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Smart card ID system for South Africa

first_imgCustomers at a bank in Soweto. Identity documents are essential for a range of transactions in South Africa, such as opening a bank account, taking out a mobile phone contract and applying for a job. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ronnie Mamoepa  Head of Media Relations  Department of Home Affairs  +27 82 990 4853RELATED ARTICLES • Faster IDs from Home Affairs • SA passport made more secure • Govt launches massive ID drive • New SA fingerprint tool a world firstEmily van RijswijckThe one document no South African can do without, the identity document or ID, is about to get smart, with the Department of Home Affairs planning to begin a pilot project to replace the ID with a smart card system in early 2012.Roll-out of the new system has still has to be determined, being subject to the necessary infrastructure first being in place, Minister of Home Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma indicated in a recent parliamentary session.“Planning is in progress to ensure that infrastructure in front offices, such as live capture, is completed prior to smart card implementation,” she said. “The system is envisaged to be piloted during the 2012/13 financial year.”The smart card will replace the current green bar-coded ID book, itself only introduced in November 2010. It will cost the department R140 (US$18) to produce, including all manufacturing, administration and distribution costs. The new ID has a number of additional security features including a digitally printed photograph and personal details, as well as embedded security features.“These improvements form part of ongoing efforts by the government to enhance the security of enabling documentation such as IDs, birth certificates and passports in the fight against ID theft and fraud,” the department said.All South Africans 16 years and older must have an identity document. Permanent residents and naturalised citizens from other countries may also apply for an ID. The application process is simple and requires only a birth certificate and two ID-size photographs. The first issue of the document is free but costs R15 to replace if lost or stolen. The department has set up a toll free number, 0800 60 11 90, to help with applications.IDs are essential for a range of day-to-day transactions in South Africa, such as accessing government services, applying for a job, opening a bank account, taking out a mobile phone contract and registering at university. No ID also means no vote, no driver’s licence and definitely no passport.South African passportsThe current South African passport will remain unchanged for now as it already has some of the most up-to-date and necessary security features required for travel.In 2009 the department upgraded the passport with new security features after it was found to be easily forged. The document, which costs R400 to produce, now has laser-engraved data on the personal information page instead of printed information and a watermark. It is also printed on polycarbonate paper, making it difficult to forge.“Should the department, at a later stage, find a need to upgrade any current security features, this will be done in consultation with all relevant stakeholders,” Dlamini-Zuma said.In 2009 the UK High Commission introduced a visitor visa requirement for all South Africans who did not have a previous UK stamp in their passports, after a high number of fraudulent passports were found on people attempting to enter the country from South Africa. The visa requirement remains in place despite the Department of Home Affairs’ efforts to make the South African passport more secure.last_img read more

January’s Geocacher of the Month

first_imgTimpat is known throughout the New York geocaching community for his impressive hides, supportive nature, and extensive GPS and mapping expertise. With nearly 10,000 finds and 400 hides, he is a true inspiration to all. Not to mention, his kayak geocaches are amazing.Tinman and Timpat family Behrens (aka FB) has helped geocaching bloom in South Africa. He (and his family) are known in the local geocaching community for their creative and challenging geocaches (all 88 of them) and for throwing well-organized, highly attended CITO events.T5? No problem for team BehrensKoouye is recognized throughout the Belgium geocaching community for being a dynamic, passionate, and devoted geocacher. He is a social butterfly, known for hosting great events and for attending other’s events (133 so far!)Koouye and his lovely familyThe Featured Geocacher of the Month is named by a panel at Geocaching HQ after reviewing community input and blog comments. It’s a tough decision, given the combined contributions of these folks to the geocaching community as a whole. The time has come. Earlier this month, three amazing geocaching teams were nominated for January 2015’s Geocacher of the Month award, and a winner has been chosen.As a refresher, here are the nominees… After tallying the sentiment and reading the comments, family Behrens has been officially named the Featured Geocacher of the Month for January 2015. There’s no denying that family Behrens or “FB” is an unstoppable geocaching force in South Africa. Their father, Jamie, leads the pack with his creative geocache hides and wonderful community organized events. Many would say that their passion and excitement for the game has helped geocaching spread like wildfire in South Africa and surrounding countries.1000th find!Finding one of family Behrens’ geocaches is a must. According to the community, they are beyond good, they are legendary. SawaSawa says that Jamie of FB “has become renowned for his wonderful creative caches for which he has garnered numerous Favorite Points and heaps of praise. He has also invented an original ‘trademark’ micro-cache design (100% waterproof) made from discarded plastic bottle tops which I have copied and used in many of my hides in Kenya. His ingenuity in cache design and care in preparation is now legendary in South Africa and especially Cape Town and everyone looks forward eagerly to the next FB creation.”Mr. and Mrs. family BehrensIf you’re in the area, you should attend an event thrown by this geocaching team. Andre & Jeanne says FB, “hosts numerous events and CITO’s. He works together with Table Mountain National Park to do path clearing and removal of alien vegetation.”Suikerbossies sums up the winner perfectly, “We love their hides, their unique containers, enthusiasm for the game and trouble they go to to give back to the game, nature and the community! Simply put, they are a great example and we are proud of them.”Jamie of FB. Rain or shine, geocaching is on.family Behrens will receive the very special Geocacher of the Month geocoin and a special prize package from Geocaching HQ, in recognition of their geocaching efforts.Send your kudos to family Behrens and our other January Geocacher of the Month Nominees. They’ve made the hobby we love WAY more fun.center_img SharePrint RelatedThree Cheers for January’s Geocacher of the Month NomineesFebruary 13, 2015In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”January Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsJanuary 9, 2013In “Community” The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month GeocoinShare with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Michael Dell Discovers A New Ring Of Hell: Carl Icahn

