Coronavirus: Reports increasing in South Africa

Following reports of South Africa’s first reported case of Coronavirus, of a 38 year KZN man from Hilton in KZN, a Mount Edgecombe Estate resident, and a Nedbank staff member, that were part of a group of travellers that returned from Italy have also been tested for the virus. In a statement released to residents, the Mount Edgecombe Country Club Estate said the matter was brought to their attention that the man living in Estate 2, had been in contact with the patient who tested positive for the virus. The Estate’s Desiree Stone said the resident had been in contact READ MORE

Free global WiFi to revolutionise Internet access in Africa

As companies across the globe race to launch free WiFi services, Chinese Internet technology company LinkSure Network will revolutionise Internet access through its ambitious plan to connect the entire world by 2026. This was the word from Dion Chang, trends analyst and founder of Flux Trends, presenting the 2020 edition of his “State We’re In” trend briefing, titled: “The Politics of Rage & Polarisation: A Quest for Middle Ground.” The “State We’re In” is an annual trend briefing by trends research firm Flux Trends that provides an executive summary of trends that are shaping and changing the way we live, work and play. Discussing READ MORE

Vodacom and Telkom clients hit by network outages due to load shedding

Both Vodacom and Telkom experienced network outages on Friday morning as prolonged load shedding take a toll at cellular towers. When power to cellular towers is cut off, battery back-up kicks in – but Vodacom told Business Insider SA that these offer limited power and will eventually also fail. Telkom, which has an agreement to roam on Vodacom’s network, said load shedding is affecting the network towers’ back-up support. Vodacom said it has put a number of proactive measures in place to help mitigate the effects of widespread load shedding. “For instance, we have deployed generators at numerous sites across the READ MORE

New regulations set to end annoying marketing calls in South Africa

The Information Regulator has asked President Cyril Ramaphosa to declare that the remaining provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) commence on 1 April 2020. Speaking in an interview with eNCA, Pansy Tlakula, the chairperson of the Information Regulator of South Africa, said that the act gives serious enforcement powers to the regulator including the ability to levy fines of over R10 million and the ability to pursue criminal prosecution. Law firm Webber Wentzel said that if the president acts on the regulator’s request, the remaining provisions in POPIA regulating the processing of personal information will become effective on READ MORE

January is the best time for a financial detox

The word detox can be quite daunting especially when the goal is to start the year with a clean slate. Yet more so than before, people are looking at detoxing and simplifying their lives by reducing the clutter and focusing more on themselves or their family, and ultimately looking at achievable goals that will best suit them. Financially, it means looking at ways to save more and making sure that you are saving for the things that matter. Last year was a tough one for everyone, but it was a year that taught people to reflect and look ahead with READ MORE

Government says dodgy IT systems are causing it to leak money

The Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) has identified a number of ‘leaks’ in the cost of public administration which has led to the loss of millions of rands. DPSA minister Senzo Mchunu said in a presentation on Monday (9 December), that these leaks are ‘untenable’ and that government is now entering a period of cost containment. “We are in a period that requires us to make difficult and complex decisions above our own in the national interest,” Mchunu said. “Government is operating in an ever more complex and demanding environment, more so with regards to the fiscus. We are READ MORE

These are the top jobs for the next decade

The next decade could see growing demand for behavioral scientists, data analysts, upcycled clothing designers and even digital detox consultants. Brexit, climate change, an economic slowdown and technology are among the factors that could have the greatest impact on jobs in the 2020s, according to the UK’s Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. It looked at four possible workplace scenarios: The Big Tech Economy – “a new machine age” where technology develops at a rapid pace, from self-driving cars to 3D printing, bringing cheaper goods but rising unemployment. Jobs: software developers, digital transformation consultants, technology public relations READ MORE

Locally made Mara phones get strong SA corporate backing

Nedbank, Vodacom and now retail giant Pick n Pay are among the growing list of SA corporates to back the locally-made Mara phone. The Android-based phone is the brainchild of pan-African entrepreneur Ashish Thakkar, CEO and founder of the Mara Corporation, which opened a high-tech smartphone factory at the Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone (SEZ) north of Durban in October. Thakkar has committed to investing R1.5 billion in the new plant, around half of which has already been invested. The Durban plant, which has created more than 200 new jobs, followed the opening of Mara’s first phone factory in Rwanda earlier in October.

The 2019 SA top 10 trending Google searches

Google SA has announced the results of its 2019 search history. The annual list details the year’s top trends based on searches conducted in South Africa.

Pop culture, politics and sport captured the nation’s attention. Not surprisingly, load shedding dominated both the top ten searches for 2019 and the past decade. Rugby World Cup topped the trending sports searches. The number 1 trending music personality was the late Johnny Clegg.