3 Apr 2012

IT & Telecommunications


Look forward to taxing times

For those of you who don't believe it's possible to get blood out of a stone, your friendly taxman has a plan...

Not only has SARS proudly announced that tax collection has increased, but to cheer us all up, the government department we all love is going to tighten its tax collection laws. Apparently the aim is to target wealthy individuals who SARS reckons are costing the country millions of rands every year through tax evasion.

Still on the finance front, Amy Johnson shows you four ways to keep up with payroll and tax law so you don't fall foul of the above-mentioned.

About your mobile phone... Fred Mitchell writes that while the only thing men will boast about as having the smallest has revolutionised the way we work and communicate, it has also become a new avenue for cybercriminals to relieve you of your cash before the taxman does. So beware...viruses are now also infecting mobile devices.

On a much happier note, for those few remaining with money to spare after a round of price increases, our tame motoring editor, Henrie Geyser, has just the vehicle to which you can attach your e-tag. It's the new Mercedes B-Class, which Henrie gives an A for being cute, cool, and connected - rather like Henrie himself, then.

Rod Baker, general manager: content

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New spectrum licence fees regulations attracts favourable comment
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Vox Pureview, the conferencing and collaboration specialist within the Vox Telecom group, says its new Eyeris mobile application is the first affordable app that offers boardroom-quality video conferencing, no matter where the participants are. Read more >>


WCape building world's largest mesh network
[Paul Vecchiatto] Within the next two years, as part of a pilot project, the Western Cape government aims to create the largest mesh network in the world that will connect all households in Khayelitsha, Mitchell's Plain and Saldanha Bay, including the industrial development zone located there, says Western Cape MEC for economic development and tourism Alan Winde. Read more >>

Exciting times ahead for local broadcasting
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VoIP quality and reliability
[Bruce Maltitz] VoIP is often blamed for quality or reliability issues with phone and call centre systems, but in reality it is completely ready for carrier-class communications. Read more >>


Viruses now also infecting mobile devices
[Fred Mitchell] The world has become increasingly mobile over time and technology has evolved so that cellphones have become smartphones, along with tablet PCs and other mobile devices allowing always-on connectivity. Read more >>

Smartphones are opening a new self-service market
The rise of the HTML5 web standard, paired with the growing penetration of smartphones into South Africa, will help to bring rich self-service applications to a mass market via their cellphones. Read more >>

Trusted IT technologies are failing
Recent high-profile hacks and security breaches are highlighting an urgent need to revisit the way information security is managed. Following a series of high-profile breaches, major information security vendors are conceding that there is little to stop a determined cyber criminal from breaching security and wreaking havoc; therefore IT security needs a rethink. Read more >>

MTN sued for US$4bn over Iran contract
Turkish cellphone operator Turkcell has filed a US$4.2bn (R32.45bn) lawsuit in a US court against MTN over alleged corruption in a deal in Iran, the companies said yesterday. Read more >>

Nielsen identifies attributes of the global, socially-conscious consumer
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SARS to tighten tax collection laws
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SARS announces increased tax collection
Government has once again exceeded its revenue collection target for the financial year that ended on March 31, indicating an improved performance by the South African Revenue Service (SARS). Read more >>

Telkom results restated to include investment
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