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  • Donald Trump to call Jacob Zuma today? Here’s what Twitter thinks

    Donald Trump just can't stay out of world news. Jacob Zuma just can't stay out of South African news. A match made in heaven? It seems like it, especially in light of new details that emerged Monday. According to the South African Government's official Twitter account, President Trump wants to ring President Zuma today, continuing the American president's diplomatic olive-branching spanning his first 100 days. The Presidency confirms a request from the White House for a telecon between President Zuma and President Trump this afternoon, 13/2/17 — PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) February 13, 2017 While it's not exactly out of the ordinary for a president...

  • Watch: Twitter captures ugly Sundowns, Pirates fracas

    We've seen some violent scenes in South Africa this weekend largely thanks to the State of the Nation fracas on Thursday night. But when Mamelodi Sundowns took on Orlando Pirates in Tshwane today, no one thought it would end up like this. Sundowns put six goals past Pirates in the first 80 minutes of the game. Yes, six. This didn't seem to sit well with some in the stadium. With some Sundowns fans looking on from the stands, a number of other spectators flooded the pitch, overwhelming Premier Soccer League security, forcing the players back into the dressing room, and...

  • #SONA2017: Govt plans to drop data costs for South Africa’s youth

    Amidst a bevy of chaos, President Jacob Zuma eventually got his State of the Nation Address across to the seated members of Parliament and South Africa at large. Although many points regarding South Africa's future for 2017 were made (including land claims, black business growth and agriculture), one in particular stood out for us. And that's the cost of data. President Zuma announced that the government will ensure that dropping the cost of data will be one of its most important focus points in 2017. He emphasised the youth in particular. President Zuma: We assure the youth that the lowering of the...

  • Julius Malema’s EFF, Parliament security throw punches at #SONA2017

    We knew President Jacob Zuma wouldn't have it easy tonight delivering his State of the Nation Address, but we weren't expecting the scuffles between the EFF and parliamentary security. While the President only began his speech around 8pm SAST, the hour prior was marred by violence, chants of strong language and silent walkouts. The DA left the house peacefully, but the EFF did anything but. The party, led by Julius Malema, were determined to delay the Address, and were eventually requested to leave the house by the National Council of Provinces' chair Thandi Modise, and Speaker of the House Baleka Mbete. However,...

  • #FearFokol is trending on Twitter thanks to Julius Malema

    Twitter is going to be the mouthpiece of many South Africans tonight, as President Jacob Zuma delivers his State of the Nation Address. For one particular EFF member dubbed Julius Malema, this especially rings true. Malema, the leader of the second-biggest opposition party in SA, tweeted a short but rather quaint hashtag earlier today, reading simply as #FearFokol. This translates from Afrikaans slang to "fear nothing". While Malema hasn't clarified exactly what he is referring to, we could make a few postulations. For one, around 440 troops will be deployed around Parliament today in Cape Town, during Zuma's address. Many believe that...

  • President Jacob Zuma can’t wait for SONA 2017 tonight

    South Africa's annual State of the Nation Address, or SONA, will be given by the country's president Jacob Zuma in Cape Town later today. For Capetonians, that means awful traffic congestion leading out of the city. For South Africans, this means an annual update on the government's countrywide plans. Regarding the latter, it seems that President Zuma just can't wait to talk to his citizens. The South African Government's official Twitter account posted an update earlier today, featuring a 16 second clip of Zuma expressing his excitement to address the nation. "Today we are looking forward to the State of the Nation...

  • Trump hands Twitter a gold mine with ‘Easy D’ tweet

    It should be obvious by now that everything US President Donald Trump tweets will be nitpicked and ridiculed for as long as it takes him to tweet again. Luckily for Twitter though, no one in his administration has rescinded his Twitter privileges just yet. Donald Trump outdid himself last night, tweeting something as cryptic as it is riddled with penis joke opportunities. In an attempt to criticise how long judges are taking to rule on the oral hearing that happened Tuesday, Trump claimed the decision should be "EASY D!" Big increase in traffic into our country from certain areas, while our people...

