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  • Internet Solutions buys MWEB, teases ‘new consumer products and experiences’

    African telecoms company Internet Solutions has today announced it has concluded its purchase of MWEB. Internet Solutions, owned by telecoms giant Dimension Data, initially announced an interest in purchasing the ISP in December 2016 but was granted approval by the SA Competition Commission earlier this month. With the acquisition of MWEB, Internet Solutions now bolsters its presence in the consumer sector of South Africa, adding to its notable presence in business and wholesale spheres. "The acquisition presents IS with exciting opportunities for growth through MWEB’s established customer base, respected brand, and experience as a consumer-facing ISP," the company adds in a press...

  • Openserve IPC rate cut could mean more data for your buck [Update]

    Telkom's wholesale company, Openserve, has announced an IP Connect price cut of up to 32%. "Depending on the IPC capacity purchased, ISPs can now benefit from price reductions of up to 32%, effective from 1 June 2017," the wholesale division wrote in a statement. "We are committed to our journey of making broadband more affordable in South Africa. We firmly believe that by stimulating the growth of fixed broadband in South Africa, we are contributing to economic growth," said sales and marketing chief Prenesh Padayachee. The Openserve IP connect price cut of up to 32% should filter down to consumers in the...

  • Want to buy that dream home, Millennials? Stop buying avocado on toast

    Dear Millennial: if you want a house, stop buying avocados. That's the advice Australian multimillionaire property mogul Tim Gurner has for young professionals struggling to purchase their first house. Speaking on Australia's edition of 60 Minutes, Gurner explained that he spent much of his late teens and early twenties working, instead of purchasing teardrop-shaped fruit on toast. "When I had my first business when I was 19, I was in the gym at 6 a.m. in the morning, and I finished at 10.30 at night, and I did it seven days a week and I did it until I could afford my...

  • Opera to spend $100m to ‘grow African digital economy’

    Opera Software is a mainstay of the African mobile scene, with its Opera Mini browser being used by people across the continent thanks to data-saving features. Now, the company has announced that it plans to spend US$100-million to "grow the African digital economy". "The company will use the investment to speed up internet adoption in Africa and strengthen the internet ecosystem with local partners," read a press release sent to Memeburn. So what does that actually mean? An AI-driven recommendation engine Well, the company has decided to build an AI-powered recommendation engine into its mobile browser. "Opera users in Africa will get fully personalised and...

  • Feeling chilly, South Africa? Snow reported at Afriski, Tiffindell & Sani Pass

    Update #3, 15 May, 12pm: Snow continued to fall across South Africa's Drakensberg and Lesotho's Maloti mountains. Have a good weekend? Bet it wasn't as 'cool' as @drakensbergcanopytour's though: they had their first snow of 2017! 🌨☃️🌨 A post shared by Canopy Tour South Africa (@canopytoursa) on May 15, 2017 at 2:35am PDT First snow of 2017 #drakensberg #snow #2017 #winter #winterton #snowhunting #nature A post shared by Kirst (@kirst_tsrik) on May 14, 2017 at 11:53am PDT Descent into Rockeries pass. #mnwenimarathon #trailrunning #drakensberg #lovesouthafrica A post shared by Matthew Smith (@matthewshawsmith) on May 14, 2017 at 8:10am PDT Snow in the Drakensberg! This pic was...

  • #RIPKarabo: missing woman found slain and ‘burned’, Twitter erupts

    On Tuesday 9 May, a tweet was published by a user dubbed Steph and began circulating on social media. "My friend has been missing since about the 28th April. If you have seen her please let me know," it read, asking users for more information regarding Karabo Mokoena, who had been declared missing in Johannesburg two weeks prior. Prominent tweeters including EFF leader Julius Malema, and City Press journalist Andi Makinana retweeted the post, helping to propel it trending status with over 10 000 retweets accrued in just over 48 hours. My friend has been missing since about the 28th April. If...

  • Jonathan Lun wins Singularity U’s Global Impact Challenge Southern Africa

    Jonathan Lun, a Wits and Stellenbosch University alum, has been named the winner of Singularity University's Global Impact Challenge Southern Africa 2017. Lun, 32, was last night (10 May) given the honour at a Johannesburg pitching event hosted by Singularity University. "I’m absolutely thrilled and honoured to be offered this life-changing experience. The support from friends, family and colleagues has been astounding and I hope to make them proud," he tells Memeburn. Climate change was the central theme of this year's challenge, with other entrants focussing on recycling and transport among other novel solutions. But Lun's ambitious asteroid metal-fueled rocket solution was...

