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FINAL CALL FOR ENTRIES TO APPSAFRICA INNOVATION AWARDS

Belanda | Sep 14 , 2018

The AppsAfrica Innovation Awards – showcasing the continent’s most innovative ventures – provide winners with industry recognition, global publicity, and networking opportunities with over 300 industry peers at the awards ceremony in Cape Town on November 12. Winners are also invited to Africa Tech Summit Kigali 2019 to join more than 400 tech leaders from across the continent.

The awards provide are open to corporates, established ventures or startups which have launched tech services in at least one African market.

Applicants must operate in one of the 14 categories covered… read more


TOP SPOT FOR LOCAL SCIENTIST AMONG WORLD’S BEST

Belanda | Aug 06 , 2018

Shireen Mentor, a 29-year-old resident of Montevideo, near Manenberg, has been named one of the world’s top young scientists.

Mentor, a PhD student from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) has just returned from a prestigious science conference in Germany, and is already preparing for her next visit to the USA.

Mentor’s five-day trip to Germany late last month came after being selected to attend the 68thLindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, which is one of the most prestigious science conferences in the world.

She was one of six South African female scientists nominated… read more


LOWER DEATH RATES LINKED TO SEEING SAME DOCTOR

Belanda | Jul 30 , 2018

If you would like someone to defend you in a court case, would you keep switching lawyers? If you would like a stable, nurturing marriage, would you repeatedly get divorced and re-married? If you would like a winning team or company, would you hire only interim coaches or CEOs?

If you answered “no” to any of the above, then you can see why the findings from a recently published study in BMJ Open are not surprising. Researchers from St Leonard’s Practice (Denis J. Pereira Gray, Kate Sidaway-Lee, and Eleanor White), University of Exeter (Angus Thorne), and the University of… read more


A total full moon eclipse – the longest of the 21st century – will be visible from SA

Belanda | Jul 23 , 2018

A total full moon eclipse which will be viewable from multiple continents including most of Africa, according to NASA, is happening on 27 July.

This lunar eclipse will be primarily visible from the world’s Eastern Hemisphere (Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand).

The local times of the eclipse are available at TimeandDate.com (remember to put your place or country in the search box).

The eclipse will take place at or around midnight for Madagascar and the Middle East. Europe and Africa will view it sometime between sunset and midnight on 27 July, whereas… read more


SHELL HELPS SA’s TEACHERS AND STUDENTS EXCEL IN MATHS AND SCIENCE

Belanda | Jul 09 , 2018

In South Africa, there is still a shortage of qualified graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), which has led to a huge need in these industries for talented people with relevant knowledge and skills.

“[Science] is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world,” said former US president Barack Obama at a White House Science Fair in March 2015.

Aiming to inspire… read more


KOUGA CELEBRATES GLOBAL WIND DAY

Belanda | Jun 29 , 2018

The library is one of many sustainable development projects run by the wind farm in the communities within its geographic footprint in the Kouga region since launching in 2015.

Inspecting the progress on the project are community members (from left) Ragel Goeda, Babalwa Sahluko and Nozuko Ntshota, who have benefited from another of the wind farm’s community projects – the Rainmakers women empowerment programme.

The seven-month programme has seen groups of women from the Sea Vista, Umzamowethu, KwaNomzamo and Kruisfontein communities undergoing specific skills development and… read more


IOS 12 WILL AUTOMATICALLY SHARE YOUR IPHONE LOCATION DURING 911 CALLS

Belanda | Jun 22 , 2018

Apple has just announced a new iOS 12 feature for the US this fall: automatic location sharing with first responders when you dial 911 from your iPhone. The purpose of this added function is self-evident, as it aims to reduce emergency response times by streamlining the process of information gathering. Apple notes that approximately 80 percent of emergency calls in the United States are now made from a mobile device, however “outdated” infrastructure has made it difficult for 911 centers to quickly obtain a caller’s location.

This iOS 12 change builds on Apple’s Hybridized Emergency… read more


HUAWEI P20 IS A HIT WITH SA CONSUMERS

Belanda | Jun 08 , 2018

] Chinese cellphone giant Huawei said on Monday that its new P20 devices had shattered sales records in South Africa, with sales of this range increasing by 60 percent in six weeks after release compared to their predecessor, the Huawei P10 series.

Likun Zhao, vice president of Huawei consumer business group Southern Africa, said the Huawei P series has established itself as the benchmark of exquisite design and best-in-class photography. 

“With the P20 series Huawei has brought to market devices that revolutionise the use of innovative technology and premium design, making… read more


THE BEST WAY TO STOP RHINO POACHING

Belanda | May 30 , 2018

Expansion follows a successful pilot in South Africa which reduced rhino poaching incidents by 96%

South Africa, Johannesburg – 10 May 2018 – Global technology giants, Dimension Data and Cisco, today announced that they are expanding their anti-poaching Connected Conservation programme into Zambia, Kenya, and Mozambique to continue protecting rhino, as well as help fight the war on the startling numbers of African savanna elephant being poached. This move follows a successful pilot which saw the two companies install some of the world’s most sophisticated technology in a private game… read more


SA READIES LATEST OCEAN-WATCHING SATELLITE FOR LAUNCH

Belanda | May 30 , 2018

Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane will unveil South Africa’s most sophisticated satellite on Tuesday ahead of its launch in India in July.

The nanosatellite, dubbed ZACUBE-2, was developed by Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and the French South African Institute of Technology as a follow-up to the previous nanosatellite, ZACUBE-1, which was launched from Yasny Launch Base in Russia.

At 4kg, ZACUBE-2 is significantly heavier than ZACUBE-1, which weighed 1.2kg. It is the fourth satellite which SA has launched.

Its… read more


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