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Why South Africa is the least civilized country on the Internet? (Part 2)

Many online behavior issues in South Africa

This is not the first report to show online problems in South Africa. In 2019, market research firm YouGov’s report showed that 24% of South Africa’s internet users have admitted being scammed online. Up to 28% of people have ever had unauthorized access to their accounts, and 53% have ever received phishing phishing emails.

Cyberbullying is another problem. In 2015, market analysis firm YouGove found that South Africa was among the four countries with the highest cyberbullying rates in the world. The survey found that one in five adolescents in South Africa has been bullied, and 84% know the bullying victim online.

This number remains unchanged after many years. In 2019, Ipsos’ annual online bullying report showed that 25% of South African parents admitted their children were victims. The number of parents who know a victim of bullying is up to 54%, much higher than the average of 33% through a survey of 28 countries.

The majority of parents (66%) consider social networks to be the preferred environment for bullying. The bully is mostly a classmate (67%) or relative (15%) of the victim.

South Africa has enacted the Anti-Harassment Act, which includes provisions for online harassment. If brought to court and the verdict is harassed, the victim will be entitled to a protection from the court. If the perpetrator continues to harass, he may be arrested.

Disparaging, cyber attacks are not just aimed at teenagers. In 2019, when the beautiful South African Zozibini Tunzi was selected to take the Miss Universe contest, she received a lot of criticism from the country’s social networking accounts. Veteran journalist Redi Tlhabi is also a victim of troll accounts.

However, in these cases the victims were protected. Tunzi advocates quickly point out the flaws in the comments made by the disdain, even attacking these accounts. Ms Tlhabi, meanwhile, thinks she is ready to respond to all her personal and family attacks.

With many issues of online behavior, it’s not surprising that South Africa for the third time in a row is a “hot spot” about uncivilized in Microsoft’s report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why South Africa is the least civilized country on the Internet? (Part 1)

Of the 25 countries surveyed, Microsoft ranked South Africa as the least civilized country on the Internet. What criteria are they sorted by?

In early February, Microsoft published a report on the index of civilization on the Internet (DCI). This result was announced by Microsoft on the International Day of Internet Safety. In this list, Microsoft ranks South Africa as the country with the lowest level of Internet civilization. The survey was conducted to understand users’ experiences on the 21 risks caused by inappropriate behaviors. The survey participants were teenagers and adults from 25 countries.

Why is South Africa leading the list?

According to Microsoft, the digital civilization index is measured by the feedback of teens and adults about the online experience and the risks coming from the Internet. Specifically, Microsoft lists 21 types of cyber risks, divided into four categories related to reputation, behavior, sexual assault and exploitation of personal information.

The lower the index of a country, the less likely it is that Internet users in that country are at less risk from the network, or in other words, civilized network users. This is the first time that 3 countries have reached over 80%, of which the highest is South Africa at 83%.

According to a Microsoft report, South African surveyors said the most common risk online was unwanted contact (53%), fraud (40%), bad treatment (37%) and texting. Bad news (34%). Up to 87% said they had encountered problems at least twice, 95% had suffered from online troubles, and 71% were concerned about the risks coming back.

The most controversial topics online in South Africa are race (56%), politics (41%), religion (38%), sexual orientation (34%) and appearance (32%).

For incidents that are deeply emotional, South African users say that discrimination, smear reputation and online harassment are the biggest risks

In previous Microsoft reports, South Africa always ranked low. In 2018, the country ranked last among 14 countries surveyed. In 2019, South Africa is ranked 21/22 countries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rugby star Bryan Habana (South Africa) joins Laureus World Sports Academy

Ahead of the 20th Laureus World Sports Awards Berlin, star and legendary South African rugby player Bryan Habana had the honor of becoming a member of Laureus World Sports Academy.

Bryan Habana was warmly welcomed

Considered one of the greatest rugby players of all time, Bryan Habana was inspired to participate in the sport, seeing South African President Nelson Mandela and Francois Pienaar, captain The South African rugby team lifted the trophy for the rugby world championship team in 1995. Sitting in the stands at Ellis Park, he dared to dream of becoming one of the top scorers in top contests of this sport.

Bryan Habana was the star of the Rugby World Cup (World Cup) in 2007, scoring eight times (try) to help the South African team become world champions. With 8 goals, Bryan Habana set the tournament’s record on par with the performance of rugby star Jonah Lomu (New Zealand). He was also voted the World Footballer of the World Championship in 2007. With 67 goals, Bryan was second in the list of all-time scorers. When he became a world champion, he also won many titles at other prestigious competitions such as Tri Nations, a Lions Series of England and Ireland and the European Cup.

