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SAP to ban commission on public sector deals in countries at risk of corruption

SAP has claimed that "significant changes" have been made to global sales processes, after reports of corruption rocked its South Africa biz. The German ERP giant has also launched disciplinary procedures against three employees after accusations that the SA subsidiary was using a shell company to buy help winning government …
Rebecca Hill, 26 Oct 2017

SAP rips and replaces South African bosses amid corruption probe

SAP has installed an acting managing director and acting chief financial officer at its scandal-hit South Africa subsidiary. This comes after the German software giant suspended four senior managers at the SA operation, and launched a probe into claims bribes were used to secure a top government contract. Late on Friday, SAP …
Iain Thomson, 17 Jul 2017

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The gargantuan Gatsby

It's February, and the weather's crap this side of the equator, so travel with us if you will to South Africa's sunny Cape Town for a wobbly dining experience so substantial it's more of a team sport than a post-pub dining exercise. Yes indeed, prepare to get your laughing gear round the "Gatsby", recommended by reader Simon …
Lester Haines, 12 Feb 2016

Sneaky students parade their bulging racks for Big Iron cluster daddies

HPC blog This year’s crop of student clusterers brought perhaps the most diverse set of equipment ever to grace a cluster competition in the modern era. We have servers with high node counts, low node counts, some with only CPUs, some with more GPUs than CPUs, and even a cluster that uses ARM CPUs. The chart above supplies all the …
Dan Olds, 24 Jul 2015
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Ubuntu daddy Mark Shuttleworth loses fight to cancel $20m bank fee

Mark Shuttleworth has lost his long-running fight to reverse a US$20m (£12.8m) bank charge levied after he transferred a fortune out of South Africa. In 2001, Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu Linux maker Canonical, emigrated from his home nation of South Africa to the Isle of Man. In 2008, he tried to withdraw R2.5bn (US$ …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jun 2015

Biltong, braais, being an 'IT bitch': A UK woman on working in Africa

The eXpat Files Jo Crawshaw is a 28-year-old woman who hails from “just outside the concrete jungle that is Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire”. These days you'll find her all over Africa, because her work for Opera Software means her gig is all about chatting to the continent's carriers. That job's taken her into some pretty confronting …
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So, these guys turn up with AK47s and offer me protection ...

The eXpat Files This week's expat is Lawrence Hunt, just returned from four years in South Africa, where he's had quite an adventure. Lawrence was in Nelson Mandela's home town on the day of his death and was told to leave in case ethnic cleansing got going, climbed transmission towers without a safety net, and slept in a bunk bed for months …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jan 2015

Drone to deliver beer-as-a-service

Organisers of South Africa's OppiKoppi Music Festival are promising attendees the chance to order a beer and have it parachuted out of a drone and into the campground. The festival takes place from August 8th to 10th. The lineup is dominated by local acts and therefore doesn't look like it's worth booking a flight to South …
Simon Sharwood, 14 May 2013
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Google turns South African schools into White Spaces

Google has connected up ten Cape Town schools using unlicensed White Space radio spectrum, hoping to drive legislation permitting broader use of the technology in South Africa and the world. The deployment is billed as a technical trial, proving that database-controlled White Space radios can operate in the same band as TV …
Bill Ray, 26 Mar 2013
SKA antennas close-up - artist's impression

South Africa and Australia to share SKA

SKA antennas close-up - artist's impression The square kilometre array (SKA) will be shared between Australia and South Africa. The colossal radio telescope was the subject of bids from both nations, each of which hoped to secure the rights to host hundreds of radio telescopes with a combined surface area of one square …
Simon Sharwood, 25 May 2012
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South Africa joins the call for BlackBerry messaging keys

South Africa has joined the call for access to the BlackBerry Messaging service, quoting the usual security concerns and pointing out that the UK plans much the same thing. BBM, the BlackBerry messaging service, has become the medium of choice for the discerning ne'er-do-well, which is strange considering it is a good deal …
Bill Ray, 7 Sep 2011
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Dead bloke reanimates in mortuary

A 50-year-old South African man, whose relatives had prematurely packed him off to the local mortuary, proved very much alive when he woke up screaming, prompting two terrified attendants to take to their heels. The poor bloke was declared dead by his own family on Saturday night when they couldn't wake him, the BBC reports. …
Lester Haines, 26 Jul 2011
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Emerging nations built bit bypass round Europe

The internet packets flowing between the emerging economic powerhouses of the New World will soon bypass Europe entirely. This week the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – agreed to build a 12.8Tbit/s undersea link between Brazil and South Africa and Angola. The South Atlantic Express cable system …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Apr 2011
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South African dam sluices 609 elephants per second

Regular readers know that we at the El Reg Bootnotes bureau are big fans of alternative units of measurement, so we'd like to raise a pint today to South African engineer Danie van der Spuy, who recently quantified the amount of water passing through the sluice gates of the Bloemhof dam as the equivalent of "609 elephants every …
Lester Haines, 18 Feb 2011
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South African wireless traffic lights pillaged by SIM-card thieves

The Johannesburg Road Agency is in talks with suppliers to try and stop thieves targeting its shiny new traffic lights for the SIM cards they contain. The Agency has been forking out thousands of rand on phone calls the thieves subsequently make using the snaffled SIMs. Thulani Makhubela, spokesman for the JRA, said: “The JRA …
John Oates, 6 Jan 2011
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Hacker almost derailed Mandela election in South Africa

An unidentified voting system hacker almost derailed South Africa's first democratic elections. Only a backup paper ballot system saved the historic 1994 election from sabotage, according to a new book from Peter Harris, the former head of the official election monitoring division. The hacking attempt involved trying to boost …
John Leyden, 27 Oct 2010
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It's boffins versus bookies on the World Cup Rankings

World Cup Stats After all the fun and upsets of the World Cup 2010 Group stage Holland are still favourites to win according to the Reg stats expert Dr Ian McHale of Salford University. But a surprise addition to the top 3 is Uruguay – ranked 7th by the bookies, and not even in Dr McHale's rankings at the start of the tournament. “I think …
Robert Blincoe, 27 Jun 2010
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England beat Germany - what are the odds?

World Cup Stats Sunday afternoon England and Germany resume a rivalry that has spanned generations as they meet for the sixth time in major finals since 1970. So what does Bettorlogic's look at England (Bettorlogic Rank 8) and Germany (ranked 5) tell us? Despite never having lost in 90 minutes to the Germans in these past five meetings – W1- …
Robert Blincoe, 27 Jun 2010

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