The fastest SMS texters in South Africa take on the world this week at the LG Mobile World Cup in New York – and hope to come home with the $100 000.00 in prize money.

Natalie Witoslowski (20) of Rustenberg and Kgothatso Moerane (22) of Pretoria join competitors from 12 other countries to vie for the title of world's fastest texter.
The two, who have received their national colours, are the winners of the national leg of the competition.
Witoslowski will compete in the numeric category and Moerane in the QWERTY category.
Dr. Michelle Potgieter, marketing director of LG Electronics South Africa, says: “Texting is as, if not more, popular than voice communication nowadays. This competition will not only draw attention to texting as a popular, quick and easy communication tool, but also hopefully increase excitement about and familiarity with LG and its innovative handsets which make the ideal social communication tools.”
This year’s competition has been extended to countries like Russia, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa and Spain.
“As this will be the first time that South Africa will be participating, we are extremely excited for Natalie and Kgothatso. We wish them well and we hope that they will enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience in New York,” adds Potgieter.
“I can’t live without my phone, it is an extension of my life and I go crazy if I don’t have network," says Moerane. "I am so excited to see New York and hope it lives up to what I have seen in The Devil Wears Prada."
Witoslowski comments: “Travelling the world has always been my dream and to be given a chance to go to New York is a dream come true! I feel so blessed and hope to bring another global crown back to South Africa."
The LG Mobile World Cup championship runs from 12 to 15 January 2010 at Gotham Hall in New York.