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Ruckus Networks expert: Elevating education with technology

Riaan Graham, Sales Director for sub-Saharan Africa at Ruckus Networks, says there are many factors that are impacting not only the education sector in Africa, but the resultant skills shortage – especially in the engineering and IT sectors. Africa’s dearth of skilled employees and its poor ability to nurture talent through educating, training and employing […]

Upskilling and Gig Economy emerge as ways to fight youth unemployment

For South Africa’s youngest citizens finding a job remains an enormous challenge. But Priscilla Kennedy, founder of video production company, the programme is proving successful with previously unemployed people finding work from places like as far afield as San Francisco. While the country’s official unemployment rate is now 27.7%, the most affected group by […] launches Nerd academy programme in the Karoo

A nerd alert has been issued by the Karoo Tech Hub, an initiative run by video production company in collaboration with With an estimated 45% unemployment rate in the Eastern Cape, the tech hub has launched a free programme called the Nerd Academy aimed to uplift the platteland community. By offering online studying […]

CNet’s programmes now approved by the IEEE

CNet Training’s technical education programmes have been approved by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s technical professional organisation for the advancement of technology. Those who attend CNet’s programmes and who are IEEE members benefit from gaining IEEE Professional Development Hours (PDH) which result in IEEE Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Not only […]

JP Morgan and Tshimologong launch Africa Rising 4.0 start-up programme

JP Morgan, in collaboration with Tshimologong Precinct, has launched Africa Rising 4.0, an incubation programme aimed at powering digital entrepreneurship and early stage start-up growth in Johannesburg. The 12-week intensive incubation programme is designed to coach the disciplines of entrepreneurship, while also building innovative digital businesses. Shaun Randles, Enterprise Development Manager, Tshimologong Precinct, said: “We […]

Digitally-driven education platforms key to South African youth

South Africa’s ongoing education crisis, specifically access to schooling and learning material has been well publicised. Government has responded with subsidy offers, but simply providing financial aid does not solve the crisis that South Africa faces. Compounding the issue is the fact that universities are at capacity, with no new plans to build more facilities. […]

The importance of availability for universities in 2018

The cost and importance of higher education mean this sector is always open to scrutiny. Claude Schuck, Regional Manager for Africa at Veeam, says application and data availability are crucial to both the smooth running of a university and ensuring it the headlines for the right reasons. The unfortunate upshot is that technology and availability […]

Internet of Things Innovation Centre launched at Queen’s College Lagos

Queen’s College Lagos has become the third Unity School to launch the Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation Centre, which is being powered by the Unites Cisco Networking Academy. It joined the Federal Science and Technical College (FSTC), Yaba and the Federal Government Girls’ College (FGGC), Bwari, as the three schools with centres where pupils can […]

Technology distributor equips homeless children in South Africa to go to school

Westcon-Comstor, a value-added technology distributor of security, networking and data centre solutions, has been working with Kids Haven to equip homeless children to go to school. Westcon-Comstor’s Comstor business unit through its CSI initiative, Comstor Cares, has fully kitted out 10 children and in South Africa’s Ekurhuleni region for their first year of school. “There […]

Tshimologong and BCX launch digital innovation programme

Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Johannesburg has announced the launch of the BCX Innovation Programme and are inviting technology start-ups to apply. Tanye ver Loren van Themaat, Tshimologong Incubator and Accelerator Manager, said the programme is part of BCX and the Telkom Innovation Programme and is an exciting opportunity to develop innovative digital […]

Angola Cables and WACREN expand connectivity for academic institutions

Angola Cables has announced an agreement with the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN), the regional research and education network (REN) that facilitates interconnections between national RENs in West and Central Africa. The agreement will support the growing connectivity among academic communities across West and Central Africa, including services that foster collaboration […]

Gartner says by 2020 AI will create more jobs than it eliminates

2020 will be a pivotal year in AI-related employment dynamics, according to Gartner, Inc., as artificial intelligence (AI) will become a positive job motivator. The number of jobs affected by AI will vary by industry; through 2019, healthcare, the public sector and education will see continuously growing job demand while manufacturing will be hit the […]

2017 JCSE ICT Skills Survey calls for more rapid transformation

In its eight consecutive year, the 2017 JCSE ICT Skills Survey by Wits University’s Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) says economic pressure, a delay in policy implementation and lack of improvement in South Africa’s basic education are key concerns. The report says the situation is further plagued by a lack of current, coordinated data […]

Siemens creates opportunities for digital skills development in Africa

The fourth Industrial Revolution is having a disruptive effect on economies and the development of digital skills is vital. There is an opportunity, especially in Africa, to embrace new and exponential technologies combined with human talent to accelerate industrialisation and drive economic growth. With this in mind, Siemens is handing over equipment specifically related to […]

Higher education CIOs must start bridging the digital divide

Higher education CIOs recognise that key organisational priorities are enrolment and student success, but fail to show innovation with regard to the top technologies required to differentiate themselves and win, according to a survey from Gartner, Inc. Yet, a majority of respondents (59%) think there will be significant business model change due to digital transformation. […]

GE and African Leadership University launch digital skills programme

The African Leadership University (ALU) and GE Africa have announced the launch of the ALU Africa Industrial Internet Program. Powered by GE, the programme combines the best of GE’s technical expertise with ALU’s unique learning model in a 12-month professional training programme that merges the essential business and technical skills necessary for African professionals to […]

SA’s Belgium Campus ITversity joins Infor Education Alliance Programme

Earlier this month, Eyewitness News reported that the latest South African jobs statistics continue to reflect an appallingly high unemployment rate. According to the World Bank, the 2016 average unemployment rate for all upper middle-income countries was 6.2%. In 2016, South Africa’s rate was at 25.9%, rising to 27.7% in 2017. Of these unemployed droves, […]

Virtual teaching becomes a reality through new education technology

Vodacom and the Eastern Cape Department of Education have taken the digitalisation of education in the province a step further through the launch of the ‘Virtual Teacher’ platform in East London today. The move follows Vodacom’s Programme for Mobile Devices introduced in the province earlier this year to promote the use of digital technology in […]

Response to the Department of Basic Education’s hacking incident

The Department of Basic Education’s website was recently hacked by the Islamic State, posting gory pictures and a message about the US Government. Following this incident, Bryan Hamman, Territory Manager for sub-Saharan Africa at Arbor Networks, the world’s leading provider of DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) protection in the enterprise, carrier and mobile market segments, […]

Stellenbosch University reaps managed print services rewards with Datacentrix

Stellenbosch University (SU) has solved its printing environment woes, including a lack of proactive management, device downtime and billing related challenges, with the rollout of a managed print and document solution across its campus by Datacentrix, a provider of high performing and secure ICT solutions. Datacentrix’ competitive offering won the university’s recent managed print services […]