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Coding initiative aimed at woman branches out after success in Cape Town
1 March 2018, 6:23 PM

Established in 2014, Code 4 Cape Town is an initiative that teaches young woman the basics of coding. The initiative has gone on to teach more than 600 woman and continues to provide participants with internet skills. After enjoying success in the Cape Town metropolitan – Code 4 Cape Town is branching out to other parts of the country.

SABC News caught up with Code 4 Cape Town ambassadors Anita Sese and Siyanda Jamce, watch video below as they talk about the program.

 

 

 

 

 

SA making good stride in Digital space
1 March 2018, 11:20 AM

Access to the digital space is vital in order to accelerate innovation and South Africa is at a turning point for harnessing the power of digital.

Josephine Buys, CEO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), was speaking at the annual IAB Digital Summit, a gathering for marketers, advertising executives, publishers and technologists, underway in Midrand, Gauteng on Thursday.

The summit is a platform for key roleplayers to come together to share insights about the reinvention of media platforms, creative & business models while exploring the latest thinking and innovation in the digital space.

She said there was much important work to be done – and referred to the first fake news and brand safety round table held in 2017 as one example. The inaugural task team agreed to ongoing discussion including the introduction a digital accreditation to verify IAB members as credible news sources.

Another highlight she said is the IAB being a signatory to the Issue Paper on Perspectives on universal free access to online information in South Africa, which focuses specifically on free public Wi-Fi and zero-rated content.

Buys said the digital space in South African is constantly evolving, and that the most important factor going forward is the need for collaboration.

She adds that despite the numerous challenges of access to the internet and high costs of data, it is important to ensure that young people are part of the process.

The summit wraps with the 10th edition of the Bookmarks  awards on Thursday evening – awarding excellence in Digital efforts on South African platforms.

See video below for more:

SA Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba
Unions concerned about VAT increases
22 February 2018, 8:01 AM

Concerns have been expressed about the impact of the latest Value Added Tax (VAT) increase, and fuel levy on the poor and the working class.

Opposition parties and labour movements were reacting to the tough measures announced by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba in Wednesday’s budget address, which others say will boost investment.

Secretary General of labour federation FEDUSA, Dennis George, is especially concerned about the increase in Value Added Tax.

“Fedusa is disappointed for the fact that government decided to increase VAT, it managed to keep VAT flat for more than 23 years because we know that VAT is a regressive tax, and this tax, even though you exempt the poor and working class people from VAT, it still affects them. And that’s the reason why we feel its very disappointing that this has happened, so this was not a good Budget – and its going to take years to recover from this.”

Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali has expressed similar views.

“The overall budget, we are disappointed…. We are not looking much in terms of the rand and cent allocation, because we understand that we are in a difficult time. We are looking more to policy direction… this is a structural issue, this is a structural problem…. unless you really restructure the process and the emphasis, and your priorities in terms of the budget.”

Watch Budget speech below:

 

Heinrich Klaasen
Klaasen magic helps Proteas square T20 Series
22 February 2018, 6:57 AM

A maiden 50 by Heinrich Klaasen and an excellent finishing job by JP Duminy paved the way for the Standard Bank Proteas to level their KFC T20 International Series 1-1 against India, after a six-wicket win at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday night.

Chasing a tough 189 for victory, the hosts reached their target with eight deliveries to spare and in the process ensured that Saturday’s final match of the tour will decide the outcome of the three-match contest.

Rookie Klaasen and captain Duminy were key to ensuring that their side avoided too many bumps along the way in wet conditions on the Highveld, with the former blasting a fearless 69 off 30 balls (3 fours, 7 sixes) and the latter completing the job with an unbeaten 64 off 40 balls (4 fours, 3 sixes).

It was a fine chase and came after the South Africans conceded 188 for four after winning the toss and bowling first.

They opted for an unchanged line-up from the first game, but apart from the first two overs that cost eight, the tourists then started to pile on the pressure.

Two quick wickets, including that of in-form skipper Virat Kohli for a rare duck to Junior Dala (2/28), did help pull India back to 45 for three at the end of the powerplay overs, but that was as good as it got for the home side.

A career-best 79 not out (48 balls, 6 fours, 3 sixes) by Manish Pandey and a dazzling 52 (28 balls, 4 fours, 3 sixes) by MS Dhoni helped India end with a flourish as the pair added an unbroken 98 for the fifth wicket.

Dala was the pick of the bowlers for the Proteas.

India began strongly by removing Jon-Jon Smuts (2) cheaply, but Reeza Hendricks provided a bit of momentum with his 26.

Klaasen, a revelation since taking the gloves from the injured Quinton de Kock, once again stepped up to the plate by planting the visiting attack all around his home ground.

He was especially harsh on one of South Africa’s chief tormenters in the limited-overs series, Yuzvendra Chahal, taking him for five sixes as he travelled for a costly 64 in four overs.

Along with Duminy, the pair put on 93 for the third wicket and by the time Klaasen fell, just over 50 were needed.

Behardien (16) helped his skipper to get most of them in a steady drizzle and draw the series level ahead of the trip to Cape Town.

corruption
Corruption reigns internationally: Transparency International
22 February 2018, 6:35 AM

More than six billion people live in countries that are corrupt, Transparency International said in a report on Wednesday.

More than two-thirds of countries received a poor corruption score, leaving most of the world’s population living in a country characterised as corrupt.

The global average score of the Corruption Perceptions Index (CDI) 2017 by Transparency International was just 43, and 69 per cent of all countries scored less than 50, with 100 being the best possible score.

“This means over six billion people live in countries that are corrupt,” Transparency International said in a brochure accompanying the release of the report.

The report also said its findings are “disturbing” and that the majority of governments are moving “too slowly” on tackling corruption.

The analysis used factors such as freedom of the press, freedom of speech and the freedom of organisations to operate and influence public policy transparently.

The CDI then ranked 180 countries and territories from 1 to 100 based on perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople: A score of zero is “highly corrupt” and 100 is “very clean.”

No country got a perfect score, but New Zealand tops the list as the “cleanest” country – meaning its citizens perceived little corruption, with a score of 89, followed by Denmark at 88.

Scandinavian countries enjoy high scores in the top 10 rankings.

Germany placed 12, behind Singapore but ahead of Australia, Iceland and the U.S.

Syria, South Sudan and Somalia scored the lowest.

Transparency International said their results show countries that have low civil liberties also tend to score high for corruption and that corruption is linked to “shrinking space for civil society.”

Countries that experience the worst corruption also have the least protection for press and non-governmental organizations, the group said.

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