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Vodacom launches Eco-SIM Cards made from recycled plastic, to reduce the impact on the environment

20/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

Vodacom is launching Eco-SIM cards made from recycled plastic as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to reduce its impact on the environment by halving its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. Vodacom will soon provide customers with new Eco-SIMs in the half-sized format made from recycled plastic, progressively replacing SIM cards currently made from new plastic. The Eco-SIM launch in South Africa forms an…

licence renewal

App for motor vehicle licence renewal on the cards for South African motorists

20/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

The South African Post Office has promised a cellphone app for motor vehicle licence renewal by the end of this month. This comes at a time when South Africans are frustrated by long queues whenever they apply for new licences. The Motor Vehicle Licensing (MVL) service has also been streamlined alongside all service offerings to focus on cutting the queues to reasonable levels and serve the customer within an acceptable time.

post-graduates

Netflix offers bursaries to black aspiring creatives in TV and film industry

20/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

Netflix is inviting 2022 post-graduates pursuing film or TV qualifications to apply for a full scholarship. The scholarship is aimed at helping “black, Indian and coloured” students studying for film, TV and/or AV qualifications at a South African higher education institution.

Facebook Metaverse

10 000 wanted to build the Facebook Metaverse into a global virtual platform

20/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

Facebook Inc plans to create 10 000 jobs in the European Union over the next five years, the social media giant said on Monday, to help build the so-called metaverse – an online world where people can use different devices to move and communicate in a virtual environment.

#CodeLikeAGirl

#CodeLikeAGirl success shows demand for STEM learning for young girls across the African continent

20/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Vodacom #CodeLikeAGirl initiative is growing in popularity and is starting to inspire more young girls to enter the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

5G

5G: The great enabler

20/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

5G will usher in new tech advancement opportunities and innovation, but cybersecurity risk must be considered, says Kaspersky and Rocketnet. With 1.8 billion 5G connections expected globally by 2025, this mobile network technology is becoming increasingly important.

female-owned startups

Cape Town and Stockholm Share Solutions to Gender Inequalities Impacting the Tech Ecosystem in Both Cities

20/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

Issues such as a lack of mentorship for women in tech, the scarcity of investment into female-owned startups, and barriers to entry due to traditional gender roles all came under the spotlight at the…

entrepreneurship

Africa Connected – Hogan Lovells launches its 8th annual Africa Forum

20/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

From tech to entrepreneurship, clean energy to trade – these topics lead the discussions on Africa’s growth at this leading conference for business on the continent. Global law firm Hogan Lovells has announced a prestigious line-up of panellists and speakers for its eighth annual Africa Forum. As one of the leading conferences for business in Africa, this highly anticipated event returns for the first time in a hybrid format, taking place…

Suraya Hamdulay

Suraya Hamdulay has joined 2U, INC.

19/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

Suraya Hamdulay has been appointed as the Vice President of regional strategy and engagement at 2U, Inc. <https://2u.com/>, a global leader in education technology that partners with great universities to build, deliver, and support online degrees, short courses and bootcamps at scale.

SYSPRO

How ERP brings tangible return-on-investment to the manufacturing and distribution CEO

19/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

As the world continues to shift, manufacturers and distributors have had to contend with new complexities of doing business. Driven by emerging customer preferences and immediate supplier needs, the industry has had to adapt quickly in order to thrive.

public finances

Auditor General Tsakani Maluleke Set to Address Key Accounting and Auditing Challenges Facing The Public Sector

19/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

To restore accountability and good governance in public finances in the face of a rising tide in cases of wastage, leakages and stealing in both national and provincial governments, public officials need to commit themselves to high standards of ethical conduct, acquit themselves with integrity and put the public interest first. The Auditor General of South Africa, Tsakani Maluleke is set to address this timely subject with accounting and auditing members of the public sector during the upcoming Southern African Institute of Government Auditors (SAIGA) 2021 annual conference.

Dangerous organisations

Three South African organisations placed on Facebook’s Dangerous Organisations list

18/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

Facebook’s Dangerous Individuals and Organisations (DIO) blacklist has three South African organisations and one crime group on its list. These organisations are:

storytellers

Netflix interested in African storytellers

18/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

Netflix in collaboration with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) is searching for storytellers from the sub-Saharan Africa region to enter a short-film contest where six finalists will have…

litigation

ICASA INTENDS TO OPPOSE LITIGATION BY TELKOM SA ON THE TEMPORARY SPECTRUM

18/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has confirmed that it has resolved to oppose the litigation instituted by Telkom to prevent the expiry of the temporary COVID-19 spectrum allocation.
ICASA believes that the circumstances and considerations that informed the issuing of the radio frequency spectrum at the onset of the pandemic never contemplated that the spectrum would be licensed on a long-term…

minus

New social network Minus, that mimics Facebook, aims to add to social media users’ well-being

18/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

Facebook and Instagram are designed to consume our time and attention, but it is increasingly clear that this is damaging to our mental health, privacy, and democracy.

body temperature

Apple working on body temp and posture monitoring health features for Airpods

18/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

Apple Airpods may soon help you monitor your body temperature and posture, as the tech-giant company is working on adding health features to Airpods just like the recently-launched Apple Watch Series 7.

