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PoPI requires effective data management structures

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Article by Claude Schuck, Regional Manager for Africa at Veeam The Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPI) will fundamentally change how companies store, process and use personal customer data. And even though it has not yet officially been implemented, organisations have been steadily working on ensuring their compliance to avoid future penalties. But with the […]


Comment on Redline Communications and IT Max Global’s partnership

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Redline Communications Group Inc., a leading provider of wide-area wireless networks for the most challenging applications and locations, has signed a distribution agreement with IT Max Global to offer its complete range of mission critical communications solutions across Africa. IT Max Global helps customers design, plan, integrate, deploy, and service all IT and telecom environments […]


When do South African organisations have to comply with GDPR?

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Blog courtesy of Redstor The General Data Protection Regulation is a piece of legislation that was approved and put in place by the European Parliament in April 2016. As European Law, it will fully take effect after a 2-year transition ending 25 May 2018; it will impact not only the UK and the member states […]


Could the blockchain enforce PoPI in South Africa?

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Article by Vishal Barapatre – Chief Technical Officer at In2IT Technologies The Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act is looming on our horizon. South African organisations are busily preparing for it despite there still being much debate about what the real impact will be and whether or not it will be truly effective. However, one […]


Government of Mauritius launch Citizen Support Portal in Rodrigues

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The Rodrigues Citizen Support Portal, a modern and practical online platform with a view to providing a better service to address complaints and queries of Rodriguan citizens, was launched by the Minister Mentor, Minister of Defence and Minister of Rodrigues, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, on 13 October 2017 at the Anse Aux Anglais Youth Centre in […]


Seamfix launches Bioregistra to transform data management

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SEAMFIX, Nigeria’s leading provider of identity management solutions, has launched BioRegistra, an innovative data capture and data management platform. BioRegistra is a state of the art platform developed for individuals, corporates and governments, among others, to assist with capturing, storing and accessing data. The platform allows a fully automated process that guarantees seamless execution of […]


Can effective data management drive efficiency in African government?

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South Africa’s public sector faces constant turbulence, with widespread corruption, local inefficiencies and infighting across government. Last week, this culminated in the Democratic Alliance petitioning for an emergency election, with the belief that the majority of South Africans have lost confidence in President Jacob Zuma. While the public sector has a long way to go, […]


Sierra Leone transitioning as Africa’s first ever ‘smart country’

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Sierra Leone President, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma and RippleNami Inc., a blockchain systems solution provider, have announced a nationwide digitisation programme that will forever change Sierra Leone’s global digital standing. By leapfrogging legacy information communication technology (ICT) systems with RippleNami’s proprietary technology platform, Sierra Leone is poised to penetrate global markets, obtain economic independence, and […]


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 […]