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Five massive data breaches affecting South Africans

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Five massive data breaches affecting South Africans

Tehillah Niselow

The Facebook data breach involving the UK political consultancy, Cambridge Analytica, affected almost 60 000 South African users. (AFP)

The Facebook data breach involving the UK political consultancy, Cambridge Analytica, affected almost 60 000 South African users. (AFP)

Following the Liberty Holding’s data breach, the Information Regulator is concerned about the increasing number of cyber attacks affecting personal data in South Africa.

“Without a fully functional Information Regulator, these breaches will continue to occur without sanctions provided for in the Protection of Personal In formation Act (POPIA),” said chairperson Advocate Pansy Tlakula.

Tlakula urged “the powers that be to assist it in fast tracking its operationalisation”.

According to corporate law firm Michalsons, certain limited sections of POPIA have already been implemented. However, the bulk of the legislation will only commence at a later date, to be proclaimed by the president. As there is a one-year grace period, the POPIA deadline might only be set for the end of 2019 or in 2020.

In the meantime, South Africans are coming under heightened attack from cyber criminals and hackers.

Andrew Chester, MD of Ukuvuma Security, told Fin24 that affected clients or users should immediately alert their banks and cellphone provider. They should also undertake a credit check as well as a Google search to determine whether their personal information is in the public domain.

Liberty email hack

In SMSs to clients on Saturday, financial services co mpany Liberty informed them that its email repository had been breached by a third party trying to demand a “ransom” in exchange for the data.

Liberty has not revealed much about the breach, citing a police investigation. CEO David Munro confirmed that Liberty’s insurance clients were the only ones affected, and that none of its other business had been compromised.

READ MORE: ‘Liberty breach should never have happened’ â€" cybersecurity expert

The company said none of its clients have been impacted financially, and that individuals will be personally advised if their information has been affected.

ViewFines licence details

In May the Hawks, the State Security Agency and the Information Regulator said they would probe the breach of personal records of 943 000 South African drivers, allegedly from online traffic fine website ViewFines.

The information reportedly contained the names, identity numbers and email addresses of South African drivers stored on the ViewFines website in plaintext.

The ViewFines website is owned by Aggregated Payment Systems. News24 reported that its operations manager confirmed the company was “implementing security measures immediately” to improve the website after being informed of the breach.

The source of the data was located by Troy Hunt, an Australian security researcher and creator of the free service Have I Been Pwned, which checks whether an individual’s information has been compromised.

Facebook scandal

While Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg had to face angry lawmakers in the US and European Union, it was reported that the data breach involving the UK political consultancy affected almost 60 000 South African users.

READ MORE: One Facebook app, a data leak of 60 000 users

In May, the Information Commissioner’s Office of the United Kingdom (which regulates Fac ebook outside the US and Canada) advised the Information Regulator of South Africa that over 87 million people had been affected worldwide.

However, no evidence could be found of South Africans having been targeted, as the majority of users involved were in the US.

Master Deed’s data breach “biggest” digital security threat in SA

Hunt was once again instrumental in revealing what was known as the “biggest” data breach in South African history, together with iAfrikan CEO Tefo Mohapi in October 2017.

Over 60 million South Africans’ personal data, from ID numbers to company directorships, was believed to have been affected.

The information was traced to Jigsaw Holdings, a holding company for several real estate firms including Realty1, ERA and Aida. The information reportedly came from credit bureau agencies, and was used to vet potential clients.

The information trove was found not to have been hacked, as it was store d in an easily accessible manner on an open web server.

Ster-Kinekor’s database compromised

Movie theatre chain Ster-Kinekor was responsible for up to 7 million South Africans falling victim to a data leak in March 2017.

Fin24 reported that Durban developer Matt Cavanagh announced he had discovered a flaw in Ster-Kinekor’s booking website, and that he had reported it to the company.