Fortune Change the World

MTN Group receives recognition on the Fortune’s Change the World list

18/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

MTN Group has received recognition on the 2021 Fortune Change the World list. The Change the World List is a global ranking of the top 53 companies that make a measurable progress addressing…

public sector accounting

Addressing Public Sector Accounting and Auditing Challenges

15/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

Service delivery that satisfies citizens depends on clean governance and strengthening capacity building in the public sector. Thus to talk to the above issue, the Southern African Institute of Government Auditors (SAIGA) will, for the first time, host a virtual conference from 15 to 17 November 2021. Themed “Citizens Come First” – the annual conference boast several key speakers. Tsakani Maluleke, the Auditor General of South Africa, is set…

Yoco Khumo

Khumo the new business tool for entrepreneurs from Yoco team

15/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

Yoco has introduced its smartest card machine yet, the Yoco Khumo (means wealth, riches or abundance in Tswana), Yoco’s latest innovation for merchants to help fuel their business growth. This sleek and compact smart card machine is completely standalone and offers the fastest…

Vantage

Vantage Data Centers invests R15bn on first‐ever African campus in Johannesburg

15/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

Vantage Data Centers said yesterday it planned to invest more than R15 billion in its first‐ever African campus, which would be based in Johannesburg, which would help foster economic growth and stimulate job creation.

Vodapay Super App

VodaPay Super App Goes Live

15/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

Vodacom Financial and Digital Services has announced the much anticipated VodaPay Super App is finally live and can be accessed in the Google and Apple app stores. Available to customers on any mobile network, VodaPay launches with significant partners and discounts…

Indian retailers

Indian retailers demand probe on Amazon after report shows the e-commerce giant copied products

15/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren called for breaking up Amazon and Indian retailers demanded a government probe of the company after a Reuters investigation…

Spotify Africa

Spotify secures alternative payment methods through telcos to expand its growth in Africa

15/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

Africa, with its internationally recognised musical talent – and growing mobile phone use – is central to Swedish music streamer Spotify’s plans to extend its reach to…

cybersecurity

Kaspersky launches dedicated ‘low budget’ security hub as 45% of South African SMBs struggle to fund cybersecurity

15/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

Kaspersky has unveiled a free platform with tips and tricks for small businesses to help them quickly improve their organisation’s security. Kaspersky Cybersecurity on a Budget provides a set of short but actionable recommendations relevant for any company, as well as specific, but still easy to follow tips for different verticals and business needs.

investment

Africa is ripe for investment

15/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

The South African Department of Trade and Industry met with SEW-EURODRIVE to discuss its R200 million investment into the country on site at the organisations new head quarters in Aeroton, Johannesburg. Critical conversation ahead of the German Africa Investment Conference taking place next week.

CYBER COVER

Bracing for Cyber Cover in Today’s Data Era

15/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

In today’s always-on, always-connected economy, businesses are under pressure to enhance their cybersecurity strategy and prove to their customers that data protection is critical to their engagement strategy. As the world economy continues to digitise operations, supply chains, business transactions and employee and customer services…

watchdog

SAIGA the Public Sector Auditing Watchdog

27/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

An efficient public sector is the responsibility of everyone, whether working in government or not. Therefore, beneficial management of the South African democratic process relies on active and constructive participation of all. For an example, the upcoming local government elections are not just about ticking the ballot box to pick the desired candidate. Voting is among several courses of action for citizens in a democratic process. Other steps involve the public appreciating and embracing the fact about their municipalities needing them.

tweets

Twitter working on a fix for disappearing tweets

27/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

Twitter is working on a fix for an issue where tweets disappear when a page automatically refreshes. The Twitter Support Page has revealed that the company will be rolling out updates to the way tweets are presented so they won’t disappear from view.

cashback

WhatsApp Payments testing ‘cashback’ feature in India

27/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

AFTER enabling a new payment chat shortcut to quickly send payments from the chat bar, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is working on another feature for payments called “Cashback” for Indian users.

