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  • Pretoria’s #TruckProtest disrupts city’s traffic (and not in a good way)

    Update, 11.38am: Truck drivers in Pretoria engaged in the strike have seemingly left their trucks, and have boarded taxis and bakkies on their way to the Union Buildings. The trucks have been reportedly parked in Marabastad, Pretoria West. #TruckDriverProtest truck drivers now heading to Union Building using bakkies & taxis. Trucks parked in Marabastad. #sabcnews pic.twitter.com/Smy2pt749r — Mr_Stuurman (@Sipho_Stuurman) March 1, 2017 #TruckDriverProtest drive into Marabastad, their assembly point before heading to the Union Buildings @News24 pic.twitter.com/8VzGg2fmY4 — lizzee (@lizTandwa) March 1, 2017 Traffic as a result is at a standstill in Arcadia, Pretoria East. Traffic on Hamilton and Madiba also at a complete standstill...

  • Amazon’s S3 outage temporarily killed some of the internet

    The last time the internet literally lost itself was October 2016, when global DNS giant Dyn suffered a DDoS attack. That was bad, plunging a vast majority of the internet and the services we use everyday into an inaccessible mire. Roll on four months, and now Amazon is the culprit. For S3, we believe we understand root cause and are working hard at repairing. Future updates across all services will be on dashboard. — Amazon Web Services (@awscloud) February 28, 2017 Amazon Web Services division announced yesterday that its S3 cloud service -- which allows some of the internet's biggest websites and services...

  • Google Keep is now a G Suite app, gains Docs integration

    In a bid to integrate its products into everything (even within its other products), internet giant Google has announced that its Keep note-taking app will now become an official G Suite app, alongside Sheets, Docs and Slides. "Starting today, you can capture your ideas for work: Keep is now a part of G Suite. You can also take your ideas and notes from Keep and easily add them to Docs for easier brainstorming," explains Google Keep's product manager, Mario Anima. While that sounds grandiose, the integration will be much simpler. Users will be able to drag and drop notes from Keep into...

  • Cape Town’s thirstiest water users: by the numbers

    We live in a thirsty city, and no, not just that way either. Cape Town is running out of water, fast. At the latest count, the city has just over 31% of its total dam storage occupied by wet stuff, and that in turn means around 120 days left of water in the city. Ouch. In a desperate attempt to quell the seepage and stop the wastage of water, the City of Cape Town has published a list of the top 100 water users in the metropole. Although exact addresses aren't given (for obvious reasons), road names, suburbs and total...

  • Watch HBO’s Big Little Lies and Crashing online for free

    DStv is doing everyone with an internet connection a favour this month. While its subscription fees are jumping come April 2017, the broadcaster is making two series' pilots totally free to watch on its Catch Up platform for a limited time. How nice. Crashing -- a series about an aspiring comedian who's life is practically ruined in one day, and Big Little Lies -- a dark-comedy about starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, are both included in the lineup. Both shows are also produced by HBO. Big Little Lies and Crashing will be available to watch for free on DStv Catch Up...

  • #TshwaneUnrest: Pretoria marred by violence after anti-foreigner protest

    Violence against foreign nationals, which began earlier this week, has today escalated in Tshwane. This after an anti-illegal immigrant march organised by Pretoria locals turned ugly. According to reports, some locals blame rising incidents of crime, prevalence of drugs and prostitution on foreign nationals living within the metropole. The demonstrators were to march to Pretoria's CBD to hand over a memorandum to the Department of Home Affairs. But that's not exactly what happened. The march quickly turned violent, with both locals and foreigners wielding makeshift weapons. The police was also called in, armed with rubber bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades. Incidents have...

  • Google Allo is coming to the desktop (kind of)

    Smart messaging app Google Allo is heading to the desktop, this according to a tweet from Google VP of communication products Nick Fox. The app, currently available on Android and iOS, will also be heading to desktop platforms in the near future in the form of a web app. Still in early development, but coming to a desktop near you... #GoogleAllo #SneakPeek pic.twitter.com/f7QNFH7IHO — Nick Fox (@RealNickFox) February 24, 2017 Judging by the attached screenshot, the app will be much like WhatsApp Web, running in-browser with two distinct sections: a contacts pane on the left, and a larger content section on the right. Google...

