Daily Archives: July 10, 2018

UNISOC Partners with Mobicel to Launch High-performance Smartphone ...

SHANGHAI, July 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — UNISOC, a leading fabless semiconductor company, today announced its latest 28nm WCDMA platform SC7731E has been adopted by one of the largest mobile phone companies in South Africa – MOBICEL. MOBICEL ASTRO, the world’s first smartphone powered by SC7731E, was officially launched into the market in June 2018.

Powered by UNISOC 28nm WCDMA platform SC7731E, MOBICEL ASTRO runs Android Oreo(Go edition) with 512MB RAM + 4GB ROM, featuring 4inch WVGA LCD, 1400mAh battery and 2M+5M camera. The model will be exclusively supplied for South Africa’s leading network operator MTN.

SC7731E is a highly integrated chipset platform that supports WCDMA/HSPA/HSPA+ and GSM/GPRS/EDGE dual-mode modems. SC7731E integrates 1.3 GHz Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor and Mali T820 MP1 3D graphics accelerator. It also integrates BT, WIFI, FM, GNSS and cellular RF. UNISOC SC7731E has dedicated architectures and algorithms for low-power ASIC design and power management, as well as independently developed noise calibration and cancellation techniques.

“We are excited to partner with MOBICEL to launch the first UNISOC SC7731E based smartphone, providing users all over the world more innovative choices and premium smart experiences,” said Mr. Adam Zeng, Global Executive Vice President of Unigroup and CEO of UNISOC. “As one of the global leaders in the chipset design industry, UNISOC has always been an innovator and a difference-maker in the development history of SoC. UNISOC SC7731E platform, with its high-efficiency performance and advanced technology, can fully meet the growing demands of global WCDMA market, thereby helping customers to realize easier accessibility to competitive smart devices.”

“Technology is a force for change and an enabler for growth – and more specifically, mobile technology, as it connects people and delivers opportunities quite literally into the palm of your hand. It was this vision that took Mobicel from selling refurbished handsets to heading up one of the country’s biggest players in the cellphone market,” said Mr. Ridhwan Khan, Founder and CEO of Mobicel. “We are honored to partner with a leading company like UNISOC and we are confident to satisfy the South Africa market with competitive handsets powered by SC7731E.”

North West working to recoup Mediosa money

The North West Health MEC, DrMagomeMasike, says the department is working towards recouping taxpayers’ money lost to mobile clinic, Mediosa.

First, the company sent us an invoice of R24 million out of the R30 million pre-payment. We need to satisfy ourselves that the [work for] R24 million has been done by going through the report, which goes up to the end of January 2018.

Then we still need a report for February 2018, which covers the work done for the outstanding R6 million. Until we satisfy ourselves with the work that has been done, we are not settled with Mediosa,” said the MEC.

According to Masike, the company recently sent out tow trucks to collect the mobile health units stationed at Madibogo in the Ratlou sub-district and Kagisano Molopo respectively.

With plans underway to recoup the lost tax money, Masike raised concerns about the claims made by Mediosa about the number of patients serviced.

My concern is the number of people that Mediosa is claiming to have seen. It cannot be that in a village of 2 000 people you claim to have seen 16 000 patients. We have issues with that.

We have to iron out all these so that we subtract them from the R30 million that they were paid in advance for doing nothing.

That is the point of controversy and we think we are on the right track. We want to recoup taxpayers’ money and we are going to do it,” said Masike.

In March, during the North West Provincial Legislature’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) meeting, it was found that Head of Department, Dr Thabo Lekalakala, signed off on a R30 million pre-payment to Mediosa before the delivery of services.

The department then cancelled the contract with the mobile clinic, which was procured without following the correct procurement procedures.

Lekalakala has since been placed on suspension for his role in the awarding of the Mediosa contract.

The allegations have already been written. They are going to be served to DrLekalakala and the disciplinary process can then begin, said Masike.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Nelson Mandela Bay must increase water restrictions

Due to ongoing drought conditions in parts of the country, the Department of Water and Sanitation has advised the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro to increase water restrictions from 25 to 30%.

The decreasing dam levels throughout Sarah Baartman District Municipality impact on the water supply to Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality as the municipality relies on water sourced from these municipalities. The Department of Water and Sanitation [DWS] has advised the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality to further increase water restrictions from 25 to 30%, said the department.

This follows Monday’s meeting between Minister GugileNkwinti and Mayor of the metro Athol Trollip. The department said the meeting coincided with the start of Imbizo Focus Week which will run until 15 July.

Trollip said the Nooitgedacht water project has been a great boost to the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality. Trollip added that there are 48 000 households that don’t have water meters which makes it difficult for the municipality to measure water usage and adhere to water restrictions.

Minister Nkwinti stated that the Nooitgedacht water project should be prioritized so as to address water challenges in these areas. He also mentioned that desalination and usage of ground water would be imperative in future water saving initiatives as there is insufficient rain due to climate change.

Held in Port Elizabeth, the meeting also included inputs from the Mayor of the Sarah Baartman District Municipality Eunice Kekana.

The Nelson Mandela Bay metro and Sarah Baartman District Municipality have been badly affected by the current drought.

Since the Sarah Baartman District Municipality is one of the major agricultural regions in the country, the drought, said the department, extends beyond the basic provision of water and has the possibility to have large economic effects on the country.

Some of the challenges faced by the municipality, said Kekana, include vandalism of infrastructure, water losses and ageing infrastructure.

