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All posts tagged "South Africa"

  • Here’s what Twitter’s saying about the #FeesCommission report

    The long-awaited Fees Commission Report has finally be released -- albeit over 30-minutes later than advertised -- and Twitter has responded in earnest. After waiting years for the ANC government to take a firm stance on the possibility of free tertiary education, users not only crashed the official website, but also pushed #FeesCommission to top trending nationwide. The first issue on the table? The official document's (found here) 752 pages -- though a few have already offered sub-280 character summaries. Can the law students kindly read and then give us a summary. I practically got a headache just looking at so many words....

  • SA Presidency’s website crashes prior to Fees Commission Report release

    The official account of the Presidency of South Africa posted a tweet at 11.51am Monday stating that it will today at 12pm release the much anticipated Fees Commission Report. Officially called the "Report of the Commission into the Feasibility of Fee-Free Higher Education and Training in South Africa", the document is a study into the possibility of free tertiary education in the country. President Jacob Zuma had previously been called on by protesting students and opposition to release the report. President Jacob Zuma will release the Report of the Commission into the Feasibility of Fee-Free Higher Education and Training in South Africa...

  • Crime reporting app Namola now available across South Africa

    South African crime response app Namola is now available to use across the country, the company and its partner Dialdirect announced Friday. The app, which was initially available in Tshwane, allows users to request police or emergency assistance by sharing acute details with officials, including current location, and the nature of the emergency from their devices. It has been dubbed the "Uber for police". "For genuine alerts, police, other emergency response and citizen responders are then dispatched and monitored," the company noted in a press release. According to Dialdirect's executive head Warwick Scott-Rodger, the app is a "smart compliment" to other police dispatcher...

  • Google to announce merchant support on SA Play Store? [Update: yes]

    Update: It didn't take place on Monday, but Google nevertheless announced support on Thursday, issuing a press release. "Starting today, developers in South Africa can sell paid applications, in-app products, and subscriptions in Google Play, with monthly payouts to their local bank accounts," read an excerpt of the release. Original article: The Google Play Store might be popular in South Africa, but it's lacking one major feature in the form of merchant support for local developers. The lack of merchant account support means South African developers can't publish paid apps directly onto the Play Store. But that could change as soon as...

  • Truecaller reveals the top spam callers in South Africa

    Spam calls are part of daily life for most with a cell phone in South Africa, but which industry is most responsible for making them? These statistics and more were this week provided by Scandinavian company Truecaller, best known for its spam alert and management app. For Truecaller, South Africa has become an integral market. It's where the company is experiencing its fastest growth (120%) on the African continent, and boasts around 3.2-million users. With that growth and user pool stems some interesting statistics regarding spam calls in the country. South Africa ranks fifth on its list of countries most affected by spam...

  • 4 things to watch on Netflix in South Africa this November

    Summer is upon us, but that doesn't mean we should neglect that which kept us warm in the winter. So if the novelty of beach days wears off and you feel yourself losing steam, here's all the new Netflix content you can catch up on while you gear up for more. 3 November: Alias Grace After the massive success of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, Netflix is releasing its own Margaret Atwood series Alias Grace. The story follows the domestic servant Grace Marks who, along with stable hand James McDermott, was convicted of the murders of their employeer and his housekeeper in 1843. Marks was sentenced...

  • More of South Africa’s national parks, tourist hotspots available on Google Street View

    You can now explore even more of South Africa's famous landmarks, national parks and tourist attractions courtesy of Google's Street View and Drive South Africa. The two companies have captured "over 232 points of interest" across all 19 national parks and 17 nature reserves. Some reserves Google labelled as previously "untrekked". According to the company, over 200 volunteers trekked more than 900km across the country's wilderness areas with Street View cameras, officially named "Trekkers", fastened to their backs. "The Trekker camera is a 22kg custom-made backpack fitted with 15 cameras pointing in all directions," explained Andre Van Kets, one of Google South...

  • #ZumaQandA: DA walks out of Parliament after verbal scuffle

    South Africa may have expected a relatively smooth question and answer session between President Jacob Zuma and the rest of Parliament today, after the EFF's absence from the House. But, nope. The Q&A session, conducted Thursday afternoon, required the president to answer a number of questions posed by member of the House, including rising poverty, the appointment of a SAPS national commissioner, and climate change. President Jacob #Zuma is at the National Assembly to field oral questions. #ZumaQandA Questions to the President: pic.twitter.com/WkmOaZU5Cd — SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) November 2, 2017 But DA leader Mmusi Maimane had another question in mind. Posing a query regarding...