In 2009, Bryan Habana was selected as the Ambassador for the Laureus Sport for Good Program and for the past decade, he has been a devoted member of the Laureus family, spending time visiting programs around the world, improving awareness and call for funding to support the transformation of these programs. Bryan Habana joins the current 68-member family of Laureus World Sports Academy.

The Laureus Sport for Good program has raised over 150 million EUR for the Sports for Development field over the past 20 years. Together with partners, the Laureus Sport for Good program has been approaching and helping to change the lives of nearly 6 million children and young people since 2000. Currently, this program supports more than 200 programs in more than 40 countries, using the power of sport to change lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Africa’s economy is facing crisis risks (Part 3)

Economists and public finance experts have not yet reached a consensus on the specific acceptable debt threshold.

However, it is clear that the higher the ratio of public debt to the size of the economy, the greater the risk. This is especially true when economic growth is lackluster, and this low level of growth has taken place in South Africa over the past several years. Recent developments have made the situation even more gloomy.

In the 2019 budget estimate, the South African State Treasury indicated that it may be forced to exceed the spending ceiling for the first time to provide the National Power Company of Eskom with a $1.5 billion bailout year for the next 10 years. The above measure should be implemented even when other plans have been implemented, including job cuts in public services and additional tax measures.

Since then, the National Energy Regulatory Authority (NERSA) has allowed Eskom to enjoy lower than expected tax increases. The South African government has also proposed additional support to Eskom more than 4 billion USD in the next 2 years.

The South African government does not seem to be able to cut such large sums in other regions to make up for this. Despite the money being poured into Eskom, there has not been any indication that the company’s overall plan to stabilize its finances has been given.

Meanwhile, South Africa is still facing many other financial risks. Economic growth and job creation are negligible and both are below the population growth. This means a higher unemployment rate and a decrease in per capita income. Faced with the Eskom crisis in both public finance and economic growth, the only way to rise is to ensure social consensus.

President Ramaphosa has his own weapons to achieve a “social agreement” of this type but the head of the South African Government acts too slowly. This may be partly due to the constant factional battle at the ANC and the unprecedented attack on President Ramaphosa and his close allies such as Public Business Minister Pravin Gordhan. This country inspection is underway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Africa’s economy is facing crisis risks (Part 2)

The economic downturn is often attributed to the causes before President Ramaphosa succeeded Jacob Zuma in February 2018. Admittedly, President Ramaphosa was unable to save himself by making commitments, such as creating jobs – which were beyond the ability of the Government.

Realizing why these commitments are not exactly the key factors to blame and assess the cause of the status quo, as well as the next direction for South Africa.

Unfortunately, aside from the blame, the majority of policy discussions consist only of vicious disagreements. This is related to the time the government was held by the African National Congress (ANC) through the “Growth, employment and redistribution” strategy (GEAR), which was held by coalition partner right to oppose and criticize. The GEAR strategy is primarily intended to reduce the levels of debt that the new democratic government must receive from racism.

Left-wing commentators have long advocated expansionary fiscal policy, which means a significant increase in government spending. The group also asked the State Treasury to implement a “austerity” policy after 2008. This is not logical. First, after 2008, South Africa actually adopted a “counter-cyclical” approach: Government spending grew faster than revenue – the cause of national debt began to escalate.

Second, increasing government spending in the direction of the proposal, albeit in the best scenario, is a highly risky strategy. In the context of South Africa’s public finances, the increase in spending, which has not brought about significant economic growth and tax revenue, will lead to a serious decline in public finance. That could harm future generations.

The risks seem bigger than this benefit will never be mentioned by populists, because this school simply “mimics” the arguments that have existed in previous periods.

The fact is, although the State Treasury tried to maintain government spending to support the economy after the global financial crisis and then tried to stabilize debt levels by using the ” financial consolidation, ”but that could not work either.

The economy has not recovered and it is attributed to systemic corruption and government failures under President Zuma. Public debt targets are often not met. At one point, the debt of the South African Government was expected to stabilize below 45% of GDP, but now it exceeds 60% and is likely to reach 70% of GDP within the next few years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Africa’s economy is facing crisis risks (Part 1)

The State Treasury maintained government spending to support the economy after the financial crisis and then stabilized debt levels with fiscal consolidation policies, but they did not work.

