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​​South African students shrug off Omicron and fret about exams

​​South African students shrug off Omicron and fret about exams

TIM COCKS THE students knew their South African university was the epicentre of a new COVID-19 variant spreading panic across the globe, but over the past week, many worried more about how Omicron would mess up exams and holiday plans than about catching it. At the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), in the capital Pretoria, learners languidly walked across the green campus shaded by trees, chatting, buying soft drinks, staring at their phones and sitting on benches overlooking a pond. Most wore masks; a few didn't. Many were vaccinated; some obstinately were not. Around 30 students interviewed by Reuters were…
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African nerds in frontlines against cybercrime

African nerds in frontlines against cybercrime

JAMAINE KRIGE, BIRD WHEN Thabo Mahlangu was in his second year of high school, he went to an open day at the Tshwane University of Technology and was amazed by the projects on display. “All the things I had always dreamed of building - these guys could build!” That’s when he decided to pursue a career in technology, eventually deciding on computer systems engineering. These days, when asked what he does for a living, Thabo Mahlangu laughs and describes himself as a ‘professional nerd’. He is much more than that. As a senior Artificial Intelligence (AI) researcher at South Africa’s…
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