• SA Large Market for High-Speed Broadband

    South Africa is potentially a large market for home high-speed broadband but a number of factors have held up its implementation.

    Kenya got there three years ago so Russell Southwood looks at why and talks to Mark Elkins, Posix about what they have got planned.

    Jamii Telecom launched a public Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) network in Kenya in early 2011 but except for a few gated communities and pilots, nothing has happened in South Africa on this front. But 2014 might be the year of all change as the lumbering Telkom promises to turn its FTTH pilot into a public service and Posix goes live with its offer.

    To read the article titled, “David takes on Goliath - South Africa's Posix to offer fibre-to-the-home ahead of the big gorillas,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Call to Exempt Hospitals From Pre-Paid Meters

    Minister of Copperbelt - copper mining area of Central Africa which runs in Zambia - Mwenya Musenge, has appealed to Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation Limited (ZESCO) to consider exempting health institutions from its prepaid meters installation project.

    Musenge believes that in as much as ZESCO is supplying power to the public, it needs to revisit the issue of pre-paid meters in health institutions.

    He further states that government is committed to ensuring that the majority of the population gained access to electricity and energy country wide.

    To read the article titled, “Exempt hospitals from prepaid meters,” click here.

    All Africa
  • SA Has A 'Right' to Cheap Data

    According to Duncan Alfreds, data cost remains a barrier to many South Africans accessing the Internet and reducing that cost should be the priority, an industry insider insists.

    In his article titled ‘SA has a 'right' to cheap data’, Alfreds echoes Kevin Hurwitza, chief executive officer’s view that, "Access to cost-effective data should be a basic right to consumers, not a luxury."

    He argues that despite South Africa having the potential of six million cable broadband connections, there are only around 800 000 ADSL subscribers, adding that most South Africans who access the Internet, do so on mobile phones.

    To read the article titled, “SA has a 'right' to cheap data,” click here.

    News 24
  • Leaders Fail to Prioritise Water and Sanitation

    Millions of people in Southern Africa still lack access to latrines and clean drinking water, according to WaterAid.

    In its latest report titled ‘In From Promise to Reality’, the organisation states that the majority of southern Africans are living in an "unrelenting struggle against sanitation and water poverty."

    The report that accuses governments in the region of failing to prioritise their plight, adding that Southern African leaders have fallen behind on their promises to boost public spending on basic services, with the poorest and most vulnerable people hardest hit.

    To read the article titled, “Southern African leaders fail to prioritise water and sanitation,” click here.

    The Guardian
  • Mobile Data 'to Explode' in SA - Cisco

    According to a study by Cisco, South Africans complain about high data costs and the price of mobile devices, but despite that, the Internet is set to grow exponentially.

    The company points out that, "Cisco's Visual Networking Index (VNI) reveals interesting growth figures and projects that mobile data traffic in South Africa will increase nearly eight-fold over the next five years and grow twice as fast as fixed IP traffic in South Africa."

    It says that fixed line broadband access is regarded as limiting because of the expense related to laying down cable as well as the incumbent operator Telkom which has a virtual monopoly on the hardware.

    To read the article titled, Mobile data 'to explode' in SA,” click here.

    News 24
  • MSF Opens Up Access to Humanitarian Data

    Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), a humanitarian-aid non-governmental organisation, initiates an open-access approach within the humanitarian sector in the hope that other medical aid organisations will follow suit.

    According to a report published in PLOS Medicine, MSF has made the data clinical and research staff collect, freely available online – marking the first time a medical humanitarian organisation has fashioned a policy to openly share its data.

    Leslie Shanks, who led the development of MSF's data-sharing policy, states that “by making its medical data open access, MSF will enable other scientists to conduct further research on them, potentially leading to health benefits for the vulnerable and neglected communities where MSF works.”

    To read the article titled, “MSF Pioneers Opening up access to humanitarian data,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Free Internet for WC Communities

    Economic Development and Tourism Member of the Executive Council (MEC), Alan Winde, has announced that three of Western Cape’s poorest communities will benefit from a new R3 million broadband project to be completed by 2014.
    The communities will receive free access to high-speed wireless Internet, which the MEC says should run at about one megabyte per second (the current entry-level for most paying users).
    “It is our intention to reach as many residents as possible. The impact will be proposal-dependent,” states Winde.

    To read the article titled, “R3m plan for free Internet,” click here.

