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South Africa South Africa: Capital City Invests in 'Virtual Skills'
The City of Tshwane claims it will be home to the first virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) content training centre in continental Africa. California-based software company EON Reality is partnering with the city to launch the Tshwane Interactive Digital Centre (IDC), which aims to enhance the local business and investment environment while creating high-skilled, sustainable jobs. EON Reality specialises in VR-based knowledge transfer for business, education and edutainment. The co ...
South Africa South Africa: Digital Transformation – the tide is rising
Today, 3D printing is being used in dental practices to manufacture braces onsite. This is one of several examples of digital transformation that continues to impact industries and businesses within the digital economy and highlighted at the IDC CIO Summit 2016 in Johannesburg. Cognitive computing, robotics, augmented reality and IoT are listed as technologies that underpin digital transformation, according to Joseph Pucciarelli, Group VP and Exec Advisor, IDC. Based on IDC research over t ...
South Africa South Africa: Dirco Minister to Participate in Women 20 Meeting
International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is in Xi’an, China, where she will participate in the Women 20 (W20) meeting. W20 was launched in 2015, in Turkey, as a stand-alone outreach group to support G20’s efforts to achieve inclusive growth and raise the profile of gender issues with the core objective of promoting global gender-inclusive economic growth. This year’s meeting will take place on 24-26 May 2016, under the theme “Equal participation and innovative de ...
South Africa South Africa: SKA to take Science, Innovation to New Heights
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor says the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) remains an important African endeavour with huge potential to contribute to raising the profile of science, technology and innovation development on the continent. Minister Pandor said plans are underway to initiate a national level data facility for astronomical data which will service MeerKAT and then be expanded to include data from other SA facilities. The South African MeerKAT radio telescope, which is ...
South Africa South Africa: Free Wi-Fi for Eastern Cape Residents
The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services has invested R6 million towards the rollout of free public Wi-Fi in the Eastern Cape. “We have already connected in Korsten, the licensing department, the Customer Care Centre and the Public Library to free Wi-Fi,” Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Siyabonga Cwele, said on Friday. Speaking during the launch at the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, the Minister said the rollout of the free public Wi-Fi affirms governm ...
South Africa South Africa: Fort Hare a Success Story for Africa
President Jacob Zuma says Fort Hare University is not only a success story for South Africa but for the rest of the continent. On Friday, President Zuma joined thousands of people in the small town of Alice where a ceremony to mark the university’s centenary was held. “It was clear from the beginning that Fort Hare was going to be an extraordinary site of struggle, both for the education and liberation of the African. “The very name of the institution reminds us of the history of our country. ...
South Africa South Africa: Restructuring to Improve SAPS Performance
The restructuring that is underway at the South African Police Service (SAPS) is aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness within the police, especially in their fight against crime. The restructuring is based on the revised SAPS Draft Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) strategy 2015 - 2019. It will, among others, split recently merged divisions and establish a new national management division. This division, to be under a Deputy National Commissioner, will include a police in ...
South Africa South Africa: SA Scoops Edinburgh Medal
The 2016 Edinburgh Medal will be jointly awarded to Kevin Govender from the Cape Town-based Office of Astronomy for Development and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in March, to recognise their wide reaching contributions to science. The award will be bestowed during the 2016 Edinburgh International Science Festival. This will be the first time in its history that this award goes to a South African.
South Africa South Africa: SA Joins Commonwealth Day Celebrations
South Africa has on Commonwealth Day, called on Commonwealth countries around the world, to promote its values and principles. “This will enhance the global profile of the Commonwealth, bring its citizens more closely together and advance the goals of democracy and development,” the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said on Monday. Commonwealth Day is celebrated annually on the second Monday in March. The aim of commemorating Commonwealth Day is to promote understanding on ...
South Africa South Africa: SA Pleased with Outcomes of AU Summit
President Jacob Zuma has welcomed the outcome of the 26th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU). The summit, which took place under the theme: “2016 - African Year of Human Rights, with Particular Focus on Women's Rights”, ended on Sunday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “We leave Addis feeling very satisfied following successful deliberations at the summit on all the substantive issues,” President Zuma said.
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