There were between 6 and 7 million users in the database. Of those, 1.6 million people had email addresses linked to them on the movie theatre chain’s database. â€" Fin 24

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How BLACC is Changing the Game in South Africa

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× How BLACC is Changing the Game in South Africa Founded in 2016, South Africa's Black Cellar Club is working to support black winemakers and sommeliers in an industry that was once filled with inequality. 1of4 Pearl Oliver Tinashe Nyamudoka, head sommelier at The Test Kitchen in Cape Town / Photo by Andy Lund Start

Sommeliers Pearl Oliver, Joseph Dhafana, Tinashe Nyamudoka and Gregory Mutambe work closely with the Black Cellar Club (BLACC), a South African association of wine professionals, to boost the profile of blacks in an industry once fraught with inequality.

Like many black wine professionals in South Africa, the four didn’t grow up in a wine-drinking culture. They hope to change the perception that wine enjoyment is an elitist pursuit. BLACC’s main target is the emerging middle class in South Africa and other African countries like Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The organization’s aims include investment in education and work opportunities for young blacks in the industry. It also seeks to increase per capita spending on wines in South African townships and to advocate for responsible drinking.

Meet 10 Trailblazing Women Leading the Wine Industry Forward

“The idea is to have young Africans come on board and find a place [where] they feel comfortable,” says Pearl Oliver, the BLACC chairperson and bar manager at One&Only in Cape Town. “And it’s not just about South Africa. It’s about reaching out into Africa.”

With regular meetings and excursions to visit farms and producers who support its ethos, BLACC’s key members are producing wines, establishing businesses and dreaming big.

Ishay Govender-Ypma is an ex-lawyer, freelance journalist, cookbook and guidebook author. Her work appears in local and international publications like National Geographic, Saveur, The National UAE, Food & Wine and Literary Hub. www.ishaygovender.com; @IshayGovender

Pearl Oliv er, BLACC chairperson and bar manager at One&Only in Cape Town

Pearl Oliver, BLACC chairperson and bar manager at One&Only in Cape Town

In 2002, Pearl Oliver joined Catharina’s restaurant at the Steenberg wine estate as a food runner. After she worked her way up to sommelier, Oliver headed several top Cape Town restaurants before her current role at the city’s prestigious One&Only hotel. Oliver plans to open informal township-style bars in the future.

You made an unlikely leap into wine. Tell us about that.

I lost my father when I was 19. As the youngest child, I had to fend for myself. I started working at a steakhouse and then as a runner at a fine-dining restaurant. The next day, I was promoted to waiter.

With BLACC, we are building bridges between the old guard and the newcomers. I also want to help women who are trying to balance careers with motherhood.

My manager at the time told me, “To make it in this industry, you need to start drinking wine.” At first, it tasted terrible, but it planted a seed. Many black sommeliers I know started out with wine only in adulthood.

What inspired your interest in entrepreneurship?

We grew up in Lavender Hill, a very poor area, but not a poor home. My dad ran a few small businesses fixing cars [and] selling fresh produce. He encouraged us to make our own way in life. At Steenberg, I learned that to succeed, you need to climb the corporate ladder. I recently had an opportunity to study wine business management, and I started my post-grad [studies]. This is where I began to examine the business of the beverage.

Has that helped you in your new role?

Absolutely. People have questioned why I gave up a career as a sommelier to manage a bar. I’m learning more about the beverage side, how to be innovative, how to manage people . It’s a details-driven job. Also, I’m in a transition phase. As [a] mother, I get to spend more structured time with my children.

What are your plans for the next decade?

With BLACC, we are building bridges between the old guard and the newcomers. I also want to help women who are trying to balance careers with motherhood. There are sacrifices you need to make, but you also need a support structure. And I want to open a string of shebeen-style bars [speakeasies usually found in townships]. I can picture myself rocking the industry like that.

