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How to use LinkedIn Apps and maximize its value and stay ahead

LinkedIn social network


LinkedIn social network has grown and developed into an incredible resource for building your professional identity online and is no longer just a platform to market your skills and resume when searching for employment.

Many people might not be aware that LinkedIn has a number of different app to assist individuals who care about their professional network. LinkedIn app allows you to stay abreast of industry news, help you prep for meeting, or add connections on the fly.

Here are a few, of the many tools, you can use to optimize the true value of this app.


Link your calendar to app and find out about someone before entering an interview

You can sync your phone’s calendar with the app, and the app will provide you with the profile of anyone who you have penciled in on your calendar providing you with useful information about the person you are about to interview with.


The app allows you to follow specific companies

Once you follow a specific company, LinkedIn will show the the company profile so that you can view any new updates and browse the company profile and see if there are any new job posting.


LinkedIn now allows you to apply for jobs directly from the app.

The linked app now allows you to view a list of employments positions via the ‘Jobs” section of the app which are tailored to your personal customized data on your profile. If you find something that you are interested in, then all you need to do is submit your profile. Browsing the job listings can save you a lot of time.


Make use of your news streams to build and grow your personal brand and strengthen your connections.  

The news stream allows you to scroll through and view any new updates from your connections and view content being shared by companies and individuals, as well as view any updates and news about new jobs of your connections. You can also interact and add to the conversation when you have something to say. ‘Like” a comment and nurture your network.


Never overdo your comments.

Never follow the strategy whereby you just say something for the sake of it. When you make a comment, this will reflect upon you and your expertise / insight into a specific area. Remember that LinkedIn is social but a professional network. It is not Facebook. Check your grammar and sentence structure and avoid slang.


Upload any professional photos on the go.

You can now upload images via the app. I don’t have to warn you not to post any pics of wild office parties. Research has shown that comments with images are more likely to get comments and ‘likes’. Upload images from live conferences or networking events for example.


To view a personalized selection of articles and news about topics related to your industry then use the Pulse tab.

Via the Pulse tab, the app will recommend that you follow specific categories related to the industry you work in. You can also browse and read articles from a variety of publishers and LinkedIn influencers.


By sharing articles and content on your network you can become a resource for others on your network.

You can share articles on your own LinkedIn profile as well as other social networks like Facebook, Google+, and Twitter with just a few taps. By posting articles and developing a reputation as a thought-leader will help you to build upon your network and help you when it comes your next job interview.




Gauteng bridges the digital divide with free internet and tablets



In an effort to bridge the digital divide in Gauteng schools, students will have FREE access to uncapped wi-fi and 3G internet connection along with 88000 tablets provided by Huawei. This form parts of the province’s e-Learning Solution. R396.2-million has been set aside for the project and all students will receive an email address and free internet access.

Finance MEC Mandla Nkomfe stated that the e-Learning Solution project will replace current Gauteng Online Schools Programme.  The project is expected to be rolled out early in 2014 and running when schools open next year. Evidence has shown that the Gauteng Online Schools has been a success and has improved the overall computer literacy amongst student in the province. The e-learning programme is expected to continue this trend and build upon the foundation of the Gauteng Online Schools initiative.

Nkomfe stated “Exposing our learners to e-learning techniques ought to occur at a tender age. We therefore elected an e-learning solution that could mediate meaningfully, but in a sustainable manner, while being financially viable.”


huawei tablet

The project network connectivity will be provided by Cloudseek and Gauteng Broadband Network will administer and provide the internet connection for the 2200 Gauteng schools. The tablets will be insured against lost or damage and there will be ongoing maintenance and support for the network.

The city of Pretoria has made public it’s ambitious wi-fi target and goals and intends to provide wi-fi access to all residents over the next 3 years making it the first city in Africa to undertake such a project.

The e-learning project will focus on providing poorer communities a priority in partnership with non-profit wi-fi movement Project Isizwe. Five areas in the city will have access to free internet access and wi-fi by November this year. These locations include:

  • the Tshwane University of Technology’s Soshanguve campus
  • the University of Pretoria’s Hatfield campus
  • Tshwane North College
  • the Mamelodi Community Centre
  • Church Square in the central business district

The initial cost of the project is estimated to be roughly R1-million. In addition, more than 200 schools in Soshanguve, Mamelodi and Atteridgeville areas will receive free wi-fi and and internet access next year and finally in 2016 the project will be rolled out to all other government institutions and areas in the city.

