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Copper theft scourge on the rise

Copper theft scourge on the rise

Copper theft increased to R13m in September, up from R12m the previous month, according to the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Copper Theft Barometer. “This is the fourth monthly increase in the year in what

SA, ITU to collaborate on rural broadband

SA, ITU to collaborate on rural broadband

South Africa’s department of telecommunications and postal services and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will collaborate on a new project to test “new, sustainable approaches to bringing broadband connectivity to rural post offices”. The idea, according to a statement issued by the ITU

Usaasa sets out set-top box subsidy plan

Usaasa sets out set-top box subsidy plan

The Universal Service & Access Agency of South Africa (Usaasa), the government agency tasked with bridging South Africa’s digital divide, has provided details of those who will qualify for a subsidy when buying a set-top box for watching digital terrestrial television. The subsidies proposed range from

SnapScan tackles parking payments

SnapScan tackles parking payments

On Friday, Cape Town will launch a pilot programme that will allow residents and visitors to the city to pay for kerbside parking in the central business district with mobile payments app SnapScan. The service will be piloted in conjunction with Street Parking Solutions, the kerbside parking marshals

Looking for a party? There’s an app for that

Looking for a party? There’s an app for that

A new South African app, being launched on Friday, is hoping to be partygoers’ real-time digital catalogue for places to go and people to see this festive season and beyond. Trender is a location-based photo app that allows users to see where your friends are, where they’re going and the photos they’ve

Vodacom leaking users’ numbers: report

Vodacom leaking users’ numbers: report

Vodacom has allegedly been providing its subscribers’ numbers to third parties, The Times reported on Thursday. The cellular company reportedly confirmed on Wednesday that some of its 32,5m local and 27m international subscribers’ personal details were supplied to other businesses

Drupal security hole leaves admins scrambling

Drupal security hole leaves admins scrambling

Website administrators were scrambling on Thursday to patch their servers after a security hole in the Drupal content management system led to automated attacks, compromising website worldwide. Drupal is an open-source content management framework used by more than 2% of websites globally, ranging

Screening finds no Tshabalala degree

Screening finds no Tshabalala degree

A background screening process commissioned by the Democratic Alliance has provided more proof that SABC chair Zandile Tshabalala does not have a degree, the party said on Thursday. “The DA enlisted the services of Managed Integrity Evaluation to check Ms Tshabalala’s qualifications

Parkhurst set for fibre turf war

Parkhurst set for fibre turf war

In the wake of news this week that the first homes in Parkhurst in Johannesburg have been connected to start-up Vumatel’s speedy fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network, Telkom has begun deploying home fibre infrastructure of its own in the leafy suburb. Ryan Hawthorne, technical adviser to the Parkhurst Residents

MTN, Afrihost deal gets regulatory nod

MTN, Afrihost deal gets regulatory nod

The Competition Commission has recommended the approval of MTN’s acquisition of a majority stake in Afrihost. It won’t impose any conditions on its support of the deal, it said on Wednesday. TechCentral reported in early June that the

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