Safaricom Michael Joseph Centre is an area that has been set aside at Safaricom House specifically for Safaricom activities, events and exhibitions.
The Centre comprises four functional areas:
The CSR Space – The Spirit of Sharing
The Art Space – Events and Exhibitions
Technology Space – Evolution
The Telepresence Room
Located on the ground floor of the HQ2 Safaricom Building. The Centre is easily accessible through its own separate entry to the left of the main reception. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Centre is closed on all public holidays.
Safaricom Michael Joseph Centre
Address: Upper Parklands Estate, Nairobi City, Kenya
Tel: 0722 005890
Its headquarters are located in Safaricom House, Waiyaki Way, Spring Valley Estate, Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya. Tel: +254 722 002100
Safaricom, which started as a department of Kenya Posts & Telecommunications Corporation, the former monopoly operator, launched operations in 1993 based on an analogue ETACS network and was upgraded to GSM in 1996 (license awarded in 1999). Safaricom was incorporated on April 1997 as a private limited liability company. It was converted into a public company with limited liability on 16 May, 2002.
In accordance with the Government of Kenya’s policy of divesting its ownership in public enterprises, the Government of Kenya through the Treasury Department, on 28 March 2008 made available to the public 10,000,000,000 of the existing ordinary shares of par value Ksh 0.05 each, of the Company. This represents 25% of the total issued share capital of Safaricom from the Government of Kenya’s shareholding in Safaricom Limited.
As at 31st March 2009 the company has 6.175 million registered users, a customer base of 13.36 million, 8,650 retail outlets countrywide, 51 Paybill partners, 301 3G enabled base stations in Nairobi, Mombassa, Naivasha & Eldoret.
In 2009 it won awards for Best Mobile Money Service; in the GSMA Global Mobile Awards it was the winner in the Best Broadcast Commercial Category for its entry of the M-PESA ‘Send Money Home’ TVC; in the UN World Business and Development Award it was among the 10 private companies recognized globally for their contribution to the achievement of millennium goals through M-PESA; in the Kenyan Banking Awards it was the winner in the product innovation category (M-PESA); and in the Stockholm Challenge, the winner in the Economic development category ( M-PESA).