Archive for March, 2010

Coverage of Kontax / m4Lit (part VI)

Coverage of Kontax continues as follows:

Media: web/newspapers/magazines:



  • Steve Vosloo was interviewed on 702 by David O’Sullivan (30 Mar 2010).
  • Steve Vosloo was interviewed on Cape Talk by John Maytham (29 Mar 2010).


  • Kontax is mentioned in a short, forthcoming book called 10 Things You Should Know About ICTs in Africa by Susan Heese (to be published by Heinemann).

“wt due respect check da script b4 sndn it”

Last week Kontax 2: The Big Win was published on a mobisite and on MXit, unfortunately with spelling and grammatical errors in the text. This was embarrassing for the author, proofreader and myself, especially as m4Lit is about mobiles for literacy! We’ve since fixed the issues and will implement more rigorous proofreading next time.

What is really interesting, however, is that the readers on MXit told us about the mistakes. Remember that this is generation txt, who apparently can’t spell or write properly. This may be true based on the txtspk they used to inform us of the mistakes (see below), but what is clearly evident is that when they read they know their spelling from their splng.

Here are the 28 reader complaints. Thank you, readers, we promise next time to “check da script b4 sndn it”.

Natalie: I lykd the first half of the story n cnt wait 4 the next part. Bt there r allot of spellin faults or missin letters or letters replaced with others……. Pls pls  pls just fix them. Mwa ur gal NATALIAN.

Luthando: The pers0n hu was writtn tha st0ry skipz sum othr w0rdz n tht z c0nfusing

Tshoanelo: kontax 2 s vry intrstng,evn though der ar errors smwhr.i taught us mny thngs.cnt w8 4 chptr2.wsh u cld myk t lngr thn dan da 1st 1,it rocks

Thabo: Hey love the u shuld wach ur all in all its a grt stry jst hve 2 mke it nt dat cmplt at sme point

Amanda: I noticed an error in spelling instead of they you guys wrote thet

Owethu: There are a few spelling errors and lack of spaces for other words.

Sphe: Despite d romance part bt eish der r wrng spelling here nd unfinishd words

Samukelisiwe: The story flows nicely bt the are little mistakes plz mind the spelling

Vuyo: Chapter 3 is gr8 but towards the end theres a spelling mistake   instead of it being ‘they’ its ‘thet’

Penny: I think airtym should jst go 2 da cops and explain wat hd hppn and also take da quiz guys 2 court so that they would b able 2 knw if his gng 2 get hs money and make them even pay more. Wat if he doesn’t get da money wat is gng 2 do becoz k8 wil want her money back frm Airty…1 or 2 spelling mistakes and more characters r needed.

siphiwe: I have picked up a two spelling error’s

PJ: Lots of spelling errors

Everton: The story is good but here nd then there are spelling mistakes

Nthabi: besides da spelling errors I found it beta dan da last chapter

Mathapelo: In the very first two lines of the 2nd page u have a mistake. It says _and it had a been a ___ now i think there has been a gramatical error somewhere there. Secondly i think there are alot of punctuation errors. U hav very long sentences nd put fullstops in places of commas.

Lehlohonolo: Now this chapter makes the reader wonder even more. It’s very good but there’s 1 or 2 typing errors.

xabiso: they have gramatical error they said thet instead of they

Angel: Ur sentences hv 2much errors as i ws reading

Shani: Chapter3 makes u wanna read more.thy cnt xpect Airtime 2 pay 4 hs thr wr sum typing errors,bt keep up d gd wrk.

Valentine: Dis chapter has sum errors bt other dan dat its a gud story

Cute prudie: Its nyc nd interestin bt da r a few speling mistakes.. Wtch owt 4 ova writin wordz. Bt nietha 2 dat. Its a story nd i hope da.s a buk nd a m0vie!

Thato: There are mistakes in this chapter, chapter 2.

Mpho: I absolutely love kontax..and chapter 7 is ma there is a mistake on the 1st line in chapter adawise..keep up the gud work..

