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Microsoft supports chalkboard computer teacher in Ghana after Twitter appeal

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An Information and Communication Technology (ICT) teacher in Ghana decided to be innovative in the face of lacking teaching and learning materials.

Little did Owura Kwadwo Hottish know that his exploits will attract the attention of no mean a group as Microsoft. The group’s Africa office have promised to equip him with a device to teach his children.

But how did Microsoft get to know about his ingenuity and enterprise? Thanks to social media platform Twitter. A tech entrepreneur Rebecca Enonchong earlier tweeted a photo of Owura Kwadwo drawing a word interface on a board for his kids.

Next, she tweeted at Microsoft Africa with a request that they support the efforts of the teacher in her words with “some proper resources.”

Two days later, Microsoft Africa responded to her tweet with the promise to equip Owura Kwadwo with a device from one of their partners.

They also added that he will be granted access to their MCE (Microsoft Certified Educator) program and free professional development resources.

A grateful Rebecca like Oliver Twist will ask Microsoft for more in another tweet which read: “Yes!! @Microsoft coming through for our heroic teacher. Thanks for doing this! He deserves all our support.

“Can we do something for his students too?” the request has yet to attract any response. Meanwhile people are waiting to see photos of the teacher with the Microsoft tool teaching his pupils in Ghana’s Ashanti region.

Owura Kwadwo a professional teacher with the Ghana Education Service (GES) posted photos of him having to draw a word processing window on the board for his pupils. According to him, it was funny but that was his own way of ensuring that his pupils understand what he is teaching.

He has earned social media praise more on Twitter, where people continue to “re-tweet” and “like” his photos. Most media outlets have also carried his story following the social media blitz.

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EFF demands the sacking of South Africa’s finance minister Nene.

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South Africa’s political players are headed for a collision course over the fate of the finance minister, who the Treasury on Tuesday said is traveling to Indonesia for an International Monetary Fund (IMF) meeting.



Pressure has been piling on finance minister Nhlanhla Nene to resign, following his disclosure to the state-capture inquiry commission, that he had met the Gupta brothers between 2010 and 2013.

The Business Day on Monday reported that Nene had asked president Cyril Ramaphosa to relieve him of his duties as finance minister.

Ramaphosa’s office responded and said they were not aware of Nene’s request.

And on Tuesday, Treasury spokesman Jabulani Sikhakhane said the finance minister was expected to arrive in Indonesia on Wednesday.

Nene is also expected to read the mid-term budget later this month.

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The news that Nene is continuing with his duties is likely to anger opposition supporters including the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), whose leader, Julius Malema on Monday asked Ramaphosa to sack Nene.

In a written letter to Ramaphosa, Malema argued that the country, whose economy is in recession, had very serious challenges that needed a credible finance minister to address them.

‘‘Public servants at all spheres and levels of government will have no obligation to responsibly manage state fiscal resources under a compromised minister of finance,’‘ Malema said.

He then added that that Nene can no longer inspire much needed confidence to revive the economy.

‘‘The Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS)‚ which is supposed to be a statement to build confidence amongst all important economic role players‚ cannot‚ and should not‚ be delivered by a minister who was part of the Gupta criminal syndicate.”

For the EFF, Nene’s position as finance minister is no longer tenable and they are determined to win what they are now calling a battle.

Malema had threatened on Sunday that streets protests might be organised to demand for the removal of Nene as finance minister.

The Gupta brothers are accused of using their friendship with former president Jacob Zuma to influence government decisions including unfairly winning state contrcats.

Both Zuma and the Guptas have denied any wrongdoing.

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South Africa: Ex-minister reveals Zuma’s Gupta deals.

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South Africa’s Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Wednesday he was fired by former president Jacob Zuma for refusing to approve contracts that would financially benefit the Gupta family, friends of Zuma accused of corruption.



Nene, who was giving testimony at a judicial inquiry into influence-peddling, said the main reason he was he was sacked was for rejecting a proposed plan to build a fleet of nuclear power plants. The project could have cost up to $100 billion.

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Zuma and the Gupta family deny allegations they colluded to inappropriately divert state funds.

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