Thursday, January 07, 2010

Twitter Week: January 7

Here’s a summary of my week on Twitter in a top 5 format covering traffic and restaurant woes

5. Raring for the World Cup in South Africa: - ESPN to broadcast 2010 world cup in 3D http (via Business pundit)
- Thinking of driving to world cup in SA? AA of Kenya offer (i) car passport (ii) international driver license (iii) COMESA insurance; r/t @bugzville58 good idea you should though Kampala bus is also offering a trip for about 800 dollars one way.

4. Traffic in Nairobi was Good and then Bad: - Nairobi should remain like this: no traffic, or queues and faster bandwidth. Lets close Thika & Nakuru roads and #devolve the rest to shags

- Back to 5 day week and a matatu strike in Kenya to kick off 2010; ying yang: Nairobi public transit strike means booming business for taxis (good luck getting one this evening); r/t @tmsruge I was in the CBD today. All streets were a parking lot. No point taking either as you won't get anywhere. #footing works best! ; Roads not so bad out of town 30min stationary then 10 min cruise home #matatustrike
- R/t @MoSande KE Matatus call off nationwide strike after PM promises to address their grievances. Normal service to resume immediately
- @inexes and i hear someone may be ending Mombasa vacation this evening #nairobitraffic; @karuoro someone just flew in from Mombasa holiday

3. Odds and ends: - From Nairobi Star: statehouse complains about Lucy worst dressed rank, while Atwoli is scandalized–says his peers in 150 wool class are Moi & Kirubi
- The Tamarind Group has taken over the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden Restaurant, which is renamed Tamambo KBCG
- Repeat of 'House of cards' showing on CNBC Africa. Documentary should be done on Nairobi or Nigeria shares bull run and bust
- Books first have buy pizza in happy hour, get one free. But also charge Kshs. 100 for take away pizza cartons - why?

2. Safaricom mandatory SIM registration, and costly 3G: - Via @kahenya solutions to improving mobile competition in #Kenya, and break #Safaricom domination of #3G http://tinyurl.com/y8bs9cl
- via @kainvestor #Safaricom forcing new users to register their sim cards, which can't be activated unless registered with an ID ->safcom=Gok r/t @LarryMadowo Its now a legal requirement for ALL SIM card holders to be registered & #Safaricom move is only the 1st step but @LarryMadowo @kainvestor Safaricom already has 1/2 their subscriber details from m-pesa accounts
- Can’t find a reliable #zain #zap money transfer agent in Kenya? Try the local post office or #posta (via #introverted blog post)
- Consumers getting unhappy about #Safaricom #internet bundle costs http://tinyurl.com/yzxjt25 but they rarely leave @archermishale the word is out, be careful how you use expensive Safaricom data bundles - are they billing on supa ongea tariff?

1 It's 2010: Happy New Year: Against sound advice, went out and got served a crap lunch. Remember waiters & kitchen staff are working, not celebrating the holidays
- Best food prayer I’ve heard '. . Also for the wonderful meal, bless the pockets that may have been depleted by it'
- Looking at the @KenyaBuzz year end calendar - Pole Dancing Competition at Tembo Disco Mombasa http://tinyurl.com/ya786td

5 comments:

propaganda said...

Hi Banks. How about a post on internet shopping options for Kenyans. I had a ridiculous experience with DHL's EasyShop (they inflated costs of invoiced items so they could bilk me of $$$ on insurance) and would like to know if there are alternatives.

PETER said...

RT PROPAGANDA.... THERES A NEW OFFERING IN TOWN, GOES BY THE NAME OF KALAHARI, ONLINE SHOPPING BY MULTICHOICE... STILL IN PILOT RITE NOW BUT THEY ARE SET TO LAUNCH IN A FEW DAYS. U SHULD SEE THEM IN MEDIA STARTING NEXT WEEK. UST GOOGLE KALAHARI BY MULTICHICE KENYA... SEE WHAT HAPPENS.... AND SORRY ABOUT THE CAPS.. FORCE OF HABIT. :-)

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propaganda said...

@peter: Saw Kalahari and several other kenyan and South African sites before I bought. Sadly, the range of goods is limited and the prices are relatively high. I did my shopping on Amazon, got exactly what I wanted at a great price. Shipping is what stank.

propaganda said...

With $300 going to DHL, I still got my stuff about $500 cheaper than on Kalahari or brick-and-mortar stores in Nairobi.

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