Posts tagged as South Africa

Website offers free addressing service

A new South African website was recently launched with the goal to help people find their way, whether they are just travelling down the road or on a long journey. Overhere (www.overhere.co.za) provides a free service that enables people to share and interpret physical addresses in only six to seven characters, called Mapcodes. These are […]

Managing expectations and opposition to the restructuring of Eskom

. There has been much speculation in the media on the pending restructuring and unbundling of Eskom. It is expected that President Cyril Ramaphosa will be giving some direction in this regard in his forthcoming state-of-the-nation address on Thursday 7 February 2019. For more than a year, in order to secure ongoing funding, there has […]

GIS at the heart of development and data integration

First held in 1999 in the US, GIS Day has evolved into a global public awareness initiative which annually takes place in November and promotes geography and GIS technology and applications. The event coincides with the US’s Geography Awareness Week, and this year the United States Senate has recognised 15 November as “National GIS Day”. […]

Will unbundling Eskom ensure a sustainable electricity system?

. That Eskom needs to be restructured is no longer in question. In its current form, the organisation poses a systemic risk to the South African economy and is “too big to fail”. The real question is what form this restructuring should take.  For sure, the generation assets need to be separated from the transmission […]

Anti-drone technology enters African market

US company Department 13 has licenced Skydrone to represent its Mesmer anti-drone product in the growing African market. Mesmer is a patented drone mitigation solution which is low power, non-jamming, non-line of sight, and non-kinetic. It provides a safe and effective method of protecting personnel and infrastructure from dangerous drones. The technology prevents drones from […]

Skills-development programmes equip SA youth with ICT skills

With the unemployment rate among young people (aged 15 to 34 years) being 38,2%, it is not surprisingly that many youths are despondent and discouraged by the lack of opportunities available to them to acquire skills through education and training. It is this gap that the Datatec Foundation intends to fill, supporting programmes that can […]

A brave new world for software developers

Software developers are in the enviable position of having the power to shape the future. It’s an exciting time to be in the industry, but also a time for reflection on the ethics and responsibilities of software development. Developers today are in a privileged position. As software becomes increasingly crucial in business and daily life, […]