Joseph Dhafana, winemaker for Mosi Wines and head sommelier at La Colombe

Joseph Dhafana, winemaker for Mosi Wines and head sommelier at La Colombe

From asylum-seeker to winemaker for Mosi Wines and head sommelier at La Colombe, one of the premier fine dining restaurants in the country, the Zimbabwean-born Joseph Dhafana has made some waves. He recently passed the Level 2 South African Sommeliers Association (SASA) qualifications, one of only seven sommeliers to do so.

You had a harrowing entry to South Africa. Tell us about that.

In 2009, my wife and I paid $20 to escape Zimbabwe on a cargo train. But we were trapped in the container in the blazing sun, and the women were screaming, passing out. Luckily, we got out and tried another time, by night. We had to jump off as soon as the train stopped in Musina, and we were led to a refugee camp.

My first job in South Africa was digging graves, then gardening. We moved to a rough part of Johannesburg. I slept on the street, my wife in a church camp. Those were difficult days.

Your trajectory into wine and the fine-dining scene was swift and seems at odds with those days of struggle.

I made a big jump in a short space of time. I worked as a waiter in the Swartland [approximately 1½ hours from Cape To wn] and then a wine waiter. In 2010, at the age of 28, I had my first sip of wine. I studied and completed various wine qualifications from my own pocket.

In 2014, I was promoted to head sommelier at La Colombe, where I still am. [The same year] with the advice of top Swartland winemakers, I produced my maiden wine, under the Mosi Wines label. In 2015, I became a certified wine judge and recently, I completed the Level 2 qualification with SASA.

Has your journey influenced your thoughts on mentorship?

Yes. La Colombe played a risky card by employing me. They trusted me, and I told myself I will pay this forward. BLACC is a group of like-minded people who want to help the community.

I’m working on several fundraising projects. Ten years ago, there wasn’t a black sommelier on the floor. Now, we’re the pioneers and have to be mentors. I’m grooming the next generation of sommeliers.

Tinas he Nyamudoka, head sommelier at The Test Kitchen in Cape Town

Tinashe Nyamudoka, head sommelier at The Test Kitchen in Cape Town

As the head sommelier at world-renowned The Test Kitchen in Cape Town, Tinashe Nyamudoka serves patrons with a worldly palate. The native Zimbabwean also uses his accounting qualifications and skills learning during a stint where he managed a supermarket to build his Kumusha Wines brand.

In that way, we can move the language in wine writing from Euro-centric to what we Africans know.

Tell us about your role at The Test Kitchen

Unlike [other places I’ve worked], here I’m the beverage manager and sommelier. So all the responsibilities for sourcing, purchasing and food pairings, I carry. I can taste a wine today and have it delivered tomorrow. At [one] stage, I was the only black guy on the floor, and my suggestions didn’t go down well until Luke [Dale-Roberts, the owner/executive chef] stepped in. It’s an intense environment, and everyone wants [to] get on our wine list.

Why the move to creating your own wine?

I am always looking at the bigger picture. I love wine. I like the theory. I’m a qualified judge, but I don’t want to sit around debating the nitty-gritty. I’ve always been business-minded, having studied accounting.

With Kumusha, I knew I’d handle all aspects like sourcing grapes, production, creating the labels and distribution. Being part of the whole value chainâ€"that’s real empowerment. Kumusha means “roots” or “home,” and [it] reminds me of where I come from.

Is that a message you’re sharing with BLACC?

Yes. There are many blacks making their own wines now, but selling it isn’t easy. We have to leverage all our skills, drive the whole value chain, from production to sales. Also, in that way, we can move the langua ge in wine writing from Euro-centric to what we Africans know. I drive that message home.

Gregory Mutambe, head sommelier at Cape Town’s 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa / Photo by Wewe Ngidi

Gregory Mutambe, head sommelier at Cape Town’s 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa

Gregory Mutambe, head sommelier at Cape Town’s luxurious 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa, left his native Zimbabwe in 2006 to study wine and business in Johannesburg. Soon, he worked his way up to craft one of the most comprehensive and exciting wine lists in Africa. He was recently chairman of the Black Cellar Club (BLACC), founded in 2016 as a professional association for black sommeliers, chefs and other hospitality professionals. In his work wit h BLACC, Mutambe seeks to make the wine industry a more equitable space for black consumers.

