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Thursday, 22 August 2014, was a big day for mobile Health in South Africa (SA). The first national public mHealth service has been launched by the Department of Health (DOH). MomConnect was launched by the Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi at KT Motubatse Clinic in Shoshaguve, Tshwane. MomConnect has three main objectives:
When my menstrual cycle started I was 12 years old, I was terrified. I thought I had done something wrong and was being punished. I hid in the bathroom in fear of what my mother would think. Luckily, all my fears disappeared when my mother explained what I was going through. She taught me how to take care of myself during menstruation and bought me some sanitary pads…
There is a frenzy that is hitting the tube, twitter, instagram - in fact all technological tools. Famous people are participating in this crazy event of dumping ice cold water over their heads to raise funds for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Big names are in on it like former President George W Bush, Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, Ronaldo, Mark Zuckerburg, Gwyneth Paltrow even our own Elon Musk who went daft with five buckets of ice and Katlego Maboe did it on SABC TV3 morning show, Expresso, in support of his sister.
In October 2013, Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) SHIPS in partnership with CITD Group started a commercial IT Internship Programme. This programme was created to give young IT graduates the opportunity to gain experience in the technical field of their studies. These Interns are placed within Vodacom Alisom stores as Data Technicians where they are exposed to different fields of technology such as cellphones, networking, technical and software aspects.
Some 30 percent (36 000) of the country’s 122 000 registered non-governmental organisations (NGOs) had to close down in 2013 due to growing financial shortages, huge pressure on fundraising as well as non-compliance with legal requirements.  Cape Town Society for the Blind (CTSB) chief executive officer (CEO), Lizelle van Wyk, describes the situation as shocking especially if one takes into consideration that government subsidises NGOs to the tune of R31 billion annually. 
The Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) Gender-Based Violence (GBV) management course proved to be a success in the community of Bayview, Durban. The Ubuntu community workers were impressed with the amount of information that became available to help them to do their jobs better.
“There has been a culture of silence on Gender Based Violence at all levels, from the policymakers to the victims themselves - this must change.” - Diarietou Gaye.
A special issue of African Journal of AIDS Research (AJAR) on the structural drivers of HIV has just been published.
The numbers from South Africa's largest mobile phone retailer show that a massive shift is happening in the smartphone market. The shift from feature phones to smartphones in South Africa is happening faster than anyone could have imagined just a few months ago. Sales figures from the country’s largest mobile phone retailer, PEP stores, reveal a radical transformation in the phone-buying habits of the low- and middle-income segments of South Africa’s population.
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