Daily Archives: July 26, 2018

KT Builds Digital System for National Identification in Tanzania

– South Korea PM and Tanzania Home Minister Visit New Data Center

– KT to Undertake More ICT Projects in Gabon, Botswana and Angola

SEOUL, South Korea, July 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — KT Corp. (KRX: 030200; NYSE: KT), South Korea’s largest telecommunications company, completed a new digital system for national identification in Tanzania, marking major progress for the company in Africa as KT continues to tap into new business opportunities throughout the continent.

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-Yon (center, seated) and Tanzanian Home Affairs Minister Alphaxard Lugola (second from right, seated) photographed with government officials and representatives from KT and Samsung C&T at the main data center of Tanzania’s new national electronic resident registration system in Kibaha on July 22.

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-Yon, Tanzanian Home Affairs Minister Alphaxard Lugola and other officials from the two countries visited the main data center for Tanzania’s countrywide registration system on July 22. The data center is located in Kibaha in eastern Tanzania.

The recently launched registration system is a significant step in KT’s endeavor to expand its cooperation throughout Africa. KT is currently working on various projects to improve the ICT infrastructure in the world’s second-largest and second-most populous continent, including high-speed communications networks in Gabon and Botswana and a public security network in Angola.

In May, the Korean telecom leader completed the construction of Africa’s first nationwide LTE network in Rwanda and also won a project to establish a surveillance system that will help prevent illegal fishing in the West African countries Sierra Leone and Liberia.

“Our latest projects in Rwanda and Tanzania will encourage other Korean enterprises to explore promising African markets,” said Yun Kyoung-Lim, head of KT’s future convergence and global businesses. “KT will continue to introduce Korea’s outstanding ICT technologies to the African continent through more scheduled projects.”

The new IT-based public administration system in Tanzania includes the digital national identification data center in Kibaha, a backup center, 13 regional resident registration offices, a fingerprint identification and management system, a network control system and a resident registration website.

KT formed a consortium with Samsung C&T Corp. to undertake the 52.6 billion won (US$47 million) project, which was commissioned by Tanzania’s National Identification Authority. The project began in April 2015 and included the participation of 15 Korean small- and medium-sized companies. KT remains responsible for the system’s repair and maintenance until June 2020.

KT expects that the digital registration system will help boost the economic and social development of the East African country. Tanzania has a population of some 56 million people and a 6 to 7 percent annual economic growth exceeding that of its neighbors.

Tanzania is a mountainous and densely forested country sprawling over a vast territory in the African Great Lakes region, which presented many challenges to the construction of a nationwide digital public administration system. While physical national registration offices were as far as 1,100 kilometers (684 miles) away from one another, they are now connected on the new digital system.

There were particular difficulties constructing buildings and laying optical fiber cables in the northwestern region of Mwanza, also known as the City of Rocks. KT’s vast experience in building and operating data centers throughout different countries helped overcome the acutely challenging obstacles in Mwanza.

The Tanzanian government is expected to soon implement the new digital system for national identification. The nation hopes to use the system to improve public services in education, hygiene and healthcare. The government also expects to use the system to alleviate some of the country’s social problems by targeting certain crimes and tax evasion.

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KT Corporation, Korea’s largest telecommunications service provider reestablished in 1981 under the Telecommunications Business Act, is leading the era of innovations in the world’s most connected country. The company leads the 4th industrial revolution with high speed wire/wireless network and innovative ICT technology. After installing 4.5 million fixed lines for 20 million users in just 12 years, KT was the first telecom provider to introduce 5G broad-scale trial service in 2018. It is another step in KT’s continuous efforts to deliver essential products and services as it seeks to be the No.1 ICT Company and People’s Company.

For more information, please visit our English website at https://corp.kt.com/eng

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Africa’s Biggest Exchange Golix Adds XinFin’s XDCE Token to Its Currency Lineup

SINGAPORE / ACCESSWIRE / July 26, 2018 / In line with its drive to open Africa to various cryptocurrencies, Golix – the pan African digital currencies trading platform has listed the XDCE token on its exchanges.

