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There has been significant growth in the number of users joining social networks in South Africa. A study by Fuseware and World Wide Worx has highlighted the growing user bases of YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. “The secret for companies trying to leverage social networks lies not only in numbers of users, but also in how heavily those users engage in these networks,” says Mike Wronski, CEO of data analytics company Fuseware.

This week Vumatel announced that it has plans to bring fibre to 42 suburbs in Johannesburg and Cape Town, following the success of the company’s pilot project in Parkhurst. Vumatel now aims to turn neighbourhoods into high-speed, open-access “fibrehoods”: welcome news indeed, as connectivity is a major driver for competitiveness. This was the word from the Huawei Cloud Congress in Shanghai, where it emerged that connectivity is going to change the way companies do business – and potentially change the picture for whole economies.

And finally, 18-year-old schoolboy Nadav Ossendryver has won the Social Media Star of 2014 award for his Kruger Sightings YouTube channel, which has reached more than 80-million views.

Until next week,

The IT-Online team