The website qz.com recently published an analysis by Professor Seán Mfundza Muller, senior lecturer in economics and senior researcher at the Center for Public Economic and Environmental Research (PEERC) at the University of Johannesburg ( South Africa) about the serious difficulties facing the South African economy. The article has the following content.

South Africa’s public finances are in jeopardy with four main reasons. Firstly, economic growth is low or almost zero. Second, tax revenue continues to be lower than expected. Third, public debt / GDP increased rapidly and is currently at its highest level in the post-apartheid period (1994). Fourth, the ineffective operation of state-owned enterprises has led to the government needing large-scale bailout.

Since the submission of the fiscal year 2019/2020 in February 2019, the economic and financial situation has become worse. If Moody’s international credit rating downgrades South Africa’s investment credit (the other two firms, Fitch and S&P, have rated South Africa’s investment as undeserved – the “junk”) will lead to disbursement of investment capital and exacerbating the problem. In fact, South Africa is lucky because this has not happened.

The current public financial situation in South Africa is the result of many different factors in the three overlapping periods. The first is the period after the 2008 global financial crisis. The second is the second term in office of President Jacob Zuma. Phase 3 is the period since President Cyril Ramaphosa came to power in February 2018. A thorough review of these stages will result in conflict with popular statements in the current political context.

Some argue that South Africa’s current troubles start with the former President Zuma’s reign, but this attribution is incorrect. In public finance, the first shock on the South African economy was the global financial crisis.

Others assess former President Zuma not responsible for poor public financial performance and economy, but this is also not true. In fact, during the time of President Zuma, South Africa’s economic performance was able to recover much higher than it actually was. In addition, government revenue seems to have been negatively affected by the institutional instability of the South African Tax Authority.

Finally, the decline of economic indicators (growth and employment), combined with the inefficiency of budget revenue and public finance, posed a great challenge for President Ramaphosa. That simple fact seems unbelievable.

 

 

 

 

 

Looking back on South American tennis at Indian Wells

The US used to be the world men’s tennis power when chess players reaped a lot of success at the Grand Slam and Masters 1,000 tournaments, including Indian Wells.

On March 5, 1990, the first Masters in history took place at Indian Wells in the United States. This is also the period to witness the dominance of the flag of tennis when they have 7 male tennis players in the top 10 of the world.

From 1991 to 1997, the Indian Wells men’s singles championship never came out of the United States because of the excellence of names like Jim Courier, Michael Chang or Pete Sampras. Specifically, in 1991, Jim Courier defeated Guy Forget in the final considered to be the best in Indian Wells history.

Meanwhile, Michael Chang won the championship in 1992, 1996 and 1997 when he lost just one set in those three finals. And Pete Sampras ascended the throne at Indian Wells for two consecutive years 1994 and 1995, after successively surpassing Petr Korda and the outrageous rival Andre Agassi.

However, the dominance of South American tennis here also did not last. Between 1998 and 2000, no American player was allowed to play the men’s singles final at Indian Wells. It was not until 2001 that the trophy stayed with the United States after Andre Agassi defeated Pete Sampras 7-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the final (before 2007, matches in the Masters Series took place according to the Final 5 set wins 3).

Since 2001, although the generation of players born in the late 1970s and early 80s are all talented, none of them ascended the throne in the men’s singles. James Blake lost to Roger Federer in the 2006 final. Two years later, Novak Djokovic overtook Mardy Fish and in 2010 Andy Roddick put the racket behind after two checks against Ivan Ljubicic.

Since 2010, South American tennis has continued to go down and the host country players have not achieved good results in the men’s singles. The most prominent name is probably John Isner when in 2012, he passed Novak Djokovic to participate in the final. However, in the final match, Isner proved too immature in front of the express train Roger Federer.

At the 2016 Indian Wells Masters, the highest ranked American tennis player was the No. 11 seed John Isner. Certainly it will be difficult for the host country players to surprise when the tournament has the presence of many big names like Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray but it is still too early to say anything.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South African team stopped early in the Women’s World Cup 2019

Instead of being disappointed, the South African players smiled after losing to Germany 0-4 and became the first team to stop in the group stage of the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

On the evening of June 18, the South African team met Germany in the last match of Group B of the Women’s World Cup 2019. Representatives of African football were empty-handed in the two matches played, so it was imperative to win Germany to raise hopes of going forward .

