The move makes the UK mobile giant co-owner of Vodacom with Telkom, South Africa's state-owned incumbent fixed line operator. Vodacom has 17 million subscribers in Africa and South Africa.
"Vodacom has been a highly successful investment for Vodafone and the company is the established number one mobile operator in South Africa," said Vodafone chief executive Arun Sarin.
The move has been hailed by analysts as a continuing of Vodafone's highly successful strategy of investing in emerging markets in light of slowing growth rates in its core territories.
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