Katleho: obviously dis was a trap laid 4 artym.he wud b damnd 2 giv em dat amount of money. spelling mistakes bt daznt matter coz theme is der

Palesa: This story is good but it have lot of spelling mistakes so you have to edit it again.Anyway it is cool for real!

Kelly: Its a very nice stori bt thr a mistks and it needs 2b editd ryt

Tshepi: u hv 2 use hyphen wn it needed bt it was mmm bt.. in ada words u hv 2 improve ur words or b a writer an athour keep up da gud work,tshepi sharp

Lerato: Guys wt due respect check da script b4 sndn it

Pilot phase reports released

The pilot phase of the m4Lit project (August to December 2009) has concluded, with the release of the reports.

Reader comments from MXit

Below are some of the comments left by readers of Kontax 2: The Big Win on MXit on the first day that the story launched. Most comments were complimentary, but there were also a few criticisms of the story, something that we didn’t get in Kontax 1. Perhaps because we’re not offering prize money for comments in this round?


Karabo: It is n0t dat bad at al,i l0ve it:P

Diamond gal: Hey der,chapter 1 is brilliant but a little repeat of da
previous part but hey great.i wuld lyk 2 put some spice n i mean hot
spice in dis story. am such a gud hey ur stry is awesome.

Ilyaaz: 0mg!i f3el bad 4 airtime n sbu,lmao

Sphiwe: Chapter 1 is very interesting and funny, confusing at some
points bt i lyk it

Xoliswa: The story z gr8 am lovng t,ive alwayz enjoyd readng kontax
since da 1st part,and am lukng 4ward 2 da cumng chaptrz…keep t up

Nomsa: I like it still need more jokes and more….

Nqobile: Al i cn say is,r u goin 2 make a movie bcoz id realy lyk 2 c
it.This is so intertainin i wuldnt evn mynd evn if it was a daily

Angel: Chapter 1 is nt prety clear bcoz u should hv startd 4rm wer
kontax 1 ended 2 clearify da new chapter

Thando: The story startz in a great way,mst say da linking 4rm da 1st
kontax 2 da 2nd kontax ws superbly dne! Swt,kyp up da great work

Ricardo: Due 2 the last chapter i read 4rm kontax 1 and throughout the
story, i found that it was really amazing and fresh…bt reading
chapter 1 of kontax 2,it seem 2 me that the story has lost that
exciting feeling that makes you wanna read more. But because kontax 1
was so gr8, i thought, why not go ahead on reading chapter 2 of kontax
2? And so i did, 2 find that im accualy starting 2 enjoy it same as i
did with kontax 2.

lo: dis chapter its very nice n interesting it says read more..if r u
wit me:D

Mabel: Chapter 1 ws gr8,actually da whole story is xcitin.DA FUNNY

Dida: I like to undastand wat u people saying but i can’t

Des: I think this was a well written chapter. . .its what i expect in
every book i read because now that i have read, i definetly want 2
continue read. . .its a great chapter…i definetly would come 2 u if i
wanted lesson on how 2 write a book

Noxolo: Great start guyz i lov ur story it realy rocks its interesting
thz alot 2 learn in it

Tracy: I luv it bt it bgns slw

Tumelo: Hidding names its nt that helping,putting the cameramen’s name
could have helped to lead to the next chapter

Princess: Y dnt u make a big story nt a shrt 1?

Eugene:    Wow dis is reali a gr8t story. Nd dis shows
dat der r truli gr8t frnds out der wu protects u 4rn dangerous thngs

Sbuda: So far i’m thrilled with chapter one hope to see more chapters
and if there are any auditions please call me


Nancy: I thnk its nt as interestin nd as nice as chaptor 1 of the first

Monique: It’s a cool way to start off the new chapters! I was hooked on
the first series of stories bt these are way better?(G)

Zaquisha: Ai dis ding r0ckz m0s

Swagnificent: I got bored , make the first part more interesting

Naledi: Ur story teach us abt tings whch r hapning in our daily lifes.

