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15 July 2011JSE-listed global ICT group Datatec is to acquire entrada Kommunikations, a German-based IT security products distributor and service provider, for an undisclosed sum.The acquisition will be carried out by Datatec’s subsidiary, Westcon, and will be settled entirely in cash from Westcon’s resources.The acquisition enhances Westcon’s German presence and, with entrada’s Swiss operations, allows Westcon to expand into a new geography to better service its pan-European customers’ needs.“The acquisition of the second largest security distributor in Germany allows Westcon to significantly penetrate Europe’s biggest economy and gives its European Security division a wider geographic footprint to better service its customers’ requirements,” Datatec CEO Jens Montanana said in a statement this week.Portfolio of solutionsFounded in 1996, entrada is the second-largest value added distributor of security products in Germany – with a portfolio of solutions that includes Trend Micro, McAfee, Juniper and Riverbed. Since its founding, entrada has grown to achieve annualised revenues of over €63-million.It will now form part of Westcon’s European Security operations.“Entrada’s complementary vendor portfolio further strengthens Westcon’s security offering in Europe, bringing significant possibilities for cross selling into both customer bases,” Montanana said.The transaction is still subject to cartel clearance.Earlier this month, another Datatec subsidiary Logicalis acquired Netarx, a provider of managed services, data centres and IT solutions to customers in the mid-west USA, for about US$34-million.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
14 July 2011 A somewhat eroded road leads away from the upmarket Johannesburg suburb of Dainfern, flanked by a thicket of trees and a vast, arid piece of open land. The road runs directly to the suburb’s polar-opposite, an overcrowded township on the northwestern periphery of South Africa’s commercial capital city. In stark contrast to its neighbour, electricity wires crisscross the landscape, running through a mixture of compact corrugated iron shacks, small state-subsidised houses and larger bank-bonded houses. Spatial planning is adverse and living conditions are inauspicious. There is a growing population of more than 200 000 living heedlessly in the cluttered and unkempt environment. A flurry of construction characterises the township, as does traffic congestion and blaring car radios, hustling traders and bustling passers-by, all working together to disturb the peace. Welcome to Diepsloot, a sprouting settlement populated by resilient migrants and immigrants, making up a cosmopolitan community. Conditions are appalling and most locals live in abject poverty. The colloquial language is a concoction of Sepedi, Zulu and Sotho. The main road into this settlement, Ingonyama Street, is undergoing a major revamp. Walkways are being paved and the road tarred; street lights and storm water drains are being installed. Along the street there are quirky people; foreign nationals like Indians, Zimbabweans and Somalians trade out of small rented backyard abodes; the streets are crowded with loitering young and old blood.Past times In Tlou Street, a busy byway off Ingonyama Street, a throng of senior citizens casually drink beer to pass the time. Children play indigenous games nearby; scores of people mill about the streets. In this part of the neighbourhood, roads are tarred and a few smarter houses can be spotted between the corrugated iron shacks. Taverns and liquor stores are open as early as 9am and the piercing sounds of a jukebox reverberate across the neighbourhood, much to the chagrin of neighbours. In this area, lively locals – young and old – spearhead a viable economy selling an assortment of merchandise. Where Tlou Street intersects with King Dinizulu there is a linear market, comprising barber shops and beauty salons, all compacted in one small plot. Beer halls are ubiquitous and car washes, fast food outlets, panel beaters, tailors, hair salons and barbershops do booming business. It is obvious Diepsloot families depend heavily on informal trading. Leshoto Mothapo of 118 Extension 4 and three of his neighbours run a car wash called Neighbour’s Car Wash. Business is good enough to employ two other youngsters. They open at 9am and close at 6pm. Like any business, they have their challenges, but they have decided to stick it out rather than return to a life of notoriety, drugs and alcohol, social ills that had been consuming their lives, they say.RDP houses Diepsloot was established as an informal settlement when South Africa became a democracy; since then, it has undergone a major overhaul. RDP houses (a generic South African term for state-subsidised houses) have been built, which are now sandwiched by rented backyard dwellings. The area has a few amenities of which it can be proud: there is a fire station; a satellite police station and metro police offices; a few schools, with others being built; a library; a recreational park with a