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- The Postal Master General of the Nigeria postal service Ibrahim Mori Baba has said NIPOST will soon commence online postal, financial and communication service in the country.

- South Africa’s news website MyBroadband.co.za has compiled a table with the retail prices of the newly launched Windows 7 operating system. To view the prices click on the following link http://mybroadband.co.za/news/Software/10140.html

- A meeting devoted to free software has been held at the headquarters of the Ministry of Post and Information and Communication Technologies of Algeria. The meeting, chaired by Post and ICT Minister Hamid Bessalah, has brought together all national public and private operators, as well as academics and researchers operating in the field, the source added. Following the workshop meant for the presentation of Bee-Linux, an Algerian made Linux developed by the Algerian firm INEODEV, which is specializing in free software and computer system security, was also an occasion to assess the national capacities involved in the development of free software.

- South Africa’s Parliament has accused Siemens IT Solutions and Services (SISS) of delivering “a less than excellent product” in terms of its R1.7 billion contract with the Department of Labour (DOL). Workers Compensation Fund commissioner Shadrack Mkhonto told Parliament's labour committee that the Siemens system is so flawed that it “cannot possibly account for each claim in the system and it cannot tell us the status of that claim”. Mkhonto also told the portfolio committee that the situation has deteriorated to such an extent that hospitals no longer accept patients that rely on the compensation fund to pay their medical bills.

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