After 90 minutes, the South Africa team played at 100% strength. But the caste and limited experience compared to Germany made South Africa receive a 0-4 defeat. With this result, South Africa became the first team to stop in the group stage of the Women’s World Cup 2019.

In football, failure always goes hand in hand with sadness. However, the South African girls are happy because they have prepared psychologically to leave. With a 49 position in the FIFA rankings, South Africa’s presence in the 2019 Women’s World Cup finals in France has been a success. Many teams have better physical strength than South Africa but have no opportunity to attend the World Cup because it is located on a more competitive continent.

The Women’s World Cup 2019 is receiving remarkable attention compared to previous tournaments. This is the result of the World Football Confederation’s determination to step up the communication process to make women’s football more attractive. FIFA also doubled the prize money for teams from 15 million euros to 30 million euros. The football fields that organize the match at the 2019 Women’s World Cup welcome more fans. Professional quality also increased.

Germany won South Africa 4-0 in the Women’s World Cup 2019 After a 4-0 victory over South Africa in the final round of the women’s World Cup group stage on June 17, the German girls won the tickets to go ahead with a theory. Apparel.

What you should know about South African Weather and Wildlife (Part 1)

Travelers witness wildlife and experience the great outdoors like never before when flock to South Africa. You can prepare forcertain things, like organizing transport from the airport and getting your vaccinations sorted. But the real threat to travelers is when the local wildlife creeps up on you without warning and the weather turns nasty unexpectedly.

In South Africa the climate can be unpredictable. It is generally warm, dry, and sometimes humid. The biggest weather-related threat typically is rain and involves all of the effects it can have.

For the majority of the country the rainy season occurs during the summer months (from November to March) and it can bring extremely heavy rain. The likelihood of flash flooding is greater when the rain become heavier.

Flooding

In recent years flooding has been a serious issue, with declaration of state of disaster in several provinces by the goverment. Floods can cause significant damage to property and even loss of life, they are nothing to take lightly. In April, 2019, mudslides and floods killed at least 60 people in the wider KwaZulu-Natal province and Durban.

South Africa is home to many lakes, rivers, and winding creeks. During periods of heavy rain, flood nearby roads because these smaller creeks may overflow. This can cause extremely treacherous driving .

You may not want to end up stranded in your vehicle somewhere . If you are out on an excursion pay attention to the weather. If possible, before you leave for a road trip consult with a local for advice on what areas should be avoided because they might be more risky.

Heavy rainfall can also affect surrounding coastal waters, causing tide patterns  and unpredictable waves that can be extremely dangerous for anyone surfing or swimming. Even areas near the coast  and beachescan be hazardous. Take heed if you’re visiting South Africa during the rainy season.

Things you should know before visiting South Africa (Part 2)

4. Open your mind
There are 11 official languages in South Africa, and most of them are indigenous to the country. Around 40% of the population speak either Xhosa or Zulu. Another major language is Afrikaans, a derivative of Dutch, which will find surprisingly easy to follow by northern Europeans. Although almost everywhere you go you can easilly get by with English – which is commonly spoken in all major cities and towns, at government departments, hotels, and banks.
You‘ve ever been nowhere like South Africa. Desmond Tutu, a famous South African, described South Africa by saying that they of many races, cultures, and languages become one nation. They are the Rainbow People of God. In such a diverse country it’s truely important to remain alert to respect the culture and stay safe.
African Impact Sarah Graham says that it’s natural that when offering broad-spectrum advice for travelers, guidebooks will resort to generalization. You will be able to get into all the nooks and crannies of South Africa and venture off the beaten track to feel the rhythm of the people. The people are friendly and warm, and excited to share their culture and stories with you.
5. Great Mobile Phone Coverage
Luckily, mobile phone coverage in South Africa is easy to access and extensive. Purchase a local SIM card from one of the South Africa’s four key telcos: MTN, Vodacom, Cell C and Telkom. When you arrive at the airport you can do this.
In major cities and towns reception and internet speeds are great, but when you head into the wilderness you will lose the ability to connect fast.
Remember that you can only use a local SIM on SIM-unlocked GSM phones. Before you leave check with your mobile network provider in your home country to make sure you can use it on your phone.
You should always buy a SIM card in store at a supermarket, kiosk, or one of the official outlets, never buy off a street seller.
Listen to our podcast if you want to know more about South Africa. We talk about when something goes wrong how World Nomads swings into action, the photographer who survived a deadly snake bite and plus a shark conservation.