Feature Phones Still The Best In Africa
Feature phones have managed to keep a firm foothold in Africa, driving the growth in total mobile handsets on the continent, while smartphone sales slow.
Naysayers predicted basic cheaper cellphones would be phased out by now as smartphone prices came down and users' need for ‘smarter' features grew − like access to applications and mobile Internet.
"Feature phones today still account for one in five of all mobile phones bought worldwide and the category is surprisingly larger than many think," says Strategy Analytics director Ken Hyers.
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Kathrada Never Fought for Positions of Power - NFP
In remembering struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada, the National Freedom Party (NFP) said it was inspiring that he never fought for power.
“It is so inspiring that he never fought for positions or power, during his term as a Member of Parliament,” the party said in a statement on Tuesday.
Kathrada died in the early hours of Tuesday morning. He underwent surgery relating to a blood clot on the brain earlier this month but experienced several post-operative complications and contracted pneumonia in both lungs.
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Monstor Cyclone Batters Australia
A powerful cyclone has pummelled the north-east Australian coast, causing major damage, torrential rain and power cuts to tens of thousands of homes.
Cyclone Debbie made landfall between Bowen and Airlie Beach in Queensland as a category four storm, whipping gusts of up to 263km/h (163 mph).
It is moving inland as a category two but could cause damage for hours yet. One serious injury has been reported.
PM Malcolm Turnbull told parliament he had activated a disaster response plan.
"Conditions have deteriorated rapidly," he said. "Take care and stay safe. Be prepared to shelter in place until Wednesday."
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Swazi Child Abductor Gets Life
A Swazi national has been sentenced to life imprisonment for kidnapping, raping and trafficking his step-daughter.
He kidnapped his step-daughter and two other children in Swaziland and took them to South Africa in 2015. A case was opened and Interpol handled the docket.
The children were rescued in 2016 and moved to a place of safety.
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Missing Girl's Body Found
An 11-year-old girl was found dead on a Mitchell's Plain field in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Stacha Arends's disappearance was reported to police at 19:35 on Monday. She was last seen at the Mitchell's Plain Town Centre at 14:00.
Her body was found in a bushy area behind the Swartklip Centre at 02:10 on Tuesday morning, Constable Noloyiso Rwexana said.
The cause of death was not yet known and no-one had been arrested.
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