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All posts tagged "Cape Town"

  • Select MyCiti buses in Cape Town now feature free WiFi

    MyCiti has announced that several buses in the Cape Town city centre will receive free WiFi connectivity as part of a pilot. "MyCiTi’s pilot on-board WiFi offering will provide each passenger with 50MB of data free every day from any WiFi enabled device, such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop computer. The service also provides free value-added content, such as news, weather and other multimedia, over and above the daily 50MB data limit," the bus service confirmed on its website. The bus service said commuters can use their credit cards to purchase more data when they've depleted their caps. "Users who have an...

  • CSIR’s new supercomputer is Africa’s fastest, aptly named Lengau

    South Africa's fastest computer was today launched at the CSIR Centre for High Performance Computing in Cape Town. Dubbed Lengau (the Setswana name for Cheetah), the supercomputer will provide research institutions and private industries the required processing power for modelling, big data processing and research. Related: 5 geeky ways CSIR’s Lengau supercomputer will aid researchers CSIR's stakeholders relationship manager Kagiso Chikane explained that the Lengau supercomputer cluster was an excellent feat for "an emerging country." The cluster itself was built in South Africa by CSIR staff, with additional input from Dell and Eclipse. "Dell is proud to collaborate with South Africa’s CSIR on the...

  • Cape Town Good Food & Wine Show: 12 snaps that’ll make you very hungry

    This weekend, Cape Town played host to its leg of the Good Food & Wine Show, one of South Africa's premier foodie events on the calendar. Taking place at the Cape Town international Convention Centre, the expo often sees its fair share of celebrities, television personalities and those who really just go for the food and wine. And that's exactly what were looking at today. If you were unable to attend the event, at least social media can go a long way to documenting the event tweet by tweet, and snap by snap. Although, we regret that licking the screen will...

  • The Pretty Cities of Instagram: 13 gorgeous shots of Cape Town

    As much as Instagram's a great platform for cat pictures and brunches, it's also rather great for couch travellers. Speaking of which, welcome to our new feature entitled Pretty Cities of Instagram, where each week, we'll take a look at some of the best snaps of cities as seen from the lenses of Instagram users across the world. And which better city to begin with than Cape Town? It's Gearburn's home town, and the Mother City of South Africa, and arguably one of the most spectacularly beautiful cities on the planet. But don't take our word for it. Have a look at...

  • Chaos on Twitter, Cape Town Station as Metrorail trains delayed [update]

    It's not a good day to travel by train if you're in Cape Town, as Metrorail -- the city's commuter rail service -- has announced delays on all lines of up to an hour. Earlier today, the company also tweeted that no trains are leaving Cape Town Station -- effectively the heart of the city's commuter rail service -- ultimately rendering the service suspended. This didn't sit well with Twitter. Metrorail is currently involved in a workers' strike, with additional damages stemming from trains set alight at Cape Town and other stations stations this week. Regardless of the company's woes, its commuters...

  • What can VR do for your business? Check out this Cape Town showcase

    Between the GearVR and Oculus Rift, it's clear that virtual reality (VR) is gradually becoming mainstream. And like any piece of tech, there's always one industry you can depend upon to get to the table first. Well, aside from the porn industry... We're talking about the advertising industry of course, and Cape Town is no exception as VR studio SenseVirtual hosts a showcase for businesses this week. Africa's Virtual Reality and 360 Video Showcase takes place on April 14 at Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock - so what can attendees expect? SenseVirtual founder Tyrone Rubin says that people will be able to view CG experiences and...

  • 11 memorable Instagram snaps from the 2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour

    It's the world's largest timed mass participation event, and one of the prettiest cycle races on the planet. That's right. This weekend saw South Africa's Mother City play host to the 39th edition of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, and Instagrammers took to their phones to celebrate. While its not easy to admire the beauty of a 109km race, that didn't stop cyclists or bystanders from trying their best. Although many finished well after the professional group, the majority of the 35 000 participants probably all have a story to tell. So why not let snaps from Instagram do the...

