How do you introduce first world computer and Internet technologies into the rural heartland of a developing country? You don't. You introduce appropriate technology to suit the circumstances and users. In Limpopo's Mogalakwena municipality, this is the guiding principle behind the launch of the HP i-community.
There may be a stalemate over the second national telephone operator (SNO) to rival Telkom -- but a third national operator is emerging. State-owned company Sentech has entered the telecommunications market with its own Internet offering that it says will "break the telephone stranglehold on Internet access".
The new Multimedia Rural Initiative is attempting to surmount the various difficulties in training teachers in rural areas, overcoming obstacles such as distance and the lack of telecommunications infrastructure.
It may be little consolation to the victims of the online identity thefts whose Absa accounts were defrauded but they are in illustrious company -- among the likes of Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey whose 'identities' were stolen.
Because consumers generally carry their cellphones with them there has been a lot of speculation that the device could emerge as the next major way to access the Internet and to make or verify payments.
The success of Apple's iTunes Music Store, where music fans pay to listen to their favourite tunes, has cheered Big Music, the five major labels that backed it in a trial run in the United States by making 200 000 songs available.
In a week Apple has managed to do more than the entire music industry in a year. When it launched an online music service that uses its iTunes music management software, eyebrows were raised at what was seen as an attempt to distribute music over the Internet in the face of rampant piracy.