2018 budget speech in a nutshell

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s Budget Speech has seen him make “difficult decisions” to address a revenue shortfall and to fund free higher education. An increase in value-added tax (VAT), fuel levy and a higher estate duty tax are just some of the things South...

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China’s tech industry is catching up with Silicon Valley

The technology industry is the crowning glory of America’s economy. It supports 7-million well-paid jobs at home, and allows America to set standards globally. Silicon Valley generates almost $200-billion of profits from abroad each year, several times the benefit...

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Budget: State-owned ICT companies by 2020

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) plans to establish a state IT company and a state ICT infrastructure company by 2020, although the exact functions of these new companies remain a mystery. The telecoms ministry confirmed the news in the...

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Apple looking to buy cobalt directly from miners

Apple in talks to buy long-term supplies of cobalt directly from miners for the first time, according to people familiar with the matter, seeking to ensure it will have enough of the key battery ingredient amid industry fears of a shortage driven by the electric...

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Your boss could have the rights to your social media accounts

Social media is part of the modern fabric of interaction, with some reports suggesting that 66% of users spend time checking social media accounts while at work. Industry tracker Mediakix suggests that popular platforms YouTube and Facebook consume one hour 15 minutes...

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Cyberattackers hit Olympic opening ceremony

A cyberattack caused the Internet disruptions during the Winter Olympics’ opening ceremony on Friday night, Olympic officials and security experts said. Jihye Lee, a spokesman for the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee, confirmed Sunday that “the technology issues...

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Mustek helps COJ in R6m ‘ghost’ computer probe

PC distributor Mustek is assisting the City of Johannesburg (COJ) in a case where the city paid R6-million for 500 desktop computers to a service provider but the PCs were never delivered to the municipality. In a statement, COJ mayor Herman Mashaba says he was...

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The latest trend in Silicon Valley: shunning technology

At Google, some employees use a tool that restricts time spent on e-mail. A senior Apple executive said his wife used a device that sets iPhone and iPad limits for their children. Members of a venture capital firm meditate before phone-free quarterly meetings. Slava...

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Top 10 richest people in cryptocurrency

Forbes has released its list of the richest people in the cryptocurrency community. The net worth of those on the rich list is denoted in range estimates based on estimated cryptocurrency holdings, post-tax profits from cryptocurrency trades, and stakes in...

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Digitising the supply chain in an exponential world

COOs and supply chain management are feeling the brunt of an accelerating business environment further complicated by increasing customer demands for efficiency, personalisation, and convenience. Slow manual processes based on inconsistent information across...

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