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The Shift to Remote Working Has Led to Bad Online Security Habits

More than 50% of IT teams believe that employees have bad security habits. Habits they’ve developed since moving their offices into the home and that put their information, systems and employers at risk. The statistic comes from the Tessian Back to Work Security Behaviors Report that also found an age discrepancy…

July 24, 2021 HNOrji

3 Reasons Why Personalisation in Digital Marketing Matters

In 2011, Coca Cola launched its Share a Coke campaign in Australia, which was a personalised campaign with the most common Australian names printed on Coca Cola bottles and cans. The result? More than 250 million personalised bottles and cans were sold over the summer months to a population of fewer…

July 24, 2021 HNOrji

Rubrik and NetApp Data Protection Summit Showcases Continued Benefits of this Channel Partnership

By taking a modern approach to your data strategy, you don’t have to choose between cost-effective operations and agile, scalable data protection. This is one of the messages relayed at the recent Rubrik and NetApp Data Summit, during which cloud data management company Rubrik, and hybrid cloud data services and data…

July 23, 2021 Michael Njenga

Sierra Leone lawmakers vote to abolish death penalty

A majority of lawmakers in Sierra Leone’s parliament voted Friday to abolish the death penalty, according to Source…

July 23, 2021 Michael Njenga

South African health regulator probes 28 deaths recorded after COVID-19 vaccine jabs

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) said it was probing the deaths of Source…

July 23, 2021 Michael Njenga

South Africa’s vaccination drive regains pace after unrest

South Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign is regaining momentum after being disrupted earlier this month by Source…

July 23, 2021 Michael Njenga

Africans still seeing COVID surge amid demand for vaccines

Health officials say a slight overall dip in COVID cases on the African continent is welcome, but it doesn’t reflect the reality in many nations that are seeing a surge. New case numbers were down by 1.8 percent during the week ending July 18, according to numbers cited Friday by… The post…

July 23, 2021 Michael Njenga

Tennis star Osaka lights Tokyo Olympics cauldron as Games open

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka lit the Olympic cauldron as the Tokyo Games opened on Friday after a Source…

July 23, 2021 Michael Njenga

WHO commends Nigeria’s progress in tracking tuberculosis amid COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) has commended Nigeria’s efforts and measures taken to track and Source…

July 23, 2021 HNOrji

Award-Winning Haller Farmers App Launches on iOS

As technology develops and becomes increasingly available in rural East African communities, Kenya-based NGO and UK-founded charity, the Haller Foundation continues to evolve and innovate to meet the changing needs of farmers. To this end, the Haller Foundation has officially launched its award-winning Haller Farmers App for iOS devices. Originally a…

July 23, 2021 HNOrji

5 Fastest Internet Providers in Kenya Ranked

Internet and connectivity speed tester Ookla has released its market analysis for Kenya, ranking the country’s fastest internet service providers (ISPs). The analysis only takes into account top providers of internet services in the country, ones which account for 3% or more of total test samples in the market in Q2…

July 23, 2021 Michael Njenga

France starts supply bridge to help Tunisia cope with virus

France has established a “maritime bridge” to provide COVID-19 vaccines and medical oxygen to Tunisia, Source…


July 23, 2021 HNOrji

Transnet Undergoes Apparent Ransomware Hack

South Africa’s logistics and port operator Transnet has been the victim of an apparent ransomware attack, with its IT systems, websites and Navis container terminal OS going offline yesterday morning. The hack was first identified when several stakeholders in the freight industry were not able to access the container terminals at…

July 23, 2021 HNOrji

Horror Classic Dead Space to Receive Next-Gen Remake

Beloved sci-fi horror video game franchise Dead Space is set for a resurrection, according to publisher EA. A next-gen remake of the 2008 classic has been announced. //INCOMING RIGLINK MESSAGE >>DISTRESS SIGNAL DETECTED>> UPLOADING… Dismember your worst nightmare – limb by limb. Revisit the first #DeadSpace, rebuilt from the ground up…

