Price differentiator 23 October 2008 “We believe that we have hit the nail on the head with this product, particularly in light of the current economic conditions,” Neotel Consumer Business Unit head Mukul Sharma said in a statement this week. According to Neotel, a key differentiator of the company’s home phone offering is the call rates. “During the course of 24 months, a usage discount of up to R25 will be given back to the consumer every month,” Sharma said. “This effectively means that consumers could be reimbursed for the full purchase price of the phone.” “This eliminates the risk of losing your service due to copper [cable] theft.” Two packages There is no differentiation between Neotel-to-Neotel peak and off peak rates, which are charged at 17 cents per minute for local calls at all times. Both packages operate on true per-second billing for all calls, from the first second onwards. SAinfo reporter Neotel’s home phone is available in two packages, the first of which allows the consumer to purchase the phone upfront for R599, followed by a monthly service fee of R99. “While the product focuses on providing consumers with high-quality voice, they also have the option of utilising data, sms and e-mail, which is provided as part of the service,” Sharma said, adding that a further benefit of Neotel’s home phone was that the service was delivered via a fixed-wireless product. The second package does not require an upfront payment for the phone, and is charged at R199 per month. “Consumers are feeling the pinch of global and local economic pressures and are continuously looking to save costs, but still stay in touch. “At 34 cents per minute for local peak landline calls, and 17 cents per minute for local off-peak landline calls, communicating will become more affordable for the consumer,” Sharma said. Neotel has launched a home phone service in South Africa’s major metropolitan areas, making use of the company’s fixed-wireless network – with local peak rates to all landlines set at almost half the price consumers are currently paying. “Neotel’s home phone is a home phone that offers impeccable voice quality, delivery within 48 hours of successful order completion and no installation required,” he said. “On this package, users receive 1 000 free Neotel-to-Neotel minutes and 200 free sms within Neotel’s coverage area, [with] the free minutes [being] applicable for local, regional and national calls,” Sharma said. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
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In this Oct, 2014 file photo, Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock in court in Pretoria South Africa. Photo: APOscar Pistorius again faces the possibility of a murder conviction after a South African judge ruled Wednesday that prosecutors can appeal against the double-amputee Olympian’s conviction on the lesser charge of culpable homicide.The sensational case will go to the Supreme Court of Appeal, which will review the murder trial of Pistorius, who fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through the closed door of a toilet cubicle on Valentine’s Day last year.Judge Thokozile Masipa, who convicted Pistorius and sentenced him to five years in jail, acknowledged that chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel had raised legitimate “questions of law” that should be studied by the appeals court.”This might have a practical effect” on the conviction, Masipa said.”We note the finding of the court and abide by the ruling,” Pistorius’ family said in a statement.Pistorius could face a minimum of 15 years in prison if the appeals court overturns the culpable homicide conviction and raises it to a murder conviction.Under his current sentence, Pistorius could be released from prison and placed under house arrest after serving 10 months, or one-sixth of his sentence. It is unclear whether the appeals court will have ruled on his case within 10 months.Nathi Mncube, the prosecution spokesman, said he hopes the appeal will be “expedited,” but acknowledged that the process can take a long time.”We’re happy,” Mncube told journalists.The approval of an appeal represented a victory for South African prosecutors who had been disappointed that Pistorius was acquitted of murder.advertisementIn another disappointment for the state, British businessman Shrien Dewani left South Africa on Tuesday after being acquitted of the murder of his wife Anni during their honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010.The appeals court has panels of three or five judges and does not meet again until Feb. 15, according to the website of the court, which is based in the South African city of Bloemfontein. Decisions are based on the opinion of a majority of judges.”Witnesses do not appear before the court, and the parties need not be present during the hearing of an appeal. A written judgment is usually handed down shortly after the argument,” the court’s website says.In arguing for an appeal, the prosecution said Judge Masipa incorrectly interpreted a legal principle. Under that principle, a person should be found guilty of murder if he foresaw the possibility of a person dying because of his actions, and went ahead with those actions anyway.While approving an appeal against her own verdict, Masipa rejected the prosecution’s argument for an appeal of the sentence for culpable homicide. Prosecutors had said it was too lenient.In any case, if the appeals court finds Pistorius guilty of murder, the sentence would automatically be raised to match the severity of the crime.Pistorius said he thought a dangerous intruder was in the house when he killed Steenkamp, a model and budding reality TV star; prosecutors allege he killed his girlfriend after an argument.Pistorius’ legs were amputated below the knees when he was 11 months old because he was born without fibula bones due to a congenital defect. However, he grew up playing sports with prosthetics. The sight of Pistorius racing at the London Olympics on carbon-fiber blades was one of the enduring and inspirational images of the 2012 games.
Loreen Arbus, Founder & Chair of Women Who Care and Edward R. Matthews, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, today announced Natalie Morales, News Anchor and Co-Host of the third hour of NBC’s TODAY Show, will host the 12th Annual Women Who Care Luncheon.The luncheon, to be held Monday, May 6th, at Cipriani 42nd Street, benefits United Cerebral Palsy of New York City and celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of women as professionals, caregivers, and volunteers.“When I attended the Women Who Care luncheon two years ago, I was deeply impressed with the women honored and the ongoing efforts of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City,” says Natalie Morales. “Their mission and work improves the lives of thousands of children, families, and adults throughout New York City. I’m honored to host this celebration of amazing women from different walks of life in an effort to raise awareness and support for a very worthy cause.”“Natalie’s longtime dedication and work on behalf of women, children, and families combined with her own extraordinary accomplishments as a journalist made her the perfect choice to be our new host,” says Ms. Arbus, Disability Rights Activist/Producer/Philanthropist and Founder and Chair of Women Who Care. “We are thrilled that Natalie will be playing a major role in helping us to shine a much-needed media light on the largest minority in the world: people living with disabilities.”“Natalie Morales cares deeply about helping others,” says Edward R. Matthews, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City. “She is also an excellent example of a woman who has broken the glass ceiling, making her a wonderful choice to Host the luncheon. We are incredibly grateful to Ms. Morales for taking the time to help us raise awareness and funds for the comprehensive programs and services UCP of NYC provides year-round to thousands of people.”This marks the first year Ms. Morales performs hosting duties for the luncheon. Donna Hanover, the former First Lady of New York City, previously hosted the event since its launch in 2002. This year she will take on the new role of Honorary Co-Chair.In the coming weeks, honorees and celebrity presenters for the star-studded event will be announced. Previous Women Who Care honorees include Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Gayle King, Lauren Bush Lauren, Susan Lucci, singer Amy Lee, and Ms. Morales’ former colleague Ann Curry.Past celebrity presenters include Cynthia McFadden, Diane Von Furstenberg, Jimmy Smits, Cynthia Nixon, Ivanka Trump, Danny Glover, Meredith Vieira, Alan Rickman, Deborah Norville, Dr. Mehmet Oz, CBS News Anchor Maurice DuBois, “Mad Men” star Cara Buono, Good Day New York’s Mike Woods, Regis Philbin, former President of Chile Michelle Bachelet, CEO of the Hearst Corporation Frank Bennack, Jr., and many other stars and VIPS.Find out more here.