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Cape Town’s “digital nomad” visa plan

Cape Town’s “digital nomad” visa plan

Source: MyBroadband The Western Cape provincial government wants the national government to introduce a “remote working visa” aimed at international digital nomads, but they are struggling to convince the Department of Home Affairs. Cape Town is perfectly positioned...

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Alibaba accepts record fine

Alibaba accepts record fine

Source: BBC Chinese tech giant Alibaba said on Monday that it accepted a record penalty imposed by the country’s anti-monopoly regulator. Regulators slapped a $2.8bn fine after a probe determined that it had abused its market position for years. The fine amounts...

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Most phishing e-mails originate from these countries

Most phishing e-mails originate from these countries

Source: IOL Security researchers have found that phishing emails are more likely to originate from certain countries in parts of Eastern Europe, Central America, the Middle East, and Africa. The country where emails originate and the number of countries they are...

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Why LG killed its phone business

Why LG killed its phone business

By Lisa Eadicicco for Business Insider US LG is officially bowing out of the smartphone market. The South Korean tech giant announced on April 5 that it’s exiting the “highly competitive” smartphone business by closing its mobile unit, signaling the...

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Four in 10 SA ransomware victims pay up

Four in 10 SA ransomware victims pay up

Source: OFM More than 40% of victims of ransomware attacks in South Africa pay the cybercriminals responsible to try to secure or recover their data. But in many cases, the crooks simply disappear with the money. This is according to a new report from security firm...

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What POPI compliance means for your business

What POPI compliance means for your business

By Wendy Tembedza for Webber Wentzel ​​​All businesses with employees, customers and suppliers must comply with POPIA, which comes into effect on 1 July 2021. Here’s a practical guide to the most important aspects. With the commencement date of the Protection of...

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Half a billion Facebook users’ data breached

Half a billion Facebook users’ data breached

By Jordan Valinsky for CNN Business Over the weekend, cybersecurity experts revealed that about half a billion Facebook users’ personal information was breached – a treasure trove of data the includes full names, birthdays, phone numbers and their...

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SABC to retrench more than 600 staff

SABC to retrench more than 600 staff

By Ntombi Nkosi on IOL It was a sad day for 621 employees from the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) after it announced that it’s going ahead with retrenchments. The broadcaster said in a statement that the monumental retrenchment process was due to its...

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Chinese e-hailing service to challenge Bolt, Uber in SA

Chinese e-hailing service to challenge Bolt, Uber in SA

Source: Business Insider SA China’s leading e-hailing service is expanding into South Africa, challenging a market dominated by Bolt and Uber. The official launch, which brings DiDi Chuxing to Cape Town, follows a successful pilot programme conducted throughout March...

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SARS looking for IT professionals to improve tax system

SARS looking for IT professionals to improve tax system

By Hanno Labuschagne for MyBroadband The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has announced hundreds of vacancies for skilled workers across various fields as part of its plan to modernise its tax compliance systems with new and evolving technologies. “SARS is...

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TymeBank surpasses the 3m customer mark

TymeBank surpasses the 3m customer mark

Source: ITWeb TymeBank has reached the three-million customer milestone, as the digital-only bank increases its kiosks at Pick n Pay and Boxer stores across SA to 700. Having launched in February 2019, TymeBank bills itself as one of the world’s fastest-growing...

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Home Affairs plans to go ‘paperless’ in South Africa

Home Affairs plans to go ‘paperless’ in South Africa

Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi says that his department is working on a number of tech-focused features, with plans to take some services digital – according to a recent article in Business Tech. Answering in a recent written parliamentary Q&A,...

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