• CECS: Web Design Training Using Joomla

    The Computer Education Community Society (CECS) is conducting a two-day course entitled “Web Design Training Using Joomla” from 17-18 February 2009 in Johannesburg.

    Joomla! is a Content Management System and is for a start not complicated; Joomla makes it easy for non-technical people to create professional and dynamic websites. Why? Because it has been developed with the masses in mind. You do not need any programming knowledge such as HTML or PHP to use Joomla for web creation. Joomla! is easy to install, simple to manage, and reliable. Using Joomla! is like using a word-processing programme.

    Course Content

    • Install and Configure Joomla: Install WAMP
    • Create a folder and copy the Joomla files
    • Configure the Joomla web installer
    Create Content
    • Create sections and categories
    • Create articles
    • Create uncategorised articles
    • Set the global parameters for articles
    • Set the parameters for individual articles
    • Interlink articles with one another
    • Upload documents (pdf, odt, doc,) and link to documents
    • Insert images into articles
    • Insert the Read More option into articles
    • Display articles on the Home Page
    • Create a "table of contents" for long articles
      Joomla Built-in Components
    • Create a contacts list
    • Create a web links page
    • Create a newsfeeds to and from your website
    • Create a poll
    • Install and uninstall components

    Add Menu Items

    • Add a category blog layout menu item
    • Add a category list layout menu item
    • Add a section blog layout menu item
    • Add a section list layout menu item
    • Add a contacts menu item
    • Add a newsfeeds menu item
    • Add a web links menu item
    • Change menu order
    • Changing a menu type


    • Add the login module for people to register on your site
    • Add the who's online module to track who is on your site
    • Add the search module if people want to find information on your site
    • Add the breadcrumbs module to enable people to track where they are on your site
    • Add the newsfeeds module so that people can be updated if you add new information to your site
    • Add the polls module to the site
    • Installing and uninstalling other modules


    • Install and uninstall plugins
    • Enable plugins
    • Enable the legacy plugins


    • Install and uninstall templates
    • Change the default template for your site
    • View the html and CSS files for templates
    • Add  a logo to a site
    • Install and use an extension for newsletters and mass mailing
    • Install and use an extension to create forms
    The course does not cover template design or modification.This will be covered at an Intermediate level.

    Dates: 17-18 February 2009

    Time: 9h00-16h00

    Venue: Harrison Street (corner Commissioner Street), 3rd Floor Nelson Mandela Building, Johannesburg

    Course Fee: The course fee is R1100.00 (VAT Incl)

    Complete the registration form which you can download from the website with the bank details. Fax the completed registration form with proof of payment to: 011 834 9054 or email to: before the starting date of the course.

    Contact Person: Moipone, tel: 011 834 3329, email:

    Other CECS Courses

    • Computer Literacy
    • International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL)
    • A+ PC Technician and Networking (N+) course 
    • Project Management Training Using Open Workbench 
    • Accounting Training Using TurboCASH 
    • Office 2003/2007 
    • MS Project 2003

    For more information on CECS, click here.

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  • Pan-African News Website Launches Mobile Platform

    Press Release

    20 January 2009

    Africa Interactive, the publisher of the pan-African news website, is announcing the release of their mobile news website:  This latest innovation follows an unprecedented mobile phone revolution in Africa in the past years. The mobile version of makes the company one of the few African media outlets to both source and publish content via mobile devices.

    The mobile website is unique as it is the only mobile service dedicated to broad news on Africa. As internet on mobile devices flourishes in Africa the company has again taken the lead to serve new and emerging audiences.

    This website is optimized for mobile devices and gives a clear overview of the latest news submitted by the more than 400 reporters who report from 35 African countries. Visitors of the mobile website can also send in their own news tips and contributions to the editorial team by using the ‘News Tip’ application. Everyone can now report the latest news from anywhere in Africa!

    This mobile website is realised by GNR8, a student company of the Hogeschool Inholland, based in Haarlem, the Netherlands. The students work on different creative projects for companies in their region. is the most compelling interactive Africa community, sharing news, photos, opinions, videos, mobile reports and the untold stories by African people. All content on the website is created by African reporters. Media professionals are free to send in their stories. The editorial team of in Accra, Ghana supervises all content in the news section.

    Africa Interactive, the publisher of, is a fast growing multimedia press- and content agency focused on Africa. The company has previously been recognized for its efforts in mobile reporting, receiving a nomination from the Webby Awards in 2008.