  • #PanayiotouTrial: SA awaits justice for Jayde Panayiotou

    Update 4.40pm: Christopher Panayiotou has been found guilty of murder. His accomplice Sinethemba Nemembe was found guilty of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances. Zolani Sibeko was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder. They will be sentenced on 17 November. Original article: It's been quite the week for South African men accused of killing or conspiring to kill their family, and the nation is ready for justice to finally be served in at least one case. As Henri van Breda -- accused of murdering three family members with an axe and severely injuring his younger sister -- testifies as the defence's final witness in his own case, Christopher...

  • South Africa’s YouTube gaming communities and the violence of ‘humour’

    Back in June, South African YouTuber Kyle Olinsky was outed for sending sexually and violently graphic messages to random women on Instagram. In one message, he told a woman that she "can't say no", threatening her with rape. Many were outraged that a man of his status, with a sizeable following on his gaming channel BluRz, was seemingly harassing women online with no remorse. But Olinsky barely lost a subscriber, and he saw a small surge of followers on Twitter despite taking part in his own social media blackout. Olinsky's viewers were with him -- and when he finally released his...

  • UCT scientists find ‘first for Africa’ dinosaur footprints in Lesotho

    A team that included scientists from the University of Cape Town has discovered a new set of footprint fossils that suggests a large carnivorous dinosaur roamed southern Africa around 200-million years ago. The three-toed dinosaur footprints were discovered on a dirt road near the Lesotho capital of Maseru, measuring 57cm in length and 50cm in breadth. Moreover, the size of the footprint suggests that this dinosaur was about eight metres from head to tail, or around four metres shorter than the tyrannosaurus rex. The discovery is a "first for Africa", noted Lara Sciscio, a Postdoctoral research fellow in Geological Sciences, at the...

  • EFF kicked out of Parliament (again), politicians react to Gigaba’s speech

    On Wednesday Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba delivered his first mid-term budget report to Parliament. But while it should be a relatively smooth process, it was anything but. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were asked to leave Parliament once again after the party members were ruled to be disrupting proceedings. They didn't go quietly. Calling Gigaba "a Gupta puppet" and labelling Speaker of the House Baleka Mbete "biased", it took just 20 minutes for the party members to walk out. While ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu and Mbete weren't quite in agreement with the EFF's claims that Gigaba was implicit in state...

  • Watch: #UCTShutdown protestors trigger fire extinguishers, disrupt exams

    It has been a tumultuous week for the University of Cape Town (UCT). Although a wave of #FeesMustFall protests have swept through South Africa's universities this month -- including CPUT, the University of the Free State and the Tshwane University of Technology -- #UCTShutdown protests this week propelled the institution's disquiet into the spotlight. A fresh spate of protests began Monday after students demanded a 0% increase to fees for the 2018 academic year. This comes after an 8% hike to fees in 2017. Update:25 Oct 2017, 11:30 The developments regarding attempted shutdown of UCT Read: https://t.co/Mj2vvyFtqa Listen: https://t.co/5JipWNFa5k pic.twitter.com/bcGetDLikT — UCT (@UCT_news) October 25, 2017 On...

  • Video: Bristol man flies balloon-powered camping chair above Joburg

    We know that some on planet Earth believe that Pixar's Up is a simply brilliant movie. We're not about to challenge that sentiment, but there is a point at which using balloons to fly a house across the world becomes markedly unfeasible. But what about a camping chair? That's what this particular Bristol man decided to do north of Johannesburg this week. Tom Morgan, the founder of British adventure-cum-charity company The Adventurists, enjoyed a two-hour flight around 2.5km above Gauteng while sitting in a balloon-lifted camping chair. According to the Bristol Post, the flight wasn't a realisation of Morgan's Pixar fandom, but...

  • #CrimeStats: South Africa’s year of crime outlined in tweets

    The South African Police Service has today unveiled the results of its 2016/17 crime statistics report in Cape Town, and the numbers are anything but comforting. In a precursor to the stats release, Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula issued a brief statement on Twitter. "The SAPS national crime statistics measure twenty-one serious crimes. Seventeen of these crimes are reported by the community and the other four are detected as a result of police-initiated operations," he tweeted. He added that because of this, the 17 are "supposed to decrease" while the other four -- "illegal possession of firearms and ammunition; driving under the...