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Carl Icahn#dell#Michael Dell#Microsoft Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… dan lyons It seemed bad enough to me that Michael Dell was going to get in bed with private equity sharks (and Microsoft) and try to take his company private, which is why I wrote “Michael Dell Goes To Hell” a few weeks ago.Now things have taken a turn for the worse, as devil incarnate Carl Icahn has jumped into the deal, vowing to block it because he says it’s not fair to Dell shareholders.Dell proposes to buy out shareholders at $13.65 a share, but Icahn says this “significantly undervalues” the company. And he promises to bring “years of litigation” against Dell if the deal goes through.Translation: Pay me and I’ll go away.Shakedown Artist?To get some perspective on Icahn, read this New York Times story from 2011 where hedge fund manager Bill Ackman says of Icahn, “The guy is a shakedown artist. His word is worthless.”Icahn was the real-life inspiration for the character of Gordon Gekko. In 2008 he decided to torment Yahoo, and managed to get a seat on its board but never accomplished much except being a royal pain in the ass before stepping down in 2009.Now poor old Michael Dell has to deal with this guy. Apparently Icahn could manage to scuttle the deal.As bad as things were a month ago, they’re even worse now.(See also Michael Dell Goes To Hell.)And whatever happens with the buyout, Dell still needs to find a solution to its central problem, which has nothing to do with whether or not the company is publicly traded and everything to do with the fact that Dell has become a big, boring company that hasn’t made an exciting product in more than a decade.last_img read more

Meet the Presenters: Air Force Nutrition Initiatives

first_imgSAUNYA N. BRIGHT, Lt Col, USAF, BSC,MS, MBA, MPA, RDN, CSSDChief, Health Promotion NutritionLt Col Bright is a dietitian on the Health Promotion Team supporting the Air Force Surgeon General at the Air Force Medical Support Agency.  She served on active duty for 18 years. Prior to joining the AF she served as a dietitian at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, Florida.  Lt Col Bright is a graduate of Tuskegee University, Troy University, and Texas Woman’s University.  In her current position, her primary focus areas are the adoption of the AF HeRO Strategy, AF Telemedicine Medical Nutrition Therapy and initiatives supporting the inclusion of nutrition in the transformation of the Defense Health Agency. Montgomery, Alabama is her home town.Dr. Chadrick E. Cooper, Dr.PH, B.S., CHESDr. Chadrick E. Cooper has experience in Program Development & Evaluation, Epidemiology, Statistical Analysis, Population Health, Health Promotion Education: Doctor of Public Health Masters of Public Health- Epidemiology Bachelor of Science – Exercise Physiology Competencies and Skills Data Analysis and Research Methodologies Health Program Building, Management, & Evaluation Injury, Illness, & Disease Prevention Health Behavior Theories Certifications Certified Health Education Specialist – National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Career Experience Air Force Medical Support Agency – Health Program Evaluator 2017-current Koala Health and Wellness Centers Inc. – Health Program Developer/Evaluator 2009-2017Linda Granado, MPH, CHESLinda Granado is a contractor serving as a Health Program Developer supporting the Air Force Medical Support Agency (AFMSA). She served as a public health professional for six years with experience in policy development, program development, implementation, and evaluation; community-based participatory research, and health education.  Linda has over 8 years of teaching and coaching experience at the secondary level.  Linda received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Southern California, Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. In her current position, Linda is responsible for assisting with the development and maintenance of standardized Air Force Health Promotion Programs delivered across the enterprise.Amy Schryver, MS, CHES Amy Schryver graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a BS in Exercise and Sport Science, completed her graduate work in Health and Kinesiology at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. She has experience in health program development, fitness and health education, community outreach, and patient care. In her current position as a Health Program Developer with the Air Force Medical Support Agency, she is developing a standardized approach to worksite wellness for Air Force Health Promotion, which is named Project Health and Readiness Optimization (HeRO).last_img read more

On Value Subtractors

first_imgTweetPinShare19Share13EmailPocketBuffer32 Shares Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now There is no greater value subtractor than a salesperson who is unprepared to create value through the buying cycle. Being unprepared is a subtractor. An absence of chops (read business acumen and situational knowledge) is an enormous subtractor. Without the ability to really help your clients, you are stealing their time.A self-orientation subtracts value, even if you have the ability to create value through the process and have an unassailable value proposition. My good friend, Charlie Green, has a framework for trust in which you divide trust by your self-orientation. If you are focused on what you gain, you subtract value. If you have commission breath (meaning that you talk about your personal gain), you are seriously subtracting value.Lacking a process or an inability to follow a reasonably decent sales process is a value subtractor. For all of the talk about the buyer’s process, you never hear any buyer outside of professional buyers, purchasing agents, or CFO’s mention it. That’s because part of the value you create for your dream clients in helping them with the path from the status quo to the better future you are working towards together. Subtraction occurs when you have no discernible process, you don’t know what you need, why you need it, and how it helps your client.Trying to make selling easy is a subtractor. If you try to make selling easy by competing on price instead of helping your dream client justify the real investment they need to make, you subtract value. You subtract value when you try to make winning easy by sticking with your “power sponsor” or “champion” instead of branching out and building consensus within their organization.Trying to claim value before creating value is a showstopper. You have to get value creation and claiming in precisely the right order. Subtracting from zero is overdrawing an account.Create value. Don’t subtract from it.QuestionsWhat subtracts from your value proposition?What do salespeople do that subtracts from their own value proposition? This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet. I’ve been compensated to contribute to this program, but the opinions expressed in this post are my own and don’t necessarily represent IBM’s positions, strategies or opinions.last_img read more