  • North West floods in pictures: Facebook, Twitter captures sodden destruction

    Well South Africa, Cyclone Dineo wasn't the weather system we should've been worried about. Although the tropical cyclone passed well north of Gauteng and the North West, floods have ravaged both provinces this week. We've covered the havoc the weather has played in Johannesburg this week, but in the North West, images and videos are now littering social media. Due to ongoing, pelting rain experienced across the North West this week, some municipalities in the province are underwater. Quite literally. Last night's flash floods, which ripped through areas in the province, killed three people. The North West destruction in pictures In Rustenburg -- one...

  • New Google Doodle honours NASA’s latest discovery

    It's not often mother Earth discovers long lost relatives in outer space, but that's largely what NASA has announced this week. The space exploration association shed some light on a new planetary system circulating a distant star called Trappist-1. It's a big discovery, especially since some of these planets are Earth-sized and could harbour life. But that's a bit of a hope more than a certainty for now. Nevertheless, internet giant Google just couldn't resist celebrating the achievement with a Doodle. Earth to #TRAPPIST1...we read you loud and clear. Thanks @NASA for this cosmic discovery! #GoogleDoodle pic.twitter.com/EDh6sDjKIQ — Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) February 23, 2017 On...

  • UP reimagines Pravin Gordhan’s Budget Speech as an adorable LEGO movie

    It's not easy to make something like the formulaic Budget Speech (however important it is) interesting for the average consumer. Sorry Pravin Gordhan. Mention something about "higher fuel costs" and some might pay attention, but can you remember the big numbers announced by Pravin Gordhan yesterday? The challenge to inject some fun into the speech and make it more relatable to the average citizen was taken up by University of Pretoria's GIBS Business School. Instead of simply narrating and explaining what the ten-figure digits mean using, you know... people, the school channelled its inner master builder. You know? Like the LEGO Movie? If...

  • Budget Speech 2017: Google Trends highlights South Africa’s concerns

    Google is an integral part of the internet and, well, searching for information on the internet. So when you apply the search giant's extensive trends system to societal issues in South Africa, you almost always get interesting results. This week's buzz has centred on the Budget Speech, a public address that South Africa's finance minister Pravin Gordhan will deliver at 2pm today. Understandably, people are wondering just what Gordhan will deliver. We have a fairly good idea that taxation, government programmes and general national talking points (like education) will be raised, so to garner a better understanding of what's pressing South...

  • Budget Speech 2017: South Africa protests on the streets & Twitter

    Today, South Africa's minister of finance Pravin Gordhan will deliver his annual Budget Speech to the nation. Although proceedings officially get underway at 2pm in Cape Town, citizens are already making their voices heard. While South Africans are voicing concerns about a possible jump in personal income tax, an introduction of a sugar tax, and a higher national fuel levy, some are also finding time to practice their right to demonstrate. South Africa's finance minister Pravin Gordhan will deliver the 2017 Budget Speech at 2pm, 22 February In Cape Town's city centre, Nehawu (National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union) members are...

  • Hlomela Bucwa, SA’s youngest parliamentarian, remembers ‘lost generation’ in fiery speech

    You might think South Africa's Parliament is filled with seasoned individuals who have sat through many a State of the Nation Address and Budget Speech, but it also plays host to parliamentarians like Hlomela Bucwa. At 24 Bucwa is the youngest member of the house, but you probably wouldn't have guessed on her confident, measured maiden speech given in Parliament yesterday. Representing the DA, she took to the podium to oppose NSFAS -- South Africa's student funding scheme -- and suggest a few alternatives of her own. Hlomela Bucwa is Parliament's youngest member at just 24-years-old Although many a parliament member might...

  • Rain in Johannesburg, drought in Cape Town: SA’s weather according to social media

    As boring as it might seem, the weather has been a massive talking point for South Africans in 2017. And no, it's not because 55-million of us are awkwardly engaging in small talk. With Cyclone Dineo passing over the country's extreme north this week (social media had plenty to say about her), we also have Johannesburg and Cape Town on two extreme ends of the rainfall spectrum. Although Johannesburg is a summer rainfall region, the city is experiencing quite a bit this week with the SA Weather Service issuing warnings of possible floods in Gauteng. Cape Town, on the other hand,...

  • Cyclone Dineo aftermath: cleanup begins in Mozambique, Zimbabwe

    Cyclone Dineo is no longer a threat to South Africa after the storm dissipated over Namibia this weekend. That doesn't mean it didn't have devastating effects for those in Mozambique, Botswana or Zimbabwe. A number of Twitter users this weekend took to the social network to publish images of the aftermath of Dineo, as the storm swept through their neighbourhoods. In total, at least seven people died as the result of the storm, with over 100 000 people affected in Mozambique alone. At least 20 houses have been damaged in South Africa. But numbers alone can't reflect the true damage of...