range of play equipment; clinics; a shopping centre; premises of various guilds; an adequate sewerage system; public lighting; and graveyards. Many religious denominations can be found among residents, all with their places of worship. Zion Christian Church, International Pentecostal Church of Christ, modern day Christians and the like can be counted among them. Elderly Joseph Kgoete is feeling a bit off-colour, yet he is bubbly and full of humour. He says he was a migrant labourer employed in Olifantsfontein, but was recently laid off because of a sprained ankle. Originally from Driekop in Mpumalanga, he settled in Diepsloot Extension 2 in 1995. When he first arrived here, Kgoete says there were a few shacks and pit toilets. “What you see now came long after.” He could have settled elsewhere in Johannesburg, but chose Diepsloot because it was closer to where he worked. These days, he passes the time by drinking sorghum beer with his mates.Elderly He speaks little about his pride for the place, opting instead to talk only about his woes. Like many elderly people in Diepsloot, Kgoete has many pressing needs, from medical care to housing and transport. On his side of town, life continues unabated. Houses overlap pavements and most locals drink as a pastime. At the end of a street, “amajita” – the local youth – unwind under a tree. They pass the time with trivial chats. Across the township, untarred roads intersect tarred ones; others are being tarred. Most locals are reluctant to talk to the media. Freddy Mamabolo, however, is not one of those. He works as a volunteer for an HIV/Aids NGO (non-governmental organisation) in the area. He came from Mamabolo, a settlement with which he shares a name, in Limpopo province to Diepsloot to look for a job in the big city and a better life. “It’s not like I like this place; it’s home to none, but we live here because it is closer to Joburg where we can find work,” he explains. Mamabolo arrived in Diepsloot in 2000 and has been a volunteer for the NGO for six years. He is MoPedi but speaks broken Zulu and English, like most migrants. “Diepsloot is quite a good place. It’s a small ghetto, growing every day with 13 extensions. When I arrived here there were only seven extensions,” he explains.Unemployment He concedes that unemployment is a pressing issue, but notes that this is not unique to Diepsloot. “The challenges we have as young people include unemployment but everywhere you find that most young people don’t have jobs,” he says. Although the area is still being developed, the few amenities there are could go a long way if locals preserved and took pride in them, he says. “If all facilities can be used in a good way I think Diepsloot will go somewhere but since our people are apathetic in community activities that poses a problem,” he says. Diepsloot is composed of mixed housing, including bonded houses in the south, built near to RDP houses, all flanking the shacks of informal settlements. Social ills plaguing the area are teenage pregnancy, unemployment, and alcohol and drug abuse among the youth. The City has improved sanitation and waste removal, and the quality of water supply and expanded access to it. Public health facilities help to detect illnesses and quarantine the sick. Young people’s guilds help to raise awareness of HIV/Aids and environmental cleanliness. Diepsloot’s population is ever-rising, the result of migration and the movement of migrant labourers from fringe provinces to the City of Gold (as Johannesburg is still known) in search of a better life. This has strained resources such as land, water, energy and social services, with little help administered only to a few.Pollution The western-edge of Diepsloot is dominated by slums, poverty stricken households and little if any economic activity or growth. People here are exposed to indoor air pollution from burning firewood. There is a lack of an adequate public health infrastructure that can identify and respond to disease outbreaks and other threats. Because litter is dumped in open spaces and on street corners, increasing quantities of waste contaminate the air and cause water pollution. If Sbu Nene had it his way, he would move to Durban (KwaZulu-Natal’s major coastal city), “where there is vibe”. However, for now he relishes the vibrant social and night life and deejaying at sporadic weekend parties. Nene moved from Kensington B, in the Johannesburg suburb of Randburg, to Diepsloot in 2000. “We had no choice but to move here,” he says, adding that the cost of living was “too high” and that transport costs aggravated circumstances. He doesn’t like talking about his living conditions, noting only that he likes walking to Diepsloot Mall, a kilometre and a half from his home. “If you don’t have a R5 fare for a local cab you might as well walk and I enjoy it. It gives me time to unwind,” he says. The biggest problem in Diepsloot, Mamabolo believes, is apathy and the general perception most locals have, that “we are not here for anything but money and jobs. How Diepsloot develops and what happens to is not our problem.” Despite this, Diepsloot residents have a cohesive identity which has sustained the settlement and grown it into what it is today. And this is what is distinctive about the place – life is communal and some people are united in the future social wellbeing of their neighbourhood. Source: City of Johannesburg
