JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa could produce its first solar power from a solar park by 2012, a senior official said recently.

Africa’s largest economy is increasingly looking towards renewable energy sources to help plug a chronic power shortage and decrease its dependence on the coal-fired power stations that provide most of its electricity.

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By Ejiro Gegere

Professionals in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector said that although Nigeria has been rated third in terms of Internet penetration in Africa, the service is accessible to only 16 percent of Nigerians.

In a telephone interview, Muhammed Rudman, the chief executive officer of Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), said,

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Kui Kinyanjui

It has been an amazing week for Kenya’s ICT sector.

First, one of our own, Murags (aka John Waibochi) became the proud care-taker of a million dollar enterprise after his company won the top prize in the Nokia’s Growth Economy Venture Challenge.

Contrary to the belief of most, this cash prize was not petty cash to fund Mr Waibochi’s out of town excursions, it is crucial venture funding that Virtual City’s presents to Kenya with the unique opportunity to officially get its software development aspirations off the ground, providing scope to create new revenue earners for the economy.

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