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* At the first year Birthday party of Ghana’s Kasapa Telecom Managing Director Robert Palitz spoke passionately about what he thinks makes the company different to other operators:"From the very start, we set out to be a different kind of service, because there would simply be no point in duplicating what is already available from other companies. So we charge NOTHING to get started as a customer ­ no activation fee. We charge NOTHING for a starter pack, because our technology simply doesn’t need one. We charge NO monthly fee, the Kasapa cards themselves and the credits in your account NEVER expire, and when your account is empty, you can still keep receiving calls as long as you wish. We know that you will make calls according to your ability to pay, and pressuring you or taking away your money on a certain date is simply NO WAY to treat a family member. Also, the other companies will sell you a GSM, but we GIVE you a KSM".

On the move: Sun Microsystems has appointed Vito Bonafede as director for the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region. Vito Bonafede has extensive experience in dealing with all aspects of the ICT industry - including that of hardware, software, services, solutions and operations. Prior to joining Sun, Bonafede spent 24-years at IBM (both nationally and internationally), of which the last five years were as a director...In the wake of its merger with Business Connexion, Comparex Africa has appointed 28-year old Sydney Ramutla as regional chief executive for the Johannesburg region, and ICT veteran, Phillip Savides, steps in as regional chief executive for the Western Cape. Ramutla and Savides’s responsibilities will include operational leadership, sales, finance, marketing, HR, and general management. Prior to Ramutla’s appointment, he occupied the position of regional director of Business Connexion’s Gauteng region. Looking at the year ahead, Ramutla says the mix of ICT experience, economies of scale and diverse cultural energy inherent in the Comparex and Business Connexion merger will create a truly South African company.