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King IV code and how it relates to data security

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Data security laws mandate that organisations implement adequate safeguards to ensure the protection of company and personal information, especially when it comes to the disposition of redundant IT assets. This is according to Xperien CEO Wale Arewa. As data security is the biggest driver of IT Asset Disposition, there are many regulations to consider such […]


Telecom Ministries of Somalia and Djibouti agree on cooperation

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The Ministers of Posts and Telecommunications of Somalia and Djibouti, HE Abdi Ashur Hassan and HE Abdi Youssouf Sougueh, have issued a joint statement on a four-day official visit of the Somalia minister to Djibouti. The main purpose of the minister and his delegation’s four-day visit was to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the two […]


POPI adds a new dimension to personal data protection in South Africa

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Whether one has totally embraced South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act or not – or truly understands the legal responsibilities it enforces upon businesses and organisations – there is no denying it has altered the scope of data protection, management and governance in South Africa. POPI is now a reality and the year […]


Aftermath of the fibre-cut and Internet outage

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The Minister of Post, Telecommunication and Technology (MPTT) hosted a consultation meeting in Mogadishu to discuss the impact of the recent fibre-cut that cut off Internet access to South and Central Somalia. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the impact of the outage, lessons learned, preventive measures and the state of the national […]


Securing IoT: know your network, protect your network

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Article by Jose Vasco, Regional Director, MEMA at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. Do you think about the need to secure IoT? It could be a patient monitor, a security camera or a lighting system; every connection to the network is a potential route for attackers. This is quite a new concept to many, […]


SAP’s digital transformation strategy for public sector

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Many forward-thinking cities around the world, including Africa, are taking advantage of technology’s transformative power to engage in sustainable urban development. By 2020, cities will be home to over 20.8 billion connected things, according to Gartner. Population growth in countries such as Nigeria, with an estimated population of 184 million, will put pressure on local […]


SA govt’s cloud pledge is a huge step for citizen engagement and service delivery

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South Africa Government’s recent announcement to decisively embrace Microsoft’s Cloud Productivity (Office 365) tools will have a very positive impact on service delivery and governance, says Peter Reid, Executive Head of Intervate South Africa. Last week, CEO of the State IT Agency (SITA), Dr Setumo Mohapi, confirmed a master agreement with Microsoft to standardise on […]


E-governance identified as a key enabler of Africa’s transformation

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E-governance is the future of development, and without it African countries will struggle, says Malawi’s Secretary to the Treasury, Ben Botolo. Featuring on a panel discussion on ‘Africa-India Partnerships in E-Governance’ on 25 May, at the AfDB’s 52nd Annual Meetings, Botolo said Africa stands to benefit from e-governance as evidence shows that it reduces physical […]


Rwanda Government pioneers smart city innovation with SRG and Nokia

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Nokia and SRG will collaborate with the Government of Rwanda to deploy smart city technology to improve the lifestyle and social sustainability of its citizens in 2017. This announcement was made last week in Kigali during the Transform Africa Summit. “Nokia is a global leader in driving innovation in 5G, the Internet of things (IoT) […]


WISeKey to set up Blockchain-IoT centre of excellence in Rwanda

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WISeKey International, a Swiss based cybersecurity company, announced during its participation at the Rwanda Investment Board Blockchain event, the intention to establish a Blockchain-IoT Centre of Excellence in Rwanda. The Centre will deploy a Trusted Blockchain as a Service platform to enable the creation of a Blockchain Ecosystem in Rwanda. The project is part of […]


Next Einstein Forum 2017 looks for 54 science and technology ambassadors

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The Next Einstein Forum has launched the search for fifty-four science and technology Ambassadors, one champion from each African country. The selected Next Einstein Forum Ambassadors will join the Next Einstein Forum Fellows Class as part of the Next Einstein Forum’s Community of Scientists. The Ambassadors will attend the Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering, the […]


Vodacom and GIZ partner to launch connected farmer cloud application

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Vodacom has partnered with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ on behalf of the German Government and Manstrat Agricultural Intelligence Solutions to launch a mobile technology solution to support South African smallholder farmers into commercial agriculture. With an estimated combined investment amount of €1.5 million, around R21 million, over three years, the Connected Farmer […]


Sierra Leone implements IMF’s enhanced General Data Dissemination System

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Sierra Leone has implemented the recommendations of the Enhanced General Data Dissemination System e-GDDS, endorsed by the IMF Executive Board in May 2015, by disseminating a National Summary Data Page NSDP. The page serves as a one-stop publication vehicle for essential macroeconomic data, in both human and machine, readable formats. This places Sierra Leone in […]


Offshoring into South Africa drives 30,000 new jobs in business process services

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The Department of Trade and Industry South Africa, has created 30,000 jobs through its Business Process Services Incentive Scheme since the scheme’s inception in 2011. This was said by the department’s Chief Operating Officer for Incentives Administration, Ms Susan Mangole. Mangole was speaking during the visit of Members of the Portfolio Committee on Trade and […]


Department of Trade and Industry South Africa to spend $16 million upgrading industrial parks

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The Department of Trade and Industry South Africa has set aside R216 million, approximately $16.2 million for the renovation of five industrial parks with the aim of upgrading their infrastructure in order to contribute in stimulating the country’s industrial development, economic growth and job creation. “Last year, the Department of Trade and Industry South Africa […]


Africa to grow moderately in 2017-18 despite global economic slowdown

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A moderate economic growth recovery is projected in Africa for 2017-18, even as the global economy continues to be trapped in a prolonged period of slow growth, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects WESP 2017 Report. The report shows that world gross product grew by just 2.2% in 2016, marking its […]


Fujitsu provides datacentre and tablets for Egyptian digital census 2017

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Fujitsu announced that it is supporting the Egyptian government in conducting the first population census to be based entirely on digital processes. Fujitsu will provide hundreds of Stylistic tablet devices plus datacentre services for the collection and analysis of vast amounts of data. Automating and digitalising the census process is expected to halve the time […]


Only 33% small business feel represented by politicians, Sage research

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Global research by Sage highlights that only 33% of small businesses feel represented by politicians in their country’s decision making. The data has been published in the run up to the annual World Economic Forum where politicians and big business gathered in Davos to debate the global economic picture. Sage CEO Stephen Kelly has lamented […]


US announces intention to lift Sudan technology sanctions in next 6 months

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Why is the United States lifting sanctions on Sudan now? The actions to lift sanctions on Sudan were the culmination of months of intensive bilateral engagement with Sudan. The United States and Sudan committed to focus on achieving progress in five key areas: ceasing hostilities in Darfur and the Two Areas, improving humanitarian access, ending […]


61% South African CEOs say technology had impact on industry, PWC Survey

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Worldwide, CEOs’ confidence levels for their growth prospects and outlook for the economy is back on the rise amidst new risks and uncertainty. In PwC’s 20th annual survey of CEOs worldwide, 38% are very confident about their company’s growth prospects in the next 12 months while 29% believe global economic growth will pick up in […]