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- Nigeria's representatives to this year's World Cyber Games grand finale scheduled to hold in November in Cologne, Germany are to contest to participate in four of the 14 events at stake. Segun Ogunlola, President of the World Cyber Games in Nigeria said that the Games present an avenue for Nigerian youths to generate revenue and positively tests their computer skill.

- The ICT bus project, an initiative being implemented by the Rwanda Information and Technology Authority (RITA) will commence late this year. The programme to be coordinated through the e-Rwanda project will use two buses with fully built computer laboratories in each of them, will tour all districts in the country, beginning with Burera and Gisagara.

- A new National IT Policy that will reposition Nigeria in the emerging global IT- driven economy is in the offing.This fact emerged when the Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs. Grace Ekpiwhre inaugurated the National IT Policy Review Committee in Abuja.

- The ISO and IEC have rejected the appeals of South Africa, Brazil, Venezuela and India against the process to vote in Microsoft’s OOXML document standard and given the green light to publish the standard.

- South Africa’s Department of Education (DOE) will not subsidise the thousands of Asus EEE PCs that the SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) hopes its members will buy. Hindle says the DOE has been in discussions with Intel for some time to provide a solution across the country that would be subsidised by the state. He notes that the Sadtu deal will not deter it from continuing with this plan. Intel's Classmate PC costs between R1 500 and R4 000 – comparable with the EEE PC's average R2 500 – and has similar specifications to the EEE PC.

- Kenya's horticulture industry is losing millions of shillings following the breakdown of the Kilindini Waterfront Automated Terminal Operation System (Kwatos). Since the port went live with the system three weeks ago, port operations have ground to a halt, with ships waiting to be offloaded and loaded, creating serious congestion in what the Kenya Ports Authority management has passed off as teething problems.