April 2020

THE BASALITECH (BY NUL GRADUATES) ONLINE ICT AND DIGITAL SKILLS SESSION

 

While under lockdown, we became increasingly dependent on technology for communication, working and studying from home and information management to identify marginalized groups. With part of the population below the poverty line and many people without digital devices, those that do lack effective connectivity to the internet. It is important to mention how ICT has kept parts of the economy running and the growing importance of digital skills.

PHUTHALICHABA, A FINANCIAL COOPERATIVE UNDER THE NUL INNOVATION HUB, IS TESTING A NEW SMART PAYMENT SYSTEM

 

Weeks after we reported a new cellphone based smart payment system that you can use to pay for goods and services "even in a spaza shop" in a speed of lightning, Phuthalichaba is already testing this system. "Dummy money" (not real money) is being used to make mock payments (not real payments) in very intensive tests.

Lots of data is being collected during the tests, to perfect it's performance.

NUL FIRST YEAR STUDENT DEVELOPS LESOTHO’S OWN “FACEBOOK” FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

 

Of course, it is not Facebook. Yet, it has all the hallmarks of a social media platform. You can like, share and comment. You can edit your own profile to be seen by your friends. The difference is, you come here to learn and share knowledge with others—while socialising. So you find books, video tutorials, past question papers and other educational materials in one-stop-shop.

The app is called Thusanang. Hundreds of students have already joined in and it is growing by the day.

NUL INNOVATION HUB CORONAVIRUS CONTACT TRACING APP COMPETITION

 

So we still have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lesotho? That's great. So is it time to relax? By no means. If anything, this provides a breathing space for us to prapare. Who knows? If every other country has this desease, there are high chaces that we won't be spared for too long.

What have we learnt from countries that dealt relatively successfully with the outbreak such as South Korea?

TOMATO JAM THAT STOLE HEARTS BY NUL STUDENT

 

His jam is finger lick’n good! When you think tomato, you probably link it to the likes of tomato sauce, tomato catch-up, tomato salads and so on. But Basotho rarely make tomato jam. “That’s what motivated me to develop a tomato jam—to fill the space,” said Khotso Thelingoane, a student at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) who is running a popular tomato Jam business.