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Editor’s highlights: 2014

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Dear reader

2014 was a mixed year for the world of IT. The discovery of a 2 330-year old male skeleton by a team of international researchers yielded mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) which will be instrumental in providing clues to early modern human prehistory in southern Africa. Also on a science front, NASA’s Curiosity rover relayed a picture of a rock on the surface of Mars – on a piece of ground where a previous photograph showed nothing.

In the local channel, June saw the sad news of the passing of Benjamin Mophatlane, CEO of Business Connexion, who died of a heart attack at age 41. Meanwhile, Pinnacle Holdings stock plummeted in March after the news that Takalani Tshivhase, an executive director, was accused of bribery. These charges were dismissed later in the year.

Also making the headlines this year was the announcement that MTN had begun a series of test runs of its network built for the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (BSC). Cybercrime ramped up on the local front as the controversial e-tolling system was used as a platform to conduct phishing scams.

And finally, Telkom announced plans to roll out fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) to more than 20 suburbs in the country, in an effort to keep SA connected.

We’d like to take the opportunity to thank all our loyal readers for their support, and wish you a prosperous 2015.

Until next year,

The IT-Online team