Kenyan Technology Company Transforms Management of 'Chamas'

A Kenyan technology company has developed a web application that enables investment groups to automate their financial records and systems, from collection to investment, bringing transparency and efficiency.

Source: CIO

Togolese makes 3D printer using e-waste

A Togolese man has constructed a fully functional 3D printer from scratch using e-waste.

Kodjo Afate Gnikou made the printer at a cost of US$100 from rails and belts from old scanners, engine parts and old computer parts, most of which were picked from a dumpsite in the country’s capital Lome, while a few were purchased.

The 3D printer can be used on a daily basis at home to print utensils that are not easy to find in shops as well as for industrial use.

Source: humaipo

Computing - In Brief

- Durban-Data Imports, the official importer and distributor of Olivetti's range of colour and mono digital photocopiers, is partnering with Huge Telecom by adding GSM-based telephony solutions to its product offering.

IS accelerates cloud adoption with EMC powered technology

Internet Solutions (IS) has announced that it has extended its partnership with EMC Corporation by joining the EMC Velocity Service Provider Program as a Gold Partner. Furthermore, IS will deliver a cost effective dual site data replication solution called Cloud Rack that leverages the strong network and data centre capabilities of IS, and is powered by EMC’s storage solutions.

Source: Press release

Samsung sets up smart school in Sudan

Samsung ElectronicsSamsung Electronics Africa has set up a smart school solution to transform teaching and learning in Sudan. (Image source: Samsung Electronics Africa)Samsung Electronics Africa has announced it has launched a smart school at the Ahfad University for Women in Khartoum, Sudan, to provide teachers and students with a better learning experience

The new solution, a one-on-one learning programme, promotes interactive student-to-teacher relationship and provides students with immediate, reliable data access.

Source: Communications Africa

Computing - In Brief

- Nairobi: Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi said last week preparations for the class one laptop project will be completed by the end of September. He said a pilot exercise on class one children showed it takes only 10 minutes for a child to use a computer. "Attitude change among children is not difficult to deal with, the learning process will be more enjoyable when the gadgets come next year," Kaimenyi said. He said the country has a lot of e-learning materials which do not need to be imported.

Kenya IT hubs launched for primary schools

Eighteen digital hubs for Kenyan primary schools, allowing pupils access to computers and the internet, have been officially launched.

Funded by the British council and Microsoft, they are intended to serve more than 100 schools.

The BBC's Frenny Jowi says a hub she visited in Nairobi had 21 computers.
Give the numbers, they seem like a drop in the ocean, but the scheme is a significant step for Kenya's state education sector, she says.

Kenya's 639 state primary schools are often overcrowded, with up to 1,000 pupils at each institution, our reporter says.

Source: BBC

Flexenclosure receives order from Vodacom in Mozambique for new primary data centre to support network expansion

Flexenclosure, a specialist developer of intelligent power management systems and pre-fabricated data centres for the ICT industry, has received a multi-million dollar order from Vodacom Mozambique for its modular and pre-fabricated data centre eCentre.

Vodacom Mozambique has ordered an eCentre of 500sqm open floor space for its new primary switching centre to be deployed in the industrial zone of Tchumene in Matola, just outside the capital Maputo. The new data centre will be installed early next year.

Source: Press release

Computing - In Brief

- Uganda: ASYCUDA World, a web-based customs clearance system, which will help lessen clearance time to only four hours, was rolled out on September 2. ASYCUDA is an acronym for Automated System for Customs Data. It is an upgrade and a more robust clearance system than the old ASYCUDA ++ which has been in use. While launching it at the Nakawa Customs Business Centre, the Commissioner Customs, Richard Kamajugo, noted that the system gives clients the opportunity to make paperless declarations