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Science and technology minister Derek Hanekom
Science and technology minister Derek Hanekom has welcomed an announcement by UK minister of state for universities and science, David Willetts, of a contribution of around R1.7 billion for the Square Kilometre Array project (SKA).

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David Mphelo, Cisco SA
According to the Cisco 2014 Annual Security Report, South African businesses face unprecedented levels of cyber attacks as global security vulnerabilities and threats against systems, applications and personal networks have reached their highest recorded level. The report notes that in the rapidly evolving world of security threats, total global threat alerts increased 14% year-on-year from 2012 to 2013. – ITWeb
Professor Barry Dwolatzky, JCSE
The Tshimologong precinct – a planned technology hub in Braamfontein – has raised nearly R5 million needed for construction to begin renovating buildings, which officials hope will be completed by August.

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Communications minister Yunus Carrim has come down on SA’s leading mobile operators for choosing to go the legal route in what has become a tussle over the Independent Communications Authority of SA’s new termination rate regulations. Carrim said South African companies were too quick to jump into courts, when negotiation could be used to resolve issues. – ITWeb
Michael Jordaan, Mxit
Michael Jordaan, First National Bank’s former CEO and current Mxit chairman, has made good on his love of disruptive technologies by investing in AngelHub Ventures, which provides capital for start-ups.

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