• Wi-Fi Hotspots for the Disadvantaged

    The technological advancement in South Africa in terms of the digital device has made Telkom payphones review their public phones and introduce the Wi-Fi hot spots at a radius of 10 metres.

    In 1994, only 15 percent of South Africans had access to telephony, thus payphones were of more help to the citizens.

    The major reason for this project to be launched is to help citizens that are disadvantaged in terms of internet access.

    To read the article titled, “Telkom's Wi-Fi hotspots to benefit disadvantaged citizens,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Free Wi-Fi for Johannesburg

    The City of Johannesburg has embarked on a collaboration with the CIDA City Campus University that will enable the training of 3 000 Digital Ambassadors to assist with the role-out of 1 000 free WiFi hotspots around the metropole.

    Currently in the Big Apple, Johannesburg Mayor, Parks Tau, signed a memorandum of understanding with New York-based firm, Africa Integras that will fund the initial phase of the training.

    Tau described the deal as one which will enable funding for digital champions that will fan out across to Johannesburg and create opportunities for communities to access web based technologies.

    To read the article titled, “City of Joburg on a training drive to roll out free Wi-fi,” click here.

    SABC News
  • MWEB Launches Free ‘Wi-Fi in Durban

    Durbanites will now have access to free Wi-Fi in Florida Road as MWEB rolls out the first of its Wi-Fi activated high streets.

    The internet service provider announced that it has launched a Wi-Fi hotspot in the famous street in the city to provide customers with high-speed data access to the Internet.

    However, unlike traditional hotspots, the MWEB installation keeps users connected throughout the length of the street.

    To read the article titled, “MWEB launches Durban Wi-Fi,” click here.

    Fin 24
  • NGO Hands Over a Health Facility

    World Vision Malawi handed over a community health facility worth K12.5 million in Msambanyali, Malawi.

    As citizens commemorated Child Health Week, the facility serves as a response to an outcry from members of the community who experienced challenges due to lack of health facilities in the area, in which the nearest health facility is at a distance of over 10 kilometres.

    Speaking during the handover ceremony, World Vision project manager for Njema area, Caroline Kajawo, stated that the organisation aims to improve the welfare of children across the country.

    To read the article titled, “World Vision Malawi hands over K12.5 Million health facility,” click here.

    All Africa
  • SA, Mexico, Push for Locally-Made Vaccines

    The 67th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Switzerland has heard that Mexico and South Africa want to start producing their own vaccines to boost their immunisation programmes.

    The countries need the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other international agencies to help expand their local manufacturing capacity, a move they hope will lower the cost of vaccines and make their supply more reliable.

    Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, states that, "We want the WHO and other international agencies to empower us to produce our vaccines."

    To read the article titled, “Locally made vaccines 'could boost immunisation efforts',” click here.

    All Africa
  • New District Hospital Opens in Soweto

    Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, has officially opened the R730-million, 300-bed Zola-Jabulani District Hospital in Soweto saying the new facility would help to ease the load on Soweto's Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

    The new hospital will provide accident and emergency services, maternity and post-natal care, among other.

    Speaking at the opening, Motsoaledi noted that Chris Hani Baragwanath has 2 888 beds, far above the World Health Organisation's recommendation, adding that a hospital with over 1 200 beds is difficult to manage.

    To read the article titled, “New district hospital opens in Soweto,” click here

    All Africa
  • 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
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