Academics make jump to lightspeed internet

Data and computing initiatives are joining forces to forge a high-speed research network for South Africa. In bandwidth-thirsty South Africa, the country’s universities and research institutions are oases of the stuff, with a torrent of capacity, up to 10 gigabits a second, running between them. With this internal capacity and international linkages, South African researchers…

Jozi’s planning a digital revolution

Barry Dwolatzky, University of the Witwatersrand Over the past two years, an initiative has been underway to put an area of central Johannesburg on the map as a place where digital innovation and entrepreneurship happens in South Africa. There is a growing belief that the work being done by the University of the Witwatersrand a…

Free coding program targeting under-priveleged youth to launch in SA

A French non-profit program which offers free coding internships and incubation for young people will be making its way to South Africa to help equip under-privileged youths with the skills needed to enter the working world. The brainchild of South African IT entrepreneurs, Justinus Adriaanse and Yossi Hasson, founder of the Breteau Foundation, Camille Agon and former investment banker, Arlene Mulder, WeThinkCode_…

Bussing the web in Tshwane

  by LUNGELO SHEZI via htxt.africa It’s been just under six months since the Project Isizwe free WiFi service was first made available on the Tshwane Bus Rapid Transit system and so far, 163 126 unique users have logged onto the network while waiting for or on a bus. More stats reveal that a total of 6…

Invitations are out for early childhood development hackathon

  by Matshelane Mamabolo, HTXT.africa  Developers, hackers, tech creatives and designers will join “unlike minded” folks at UCT’s Graduate School of Business in three weeks for a hackathon that’s aiming to improve the lives of children. If you want to take part, simply sign up through the UCT GSB website and you join in the efforts to develop…

Help TinkerTainer raise funds for SA’s first kids’ robotics maker space

Young people such as Cable Maharaj have proven that they can be counted among the top brains in the local MakerSpace, which is why a project called TinkerTainer wants to help unearth more talented youths by building South Africa’s first portable kids’ MakerSpace hubs. TinkerTainer aims to build MakerSpace hubs around the country where kids…

Moovah! – free wifi for Jozi’s taxis

Via htxt.africa How often have you sat in the back of a taxi on your way to work or back home, wishing that you could easily connect to the internet without using your mobile data or draining your smartphone’s battery? Well, Absa thinks that they have the perfect solution for you. The bank launched its Moovah!…

SKA SA’s Jasper Horrell writes open letter to Elon Musk

By Jasper Horrell (General Manager: Science Computing and Innovation, SKA SA) Dear Elon, The five areas you have identified as playing important roles in the future of mankind are indeed important ones (evolution of the internet – humanity’s “nervous system”, sustainable energy, becoming a multi-planet species, artificial intelligence, and writable genetics). I would, however, add a…

“Digital divide can do more harm than apartheid” – Minister

South Africa’s Minister for the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga Cwele has stressed that closing the digital divide is just as important as the struggle against apartheid was. “We all know how much harm apartheid did. Failing to close the digital divide will do more harm than apartheid did. In the spirit of co-operation, we…

iShack delivers power (and television) to the people

If you are poor and living in an informal settlement in South Africa, housing is a waiting game – if you qualify, that is. According to the most recent census data, more than three million people live in shacks in informal settlements, which equates to about 1.2-million households throughout the country. And the government’s subsidised…