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* UUNET Zambia, which has been operating for two years, has recently appointed Rienzo Colpo as its general manager (GM) to further expand and entrench its business solutions on offer to this market. Colpo joined UUNET in 2000 after completing a number of his own successful business ventures and for the last three years he has held the position of regional sales manager in UUNET’s KwaZulu-Natal branch.

* Disgruntled former employees of IBM in SA plan to take the global technology company to court, alleging that it improperly used more than R200m in pension fund money, enriching itself at the expense of more than 400 pensioners. The pension group said it would draw Finance Minister Trevor Manuel into the case, alerting him to the drama as the minister with overall responsibility for the South African pension fund industry.

* The first phase of the six to eight months programme to improve the quality of teaching and learning through ICT, according to SchoolNet Coordinator, Olaolu L. Sasore, will commence in five centres in each of the states, Federal Capital Territory, Niger (North central), Gombe (North-east); Cross River (South-South); Anambra (South east); and Ondo (South west).Briefing newsmen after a media tour of facilities of the project at the Model Secondary School, Maitama and Government Technical College, Garki, Sasore said: "SchoolNet is working to establish at least 1,000 centres in Nigeria within the next two years through its strategic partnerships."

* To sustain a competitive environment for attracting investors, President Festus Mogae says there is need for an urgent upgrading of Botswana’s local and international telecommunications capacity. President Mogae stressed the importance of building a strong capability in research, science and technology. This, he said should be supported by the development of human capital to meet the challenge of the information and knowledge age. Delivering his state-of-the-nation address in Parliament last Monday, Mogae said investors from the developed world need advanced technologies.