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Angola Cables and WACREN expand connectivity for academic institutions

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]


Microsoft SA, Intervate and 2enable launch online portal to empower students

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Microsoft South Africa, together with Intervate and 2enable, have created a portal for young South Africans, called Mahala.ms. Through this portal, young people can activate licences for the Microsoft Office 365 suite and OneDrive cloud-based storage services free of charge. The main objective is to enable learners from grades R to 12 to become more […]


Free ESET cybersecurity awareness training set up for Kenya’s SME

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ESET East Africa has set up a free online training for businesses in Kenya in a move to educate employees while enabling firms to curb the impact of cyberattacks and data breaches that are becoming more severe to business operations around the world. A recent survey by ESET in its North American markets found that […]


Digital skills development initiative to train half a million young Africans

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The 2017 edition of Africa Code Week officially kicked off yesterday in Flic-En-Flac, Mauritius. Now in its third year, Africa Code Week aims to spread coding literacy among African youth, with a key focus on female skills development and training. Inaugurated in 2015 by SAP Corporate Social Responsibility EMEA and several public and private sector […]


Internet Society announces Africa Regional Internet and Development Dialogue

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The Internet Society announced today that it will hold the first ever Africa Regional Internet and Development Dialogue, in partnership with UNESCO and Republic of Rwanda Ministry of Youth and ICT. The two-day meeting will take place between 8-9 May 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda. It will bring together experts including government and inter-governmental organisation officials, […]


Samsung to continue investing in education centres across Africa  

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In keeping with Samsung’s goal to enrich and transform lives through digital technology, the electronics giant reiterated its commitment to advancing access to technology in education across Africa. To date, Samsung has launched 10 Digital Villages, 33 Solar-Powered Internet Schools, 27 eLearning Centres, 22 Smart Schools, 12 Engineering Academies and 8 Digital Libraries across Africa […]


Tax firm RSM-UK and Wye Valley donate 50 laptops for Zambian school

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Wye Valley Zambia project of the United Kingdom, through RSM-UK have sourced and donated 50 laptops to Libala High School in preparation for the launch of the school’s Microsoft Showcase programme which will coincide with the commemoration of the ICT Week in March this year. And Zambia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Muyeba Chikonde […]


Vodacom hands over equipped cyberlab to secondary school in Mqanduli

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In a bid to address cost challenges associated with access to education and to help provided Internet connectivity to schools, Vodacom and the Department of Communications, handed over a fully equipped cyberlab to learners at Mancam Junior Secondary School in Mqanduli. Through this handover, Vodacom has provided the school with 26 tablets including free access […]


Mastercard targets 100,000 excluded farmers for upskilling

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Impact investing pioneer Root Capital announced at the African Green Revolution Forum a new partnership with The MasterCard Foundation that will help raise incomes for over 300,000 smallholder farmers in West Africa. The Foundation has committed $5.2 million to Root Capital over five years to support early-stage agricultural businesses that generate transformational impact in rural […]


Radio astronomy driving big data computing in South Africa

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With the growing demand for big data facilities in research and business, the Department of Science and Technology, South Africa continues to invest in growing the country’s cyberinfrastructure. The investment is also a boost to local universities that will be taking the lead in these initiatives. The Department of Science and Technology will invest a total […]


Donors target North African women in agricultural technologies

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The International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture launched the design phase of a new major regional programme to empower young Arab women scientists and leaders in agricultural research and development. Funded by the Islamic Development Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the design phase will lay the groundwork for the Young Arab Women Scientists […]