    Website AfricaNews Mobile website:

    For the press

    For questions, please contact Africa Interactive: 

    Peter Vlam: 
    Telephone: +31 23 53 15040

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  • Neotel Launches NeoFlex Data

    Neotel, South Africa's second network operator, has launched its first dedicated broadband offering, NeoFlex Data.

    The product, styled as a "multi-user Internet solution", is aimed at small office and home users and expected to compete with Telkom's ADSL.

    Head of Neotel's consumer business unit, Mukul Sharma says, "These packages are extremely cost effective and should easily cater for the internet requirements of small businesses and high-end consumers.

    "If customers reach their data cap, our out-of-bundle rates are charged at a nominal fee of 8c per megabyte. With the 24-month contract you are getting the best of both worlds, as you have the benefit of being able to pay off your device over the 24 months with no upfront payment required," says Sharma. 

    To read the article titled, “Neotel unveils Telkom challenge,” click here.

  • 2008 SA NGO Web Award Winners

    The South African NGO Network (SANGONeT) has announced the winners of the 2008 NGO Web Awards.

    The top three websites for the 2008 NGO Web Awards are:
    SANGONeT executive director, David Barnard says, "The 2008 winners reflect a growing recognition amongst civil society organisations of the importance of having an online presence. NGOs are beginning to realise that it is not only about providing information, but how this information is presented, and whether it encourages feedback.”

    The quality of the websites submitted ensured that the judges had no easy task in deciding the top 10 entries. The top three winning websites were selected based on their compliance with the criteria developed for the awards which included marketing, accessibility, tone, aesthetics and relationship building aspects.

    Journalist and blogger, Damaria Senne who was one of the judges for this year’s awards, made particular mention of the accessibility criteria: “While accessibility was a key criterion, judges were disappointed that only one out of the 60 entries specifically addressed the issue of access. I would like commend the Alzheimer’s South Africa website for a simple yet informative site that has a functionality that allows visitors to increase the size of the text font if they want to. This is very critical to making the important information that the organisation provides accessible to people whose sight is impaired.”

    Alzheimer’s South Africa receives a special mention award in the 2008 NGO Web Awards. The special mention of Alzheimers South Africa in the 2008 NGO Web Awards, takes on significant meaning if we consider that civil society organisations marked the International Day of Disabled Persons on 3 December. It is essential that information and communication technologies (ICTs), including websites, be developed considering the needs of people with disabilities. It is only in this way, that we will build an inclusive knowledge society.

    Having recently hosted the MobileActive08 conference, it was encouraging to note that, while the Career Planet website has no integrated mobile functionality, it encourages users to sign up for SMS notifications. “The Career Planet website is inviting, and clearly speaks to its various target audiences”, said one of the judges.

    Responding the announcement of their win, Karin Chisholm, executive director of Career Planet said:

    “We are absolutely thrilled to have been chosen as one of the winners in the SANGONeT website competition - and extend our congratulation to the other two winning entries. Career Planet is an NGO with a totally unique career information portal that links people with opportunities. Our site showcases training providers, employers, careers, career- pathing and skills development opportunities over 13 industry sectors. Winning this competition coincides with the launch of our next growth phase. We are particularly grateful that it will increase awareness of Career Planets services  as we grow our provincial and national footprint in 2009!”

    Judges felt that the Gender Dynamix is a good example of how NGOs can utilise their online presence to build communities. “The website provides the trans community with a space to meet and share experiences and information. In contrast to the offline space where transgendered people experience discrimination and are very vulnerable; the online community created by Gender Dynamix can be seen as is safe and supportive”, says Jan Moolman, SANGONeT Civil Society Information Manager and NGO Pulse Portal editor.

    Gender Dynamix executive director was thrilled to hear the news: “Everyone at the Gender DynamiX office was delighted to hear about the announcement of our Award. We strive to keep our website as updated as possible and always seeking new content. On a regular basis we add reports about events and presentations attended, and our activities. This Web Award feels like an affirmation of all the hours of hard work which went into our website since it was launched in August 2005”, she said.

    Judges described the Women’sNet website as interactive, accessible and fun. “Once you land on the homepage, you immediately realise that you have visited a “feminist organisation” that utilises ICT to further its feminist agenda. It works perfectly,” says Butjwana Seokoma, SANGONeT information coordinator.