Patience: Dis is de best myb is because i read kontax1 long time ago nd
enjoyed it but kontax 2 is de best

Sugar: I like the new kontax story already, i feel its freshness and it
does totaly help most of us work like read with extending our knowledge
and vocabulary. Our charecters seem to be more matured now and they a
making a living out of their life. I the part of airtime winning a quiz
online, most people who are kontax subscriber are more related to him.
I remember when i first won my R100, i was soo over the moon tat i
couldnt believe it. Keep up the gud work guy, i so keen to read more.

males: I thnk m gng to enjy readng ths story it seems lyk itz gng to b
mre crzie and adventurous than kontax issue 1 session one:D


Lebo: The 4 friend actually make a very gud group coz k8 seems like 1
who knws hw 2 keep order in the group,sbu is the 1 who gves gud
advise,song is the 1 who helps out in times of trouble nd airtyme is
the crazy1 in the group he makes it 2 b fun .good combination

Bonolo: Yoh Airtime is extremeley xctd hey!:D.

Tlou: Lol airtime is just out of ths world…i think he’s awesome

Lebohang: I thnk airtime shud listen 2 hs frndz,internet competitions r
nt 100 percent gud,smthn bad myt hapen,even if the organisers r gud,he
dsnt hav a gud plan 4 de mney nd nt remembering dt de mney dt is goin
out nd nt getin in fnsh fast

Wendy: Itz wise of Airtime to spend the money on his dreams.

arriya: was ok

Octavia: The story is so amazin i cnt wait 2 read chapter 3.C u in
chapter 3

Eve: I totaly love the book 😀 awesome piece of work!

Tumelo: The competition that airtym won didnt state any age restriction
and how can a teenage like him go and collect the price by himself ?


sibongile: Airtyms character is funny nd its gr8 4 pple lyk me who lve

Angel: Ur sentences hv 2much errors as i ws reading

Luwanda: Chapter 2 is vry excitin! Da choice of words give a fill of
being part of da stry like u cn jst see evrythng happin ryt in front of

Phumlani Ratya: Eish i have a feeling this is nt going to end well, y?
B.coz wen u r that exited 2 recieve sumthing u usually dnt get it so
lets wait n c


Lerato: Its nt fair 4 mfundo 2 gve 2 thousand 1st while he cant even
see dat money nd by the way they are crookin him bcoz they never tell
dat he was going 2 pay 1st before he gt dt quiz money.

Charolynne: I think that there could b mre characterz inv0lved in dis

The code: Nice romance!

Mbalee: Ah ah ah oh no wat a scam cmon Air u shud knw beta

Lehlohonolo: Now this chapter makes the reader wonder even more. It’s
very good but there’s 1 or 2 typing errors.

Boitumelo: I dnt buy de fact dat airtime should pay R200 for hm 2 get
his price, itz a competition he won they should give him his price,
they where no terms and conditions

Buhle: Chapter 3 makes me think that the two guys who r abot 2 giv
Airtime the money are crooks n u want2 if they realy are


Nelisiwe: So u telling me this what really happens when people win

Lebohang: Airtime dsnt c dt de organisers r crucks,nd hs 2 damn anxious
2 b aware of de situation!

Lungelo: Things are getting interesting now

Lee: B4 singin any 4rm of paper u must read da fine print hpe he did


Zama: Sbu shuld tel k8 dat he lyks her soon

The code: U gotta point there, stuff should be easier!


Juicy: i think dis chaptr is 2 cute. it remind me alot about me n my
exbf n da ow first kiss! i mis him alot

Cynthia: I thnk k8 n sbu shud d8. i also wsh we ddnt hve 2 read part 2
on the 24th of March,because once you start reading the story you dont
want to stop bt thn now you hve  2 stay curious. your story realy
attracts ppl in zulu u would say siyabaHEHA abantu! i promise 2 be the
1st 1 to read part 2 wen it cmes out:)

Joseph: Finally Sbu made a move,n should do this more often(kiss)

arriya: boring.

