Google Donates US$1.25m to Mandela Centre

Google has announced a US$1.25 million (about R8.5 million) grant to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, housed at the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

The grant will aid the preservation and digitisation of thousands of archival documents, photographs, audio recordings and film clips from Mandela's life.

Head of the centre, Verne Harris, points out that, “We are delighted that Google has come on board to help ensure that our Mandela Portal becomes a world-class source of accurate and reliable information about Madiba.”

Technology Eyed to Improve Lives of Women

An all women delegation of technology innovators from the United States recently visited Liberia to explore how mobile technology could be used to improve the lives of women.

The head of the delegation, Professor Ann Marie Slaughter from Princeton University, said Liberia was chosen as a destination because many women are playing key leadership roles.

Slaughter further said the delegation examined how people could use the Internet to connect with opportunities, adding that more work needs to be done to improve the infrastructure of the Internet.

NGO Launches Gauteng HIV/AIDS Directory

HIV-911, a programme of the Centre for HIV/AIDS Networking at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, has released the HIV-911 Gauteng Directory of HIV and AIDS-Related Service Providers.

The directory has been developed so as to assist HIV-related service providers to network with each other and to identify collaborators and partners.

Most important, the directory is designed to help service providers to more easily locate and recommend supplementary support services for their clients.

One Face Behind the Translation of Software into African languages, Pheledi Mathibela - Surfing Sepedi

"If you want to know the real person, you must speak to them in their own language,” says Pheledi Mathibela, “Because when you are speaking someone's mother tongue you are speaking with their heart, much more than when you are speaking their second language.”

Devices to Enable Internet Access Via TV

MTN and Vodacom have launched two competing devices that are aimed at bringing affordable Internet access to consumers, while at the same time growing their data revenues.
General consumer of marketing at MTN, Mapula Bodibe, points out that, “Through the launch of our InternetOnTV device, we aim to increase Internet penetration among previously disadvantaged and unconnected communities in South Africa."

Satellite to Boost Internet Connectivity in Africa

The R250 million satellite designed for the African market will be launched on 29 March 2011 with promises of providing more bandwidth to the continent.

The satellite, New Dawn, which is partly owned by former Department of Communications director-general, Andile Ngcaba’s Convergence Partners, will sit 36 000 kilometers above Africa and will deliver telephony, broadband Internet access and media content to most of the continent for at least 15 years.

Call to Educate Kids on Dangers of Internet Child Porn

The Film and Publication Board (FPB) has called on schools to teach cyber safety to school children, as part of its Back to School campaign against child pornography.

FPB CEO, Yoliswa Makhasi argues that, “The Internet and social media networks play a key role in the way young people communicate.” However, Makhasi maintains that due to their immediacy and anonymity, they offer fantastic opportunities for self-expression, which can also be perilous.

Twitter in SA Much Bigger Than Thought - WWW

Recent research on the cellphone habits of South Africans shows Twitter is being used by a lot more than previously thought, with at least one million people believed to be using the service.

World Wide Worx managing director, Arthur Goldstuck, believes Twitter will be bigger than MXit and Facebook, which has implications for cellphone companies, data providers and businesses trying to understand and better use new media to promote products.

Internet Users Top Two Billion – ITU

The United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union (ITU) says that the number of Internet users worldwide has reached the two billion mark.

ITU’s Hamadoun Toure, points out that, "At the beginning of the year 2000 there were only 500 million mobile subscriptions globally and 250 million Internet users."

Toure further says that the latest data posted online by the ITU show that the estimates number of Internet users reached 2.08 billion by the end of 2010, compared to 1.86 billion a year earlier.

Who Is To Blame For Sex In Schools?

Casual sex among youths is a sad reality in South Africa.

The Jules High School saga in Johannesburg -- in which a female student was allegedly gang-raped while her classmates watched and videotaped -- is one of many recent horrible and all-too-real scenarios from our schools. Whatever the outcome of this story, it is reason enough to take a closer look at how schools seem to have become dangerous breeding grounds for sexual promiscuity.


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