Individuals will be able to access the internet without having to sign up for any contracts or login details with a fair-use agreement. Individual will be able to download a mximimim of 250 MB a day at a speed of 1 megabyte a second.



ISPA names and shames South Africa’s leading e-mail spammers


The Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) has published its a Hall of Shame to reveal, name and shame 57 local e-mail spammers and 32 South African e-mail address resellers in a campaign  to deal with local unsolicited bulk e-mail (also known as spam).

ISPA has pointed out the reality that there is at present a considerable increase in the generation of local spam, and even though ISPA’s members do their utmost to keep spam out of their customers’ inboxes, this certainly does come at a price.

The most current ISPA Hall of Shame includes the names of several widely recognized spammers in South Africa, among them Dynamic Seminars, New Heights 1268 / Jaco Derksen, SA Webs and Ketler Presentations.

Even though some names and brands continue to keep showing up  on the ISPA Hall of Shame, the campaign  has turned out to be a roaring success with numerous  ‘offenders’ endeavoring to alter their methods in an effort to be taken off the list.


Top ten spammers listed in the ISPA Hall of Shame are:

Dynamic Seminars
New Heights 1268 / Jaco Derksen
SA Webs (not SA Web Design, see note below)
Ketler Presentations
Brain Power
Worldclass Mobile aka Marketing House
The Peer Group
The SA Consumer Initiative
Pinny Barak – Bizweb
Promo Mail SA

To view full list CLICK HERE

Address resellers identified are:

Mark Tribelhorn
Affordable Construction
Rain Marketing
Peter Van Wyk – Media Online (not The Media Online, see note below)
Mandy Simone
Timothy Heston
Jonathan Schoeman: BP Media & SMSCity
Verosha Bisnath
Email Marketing South Africa

To view full list CLICK HERE

In the event that you receive SPAM below is a template that will assist you and be most useful in getting results and stop spam messages. (This template can also be found here –

    On [insert date here], I received the following message from you:

    | Blah, blah, blah

    Since this is a commercial message, and since I have not requested to be placed on your mailing list, this message constitutes an unsolicited communication in terms of section 45 of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (Act 25 of 2002).

    In terms of section 45(4) of this Act, this message serves as notification that I do not wish to receive any further communications from you. Failure to comply with this request constitutes a criminal offense in terms of the ECT Act.

    Additionally, I hereby request that you immediately disclose where you obtained my contact details, as per section 45(1) of the ECT Act. Failure to respond to this request also constitutes a criminal offense.

    [Optional paragraph:
    I note that your original message did not provide me with an option to cancel my subscription to your mailing list, as required by section 45(1) of the Act. This means that you may already have committed an offense in terms of section 45(3) of the Act, and may be subject to prosecution.

    Should you wish to familiarise yourself with the relevant legislation, or check my facts, a copy of the ECT Act is available on-line via the Government’s web site:

    Your co-operation in this matter will be appreciated.

Signed (your name)


The National Consumer Commission is at present contemplating establishing a registry whereby South Africans will be able to opt out of direct marketing, approximately 70 000 consumers have already registered  with Direct Marketing Association of Southern Africa  ( national opt-out or “do not contact me” database.

This is maintained and run by the Direct Marketing Association of South Africa (DMA), which at present has in excess of 300 members representing 95% of direct marketers in South Africa.  The opt out database was established by the organisation on behalf of its members in 2007. It has approximately 70 000 registrations and is growing by less than 0.01% each month. If you want to stop being contacted by members of the DMA – simply register today.


Fastest Growing Technology Companies


Each year Forbes undertakes a research study to identify the fastest growing technology companies. The study surveys well over 5000 publicly traded companies with a minimum revenue of $150 million. Additionally, these companies must have a market value $500 million or more. The research also looks for organization that have shown  a growth rate over the last 3 years of at least 10%.

