simple online search functionality that will reveal a vehicle’s tyre sizes – for existing customers, that is.

Now, when customers search for tyres, and can’t recall the size, they input their vehicle registration number into the relevant search box at Anyone who has shopped at Tiger Wheel & Tyre from 2016 onwards will instantly have their vehicle’s tyre sizes returned to them.

Accuracy is perhaps the most important aspect of this new offering. In their haste to get their search done quickly, online shoppers and researchers often make errors entering tyre sizes. Or, if their vehicle has a staggered fitment (different size wheels and tyres on the front versus the rear), they forget this rather important consideration.

Platform: Any device with an up-to-date Internet browser

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Visit tiger Wheel and Tyre here’s revamped mobile app’s app has been redesigned with a fresh new look and feel, in an attempt to personalise and simplify its overall digital experience.

The app is still in its first phase, which currently allows check-in, seat selection, flight status and an opportunity to manage their booking and add flight extras. Additional features include sharing of upcoming trips and boarding passes with loved ones, along with the weather forecast at their destination.

When the second phase is included, enhancements will include car rental bookings, sharing on social media platforms, geo-location, push notifications of travel information, and flight bookings – pretty much the reason for most airline apps to exist.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: The app can be downloaded directly from here.  


Experian South Africa’s app called GeleZAR, South African slang for “learning about money”, aims to bring more micro, small and medium sized enterprises into the mainstream economy. 

GeleZAR has been developed to help entrepreneurs gain basic business and financial education skills, and also so that they can more easily access personalised financial products at interest rates that work for them.

The GeleZAR app was developed by Experian in partnership with local South African  fintech developer Flat Rock Solutions. It is designed to provide financial education and credit scoring to micro-entrepreneurs and individuals to ensure that they get the credit score they deserve. The app also advises individuals on how to maintain good credit health and recommends remedial actions, such as seeking a debt counsellor, if the need arises.

With their permission, micro-entrepreneurs will be able to build an alternative credit score using hundreds of mobile data points through the GeleZAR app, to determine creditworthiness. 

Experian and Flat Rock are working with one of the large low-cost mobile phone retailers in Africa to trial the app, which has been pre-installed on a range of its entry-level smartphones. . 

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: To learn more about GeleZAR, visit their site here.


Gaming gets rad at Rand Show



With the opening of the 125th Rand Show at Nasrec, south of Johannesburg, today, gamers and cosplayers have a new destination to strut their stuff.

A new addition to the show, the Gaming Entertainment Pavilion, is offering anything from gaming and cosplay to dance-offs and  science displays.

The organisers provided the following information (although several million exclamation marks and exaggerations have been removed!):

Fortnite Tournament

There was a time when Gaming was a considered a solitary pastime, confined to single player consoles; but that truly is a thing of the past with a fully immersive Fortnite Tournament open to all Fortnite afficionados and even those just starting out. Players can battle it out over both show weekends, including a final on each weekend. Family fan clubs can also get in on the action with live broadcasts of the game as it happens across screens – a full-on Fortnite family affair. Sponsored by PlayStation, gamers are truly going to be spoiled and should get in on the action as fast as they can because R 100 000 in cash prizes is up for grabs.

Smart Technology Centre will deliver a super-fast FibreMAX 500Mbps fibre link, wholly dedicated to the gaming pavilion to ensure that absolutely nothing ruins the thrill of the National Fortnite Tournament. 

“As the exclusive connectivity provider, we have gone all out to ensure an amazing experience for gamers,” says Dillynn Els of Smart Technology Centre (STC), an internet service provider (ISP) and IT technology partner. “When it comes to gaming and the best experience possible, it’s all about ensuring we provide a dedicated, uncapped, unshaped connection that makes every second count.”

Keen players can come along and enter on the day, but don’t delay because space is limited.

Fortnite Inspired Dance Off

Visitors can come along and be entertained by the finalists in the Fortnite inspired dance-off. There will be daily dances to enjoy for the entire duration of the show.

Come and play – Cosplay, to be exact.

The stage is set for a celebration of creativity and imagination that is going to be literally out of this world. Super hero heavy weights and masters of the mysterious will be letting their creative vision loose and take part in various Cosplay Tournaments and a visually stunning Cosplay Masquerade. Come see what all the fuss is about and get lost in this world costumes, colour and creative talent.