    IOL News
  • Education 'Key' to Open Wi-Fi Networks

    South African cities are engaged in the process of rolling out public Wi-Fi hotpots in an effort to make high speed mobile data freely available.
    According to a security consultant at Fortinet, Jonas Thulin, states that the new service though, could be used by criminals to entrap users who are unused to the environment.
    "While access for all is a commendable goal, there are security risks in extending free and low-cost Wi-Fi access in public places," explains Thulin.
    The cities of Tshwane and Cape Town are in the process of rolling our Wi-Fi access points for residents, and Thulin said that newbie users had be educated about the risks of an open network.
    To read the article titled, “Education 'key' to open Wi-Fi networks,” click here.

    News 24
  • Treatment Action Campaign: Learning Manager

    Treatment Action Campaign
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, April 7, 2014
    Opportunity type: 

    The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is a leading South African civil society organisation that campaigns for quality healthcare for all in South Africa – with a particular focus on people living with HIV and tuberculosis. With members in more than 170 branches located across seven provinces, and offices with staff in each key province, TAC is a social movement campaigning to bring about improved policy and implementation in the public sector at national, provincial and local level.

    TAC seeks to appoint a Learning Manager, based in Cape Town (with the possibility of location in Gauteng).

    The Manager will lead developing and embedding organisational learning into TAC’s approaches and ways of working such that TAC has a culture of continual learning, so that it incorporates findings from monitoring and assessments of its work into planning and implementation of future work for greater effectiveness.

    • Strategic leadership for learning: development of an organisational learning strategy;
    • Develop the capacity for effective learning across TAC’s people:  identification of ‘learning champions’, technical support to campaigns development to ensure learning; ensuring that key stakeholders have appropriate opportunities for skills development;
    • Establish key learning and recommendations on significant issues for TAC: identification of key issues for learning for TAC; project management of learning processes such as evaluations, provincial or thematic reflection processes, external desk reviews; effective communication of learning and accountability outcomes to key stakeholders;
    • Ensure the appropriate routine collection, capture, and analysis of MEL information across TAC’s work: effective oversight of the established MEL system;  
    • Provision of ‘infrastructure’ to share learning within and outside TAC: development of tools and approaches and ‘spaces’ for learning to be shared across TAC;
    • People management;
    • Financial management.
    • Appropriate Tertiary qualification, or a clearly demonstrated intellect and skills associated with possession of this level of qualification;
    • Extensive demonstrable knowledge and experience of embedding organisational learning, ideally in complex organisations;
    • Proven track record in participative learning and working styles, including strong facilitation skills;
    • Demonstrable skills in strategic planning and budgeting, project management, and monitoring and evaluation;
    • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and under pressure, set priorities, work to deadlines, and work independently as well as being a part of a team;
    • Understand current approaches to monitoring and evaluation using both qualitative and quantitative methods;
    • High-level understanding of membership-based or similar social organisations;
    • Up-to-date knowledge of HIV and AIDS and TB and appropriate responses to them;
    • Good understanding of political and social dynamics in South Africa, and especially in relation to the HIV and TB epidemics;
    • Fluency in English, including speaking, reading and writing, with the ability to communicate effectively to different audiences in English;
    • Good verbal communication in isiZulu or a related language;
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
    • Organisation to work effectively;
    • Initiative;
    • Organisational awareness;
    • Knowledge management;
    • Critical information gathering;
    • Respect for others;
    • Adaptable and flexible;
    • Motivating others;
    • Developing and supporting others;
    • Facilitating change;
    • Communications;
    • Influencing;
    • Commitment to the overall aims and values of TAC;
    • Ability and willingness to travel extensively within the provinces;
    • Excellent Health;
    • Expectation of work outside regular weekday hours, as required to do the job;
    • A driving licence with clear evidence of safe and considerate driving.
    To apply, submit a CV listing qualifications, prior work experience, three references and a motivational letter outlining your interests in working within this field and your suitability for this position (approx 1 000 words) to the Human Resource Manager at or hand deliver to TAC, 3rd Floor Westminster House, 122 Longmarket Street , Cape Town, 8001

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Provisional dates for interviews: 10 or 11 April

    TAC is committed to improving the representation of Women and People living with HIV in its management and strongly encourages applications from suitable candidates.

    For more about the Treatment Action Campaign, refer to

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  • A4AI Aims for Affordable Internet Access

    The recently launched Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) says it aims to drive down the cost of broadband Internet access in developing countries.
    A4AI, which is supported by 30 companies and organisations, wants to assist in decreasing the broadband Internet access prices below five percent of monthly worldwide income.

    The association further argues that this will allow two-thirds of the people currently not connected to connect.

    To read the article titled, “New group aims for affordable Internet access”, click here.

    All Africa
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