July 23, 2021 HNOrji

Uber Acquires Trucking Firm for $2.25-Billion

Uber Technologies is set to acquire Transplace, a logistics company currently owned by TPG Capital to the tune of $2.25-billion. The new acquisition is to date the company’s largest investment into the trucking and logistics business. Transplace Logistics Transplace was reportedly formed in 2000, with contributions from some of the largest…

July 23, 2021 HNOrji

Telkom Group CEO to Step Down

Sipho Maseko is expected to step down from his positions as Group CEO as well as executive director of Telkom and its subsidiaries on 30 June 2022. According to Telkom, the process to appoint a successor is “well underway” and that a new designate Group CEO will be announced in the…

July 23, 2021 HNOrji

New Virtual Career Expo Aims to Prepare SA’s Youth for the Working World

These past few weeks have tested South Africans like never before. We’ve dealt with a third wave crippling our already-overburdened healthcare system; ongoing load shedding catapulting our country into darkness; the closure of certain sectors as a result of the return to level 4 lockdown – and just when we thought…

July 23, 2021 HNOrji

SA’s E-Commerce Surge to Benefit Small, Indie Retailers the Most

South African consumers are heading online in greater numbers as the e-commerce shopping experience increasingly offers more choice and convenience than can be found at traditional big-brand, brick-and-mortar retailers, says Mike Farquharson, MD of online courier aggregator Rush. Statista market and consumer data project that 31.6-million South Africans could be converted…

July 22, 2021 Michael Njenga

IMF board approves big lending increase for poorest nations

The IMF board announced Thursday it had approved a massive increase in its ability to Source…

July 22, 2021 Michael Njenga

Tunisia rescues 166 migrants at sea, 16 dead

Tunisia rescued 166 migrants on Thursday, stranded at sea for nearly a week, recovering the bodies Source…

July 22, 2021 Michael Njenga

Olympics-More COVID-19 disruption for South Africa’s rugby sevens squad

Five South African rugby sevens players who were close contacts of coach Neil Powell, will Source…


July 22, 2021 Michael Njenga

Africa demands local production of COVID vaccines

Global pharmaceutical firms should license production of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa rather than just do Source…

July 22, 2021 Michael Njenga

Death toll from South Africa unrest jumps to 337: govt

Rioting in South Africa this month has claimed 337 lives, the government said Thursday, marking a further Source…

July 22, 2021 Michael Njenga

Africa’s COVID-19 3rd wave at crossroads: WHO official

Africa’s third wave of COVID-19 pandemic is at a crossroads, a World Health Organization (WHO) Source…

July 22, 2021 HNOrji

MTN SA to Invest $2.3-Million Driving Digital Inclusion in Limpopo, Mpumalanga & North West

MTN South Africa is making significant headway in ensuring more people in SA benefit from the modern, connected world. A $2.3-Million Investment to SA’s Northern Region The planned network investment in the Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and North West areas, for the 2021 financial year of R350-million ($2.3-million), is aimed at modernising, upgrading,…

July 22, 2021 Michael Njenga

EU pledges 200 million COVID vaccine doses to poor countries

The European Union said Thursday it will donate more than 200 million doses of COVID-19 Source…

July 22, 2021 Michael Njenga

Mixed results for African football teams as Olympic Games get underway

Africa’s sole representative in the women’s Olympic football tournament, Zambia, suffered a chastening defeat in Source…

July 22, 2021 Michael Njenga

Nigerian police rescue two more abducted students in northern state

Nigerian police had rescued two more students kidnapped by gunmen in early July from a Source…

July 22, 2021 Michael Njenga

Guinea withdraws from Olympics

Guinea canceled its participation in the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Source…

July 22, 2021 HNOrji

Gerhard Fourie of Commvault Talks Challenges for Data Management in Africa

Commvault is a recognised global enterprise leader in Intelligent Data Services across on-premises, cloud and SaaS (software-as-a-service) environments. The firm specialises in the management of data across these platforms. ITNA’s Luis Monzon had the opportunity to speak to Gerhard Fourie, recently appointed as Commvault Africa’s Channel Lead. Fourie joined Commvault in…

July 22, 2021 HNOrji

Twitter is Testing Tweet Upvote & Downvote Buttons

Ubiquitous social media network Twitter is currently testing Reddit-like upvote and downvote buttons in efforts to highlight replies in long tweet threads that are considered most interesting by users. Some of you on iOS may see different options to up or down vote on replies. We're testing this to understand the…

