UFH CoE Partners with Local NGO and Nkonkobe Municipality for ICTD

In April 2013 the UFH CoE partnered up with the African Footprints of Hope Organization and the Nkonkobe Municipality to introduce the operations of the Siyakhula Living Lab (

Research Paper Presentations at the 6Th ICAST Conference

Miss Pride Nyambi, Mr Munyaradzi Kapfudza and Mr Shadrek Mudziwepasi made the list of delegates for the 2014 IEEE 6th International Conference on Adaptive Science & Technology (ICAST ) conference which was hosted by Covenanent University in Ota, Nigeria. The three delegates presented papers on "Persona Mapping for Usability of ICTD Services", "GA optimization of Hybrid Energy Systems for telecommunications in marginalized rural areas",  and “Assessment of a Wireless Sensor Network Based Monitoring Tool for Zero Effort Technologies: A Cattle-Health and Movement Monitoring Test Case” respectively. Miss Nyambi emphasized that "despite the fact that the presentations were conducted virtually through skype, the setting still enabled engagement with the delegates physically at the conference". The three researchers were in line with the topics of discussion and debate for the conference on satellite communications, Smart Utility Systems, Long Term Evolution networks, mobile technologies and m-health.[Author : Pride Nyambi]

Southern African Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC) - 2014

Eight Computer Science students from the UFH CoE were part of the Southern African Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC) delegates which was held on the 31st of August – 3rd of September 2014 at The Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. The plenary sessions and presentations focused on the theme: "Ubiquitous Broadband - An Enabler to Transform Lives". Mr Sabelo Yalezo, Mr Mnoneleli Nogwina, Mr Zukile Ndyalivana and Mr Vusumuzi Moyo gave oral presentations based on their submitted full papers. Then, Mr Admire Musimwa, Mr Mpenduli Ntsizi, Mr Lindani Moyo and Mr Shadrek Mudziwepasi presented their work in progress on a poster session. Mr Ndyalivana also presented a poster based on His masters project titled "IsiXhoSum: Extractive Based Automatic Text Summarizer for IsiXhosa". "Mr Siyabulela Xuza’s life story and journey was the highlight of the conference", said Mr Musimwa, "He has demonstrated that the only root of failure is failing to try and not where one comes from" continued Mr Musimwa.

[Author : Pride Nyambi]

Researchers Take on Illiteracy Eradication at the IDIA 2014 Conference

Mr Phumzile Nomnga, a first year Master of Science in Computer Science student attended the 8th International Development Informatics Association (IDIA) Conference held in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on the 3rd to 4th of November 2014. Mr Nomnga presented a paper on “Evolution of ICT4D for Illiteracy Eradication and Knowledge Dissemination for Rural Community Development” at the conference under the theme “ICTs for Inclusive Communities in Developing Societies”. Mr Nomnga attended the conference and represented His co-authors, Mr Shadrek Mudziwepasi, Mr Mphenduli Ntsizi and Mr Mfundo Shakes Scott. In addition to the presentation he participated in a dialog/debate and attended a workshop on “The Comprehensive Nature of Evaluation in ICT4D Research and Practice”. “This conference served as a great platform for networking with fellow researchers in the field of ICT4D through a dialog/debate session which encouraged researcher’s engagement on the role of ICTs for the development of rural communities”, said Mr Nomnga.

[Author : Pride Nyambi]

The 2014 Research Rumble in Grahamstown

On the 24th of March 2014, Rhodes University hosted ithe annual Research Rumble which brings together the three other universities from the Eastern Cape Province under one roof for discussions and seminars on research. This event hosts Information Technology (IT), Information Science (IS) and Computer Science (CS) students from Masters up to Post Doc level. This year the main discussion/debate was centred on the necessity of a research proposal. Other recommendations included proofreading ones work and submission of work before deadlines to keep supervisors interested. Mr Lindani Moyo commented that the Research Rumble was all about encouraging researchers to “own their projects instead of relying on their supervisor”. Furthermore, Mr Moyo claimed that the Research Rumble is a great foundation especially for students who have just got into the research field.[Author : Pride Nyambi]

M & D Session at SAICSIT

Mr Anesu Marufu, a first year Masters of Science in Computer Science within the Telkom Centre of Excellence, attended the South African Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists (SAICSIT) conference which was held in Centurion - Tshwane, on the 1st to 3rd October 2012.

Mr Marufu attended the Masters and Doctorate symposium to present his work on "Security enhancement framework for mobile commerce in an ICT4D context" which essentially looks at undertaking an extensive evalution of security threats on mCommerce platform usage in Information and Communication Technologies for Development contexts and subsequently drawing up a framework to inform deployment of such services and platforms in rural marginalized communities.

Best Work-in-Progress paper at SATNAC

The University of Fort Hare send a delegation of six people to the Southern African Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC) which was held on the 2nd to 5th September 2012 at Fancourt in

Siyakhula Living Lab workshop

The Centre of Excellence in ICT for Development hosted a Siyakhula Living Lab workshop on the 1st of August 2012 at the University of Fort Hare campus in Alice. The aim of the workshop was primarily to get the various people within the SLL eco-system, that is Telkom Centre of Excellence at Rhodes University, Siyakhula Living Lab, Dwesa, Reed House System and Telkom Centre of Excellence at Fort Hare, to come together in a single place to reconnect with the aims and objectives of the project, to connect with and get to know other researchers, discuss the current operations of SLL and brainstorm about the future trajectory of the project.

A visit by the VC

Dr Tom, the Vice Chancellor at UFH, yesterday visited the Telkom CoE in ICT for Development. As part of the meeting, three of our senior postgraduate student's (Ms Makamba, Mr Mhlana and Mr Sibewu) gave quick presentations and overview of the research work that they are currently undertaking and how that fits into the overall operations/research of the CoE through the Siyakhula Living Lab.

Community Engagement workshop .. .

Ms Makaziwe Makamba represented the Department and the Telkom Centre of Excellence at the recently held Community Engagement workshop. This workshop was organized at a faculty level and was aimed at identifying the various CE activities that are undertaken within the Faculty. The operations at the Siyakhula Living Lab (and the supporting ecosystem) were presented to give a highlight of the work that the center has been undertaking since 2005 which has a large CE component and focus.

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