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Zuma’s daughter, 25, lands top telecoms job

Zuma’s daughter, 25, lands top telecoms job

President Jacob Zuma’s daughter, Thuthukile, may have made history as South Africa’s youngest head of a minister’s office. From a lowly public liaison officer to the powerful position of chief of staff within two months at the age of 25, she now earns almost a million rand a year. Her dramatic rise to the position, which

Gauteng’s big broadband plans revealed

Gauteng’s big broadband plans revealed

The Gauteng provincial government has revealed more details about its plans to wire up the province to broadband. It is starting the project by connecting its core sites to a 1 600km fibre network. The province has also announced plans

Ashas to ashes as Microsoft signals shift

Ashas to ashes as Microsoft signals shift

Microsoft, fresh from concluding its acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business, has announced it will discontinue the handset maker’s Asha and S40 feature phones, as well as, perhaps less surprisingly, the Nokia X Android phones, over the next 18 months. Feature phones and particularly the Nokia

The $10bn app you’ve never heard of

The $10bn app you’ve never heard of

A Japanese messaging app called Line has filed for an initial public offering valued at nearly US$10bn. For an app almost unknown outside Japan it’s an audacious move. However, messaging is there simply to suck you into Line’s mobile world, where the real profits are made. Unlike its rivals, it is already

SABC saga: SA deserves far better

SABC saga: SA deserves far better

The saga of Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s appointment as the permanent chief operating officer of the SABC, after an unacceptably long and controversial tenure acting in the same position, has united South African political parties — including the ANC — in ways no issue has in recent times. A broad range of the public and organisations

Jobs bloodbath at Microsoft

Jobs bloodbath at Microsoft

The pain, it seems, is not over for former Nokia workers as their new employer, Microsoft, prepares to cut its workforce by a massive 18 000. Microsoft has not announced where all of these cuts will come from, but

Meet the man behind SA’s riot-control drone

Meet the man behind SA’s riot-control drone

Pretoria-based Desert Wolf made international headlines last month after it emerged that it had developed a drone capable of showering pepper spray on rioting crowds and claiming the technology could be used in “preventing another Marikana”, in reference to the violent protest in August 2012 where 34

Time to rethink the concept of privacy

Time to rethink the concept of privacy

The current debate over the right to be forgotten, spurred by a European Union ruling that allows people to stop certain Web pages from appearing in search results, is proof – if further proof was required – of the distinct form of public life that is being created by the Internet. Our digital identities are shaped by how

Your phone carries your microbiome

Your phone carries your microbiome

Mobile phones have become such an important part of our daily lives that they’ve started adopting our microorganisms, according to research published recently in PeerJ. James Meadow and colleagues from University of Oregon used DNA sequencing to compare bacteria living on

Just how powerful is Hlaudi Motsoeneng?

Just how powerful is Hlaudi Motsoeneng?

The magnitude of Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s power was revealed this week when cabinet was apparently told that his permanent appointment as SABC chief operating officer was not up for discussion. The Mail & Guardian was reliably told – by sources in government and the tripartite alliance – that a minister

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