Eduworks – Delivering Measurable Outcomes,


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Founded in 2012, by Willy Govender Eduworks has created ground-breaking, classroom-friendly and learner-centric products that will be transforming the lives of Teachers, Students, Schools and Society. Eduworks is a highly innovative and technology driven company revolutionizing the education system in South Africa, dedicated to provide best solutions to the Teachers and Learners. The company is designed to boost the education sector that make learning and teaching easier, more fun, and more effective.

Digischool is Eduworks premier multimedia-based educational offering that embodies the proverbial “Learning by Doing” approach. Digischool is a technology-oriented initiative that uses the power of multimedia to make learning an enjoyable and meaningful experience. Designed specifically for Indian classrooms, it provides rich content as well as the systems to enable a participative instructor-led learning experience supported by strong media.

With Digischool, pictures and animations bring to life scientific principles while interactive multimedia allows students to play an active role in learning. Students can watch experiments in action, see micro-organisms up close, know how food is digested and use an interactive white board to work with images, simulations and other interactive material.

It is no wonder then that the Digischool program keeps students thoroughly engaged in the learning process.

As part of this program, each school is provided with a centrally located server that is loaded with multimedia content, relevant software, and an Operating System. This server is connected to a Desktop computer, which can be accessed by the teacher.

The teacher can project material from the desktop computer to an LCD display for viewing in the classroom. Teachers can also prepare their lesson plans using the software, and access relevant content according to their plans. The use of multimedia speakers ensures that the lecture is clearly audible to all the students in the class.

Vista Imaging – Immersive spherical video technology.


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Vista Imaging is a South African based company, founded by Willy Govender that specializes in the delivery of digital imagery content using immersive spherical video technology.

A wholly owned subsidiary of Data World, a leading IT company specializing is GIS technology, Vista aims at generating and developing content for the South African market. Using eleven video streams arranged according to geodesic geometry, immersive video captures an almost complete spherical image; a high-resolution 360 degree view of surroundings that is seamlessly stitched together.

The technology platform is provided by Canadian company Immersive Media, and the movies can integrate GIS coordinates and other metadata producing their GeoImmersive™’99video. The open platform design easily interfaces with industry standard databases providing viewers with greater visual detail for timely, fact-based decision-making.

As a Certified Immersive Service Partner, we have a fully functional Capture and Post Production facility to service all immersive imagery requirements.

We are building a database of 360 degree georeferenced spherical video for South Africa’s major cities, including Durban and Port Elizabeth and will be expanding to commercial and industrial areas of major cities in South Africa. These will be available for licensing and multiple options are available.

Evalutions Property Intelligence – Founded By Willy Govender


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Evaluations is a young, ambitious and entrepreneurial BEE company managed by insightful and inspiring professionals, with leading edge expertise in property intelligence, inclusive of property valuations, consulting, development and project management founded by Willy Govender.

With an expert team of Professional Valuers, Statisticians and Technologists, Evaluations is a leader in Automated Valuation Models (AVMs) development and Computer Assisted Mass Appraisals (CAMA) services. The company also has, at its disposal, additional sub-contract Valuers, all of whom are reputable registered Valuers with vast industry experience. The Valuer teams are supplemented by Candidate Valuers who have gained vast experience on large projects. Our international partners, who are constantly on-call, bring a wealth of additional foresight and expertise to the local competence.

Established in 2004 by Willy Govender, Evaluations – a one-stop service provider of property valuation services – has rapidly evolved to become the largest property valuation company in South Africa, providing professional valuation and appraisal services to municipalities, financial institutions and real estate companies.

By embracing technology and building on its GIS capability, our mission is to combine our highly-skilled professionals, aligned with international best practice methodology, to better serve and recognise the needs of our clients in South Africa, ensuring the highest standards of service delivery.

In the quest to best position itself as the leader and innovator in a diverse range of property valuation and related services, Evaluations has invested in a USA-based company which focuses predominantly on the financial services sector, giving the local company a distinct competitive edge with regard to its holistic approach to credit risk management, through the assessment of asset portfolios and mortgage risk.

