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All posts tagged "South Africa"

  • WWF’s new interactive map visualises South Africa’s current water crisis

    South Africa's experiencing one of its worst droughts this side of the millennium, with water levels in storage systems across the country down around 20% over last year. While crop and livestock farmers are struggling in some areas, municipalities are also facing difficulties keeping growing communities hydrated. With that said, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) this week launched its Water Risk Filter interactive data set for South Africa -- an interactive map that allows users to visualize various municipalities' water management situations and risks within South Africa. ICYMI We launched the high resolution #waterrisk maps for South Africa today. Check 'em...

  • MEERKAT discovers 1300 galaxies in one patch of sky [Image]

    South Africa's own MEERKAT radio telescope system has made headlines in the astronomy world thanks to its landmark First Light image. The radio telescope focused on a small section of sky that represented 0.01% of the "entire celestial sphere", the SKA team said in a media statement. Prior to MEERKAT, only 70 known galaxies were found in this area. The discovery is made even more notable due to the fact that only 16 of the eventual 64 dishes were used to make the discovery. All 64 dishes are expected to be online by the end of 2017. "Based on the results being shown...

  • The Pretty Cities of Instagram: 9 scenic snaps of Knysna

    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. While most won't consider Knysna a city, it sure is a beautiful town. Nestled on the southern coast of the Western Cape, more than 50 000 people find their home between the Outeniqua mountains to the north-west and the Indian Ocean to...

  • Get 4 Magnums (the ice cream) delivered via Uber for R100

    Just when you thought you were getting some respite from Uber promotions, the company has announced a partnership with Magnum. The partnership will see Uber customers able to order four Magnum ice creams for R100 via the smart cab service on Friday 15 July. The offer takes place between 11am and 3pm and is available to users in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Durban. How to take part It's by no means a local-only deal though, as the company confirmed that South Africa is one of 30 nations taking part in this promotion. Other participating countries include the UK, India, New Zealand,...

  • What more can be done to deliver fibre connectivity across South Africa?

    It seems like we hear news of fibre developments every other week, as the likes of MTN, Vodacom, Vumatel and Telkom announce suburbs and projects. There's no denying that many projects take place in affluent suburbs, but even living in a well-off suburb isn't a guarantee of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connectivity. What can be done to ensure that fibre connectivity reaches more areas though? We interviewed Dominic Cull, regulatory advisor for the Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA), and asked for his thoughts on the matter. This is why fibre isn't available in more suburbs First of all, Cull outlined a host of reasons for fibre connectivity not being available...

  • Get free WiFi access in South Africa by viewing ads first

    WiFi hotspots might be everywhere in South Africa, but actually accessing them is another story entirely. Aside from initiatives like Project Isizwe and the Western Cape Free WiFi Project, hotspot access is generally expensive or requires you to be a customer on a partner network. Now, a new project, dubbed view4mahala, claims to deliver "ad-funded free WiFi" access to South Africans. How does it work? Users are able to browse the internet via these hotspots, but are subjected to ads between page views and upon logging on to the hotspot, view4mahala operations director Sagie Naidu said. "Two full-screen ads come up upon login and lasts between two and...

  • Oscar Pistorius: social media slams sentence, global search spikes

    After three years of back-and-forth legal battles, Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six-years behind bars for shooting and murdering Reeva Steenkamp. The legal journey's ups and downs, twists and turns is something South Africa, and the world, has been following attentively. The trial will likely be remembered as South Africa's first real public trial fuelled by social media reaction. But what does that mean? We asked the folk over at YouKnow, a South African social media analytics company, to scrub the depths of social media for reactions before during and post-sentencing. And well, the results are pretty interesting. Oscar Pistorius' sentence...

  • 1 in 5 South Africans don’t care about passwords, 8.8m hit by ‘cyber crime’

    South Africans have a lot to deal with. Whether its political news, the scourge of crime or one of its national sporting teams' latest dismal performance, it's tough being South African. Symantec's Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report has just given South African internet users another thing to worry about. The report's findings suggest that 8.8-million South Africans fell victim to online crime in the past year -- that's around 18% of South Africans. According to Symantec, South Africans also really love dinner and dating: "58% would rather cancel dinner plans with their best friend than have to cancel their credit/debit cards after...