Tshegofatso: Wt da crew was wrong dy shudve find an info abt street
trading n running away 4rm da cops was not a cleverest choice,wt k8 n
sbu felted 4 each othr i thnk dy shud do smthng abt it n stop making


Fernando: Heart-stopping action at break-neck speeds … pure genius!

sibongile: i realy love the story expecialy chapter 6 i love the part
where sbu and k8 kiss,its so romantic keep it up kontax cant wait for
the next part!

Thandi: Good one Airtime…lol i bet u were busy talking while on the
run. As for s’bu and k8 i wasn’t expecting that 4rm u 2, kissing?


Nelisiwe: Wow,cnt w8 4 Chapter 8 to 14

Khwezi: Agh. Man airtym is being stupid, even my younger sista wud
figure owt its a scam wen they sed they want 2 thousand and she only a
week old

Herbert: Wat a book 4 me coz its first time 2 read a book 4rm ma mobile

Palesa: Ah! poor boy  he rily need dat money sorry frm
today i will never play da internet quiz games 😦 i love u airtime,sbu
nd k8 u rock guys (x)

Nomonday: It realy is intresting even more than the first one.

Donovan: Ya,i really thnk the competition is a scam,bcoz they asked
Mfundo for money,agg,c’mon.everybdy cn c it dat is a scam except Airtym
coz all he ever thnk abt is that R50 000,whch he neva won at da 1st
place,all jst a scam

Corlia: Lve the story but why must we wait for the second part?

Sethu: Luv de story nd defnately cnt wait 4 part 2

Sibuthe: Its a great 1st part, i makes me wanna c wat gonna happend in
da 2nd part, hope da kotax fnd out wats goin on;)

Firdaws: The first half was fab cant wait for the other…. 24 March
better cum soon… keep it up… lots of love (*)twinkle(*)

Zo: It’s a terrific story-couldn’t write a better 1 even if I
tried.Hope K8 nd Sbu end up 2gether

Boitumelo: Sbu,k8 nd airtime they should listen 2 songezwa more often,
bcz she was work wth computers doin all kinds of she knows
this thnks

Anoniem: Awww man guyz!I love da st0RY!I CANT WAIT TILL 24 MARCH!Ill go
mad!I think song is right it is jst a scam po0r AiRtImE f0ol 4 nt
believin her!(What a shocker)

GOMZA: I would like to congratulate u on making part 1 a
fascinating  part of the story surely hookd me up i cnt wait
4 part 2 of dz st0ry

Asanda: This is grate story, always enjoyed reading kotax. I hope dat
Mfundo a.k.a Airtime will realise that this a scam. But i love all the
characters, they advice each other.

siyabonga: Damnn.. I gotta say dic story iz amazin.. Ive finishd al
part 1, gr8 adventure, m half wae dne wit part 2! Nd wel ayi mfundo bru
b patient youl get yo money(G) lol i hpe! Kontax rockz my mxit! Kip up
da gud work guyz!

Jermaine: This is a typical south african scam incident, where the
winner doesn’t believe what’s right infront of them. Well done to the
writers. Hope the second part we actually discover that K8 and Sbu get
serious, but whether Airtime gets his money or not, atleast he has
friends who are willing to bend over backwards for each other. Thank
you, it’s a very interesting story.

Cebo: I like your story it teaches us as kids to open our eyes against
scam from the internet,and don’t do things without having real proof of
what you’ve won.

Tash: Da chapter is very gud, u can see dat song cares abt her 4rnds. I
lyk da way she tries 2 tell her 4rnd da bad news in a polite and humble
way. Da chapter is HOT

Sticks: Th story was gud at al bcz i thnk it advc our not 2 gv a strng
ur dtis thkz

The obsession with mobile

Great quote by Arthur Attwell of Electric Book Works in Applying publishing tech in Southern Africa:

There is a justified obsession with mobile in developing countries. There are far more mobile phones in the developing world than the developed, and therefore a delivery device in nearly every pocket.