Embrace new smart card IDs: Zuma

first_img9 July 2013 President Jacob Zuma has urged South Africans to embrace the new smart card IDs, saying they would transform the country’s security systems. “I call on all citizens to come forward and be smart … the new smart ID cards are indeed very smart,” Zuma said after Home Affairs officials processed his smart card ID application at the presidential residence in Pretoria on Monday morning. “I’ve just done my own smart ID now and I must thank Home Affairs for this development. We have thought the ID we had after 1994 was the final one, but now we are moving to the smart cards, which are [secure] and easy to carry,” Zuma said. The process took about 15 minutes and included fingerprint verification, a picture and an electronic signature. Home Affairs spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said the President would receive his smart ID card on 18 July. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela are among others who will also receive theirs. Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor has said it would take between six and eight years for all South Africans to get their smart identification document (ID) cards, which will replace the green bar-coded ID books. Officials say the new cards will take five to 10 days to produce and deliver, compared with the current 47 days for paper documents. Containing microchips embedded with biometric data unique to each individual, and with the information laser-engraved on the chip to prevent tampering, the new IDs will be near impossible to forge, according to Home Affairs. Besides cutting down on identity theft and fraud, the smart IDs will speed up the process of establishing a modern, reliable population register. The cost of the new IDs will be the same as the amount paid for the green bar-coded IDs, which currently cost R140. IDs are free for first-time applicants. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Anant Singh gets RapidLion Festival lifetime achievement award

first_img18 March 2016Anant Singh, widely acknowledged as South Africa’s pre-eminent film producer behind popular favourites such as Sarafina!, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and the Leon Schuster films, received the first Lionel Ngakane Lifetime Achievement Award from the RapidLion Film Festival on 15 March 2016.The award recognises Singh’s contribution to the advancement of the South African and African film industries.The RapidLion Festival, founded by actor and director Eric Myeni, is a new film showcase event held in Johannesburg. It highlights not only a collection of feature films, short films and documentaries made in Africa, but includes contributions from the country’s BRICS partners, Brazil, Russia, China and India. It runs at The Market Theatre until 19 March.The festival’s local highlight is Kalushi, a film based on the life of Solomon Mahlangu, which will end the event.The lifetime achievement award is named after legendary South African actor and filmmaker Lionel Ngakane. Ngakane was best known for his role in the original 1956 version of Cry, the Beloved Country and his independent short film Jemima & Johnny about the 1958 Notting Hill race riots in London.Ngakane lived in exile for most of his life, starring in many international film and television productions. He returned to South Africa in 1994 to retire, and died in 2003, shortly after he was awarded the South African Order of Ikhamanga in Silver for outstanding achievement in the field of movie-making and contribution to the development of the film industry in South Africa and on the continent.The first film version of Cry the Beloved Country was shot in 1951 with Dr. Lionel Ngakane. Below Ngakane and friends pic.twitter.com/7epQULQaFF— RapidLion (@RapidLionFilm) June 1, 2015“I am truly humbled by this recognition and I thank the RapidLion Film Festival for this wonderful acknowledgement,” Singh said on receiving the award. “I share this award with the hundreds of thousands of people who have come together over the years to work on the films that I have produced. It is also a special privilege for me to have received the award tonight at The Market Theatre, the place where Sarafina! was born, and in the year that The Market celebrates its 40th anniversary.”Singh’s latest project is the death penalty drama set in South Africa, Shepherds and Butchers, starring British actor Steve Coogan.Source: Screen Africalast_img read more

Connecting sustainability with reducing input costs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cutting input costs and meeting customer demands for sustainability are top-of-mind issues for farmers. The good news is that these two objectives do not have to be in opposition to one another. In fact, implementing sustainable practices on the farm can help cut costs and contribute to profitability.“It just goes hand-in-hand to be more efficient on our farms with the current lower commodity prices,” said Keith Kemp, Soy Checkoff farmer-leader from West Manchester, Ohio. “Those efficiencies today will make my farm more sustainable today and more profitable down the road.”One sustainable practice farmers can use to cut costs is utilizing no-till.“We managed things very closely when we got into no-till 30 years ago and we made sure we were completely ready as far as fertility, tile and getting compaction out of the soils,” Kemp said. “Once we got into no-till we got our worms, microbes and all the little critters working to digest a lot of the residue and put their own fertility in the ground so we didn’t have to use as much fertilizer as conventional farmers.”Another practice is analyzing all of the data collected on the farm to only apply the inputs each crop needs.“That data is the icing on the cake,” Kemp said. “There’s no overlapping whatsoever, we analyze all of our mapping and practice prescription, variable rate planting so that data makes us tremendously efficient on our farm.”A prime example of that efficiency was when Kemp saved 21 bags of seed on 900 acres, which led to big savings and becoming more sustainable, something that many of U.S. soybean’s customers around the world are asking farmers to do.last_img read more

Enterprise 2.0: Awareness is Easier Than Execution, Says Nielsen

first_imgsteven walling Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Trends In a new report studying social networking on intranets, Web usability guru Jakob Nielsen asserts that despite broad awareness, real execution of Web 2.0 in the enterprise is still rare at this point.We’ve noted Nielsen’s skepticism when it comes to Web 2.0 in the past, but it’s not outlandish to acknowledge that the enterprise moves slowly to adopt new technology. By doing so, the entire industry receives a sobering reminder of just what it takes to make change happen in business.“Talk To Us Next Year”Neilsen’s 168-page report includes case studies from 14 companies in 6 countries, including Sprint, Sun, Intel, IBM, and Johnson & Johnson. Several times throughout the summary, he points out that when he asked these companies about their enterprise 2.0 strategy, they told him to come back in a year. With all the buzz about social software in the enterprise, this sounds like an anomaly to some degree… until you read that it’s not an awareness issue; just about everyone is thinking about social software to some degree. But thinking and doing are two very different things. It makes perfect sense that the huge organizations he focuses on in the case studies would take 3 to 5 years to roll out a new intranet.Breaking Down BarriersPart of what led Nielsen to the conclusions he makes is the perspective he takes on enterprise 2.0. The man is clearly in the camp that says it’s a difficult transformation where organizations must “cede power” in the quest to break down communication barriers. The opposite take would be the kind of analyst or vendor who stresses how new technologies enhance existing hierarchies of communication and do little to disrupt business as usual. In the end, Nielsen’s report stresses an important reality in business technology: pilot projects and trials might be quick to create, but real change takes time. Photo: Dplanetcenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more