SANBF: Call for a Comprehensive National Broadband Strategy for South Africa

Press Release

17 April 2009

The South African National Broadband Forum invites everyone who believes
that affordable broadband access is a national priority to express their
support for the development and implementation of a comprehensive
National Broadband Strategy for South Africa.

A draft framework has been developed with input from multiple
stakeholders at a workshop held on 24 March 2009 in Johannesburg. We

The DigiActive Guide to Twitter for Activism

The DigiActive Guide to Twitter for Activism provides a wealth of information on Twitter activism. The guide begins with an introduction to the platform and its terminology and then lays out five uses of Twitter for activists, each illustrated by a case study. It then presents a step-by-step strategy for using Twitter for political and social change along with a list of do’s and don’ts for campaigners. It ends with additional resources for Twitterers, such as applications that help you use Twitter, further reading, and even alternatives to Twitter.

Telecoms Operators Sign African Undersea Cable

Telkom has announced that a consortium of telecoms operators have signed a deal that will pave the way for the laying of South Africa's undersea cable around West Africa to Europe.

In a press statement, Telkom points out that the US$600 million West Africa Cable System will boost broadband capacity and could cut comparatively high Internet tariffs in Africa's biggest economy.

The company states that the 14 000 kilometre long cable system will be supplied by Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks and is expected to be completed by 2011.

NGOs Respond to Prodder / GuideStar

In South Africa where civil society campaigns and advocacy work have been a dominant feature of the NGO sector, a directory of any nature is a useful networking tool to facilitate sector collaboration. In 1987 when the Prodder Directory first went to print, the image of a compass was included in the logo to represent the idea of the directory being a guide to development sector projects.


Skype Launches Service for iPhone Users

Skype, the Internet telephone unit of eBay Inc, is planning to launch a service for iPhone and BlackBerry users in May as part of its effort to expand beyond desktop computers.

Skype Chief Operating Officer, Scott Durchslag, has high hopes for the application's success on Apple Inc's popular iPhone as he expects Skype's most feature-rich mobile offering to appeal to new and existing customers.

"The No 1 request we get from customers is to make Skype available on iPhone. There's a pent-up demand," Durchslag says.

NGO Pulse: A Tool for Civil Society

A key finding of the 2007 ‘State of ICTs in the South African NGO Sector’ study was that the information and communication technology (ICT) investment of NGOs has been geared primarily towards the administrative running of organisations, rather than to achieving their goals and objectives. As a result, the great potential of ICTs to strengthen and support programmes remained largely untapped by the majority of NGOs.

Public Consultative Workshop on Proposed Definitions of Universal Access and Service

The Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) will host a Consultative Public Workshop on 2&3 April 2009 in Johannesburg.

The main objective of the workshop is to solicit public input from interested and affected parties and organisations on the definitions of universal access and universal service, needy persons and under-serviced areas.


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