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Minister asked to establish free SMS line for the deaf

Deaf people in Mpumalanga have asked Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana to establish a free SMS line they can use to report crime.

By Siphiwe Nyathi 14 Dec 2012 05:09

WAPA: Lite-Licensing could improve wireless spectrum efficiency

The Wireless Access Providers' Association (WAPA) feels that the introduction of Lite-Licensing, which is currently being trialled and employed by progressive institutions internationally, as an alternative wireless spectrum management approach, could benefit South Africa.

13 Dec 2012 08:39

SABC... jingle (alarm) bells

NEWSWATCH: The tighter controls over talk shows introduced at the SABC this week have the alarm bells ringing, reports BDlive, and proof of how bad news travels is the fact that news that local SA news channel eNCA had to apologise for using an old clip dealing with comments on Nelson Mandela, has been picked up the Times of India. Mail & Guardian reports countries - the US and China to name but two - are at odds over laws governing the internet, and IOL reports on how a UK study finds that playing violent video games can make people more aggressive.

By Rod Baker 13 Dec 2012 08:28

Manufacturing sector up 2,5% in October

Manufacturing production in SA bounced back in October‚ increasing by 2.5% year-on-year (y/y) after a revised 1.7% (1.1%) year-on-year decrease in September‚ data released by Statistics SA on Tuesday (11 December) showed

13 Dec 2012 07:42

Minister asked to establish free SMS line for the deaf

MBOMBELA: Deaf people in Mpumalanga have asked Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana to establish a free SMS line they can use to report crime.

By Siphiwe Nyathi 13 Dec 2012 07:34

Reward for info leading to arrest of poachers

PRETORIA: The South African National Parks (SANParks) says it will offer a cash reward of R100 000 to anyone who can provide information that will lead to the arrest of poachers and a further R1 million for a successful conviction of a poaching syndicate mastermind.

13 Dec 2012 07:33

Managerial mindset often the biggest threat to IT security

When it comes to a secure IT environment, managerial mindset often poses the biggest threat, explains Marthinus Engelbrecht, CEO of NEWORDER Industries, a local technology company that provides specialised enterprise risk management and pen-testing services to companies in Africa and abroad.

13 Dec 2012 07:03

Denel technicians may lose their jobs

Should the aircraft maintenance contract between Denel Aviation and the South African Air Force (SAAF) not be renewed, it would lead to the retrenchment of almost half of the state-owned company's 1,146 staff, Solidarity said on Monday (10 December).

By Paul Vecchiatto 12 Dec 2012 11:12

Soldiers dismissals ruled 'out of order'

Attempts by the Defence Force to fire about 600 soldiers for allegedly participating in an illegal march on the Union Buildings have suffered another setback in the courts, according to the South African National Defence Force Union (Sandu).

12 Dec 2012 10:51

Gliders collect data in Southern Ocean

Unmanned ocean gliders are collecting data 1,000m below the surface of the Southern Ocean and sending it back to climate scientists and oceanographers.

12 Dec 2012 10:32

Free State on alert ahead of elective conference

Free State law enforcement authorities will be on full alert over December, the police, roads and transport department said on Monday (10 December)

12 Dec 2012 08:50

Vodacom opens two new outlets in northern KZN

The opening of two new Vodacom outlets in Jozini and Manguzi this week will see communities in the Umkhanyakude District Municipality gain unprecedented access to telecommunications and connectivity.

12 Dec 2012 07:33

CHPC announces winners of first Student Cluster Challenge

The Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) announced South Africa's very first Student Cluster Challenge winners. The glittering awards ceremony was held at the Durban International Convention Centre recently.

12 Dec 2012 07:30

Five men convicted in fight against aviation crime

The SAPS secured a major victory in the fight against aviation crime following a joint operation between themselves and ground handler Menzies Aviation, which recently saw five men convicted and receiving lengthy jail time.