    “Women'sNet feels honoured to receive the SANGONeT 2008 NGO Web award. We are proud that the work we do to provide women and girls specific content is being recognised. Since our inception we have provided training and facilitated content dissemination and creation that supports women, girls, and women’s and gender organisations and networks to take control of their own content and ICT use. This award means that we have achieved the creation of a hub of content that helps women and girls find information on issues that affect them, and use the platform to network, amplify their voices. As we continue to provide these services we would like to shout in joy and say Viva mbokodo”, says Lebohang Marishane, Women’sNet’s Media and Information Coordinator.

    In a tough selection process, 10 finalists (who are listed in no particular order) were shortlisted out of the 60 entries received. The top 10 entries what judges describes as an "increasing recognition of the value of using web 2.0 tools" to reach out and hold" their audiences.

    The ten finalists for the 2008 NGO Website Awards in South Africa are:
    Judging Criteria

    To help assist the judges in their selection process, SANGONeT developed the following judging criteria to determine the effectiveness of the website as an online tool:
    • Objectives of the website: What is the communication objective of the website?
    • Marketing: How does the website capture the attention of the first time visitor?
    • Relationship Building: How does the website retain the attention of the return visitor?
    • Aesthetics: This is a subjective criterion, however, an important one as it often determines whether visitors stay on a site or move on.
    • Accessibility: There are two important dimensions to this. Firstly, is the language accessible? Second, does the website pass the basic accessibility tests for reaching people with disabilities?
    • Tone: What is the tone of the language on the website?
    The three NGOs each walk away with R10 000 worth of prizes sponsored by Torque IT.

    The awards aim to raise awareness amongst South African NGOs about the benefits of having an online presence, stimulate interest in the application of web solutions and applications, and showcase best practices in website creation and maintenance.

    The winners of the 2007 NGO Web Awards were Afesis Corplan, Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa.
  • Survey: Digital Governance in Municipalities Worldwide

    “Digital Governance in Municipalities Worldwide” presents the findings of the worldwide survey of municipal digital governance in 2007. The survey evaluates 86 large municipalities which have official websites and ranks them on a global scale based on their scores in the areas of: security, usability and content of websites, the type of online services currently being offered and citizen responses and participation through websites. The survey focuses on cities based on their population size and the total number of individuals using the Internet in the nation. The top 100 most wired nations were identified using data from the International Telecommunication Union.

    For more information, click here.

  • Internet Fundraising and the NGO Sector in South Africa

    Internet fundraising in support of the NGO sector in South Africa is gaining momentum.

    Although only a small percentage of local NGOs are actively involved in fundraising through the Internet and mobile phones, a number of factors will contribute to accelerated growth in this area over the next few years. These include the growing number of South Africans with access to the Internet, the fact that most South Africans already own a mobile phone, the ongoing reduction in Internet costs, more NGOs with their own websites, the increasingly relevance and popularity of social networking platforms, a growing middle class and a significant expatriate community with an interest in supporting good causes back home.

    Access to the Internet remains the single biggest challenge in getting more NGOs and individual funders interested and engaged in Internet fundraising.

    According to the Internet Access in South Africa 2008 study, the Internet user base in South Africa has seen its highest rate of growth since 2001 during the past year, increasing by 12.5% to 4,5 million users. This is mainly the result of a significant uptake of broadband offerings by small businesses, which alone accounted for half of the growth in the market, mainly through ADSL connections. At the same time, the market as a whole has seen a continued shift from dial-up connections to broadband, with growth in both ADSL and 3G at more than 50%. These statistics are very encouraging in nurturing Internet fundraising in South Africa.

    Internet fundraising is already an established fundraising practise in North America and Europe, contributing an increasing percentage of the overall funding raised by non-profit groups. Approximately 13 million Americans made donations online after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, while Barack Obama raised millions of dollars through the Internet during the US presidential campaign in 2008.

    According to Ted Hart, a leading US fundraising expert, global Internet fundraising generated more than $29 billion in 2008. Similarly, the recent earthquake in Haiti marked a turning point in the development of mobile giving. According to mGive, the company that worked with the American Red Cross to set up a SMS donation campaign in the wake of the disaster, more than 2.5 million people texted $10 pledges to Haiti relief in the week immediately following the earthquake. And this was just one of many mobile giving campaigns that were created to help fund relief efforts.

    The challenge for NGOs, fundraisers and other development stakeholders in South Africa is to ensure that they are prepared to embrace and maximise the opportunities presented by a fast changing digital world.

