When social media was on the rise to becoming a force in billions of people’s lives, savvy non-profit organisations were quick to realise its potential benefits, and there are many of them today that use it as well, if not better than some corporations.
Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will be one of the witnesses called to testify in the inquiry into the crisis at the SABC.
Parliament’s ad hoc committee‚ which has been tasked with holding the inquiry‚ met for the first time on Tuesday to finalise the programme and witness list.
The meeting took place as news emerged that two more SABC board members had resigned‚ leaving the board of the troubled broadcaster with just one member — chairman Mbulaheni Maguvhe.
Facebook agreed to suspend its planned use of data from UK users of its WhatsApp messaging service for advertising purposes, the nation’s privacy watchdog said as it vowed to “keep pushing” so people get more control.
“We’ve set out the law clearly to Facebook, and we’re pleased that they’ve agreed to pause using data from UK WhatsApp users for advertisements or product improvement purposes,” UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said in a blog post Monday.
Abandonment rates for smartphone apps are surging as users simply have too much choice, says an analyst from technology research firm Gartner.
Speaking to media along the sidelines of the Gartner Symposium taking place in Cape Town, analyst David Willis explained this ‘compound problem’.
Data from Statista.com earlier this year shows that Android users have access to 2.2 million apps while Apple's App Store users have two million available apps.
A Tanzanian lecturer has been charged with insulting President John Magufuli in a WhatsApp message, according to a senior police official, bringing the number of people charged under a tough new cybercrimes law to 10.
Magufuli, nicknamed ‘the bulldozer’ for pushing through his policies, has won some praise from Western donors for anti-corruption drives and cutting wasteful government spending since coming to power in November 2015.
Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, says her office will be taking legal action against the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board following the appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng to a senior executive position.
"The starting point will be to find out what was the process of appointing him. Was that position vacant, what were the requirements before he was appointed to it," explains Madonsela.
Former Metro FM DJ Tbo Touch (real name Thabo Molefe) has started a #DataMustFall campaign, calling for network service providers to cut data costs, as they are ‘too expensive’.
Taking to Twitter, Tbo Touch has listed a number of reasons why he thought data should be affordable, saying South Africa was the only country in Africa that had high data costs.
He says the success of his campaign would enable every student to access textbooks online for those who could not afford it, while some would be able to stream lectures.
According to a statement issued by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Zimbabwe, together with China, Rwanda, Vietnam and Russia voted against the resolution that sailed through after 40 of the 54 countries in the Economic Social Council called in favour, while six abstained and three were absent.
The country’s foreign affairs permanent secretary, Joey Bimha, says he is yet to be briefed on the matter.
Bimha adds: “I do not know what really happened in New York. I will find out.”
Founded in 1992, Africa Foundation (AF) is an independent, non-profit, tax-exempt organisation in South Africa whose purpose is to uplift, up-skill and empower identified rural communities near core conservation areas.
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is appealing the Labour Court’s order that the state broadcaster reinstate four journalists it fired and said they may not report to duty.
The four journalists, Foeta Krige, Suna Venter, Krivani Pillay and Jacques Steenkamp, are part of the ‘#SABC8’ who were disciplined for criticising Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s controversial ban on broadcasting destructive protests.