Silulo

Silulo Ulutho and the 17-year struggle to close digital divide in townships

27/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Information Technology skills challenge has been with South Africa for a long time now. Seventeen years ago, it inspired a teacher, Luvuyo Rani, to form Silulo Ulutho Technologies with his…

digital quality

South Africa ranked 68th in the Digital Quality of life index 2021

27/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

South Africa ranked 68th in the world out of 110 countries and first place in Africa in the Digital Quality of Life Index 2021. The global digital wellbeing study showed that South Africa dropped down by nine…

iOS 15

Apple Operating System (iOS15) is here protect your privacy

27/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

The long-awaited iOS 15 is here. Although Apple has been on the wrong side of the privacy debate lately, the tech giant remains a leader in protecting user privacy. Here are some ways iOS 15 will protect…

Airbnb

AirBnB has a plan to empower local tourism entrepreneurs

22/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

THE South African tourism industry has been one of the hardest hit industries by the pandemic. Today, Airbnb is announcing a new three-year commitment in South Africa to address barriers to becoming a tourism entrepreneur, and to help rebuild a more inclusive and resilient domestic tourism economy. 

Telkom

Telkom has plans to list its masts and towers business

22/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

Telkom surged nearly 13 percent on the JSE yesterday as it announced plans to list its masts and towers business as a separate entity. Telkom expects to make a final decision on the listing of the Gyro Masts & Towers business by the end of March next year.

ROBOT

Former Huawei smartphone unit faces a blacklist

22/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

Key security agencies are divided over whether to place Huawei’s former smartphone company on an export blacklist, showing that the Trump-era debates about the trade-offs of doing business with Chinese technology companies continues during the Biden…

heritage

Call to digitise SA’s heritage content

22/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

South African universities, public libraries and historical archives are sitting on treasure troves of valuable documents and manuscripts that have yet to be digitised. As a result, these historically significant documents are not easily available to historians and other academics for their…

Apple Watch 7

Apple accused of copying Watch 7 features

21/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

As Apple was launching the new Apple Watch 7, there was one unhappy viewer of the semi-live streamed event, Kosta Eleftheriou, the founder of FlickType. For the first time, Apple added a full on-screen keyboard to the watch and Eleftheriou alleges that the new keyboard looks similar to the one his company designed in 2018.

Russia

Facebook and Google to be fined by Russia

21/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

Russia’s internet regulator is poised to significantly raise the fines it has slapped on U.S. technology companies such as Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc. as the Kremlin escalates its push to curb access to information online.

ROBOT

Could a robot help you buy your next computer?

21/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

Intel Mexico has introduced a robotic store assistant, powered by Intel NUC Mini PCs, an Intel RealSense camera and the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit, which wanders the shopping aisles of El Palacio de Hierro in Mexico City, one of the biggest high-end Mexican retail stores.

MICT SETA

New 4IR skills on the cards

21/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

MICT SETA has developed what they consider to be 11 4IR future skills. As part of this process the SETA has facilitated a process of gazetting them with the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO).

CodeLikeAGirl

Vodacom’s #CodeLikeAGirl programme set to inspire over 600 young girls into tech and STEM careers

21/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

Vodacom has launched a programme that will see over 600 young girls between the ages of 14 and 18 receive coding training virtually from 4-7 October. Vodacom’s…

real estate

How new proptech is empowering estate agents

21/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

Due to lockdown and limited in person engagement the real estate industry has had to fast track the adoption of virtual and video tours, with some agencies already on the band waggon and others having…

multi-device

WhatsApp users on stable iOS version receive multi-device support

20/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

WhatsApp has reportedly started rolling out the multi-device feature on the stable iOS version of the app. Users on the latest 2.21.180.14 version of WhatsApp for iOS, who have enrolled in the beta program, will now get a multi-device prompt under the “linked devices” section within “settings”, reports GSMArena.

creators

YouTube is searching for South African creators

20/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

Youtube has announced that the YouTube NextUp programme will be available in Nigeria and South Africa. The programme is an opportunity for creators to take their content creation to the next level. Twenty creators with eligible channels will be selected to win a production stipend of $1 000 (about R15 000) to be used for the acquisition of production equipment to advance their YouTube careers.

voter registration

Online voter registration continues until midnight

20/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

“Voter registration for #LGE2021 continues online at https://registertovote.elections.org.za until midnight on Monday, September 20. Voters’ roll closes with a proclamation on this day. But hurry, register asap to avoid disappointment. #evervoicetogether” tweeted the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) as the voter registration centres were closing on Sunday.

vodafone group

The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and Vodafone Urge Action to Connect 3.4BN People with Smartphones by 2030

20/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

A major new initiative has been launched by Vodafone Group Plc and ITU, the United Nations’ specialised agency for information and communication technologies, to address the global digital divide, with the aim that an additional 3.4 billion people could have the ability to access and use the internet through a smartphone by 2030.  

transparency report

Kaspersky releases its first Transparency Report

20/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

Committed to greater transparency, the global cybersecurity company has publicly shared information on requests received from government and law enforcement agencies, and users for data and technical expertise in 2020 and H1 2021. Thanks to the growing importance of technology in modern life, demand for greater transparency of the software we use is also growing, including security solutions.

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