July 22, 2021 HNOrji

South Africa to Produce Over 100 Million Pfizer Vaccines A Year

Pharmaceutical heavyweights Pfizer and BioNTech have agreed to partner with South Africa’s Biovac Institute to produce their COVID-19 vaccines at a facility in Cape Town. First announced on Wednesday, this deal will see more than 100-million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines produced annually to be distributed to African nations. Biovac had…


July 22, 2021 HNOrji

Network Disaster Recovery Plans are an Insurance Policy for Your Business Operations

Civic-minded South Africans watched with growing concern at the recent extreme civil unrest incidents that flared up around parts of the country. Society and the government alike were caught largely unawares, with the defence minister shockingly clarifying that the South African security cluster ‘had almost been caught with its pants down’….

July 22, 2021 HNOrji

6 Ways Facebook is Helping Protect Zambia’s 2021 Elections

Today, Facebook outlined the steps it is taking to help protect the integrity of Zambia’s general elections on its platforms. The southern African country is expected to go to the polls on Thursday 12 August 2021 for general elections to elect the president and national assembly of the country. Facebook says…

July 22, 2021 HNOrji

Why SA Healthcare Providers Need to Adopt Long-Term Telehealth Strategies

Only one doctor is available for every 1,250 patients in South Africa, across its vast expanse, with an urgent need to increase its cohort of specialists. This shortage of medical professionals costs the country in terms of the negative impact on people’s health and the increased price of healthcare provision –…

July 21, 2021 Michael Njenga

South Africa targets 35 million people vaccinated against COVID-19 by Christmas

South Africa aims to have given at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine to 35 Source…

July 21, 2021 Michael Njenga

Death toll in South Africa unrest rises to 276: Govt

The recent unrest in South Africa has claimed 276 lives, the government said on Wednesday, raising the death Source…

July 21, 2021 Michael Njenga

Tunisia president says army will take over management of COVID-19 crisis

Tunisian President Kais Saied said on Wednesday that the military health department will take over Source…

July 21, 2021 Michael Njenga

Malawi president fires Attorney General

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera has fired the country’s Attorney General (AG), Chikosa Silungwe, local media Source…

July 21, 2021 Michael Njenga

Uganda recruits more health workers as COVID-19 cases surge

Uganda has started the process of recruiting more health workers to be deployed in the Source…

July 21, 2021 Michael Njenga

Heaviest rain in decades floods Central China’s Henan province

Parts of China’s central Henan province remained underwater on Wednesday with reports of 25 dead Source…

July 21, 2021 Michael Njenga

Bandit attack leaves 5 dead in northwest Kenya

Five people were on Tuesday afternoon killed and four others injured in a fierce gun Source…

July 21, 2021 Michael Njenga

African nations implicated in Pegasus spyware inquiry

Morocco, Egypt and Rwanda are just three of the nations where governments and their leaders are named in an ongoing investigation into the use of Pegasus spyware supplied by Israeli tech company NSO Group. The Pegasus Project, coordinated by the Paris-based NGO Forbidden Stories, looks at how the technology is… The post…

July 21, 2021 HNOrji

10 Fastest Internet Providers in Nigeria Ranked

Internet and connectivity speed tester Ookla has released its market analysis for Nigeria, ranking the country’s fastest internet service providers (ISPs). The analysis only takes into account top providers of internet services in the country, ones which account for 3% or more of total test samples in the market in Q2…

July 21, 2021 Michael Njenga

Tunisian double gold medalist to ‘boycott’ Tokyo Games

Tunisia’s double Olympic swimming gold medalist Oussama Mellouli has announced his international retirement, saying he Source…

July 21, 2021 Michael Njenga

Cape Town to build its own power plants to reduce dependence on Eskom

Cape Town is seeking to secure more than 450 megawatts of power from renewable sources Source…


July 21, 2021 HNOrji

Telkom Launches New Music Streaming App in South Africa

Telkom, a leading telecommunications company in South Africa, has revealed its new music streaming platform, Telkom Music. Launched in partnership with Tencent-owned JOOX, the platform is available from the Huawei AppGallery and Google Play Store. Telkom says that it recognizes the landscape of music streaming is changing and highlights that the…

