ICTs

Another Broadband for Africa in 2012

France Telecom says a fibre-optic cable from France to South Africa will go online in the second half of 2012, bringing high-speed internet links to a host of west African countries.

In a press statement, France Telecom, which heads the 17-member consortium running the project, says the 17 000km underwater Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) cable was originally due to become operational in early 2012.

Call for Africa to Use ‘Adaptable’ ICTs

The Namibian Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Joel Kaapanda, has called on African countries to continue developing print and electronic media in a manner that suits their conditions.

Kaapanda, who believes that the exchange of ideas between African countries will result in a developed continent, states that, "If we implement the good things, we would have learnt from others then we are guaranteed of success."

NGO to Benefit From IT Excellence Awards

The Papillon Foundation, which celebrates its 10th birthday this year, will be the charity beneficiary of the upcoming Computer Society of South Africa (CSSA) President's Awards Breakfast, to be hosted in partnership with ITWeb.

A portion of the proceeds from the breakfast will be donated to the Papillon Foundation, a NGO working towards the social development of previously disadvantaged communities.

The Product Donation Programme: Growth and Sustainability

The TechSoup Global Network grew tremendously over the past years. It includes 35 capacity-building NGO partners (including SANGONeT, a founding partner since 2006) serving 36 countries in North America, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. We launched new partnerships in Czech Republic, Egypt, Italy, Israel, and Sweden and added the product donation programme in Singapore as of September 2011.

Southern Africa: We Must Protect Women from Cyber Violence

Most people see Facebook as a fun way to chat with friends, post pictures and keep up with news. Social networking has become such a large part of our lives it sometimes seems it has always been around. However, it is a relatively new phenomenon and one women need to be cautious about, especially new, young and inexperienced users.

Undersea Cable to Connect Zimbabwe

SEACOM, a company running a high-speed Internet cable along Africa's east coast, says that it has reached a deal with Mozambique to provide a new link to landlocked Zimbabwe.

In a press statement, SEACOM says that under the agreement, the parastatal Telecomunicacoes de Mocambique (TDM) will allow its fibre-optic network to be used to link Zimbabweans to the 13 700-kilometre cable running along the coast.

Mandela School of Technology Launched

Government has launched the Mandela School of Technology at former president Nelson Mandela's birthplace in Mvezo village in the Eastern Cape.

At a ceremony attended by Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshega, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom, and Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela, the school was launched to be built as soon as possible.

The Mandela School of Technology, with a capacity of 700 students, will not only be for the Mvezo community but for other surrounding communities.

NGO Launches Nokia Data Gathering Tool

The Humanitarian Information Facility Centre (HIFC) has launched the Nokia Data Gathering (NDG) tool, aimed at encouraging fast dissemination of humanitarian information.

HIFC programme officer, Natasha Msonza, states that the organisation, which works with the media and humanitarian organisations, is the first to bring the technology to Zimbabwe, which replaces the traditional paper system.

On its website, Nokia defines NDG as a software system that enables data collection on mobile devices and the delivery of results for analysis in near real time.

Ministers Call for ICTs to Tackle Diseases

African health ministers have called for the use of information communication technologies (ICTs) to help with attempts to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes and sickle-cell disease.
 
The ministers also urged the World Health Organisation, partners and civil society organisations to take the initiative and give technical support to member states so that they can implement the recommendations better, as well as monitor and evaluate what they have done.
 

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