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Celebrating Mandela’s legacy through community upliftment

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This week we celebrate the legacy of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, and with that we also recognise the contributions made by citizens in a bid to bring about change.

The Rhodes University Community Engagement Division (RUCE) together with the community of Makana, have taken the initiative to bring change within the community of Manaka through, Vuka! Makana initiative in honour of Nelson Mandela’s birthday this week.

This initiative was set to partner with communities, encouraging citizens to assist with creating better living standards within their communities.

It seeks to tackle prolonging issues which have been affecting both the standards and means of living. These issues are commonly related to,”littering streets, day zero looming, pothole, or dilapidated buildings”.

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UJ engineers step forward with prototype for low-cost ventilators

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The outbreak of the Covid-19 virus has pushed the government to work around the clock to ensure that the country is equipped and has access to essential resources during this pandemic.

Scientists have been working on a vaccine to fight the Covid-19 virus and now a team of engineers and health care specialists from the University of Johannesburg led by engineers Dr Deon Sabatta and Dr Samson Masebinu have created a prototype for a low-cost ventilator in their fight against the deadly Covid-19.

“Our product includes devices such as pressure sensors, flow sensors, and a number of control algorithms. It can, therefore, be set up to perform more advanced ventilation tasks such as pressure support ventilation (PSV) or synchronous intermittent mandatory ventilation (SIMV)”, Dr Deon Sabatta said.

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NYDA launches fund to assist youth-owned enterprises

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The National Youth Development Agency has taken the initiative to relief youth businesses in distress, through its newly launched Youth Micro Enterprise Relief Fund ( YMERF).

The fund is aimed at assisting youth-owned enterprises, which might not qualify for other funds. The agency says the fund will allow businesses to pay employees and relief businesses with lack of income and those waiting for other funding mechanisms.

“Funding will be capped at R10 000 for every qualifying business.”

For more information visit http://www.nyda.gov.za/

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Teraco provides 7.5M grant to facilitate the changing landscape of education in South Africa

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Data centre operator Teraco provided a 7.5 million grant in support of the  South African Broadband Education Networks (SABEN). In the next five years, this grant proposes to support SABEN ” in efforts to end bandwidth poverty among South African schools and public TVET colleges.”

Teraco CEO Jan Hnizdo says that the grant will assist in aiding these educational institutions to access content directly, expand their collective digital strategy, and lay essential foundations for future digital remote learning.

The grant is provided to the South African Broadband Education Networks (SABEN) via the Teraco Connect Foundation.

Taraco included in their announcement that, SABEN will be provided with a physical presence in Teraco data centres in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg and Colleges will have direct network access to Platform Teraco, providing institutions with secure and direct interconnection.

 “Platform Teraco allows configuration of scalable interconnections to all the major cloud ramps, 250 network providers (including carriers, terrestrial fibre, satellite connectivity and submarine cables), 50 global content providers, 130 IT service providers, 130 enterprises and financial services providers, and access to several Internet eXchange Points (IXPs) at NAPAfrica and INX.”

“Teraco provides carrier and cloud-neutral colocation data centres. It has over 14,500 cross-connections.”

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