  • The Pretty Cities of Instagram: 8 stunning shots of Mbombela

    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. This week, we take a trip back into South Africa's lowveld to Mbombela -- capital of Mpumalanga. Although still referred to by its previous name, Nelspruit, Mbombela is a city in flux. It's fast becoming the cultural hub of South Africa's north-eastern corner,...

  • South African students win supercomputing competition in Germany

    Six South African students have won a major supercomputing competition in Germany this week, beating 11 other teams to claim top honours. The team was made up of four Wits students and two Stellenbosch University students, Wits University said in an emailed statement. The six students are Craig Bester, Sabeehah Ismail, Andries Bingani, Avi Bank, Ashley Naúde and Leanne Johnson. "The South African team is the only team that enters a brand new team each year. This is done to give as many students as possible exposure to the international HPC community," the CHPC said in a statement. The team, put together by the Centre for...

  • The importance of digital finance for financial inclusion in South Africa

    The Banking Association of South Africa defines Financial Inclusion as a development that improves the “range, quality and availability of financial services and products focusing on the unserved, under-served and financially excluded. Principles of financial inclusion include: access, affordability, appropriateness, usage, quality, consumer financial education, innovation and diversification, and simplicity.” According to Bank SETA, 53% of the country’s adult population is unbanked. The reasons vary, including the fear of exploitation, an inability to access physical bank buildings, strict FICA requirements and the steep fees. But factors like the lack of trust in the traditional banking sector, concerns about safety and...

  • me&you mobile: SIM-only contracts are the future [SPONSORED]

    Selling SIM cards isn't a new, brave business venture. Hell, your local corner shop probably sells spade-loads of them, and perhaps even allows you to RICA them as well. But moving this business entirely online is an interesting step that me&you mobile has undertaken. The company, now just over a year old, believes that SIM-only contracts are the future for consumers. But how exactly does me&you describe itself? "me&you mobile is a month-to-month, SIM-only mobile network offering the lowest call rates on the market," company brand manager Dean Ormsby explains. Currently servicing around 15 000 customers, me&you buys voice and data from...

  • High IQ equals low piracy rate, study finds, but SA bucks trend

    A new study has found "strong support" that a high national IQ often results in low piracy rates. The study, titled 'Intelligence and Crime: A novel evidence for software piracy', used IQ and piracy data from 2011 for 102 countries. So what did the researchers find? "Our findings offer strong support for the assertion that intelligence is inversely related to the software piracy rates," read an excerpt of the paper. "After controlling for the potential effect of outlier nations in the sample, software piracy rate declines by about 5.3 percentage points if national IQ increases by 10 points." Who are these "outlier" nations though?...

  • Huawei P9, P9 Lite to double SA marketshare?

    Huawei has revealed some interesting numbers for its P9 and P9 Plus, announcing that the phones have sold 2.6-million units globally in its first six weeks. The Chinese manufacturer said this equated to a 130% increase over the P8 for the same period of time. The company added that its global marketshare was sitting at 8.5%, "supported by aggressive growth in the South African market". Charlene Munilal, the general manager for Huawei's Consumer Business Group in South Africa, said that sales of both the flagship and P9 Lite were ahead of expectations. Read more: Huawei P9 trio launched in SA, but more devices to come? "P9...

  • Dory finds top spot in SA cinema rankings [2016/06/20]

    Finding Dory, the sequel to 2003's hit Finding Nemo, has taken top spot over the weekend (17 to 19 June) in South African cinemas. It's managed to kick the WarCraft movie down a spot from first place last week. Besides Finding Dory, the top five movies this past week are mostly the same as before, with Now You See Me: The Second Act, Angry Birds, and The Conjuring 2 occupying positions in the top five. Last week's newcomer, The Nice Guys has entered at sixth position, while the once-titan X-Men: Apocalypse is now sitting in tenth place and edging its way off...