INTRODUCING EMMA KAYE, CDF’S NEWLY APPOINTED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Cape Digital Foundation welcomes Emma Kaye, appointed in the position of Executive Director from 1 April 2017. Her role at CDF will encompass the strategic positioning of the Foundation, fundraising, new opportunity and partnership attraction, as well as marketing and building the profile of the organisation, along with the oversight of CDF projects and activities. Emma is the founder and CEO of a start-up venture called Bozza. Bozza is a mobile platform which enables artists in Africa the ability to self publish and distribute directly to their audiences. It is the platform to discover the next generation of talent. Focused on contextually relevant content, Bozza is the digital marketplace for African media and entertainment. Says Kaye: “Mobility has huge… Continue reading

BARRIERS AT THE COALFACE TO CLOSING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE IN SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOLS

While South Africa spends more than many of the world’s top economies on education, comparatively speaking , we are still one of the worst-performing countries in the world in terms of education. The majority of schools are dysfunctional in South Africa The South African education system has to come to terms with the fact that a large number of schools in South Africa are dysfunctional. South Africa still ranks 75 of 76 countries in terms of the quality of our education system, and has one of the most unequal schooling systems in the world. This claim is supported by the most recent available data in which results from international, standardised tests show that between 75% and 80% of South African… Continue reading

IN THE NEWS

SA’S PAPER VIDEO EXPANDS ED-TECH SOLUTION TO 5 SCHOOL GRADES Paper Video aims to help students in need of extra learning support, and to combat low maths and science retention rates in schools, through the innovative use of video delivered on mobile devices, without the need for an internet connection. The start-up launched an Android app in 2015 with videos explaining over 6,000 exam questions across Grades 10, 11 and 12 in four subjects: Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences (Biology) and Accounting.

CDF SUPPORTS WESTERN CAPE E-LEARNING GAME CHANGER THROUGH ITS AGGREGATED E-LEARNING READINESS MODEL

A while ago, we reported that e-Learning has been identified as a strategic game-changer for the Western Cape’s broadband project. This game-changer initiative aimed to provide free high-speed internet access to all Western Cape schools by the end of 2016 to support teaching and learning. This initiative has two key parts: the first includes free high-speed broadband access and the second part gives learners and teachers instant access to the very best digital materials for teaching and learning through an e-Portal. In order to support e-Learning initiatives, CDF has created a framework “Aggregated e-Learning Readiness Model”, which can help in both delivering and testing effectiveness of the e-Learning projects in the Province.  In a nutshell, this model suggests that all… Continue reading

THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER SKILLS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Globally employers are finding it hard to fill positions According to annual research conducted by The Manpower Group in 2016 40% of employers experienced difficulty sourcing staff and filling positions in 2016, up from 38% in 2015.  The leading reasons cited as to why organisations, globally, are unable to fill positions are: Lack of available applicants | No applicants 24% Lack of hard skills (technical competencies) 19% Lack of experience 19% Looking for more pay than is offered 14% Lack of soft skills (workplace competencies) 11%

IN THE NEWS: NEWS AND REVIEWS OF MARCH EVENTS

1. In review: IAB Digital Summit – 16 March 2017 The IAB SA represents the South African digital industry to all sectors, including the marketing community, the media, the South African government and the public. The IAB’s annual digital summit delivers a diverse range of subjects with a digital focus, brought by expert presenters.  One of the main messages to come out of the IAB Digital Summit 2017, which took place at The Galleria in Sandton on 16 March, is that more than at any other time in history, companies have an unprecedented amount of data on their customers. At the same time, the consumer is demanding personal attention.

A REVIEW OF E-CAPE TOWN – E-GOVERNMENT | E-BUSINESS | E-EDUCATION | DIGITAL SOCIETY

LOCAL E-GOVERNMENT Western Cape Government’s eVision The Western Cape Government’s vision is that The City of Cape Town’s services and processes are “digital by default” and that the City harnesses digital tools to stimulate innovation in service delivery, making it possible to reduce costs and improve the level and quality of service delivery. The City of Cape Town also uses technology to enhance the quality of its engagement with citizens. This allows transparency and promotes citizen engagement through ICT as well as optimising the City’s business processes, simplifying the interaction of citizens and business with government and leads the way in creating a culture of ICT enabled innovation.

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DTPS ICT WHITE PAPER SET TO BE FINALISED BY END-MARCH 2017

In the next step to having published its finalised ICT White Paper in September 2016, The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) met with the ICT sector on 17 February and is currently considering proposals from the industry on how the ICT policy can be implemented.  A joint-proposal from a group of six telecoms operators is being considered. The telcos’ proposal is one of 12 that the DTPS has received on the implementation of various aspects of the policy, and the department is considering all of the proposals.

IN THE NEWS: MASSIVE FLAW IN OLD STER-KINEKOR WEBSITE MAY HAVE LEAKED CLIENTS’ PRIVATE DATA

Ster-Kinekor’s old website, which was subsequently replaced in 2016, had a security flaw which may have leaked the private data of as many as 6.7 million users as discovered by a South African software developer, Matt Cavanagh who discovered the vulnerability and alerted Ster-Kinekor to the problem. Cavanagh revealed that the vulnerability allowed anyone to get the profile details of users in Ster-Kinekor’s system, including names, addresses, phone numbers, and plain text passwords. When Cavanagh reported the issue, Ster-Kinekor was in the midst of migrating its back-end point-of-sale system to a new platform called Vista and switching to the new system effectively fixed the issue.

IN THE NEWS: THE CONTINUING STORY OF CELL C AND NET1

Net1 UEPS Technologies, the electronic payments provider whose subsidiary, CPS, has found itself at the centre of a social grants storm alongside Sassa, has confirmed that it has agreed to buy a R2bn, 15% stake in mobile network Cell C. Net1’s offer completes the structure of the binding umbrella agreement that JSE and Nasdaq-listed Blue Label Telecom announced late in February, when it confirmed the identity of a previously unnamed “third party” investor who was after a 15 percent stake in Cell C.  The sale of a stake in Cell C is a part of the effort to reduce the mobile operator’s debt from R20 billion to R6 billion.