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E mpowering C ommunities T hrough T elecommunications I t works, I t’s S ustainable. Presented By N obuhle C honco W orkshop on E mpowering the P oor. 02/12/02. BACKGROUND. Community Services:  Came as a result of the National Telecommunications License obligations.

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Empowering Communities Through Telecommunications

It works, It’s Sustainable

Presented By

Nobuhle Chonco

Workshop on Empowering the Poor

02/12/02

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BACKGROUND

Community Services:

  • Came as a result of the National Telecommunications License obligations.
  • To provide 22 000 affordable telephones in underserviced/rural areas.
  •  Empower disadvantaged communities and SMMEs.
  •  Create jobs.
  •  Facilitate training, skills transfer and career development.
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METHODS OF DEPLOYMENT

Corporates: Transportable

  • These are deployed in institutions (e.g Fort Hare Univ) and NGOs- (e.g Hospice)
  •  They are like any other mobile phone (such as Nokias, Phillips, etc)
  • These will be completely phased out by July 2003
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PHONE SHOPS:SIGI PHONES

These are deployed in phone shops and spaza shops or other non- containersied premises (e.g shebeens)

A phone shop is a Vodacom branded 6m steel container which is fitted with 5 to 10 phone cubicles and a counter.

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COMMUNITY SERVICES

Turnover and Commission (Sigis)

for October 2002 ($1=R9.50)

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CREATED PLATFORM TO GROW

We have a total of 4102 phone shops

  • Owned by 1635 entrepreneurs
  • 15% have expanded their businesses to include Vodashops
  • 5% have expanded to other businesses e.g tourism, guesthouse owners, etc.
  • 2% have expanded outside the Republic of South Africa.

 124 000 000 minutes a month are generated by the phone shops. These generate more minutes than the entire Vodacom pre-paid commercial phones.

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PHONE SHOP

It can hold 5 to 10 Sigi phones

Phone shops are owned by independent community members who offer the service to the public

The refurbished containers remain the property of Vodacom

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CREATING JOBS

Job creation

  • Spin-offs from phone shops include small businesses around the phone shops.
  • Insert video clip
  • More than 20 000 jobs have been created as each phone shop employs 4 to 5 employees.
  • Those who have expanded their businesses employ more than 5 employees per establishment.
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WHY IT WORKS

Phone shops owned by community members.

Technology is pre-paid

Profit guaranteed

Tariffs subsidised

Excellent support system which comprises of:

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IT WORKS, IT’S SUSTAINABLE

Support System

Training entrepreneurs in Basic Financial Accounting

concentrating on:

  • How to run a small business
  • To how to prepare a business plan
  • How to manage cash flow
  • Ho to interpret financial statements
  • To to decide on appropriate business structure e.g closes corporations, sole proprietorship, et
  • Basic labor legislation e.g. unemployment insurance fund and workmen’s compensation act.

More than 500 entrepreneurs have been trained

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IT WORKS, IT’S SUSTAINABLE

1.2 Road Shows

Promoting the use of phones by the public

(Clip of video insert)

1.3 Communication through:

Ringers

Show picture of ringers (insert picture of Ringers Newsletter)

SMS

Quarterly meetings at regional and (Focus Group) national levels (Nitosa)

1.4 24 hour Community Services Helpline.