Games, Games and Science

For those wanting to get their gaming on, there will be three free play areas sponsored by Xbox with a host of games available to play. Xbox will be giving away 3 Xbox 1’s and an awesome Xbox 1X, but you truly have to be in it to win it, so make sure you don’t miss out.

The Kalahari Scientist will be onstage delighting visitors with his explosive displays that are guaranteed to up the ooh and aah factor with audiences young and old.

But wait, there’s more

Along with the larger-than-life gaming entertainment offering, visitors will also get to be the first gamers on SA soil to get a sneak peak of PlayStation’s brand new Mortal Kombat 11. Don’t miss your chance to experience the continuation of this epic saga through a new cinematic story that is more than 25 years in the making. The iconic showcasing brutal battles like never before, along with a host of customisable fighters with enhanced graphics and animations.

Other activities at the Pavilion include VR Experiences, a full-on NAG Nerf Arena, Gaming vendors with awesome gaming content, retailers selling gaming related products and software, and tutorials and workshops on how to improve your gaming skills, Celebrity Fortnite match off for charity.

With huge sponsors such as PlayStation, Xbox, MMS, NAG, SABC 2 and Smart Technology, the Gaming Entertainment Pavilion is geared up to become a hot zone of entertainment.

Win big

In case the entertainment offering just doesn’t get the heart beats racing fast enough, an all-expenses paid trip to TwitchCon USA, sponsored by PlayStation, in conjunction with 94.7 Highveld Stereo, is waiting for one lucky visitor to grab it. Every ticket purchased into the Entertainment Gaming Pavilion qualifies as an entry, so bring the whole family along for the ride.

Tickets to the Gaming Entertainment Pavilion can be purchased at the show for R 20 which gives the ticket holder access for  two hours.

The pavilion will be open from 14h00 to 19h00 weekdays and 10h00 to 19h00 on weekends from 19 to 28 April 2019.

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Riaad Moosa show debuts on Vodacom Video Play



Riaad Moosa’s comedy special, Life Begins, will be the first major local title to be released on Vodacom’s video-on-demand service, Video Play.

As an award-winning comedian, actor, writer and presenter, Riaad Moosa is one of South Africa’s most renowned funny men. His one-man show is available for download on the platform from today, 26 April 2019. Life Begins is rated PG-16L

Vodacom’s says its affordable video-on-demand service, Video Play, has had an incredible uptake since its launch in August 2018, with over 2-million subscribers. 

“But with a proliferation of affordable video-on-demand platforms available to the South African market, what is it that gives Video Play the competitive edge?” it asked in a release this week. “Recognising the consumer’s need for flexibility and freedom of choice, Vodacom has ingeniously developed an adaptable subscription model that puts the power in consumers’ hands. Forget being tied down to a monthly subscription. Video Play gives consumers the liberty of choosing a daily, weekend or even monthly package. 

“Blockbuster movies can even be viewed for a once off cost, without subscription. Furthermore, these bundles can be purchased according to niche categories and genres, from Bollywood movies to gospel music.”

Consumers are able to pay for movies and series by using their airtime or adding it to their bill, eliminating the need for a credit card. Subscribers are also able to purchase video-specific data at a fraction of the regular price to consume constant content without overspending. Daily subscriptions start from R5 a day.

Zunaid Mahomed, Group Digital and Fixed Services Officer, says: “Video Play has enabled the company to provide a seamless and enjoyable customer experience. With the addition of Riaad Moosa’s Life Begins, we’re excited to offer consumers even more quality content and a wider variety of entertainment on demand than ever before. We’re putting quality entertainment, into the hands of anyone with a mobile device and an internet connection.”

Riaad Moosa describes his show as “very philosophical and existential”.

“It involves the normal issues of getting older while at the same time experiencing, at a maturity where I’m supposed to be wise, a world that is completely turned on its head.  It’s about how I negotiate all these things happening around me while trying to maintain a positive attitude. Through my comedic lens, I hope to put a different spin on that and hopefully I can enter my next 40 years with renewed vigour and excitement.”

To access Riaad Moosa’s Life Begins comedy special, register for Video via the Video Play website (

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