July 21, 2021 Michael Njenga

WHO: Global COVID-19 cases could exceed 200 million within next three weeks

The World Health Organization says overall, 3.4 million new COVID-19 cases were reported in the Source…

July 21, 2021 HNOrji

Orange Submits Interest for Stake in Ethio Telecom

French telecom firm Orange has submitted an expression of interest to participate in the ongoing partial privatisation of Ethiopia’s Ethio Telecom. This is according to Ethiopia’s ambassador to Paris, sharing the news on Twitter. Fruitful discussions with team of @orange which has formally submitted interest to participate in the partial privatization…

July 21, 2021 HNOrji

Looting in SA May Cost KZN Economy $1.3-Billion and 150,000 Jobs, says Presidency

A week full of unrest, violent rioting and looting breaking out in the wake of former President Jacob Zuma’s incarceration, amongst other reasons, has left the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province of South Africa nearly in ruin. The violence and looting will cost the province’s economy an estimated R20-billion ($1.3-billion). After the arrest…

July 21, 2021 HNOrji

WhatsApp Multi-Device Feature Rolls Out to Kenyan Users

WhatsApp has started to test support for multi-device connections that let users access the chatting app on more devices without the need to have an active connection on one device. The new feature is currently rolling out to users in Kenya, according to TechWeez. WhatsApp is now taking in testers in…

July 21, 2021 HNOrji

The Best Way to Set Up Your Business’ Wi-Fi Network – 6 Top Tips

When it comes to connecting your office to the rest of the world, it requires a bit more forethought than simply looking for an Internet service provider (ISP) and hoping for the best. Sure, finding a reliable ISP does play a critical part in it all, but before you can even…

July 21, 2021 HNOrji

Jeff Bezos Successfully Reaches the Edge of Space

Amazon, Blue Origin founder and richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, blasted off towards the edge of space in his own rocket, the ‘New Shepard’. Bezos has been competing with fellow billionaire Richard Branson, who flew into space aboard his Virgin Galactic rocket on 11 July, beating Bezos by about…

July 21, 2021 Michael Njenga

Tracking scheme a turning point for Togo’s economy and public health

On July 1st, Togo began systematically enforcing a comprehensive fiscal marking system which will allow authorities to track a wide range of consumer goods, from fruit juices to alcoholic beverages. Distributors and local points of sale who have so far sold their wares under the table in an attempt to… The post…

July 21, 2021 Michael Njenga

Zambia’s electoral body ready to hold elections

Zambia’s electoral body says it is ready to hold general elections slated for next month. Source…

July 21, 2021 Michael Njenga

100 kidnap victims freed in northwest Nigeria

Nigerian police said on Tuesday 100 people kidnapped by bandits in June from a village Source…

July 21, 2021 Michael Njenga

U.S. launches air strike targeting al-Shabaab in Somalia

The US military conducted an air strike against Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Shabaab jihadists on Tuesday, the Source…

July 21, 2021 Michael Njenga

Botswana’s first female weightlifting star breaks barriers to make Olympics cut

Being a child of staunch members of the apostolic church, 20-year-old Magdeline Moyengwa’s life appeared Source…

July 21, 2021 HNOrji

South African Company Says Its Copper Face Masks Can Help Beat COVID

Copper Fresh, a Johannesburg-based company has innovated a new solution to possibly curb the spread of COVID-19 through its pink face masks. The company says it is making one of Africa’s first face masks capable of self-sanitising and killing the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, just a…

July 21, 2021 Michael Njenga

South Africa unrest hits 40,000 businesses

At least 40,000 South African businesses were looted, burnt or vandalized during widespread rioting that Source…


July 21, 2021 Michael Njenga

Zimbabwe’s economy projected to grow by 5.4% next year

Zimbabwe’s economy is projected to grow by 5.4 percent next year, driven by growth in Source…

July 20, 2021 Michael Njenga

Breaking: Tunisia health minister sacked over virus: statement

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi on Tuesday sacked Health Minister Faouzi Mehdi, Mechichi’s office said, Source…

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