Fact-checking Africa

Africa Check is a non-profit information service which promotes accuracy in public debate. It tests claims made by public figures around the continent, starting in South Africa, using journalistic skills and evidence drawn from the latest online tools, readers, public sources and experts, sorting out fact from fiction. The site contains well-considered research findings on […]

Africa gets real-time fire information system

October 20, 2010 – Africa: The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has upgraded its Advanced Fire Information System (AFIS) to deliver information on locations of active fires in southern and east Africa in real time, it says. The satellite-based fire information tool, developed in collaboration with Eskom coupled with cellphone technology for distributing […]

iBorders Advance Passenger Processing used to control World Cup visitors

South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs today celebrated the success of Advance Passenger Processing (APP), the border management solution from air transport IT specialist SITA, during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The system, which was implemented in just nine months, successfully kept “undesirables” from entering the country during the tournament. More than 1.5 million passengers […]

Gauteng Legislature Information Management System Fails

After R20 million of public funds have been wasted, a forensic audit will be carried out on a dysfunctional IT system in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL). The Legislature Information Management System (LIMS), implemented by troubled vendor Faritec, was a project meant to automate a variety of processes and functions within the institution to improve […]

The village scribe project – empowering rural villages

The Village Scribe Association (or more formally the Association for the Advancement of Innovative ICTs for Rural Development) is working on a number of interesting projects in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa. The Village Scribe Project is aimed at providing remote rural communities with meaningful access to the internet. As it stands, the […]

Accommodation database for 2010 World Cup

South Africa is banking on its upgraded contact centre and the internet to help solve accommodation and other issues related to visitors who will attend the 2010 Soccer World Cup. At a press briefing yesterday, Sindiswa Nhlumayo, deputy director for tourism at the Department of Tourism, said the Web address for the accommodation and listing […]

South Africa resurrects Smart ID card project

The South AfricanĀ  Department of Home Affairs (DHA) will award the tender for its long-awaited smart ID card project within the current financial year. Following the cancellation of the project earlier this year, the DHA says it has requested National Treasury to restart the tender process. The department says, despite the delays, the smart card […]

Another murky South African tender?

Are multinational software companies using unqualified BEE front companies in South Africa to win lucrative, and sometimes dodgy, government contracts? Following an outcry over a R153 million ($20m) tender, the South African Department of Trade and Industry has authorised an independent investigation into the awarding of the controversial bid by the Companies and Intellectual Property […]

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