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Would you be able do disconnect?

Friday, October 24th, 2014 - 3:00 pm - Sonja van der Westhuizen

Whether it’s an increasing phenomenon or we’re just more aware of it, addictive social media and internet behavior is becoming more prevalent. To such an extent that internet addiction treatment camps are commonplace in China. According to psychiatrist and neuroscience researcher Sean Luo of Columbia University “3.7 to 13 percent of U.S. and 10 percent of South […]

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What is PoPI or PPI?

Friday, October 24th, 2014 - 12:00 pm - Sonja van der Westhuizen

PoPI or PPI is the Protection of Personal Information Act, an act approved by government at the end of 2013. The purpose of this act is to ensure that all South African institutions collect, process, save and share the personal information of entities in a responsible way. The act deems institutions responsible if any personal information […]

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Meet the techies: Wendy

Friday, October 24th, 2014 - 12:00 pm - Sonja van der Westhuizen

If you walk past the IT building and hear a loud noise coming from the first floor, don’t be alarmed. One of these days Wendy Robyn will start announcing the completion of a project with a vuvuzela. Yes, things do get a little bit hectic in the IT network department and a little stress relief always […]

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Recent Projects

Bits & Bytes officially on air

A month ago we proudly announced the arrival of a new IT segment every second Tuesday on MFM. (Read the article here) The radio version of Bits & Bytes had it’s second successful broadcast on Tuesday and the feedback has been extremely positive. With each programme we try to combine news relevant to students and staff, […]

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STP – technology made accessible to students

Over the past year a new technology initiative aimed mainly at students, has slowly, but surely spread across campuses nationwide. STP, or the Student Technology Programme‘s objective is to offer affordable tablets and laptops for purchase to all students of public universities across South Africa.  The programme was negotiated with various technology vendors by the […]

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In the Blog

New IT building: What is a place of work?

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 - 2:40 pm - Ralph Pina

Our fairly intensive participation in the design process for the new IT building got me thinking about what a place of work is and why a knowledge organisation, like an IT division, would have one. The new building is essentially an office building: it will not house technical infrastructure such as the data centre, but […]

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Mobile technology survey reveals new trends

Friday, November 1st, 2013 - 12:27 pm - Sonja van der Westhuizen

Android and Apple mobile phones look likely to dominate share amongst students within a year while Blackberry’s share is dwindling rapidly. The picture has changed significantly since 2012:  This is just one example of the results of a recent mobile technology survey conducted by the Information Technology division to track trends in students’ mobile devices. […]

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