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The Gauteng Department of Education has launched an upgraded communication project, which sees approximately 2 600 principals, district cluster and circuit leaders, human resource management officials, and curriculum officials receive a Samsung tablet and BlackBerry smartphone. Every official will have a personal e-mail address and will also be able to access data to facilitate effective communication. – ITWeb
Naledi Pandor, Department of Home Affairs
Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor announced Altech Card Solutions and Gemalto Southern Africa as the successful bidders to produce material and software for the production of smart ID cards.

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More song choices are to become available on South Africa’s Metrorail mobile app and Web site, thanks to local start-up KasiMP3 partnering with makers of the train service’s online tool. Metrorail’s mobile application and Web site, developed by start-up GoMetro, provides commuters with information on real-time train schedules, train fares, timetable deviations, schedule and platform changes. – ITWeb Africa
The Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) will institute a code to help protect consumers against cyber security risks.

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Two South African ICT innovators have been included in the 10 finalists for the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA). The entities, Medical Diagnostech and Mobenzi, are among four local companies included in the top 10 shortlist. The other two are not ICT firms. The creators were tasked to developed practical solutions to some of the continent’s most intractable problems. – ITWeb

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