How did you come to have such a huge role in South Africa’s wine scene?

I started my career in one of the most unlikely places to be in wine, at Mukuyu Winery in [Zimbabwe], where there are only two or three wineries still in existence. Compare that to more than 600 in the Cape. I moved to Johannesburg initially, and by the time of the soccer World Cup [in 2010], I was at the Vineyard Hotel in the Cape, which has a very strong wine program. That was an exciting time with the stream of tourists. At the 12 Apostles, I have a more hands-on role. I helped to put the hotel on the map as a wine destination.

“If you look around and see a person like you doing great things, you feel like you can achieve it, too.”

What are some of the challenges you face?

It’s inevitable in this job that you will be undermined, either at a tasting room or by patrons. I’ve been to many events where I look around, and I’m the only person of color. That can be discouraging.

How do you view mentorship?

I’m lucky to count [Zimbabwean] Winemaker Tariro Masayiti of Springfontein [Wine Estate] as one of mine. If you look around and see a person like you doing great things, you feel like you can achieve it, too. This person becomes a catalyst for your own dreams. The lack of exposure may discount many of us, but we want to change that. I have a few guys I am mentoring currently at the hotel.

What are BLACC’s immediate goals?

It’s important that we support black winemakers, sommeliers and emerging professionals. BLACC aims to provide holistic support at every step. We want to raise the capital consumption of wine in the black community. There is already a huge spend on premium brandies, Cognacs and single malts. Of an 80% black population, if we can get just 10-15% buy in, that’s huge. From my side, I plan to open a wine academy one day

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Now, even the World Bank thinks land reform is a priority for South Africa

Shacks are seen at an informal settlement near Cape Town
Shacks are seen at an informal settlement near Cape Town, South Africa.
June 18, 2018 Quartz africa

The latest World Bank report on South Africa is not only remarkable for the collaborative method it employed, but also for some of the conclusions it reached on issues like land redistribution.

The report, which includes contributions from a long list of external consultants including myself, the National Planning Commission
and Statistics South Africa, is the platform for further e ngagement between the World Bank and South Africa.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the World Bank earned a justifiably bad reputation for seeking to impose solutions cooked up in Washington DC. Now, the bank takes great care to work in partnership with the country to figure out solutions to economic challenges.

This approach seeks to identify the underlying systemic constraints and not just the symptoms such as unemployment. The bank set out to get to the root causes of what it calls the twin challenges of poverty and inequality which characterize South Africa as an “incomplete transition”.

Interestingly, the bank â€" hardly known for being radical â€" identifies the skewed distribution of land and productive assets as one of the five key constraints. The other four are skills, low competition and economic integration, limited or expensive spatial connectivity, and climate shocks.
I spoke to Paul Noumba Um, the World Bank’s country director for South Africa, a bout the report.

Your views about land are interesting in coming when populist movements in South Africa are calling for radical solutions. What informed your view?

We have made a significant effort to understand South Africa’s history. Our report acknowledges that efforts to overcome the legacy of segregation and apartheid was bound to take a long time, even though much progress has been made.

The economic structure that was engineered during the apartheid era remains largely in place even though political power has been democratised. Land reform is part of addressing this legacy and the government has long stated the goal of redistributing 30% of land to the dispossessed communities.

Admittedly, it has been a relatively slow process but this is not surprising given that it can be legally and administratively challenging process, especially when restituting land to South Africans whose families were dispossessed a very long time ago. W e do not think that a lack of funds was a major reason for slow progress.

That’s why we argue for strengthening the administrative capacity for land reform, including restitution, redistribution and tenure reform. Our understanding is that tenure reform in the former homelands is particularly important for reducing poverty. Many poor South Africans live in their former homelands where land is still communal.

