Vodacom Tender Investigation

The Competition Commission has launched an investigation into the Vodacom Group after allegations that it abused its dominance to clinch what has amounted to R1 billion in government spending after winning a National Treasury tender to supply services to government departments.

But Vodacom and the Treasury yesterday said rigorous governance and transparent tender processes had been followed and the objective of the award had been to cut costs.

Startup Employment Figures Fall

This is according to data from job aggregator Adzuna, which says the number of startup jobs dropped from over 1,000 in late 2016 to just over 750 at the start of 2017.

“While not all startups require numerous employees or advertise for these online, many do, allowing ample inference into the sector as a whole,” said Adzuna South Africa country manager Jesse Green.

To read the article titled, “SA startup job numbers fall from late 2016” click here

Nokia 3310 Comes Back To Life

The iconic cellphone of the early 2000s was known for its durability and long battery life. HMD claims this reinvention will last for 22 hours of talk time and months on standby. New to the 3310 is a colour screen, camera and microSD card slot.

The original device was one of the best-selling mobile phones, selling 126 million units when it was launched in 2000. It was known for its durability and long battery.

Cyber Attacks on the Rise

October is cyber security month and Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Professor Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize, says people need to be aware of online risks.

Speaking on Morning Live, she says cyber attacks are on the increase and people need to be educated about the risks of being online. 

People are now accustomed to online banking, buying items from Internet retailers and are active participants in the social media arena. 

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Celebrated every October, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) – #CyberAware – was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure that all Americans have the information they need to stay safer and more secure online. This year marks the 13th annual NCSAM, co-founded and co-led by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the nation’s leading nonprofit, public-private partnership focused on cybersecurity education and awareness.

Smartphones and Internet Boost Farming

Wider smartphone and Internet access has allowed technology firms to reach remote African farmers with apps providing veterinary diagnoses, crop planting guidance and virtual marketplaces.
The growth of Africa's middle-class combined with a fall in the prices of technology has opened up opportunities for investment in farms on the world's poorest continent.
Africa's farms have failed to cash in because of a lack of access to infrastructure, training, capital and rapidly advancing technology.

Seven Tembisa Schools Go Digital

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will participate in the launch of the Gauteng paperless education system at seven schools in Tembisa on Gauteng's East Rand on Wednesday, 14 January 2015.

Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Ronnie Mamoepa, says the deputy president will be joined by among others the minister for basic education, Angie Motshekga, and the Gauteng Premier, David Makhura.

The launch of the pilot project, ‘the Big Switch On’, takes place within the backdrop of the opening of inland schools for the 2015 academic year.

Mining, Biofuels, Require Efficient Farms

Mining and biofuels are competing with agriculture for land in South Africa, putting pressure on farmers to become more efficient, particularly through the use of technology.

Head of agribusiness at Standard Bank, Nico Groenewald, notes that as a result, South Africa’s commercial farmers are consolidating into fewer and larger operations to achieve economies of scale and remain profitable.


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