The Future – a Society Enabled by Innovation and Applications

Siphe Mhlana poster presentation

STELLENBOSCH – Telkom SA, Africa’s largest integrated communications service provider, once again hosted the annual Southern African Telecommunications Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC), from Sunday 5 September to Wednesday 8 September 2010. SATNAC 2010, the 13th of its Annual Conference series, was held at the beautiful and lush Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa.


SATNAC is the flagship of the Telkom Centre of Excellence program, and has been acclaimed to be one of Southern Africa’s most important ICT conferences. This year’s conference was attended by 387 delegates (of which 135 were students and 40 academics), 27 local and international plenaries, and featured 104 paper presentations, 39 poster presentations and 5 exhibition stands. 25 countries were represented at this conference, of which 17 were African countries. 12 postgraduate students from the Fort Hare Telkom Centre of Excellence in ICT for Development, hosted in the Computer Science Department, were part of this convention. Accompanying the students was Professor Alfredo Terzoli, Dr Mamello Thinyane and Dr Paul Kogeda.


The theme of this year’s conference was ‘The Future – a Society Enabled by Innovation and Applications’. The welcome address was delivered by Prof Russel Botman, Rector and Vice Chancellor at Stellenbosch University, and the keynote address was delivered by the Honourable Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology South Africa.


The University of Fort Hare Telkom Centre of Excellence showcased 5 paper presentations and 6 posters, focusing on their ICT4D work based in the Dwesa and Nkwalini communities of the former Transkei, under the initiative called the Siyakhula Living Lab (SLL). In addition to the conference papers and posters, a combined exhibition stand for the University of Fort Hare and Rhodes University showcased the Siyakhula Living Lab and Reed House Systems (RHS) ecosystems.


SATNAC 2011 will be held for the first time in close proximity to the University of Fort Hare, at the East London International Convention Centre (EL ICC), from the 4th to the 7th of September 2011.


We would like to thank the Telkom Centre of Excellence industry partners and the University of Fort Hare Research Office for their financial contributions which made the attendance to this conference possible ;-)

[by: Sibukele Gumbo]

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