Tributes pour in for Professor Botman – South African Broadcasting Corporation

Professor Russel Botman was born in Bloemfontein on October, 18, 1953.(Stellenbosch University ) Tributes are pouring in for the late Stellenbosch University Rector Professor Russel Botman. Botman died in his sleep at the age of 60 at his Stellenbosch home Friday night. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has described his passing as a loss to education while Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says Botman will be remembered for enriching South Africa’s academics. Stellenbosch Mayor, Conrad Sidego, says he will remember Botman as a great educator. “He was more than a rector of a university, he was a community leader and I have the highest regard for him. He’s also internationally respected as a theologian. He was…

HIV/AIDS report worrying: YCL – South African Broadcasting Corporation

The survey reveals that South Africans are not using protection when engaging in sexual activities(SABC) The Human Sciences Research Council’s survey which reveals that South Africans are not using condoms is worrying, the Young Communist League of South Africa said on Wednesday. The HSRC released its findings of the SA National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behaviour Survey 2012, in Pretoria on Tuesday. “The survey reveals that South Africans are not using protection when engaging in sexual activities; they are not faithful to their partners and their knowledge of sexual health is minimal,” YCLSA spokesperson Khaya Xaba said. The survey revealed that HIV-prevalence in the 15-49 year age group was 18.8%, but was significantly higher in…

HRC gives Mpumalanga until March to fix health crisis – South African Broadcasting Corporation

The Commission conducted an investigation after receiving a complaint from the DA (SABC) The South African Human Rights Commission (HRC) has given the Mpumalanga Department of Health until the end of March next year to improve the standards of Health care services rendered. The Commission conducted an investigation after receiving a complaint from the Democratic Alliance in 2012 that hospitals did not have adequate infrastructure, doctors and facilities. HRC spokesperson, Isaac Mangena, says Rob Ferreira Hospital in Nelspruit, Matibidi Hospital in Bushbuckridge and Bernice Samuel Hospital in Delmas have been sampled and been found to be in a dire state. Mangena says the situation in Mpumalanga’s hospitals is a reflection of what South Africa’s hospitals…

South African banks hit by Internet card fraud syndicate – Reuters

Share this Email Print Reprints JOHANNESBURG | Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:51am EDT JOHANNESBURG Oct 16 (Reuters) – South African banks have been swindled out of millions of dollars this year by an international fraud syndicate that stole card details from restaurant chains, the Payments Association of South Africa said on Wednesday. Card fraud has been on the rise in Africa’s biggest economy over the last two years despite efforts to replace magnetic stripe cards with the more secure chip variation, PASA said. The latest scheme, which was devised through a variant of the software virus known as Dexter, most likely originated in Europe. “It was certainly cleverly written. It took a while to detect,”…

Massive health overhaul for E Cape – South Africa.info

Gabi Khumalo 20 September 2013 Two hospitals and eight clinics in the OR Tambo district are to be demolished and rebuilt from scratch as part of a massive overhaul of the health care system in the Eastern Cape, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Thursday. Speaking to journalists in Pretoria, Motsoaledi said that both the Department ofHealth Department and National Treasury were aware of the major health, financial and resources challenges in the Eastern Cape. This was especially the case in OR Tambo, one of 11 districts selected to pilot South Africa’s National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme. Motsoaledi said OR Tambo had been chosen as a pilot district “specifically because we wanted to take that…

Business tourism to boost SA’s economy – South African Broadcasting Corporation

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Tourism minister, Marthinus van Schalkwyk. (SABC) Business tourism will boost the South African economy over the next five years by R2.6 billion. This emerged at the conference of the South African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) in Port Elizabeth on Monday. Tourism minister, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, says South Africa is ranked 37th on the list of the world’s top business events. “Tourists coming for business events spend more per capita because they come for the event itself. They bring their family along, stay a few days after and shop. These are highly-valued tourists,” says Van Schalkwyk. He says that the unique feature of an overnight flight from Europe is a key market. “We want…

South Africa’s Internet, mapped – MyBroadband

South Africa's Internet, mapped

Russian designer Ruslan Enikeev created The Internet Map in 2012 – a bi-dimensional presentation of links between websites on the Internet (Internet Map available here). Every website is a circle on the map, where the size of the circle is determined by the site’s website traffic. The larger the amount of traffic, the bigger the circle. Enikeev explained that users switching between websites form links, and the stronger the link, the closer the websites tend to arrange themselves to each other. “The map of the Internet is a photo shot of the global network. It encompasses over 350 thousand websites from 196 countries and all domain zones,” Enikeev explained. “For the sake of convenience, all…

Microsoft follows Google into South Africa to prove white space broadband … – GigaOM

Microsoft follows Google into South Africa to prove white space broadband

13 hours ago Jul. 29, 2013 – 2:16 AM PDT Microsoft has launched a new trial of so-called white space broadband in the northern South African province of Limpopo. This adds to Microsoft’s existing “4Afrika” white space trials in Kenya and Tanzania, and Google’s similar program in Cape Town, at the other end of South Africa. White space broadband is an experimental technology that might end up bringing connectivity into rural and poor urban areas around the world – as long as local governments play ball by allowing the re-use of the relevant radio spectrum. This is one of the main drivers behind Microsoft and Google’s pilots in Africa: to lobby the authorities by proving…

Beyond the Kruger: Top 10 Wildlife Destinations in South Africa – TheSouthAfrican

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park With 3.6 million hectares of space, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park amalgamation of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa (proclaimed in 1931)and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana which makes the park one of the biggest in the world. Famous for the black-maned lions, gemsbok and meerkats, this park offers sights that the Kruger National Park could never give you. uKhahlamba /Drakensberg Park Drakensberg Park is an area of exceptional beauty featuring rolling high altitude grasslands, pristine steep-sided river valleys and rocky gorges. Many of the caves shelter the largest concentrated group of rock art in sub-Saharan Africa . Also, the site’s diversity of habitats protects a high level of endemic…