18 March 2014Earl Grainger, South Africa’s newly appointed Fed Cup captain, is on a mission to improve women’s tennis in the country. On Monday, Grainger, together with Tennis South Africa, announced a complete overhaul of the Fed Cup system in the country.A Fed Cup squad comprising of 15 of the country’s top senior and junior players has been confirmed for 2014, and for the first time in years it includes South Africa’s highest ranked women’s singles player, Chani Scheepers, who last made herself available for Fed Cup duty in 2005.Grainger said that he had held long discussions with Scheepers, who was very excited by the new plans.‘Totally committed’“Chani assured me that she is totally committed to South African tennis,” Grainger said in a statement.“We spoke about her not being available for Fed Cup in the past and we discussed the future. Chani wants to help us in every possible way and I was delighted that she agreed to be part of the Fed Cup squad.”SquadTwelve of the 15 squad members were announced on Monday. They are: Chani Scheepers; Chanel Simmonds; Natasha Fourouclas; Madrie Le Roux; Natalie Grandin; Ilze Hattingh; Michelle Sammons; Lynn Kiro; Zani Barnard; Lee Barnard; Theresa Van Zyl; and Janet Koch. Three more players will be added to the squad shortly.The players in the squad were selected according to their world rankings and participation on the WTA Tour. Juniors with potential were also considered and players that supported the TSA tournament programme were given added consideration.Euro Africa Group 2 tournamentGrainger said that he would announce his Fed Cup team on Friday to play in the Euro Africa Group 2 tournament in Lithuania from 16 to 19 April.“I will be monitoring the players, their progress and their schedules at all times,” Grainger explained. “I will also be at all major local and international tournaments to watch the players compete and be on hand at these events to offer them advice.”ConsultantsTennis South Africa also confirmed that two consultants – seasoned doubles specialist Natalie Grandin of Durban and leading coach Allan Karam of Pretoria – would work with Grainger on the Fed Cup project. Grandin and Karam would be on hand not only to advise Grainger but also to work with the players in the squad.Karam said that the aim was to build for the future. “Let’s not be fooled, there is plenty of talent in our country. All we need to do is identify players, nurture and develop their skills, and look at long term success for our country.“I am optimistic about this new look Fed Cup project. As long as we give the girls every opportunity available to enable them to progress and develop, this added support will for sure assist them in becoming successful professional players, which will in turn be good for our Fed Cup hopes,” Karam added.He warned, however, that the road ahead would be a big challenge. “It’s not going to be easy, but Earl has some really great and positive vision, and Natalie and I look forward to the challenge.”‘This is a great idea’Grandin shared a similar view to Karam, and was feeling positive about her involvement with the project. “I am and have always been happy to help Tennis South Africa,” she said. “I think this is a great idea and I am sure that with all my years of experience playing in the Fed Cup team, and on the pro tour, I will be able to help South Africa move up to Group 1. The team definitely has enough talent to move up and be a strong contender in years to come.”Free of charge training squads for the players are planned to be held at least four times a year, with the players in the squad being given top class technical, physical and mental training to prepare them for the professional tour.‘Hard, dedicated work’“Hard, dedicated work will enable the girls to earn a place in the squad. My plan is to give the girls something that they have never experienced before and after each squad session I really want the girls to have gained enormously from the technical, physical and mental sessions we will offer them,” Grainger said.He warned, though, that the players would have to work hard and win matches to keep their spots in the squad. “I need a hard working bunch of players that are totally committed to their game, to Tennis South Africa and the country as a whole. If they are not committed and show signs of poor performance they will stand a chance of losing their spot in the squad,” he said.The first squad session will be held at Johannesburg’s Bedfordview Tennis Club from 9 to 12 April.SAinfo reporter
