Why keeping up with the digital revolution is key for marketers
By Johanna McDowell Partner at Scopen Africa and CEO of the Independent Agency Search & Selection Company (Pty) Ltd Digital is at the forefront of all businesses worldwide, but the methodologies and platforms change so frequently that it’s difficult to master. Agencies in particular find it a struggle to... Read more
Government gears up for digital migration
Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says the Ministry has established a Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) war room to implement the project and meet the international deadline for digital migration. The Minister said this when she briefed the Portfolio Committee on Communications in Parliament on Tuesday. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU)... Read more
ICASA ready to receive data theft complaints 
Newly-appointed Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi says the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is ready to receive complaints related to the theft of mobile phone data. Responding to oral questions, the Minister made her maiden appearance in the National Council of Provinces on Wednesday in her new Communications... Read more
Expanding internet access’ not for everyone in SA says major African study
South Africa was one of the four countries participating in a Mozilla-backed research, carried out by Research ICT Africa, which aims to understand, from a comparative perspective, how citizens use the internet when data is subsidised and when it is not. The compelling investigation finds that significant barriers to... Read more
Proceed with caution after data breach says fraud expert
Responding to what has been billed “SA’s biggest data breach” Manie van Schalkwyk of the Southern African Fraud Prevention Service, says this is not a situation to be taken lightly. While some reports speculate on who the real victim is, Van Schalkwyk says it is consumers who are the... Read more
Advisory council to fast track digital migration
Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has established a Digital Migration Advisory Council, which consists of representatives from broadcasters, telecommunication companies, relevant government departments and State-owned entities. “This council is advising me on the initiatives we need to implement in order to fast track the Broadcasting Digital Migration project,” Minister Dlodlo... Read more
User experience tops entertainment, media report
Amid shifting consumer preferences, rapid advances in technology and ongoing disruption to business models, the new strategic imperative for entertainment and media (E&M) companies is to turn customers into fans – by innovating to create the most compelling, engaging, and intuitive user experiences. Significant shifts are underway in how... Read more
Bay innovators to benefit from international consortium
Nelson Mandela Bay innovators will benefit from computer numerical control (CNC) technology funded by an international collaboration project between various South African and European universities. The two-year knowledge exchange project, which ends in October this year, focussed on Entrepreneurship, Modernization and Innovation in South Africa (EMISHA) and was funded... Read more
Lights, camera, action for emerging black filmmakers
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will use the 38th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) to market its South African Emerging Black Filmmakers Incentive and target relevant producers who qualify for the incentive. “The incentive objective is to create an environment that takes advantage of the country’s... Read more
G20 should build digital economy friendly to growth, jobs: Xi
Chinese President Xi Jinping says the Group of 20 (G20) members should build a digital economy that is friendly to growth and employment. He made the remarks while attending the two-day G20 summit in the German port city of Hamburg. “We should actively adapt ourselves to digital evolution, foster new economic... Read more