Andre Iguodala may have stolen the game and the show in Golden State Warriors’ Game 2 win against Portland Trail Blazers. But beat writers Dieter Kurtenbach and Mark Medina instead dissect the Warriors’ defensive performance in Game 2 against the Blazers to crush a notion of Draymond Green as the most overrated player in the NBA.Defensive tactics don’t evolve as fast as offensive tactics, but ever since the Warriors started switching everything with Green-at-center lineups in Kerr’s first …
10 July 2006The number of personal computers in use in South Africa will pass the 5-million mark for the first time in 2006, according to a new study by technology research firm World Wide Worx.“PC Users in South Africa 2006”, a study of the installed base of computers in South Africa, shows that the 4.5-million mark was reached at the end of 2005, and it is expected to grow by 17% to 5.3-million by the end of 2006.Conducted by Kirsty Laschinger and Arthur Goldstuck, the study moved beyond conventional counting of computer sales to establish how long PCs, laptops and servers remain in use once they are in the market, and how many are in active use.According to World Wide Worx, this has provided a clear picture of the size of the PC user base in South Africa for the first time.“We found that PCs have a life span ranging 3 to 6 years, while laptop computers tend to be used for only up to three years,” says Laschinger, who interviewed most of the country’s major PC manufacturers and distributors for the project.‘Second life’ for old PCs“It was an eye-opener how many vendors of computers expect all users to replace their PCs every two to three years, when the reality is many users ‘sweating their assets’ to get maximum value from the purchase.”The result, according to the study, is that booming sales in PCs means not only more people than ever before using new PCs, but also that PCs already in the field will remain in use for a longer period, further boosting the user base.However, this trend may change once laptop computers overtake desktop PCs in popularity – a real possibility in the coming year or two.“Laptop computers cannot be upgraded as easily or as cheaply as desktop PCs, so they have a shorter useful life,” says Goldstuck, MD of World Wide Worx. “You can upgrade a PC bought more than five years ago to accommodate current software, but it’s unlikely you could do that with most laptops.“The result is that old laptops are more likely to be discarded than passed on, while old PCs are more likely to have a second life once the user upgrades.”Factors driving growthThe net result, according to the study, is that booming laptop sales will not have the same cumulative effect on the total user base as do PC sales. Nevertheless, growth will continue, but at a slower pace, in subsequent years.Factors that will drive this growth, according to World Wide Worx, include:Continued strong economic growth;The emergence of the black middle class;Improved education levels, including computer literacy;The evolution of the distribution channel;Improved affordability of PCs, both as a result of cheaper product and new financing options;Convergence of voice and data;Technology improvements; andDemand for more server/storage capability to meet higher levels of corporate governance requirements.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Here’s how you can get involved with the guests on Play Your Part episode nine.“Lebone” is Sesotho for “light”. Avril Snyman works at the non-profit organisation, Lebone Village, which helps to bring hope, dignity and support by providing holistic care to vulnerable children, youth, their families and people affected by poverty. Most of the children are orphaned through HIV and Aids. (Images: Play Your Part)Brand South Africa reporterYou can lend a hand to initiatives such as Lebone Village, which is featured on this week’s episode of the Play Your Part television series.This is number nine of the 26-episode series, hosted by musician Kabelo Mabalane. The episode that features Lebone Village is aired on Saturday, 4 November 2017.Here’s how you can get involved with the guests:Avril SnymanSnyman and her team run Lebone Village, outside Bloemfontein. There are five centres in the village, namely Lebone House, Lebone Agriculture, Lebone Skills Centre, Lebone Counselling and Lebone Edu-Centre. They each serve a specific purpose. Lebone Agriculture, for example, provides for the children’s and community’s food and nutritional needs through gardens and raising chickens for eggs.Contact details:Website: www.lebonevillage.comTwitter: @lebonevillageMatona Ntshona-SakupwanyaMatona Ntshona-SakupwanyaNtshona-Sakupwanya is the general manager of the communication and marketing department at The Innovation Hub. It is wholly owned by the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency, and falls under the Gauteng provincial government. It offers a variety of incubation programmes and connects hi-tech entrepreneurs with industry professionals, academics and venture capitalists.Contact detailsWebsite: www.theinnovationhub.comTwitter: @InnovHub or FacebookLufefe NomjanaLufefe NomjanaNomjana, known as the Spinach King, started his business in 2011 with just R40. He made his first spinach bread at a neighbour’s house. Over the years he has scaled his business into a range of bakeries, eateries and a food delivery service.His products include spinach bread, spinach muffins and spinach smoothies.Contact detailsWebsite: www.spinachking.co.zaTwitter: @EspinacaInno or FacebookPlay Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
“This gathering of leaders represents solidarity for this critical sector to address one of our development agenda, which is to ensure security and protection of our land, assets and contingent waters,” the Minister said. Commissioners of Police and other stakeholders from member states of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) are currently participating in a conference at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James.Speaking at the opening ceremony on April 30, Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, said the ACCP conference is timely, as it signals the region’s commitment to tackle crime, using collaboration and shared resources.“This gathering of leaders represents solidarity for this critical sector to address one of our development agenda, which is to ensure security and protection of our land, assets and contingent waters,” the Minister said.He added that the ACCP, with its rich history spanning over 30 years, is an excellent example of regional cooperation.“This showing of the region’s oneness to tackle crime is a significant step to secure our maritime borders to the south and our shipping routes throughout the Basin. This will influence, if not determine to a great extent, our security as small island states and as a group of nations. As a region, we are indeed stronger together,” the Minister said.Dr. Chang encouraged the Commissioners and delegates to come up with practical solutions in their discussions to effect visible changes to tackle crime.“I hope to see, emerging from this conference, strategies and partnerships that will serve to protect and counter organised criminality in the region,” he said.The Minister said he is pleased with the direction of the conference to look at how the leadership of each Commissioner influences decisions of their immediate squad and execution of their plans and efforts to solve crime.For his part, Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, said the ACCP conference displays a vote of confidence in the way forward by all member states.Major General Anderson said that crime has become a serious development issue for the region.“Crime has become a complex dilemma. Criminality has revolutionised through technology, globalisation and the escalation of socio-economic deficiencies. We have seen transitions in violent crimes, as well as an increase in gang-related arrangements and extortion that have crippled businesses, driving fear into owners and their employees, inhibiting productivity and reducing profit.This conference is garnering the kind of attention that will yield positive outcomes for Jamaica and the region,” he said.The Commissioner noted that the modern requirements for technology and forensics cannot be afforded by any one country, and that the network for intelligence gathering has to be shared across the Caribbean.“We cannot stress enough the value that the ACCP has brought, as we police our nations and battle against the threats of crime and violence. Through the Association’s efforts, we have had privileged access to funding and resources that have improved the skills, professionalism and service delivery of our police officers, and enhanced the effectiveness of our respective policing services,” he said.The Commissioner said he is confident that through the high level of security expertise, shared proficiencies, leadership and vision, the conference will achieve the desired outcome of national security.The conference will be held from April 30 to May 5, under the theme ‘An Integrated Approach Against Serious and Organised Crime – Implications for Regional Growth and Development’. Speaking at the opening ceremony on April 30, Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, said the ACCP conference is timely, as it signals the region’s commitment to tackle crime, using collaboration and shared resources. Commissioners of Police and other stakeholders from member states of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) are currently participating in a conference at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James. Story Highlights