  • Major tech leaders oppose Trump’s travel ban

    Nearly 100 companies, including Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook, filed a "friend-of-the-court" brief against US President Donald Trump's travel ban late Sunday night. The companies believe that the ban precluding citizens of seven Muslim countries from the US will incentivise companies to move jobs outside of the US. "The Order makes it more difficult and expensive for US companies to recruit, hire, and retain some of the world's best employees. It disrupts ongoing business operations," the brief states. Surprising additions to the list of dissenters are Tesla and SpaceX -- both owned by Elon Musk, a member of Trump's business advisory council....

  • 10 Twitter accounts you should follow before SONA 2017

    With every State of the Nation Address comes the barrage of political topics with which to keep up to date. Will President Zuma be more specific about the "fundamental change" to South Africa's economy, as the recent ANC Lekgotla professed? Will he mention #FeesMustFall or Esidimeni and the Health Department? Has his speech writer removed all numbers from his address? It can be difficult to keep up, so we have compiled a list of Twitter accounts to help you in the lead up to the address. SA Gov News - @SAgovnews President Jacob Zuma will present the SONA to a joint sitting of the two...

  • This Cape Town taxi map shows how beautiful big data can be

    Cape Town is a large, complex city, with a mountain in the middle of it, and an ocean encompassing it. As a result, travelling from point A to point B isn't always as simple as it should be. With a number of different transport options, citizens are often tasked with finding the fastest way home on their own, and this WhereIsMyTransport (WIMT) saw as a massive problem. Noting the lack information regarding the city's informal mini bus taxi routes, the company has mapped the previously undocumented taxi route landscape of the city. Making the informal formal through big data, maps Dubbed the Cape...

  • South Africa in last place for ‘digital civility’ – study

    A new study conducted by technology giant Microsoft, marking Safer Internet Day (7 February), found that South Africa was ranked last out of 14 countries for so-called digital civility. The study is part of a Microsoft challenge for people to embrace digital civility, or treating each other "with respect and dignity online". Microsoft conducted the study last year in order to gauge the degree of civility across online interactions. So what did it find? "South Africa ranked in 14th place in the Digital Civility Index, making it the country with the highest online risk exposure and lowest degree of digital civility out of...

  • Joost van der Westhuizen has died

    According to multiple reports, former Springbok scrumhalf Joost van der Westhuizen has died. The 45-year-old former Blue Bulls rugby player lost his battle with motor neuron disease this afternoon (6 February), an ailment he has been fighting since 2011. According to Sport24, who broke the story, Blue Bulls CEO Barend van Graan confirmed van der Westhuizen's passing Monday afternoon. "If there's one thing we can learn from Joost it was his passion for life. That we will never forget," Sport24 quotes van Graan as saying. This was later confirmed by the J9 Foundation. He has been described by peers and fans as a champion,...

  • innovateAFRICA: 22 media projects get share of $1m

    Twenty-two projects in the field of journalism have been selected by innovateAFRICA.fund to receive a share of US$1-million in funding and support. "The world is facing challenging political and socio-economic realities. We need the media and other civic watchdogs to provide the checks and balances needed to help us navigate an uncertain future," says juror and director of investments for Africa at Omidyar Networks, Ory Okolloh, in a press release to Memeburn. "It has therefore been fantastic to see not just the superb quality and range of entries, but also the diversity of ideas and collaboration that innovateAFRICA has fostered across the region." The 22 projects were...

  • Zenimax wins $500m in Oculus VR verdict

    A Dallas jury has awarded US$500-million to Zenimax Media after it took legal action against Facebook-owned Oculus. The gaming publisher claimed that it was responsible for the key technology used in the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. The case focused on former Zenimax employee and game development icon John Carmack, who joined Oculus in 2013. Carmack told the court that he took email records, including VR-related code, when he left, Bloomberg reported. The jury found against Zenimax's claims of trade secret theft. However, it ordered Oculus to pay US$200-million for a non-disclosure agreement violation, US$50-million for improper use of Zenimax trademarks and...

  • Dropbox Paper is for creatives with too many files

    Cloud storage service Dropbox is hoping to modify its company description slightly with its latest product. It's called Dropbox Paper, and it's effectively the company's Google Docs competitor. While, yes, it is yet another online office collaboration tool, the company's Todd Jackson claims that it's so much more than that. "More than a doc, Dropbox Paper is a flexible workspace that brings people and ideas together," he explains. "With Paper, teams can create, review, revise, manage, and organise -- all in shared documents." Google Docs, but for creatives? Largely based on the principle that one basket is good enough for all your office's creative...