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…

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…

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…

How Gauteng gov will allocate investments in tech

Gauteng MEC of finance Barbara Creecy, in her budget speech at the Gauteng Legislature has revealed exactly how much would be allocated to the five corridors of development, which  include tech projects, announced by Gauteng Premier David Makhura last month in his State of the Province Address. The Central Development Corridor aimed at the financial sector, Information Communication Technology…

The science of South African spy cables

  With the recent scandal surrounding the leaking of South African spy cables, The Science Inside looks into the science and technology behind the modern spy game. The show covers SA’s missile program, the psychology of lying, and the high-tech gear that spies are using in today’s world.

Government links innovators and business

Government is trying to close the gap between innovation and businesses, with the introduction of the “innovation bridge”. Tuesday marks day one of South Africa’s first “innovation bridge” in Pretoria, a Department of Science and Technology event to match-make innovators with business. While a lot of innovation and research & development (R&D) takes place in South…