South Africa

  • Malema ‘the Con-mander-in-Thief’ – iAfrica.com

    Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:35 PM Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. AFP Patriotic Alliance leader Gayton McKenzie, in an open letter, branded Economic Freedom Fighters commander-in-chief Julius Malema, as the biggest thief he has ever met. McKenzie, a reformed gangster, said that he felt it was his duty to warn South Africans against Malema. “I see this open letter as part of repaying my many debts to society. If I did not speak up to warn the people of South Africa, but especially our youth, against you, it would mean I have no love for this country.” He criticised Malema for his lavish lifestyle while promising the poor “the world.” McKenzie also lashed Malema…

  • DA’s find not textbooks but leftover manuals, says department – Mail & Guardian Online

    Limpopo’s education department has expressed disappointment with “false claims” that undelivered textbooks were found in a warehouse in Fetakgomo. A photo posted by the DA on their Twitter account fo the alleged undelivered textbooks. (Twitter) Limpopo’s education department on Thursday called false claims that undelivered textbooks were found in a warehouse in Fetakgomo. “The department wishes to set the record straight,” department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said in a statement. “The contents in the boxes are not textbooks but manuals and workbooks used previously by the province. They are being stored at the Fetakgomo teacher training college as they were left over from specific deliveries made in the past.“ He said the department had no contract with…

  • Court hears Oscar and Reeva’s ‘loving’ texts – Independent Online

    REUTERS Defence advocate Barry Roux at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. Picture: Siphiwe Sibeko Related Stories Pretoria – The defence in the Oscar Pistorius trial has spent Tuesday morning trying to disprove the State’s assertion that Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp had serious issues in their relationship. On Monday, the High Court in Pretoria heard of two arguments the couple had in the month leading up to Steenkamp’s death. In their WhatsApp conversations, Steenkamp wrote of how frightened she was of the athlete when he was angry. They also revealed a strong jealous streak as he fought with her for allegedly flirting with another man, despite his own serial dating prior to their relationship….

  • JZ’s architect is key to Nkandla splurge – Independent Online

    INLSA A 2009 picture of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead. File photo: Bongiwe Mchunu Related Stories   Cape Town – It was “the elephant in the room”. How much was President Jacob Zuma to pay for aspects of the work at his residence at Nkandla which were not strictly security related? Had he even been told such work was to be carried out? If not, did he ever become aware – while, say, ambling past the R2.8 million swimming pool and parking garage built at his private home – that opulent facilities beyond those specified by official security assessments and norms were being built? Did he ever try to find out why a project that…

  • EFF sticks to guns in manifesto – News24

    More News Economic Freedom Fighters show off an artwork depicting their leader Julius Malema at a packed Mehlareng Stadium in Tembisa during the launch of the party’s manifesto. (Ihsaan Haffejee, Sapa) Johannesburg – The Economic Freedom Fighters have stuck to their guns for the nationalisation of mines and expropriation of land without compensation. Party leader Julius Malema on Saturday unveiled the organisation’s elections manifesto at Mehlareng Stadium in Tembisa, east of Johannesburg. “We want to do away with colonial patterns of ownership in South Africa,” he said. The manifesto centred around the seven pillars that have come to be associated with the organisation — land expropriation without compensation, nationalisation of mines, nationalisation of banks and…

Technology

MTN to launch fastest high speed fibre broadband in Africa – DestinyMan

The race to control the fibre broadband industry in SA is on as MTN strikes the first blow with the launch of fibre broadband connections to the residential market. Mobile network giant MTN is just weeks away from launching the first high-speed fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections to high-density urban areas, including affluent gated communities and high rise buildings. The FTTH commercial offering is set to be piloted at Monaghan Farm, an eco-friendly, off-the-grid gated estate near Lanseria from 1 June, where 60% of residents have already signed up to the connection. The fibre broadband connection is capable of delivering speeds of up to 100Mb per second – faster even than Telkom’s newly upgraded offering. “We are…

Internet Explorer 11 Gets Makeover for Windows 8.1 Update – PC Magazine

The new browser will run on Windows 7, too, while Redmond is also debuting IE11 for Windows Phone 8.1. Though its Build conference primarily focused on Windows 8.1 Update and Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft on Wednesday also rolled out an updated version of Internet Explorer 11. The new browser will run on the updated Windows 8 as well as Windows 7, while Redmond is also debuting IE11 for Windows Phone 8.1. The update means a better browsing experience, no matter what gadget you’re using: Be it an 8-inch tablet or a 24-inch desktop, IE11 adapts for the device, changing the number of on-screen tabs and the size of fonts and menus to match the machine….

