15 May 2012

IT & Telecommunications


Employers, employees, and social media

According to Johan Botes, director in the employment practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr business law firm, an employer may be able to fire an employee who has slagged off the company, or an individual or two, on some social media platform. However, employers might be on shaky ground if they demand from an employee, or an applicant for employment, their personal, private usernames and passwords.

So, employers need to be aware that legislation protects employees against social media prying, and issues in that area need to be handled with great care.

Back in 2010, the DA awarded a tender to advertising agency TBWA/Hunt Lascaris to centralise communications. Questions were raised about the deal, and now Theunis Botha, leader of the Christian Democratic party, says Western Cape premier Helen Zille must resign after the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found the tender award to be provisionally invalid.

In a boost for manufacturing, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies will today be launching a R5.8bn manufacturing competitiveness enhancement program (MCEP). The program is aimed at addressing the South African manufacturing industry's ability to compete against imports and against its competitors for other export markets.

Here are two trick questions for you: What have the BRICS members got in common? Answer: coastlines. Which is the odd man out? Answer: us - because we're the only member of BRICS that does not have a merchant fleet.

In fact, we don't even have a single ship... not one... to carry our imports and exports - and it's costing this country billions every year to use foreign-owned ships to carry goods to and from SA.

Henrie Geyser, our Obelix in the driver's seat, unleashes his inner Frenchman and waxes romantic over the new Citroën DS5, which he reckons might have a little German influence and is the kind of car that demands a second look. And a third.

Rod Baker, content director

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Security of South Africans' personal data not guaranteed - information security specialist
Although in theory, security measures are in place in government and private institutions, in practice, some of South Africa's most critical data could be open to compromise, says information security specialist and academic professor Basie von Solms from the University of Johannesburg. Read more >>

RIM appoints new executives
Research In Motion (RIM) has announced key additions to its executive leadership team with the hiring of Kristian Tear as chief operating officer and Frank Boulben as chief marketing officer. Read more >>

Vaimo e-commerce solution provider wins award
Sweden-based e-commerce solution provider, Vaimo has been recognised for its global best practice in delivering e-commerce solutions by winning a Fast and Emerging Partner award at the prestigous annual Magento industry event. At the same time, market success has allowed Vaimo to spread its operations internationally. Read more >>

ITWeb Africa launches new website
South Africa's technology publisher, ITWeb on wednesday, 9 May 2012, launched its new ITWeb Africa website which will provide news, insight and analysis for Africa's ICT sector, at the Hyatt Hotel in Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa. Read more >>


Wi-Fi... in the sky
South African airspace becomes cyberspace in a first for South Africa as Wireless G, together with Mango and Vodacom, bring you Wi-Fi in the sky. By using G-Connect In-Flight Wi-Fi, Mango guests can now surf the web when travelling between South Africa's major centres, at 30 000 feet. Read more >>


Internet is evolving into Smurf village - Stafford Massie
Cheap computing power, paired with ubiquitous connectivity in nearly every corner of the world, is creating a global, intelligent fabric of network services and applications that will transform the way we live over the next three to five years. Read more >>


Connecting SA will cost up to R90b, minister says
According to BusinessTech, Communications Minister Dina Pule said that between R60 to R89 billion would need to be invested to build a telecommunications broadband network throughout the country and to reduce connectivity costs. Read more >>


Didata wins Polycom System Integrator Partner Award
Dimension Data, the US$5.8 billion global ICT services and solutions provider, has been named both Global and EMEA System Integrator Partner of the Year by Polycom, a global leader in open standards-based unified communications. Read more >>

Getting the most out of your call centre analytics
[Bruce von Maltitz] Technology offers a powerful means of improving the performance of call centre agents, with analytics (reports) having the most direct bearing. But the intricacies of analytics necessitate having a trusted advisor on your side, to choose and interpret the right data models and reports. Read more >>

April 2012 US search engine rankings
RESTON, US: comScore, Inc has released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the US search marketplace. Google Sites led the explicit core search market in April with 66.5% of search queries conducted. Read more >>

Ovum comments: BT Q4 results
LONDON, UK: Following the release of BT's Q4 2012 yesterday, Mark Giles, analyst at Ovum give his view: Read more >>

More International...

Government to make Telkom decision at end May
Government will make its view known on the proposed acquisition of 20% of Telkom by South Korea's KT Telecommunications by the end of May, says Communications Minister Dina Pule. She said this during a press briefing on Tuesday following her budget vote speech in the National Assembly. Read more >>

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