There are concerns that the noises around the land issue will undermine property rights and investor confidence. What do you think?

Many countries have successfully implemented land reform, in some cases with support from the World Bank.

Whether land reform deters investment depends on the way it is implemented. In our understanding, the South African land reform process has thus far not deterred investment. But policy uncertainty around expropriation without compensation could change this, as it makes it riskier to invest in land.< /p>

Our report also draws attention to the property security of poor South Africans. Many poor South Africans are still trapped in informal settlements and there is a huge backlog in issuing title deeds to households who were denied ownership during the apartheid era. Tenure security in the former homelands needs to be addressed. Addressing these tenure issues will unlock economic value for many households as they can make effective use of their assets, be it land for more productive agriculture or their homes for backyard rentals or starting a small business.

The report brings climate shocks back into the mix. Are you concerned that in all the talk about radical economic transformation and rolling back “State Capture” climate change will be neglected?

Not at all. The emphasis on overcoming the legacy of exclusion and rolling back “State Capture” is important. We think that the South African government is strongly committed to tackling clima te change and reducing carbon emissions. In fact, the government is a pioneer in the area, of progressing toward introducing a national carbon tax.

Drought in the southern part of the country has also been a stark reminder that South Africa is a highly water insecure country, particularly vulnerable to climate shocks. Strong efforts are underway, in some areas in partnership with the World Bank, to raise water and climate-resilience in South Africa.

Climate change is certainly an area that is not neglected. Recent developments around renewable energy is inspiring. These include the signing of 27 renewable energy independent power producer contracts. And there was the launch of round five of renewable energy independent power producer contracts.

Why is partnership with your host government important to you, and what exactly does that partnership entail?

The World Bank is made up of 189 member states, including South Africa. These member st ates gave the World Bank Group the mission to eliminate poverty by 2030 and boost shared prosperity. These twin goals cannot be achieved unilaterally. They require a strong partnership between the government, the World Bank and many other stakeholders.

The better we understand the challenges to the twin goals, the more constructive a partner we can be. That’s why we conduct these Systematic Country Diagnostics before preparing any new country strategies.

The five constraints we identified in our diagnostic have come out of broad consultations. What may surprise South Africans is what we consider to be root causes versus symptoms of poverty and inequality in South Africa. This is a discussion we seek with South Africans, but it is not up to us to decide how South Africa decides to accelerate progress on its National Development Plan.

But depending on where our partnership is sought, we stand ready to support South Africa in this progress through a variety of de velopment solutions: evidence based analytical work, convening power around specific themes and financing.

Richard Calland, Associate Professor in Public Law, University of Cape Town

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

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South Africa safari tourist pats lion through car window

Email South Africa safari tourist pats lion through car window

Updated June 18, 2018 19:26:38

Tourist pats lion through car window in South Africa.Video: Tourist pats lion through car window in South Africa. (ABC News) Related Story: Giraffe kills filmmaker at wildlife facility in South Africa Map: South Africa

A reckless tourist is being heavily criticised online for patting a lion through the window of a safari jeep in South Africa.

Footage of the man's encounter with the lion has gone viral, with the clip viewed more than 500,000 times on YouTube.

The tourist can be seen reaching past his friend to stroke the animal through the window of the vehicle.

The moment a tourist pats the lion outside the vehicle. Photo: The moment a tourist pats the lion outside the vehicle. (Youtube: Wildlife Sightings)

But the tourists got the shock of their lives when the lion turned around to face them and let out a roar.

Clearly rattled by the experience, the tourists then hastily shut the window.

South African safari ranger Naas Smit told The Sun what the tourist did was "incredibly stupid".

"I just have to shake my head when I see people behaving like this and they deserve all they get," he said.

Tourist looks at lion Photo: One of the tourists comes face-to-face with the lion. (Youtube: Wildlife Sightings)

Topics: animals, human-interest, south-africa

First posted June 18, 2018 11:59:37

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