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EXPLORING THE GAP BETWEEN THE DIGITAL HAVES- AND HAVE-NOTS IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

When we explore the question of technology in our sector, conversation quickly turns to back-office systems for creating more efficiencies in accounting, finance, HR, and operations. Certainly, many larger NGOs have been implementing a wide range of enterprise systems that often integrate these functions more seamlessly while also connecting the head office and the field.

INTERNET OF THINGS HELPS FEED THE MASSES

The new digital agricultural solution is using the Internet of things (IOT) to try combat malnutrition and boost food security in Africa.

The South African operation of Swedish enterprise applications company IFS and local company Matsei Technologies and Consulting collaborated to create the digital aquaponics farming solution.

The project aims to leverage technology to help build sustainable protein production for African communities, drive job creation and support the rise of innovative small businesses.

The Eskom break-up: Ramaphosa 'immovable' about salvage operation

6 February 2019
 
 President Cyril Ramaphosa was allegedly "immovable" during a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday in Cape Town, where plans to salvage and streamline Eskom were discussed and adopted.

He is expected to announce on Thursday in his State of the Nation Address that Eskom is to be broken up into three different parts, but is also expected to emphasise that none of those – comprising of separate generation, transmission and distribution business units – will be completely privatised because of their strategic value to government and the economy.

South Africa will jail corrupt officials: Ramaphosa

6 February 2019

 

South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed to jail officials implicated in an ongoing corruption inquiry following the arrest of five people, including a witness at a judicial inquiry into alleged influence peddling.

Ramaphosa’s remarks made at a mining investment conference in Cape Town on Wednesday come after up to five Western envoys including the United States and the United Kingdom threatened to cut foreign direct investment if no action was taken against perpetrators of corruption.
 

Canada opens doors to some 750 ex-slaves from Libya

07 February 2019 
 

anada will welcome some 750 ex-slaves from Libya as refugees, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said Wednesday.

The number of migrants traveling through Libya to reach Europe has increased tenfold since the fall of Moamer Kadhafi in 2011, according to the United Nations.

And their fate was highlighted -- dramatically in 2017 -- by multiple shipwrecks in the Mediterranean and the broadcast of a CNN report showing a Libyan slave market.
 

Death toll from Gupta coal mine gas explosion rises to five

07 February 2019

The death toll at the Gloria coal mine, near Middelburg in Mpumalanga, which was rocked by an underground gas explosion, has risen to five.

Police spokesperson Brig Leonard Hlathi said four more bodies were recovered in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Hlathi said two people were brought to the surface during rescue operations on Wednesday. One died while the other had survived the underground ordeal.

"We don't know how many people are still trapped. The mine rescue team will continue with the operation," he said.
 

Concern over Israeli take-over of South African dairy

The human rights and Palestine solidarity organisation, BDS South Africa, have received several reports concerning the intended take-over of Clover from a group of companies led by Israel’s Central Bottling Company (CBC). CBC together with several smaller partners (including the South African firm Brimstone) have formed a company called MilCo which intend to buy out Clover for R4.8 Billion. If the deal proceeds, Israel’s CBC will take control of 59.5% of the South African milk and dairy company (click here).

4 initiatives providing ICT skills training to SA youth

A recent report commissioned by Siemens revealed that the adoption of digitalisation in industrial sectors, ranging from transport to manufacturing, could potentially add R4-trillion to the African economy by 2026. And South Africa emerged as the country with the highest potential to drive this innovation. What lacked however, is the skilled workforce needed to tap into this market.

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