This makes XDCE the ninth digital currency to be listed on the exchange. Similar to the other tokens available on Golix, the XDCE token will be tradeable in the 7 African countries where Golix is live, providing a fiat to cryptocurrency trading option.

XDCE is an Ethereum based token launched by XinFin, while XDC is a native fuel to run various network features on XinFin hybrid blockchain and is also using blockchain technology to enable finance and international trade on platform called Tradefinex.org. XDC token can be utilised to power various infrastructure projects at Tradefinex.org platform.

Both the tokens are swappable at 1:1 ratio at alphaex.net digital exchange.

The listing of XDCE on Golix expands XinFin’s global presence to the fast growing African economy. It also extends the company’s use case to a continent whose booming markets have a significant need for efficient, cost-effective transactional solutions.

Yeukayi Kusangaya, Golix’s product manager spoke enthusiastically about the introduction of XDCE into the African cryptocurrency space calling the relationship between Golix and XinFin strategic for global fintech.

“Golix has a strong belief in the extension of financial autonomy to all of Africa and it has embraced blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies as the tools to achieve this. XinFin has displayed similar values, adopting blockchain solutions in the world of fintech. Our objectives and preferred solutions are aligned so it is strategic and befitting for us to work together.”

Enthusiastic on the listing, Chris Neill, Ecosystem Development and Community Manager, XinFin said, “XinFin is really excited to collaborate with Golix and we believe that this partnership will help our growing community in Africa to trade XDCE tokens against other major cryptocurrencies.”

The XDCE can be traded by anyone with an account on Golix. Users in the respective countries in Africa where Golix operates can buy it on golix.com.

About Golix

Golix is a Pan-African fintech startup company that runs a cryptocurrencies exchange with the same name.

Launched in Zimbabwe in December 2014 as BitFinance by Tawanda Kembo and Verengai Mabika, it was the country’s first Bitcoin company. It currently has live exchanges in Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.

Its customers use its platform to buy and sell cryptocurrencies using fiat deposits. The cryptocurrencies traded are used for remittances to and international payments from African countries.

Golix’s mission is to give every person in Africa financial autonomy. It is doing this by providing infrastructure that gives access to cryptocurrencies. It acts as the bridge between conventional payment methods and ubiquitous channels, and the digital currencies that characterise the global economy.

About XinFin

XinFin is a global open source Hybrid Blockchain protocol/platform with independent community contributors comprising of long term backers, network utility and tech developers. XinFin Network [XDCE] (https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/xinfin-network/) is a utility network that lets enterprises deploy real world applications on Hybrid Blockchain Protocol in a conducive, compliant and regulation friendly environment for diverse use cases in trade, finance, remittance, supply chain, healthcare and other industrial areas to improve business efficiency. XinFin has developed TradeFinex, a consortium owned hybrid blockchain platform for the development of IAC i.e. Infrastructure as an Asset Class.

Follow XinFin on Twitter (@XinFinF), Telegram (https://t.me/xinfintalk), Slack (https://xinfin-public.slack.com/) and contribute to GitHub (https://github.com/XinFinorg) channel.

SOURCE: XinFin

Labour launches Youth Development Programme in Limpopo, 28 Jul

Department Of Labour and Limpopo Economic Development Agency (LEDA) launch Youth Development Programme

The Minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant through the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and the Limpopo Economic Development Agency (LEDA), are launching a Youth Development Programme on 28th July 2018 at Fusion Boutique Hotel, Polokwane.

The Youth Development Programme is a training partnership that is co-funded by the Labour Activation Programme (LAP) of the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and the Limpopo Economic Development Agency.

Labour Activation Programme is an initiative of the Unemployment Fund that administers poverty alleviation schemes and training initiatives for UIF beneficiaries such as Training of the Unemployed, Training Lay Off Schemes, Enterprise Development and Turn Around Solutions.