9 Lessons in Entrepreneurship From Silicon Valley


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Successful executives are mentored by amateurs about as often as great athletes are coached by novices. That would be never. If you want to learn how to be the best at something, learn from the experts. And when it comes to building successful businesses, the experts are in the technology industry.

Entrepreneurship has fanned out around the globe, but its center of excellence undoubtedly lies in Silicon Valley. This is where the “innovation – venture capital – startup” engine that created powerhouses like Apple, Cisco, Facebook, Google, and Intel began.

Every day, groundbreaking companies such as PayPal, Netflix, Uber, Tesla, and Airbnb are challenging the status quo, transforming age-old industries, and changing our lives in profound ways.

If you have any interest in founding, growing, or leading a startup, this is the only place to start. These are among the most fundamental lessons I learned growing up and becoming a senior executive and consultant in the high-tech industry.

Why South Africa will rapidly adopt Mobile Money


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There’s an understanding by some that mobile money has no place in the developed world and only those countries that are far less advanced can this be of use. South Africa is, evidently so, a developing country as we carry the title of being the most unequal society in the world.

The argument is that countries with an efficient and smooth running banking system like card payments and vast ATM spread like South Africa; mobile money will struggle to grow.

This is not true and absolutely reflecting the lack of foresight by those who are pushing this line of thinking. In America which has close to 70 million unbanked and underbanked population, mobile companies like T-Mobile have introduced mobile money services to serve the needs of this community. Some countries in Europe like Romania are starting to warm up to the idea of mobile money as the world still grapples with a huge number of the unbanked population. The World Bank 2014 Global Financial Development Report estimates that about 2.5 billion people in the world do not have access to banking services.

Cape Town taxi ranks to get Free Wifi


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Free wifi is being rolled out at taxi ranks in Western Cape as an expansion of a project to grow internet access throughout South Africa.

Project Isizwe today announced that commuters at Gugulethu and Khayelitsha taxi ranks would be given access to free wifi, as the organisation forges ahead with its programme to connect mainly disadvantaged areas with the internet.

It has been driving internet access through wifi in the city of Tshwane as part its digital inclusion programme, with 514 wifi zones out of 633 situated at educational institutions. There is also a pilot free wifi zone in Eastern Cape at the Mount Frere and Lusikisiki campuses of Ingwe Technical Vocational Education and Training College.

"Living without information is unthinkable and we believe that we are making a significant contribution to the people of Gugulethu and Khayelitsha by giving them access to opportunities to become employable and contribute to the economic development of the city," said Zahir Khan, the chief operating officer of Project Isizwe.

Durban’s Port The First To Go Smart


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South African ports are soon to become "smartports" with the installation of a web-based integrated management system that will tell clients when and where their vessels have berthed.

The system went live at the Port of Durban at the weekend and will be implemented in South Africa’s seven other ports before the end of the year.
Transnet National Port Authority said the system, which will cost R79-million, will provide information on maritime operations and logistics such as the availability of marine pilots and tugs.

It will be available as a smartphone and tablet app, and will replace a manual tracking system notorious for reams of paperwork.

Windows 10 Launches – available in 190 countries


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Microsoft has official launched Windows 10. According to the company, Windows 10 will be available from today (29/07/2015) available as a free upgrade or with new PCs and tablets.

Microsoft revealed that Windows 10 will include Cortana, an Xbox app and Microsoft Edge for a familiar, yet more personal and productive, experience. Microsoft also revealed that this version of Windows, accoring to the company, will be the most secure version Windows as the operating system is delivered as a service and kept automatically up-to-date with innovations and security updates.

Is South Africa ready for smart cities?


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The concept of the ‘smart city’ is growing in popularity as more and more connected technologies emerge. The term has many definitions, however, at its most basic level, a smart city is one in which the municipal authority is able to properly measure and manage the various services they are delivering within their environment, in real time, and with a high level of accuracy.

Utilising technology such as smart metering for electricity and water, for example, can help to facilitate this and enable the beginnings of a smart city. As municipalities all over the world examine how they can apply such solutions, the question remains, is South Africa ready for smart cities? While technology forms an integral component of the smart city concept, it is the integration of the various technology components and solutions that deliver real value and transforms a city into a smart city. The corporate sector can play an instrumental role in assisting local Government to fast track these initiatives with their integration skills and expertise.