Issue no 142

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AGRIC-INFO SPECIAL - HELPING PRODUCERS MAKE MONEY FROM DIGITAL INFORMATION

Bananas can be bought for 200 Ugandan shillings a bunch on the roadside near to where they’re grown. The same bunch costs UGS6-7,000 in the capital Kampala and UGS 10,000 at times of high demand like Christmas. This price disparity has attracted a whole range of technology-based information providers who are attempting to redress the price and negotiating balance of power in favour of the producer. What follows is a briefing on how these providers are coming up with ICT information solutions to address this issue. It is based on attending a conference held by the Dutch NGO IICD for…

Telecoms

TELEKOM MALAYSIA WANTS US$90M-$100M FOR ITS GHANA TELECOM SHARE

The Ghanaian Government’s difficulties with Ghana Telecom are not about to get any easier. According to the Malaysian newspaper New Straits Times Telekom Malaysia Bhd. (P.TEL) wants US$90 million to…


Telecoms

MANAGEMENT AT BOTSWANA’S BTC FACES SHAKE-UP UNDER ITS NEW CONTRACTORS

THE transformation of Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) continues to take shape as more staff members are appointed into management positions. With the divisional heads now appointed, the consultants who have…


Telecoms

REGISTRATION FOR SA’S TELKOM SHARES A HUGE SUCCESS, SAYS MINISTER

The South African Government has expressed satisfaction at the ‘phenomenal’ response to Telkom Initial Public Offering (IPO), saying such a massive public reaction to share registration indicated ‘a real thirst’…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Nigeria’s MTS moves towards attaining its March target for the launch of it First Wireless’ 700,000 voice and data lines and 3,000 kilometers of long distance communication facilities across…


Internet

FOUNDER OF TUNeZine.COM GOES ON HUNGER STRIKE AGAINST JAIL CONDITIONS

Imprisoned Tunisian Internet activist Zouhair Yahyaoui is in the fifth day of his hunger strike to protest the harsh conditions of his confinement. Zouhair Yahyaoui founded TUNeZine.com soon after he…


Internet

Internet Connectivity News - In Brief

- Technology Empowerment Network’s projects for 2003 include the following African projects: Eshop Africa, WOUGNET, and Nairobits. majordomo@internet.org.za


Computing

TRANSLATE.ORG.ZA OFFERS SOFTWARE IN SOUTH AFRICAN LANGUAGES

Translate.org believed it was not only possible but important to produce multi-lingual software and through this to improve the lives of many South Africans. Through its work you can now…


Computing

COMPAREX WINS NAMPAK CONTRACT

Comparex Africa has won a R70m three-year outsourcing deal to supply information and communications technology services to packaging company Nampak.Comparex will run a network and data centre for 120 Nampak…


Computing

SA’S MUSTEK, PINNACLE LOBBY GOVERNMENT

Local South African computer manufacturers Pinnacle and Mustek are lobbying the trade and industry department to ensure local products are given a fair chance to compete. The companies, along with…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Personal computer shipments for Europe, the Middle East and Africa rose six percent in the fourth quarter, the second straight quarterly increase, but a recovery is still a long…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

FUR FLIES AS SOUTH AFRICAN SNO BIDS COME UNDER ATTACK

It has not been a good week for the two bidders for the SNO franchise in South Africa. Many of those who are attacking the process have vested interests but…


Digital Content

MAROC HOST OFFERS TO SPONSOR YOUNG CONTENT PROJECTS

Moroccan web-hosting company Maroc Host has launched a sponsorship programme aimed at helping young people put their projects up on the web. It hopes that the programme will help enrich…


Digital Content

SA GOVT TARGETS CHAT ROOM PAEDOPHILES

SA’s Internet watchdogs, much like their counterparts elsewhere, are planning a campaign to educate parents and children about the dangers of paedophiles who lurk in Internet chat rooms.The growing threat…


Digital Content

African Web Site News - In Brief

- Cote D’Ivoire’s secondhand car sales people see themselves under attack from those selling cars on the internet, according to Fraternité Matin. Web host Abidjan.net has been offering cars for…


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PEOPLE

* Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo last week cautioned GSM telephony operators in the country against charging high tariffs for their services which the citizenry would be unable to bear. Represented…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

* IDPM, at the University of Manchester (UK), is seeking two information systems lecturers to take an information systems/social science approach to one or more of: e- development, e-government, e-business…