Etisalat Prize for Literature Announced

Poet and novelist Fiston Mwanza Mujila was on Saturday, 19th March 2016 announced as the winner of the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature  for his first novel, Tram 83. Originally written in French, Tram 83 was translated into English by Roland Glasser and published by Deep Vellum. 35-year-old Mujila is the first Francophone writer to win the prestigious Etisalat Prize, the first ever pan-African prize that celebrates debut fiction books by African authors.

WASPA elects new management committee

South Africa's Wireless Application Service Providers' Association (WASPA) has elected the Management Committee for 2016. They will represent the interests of South Africa's wireless application service providers (WASPs) while also working towards the Association's consumer protection mandate. Current WASPA Chairman Casper de Villiers is joined by 2016 board members Anthony Ekerold (Vice Chairman, Legal), Jacqui Jones (Treasurer), James McNab (Code of Conduct), Ongopotse Motlhanke (Communications), Janene Matsukis (Lobbying) and Riccardo Vallaro (Membership). The members were elected at the recent WASPA Annual General Meeting in Randburg in early March.

Seventeen new members have joined WASPA since the previous AGM in February 2015, for a total of 309 members. It was also revealed at the AGM that the total number of queries lodged via the WASPA Unsubscribe Query System (WUQS) for 2015 amounted to 292,905. This is significantly down from 2014's figure of 472,721. The association said the positive trend is the result of double opt-in measures put in place by the mobile networks, stronger regulation of the market place through regular fine-tuning of the WASPA Code of Conduct and proactive monitoring by WASPA's Media Monitor to remove non-compliant member campaigns from the marketplace before consumers flag potential issues.