Author: Staff Writer

SEACOM, the leading converged ICT services provider in Africa, encountered a service-affecting outage on its subsea cable system on the 24th of February 2024.  The disruption is only on the segment of the cable that runs from Mombasa (Kenya) to Zafarana (Egypt).  Initial assessments suggest that the disruption to the subsea cable occurred within the vicinity of the Red Sea, and other cables in the area appear to have also been impacted. At this time, SEACOM is unable to confirm the cause of the disruption but is working with its cable repair partner to assess the feasibility of the repair…

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The Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service (SARS), Mr Edward Kieswetter, reaffirmed the organisation’s commitment to supporting Finance Minister Mr Enoch Godongwana’s strategy for fiscal consolidation over the medium term. “A well-functioning tax administration within a growing economy is the most sustainable path towards improving the country’s fiscal integrity,” said the Commissioner. He said this after the Minister delivered his final Budget Speech of the 6th administration of South Africa’s democracy, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, following the historic democratic elections of April 1994. Mr. Kieswetter said that, since its inception in 1997, SARS has played a…

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The recent “get to know me” trend on Instagram and TikTok may seem harmless, but cybersecurity experts have warned of the potential pitfalls of giving away too much of your personal information, particularly as it makes it easier for hackers to compromise your accounts. Alexandra Hoang, better known as @lille.hoang to her almost 82,000 followers, has no problem sharing a bit more about herself on Instagram and TikTok. The Norwegian-Vietnamese influencer, who offers interior design advice and loves couture fashion, participated in the recent “get to know me” challenge on social media. The diminutive beauty says she’s 29 years old,…

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The Communication Risk Information Centre (COMRiC) and the Association of Comms and Technology (ACT) have jointly appealed to Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana to deliberate on the provision of diesel rebates tailored specifically for the telecommunications sector. Reliance on diesel generators to provide backup power for cell towers, especially in remote and underserved areas, is a significant operational expense. In the face of electrical outages, which are particularly common in regions with unstable power grids, diesel generators ensure network uptime, maintaining crucial communication channels for both consumers and emergency services. A rebate on diesel would not only alleviate the financial burden…

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The City of Johannesburg has unveiled a groundbreaking initiative aimed at enhancing urban mobility: 200 JMPD Traffic Pointsmen. In a YouTube video released today, city officials introduce this innovative approach to alleviate traffic congestion and streamline transportation within Johannesburg. This strategic move underscores the municipality’s commitment to addressing the challenges of urban mobility and fostering efficient transportation networks for its residents. See video below:

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In the affluent neighborhood of Morningside, a sprawling mega-mansion, once the pride of troubled businessman Edwin Sodi, has officially been listed on the market, beckoning potential buyers with its jaw-dropping price tag of R75 million. This lavish estate, emblematic of luxury and opulence, now stands as a testament to Sodi’s tumultuous journey, offering a glimpse into the highs and lows of the business world. As interested parties flock to explore this iconic property, its sale marks a pivotal moment in Sodi’s narrative and signals a new chapter for both the mansion and its enigmatic owner. According to a Sunday World…

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A major insurance corporation has sought legal action to seize a fleet of vehicles linked to the business empire of Edwin Sodi, a figure known for controversy. The move comes after millions of rands, originally allocated by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), vanished, according to a Sunday World report. Hollard Insurance, which provided guarantees for Sodi’s enterprise to receive funds from DBSA for the advancement of a correctional facility project in Parys, Free State, has petitioned the Joburg High Court for authorization to auction off nearly 100 vehicles registered under Sodi’s NJR Projects (NJR). The application follows NJR’s…

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DStv Rewards is offering members the chance to skip the queue and purchase highly-prized Springbok Test tickets this international rugby season.   Starting this week, ‘Early Bird’ tickets for all Springboks’ home test matches will be available first to DStv Rewards members, beginning with the hotly anticipated South Africa vs Ireland Test on 6 July at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.     The ‘Early Bird’ tickets will be available for purchase via the DStv Rewards tab on the MyDStv app from 20 February until 27 February 2024 while stocks last, whereafter tickets will go on sale to the general public. Tickets…

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While reams of conversation about the promise that Artificial Intelligence (AI) holds for the mining sector, a robust industry first demands the development of human capital, said United Manganese of Kalahari (UMK) chief executive Malcolm Curor. Presently, Curror said, there is a skills deficit in the sector. “Mining, particularly with a view to growing demand for metals like manganese and other resource drivers of the green economy, must gear up for exponential growth over the next three decades,” he said, “And at the moment there is a marked skills shortage amongst artisans, technicians and engineers who are in demand globally.”…

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Roedean School (SA) proudly confirms its ongoing collaboration with Barnato Park High School to empower children from under-resourced communities with essential swimming skills. Through the Learn-To-Swim (LTS) Programme, these children will continue to receive instruction in water safety principles, fostering both competitive swimming abilities and talent identification. Marcel Lamont, Roedean’s Head of Sport, emphasises the critical importance of addressing water-related risks hence giving the LTS Programme the priority that it deserves: “We recognise the prevalence of water-related dangers in South Africa and believe in implementing tangible solutions.” According to the World Health Organization (WHO), drowning ranks among the top ten…

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