COMMUNITY RADIO – CONTRIBUTING TO THE GROWTH OF A DIGITAL SOCIETY IN SOUTH AFRICA

Community radio has a role to play in the skills development of the country.Through media skills training and access to the airwaves, community radio facilitates a number of capacity building activities.  The National Community Radio Forum (NCRF) reports: We are proud that over 100 professional journalists and media managers have cut their teeth in the community radio sector. We have partnerships with several NGO training service providers who organise and run short courses to capacitate the community radio sector personnel. The challenge for the radio sector is that of understanding and better utilising new technologies to meet its objectives. Digital audio recording and editing enhance sound quality, administration softwares improve management, web sites build profile, satellite and Internet technologies make… Continue reading

MUCH NEEDED LEADERSHIP AT A LOCAL LEVEL TO IMPACT THE DIGITAL ECONOMY: THE IMPACT OF FACTRETON PRIMARY SCHOOL’S POP UP CLASSROOM, ONE YEAR ON …

The CDF engaged with Factreton Primary School and spoke to Principal, Paul McAvoy to get the low down on what impact the digitisation e.g. JP-IK Pop-Up Classroom has had in its first 12 months of providing teachers at the school with new digital tools, and learners with newfound digital skills and a new way of learning. Background The Pop-Up Classroom contains an interactive whiteboard, a projector and stand, a teacher computer, 30 x Wi-Fi enabled devices, as well as desks and chairs. Each class in the school, from Grade 1 upwards, has scheduled lesson time in the Pop-Up Classroom, with the teachers collaborating in taking each other’s classes, if need  be, to facilitate certain teachers running a Pop Up class…. Continue reading

CDF AND LIVITY AFRICA TO CO-HOST A DIGIFY BYTES DIGITAL 101 SESSION

The CDF and partner, Livity Africa, will host Livity’s one-day Digify Bytes Digital 101 course for 45 local unemployed youth at the I-CAN Centre in Elsies River on 30 August. The I-CAN Centre is a funded initiative of the Provincial Government of the Western Cape and offers access ICTs and services to communities and forms part of the Digital Economy strategy of the Western Cape. This course is a stepping stone to understanding and accessing new digital careers. Falling into Women’s Month it is meaningful to note that 30 of these learners are young women who are set to grow their digital skills. The course is designed to educate learners in the basics of digital marketing in one day. Divided… Continue reading

FROM “E” TO “DIGITAL” TO “COGNITIVE”

Do you know that Cognitive Systems are now shaping the new era of the computing world? Where applied we are now seeing how these systems are helping organisations and businesses exploit the likes of big data, analytics, mobile and social through smarter ICT infrastructure. Cognitive computing employs self-learning systems that use data mining, pattern recognition and natural language processing to mimic the way the human brain works. Cognitive systems continually refine the way they look for patterns as well as the way they process data and so become capable of anticipating new problems and modelling possible solutions. Cognitive systems are able to: Meet social and economic expectations through market intelligence; create new job opportunities through new skills and services; and stay relevant. In… Continue reading

COMMITTED TO PROGRESS

The Cape Digital Foundation is committed to the progress of digital proficiency and opportunity for every person – through spearheading the collaborative roll-out of education projects which better equip the people of the Western Cape to make use of ICT – with a knock-on effect of growth and new job opportunities in a sustainable way.