  • No plans for SA Gigafactory: Tesla confirms

    As much as South Africans would like to see their electricity woes disappear with the construction of a lithium-ion battery factory, it's unlikely to happen anytime soon. In fact, contrary to recent reports, Tesla Motors has confirmed to Memeburn that it is not planning to build a Gigafactory in the Western Cape. The speculation-turned-fact comes after it was revealed that the major US-based electricity car and battery manufacturer has appointed South African Evan Rice as the regional business development manager. Tesla is rapidly scaling its operations with hundreds of vacancies available around the world. Rice, who is ex-CEO of non-profit GreenCape,...

  • Programme fosters pool of tech talent to address SA unemployment

    Nomusa Sithole has a diploma, but struggled to secure a job in the field she studied for. She ended up working at a restaurant for several months which she didn't like. She was overqualified and underpaid. This all changed after Sithole heard about CapaCiTi, which is a tech skills development and placement initiative in Cape Town. She ended up joining an Advanced Java Programming Certification Programme and managed to find a permanent job in the field she enjoys. Sithole is one of over 500 previously unemployed youth who CapaCiTi has trained since the programme was first launched as a pilot...

  • Why Cape Town has emerged as the biggest startup hub on the African continent

    Cape Town is fast cementing itself as the biggest continental hub for tech startups. It’s a growing trend, confirmed by a number of research surveys and articles over the past decade. The Mother City is rightfully living up to monikers such as “The Silicon Cape” and the “Digital Gateway to Africa“. However, the reasons why the South African city is ranked where it is are a bit more complicated, and therefore debatable.

  • 3D printers, cardboard and a giant robot: Omar-Pierre Soubra on the magic of Maker Faire

    Cape Town recently hosted its very first Maker Faire Cape Town. Calling those involved makers, the event saw some 4 000 attendants and over 40 different exhibitors over the weekend, which is a good number for Cape Town. It took place at the Lookout in the V&A Waterfront. The makers showcased a variety of 3D printers, electronics, artwork, and all manner of things created by the exhibitionists. Some of the exhibitions included Arduino Cape Town, the Cardboard Challenge, and a gigantic robot. Besides food stalls outside, nothing at the stands was for sale. This allows the event to be an experience and not...

  • DIY geek-fest Maker Faire comes to Cape Town this August

    If you're into robotics, DIY drones, Arduino projects, space projects and 3D printers, listen up. Cape Town's first Maker Faire is coming to town. Taking place from 20 to 23 August, the world-renowned festival will bring together a motley crew of techies, tinkerers, hobbyists and makers. The event forms part of the third annual Open Design Festival in partnership with Trimble. Described as part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, the Maker Faire is a celebration of the global Maker Faire Movement -- celebrating innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft. Omar Pierre...

  • Tech4Africa Cape Town to explore ‘rise of the underdog’

    Tech4Africa has announced the speaker line-up for its Cape Town event, which takes place on 6 August. Among the speakers are local entrepreneur Nic Haralambous, who'll share his story of selling a mobile startup to building an online shopping company selling socks as well as South African hockey legend Steve Evans, who'll be talking about the “Underdog mentality” and what it takes to bring down Giants. Memeburn Publisher Matthew Buckland will meanwhile talk about rethinking media in the content marketing era. Matty Cohen, who's head of product at WooThemes, will chat about South Africa's WooCommerce journey, which sold...

  • City of Cape Town bans selfies at tourist hotspots, will impose hefty fines [update]

    It seems like the world is finally starting to crack down on selfies. Following a series of bans from the Smithsonian museum in Washington, DC to Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum, the City of Cape Town has recently banned selfies and selfie sticks after a series of misdemeanours and hefty fines this South African summer. "People taking selfies with their smartphones are often reckless," said Cape Town's councillor for Tourism, Events & Marketing Abraham Disimynami in a statement to Memeburn. "Tourists are the main perpetrators in this instance." He explained that in January this year an Australian couple managed to injure themselves...

  • Disrupt and dismay: why Cape Town’s metered taxi operators are so upset with Uber

    As always, popular car-hailing app Uber is rubbing some people up the wrong way. Over the past few weeks, the San Francisco tech company has been making headlines in Cape Town, South Africa, with cars getting impounded to protests in the streets. It seems like a classic tale of new technology versus old law, though the disruption reaches far deeper. The Metered Taxi Council of the Western Cape is calling for the service to be shut down. The council argues that the US$40-billion ehailing service is currently flooding the market with illegal operators, and that this monopoly does not bode well...