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Drought SA: the gateway to managing water scarcity

The South African Water Research Commission has launched a website that teaches people about being water wise. One of the messages is that this includes taking action to solve any water problems, as well as respecting water and all life. You can also work out your water footprint.

Gates Foundation grant for developing data journalism in Africa

Gates Foundation grant for developing data journalism in Africa

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $4,7 billion grant to support data journalism in Africa. The International Center for Journalists programme will run in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, including a journalism school in Cape Town.

SKA will boost Africa’s presence in science fields

South Africa has spent more than R29-million on bursaries in engineering, astrophysics and astronomy in the past nine years, riding on the back of the SKA project. Young scientists from across the continent have benefited. One day, they may win Nobel prizes for their innovations.

Using data for scientific independence in Africa

Using data for scientific independence in Africa

The first Africa Data Challenge calls for data-driven projects that have a practical, human impact in Africa, which is falling behind in the race for scientific development. Innovators can pitch their ideas at the #ScienceAfrica UnConference in London.
Africa's first solar data centre cooling system unveiled

Africa’s first solar data centre cooling system unveiled

Mobile telecommunications company MTN has unveiled Africa's first concentrating solar cooling system - complete with 242 sun-tracking solar mirrors - for the energy-hungry data centres at its Johannesburg head office.
500 Gb/s network trial a global first in SA

Broadband doubles as SA shifts to mobile

Broadband access in South Africa more than doubled in the last two years as mobile operators slashed the cost of data and network roll-outs accelerated, with the migration from fixed line to mobile representing "a profound shift in the way South Africans consume content", a new study finds.
Fujitsu Siemens in BEE 'first'

Telkom opens ‘green’ data centre

South African telecoms firm Telkom has launched a new, state-of-the-art, "green" data centre - boasting features such as "virtualisation" and free-air cooling - to take advantage of a local data centre operations market that is expected to grow at around 22% a year.
'Unprecedented' interest in Africa news

Africa’s population reaches one billion

Africa's population has reached one billion and is expected to double by 2050, with global population growth all happening in developing countries, and the world's youth population growth shifting to the poorest of these countries, a new report finds.
Tax relief for individuals

Stats SA to widen scope of data

Statistics South Africa is to broaden the scope of information it collects to serve the planning needs of the new government, improve its method of gauging producer inflation, and test its readiness for the 2011 national population census.
Cellphones for the sight impaired

Vodacom unveils R100m data centre

Vodacom has unveiled a R100-million state-of-the-art data centre in Johannesburg. The 1 000 square metre facility has the capacity to host up to 20 000 dedicated client servers or up to 650 000 virtual machines, allowing companies to do away with their own costly data centres.


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