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Safaricom Sevens Series Aug. 2, 2014 - Sept. 29, 2014

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The worst mistake you can make in your life is letting people stay in your life longer than they deserve

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Pedal Kart Grand Prix by Oshwal Youth League Nov. 1, 2014 - Nov. 2, 2014

What's On

Oshwal Youth League (OYL) has organized a “Pedal Kart Grand Prix” on 1st and 2nd November 2014 at Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani. 16hrs endurance race. Entry deadline is 25th September. Proceeds go towards charity.

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3 bedroom Furnished Apartment For Rent 09 Apr 2014

Buy&Sell

A 3 bedroom fully furnished apartment in Westlands near Safaricom headquarters.

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Rugbymania: Are You Ready for Safaricom Sevens Series? 16 Jul 2014

Lifestyle

Safaricom have officially unveiled the 2014 edition of the Safaricom Sevens Series. The series encompasses the Kenya National Sevens circuit and acts as a precursor to the Safaricom 7s tournament slated for 26th to 28th September.

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Michael Joseph Centre

Biz Directory

Michael Joseph Centre is an area that has been set aside at Safaricom House specifically for Safaricom activities, events and exhibitions. The Centre comprises four functional areas: The CSR Space ...

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Safaricom Marathon: Crossing the pain threshold for a cause 22 Jun 2011

Lifestyle

On Saturday 25th June, over 1,000 people will brave the harsh terrain of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to take part in the 12th Safaricom Marathon and Half Marathon, described as one of the toughest marathons in the world. Organised by Tusk and supported by Safaricom, the endurance challenge raises money for conservation in Lewa and development projects in other parts of Kenya. Thousands of people are expected in Lewa to cheer on the athletes who will include children doing a 5-km fun run. KenyaBUZZ spoke to Zaheeda Suleman-Arain, senior manager for Brand Assets and Publicity at Safaricom, to find out more.

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Telecommunications battles heats up 02 Dec 2010

Lifestyle

Whilst the telecommunications companies are rarely out of the media, this week is particularly interesting.

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First major 4G network by Safaricom in January 16 Sep 2010

Lifestyle

The ongoing ‘battle for the data waves’ is set to take a major leap in Kenya when by January 2011 Safaricom will roll out its fourth generation network...

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Tilda Bowden 05 Aug 2010

Lifestyle

Tilda graduated from Brighton University, England with a BA in Combined Studies with a specialisation in Communication/Media Studies. She worked in the feature film industry as Assistant Producer, Script Supervisor for 4 years in London and as a Marketing Executive for a film production studio in Los Angeles.  Tilda returned to London to be a Researcher Channel 4 and MTV, and then a Production Manager for Saatchi & Saatchi. Tilda came to Kenya to be the Broadcast Strategist for KTN television channel in Nairobi and then became Head of Programming.  After leaving KTN, Tilda started Zenith PR Kenya working on strategic communication, marketing and PR for Safaricom, CMC, Friends of Conservation and Kenya Charity Sweepstakes.  Tilda also devised and led media training programmes for the European Commission.  Tilda was Project Manager at Safaricom on an internal culture change project which was implemented throughout the whole staff structure and devised, produced and edited Safaricom magazine ‘The Option’. Tilda set up Castaway Mini Cards Dubai – now expanded to Bahrain, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi & Sharjah. Tilda is currently the Account Director/Marketing Director for InEast Africa (formerly Castaway Kenya) which is a strategic communications and marketing agency specialising in property development.  Clients include Vipingo Ridge, Kilimanjaro Golf and Wildlife Estate and Aberdare Hills.  Tilda is an Associate Producer on the Wingo game show currently on NTV. Tilda specializes in strategic communication, copywriting and marketing.  tilda@ineastafrica.com PO Box 24981 Nairobi

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Airtel hits Kenyan market with tarriff cuts 06 Sep 2010

Lifestyle

The new owners of the former Zain Africa network, Bharti of India, have wasted little time in Kenya to flood the market with lower tariffs, just as soon as the Kenya Communications Commission had mandated a broad lowering of the crucial interconnection charges, which determine how much one operator has to pay another for calls made into ‘other’ networks.

