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Jacques Coetzee: Staff Reporter
Keen to take over the world, Jacques grew up in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He also studied International Relations (BA) at Stellenbosch University with an interest in innovation and initiatives and how they could contribute to the benefit of society.
He has always been interested in both politics and development and started becoming more and more intrigued with how technological development could contribute to society.
He loves arts and more specifically the art of writing. His interests in writing and journalism grew more over the last few years with a keen focus on current trends in technological innovation and social development.
With additional reporting by Lethabo Mokgatle
If the world -- like a broken record -- got stuck on 1 April 2015, there would have been too much weird and wonderful to go round for everyone to enjoy.
Shoprite got smart GPS shopping trollies
Shoprite announced a shopping trolley with GPS that would direct consumers fast and effectively, also alerting them to discounted products and promotions while in store.
While retailers have been trying to adapt to the rise of online shopping across South Africa ...
South Africa doesn't have the biggest startup scene in the world. As was recently made clear by CodeX founder Elizabeth Gould's brilliant article on why Cape Town will never be Silicon Valley, the country's tech hubs have their own flavours, and we should all come to terms with that. Better yet, we should take advantage of that.
Reiterating what Lumkani's David Gluckman told Ventureburn a little while ago when the startup won a social entrepreneurship award: "There’s an engine that operates ...
The Daily Show is about to get a lot more South African. Some big big shoes to fill for South African stand-up comedian Trevor Noah who has just been announced as the new show host for The Daily Show in the US.
The New York Times reported that Noah is to Succeed Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's satirical comedy show.
"I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor,” Stewart said in a statement to the New York Times. “He’s a tremendous comic ...
Tim Cook isn't very happy with some bills being introduced in Indiana, Arkansas and a bunch of others states in the US. In a op-ed on The Washington Post, the Apple CEO points out that newly introduced legislation in two dozen states would allow people to discriminate against others based on their religious and sexual orientation.
Cook stated that Apple will remain open to everyone, regardless of the new laws in Indiana and Arkansas:
Our message, to people around the country and ...
At a time in our world when there are more people voting for their government representatives than ever before, it's a discomforting thought that most of us are unhappy with the way our lives are run. To be fair, we are growing up alongside financial crises alongside an overpopulated planet. Still, whether political systems are under more assault due to having so many more eyes on it or whether people are feeling somewhat more entitled, the fact remains that the ...
No, it's not a summer blockbuster in the works. Facebook is really going to start testing drones to beam internet access to people within the next few months.
As reported by The Wall Street Journal, the drone is called Aquila and will start doing its rounds when summer hits the States this year.
Announced almost exactly one year ago, the ambitious stunt is part of Facebook's Internet.org initiative which seeks to give between 1.1 billion and 2.8 billion unconnected people access to ...
Sami Inkinen is known for a couple of things. Not only did he sell a company he co-founded for US$2.5-billion in February this year, he's also a master triathlete and holds the record for crossing the Pacific from San Francisco to Hawaii (4345km) together with his wife.
Recently during his trip to South Africa's popular Cape Epic cycling race, the co-founder of online real estate company Trulia joined a group of entrepreneurs and enthusiasts for a sharing session at New Media ...
The WD My Passport Pro does what it does well, but weighing up the three P's (practicality, performance and price) it only shines through when it comes to two of them. For the heavy-duty Apple Mac user on-the-go, the WD My Passport Pro's flaws are minor if they're even worth pointing out at all. For someone looking for a bit of flexibility, the external drive sings a different song.
Read more on Gearburn.
Yiza Ekhaya is a soup kitchen trying to build a hemp house in Khayelitsha. In order to continue and improve feeding the young and elderly, the initiative is looking to South Africa's online community for funds, time and resources. Yiza Ekhaya is also one of the many social projects on Ripple.
The new crowdfunding site for non-profits and social activism Ripple officially launched today and is on a mission to ride the waves of success made by its sister site Thundafund ...
While Amazon has just received permission to test drone-delivery in the States, the Kruger National Park in South Africa is getting more aerial power of its own in an effort to improve rhino protection.
South African National Parks (SANParks) announced yesterday that, as part of the current strategy to combat rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park, it is in the process of applying and evaluating various aerial support technologies, which include the testing of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
In a media ...