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The sixth consecutive skills trends survey conducted by the JCSE made headlines this week as it demonstrated that the skills gap is widening in South Africa. The country is falling behind its African peers as the likes of Kenya, Nigeria and Egypt place greater emphasis on the contribution that technology has in economic growth.

Also making headlines this week is the fact that family firms are remaining resilient despite the adverse economic environment they find themselves in. Approximately 78% of South African family businesses reported growth in the last 12 months, and 21% are aiming to grow quickly and aggressively over the next five years. Meanwhile, telecommunications service provider Orange has teamed up with the City of Cape Town to launch its new Orange WiFi service, offering WiFi to those living in part of the areas of Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain.

And finally, according to a recent survey, it would seem that cheaters rely on their cell phones as a means to contact their lovers. Two-thirds of surveyed users use their smartphones to contact their lovers – but over 80% are afraid that their device’s data will end up in the wrong hands. Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed said they preferred to log in to specific sites to go about their affairs more discreetly, as privacy becomes the new luxury.

Until next week,

The IT-Online team