12 Dec 2012 07:15

Hlula Msimang dumped amid murder accusations

A recommendation that murder-accused Ekurhuleni metro chief Hlula Msimang be appointed executive director of public safety, has been withdrawn, according to a report on Monday (10 December).

11 Dec 2012 08:44

Telkom's future in hands of Mangaung delegates

Telkom's future is in the hands of delegates to the African National Congress's (ANC's) electoral conference in Mangaung‚ who will weigh up the options the Department of Communications has proposed for reviving the company‚ according to Communications Minister Dina Pule.

By Thabiso Mochiko 11 Dec 2012 06:53

Hacker halts three SA websites

A hacker has claimed responsibility for disrupting SA's Department of Social Development's website and hacking those of the National Planning Commission and the National Population Unit.

11 Dec 2012 06:29

Backups are worthless unless they are tested - Veeam

Backups may be worthless if they're not tested - and the consequences could be dire, especially in virtualised environments.

10 Dec 2012 11:56

Holidays are boom times for criminals - safeguard your house

The SAPS crime statistics released in September may have shown a marginal decline in house robberies but Dial Direct Insurance's claims data suggests otherwise. With the festive season approaching, we are warning South Africans to be extra vigilant as they gear down and criminals gear up for the holidays.

10 Dec 2012 11:52

Last-mile connectivity remains a scarce commodity

Although there has been a dramatic surge in the amount of international bandwidth that is available in South Africa these days - courtesy of the SAT-2, SAT-3/SAFE, SEACOM and EASSy submarine fibre optic cables - backhaul and last-mile connectivity is still a scarce commodity.

10 Dec 2012 11:35

Budgets, mechanical setbacks hurt SANDF

South Africa's military forces are buckling under the strain of crippling budget and mechanical setbacks.

10 Dec 2012 10:50

Horrors and realities of Dakota crash

Mirja Senke had planned on proposing to her pilot boyfriend Zack Smith yesterday (9 December). Instead Senke, the mother of one-year-old twins with Smith, was planning his funeral.

By Avides and Sashni Pather 10 Dec 2012 10:33

Who still cares how much money VoIP can save?

Voice over IP. What's left to say? You can save money. Lots of it. It's great for moves and changes, super easy, even the receptionist can do them. Sure. Tell me something I don't know.

By Riaan Pieterson 10 Dec 2012 09:54

New Android app for SA's schools

Local company Future Mobile Technology (FMT) has developed an Android application, Netsurfer Scholar that will give users online access to material they need for school.

10 Dec 2012 08:30

Engineers get new digital resource

South Africa's plan to train three times as many engineers as it does at present is one of the reasons the world's largest engineering design software company set up an academy in the country in November.

10 Dec 2012 06:54

Riding the mobile wave

WASHINGTON, US: "The mobile wave is going to sweep through and obliterate billions of jobs and millions of small businesses and that's going to be viewed with trepidation by politicians, unions and businessmen, all three, because they're going to see their world disrupted. But at the same time, it opens up the possibility for three or four billion people in the underclass to get a PhD."

9 Dec 2012 07:36

Gambling on more punters

While each of their companies had varying degrees of success, the chief executives of three of the major casino groups in southern Africa - Tsogo Sun, Sun International and Peermont - agree that the future looks promising for the sectpr although there are still hurdles some to overcome.

8 Dec 2012 08:10

Names of those on board SAAF aircraft released

PRETORIA: The South African Air Force (SAAF) has released the names of those who died in the military aircraft crash in the Drakensburg.

7 Dec 2012 07:36

President Zuma, military veterans awarded medals

PRETORIA: President Jacob Zuma and other uMkhonto we Sizwe military veterans were on Thursday, 6 December 2012, honoured with medals in recognition of their involvement in the struggle against the apartheid regime.

7 Dec 2012 07:14

MTN's got its business brains in the cloud

MTN Business has launched a pilot project for its MTN cloud bouquet of services that will among other things provide a single point of contact for its customers‚ it said on Thursday, 6 December 2012.

By Thabiso Mochiko 7 Dec 2012 06:41

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