Furore grows over R1m job for Zuma’s youngest daughter

From ITWeb: The Public Service Commission (PSC) is set to investigate the appointment of Thuthukile Zuma – the youngest of President Jacob Zuma’s daughters – as chief of staff at the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS), according to the office of the Public Protector. Kgalalelo Masibi, spokesperson for the Public Protector, says a formal complaint … Read more

Vodacom unveils brand new M-Pesa

Vodacom has released details of its new revamped mobile money offering M-Pesa, which the company has clung to despite it failing to attract South African cellphone users over the past four years. The new product, says Vodacom managing executive of mobile commerce Herman Singh, is “a brand new platform, built from scratch”.  For the revamped … Read more

Telkom execs handsomely rewarded

By Staff Writer, ITWeb Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko earned around R11.7 million over the last financial year. Telkom’s executives have been handsomely rewarded for the financial year ended in March 2014, with the group’s annual report outlining combined earnings of around R17 million for its two executive directors. CEO Sipho Maseko earned R11.7 million – … Read more

Solar-powered desktop designed for Africa

By Staff Writer, ITWeb Capsule Technologies looks to tap into SA’s solar energy potential. Cape Town-based company Capsule Technologies has targeted South Africa’s rural and under serviced communities as it brings a solar-powered desktop computer to the local market.  According to the company, The IMPI Mk1 desktop was conceptualized as part of the City of … Read more

Sentech workers launch strike action

By Staff Writer, ITWeb Over 200 Sentech workers launched strike action on Saturday, over unmet demands for a 13th cheque. State-owned signal provider Sentech is the latest subject of strike action, after over 200 workers downed tools on Saturday afternoon, 48-hours after giving the entity notice of the action last week Thursday. According to a … Read more

Data is the new price frontier war

By Bonnie Tubbs and Nicola Mawson, SA’s mobile operators need to start warring on the data front if they are to attract the consumers of today. Vodacom’s effective price point of 68c and Cell C’s new 50c prepaid promotional call rate indicate SA’s historically high cost to communicate has dropped significantly – and may continue … Read more

SANSA taps into student innovations

By Tyson Ngubeni, Innovations designed by students could find their way to space stations, according to SANSA. The SA National Space Agency (SANSA) has tapped into local student knowledge, announcing its collaboration with students from Tersia King Learning Academy, in Tembisa, to develop robotics in a project aimed at assisting astronauts. The initiative is part … Read more