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Telecommunications wars back 19 May 2011

Lifestyle

The telecommunications industry is back in the news this week. The government has announced that its investigation on cross network call charges allows for further reduction. The report was called for as part of a mediation process following Safaricom and Telkom’s bid to stop further price reductions. From July 2011 the terminating charges will drop to Kshs.1.44 from Kshs.2.21. This is likely to once again trigger price competition, to the benefit of the consumer.

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Matatu Art & Culture: Riding with free Wi-Fi 26 Jul 2013

Lifestyle

Forget about mindless depression caused by traffic- you can now enjoy free Wi-Fi while in a mat

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I & M Retail Centre

Biz Directory

Opening Hours: Weekdays: 7.30am to 6pm Saturdays: 8am to 4pm Sundays & Public holidays: 10am to 4pm I&Mshop;@safaricom.co.ke

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Strathmore win the Safaricom Dala Sevens 06 Aug 2013

Lifestyle

A commanding display of sevens rugby saw Strathmore Leos lift the 2013 Safaricom Dala Sevens title after defeating Mwamba RFC 32-10 in the final at the Kisumu Polytechnic grounds on Sunday 4 August 2013.

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The Jahazi Concert: A Night of Urban-Afro-Soul 04 Mar 2014

Lifestyle

The girls were dressed to impress and so were the men. As we drove into the Safaricom Michael Joseph Centre, that Friday evening, it seemed every lover of live-band music had answered the call.

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KB Monthly Newspaper 05 Feb 2013

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The KenyaBuzz newspaper is a FREE monthly publication with information about events in Kenya.

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Subdued Telecoms Competition 18 Mar 2010

Lifestyle

Two newspaper reports about Telkom caught my attention: First, an article in the Business Daily that Telkom had made a loss of KES10bn in 2009 in what it had described as a challenging market environment. The second news item was in the East African: the claim that France Telecom was seeking a reimbursement of USD385m for ‘vanished assets’ from the Kenyan government. This did not come entirely as a surprise as I had heard a few months earlier that France Telecom was trying to get some of their initial purchase price refunded. Unfortunately neither Telkom management here nor France Telecom has provided any details on this, and the Kenyan government is likely to argue that the investor should have raised any issues in their due diligence before committing to the purchase.What is clear, however, is that the company hasn’t had an easy time. Aside from the claim that assets have vanished, the company may have underestimated the legacy issues in taking over a former parastatal. Kenya’s economic growth in the past two years has been sluggish, and Telkom needed to invest a lot not just in infrastructure. Cable vandalism has also been a concern. Like the fourth mobile entrant, Essar, with its Yu brand, Orange had tried to engage Safaricom in a price war – with, so far, limited traction, and obviously such a strategy comes at a cost: Both companies haven’t been able to push up subscriber numbers as quickly as they had intended to, so their low-cost offers mean that they are losing money, not the least because many people now carry around several connections and will probably use the low-cost offers of the new competitors while still maintaining their other line(s).For subscribers, none of this is good news: low-cost offers may look superficially attractive, but neither company has yet been made a serious dent in Safaricom’s market dominance. Nor has the second in the market been of much use: After snoozing on the job in Kenya for quite some time, Zain has notably picked up under new MD Rene Meza, but by then, the damage was done, and as with the other two new entrants, Zain also flirted with some costly low-tariff promotions. However, when Zain reincarnates for the umpteenth time to Bharti Airtel, I suspect that many will simply lose patience with the interminable rebranding. Well, many except for the producers of promotional pens and caps and umbrellas, and paint manufacturers.None of this is Safaricom’s ‘fault’, but the market remains very uneven, and for subscribers and overall service development, more intense competition would be beneficial. Interestingly, however, the raging success of M-PESA may actually have been due to just that concentration: Like many others, I have wondered why M-PESA was so successful here, and no other country has yet been able to replicate that success, even though the overall idea really is a no-brainer, and even though Safaricom’s Michael Joseph himself had expected that in less than two years, all major operators across the continent would offer a similar service. I did ask him recently, and he said that a lot of their M-PESA clients actually believe that they are giving their money to Safaricom: Not true, since the mobile operator doesn’t actually touch the cash. But this is what people perceive, and they trust Safaricom enough, on the basis of the company’s network, reputation and countrywide representation, to hand over their cash. In markets with less dominance by a single operator, this trust may take longer to develop; which can hold back adoption rates.