March Networks®, a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions, is pleased to announce the integration of its powerful March Networks Searchlight™ for Retail software with high-performance fixed Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology from Zebra Technologies. The integrated solution enables organizations to enhance loss prevention capabilities and visually verify events to draw additional business insights.“Every day we speak with corporate leaders who are starting to treat video as a core component of their technology strategy,” said Jeff Corrall, Integrations Business Development Manager, March Networks. “Integrated video can provide an almost unlimited view of the business, capturing everything from point-of-sale (POS) engagement, to banking transactions, to what went out the back door.”By combining data from Zebra RFID-tagged items with high-definition surveillance video, March Networks Searchlight makes it possible for companies to quickly search events by date, time, brand, product type, serial number or Electronic Product Code (EPC). They can then access the associated video with a single click to see exactly when and how an item entered or left a location. Users can conduct searches centrally from any networked location and simultaneously across multiple locations.- Sponsor – For example, an organization can discover in minutes the last time a specific, high-value item was present in a store or warehouse by searching on the product serial number and reviewing the recorded video. Similarly, it can use the same search capability to resolve more systemic – and potentially costly – issues, such as tracking the 10 or 12 items reported missing from inventory at the end of each month. In the future, the tight integration of RFID, POS and video data could enable automated alerts in the Searchlight software. This would allow companies to proactively respond to anomalies such as high-value items being removed from a location without first being captured on an order, or the need to replenish best-selling items on store or warehouse shelves.March Networks will showcase the integrated Searchlight for Retail solution in Booth 1614 at the ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits, September 12-15 in Orlando, FL. For more information, please visit www.marchnetworks.com/ASIS. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Excellence in PartnershipsSteve Hyle, Vice President, Director of National Accounts, AFA Protective Systems“It was during my tenure in retail loss prevention that I discovered my passion for finding solutions to promote sales and better protect assets and people,” said Hyle. “During my retail career, I was truly fortunate to work with a number of highly respected solution providers that were instrumental in providing the knowledge and support to help me succeed. Through these relationships, I discovered the tools, techniques, and skills to make a positive difference in my company and my career.“I’ve always considered sincerity to be an important virtue in business and in life. Sincerity provides the foundation for establishing trust and honesty in any relationship. A true solution provider is also a genuine business partner, striving to build relationships and dedicated to both achieving success in business as well as the growth and development of those involved. They’re unselfish and eager to share their knowledge for the benefit of others. They want to make a positive difference.- Sponsor – “Successful partnerships require mutual commitment and accountability. Like any relationship, the growth and longevity of a partnership is measured by the extent to which both parties are committed to support each other and deliver on the promises made along the way. Be thoughtful and sincere when making promises to others and always follow through on your commitments regardless of their importance.”Nominations Are EncouragedThe LPM team is privileged to have a front-row seat to the very best in the loss prevention industry, providing a unique opportunity to present positive, productive ways to promote loss prevention, build successful and constructive partnerships, educate and inform the LP community, and support the thought leadership that drives us forward.The LP Magazine “Magpie” Awards are a means to celebrate industry accomplishments on an ongoing basis, recognizing the loss prevention professionals, teams, solution providers, law enforcement partners, and others that demonstrate a stellar contribution to the profession. Steve Hyle is among our November–December 2017 recipients.We want this to be your program. Those of you working as LP practitioners witness these exceptional performances on a regular and ongoing basis, and we strongly encourage you to provide us with nominees for each of the award categories. We encourage creative nominations and want the program to cast a positive light on the many tremendous contributions of the loss prevention community. Nominations can be submitted via email to excellence (at) LPportal (dot) com.Find out who else has been recognized in the November–December 2017 issue – check out “LPM “Magpie” Awards: Applauding Excellence.” Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Google cannot do this because Facebook does not allow it. But, Microsoft has always had a good relationship with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and were one of the early investors in the social platform, so Bing gets to integrate Facebook basically as much as it wants. A lot of people have come to count on the fact that Google cannot crawl Facebook for privacy reasons so with Bings basically unfiltered access, it might be time to revisit those privacy settings within Facebook.Other features include “shared shopping lists” and flight planners that help friends share ticketing information to look for the best deal. It will also help you find friends in different cities when you are traveling with a function called “friends who live here.”Video: Bing Puts User Control at the Center of Search Experience Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… dan rowinski The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Facebook#Microsoft#search#web Microsoft’s search engine is about to tie its search results to the Facebook social graph in a move that will come as a blow to Google and its +1 initiative. Where Bing will be able to take existing “likes” from friends and integrate them into search, Google +1 has to be added from within search results before someone even clicks on a page. Google’s biggest rivals are teaming up to try and make the Mountain View giant irrelevant in the future of social search.The news was originally reported by Ad Age last week. Microsoft posted it as a blog post in its press center earlier today but the blog post had been pulled for unknown reasons. It is reported to be going live tomorrow, May 17. Bing put the blog post back up Monday afternoon with fuller details.The most exciting news to come out of the release is that there will be a new Bing Bar with a “universal like button,” the first of its kind. Users will now be able to like any page on the Web from anywhere, regardless if that site has a like button installed or not.Bing search results will now show “liked results, answers and sites” by showing contents that friends have liked. It will also show personalized results by surfacing content that friends have liked from “deep within” search results to the top page. Around 33% of users click on the top link of search results with click-through results dropping precipitously going down the page and to subsequent pages. So, if your friend liked something that was buried on page 89 of the search results, Bing will in theory bring it to the front page. Crowd Sourcing SearchOutside of friends, Bing is looking towards crowd sourcing the decision engine by using the aggregate of likes on the Internet and bringing them to forefront. Bing also apparently will have the ability to crawl Facebook Pages for what brands and companies are posting online.It is not just pages though, Bing can crawl profiles too. According to the pulled blog post; “Now when people search for a specific person, Bing provides a more in-depth bio snapshot, such as location, education and employment details, to help them find the person they’re looking for more quickly.” Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts
South Korean tech giant Samsung has launched a new’faster’ LTE-A variant of its much-acclaimed Galaxy Note 4 phablet. The SamsungGalaxy Note 4 LTE-A (SM-916) is notably the world’s first LTE-A tri-bandcarrier aggregation smartphone and will be available for grabs in South Korea startingmid-January. There is however no word yet regarding the device’sglobal availability as of now.The original Galaxy Note also supports LTE-A howeverwith dual-band carrier aggregation. The device can achieve a maximum download speedof 150Mbps. The new SM-916 variant rakes in three bands and can handle downloadspeeds of up to 300MbpsThat’s not all, the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 LTE-A(SM-916) is also Category 9 service authorized and can handle a peak downloadspeed of 450Mbps. That said, the Category 9 network service is not availablefor commercial usage as of now. The new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 S-LTE comes with thesame specifications set as the original Galaxy Note 4. It features a 5.7-inch Quad-HD Super AMOLED displaywith a 1440×2560 pixels resolution and is powered by a 2.7GHz QualcommSnapdragon 805 processor coupled with 2GB RAM.It sports a 16MP autofocus rear camera with Smart OIS,and a 3.7MP front-facing snapper. Connectivity options on the device include:Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS/ Glonass, NFC, Bluetooth v4.0, IR LED, USB 2.0,and MHL 3.0.
REVEALED: Man Utd made triple-threat check on Moussa Dembeleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are scouting Lyon striker Moussa Dembele leading up to the January market.The Daily Mail says United sent a scout to Wednesday’s draw with Brest, where Dembele scored, and Sunday’s clash with PSG. They also had a presence at the Champions League match against Zenit Saint-Petersburg last week.Dembele has been in fine form this season and already has six goals from six appearances in Ligue 1 — with all of his shots on target finding the back of the net. He is the top scorer in the division. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say