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Food rations reduced for refugees in Rwanda

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by PHYLLIS BIRORI  KIGALI – CASH-strapped humanitarian organisations have reduced food rations to refugees in Rwanda amid insufficient support by donors. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and World Food Programme (WFP) confirmed the funding shortages forced the latter to trim assistance to 90 percent in November and December. Funding gaps have widened and with immediate effect, WFP has reduced the ration ...

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Historic AfricaCom 2017 resumes in South Africa

CAPE TOWN – MORE than 11 000 delegates and 400 exhibitors have converged in Cape Town, South Africa for AfricaCom, the annual premier Pan-African technology, telecoms and media event. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the event endorsed by governments promises to showcase cutting-edge information and communications technology innovations and host high level discussions on speeding Africa’s digital revolution. The ...

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Apologetic SAP confirms misconduct in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG – SYSTEMS Applications Products (SAP) has offered an apology and opened formal disciplinary proceedings after a probe found indications of misconduct in the management of Gupta-related third parties in South Africa. The proceedings have been opened despite the company disclosing to date, the investigation had not revealed any evidence of a payment to a South African government official, including Transnet ...

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Red Hat delivers platform for SAP environments

JOHANNESBURG – RED Hat, the provider of open source solutions,has launched an optimised Linux operating system to enhances value and support for heterogeneous SAP software environments. The launch of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Solutions provides a smoother path for organizations seeking to integrate or merge their SAP software environments thus offering a single, proven and standardized platform for ...

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SAP gives update on probe into South African business

JOHANNESBURG – SYSTEMS Applications Products (SAP), the global software company, will provide an update on investigations into alleged impropriety by its South African entity, in October. The company is accused of paying kickbacks to a company linked to the influential Gupta family to secure tenders with state-owned companies. SAP initiated an investigation spearheaded by international law firm Baker McKenzie on July ...

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AfricaCom20: Sigital disruption equals digital democracy

CAPE TOWN – ACKNOWLEDGING the role financial technology is playing in redefining financial boundaries and opportunity, AfricaCom 2017 has added a specific track focusing on Africa’s financial digital fluency. A host of talks, presentations, case studies and prospects around fintech and e-commerce will debut at the event scheduled for November 7-9 in Cape Town. Tom Cuthell, Portfolio Director of AfricaCom organiser ...

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Botswana shifts focus to digital skills development

JOHANNESBURG – THE government of Botswana and SAP have partnered to empower pupils and teachers nationwide in preparation for Africa Code Week (ACW) 2017, scheduled for October. This past weekend, SAP ACW returned to Gaborone’s Bontleng Primary School to provide coding training to 80 local teachers and 100 pupils. Identified by the Ministry of Basic Education in the South-East region, the ...

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Zimbabwe first lady sets social media ablaze

JOHANNESBURG – SOCIAL media in South Africa and beyond is abuzz as controversy trails Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe, who is accused of assaulting a South African beauty queen. She (Grace Mugabe) has caused a cyber-storm and diplomatic unease following the confrontation with 20-year model, Gabriella Engels in Sandton, Johannesburg. President Robert Mugabe’s temperamental wife dominated platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, ...

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Digital disruption driving force behind 4th industrial revolution

from SAVIOUS KWINIKA in Sun City, South Africa SUN CITY – THE meteoric rise in connectivity, spearheaded by the internet of things (IoT) and digitisation, is set to revolutionise the face of manufacturing, energy, transportation, agriculture and healthcare, among crucial sectors in the next decade. This has been the prevailing theme at the Saphila 2017, this year’s edition of the ...

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EXCLUSIVE: Africa must brace for takeover by machines

from SAVIOUS KWINIKA, recently in Orlando, Florida, USA ORLANDO – AFRICAN governments, besieged by spiraling protests over inept service delivery, have been urged to embrace technology to improve governance systems and ensure the burgeoning youth population has the requisite skills to compete in an increasingly digital world. Analysts meeting at a key summit in the United States of America, said in ...

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