SMS system planned to save lives in Africa – TechCentral

Text messaging may be dying out as a means of communication in many parts of the advanced world, but it may yet prove to be a vital life-saver in flood-prone African villages. Added by Sapa Reporter on 25 March 2014.Saved under International, TopTags: Airtel, Alberto Perez, Cell C, Gooard, MTN, Nvia, Orange, Vodafone Text messaging may be dying out as a means of communication in many parts of the advanced world, but it may yet prove to be a vital life-saver in flood-prone African villages. An early-warning system that aims to capitalise on the explosive growth of mobile phone penetration in Africa could soon be in place to broadcast alerts to all users at risk…

Vodacom, MTN win one battle in MTR war – MyBroadband

Bloomberg reported that the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) “has decided to engage in a reconsideration of the termination rates applicable for the years beginning 1 April 2015 and 1 April 2016.” This decision followed legal action by Vodacom and MTN regarding Icasa’s call termination rates regulations, 2014. According to the Bloomberg report, Icasa’s decision is contained in its response to Vodacom and MTN’s court action. The review process will take six months. Icasa unveiled the new call termination rates on 29 January 2014, which will see mobile termination rates cut from 40c to 10c over the next three years. The regulations also increase the asymmetry between Vodacom and MTN and the smaller…

‘Conversation crowdsourcing’: would you let the internet put words in your mouth? – Times LIVE

‘Conversation crowdsourcing’: would you let the internet put words in your mouth? AFP Relaxnews | 2014-02-22 12:46:18.0 “Crowdpilot” iPhone App We’ve all been there… you’re on a first date and all of a sudden you can’t think of a single thing to say. But how would you feel if online strangers could step in and direct you? A new app called Crowdpilot which lets you ‘crowdsource your conversations’ has been designed exactly for that purpose. The concept allows users to stream live conversations to the web — either to a selected group of contacts or to the whole world — and get assistance and advice. Designer Lauren McCarthy was inspired to create the app following a social…

Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade EASSy cable system – HumanIPO

French telecommunications firm Alcatel-Lucent is to upgrade the 10,000 kilometre Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) which runs from Sudan to South Africa, increasing its speeds to up to ten terabytes per second. EASSy is owned and operated by a group of 17 international and African shareholders, all of whom are telecommunications operators or service providers. Landings for the cable are located in Port Sudan, Djibouti, Mombasa in Kenya, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Moroni in the Comores, Toliary in Madagascar, Maputo in Mozambique and Mtunzini in South Africa. Alcatel-Lucent will also be deploying its 100 gigabyte per second cable technology. According to a statement by Alcatel-Lucent, the upgrade will support the “continued explosion of…

Science

China Sets Heavier Punishments for Polluters – Wall Street Journal

By Brian Spegele BEIJING–China’s parliament on Thursday amended the country’s environmental-protection law for the first time in a quarter century, approving new requirements that provide greater leeway for nongovernmental activist groups and require harsher punishments for heavy polluters. Passage of the amendments closes the curtain on what has been an unusually vigorous debate among policy makers, academics and activists that has dragged on for two years. Participants said the amendments enshrined in law the promises made last year during a high-profile gathering of top Communist Party leaders. The amendments set the stage for new regulations that are expected to require greater protection of China’s air, water and soil. The law will take effect Jan. 1,…

Earth’s greatest extinction may have been caused by a microbe – Geek

Science! By Graham Templeton Apr. 3, 2014 8:30 am There are  a lot of ways for the world to end. It can go up in a ball of flame, as happened to the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago. It can get buried under snow and ice in a great downward trend in global climate. It can get burned away by a gamma ray burst from a distant super-nova. New research from MIT, however, says that the greatest (or worst) extinction event in the history of life on Earth may have been caused by a germ — a bacterial invasion. It may not have killed in quite the way you assume, however. Historically, volcanoes have…

No Monkeying Around for These Partners – New York Times

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China Sees $2.6 Billion Loss on Climate-Linked Storms, Sea Level – Businessweek

China, the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, estimated the direct economic loss from rising sea levels and storm waves linked to climate change last year increased to the highest level since 2008. The loss reached 16.3 billion yuan ($ 2.6 billion), compared with a 10-year average of 15.1 billion yuan, data from the State Oceanic Administration showed. Storm waves caused 94 percent of the damage, the administration said, with 121 people killed. Southern Guangdong province suffered the most, with damage totaling 7.44 billion yuan, followed by Fujian and Zhejiang provinces, it said in a statement yesterday. Rising seas threaten cities including Guangzhou, Shanghai and Tianjin, forcing China to strengthen defenses for the coast and…

Agulhas to recover Gough Island body – Post (subscription)

CAPE ARGUS The SA Agulhas departs Cape Town harbour. File picture: Henk Kruger Cape Town – SA Agulhas 1 on Friday embarked on a mission to retrieve the body of a Gough Island electronic technician who died earlier this month, the department of environmental affairs said. It would take about eight days for the ship, which is now used for training cadets, to reach the island, spokesman Zolile Nqayi said in a statement. Johannes Adriaan Hoffman, a member of the Gough53 over-wintering team, died last Tuesday. He worked as a radio technician and was on his second expedition to the weather station when he died. The cause of his death was being investigated. Each year,…

Young DJ set to be 1st black African in space – China Post

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