Vodacom launches free Facebook Flex service

Vodacom has launched Facebook Flex, which will allow Vodacom customers free access to Facebook. It is the “first of many products to launch under the Vodacom Siyakha platform.”

Vodacom explains: “Facebook Flex will give customers on the Vodacom network an opportunity to connect with friends and family using the basic version of Facebook for free.”

Once signed up, Vodacom users will be able to update their Facebook status and comment on posts without using data. They can easily switch from the free version of Facebook to data mode in order to access the service in its entirety.

According to Vodacom, Siyakha, which means “we are building” in isiZulu, is a platform that will offer free (zero-rated) and lower priced products and services to the emerging prepaid segment of Vodacom’s customer base. This includes a range of Vodacom insurance products, free health content from the TV series Hello Doctor, as well as Vodacom’s infotainment platform Video Play.

For example, for just 99 cents Siyakha customers can view the latest music content and the local soapies. In terms of access to other free content, Siyakha will house Vodacom’s existing educational portals, and careers and jobs websites.

Nyimpini Mabunda, chief officer of the consumer business unit, says that Vodacom’s Siyakha initiative is an important part of Vodacom’s effort to ensure digital inclusion for all its customers.

Mabunda adds: “Network operators like ourselves have a role to play in reducing the digital divide, particularly between those in urban and rural areas. In all our efforts we are mindful of the immense pressures that consumers face which are largely associated with the cost to communicate. The popularity and the extensive use of social media services, such as Facebook, as a means of communication has made it a necessity rather than a luxury.”

To use Facebook Flex, customers can log onto Facebook.com or dial #111*32#.


From their kids’ play room to their daily specials, Spur has been the go-to-family restaurant for decades, but it has recently come to our attention that Spur’s senior menu seems to be less of a deal than it appears to be.

Angelique Ruzicka looks at the likelihood of falling into financial difficulty from being unable to work as a result of a disability and asks what people can do to ensure they are adequately covered in the event of sudden illness or depression.

Dig into the High-5 burger made with a 200g pure beef patty, cheddar, mozzarella and balsamic-caramelised onions, plus chips and a Coke or Coke Zero, for only R59.50.

Christmas is a festive season filled with family and friends, and lots of presents. But, this tradition can also leave your pockets a little empty. Trying out some new traditions can help you save money and still have as much fun over the festive season. We look at 25 ways in which you can save money this Christmas.

If you enjoy a good steak Monday night at The Eatery may just be the thing for you. Get a 300g rump or sirloin steak and chips prepared over hot coals for only R99.

Angelique Ruzicka looks at how you can buy and sell Krugerrands and explains how the price of these coins are determined

Moneybags has been scrutinising the terms and conditions associated with children’s bank accounts and kept track of the charges on the typical transactions a child would make, such as withdrawals, deposits, balance enquiries and so forth.

Angelique Ruzicka delves a little deeper in the OLTI’s 2016 annual report to thrash out some trends and finds out who the worst offenders are.