Technology

BOOSTME360 GOES LIVE, ADDS 6 000 JOB-SEEKERS

Online portal for entry-level job-seekers, BoostMe360, has gone live, listing 6 000 job-seekers 10 months after it was introduced.

Founded in May 2018 by academic publishing organisation Pearson South Africa, BoostMe360 is an online job and skills development platform that connects SME employers with entry-level employees, who are located nearby.

The portal, which targets unemployed youth and job-seekers throughout SA, is now open to the public after running a pilot test for the last few months.

New app takes African short stories to the world

Anew local app hopes to give African writers global exposure by connecting them with literature fanatics in SA, US and the UK.

Storytelling app BookBeak says it is the first African app-based platform to aggregate African short stories from published, unpublished and self-published writers and serve them to a global audience.

The app, available on Android and iOS app stores, was founded by three young South Africans, Kamo Sesing, Cam Naidoo and Louis Enslin, and registered under their business Atheneum.

Facebook works to reduce fake news as SA elections near

15 March 2019

Facebook, the world's biggest social network, is gearing up to tackle fake news and misinformation ahead of the South African elections.

General elections will be held in SA on 8 May to elect a new National Assembly and new provincial legislatures in each province. This will be the sixth election held since the end of the apartheid system in 1994.

Security agencies, IEC on red alert to counter cyberattacks

22 march 2019 

Vulnerable: The IEC was the first electoral body in the world to introduce digital nominations, but as the voting process becomes ever more high-tech, so does the risk of fraud and cyberattacks increase. (Gianluigi Guercia/AFP and Delwyn Verasamy)

To read the article titled"Security agencies, IEC on red alert to counter cyberattacks" Click here

Fairy godmother is helping needy students with the tap of a mouse

22cMarch 2019

A lecturer moonlighting as a fairy godmother is looking to expand her network of assistants as she helps fund needy students' travelling expenses, graduation attire and monthly groceries – all with the tap of a mouse.

Over 1 400 students have reached out to the University of the Western Cape's (UWC) Fairy Godmother in the last two years, with needs ranging from textbooks to closed shoes for winte.

SA universities must lead Industry 4.0 curriculum

South Africa's higher learning institutions must up their game and increase the number of educational programmes that prepare students for the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) era.

So says Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) minister Naledi Pandor, noting that only 11 South African universities offer course modules in 4IR and related fields of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics.

"If we intend to take full advantage of 4IR, all our universities and colleges should be offering such courses," she says.

SA DEVELOPS CODING, ROBOTICS CURRICULA FOR GRADE R-9

The South African government is developing curricula for coding and robotics for grades R to 9.

So said minister of basic education Angie Motshekga. "To create a sustainable industrialisation and keep pace with the world, South Africa is developing coding as well as robotics curricula to be included in GET [general education and training] from Grade R-9," said Motshekga.

She said the curricula will provide learners with an understanding of coding and robotics, and will develop their skills and competencies to prepare them for the fourth industrial revolution.

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