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July 20, 2017

Be radical like Mandela’s generation – Zuma’s message to youth

President Jacob Zuma has called on the youth to follow in the footsteps of former late president Nelson Mandela and his generation and achieve “radical economic transformation”.

Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Oliver Tambo belonged to a special generation of young people who were radical, robust and daring, Zuma told members of the ANC Youth League in the party’s Cape Town region on Monday.

“They were not cowards. However, I must emphasise their radicalism was informed by conviction and not by convenience”. “They were radical truly because they believed in the moral and intellectual superiority of their ideas.” It was Mandela’s generation [...]

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July 20, 2017

Durban at the forefront of DNA research

Durban is leading the way in DNA research, having attracted some of the brightest minds in the science field, in a new state-of-the-art lab in the city.

With cutting-edge technology, such as the next generation DNA sequencing machines, the scientists at the centre, called the KZN Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform (KRISP), are forging ahead in DNA research, with the data collated eventually being able to influence government health policies.

Based at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, the centre will be officially launched later this year but scientists are already hard at work analysing data.

Professor Tulio de Oliveira, of KRISP, an HIV genetic [...]

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July 19, 2017

South Africa has the highest data prices among Africa’s biggest economies

A new research paper by Research ICT Africa shows that the price of data in South Africa has not changed over the past two years – and is the most expensive out of all leading African economies.

South Africa’s mobile data prices have come under constant attack in recent months, with targeted social media campaigns like #DataMustFall drawing attention to the high prices local operators charge.

The price of 1GB in South Africa from South Africa’s two largest mobile operators – MTN and Vodacom – have flatlined at around R150 since 2014.

In 2016, MTN’s price per GB increased to R160, while Telkom has been the only operator to make any downward adjustment to its [...]

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