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Modernising the Angolan Government agency voter ID programme

The Angolan government agency in the Sub-Saharan Africa region was seeking to upgrade its voter ID system. With forthcoming elections in Q3 2017, it was aiming to increase the number of citizens eligible to vote by issuing voter IDs in a short time frame. The Challenge The Angolan government agency was looking to upgrade its […]


In212 Technologies expert: Chatbots improves Government service delivery

As our government looks towards new technologies to enhance services to South Africa’s 55 million citizens and residents, Saurabh Kumar, CEO at In212 Technologies, says Chatbots appear as a valuable tool, with the potential to transform the way people engage with government departments. Chatbots combine the ease of mobile messaging with the power of Artificial […]


Putting Ghana on the map: Subah CEO on project being undertaken

Like many African countries, Ghana has grown rapidly in recent years, with new buildings almost appearing overnight. Birendra Sasmal, CEO of Subah, explains how technology has been used to carry out the largest mass household data collection and building mapping exercise in African history. Understanding and documenting the new world is a huge challenge for […]


Help AG’s Nicolai Solling on governments struggling with network security

Despite significant investments into network security solutions, organisations still find themselves vulnerable because they overlook critical flaws. Nicolai Solling, Chief Technology Officer at Help AG, says that governments will find that simple and cost-effective measures can go a long way.  The rise of network security related incidents has in recent years brought the subject into […]


Mimecast commits to GDPR compliance for customers

Mimecast Limited, a leading email and data security company, has announced its commitment to helping customers comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a new European privacy regulation due to take effect on May 25 this year. As part of this commitment, Mimecast recently announced that Marc French has joined the leadership team as […]


The IDC sees over 400% data centre performance boost with Datacentrix

The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has seen a more than 400% performance improvement within its SAP environment, as well as a marked boost in agility, following the deployment of new data centre infrastructure by Datacentrix, a provider of high performing and secure ICT solutions. Established in 1940, the IDC is a national development finance institution, […]


Xperien issues last warning to comply to PoPI Act

Xperien has warned delegates at the ITWeb PoPI Update II 2017 that it’s time to comply with the PoPI Act now that it has been signed by the President. It says the Information Regulator has published the regulations for comment and companies will only have one year from the commencement date to comply or face […]


PoPI requires effective data management structures

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

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?

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?

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

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

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?

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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, […]