Nobody thinks of snails as cute and cuddly critters, but Snailboy is an unconventional hero. And he is rapidly growing his fanbase. The South African mobile phone game is a download hit in the US and China.
The Rockefeller Foundation is investing $100m in a seven-year project to assist a million young people in Africa through jobs and skills in the information communication technology sector. Its focus will be on high potential youth who lack access to jobs and economic opportunities.
• Citizens in charge of their destiny
Project Zenzele holds free computer training classes for the unemployed and children of the community, but will mainly focus on those with disabilities, in the uMnini Trust Area in KwaZulu Natal. The project is still in its early stages and needs assistance, especially with books for the library.
Kieran Ekron, a computer programming student from Johannesburg University, has won the national leg of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup for an application that simulates crowd behaviour in football stadiums. Ekron will take on his peers for the world title in Poland in July 2010.
Software giant Microsoft’s latest version of its Windows operating system, Windows 7, will be made available in 10 African languages, five of them official South African languages.