This partnership on Youth Development Programme (the development programme) resonates with LEDA’s business incubation programme, which provides capacity building to learners, aspirant and existing entrepreneurs to succeed in their business endeavours. At full implementation the programme will cultivate entrepreneurial culture and spirit to many young people.

The development programme is committed to training about 800 learners which come from various communities around Limpopo on a 12 months Learnership programme called New Venture Creation.

LEDA will incubate about 500 of these leaners on a 24 months programme where learners will establish their business and employ other people. Each leaner has been allocated a sum of R21 250 for the period of the Learnership.

The department of labour, through the UIF is proud to also announce that since last year, it has trained about 9 550 beneficiaries of UIF and has an ambition of training about 450 000 unemployed UIF beneficiaries in various Labour Activation Programmes.

It is the goal of the department to contribute towards the reducing unemployment and creating job opportunities and enhancing the skills of mainly beneficiaries of the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).

Source: Government of South Africa

Missing six-year-old girl killed, suspects sought

Police are looking for information that could lead to the arrest of suspect(s) who kidnapped and killed a six-year-old girl from Siyabuswa who went missing on 21 July 2018.

The girl’s lifeless body was found today, in a shallow stream a few metres away from her relatives’ house where she was last seen. The person who found her body raised the alarm and police were summoned to the scene.

Information at police disposal revealed that shewas attending a traditional ceremony with her grandmother in Siyabuswa A. It is reported that she was in a room playing with other children whilst the adults were enjoying the ceremony outside, when she suddenly went out of the room and never returned.

It appears that the victim was strangled and possibly raped, however a post-mortem will be conducted to shed more light on the matter.

The Provincial Commissioner of the police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma condemned the senseless kidnapping and killing of people, especially young children.

Source: South African Police Service

SOUTH AFRICA’S WATER SITUATION IMPROVES BUT TOO EARLY TO LIFE RESTRICTIONS

PRETORIA– The latest report on dam levels in South Africa paints a picture of a stable water situation across the country but the Department of Water and Sanitation has warned that the country is not out of the woods yet.

Recent rains in parts of the country have given hope that perhaps the days of the water crisis may be over, even though it is too early to consider lifting water restrictions in affected provinces, the department said in a statement here Wednesday.

A weekly report released by the department on Wednesday shows that South Africa’s dam levels are showing signs of stability at 78.7 per cent of capacity, compared with this time last year when they were at 69.7 per cent during the drought which had ravaged the country.

Gauteng, South Africa’s smallest but most populous province, tops the charts, with levels of dam supplying the province almost reaching their capacity at 99.7 per cent, indicating the great improvement in the province compared with 2017 when the levels were at 90.2 per cent.

The Vaal Dam is among the water resources which have recorded the highest levels in the country at 97.6 per cent. The dam has improved by three percentage points compared with 2017 when it was at 94.0 per cent capacity.

The heavy downfalls in Western Cape, the province which has been affected by the recent drought, have increased dam levels there to a whopping 50.1 per cent this week, compared with 25.7 per cent at this time last year.

Levels at Theewaterskloof Dam, which feeds Cape Town, South Africa’s second biggest metropolitan area, have almost doubled to 41.3 per cent, compared with 20.5 per cent a year ago.

However, despite the good rains, the department said it will only review the current water restrictions in Western cape Province when the dam levels have reached 85 per cent capacity.

The Cape Town Dams System, with six dams serving the Cape Town Metro, has also seen their average capacity levels increasing from 54.8 per cent to 56.1 per cent. More rains are predicted for the region.

Eastern Cape Province was the worst province with the lowest dam levels in the country at 62.9 per cent.

The Algoa System, with five dams serving the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, saw average levels dropping from 19.7 per cent to a perilous 18.9 per cent. Last year, the system stood at 32.9 per cent capacity.

The department reminded consumers to continue adhering to water restrictions imposed by their respective municipalities.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK