Vodacom, an African mobile communications company covering the needs of over 40 million customers, has teamed up with RIM to bring South Africa uncompromised Web browsing at its fingertips with the BlackBerry PlayBook. Vodacom's Managing Executive of Sales, Zunaid Dinath, commented:

"We're excited to make the BlackBerry PlayBook available to customers through Vodacom outlets countrywide. With its set of features, portability and power, the BlackBerry PlayBook is and ideal companion for busy people on the move."

The base 16GB Wi-Fi model costs 5,699 South African rands, which translates to roughly $785 U.S. dollars. For the bigger 32GB and 64GB models, you are looking at R6,499 and R7,499 respectively. The much-anticipated BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will initially be available from Vodacom, but other local carriers will likely follow suit. South Africa is an aspiring and important market for RIM, with a strong and evolving BlackBerry community. In fact, South Africa honored BlackBerry as the 'Coolest Brand Overall'. And from the looks of it, this is only the start.