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13 February 2016
                       
 
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10 Feb 2016
 
 
Is Soweto’s Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital really the world’s 3rd largest?
AFRICA CHECK
A huge hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg, claims that it is the third largest hospital on earth. Africa Check trawled the internet for information in support or contradiction. “Did you know? Chris...
 
 
19 Jan 2016
 
Cell C: OTT regulation will protect profits, not customers
STATEMENT
MTN and Vodacom have declared war on consumer interests. The infamous duopoly wants to limit how we use Internet services like WhatsApp - and it has nothing to do with fairness, competition or the...
 
 
14 Jan 2016
 
Zimbabwe presidency dismisses Mugabe heart attack rumour
POLITICS
A rumour than Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has suffered a heart attack is a "grim lie", his spokesman George Charamba said on Thursday. The online news website Zim Eye (http://www.zimeye.net)...
 
 
07 Dec 2015
 
An employer’s recourse against an employee’s social media blunders
BOWMAN GILFILLAN
An employer does have recourse against employees whose social media blunders cause brand damage, or result in the disclosure of confidential information or vicarious liability. The CCMA has...
 
 
18 Nov 2015
 
Employer liability and social media
BOWMAN GILFILLAN
From an employment law perspective it must be borne in mind that an employer may be held vicariously liable for the conduct of its employees, if such conduct is committed in the course and scope of...
 
 
17 Nov 2015
 
SA president slips up – $13.4 BILLION invested in renewables, not $14 MILLION
AFRICA CHECK
South Africa has embarked on a major renewable energy programme, but President Jacob Zuma got his sums wrong talking about this at a G20 leaders meeting in Turkey. Rolling black-outs in 2008 and...
 
 
29 Oct 2015
 
Here's one way to recover and protect Africa's 'lost science'
THE CONVERSATION
It’s been 20 years since Wayt Gibbs introduced the phrase “lost science” to the world. Writing in Scientific American, Gibbs suggested that science and research from the developing world was being...
 
 
28 Oct 2015
 
Gauteng: Gauteng hosts ICT Summit
STATEMENT
The Gauteng Provincial Government will host a two-day ICT Summit on Monday, 02 November 2015 and Tuesday, 03 November 2015 at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand. This inaugural summit takes place...
 
 
02 Oct 2015
 
DAC: Rejoice Mabudafhasi: Address by Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, on the occasion of the International Translation Day, Protea Hotel, Pretoria (02/10/2015)
Topics
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
 
 
15 Sep 2015
 
New JSE fibre link speeds up trading
ICT
Transporting financial data between global capital market participants and Africa’s biggest stock exchange is set to become faster. On Tuesday, local data centre vendor Teraco announced a new 32...
 
 
17 Aug 2015
 
Open access is a development issue – the status quo needs to be challenged
THE CONVERSATION
Access to information is a basic human right entrenched in the South African Constitution. Yet there are many barriers restricting or preventing access to information. The biggest barriers are:
 
 
31 Jul 2015
 
Google’s silver bullet for patent trolls
Von Seidels Attorneys
Technology companies take note: Google may have found a way to beat patent trolls, and you are invited to join them. The term “patent troll” refers to an entity which exists for the sole purpose of...
 
 
29 Jul 2015
 
Obama visit bolsters government, stings opposition and boosts business
PRESIDENTIAL VISIT
US President Barack Obama flew out of Kenya leaving behind a confident administration of President Uhuru Kenyatta, a deflated opposition, and a group of loaded businessmen, firms and venture...
 
 
09 Jul 2015
 
FPB: Film and Publication Board recognises authority of Press Council to regulate online press content
STATEMENT
The Film and Publication Board (FPB) has, in principle, recognised the authority of the Press Council of South Africa (PCSA) to regulate online press content published by PCSA members.  This...
 
 
07 Jul 2015
 
Sacci shares world congress highlights, but worried by govt apathy
ECONOMY
The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) would partner with Italy’s Turin Chamber of Commerce in facilitating a multimillion-rand investment in the Western Cape’s deciduous fruit...
 
 
 
                       
 
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