  • Theewaterskloof Dam is now just 15% full, vlog captures its sickly shape

    Like Lion's Head at sunset or Camps Bay on a Saturday, Cape Town's largest dam, the Theewaterskloof, is seemingly the new hottest spot in the city for vloggers. We've covered a fair few vlogs and clips from YouTube and Instagram documenting the state of Cape Town's drought. And thanks to hot, dry weather we've been experiencing recent months, each video is seemingly more dire than the next. Self-proclaimed "wannabe vlogger" Adam Spires is the latest to take a walk alongside the dam, reminiscing with his viewers about his years spent jumping into its now mostly evaporated lake. The City of Cape Town...

  • Homo naledi might’ve roamed Earth alongside us, new findings suggest

    Homo naledi, an extinct species of homonim, was woken from her long slumber in September 2015, but a breakthrough at the same Cradle Of Humankind site suggests that her story is only just beginning. Back in 2015, scientists extracted over 1550 fossil specimens from the Rising Star cave system, but no one could accurately suggest the age of these. Estimates varied. Some suggested that the fossils were beyond a million years old. But those responsible for the discovery, alongside a slew of worldwide scientists and institutions, have now formulated a method to date the fossils, effectively shining a light on Homo...

  • ‘Sunflower worth more than a human life’: #Coligny trends in South Africa as accused granted bail

    #Coligny is the hashtag currently dominating Twitter in South Africa, not #MondayMotivation. The farming town in the North West has for the latter weeks of April, and the early days of May been embroiled in a simmering cultural, racial and judicial showdown. Two farmers, who were accused of killing a 16-year-old boy caught stealing sunflowers from their farm, were granted bail in the region's magistrates court Monday. The boy, who the farmers were reportedly transporting to the police station, allegedly jumped from the bakkie they were travelling in, and broke his neck. Eyewitnesses however suggest that the boy was pushed. The incident...

  • Cape Town’s dam levels drop again, even after Wednesday’s storms

    Even after the sound and the fury that was Cape Town's skies last week Wednesday, the city's dam levels experienced yet another drop. The City of Cape Town today published its updated dam storage levels (pdf), but the new numbers offer little comfort for the city's inhabitants. Although only losing 0.5% capacity over the previous week, Cape Town's six largest dams hold just 22.8% of their possible storage capacity. That's nearly 8% less than the same time last year. The City also suggests that "the last 10% of a dam's water is difficult to use" so the effective levels are closer to...

  • What has Donald Trump tweeted about most in his first 100 days?

    Even though Donald Trump is now president of a global superpower, he still has plenty of time to throw a tweet or two out there. In light of this, and as his first 100 days in office draw to an end, Twitter Data took a look at the US President's time in office thus far. Here's what the social network's data miners found. #MAGA, #USA and all the patriotism These are the top Tweeted hashtags used by @realdonaldtrump during #Trump100Days: pic.twitter.com/LB9UjRNBsH — Twitter Data (@TwitterData) April 28, 2017 Among Trump's most commonly tweeted hashtags, #MAGA (Make America Great Again), #AmericaFirst and #USA featured prominently since...

  • #SAAStrike: 32 flights grounded as SAA trends once again

    If you're travelling to or from South Africa today on a South African Airways (SAA) flight, you're one of the lucky few it seems. The majority of the national airline's in-flight staff are on strike today, demanding more money to spend on food when flying abroad. According to reports, SAA and the association that represents the SAA cabin workers, SACCA, were not able to come to an agreement Tuesday night. The impact of this is widespread. 32 flights have been cancelled today -- one international, three regional and 28 due to depart and land within South Africa's borders. As a result, passengers have...

  • [Update] Cape Town’s Twitter and Insta users celebrate the stormy weather

    Update #2: 1.40pm: Because Cape Town is, well, Cape Town, #rain is now among the top trending hashtags in the city and the country at present. Update #1, 1.15pm: Although today's weather is a welcome respite from the heat wave experienced last week, lightning and driving rain has been wreaking havoc across the peninsula. In West Beach, a palm tree was set alight by lightning. Cape Town - #STORM Lightning Strike in West Beach pic.twitter.com/InHD0Xc725 — TrafficSA (@TrafficSA) April 26, 2017 Areas in the Cape's northern suburbs and western coastline are experiencing mild floods. Neil Williams - Brackenfell Cape Town @venter_annette @huisgenoot @eNCAWeather @JoelGuy_ pic.twitter.com/XCKWyK0CWc —...

  • [Update] Uber passengers ‘threatened’ at Centurion Gautrain station

    Update, 11.40am: In light of the incidents in Sandton and Centurion and a request for comment, Uber South Africa explains that it is "engaging with all relevant stakeholders and are taking all of the necessary steps to ensure riders" are safe around Johannesburg. Read the full statement below. We take any situation where driver safety is compromised extremely seriously. Driver-partners have access to a 24/7 emergency line in the event they feel unsafe in any way. Threats and intimidation against those who want to use Uber to boost their income is unacceptable. Violence only underlines why people are increasingly choosing safe, reliable...