Masifundise is a civil society organisation with a long track record in the small-scale fishing sector. Its aim is to promote and advance Food Sovereignty in small-scale fishing communities in South Africa, and globally.
The Executive Director of OSISA, Siphosami Malunga
Chief Executive Officer of South African Women in ICT Forum, Mrs Zine Nkunkwana
Representative from SADC Council of NGOs
Ladies and gentlemen,
SANGONeT believes that ICT provide opportunities for society to interact and communicate with one another, expressing their own ideas, knowledge and culture.
A mover by the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT), to launch free online and on-site training in 5G and fourth industrial revolution (4IR) technologies in on the cards. This is evidenced by a partnership formed between the department and Huawei SA, targeting 6 000 South Africans, who are either post-graduate ICT students or practitioners. The announcement was made in mid-August 2019 at the joint DCDT annual Seeds for the Future send-off ceremony at the Huawei Office Park in Woodmead, Johannesburg.
This morning, on 25th November, we were hit by the news that the City of Johannesburg computer network was attached by cyber criminals yet again. This attach is described as a network breach which resulted in unauthorised access to the City’s information systems. Several customer-facing systems including the city’s Web site, e-services, billing system (SAP ISU and CRM) – have been shut down as a precautionary measure as a result of the attach.
Giz Asks, In this Gizmodo series, ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts. The question is “contemplated what might happen if the entire internet shut down at once?”
Assistant Professor, Management Information Systems, University of Arizona
Everything being connected today may bring along significant convenience, but it also implies that everything can be hacked. What if the nation’s power grid were successfully attacked? No electricity also means no internet access.
It is estimated that more than 120 million workers globally will need retraining in the next three years due to artificial intelligence’s impact on jobs, according to an IBM survey. One of the greatest threats to corporations is the shortage of talent and skills relevant for the Digital Age.
“Reskilling for technical skills is typically driven by structured education with a defined objective with a clear start and end,” Amy Wright, IBM managing director for talent, wrote in an email. “Building behavioral skills takes more time and is more complex.”
The State Information Technology Agency (SITA) is under fire with claims of irregular appointment of consultants and rampant corruption by executive managers that have rocked the agency. The agency plays a central role in assisting national, provincial government departments and state-owned entities to procure multimillion rand worth of Information and Communications Technology contracts from service providers.
Credibility of the South African media has been marred by controversies over the past years. And at the ongoing Zondo Commission, allegations were made that security and prison services company Bosasa, now African Global Operations, had paid journalists to cover the company in a positive light.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is already impacting global economies as well as lifestyles. Increased digitization and the growing interconnectedness of people, organizations, and machines is already having a profound impact on the world's economies says Mohammed Amin, Senior Vice President – Middle East, Russia, Africa, and Turkey, (MERAT), Dell Technologies.
Cyber crime implies data loss; damage to company and/or organization reputation; direct financial losses; negative effect to productivity and profit. The recent example was Johannesburg’s City Power, which fell victim to a ransomware attack in July. Despite all these warnings and experiences, South African businesses seem to be flipping coins on what steps they should take or where they stand in facing this phenomenon. Suffering downtime from a cyberattack can have far-reaching consequences for organisations in the public and private sectors.