    Internet fundraising usually takes two forms. NGOs either install a “donate” button on their websites or NGOs are listed on a “charity” portal, providing potential funders with NGO choices or causes to donate to.

    In South Africa, examples of charity or online fundraising portals are as follow:

    BackaBuddy / Easigiving


    For the Cause


    Greater Good South Africa


    The Trust

    What I Want

    These portals provide an important starting point for NGOs interested in Internet fundraising as very little investment or expertise is required.

    Having an online presence is a necessity in today's fundraising environment. The challenge, however, is for NGOs in South Africa not to introduce Internet fundraising as a stand-alone activity or to replace existing fundraising activities, but to approach it as an integral part of their overall fundraising strategy.

    Related articles:

    Internet Fundraising Trends 2008

    The Future of Philanthropy: Giving 2.0

    The State of Fundraising On-line: Results of a Giving USA Survey

    Online millions for greater good

    If you are involved in Internet fundraising and have an experience to share with NGO Pulse readers, please forward the information to SANGONeT.

    The 6th Annual SANGONeT “ICTs for Civil Society” Conference will focus on “Fundraising in the Digital World”.

    The two-day event will be held from 1-2 September 2010 in Johannesburg, followed by one-day seminars in Durban on 3 September 2010 and Cape Town on 6 September 2010.

    For more information about these events, click here.

  • SANGONeT Announces Winners of 2008 NGO Web Awards

    The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2008 NGO Web Awards.
    5 December 2008

    The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2008 NGO Web Awards. The winning entries are:

    Career Planet
    Gender Dynamix

    Two websites also received special mention. These are:

    South African History Online
    Alzheimer's South Africa

    In a tough selection process, 10 websites were shortlisted out of the 60 entries received. The top 10 entries reflect what judges described as an "increasing recognition of the value of using web 2.0 tools" to reach and "hold" their audiences. The top three websites were selected based on their compliance with the criteria developed for the awards which included marketing, accessibility, tone, aesthetics and relationship building aspects.

    "The 2008 winners reflect a growing recognition amongst civil society organisations of the importance of having an online presence. Organisations are beginning to realise that it is not only about providing information, but how this information is presented, and whether it encourages feedback", says David Barnard, SANGONeT Executive Director.

    The awards aims to raise awareness amongst South African NGOs about the benefits of having an online presence, stimulate interest in the application of web solutions and applications, and showcase best practices in website creation and maintenance.

    The three NGOs each walk away with R10 000 worth of prizes sponsored by Torque IT.

    The top 10 entries for the 2008 NGO Web Awards:

    Career Planet
    Parliamentary Monitoring Group
    Feedback Food Redistribution
    Gender Dynamix
    Malamulele Onward
    South African History Online
    Open Africa
    Men on the Side of the Road
    Alzheimer's Association

    The winners of the 2007 NGO Web Awards were:

    Afesis Corplan
    Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa
    The Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa

    Contact the winners:

    Career Planet - Karin Chisholm: +27 83 254 8933
    Gender Dynamix - Liesl Theron: +27 21 6335287
    Women'sNet - Lebo Marishane: +27 79 312 5843

    For more information contact Jan Moolman on +27 83 783 3094 / or Butjwana Seokoma on +27 73 066 6851 /

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  • Unbounded Possibilities: Observations on Sustaining Rural ICTs in Africa

    This study explores sustainable information communication technologies (ICT) and the need for wireless Internet access for development (W4D). Commissioned by APC and written by wireless expert Ian Howard, the study serves as a guide to members of the W4D community involved in African initiatives. Howard draws conclusions based on his observations of two telecentres in Tanzania with very different business models. The study is intended to inspire others to share their observations about viable sustainability models for rural telecentres.

    For more information, click here.

  • MXit Campaign Targets World AIDS Day

    Social networking platform MXit has put its technology to work to help raise HIV and AIDS awareness on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2008.

    MXit has teamed up with the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) to launch a campaign that raises HIV/AIDS awareness amongst the country’s youth and money for future projects.

    MXit CEO and founder, Herman Heunis, says the MXit brand stands for the evolution of technology and communication and the company is constantly try to push the envelope with what is possible using this platform. “MXit is more than just games and chat - we support an entire lifestyle - and see ourselves very much in this role", said Heunis.

    To read the article titled, “MXit campaign for World AIDS day,” click here.

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