Top Five

1. Linkedin
2. Apple
3. Qlik Technologies
4. Athenahealth
5. Equinix

To view full list of 25 – click here



Additional broadband for universities and research institutions

Towards the end of the year, all South African universities and public research institutions are going to have ability to access internet broadband, at a speed comparable to that of more developed nations.

South Africa’s Department of Higher Education and Training has revealed that R886-million (US$117-million) is going to be invested in linking local universities and public research organisations, by way of a broadband connection with a minimum speed of 10 gigabits per second.

The development signals a whole new era in research and cooperation for South Africa. It places the country on a par with the rest of the developed world for the very first time.



South Africa’s message to overseas scientists is apparent. “Scientists will have the opportunity to come to the country, with the knowledge that they are able to access the exact same quality ICT services as they are used to in their home countries,” says Christiaan Kuun, project manager for the South African National Research Network (SANReN)

The SANReN forms a part of the government’s goal to grow scientific infrastructure and develop a new national research and education network (NREN) in South Africa.

The SANReN project, which happens to be an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology, started in 2007 to develop an enabling information technology environment for students and researchers at tertiary institutions.

SANReN for rural areas

As reported by the Meraka Institute at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), tertiary institutions in rural areas are the latest to reap some benefits from the SANReN roll-out.

The Meraka Institute manages implementation and oversight of the project. The institute concentrates on advancement and research in information technology.

Included in phase two of the project, infrastructure development is going to be expanded to smaller, rural universities and satellite campuses throughout the country.



The University of Venda and its satellite campuses in the North West province, Limpopo, and the Eastern Cape amongst others, are going to connect later in the year to SANReN the very first time.

This will insure that it is possible to access the internet at a minimum speed of one gigabit per second.

Phase one, which was completed late last year, made it feasible for 105 tertiary and research councils, included in this 23 educational institutions and eight science councils, to connect to SANReN.

The South African Large Telescope (Salt) and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) internet connections were at the same time finalised in the first phase, which now makes it possible for local and international scientists to process large quantities of data every day.


How it works


The SANReN national ring network links all South Africa’s major cities – Durban, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and East London -with each other. This connection provides a speed of 10 gigabits per second.

International connectivity is supplied via the Seacom undersea cable along with a joint collaboration with the Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa and international networks such as GÉANT, a pan-European research and education network.


ICT for Education


Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize, deputy minister of higher education, states that the network forms part of the government’s aspiration to fast track research and education capabilities through ICT at all tertiary institutions, with top priority given to rural based institutions.

Mkhize represented the country at the Southern African ICT for Education Summit held at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on 26 and 27 January.


Significant investment


Government has made a significant investment in various projects and infrastructure, of which SANReN forms a part.

Government-owned telecommunications company Sentech is establishing a national wireless broadband network focussing on rural access.

Broadband Infraco, also government owned, is modernizing its network to boost capacity and reach.



The government has additionally invested in submarine cable projects including the West Africa Cable System (Wacs) and the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy).

Wacs is an under-construction submarine communications cable linking South Africa with the United Kingdom running along the west coast of Africa.

EASSy is an undersea fibre optic cable system linking countries of eastern Africa to the rest of the world.

According to Mkhize, EASSy will provide an extra eight terabits to the country.


SA’s global IT ranking


The 2010-2011 Global Information Technology Report from the World Economic Forum ranks South Africa 61st of 138 countries on its networked readiness index.

The index analyzes a county’s IT readiness in three areas: the regulatory, infrastructure and business environment for IT in the country; the readiness of business, government and individuals (three key groups identified) to use and benefit from IT; and actual ICT usage figures by these groups.

For the second consecutive year, Sweden and Singapore were placed first and second respectively. Overall, Nordic and Asian countries lead in the readiness ratings.

South Africa has both good and bad points in this regard. Its regulatory environment is excellent, however its individual readiness and uptake of ICT remains low.

The high cost of access to ICT in South Africa is an additional challenge. However, SANReN is dealing with this problem.

This lies at the centre of the skills challenge in South Africa, admitted Mkhize.

Approximately three-million young people in rural and semi-urban areas have the most pressing educational needs, she stated.

While government’s investments is going a considerable way to enhance the future of rural students, in order for ICT investments to be meaningful, a holistic approach is required, she added.

“Above everything, we need to utilize centres of higher learning as hubs of technology transfer.”