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Teacher Wins Top ICT Award

A local teacher, Mmipe George Mokgehle, has proven that hard work is rewarding by scooping the prestigious African ICT Achiever’s Award at the weekend.

Mokgehle, who teaches at Toronto Primary School in Mankweng outside Polokwane, was awarded a certificate of excellence at a function at the Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg.

The award is given in recognition of teachers who have contributed to improving information communication technology (ICT) skills among pupils. The contest was between teachers from all parts of the continent.

SMS Information Service for Disabled People

Disabled people, especially those living in rural parts of South Africa, often find it difficult to get information about the rehabilitation services that are available to them from government departments and NGOs in their area.

This new SMS information service, implemented by Disability Consultants. is available to anyone with access to a cellphone who sends an SMS with their name, town and the information they need to - 072 172 2623.

Call to Use Cellphones in Classrooms

Sarietjie Musgrave, an information technology-savvy teacher, says South African schools should not let the lack of computers get in the way of education when cellphones offer an alternative.

Musgrave, who attended the National Educators Conference in Washington, states that few schools have computers that can be used in teaching, but teachers should not “wait for the perfect computer” when they have cellphones.

Non-profits Take to Social Media Like Ducks to Water

By the time the 2009 SANGONeT 'ICTs for Civil Society' Conference, held in Johannesburg and Cape Town, ended at the River Club in Observatory on 21 October 2009, there were more non-profits excited about the potential uses of social media in their work than when we began. While the scepticism which many began the conference with remained, organisations had begun the important discussion about what strategic use of social media means for them and their beneficiaries.

Social Media for NGOs: Exploiting the Opportunities

Social media, web 2.0 and the mobile web are terms that have gained increased visibility in South Africa and across the world. But what do they mean for non-governmental organisations working for social change in resource poor communities? Why should NGOs care about technology when they are finding it hard enough to serve their constituencies and have an impact?

SANGONeT Conference 2009: Social Media and the NGO Sector in South Africa

Press Release

9 October 2009

The relevance and use of social media for South African NGOs will be explored at the 5th Annual SANGONeT “ICTs for Civil Society” Conference taking place from 15-16 October in Johannesburg and from 20-21 October 2009 in Cape Town. The annual SANGONeT conference is the premier ICT event dedicated to the work of the NGO sector in Southern Africa.

Vodacom to Launch Betavine Social eXchange

Vodacom, in collaboration with Vodafone, will be launching the global pilot of Betavine Social eXchange (BSX), during the first leg of the 5th Annual SANGONeT ‘ICT for Civil Society’ Conference on 15 October 2009 in Johannesburg.

Funded by the Vodafone Group Social Investment Fund, BSX was conceived to create mobile solutions to solve social problems in a sustainable manner via an open mobile applications community.

ICT: Policy and Regulatory Management

The School of Public and Development Management at the University of the Witwatersrand invites applications for a postgraduate degree in Information Communication Technology: Policy and Regulatory Management for 2010.

The course will empower participants on policy regulation in the information and communication technology sector.

Closing date for applications: 30 November 2009

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