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Subdued Telecoms Competition 18 Mar 2010

Lifestyle

Two newspaper reports about Telkom caught my attention: First, an article in the Business Daily that Telkom had made a loss of KES10bn in 2009 in what it had described as a challenging market environment. The second news item was in the East African: the claim that France Telecom was seeking a reimbursement of USD385m for ‘vanished assets’ from the Kenyan government. This did not come entirely as a surprise as I had heard a few months earlier that France Telecom was trying to get some of their initial purchase price refunded. Unfortunately neither Telkom management here nor France Telecom has provided any details on this, and the Kenyan government is likely to argue that the investor should have raised any issues in their due diligence before committing to the purchase.What is clear, however, is that the company hasn’t had an easy time. Aside from the claim that assets have vanished, the company may have underestimated the legacy issues in taking over a former parastatal. Kenya’s economic growth in the past two years has been sluggish, and Telkom needed to invest a lot not just in infrastructure. Cable vandalism has also been a concern. Like the fourth mobile entrant, Essar, with its Yu brand, Orange had tried to engage Safaricom in a price war – with, so far, limited traction, and obviously such a strategy comes at a cost: Both companies haven’t been able to push up subscriber numbers as quickly as they had intended to, so their low-cost offers mean that they are losing money, not the least because many people now carry around several connections and will probably use the low-cost offers of the new competitors while still maintaining their other line(s).For subscribers, none of this is good news: low-cost offers may look superficially attractive, but neither company has yet been made a serious dent in Safaricom’s market dominance. Nor has the second in the market been of much use: After snoozing on the job in Kenya for quite some time, Zain has notably picked up under new MD Rene Meza, but by then, the damage was done, and as with the other two new entrants, Zain also flirted with some costly low-tariff promotions. However, when Zain reincarnates for the umpteenth time to Bharti Airtel, I suspect that many will simply lose patience with the interminable rebranding. Well, many except for the producers of promotional pens and caps and umbrellas, and paint manufacturers.None of this is Safaricom’s ‘fault’, but the market remains very uneven, and for subscribers and overall service development, more intense competition would be beneficial. Interestingly, however, the raging success of M-PESA may actually have been due to just that concentration: Like many others, I have wondered why M-PESA was so successful here, and no other country has yet been able to replicate that success, even though the overall idea really is a no-brainer, and even though Safaricom’s Michael Joseph himself had expected that in less than two years, all major operators across the continent would offer a similar service. I did ask him recently, and he said that a lot of their M-PESA clients actually believe that they are giving their money to Safaricom: Not true, since the mobile operator doesn’t actually touch the cash. But this is what people perceive, and they trust Safaricom enough, on the basis of the company’s network, reputation and countrywide representation, to hand over their cash. In markets with less dominance by a single operator, this trust may take longer to develop; which can hold back adoption rates. {jcomments on}

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Family Challenge 2014 Sept. 6, 2014 - Sept. 7, 2014

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Get ready for the family challenge! Build your teamwork, complete 12 challenges, have fun! Teams of 2, 3 or 4 children and 2 adults.

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Kenya may host a leg of the IRB Sevens World Series 04 Mar 2014

Lifestyle

The International Rugby Board confirmed on Monday that Kenya is among 25 unions that formally confirmed their interest in hosting a round of the popular HSBC Sevens World Series from the 2015/2016 season.

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