Hurlingham, Glenadrienne, Hyde Park, Northcliff, Sharonlea and Olivedale have joined a growing list of suburbs to get fibre-to-the-home.
According to Giorgio Iovino, Sales Director at Vumatel, they are currently installing in Saxonwold, Parkwood, Riviera and Killarney. The installations in Victory Park, Linden, Bryanston South and Blairgowrie are scheduled to begin in October. “With these new suburbs we will have provided services to over 30,000 homes by February next year,” says Iovino.
Richard Shuttle, Chair of the Central Sharonlea Residents Forum (CSRF) notes that the introduction of FTTH is set to change the residents’ daily electronic interactions considerably, add value to their everyday lives and vastly improve security surveillance capabilities. “We are entering exciting times with the introduction of FTTH. The CSRF along with its immediate neighbours are proud to be the pioneers of this new initiative being introduced by Vumatel in the Randburg area,” says Shuttle.
“The support from communities has been fantastic,“ says Niel Schoeman, CEO of Vumatel. “We are currently making our infrastructure available to approximately 2000 additional homes a month and still ramping up delivery thereof. We are in discussions with new suburbs every day. Based on demand we will need to make services available to a further 100,000 homes next year. This demand has resulted in us making a decision to release new areas on our portal so residents can show their support”
For residents in the newly announced areas that have not yet expressed their interest, Vumatel has given them an option to show their support at www.vumatel.co.za. Once enough interest has been gathered from residents in the new suburbs, Vumatel will commit to roll out fibre in 2016.
New ISP joins the network
XDSL has also announced that they will join Vumatel’s open access network. “XDSL is excited to be part of this early period in the deployment of FTTH in SA. We are pleased to announce our exciting range of FTTH product offerings across the Vumatel network and are confident that the end consumer will appreciate these new offerings as being superior to broadband offerings provided over legacy infrastructure,” says Marius Olivier Commercial Head at XDSL.
Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com
This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.
Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.
What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.
However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.
As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.
It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.
The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.
To enter the competition follow the steps below:
Competition entry details:
3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.
4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.
5. The competition is only open to South African residents.
Deezer to host Hotstix’s Mandela tribute playlist
Deezer is celebrating Nelson Mandela on the centenary of his birthday by hosting a tribute playlist created by music legend Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse.
Mabuse, a legendary figure in African music, first rose to prominence in the 1970s with his band Harari and later developed a name for himself as a solo artist. One of his best known songs was the global hit BurnOut in the 1980s.
The playlist takes the listener on a captivating musical journey through the life of Nelson Mandela. It was compiled by Mabuse, who consulted with Mandela’s family and friends to ensure that the music would be relevant and accurate. The playlist also features commentary by Mabuse, which was recorded in his Soweto home.
“I have tried to tell the story of the music that Madiba loved,” says Mabuse. “The Playlist excludes the time in prison obviously, as Madiba would not have had exposure to music in that time. We have focused on the music we know he loved before and after that period. This recording was really an emotional journey for me, but an incredible opportunity to document these memories.”
The playlist features the music the young Mandela loved, such as The Manhattan Brothers, Solomon Linda, Brenda Fassie and Miriam Makeba. It includes struggle songs from Chicco, Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela and Yvonne Chaka Chaka. The playlist also includes Mandela by Zahara, one of the younger artists who caught Madiba’s ear.
Mabuse also offers stories of his own songs, such as Shikisha, a song greatly beloved by the former President.
“I was delighted to share my thoughts and hope the listeners enjoyed the musical journey,” says Mabuse. “Madiba did enjoy music immensely and we all have a purpose wherever we are in the world to celebrate culture and to learn from different cultures and music forms and styles.”
This playlist was inspired by the Nelson Mandela 100 campaign, calling on corporates and individuals to act as sources of inspiration and engage in conversation and action.