Microsoft plans two SA data centers, cloud service expansion

Microsoft plans two SA data centers, cloud service expansion

Technology titan Microsoft has announced plans to deliver cloud computing services from two new data centers located in South Africa. Microsoft will deliver cloud services, including Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365, from data centers located in Johannesburg and Cape Town, with availability expected to be online in 2018….

Muslims watch for moon signaling start of Ramadan

Muslims across Africa and around the globe begin the holy month of Ramadan this weekend, with some variations among countries based on how their religious authorities interpret the visibility of the moon that signals the start of the fast. In Saudi Arabia, the High Judicial Court said that the moon…

GM announces departure from SA manufacturing, Chevrolet market

General Motors announced Thursday that it will pull out of its South African manufacturing operations at Struandale -Port Elizabeth by the end of 2017 and phase out the Chevrolet brand, while Isuzu acquires its light commercial vehicle lines. “After a thorough assessment of our South African operations, we believe it…

This is not a drill: Cape Town, climate and the water crisis

The water crisis and unrelenting drought in Cape Town, South Africa, have become so dire that city officials on Tuesday recommended the highest level of water restrictions for its nearly 4 million people. “This is not a drill,” the city said, in a public message clearly marked as a drought…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

South Africa: Violent clashes lead to attacks on journalists

Attacks on South African journalists covering violent clashes this week – along with police interference with their work – have met with condemnation from the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef). On Monday, protests in Coligny followed a court decision to grant bail to two farmers accused of killing a…

#globalsciencemarch events include Ghana, Malawi and Uganda

Saturday’s March for Science is based in Washington DC, but people all over the globe will be joining in some 610 satellite marches registered across the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. That includes a march in Malawi, sponsored by the Blantyre Malaria Project. The event in Blantyre is spearheaded…

South Africa: Threats against Dlamini-Zuma require a security detail

South African authorities confirmed Friday that Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, former chairperson of the African Union, is currently under police protection and has been the target of threats made against her safety. “Dlamini-Zuma continues to receive protection from the Presidential Protection Unit (PPU) of the South African Police Service,” the agency…

South African parliament to postpone Zuma no-confidence vote

South Africa’s parliament will postpone a no-confidence vote on President Jacob Zuma’s government after all, the Speaker of the National Assembly announced on Wednesday. The debate and vote were scheduled for April 18 at the request of the Democratic Alliance opposition party and its leadership, in the latest round of…