Some of the projects underway in Sarah Baartman District include:

Upgrading of water mains and valves in Kouga;

James Kleinhans bulk water supply in Makana; and

Ndlambe Dam bulk water supply.

The meeting with the two Mayors included technical discussions regarding water supply, infrastructure maintenance and development, institutional support and recruitment of skilled as well as capable workers within local municipalities.

Minister Nkwinti urged municipalities to reassess the capabilities of their workforce especially in areas such as engineering.

The DWS appealed to communities to use water sparingly while also urging them to use grey water where possible as well as report water leaks timeously.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Nelson Mandela Bay must increase water restrictions

Due to ongoing drought conditions in parts of the country, the Department of Water and Sanitation has advised the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro to increase water restrictions from 25 to 30%.

The decreasing dam levels throughout Sarah Baartman District Municipality impact on the water supply to Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality as the municipality relies on water sourced from these municipalities. The Department of Water and Sanitation [DWS] has advised the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality to further increase water restrictions from 25 to 30%, said the department.

This follows Monday’s meeting between Minister GugileNkwinti and Mayor of the metro Athol Trollip. The department said the meeting coincided with the start of Imbizo Focus Week which will run until 15 July.

Trollip said the Nooitgedacht water project has been a great boost to the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality. Trollip added that there are 48 000 households that don’t have water meters which makes it difficult for the municipality to measure water usage and adhere to water restrictions.

Minister Nkwinti stated that the Nooitgedacht water project should be prioritized so as to address water challenges in these areas. He also mentioned that desalination and usage of ground water would be imperative in future water saving initiatives as there is insufficient rain due to climate change.

Held in Port Elizabeth, the meeting also included inputs from the Mayor of the Sarah Baartman District Municipality Eunice Kekana.

The Nelson Mandela Bay metro and Sarah Baartman District Municipality have been badly affected by the current drought.

Since the Sarah Baartman District Municipality is one of the major agricultural regions in the country, the drought, said the department, extends beyond the basic provision of water and has the possibility to have large economic effects on the country.

Some of the challenges faced by the municipality, said Kekana, include vandalism of infrastructure, water losses and ageing infrastructure.

Some of the projects underway in Sarah Baartman District include:

Upgrading of water mains and valves in Kouga;

James Kleinhans bulk water supply in Makana; and

Ndlambe Dam bulk water supply.

The meeting with the two Mayors included technical discussions regarding water supply, infrastructure maintenance and development, institutional support and recruitment of skilled as well as capable workers within local municipalities.

Minister Nkwinti urged municipalities to reassess the capabilities of their workforce especially in areas such as engineering.

The DWS appealed to communities to use water sparingly while also urging them to use grey water where possible as well as report water leaks timeously.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Missing man sought

Polokwane-The South African Police Service in Polokwane request assistance from members of the public to help locate MuhumedAbdiRahman Ibrahim, a Somalian national who currently resides in Polokwane at his family house and is missing.

Muhumed was last seen by his brother and he was driving his car to town and never returned home till today.

The police appeal to anyone who knows the whereabouts of the missing person to contact Detective Warrant Officer Galane at 082 300 8134, Polokwane Police Station on 015 224 9904 or Crime number 08600 10111.

Source: South African Police Service

Key Positions Unchanged in New Ivory Coast Government

Ivory Coast President AlassaneOuattara named a new government on Tuesday, but the key positions of finance, defense and agriculture were unchanged, a presidential spokesman said.

Ouattara dissolved the administration last week because of a row between his RDR party and its ruling coalition partner, the PDCI of Henri Konan Bedie, whose support helped the president get elected in 2011 and 2015.

Few of the 36 ministerial jobs were changed in a re-jigging that was largely cosmetic. A handful of extra jobs went to the PDCI and one key post went to an ally of national assembly head Guillaume Soro.

Soro is a former rebel leader who loosely controls armed factions of the military that have staged several mutinies in the past few years.

Prime Minister AmadouGonCoulibaly will retain the finance portfolio, HamedBakayoko retains defense and MamadouCoulibalySangafowa remains agriculture minister, said Patrick Achi, secretary general of the presidency.

Foreign investment and a plethora of lucrative cash crops, including 40 percent of the world’s cocoa, have enabled Ivory Coast to become one of Francophone Africa’s most prosperous economies. But political squabbling, which sometimes spills over

into ethnic conflict, periodically threatens its stability.

It was divided for nearly a decade between a government-controlled south and rebel-held north, ending in a short civil war that killed 3,000 people after a disputed poll

in 2010. Many fear that old rivalries over power and land could easily flare up again at the 2020 election.

Government spokesman and Ouattara loyalist Bruno Kone was moved to construction and urbanization minister. His replacement was Claude Isaac, a senior PDCI member. Jean Claude Kouassi, also PDCI, became the new minister of energy and mines – to replace a minister who left in April.

SidikiKonate, a close Soro aide, was made minister of arts and culture.

The two parties had fallen out over the PDCI’s insistence on a candidate of its choosing in the 2020 election. The party last month spurned the idea of a joint ticket if this condition was not met. It was unclear whether this will resolve the spat.

Several PDCI members, including a party spokesman, did not respond to requests for comment. JulienKouao, a political analyst in Abidjan, doubted Ouattara’s reshuffle would appease the PDCI.

“This newly formed government could deepen divisions,” Kouao said. “We are far from achieving the political cohesion necessary to resolve this.”

Source: Voice of America