Monday, 29 April 2013
Imagine an Africa where all children are computer literate.
Imagine an Africa where every citizen has unfettered access to news and information.
Imagine an Africa where all cities and villages are connected by tarred roads, bullet trains and daily flights.
Imagine an Africa where ambulances and emergency services are never late.
Imagine an Africa where taps never run dry and there is no sewage flowing in the streets.
Imagine an Africa where every household is connected to the grid.
Imagine an Africa where farmers have hi-tech machinery and irrigation equipment.
Imagine an Africa where miners have their own refineries and control world commodity prices.
Imagine an Africa where African intellectuals and researchers patent their own technologies.
Imagine an Africa where musicians, writers, poets have copyrights to their works.
Imagine an Africa of hope, big dreams and ambitions.
Friday, 26 April 2013
Although some in government remain adamant that there will be no more media reforms in Zimbabwe, ICT is already transforming the media sector.
Social networking sites and online publications have become the latest and fastest news relaying tools for the Zimbabwean populace digging deeper and analysing issues with less bias.
Despite poor journalism, online media offers the Zimbabweans choices and preferences allowing also for interaction and feedback.
These sites are also easily accessible at very low costs compared to the print media.
With internet penetration already more than 35% and the number still rising, the state media is fast losing relevance and will soon die a natural death without immediate media reforms.
There may not be state sanctioned media reforms but there is evident media transformation taking place driven mainly by ICTs.
Thursday, 25 April 2013
The world started mass production in the 19th century and ever since the tonnage of mass produced goods has been rising.
The high production has survived by fueling consumerism which has seen individuals amassing wares as personal items.
The biggest problem with this model is disposing these items when they are no longer needed.
In industrialized countries this has been partially dealt with by using recyclable or bio-degradable materials in production but the technologies i.e. ESTs remain costly and so unattractive to industrialists.
The way forward is for governments to not only incentivise the adoption of ESTs but to make binding policies that compel industrialists, fellow governments and trade blocs to adopt them as they are the only way to deal with our ever increasing waste.