Category Archives: FedsasTech News


Centre for Technology e-Magazine (March 2023)

The latest version of our Centre for Technology e-Magazine – Move the boundaries – is now available.

Learn about new trends, Chat GPT, technology tips, the importance and benefits of technology and much more.

Read, learn and watch together!

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2 weeks ago FedsasTech News , Tech Webinar

FEDSAS Online TechTalk with d6 (14 March @ 15:00)

Are you looking for ways to improve communication and streamline payments at your school?  Then join us for an exciting webinar featuring Willem Kitshoff, CEO of d6, and Riaan van der Bergh, Deputy CEO of FEDSAS, as they discuss the value of effective school management.

During this webinar, Willem will unveil d6’s updated Communicator, an innovative communication platform that is transforming the way schools and parents interact.  Willem will also introduce Sticitt, d6’s cutting-edge integrated payment solutions provider, and share how it can help schools simplify the receiving and management of payments… all in one App!

Register now and get ready to gain valuable insights, and discover the tools you need to take your school to the next level.

Registration link:

1 month ago FedsasTech News , Uncategorized

Revolutionary Results: Improving Grades and Wellbeing with Dugga Assessment and SIS Global

As technology continues to play a major role in education, the search for the best online assessment platform has been ongoing. The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), with its vision of being a global leader in applied education and tech-based skills training, took on the task of finding the perfect solution. After extensive research, SAIT set its focus on Dugga, the award-winning digital assessment platform.

The results of the eight-month study, which involved technical students from ten countries worldwide, were nothing short of ground-breaking. The research showed that the use of Dugga improved students’ learning outcomes by 75%, reduced stress by 60%, and increased teacher time efficiency by 98%. Furthermore, there was a clear reduction of exam-related stress and improvement in students’ overall wellbeing.

Dr. Amir Fard, from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, comments, “The results confirmed the outstanding ability of the Dugga platform to improve students’ subject-matter retention, reduce stress, and improve class average grades. The anonymous feedback from students showed that over 96% of them were strongly satisfied with their Dugga experience.”

SIS Global is the sole authorized Dugga Partner for Africa, bringing this cutting-edge technology to schools in the region. SIS Global has implemented the Dugga solution for various schools in South Africa and offers first line support locally, ensuring a seamless experience for both students and teachers. A perfect example of this is the recent implementation at Christel House –  a non-profit school with a single mission: to break the cycle of poverty. It offers no-fee scholarships to students from some of Cape Town’s poorest neighborhoods and supports them for 18 years (Grade R to Grade 12 and five years post matric) through character-based and career-focused education.

“With the proven results of the research conducted at SAIT, we are confident that the implementation of Dugga will have a positive impact on the education system in South Africa. The platform’s ability to improve learning outcomes, reduce stress, and increase teacher efficiency is sure to make a significant difference in the classroom’, says Ian Bailey, Head of Education at SIS Global.

The co-founders of Dugga, Dr. Claudia Rademaker and Dr. Patrik Nilsson, were ecstatic about the results of the study. They stated, “We are thrilled to learn about these results of this new independent research study. It gives our entire team an energy boost to continue developing our platform to help schools worldwide improve learning outcomes and wellbeing with quality and equality in assessment.”

The platform has received high praise from students and is a testament to the potential of technology in education. SIS Global’s mission is to bring innovative technology solutions to Africa and improve the quality of education in the region. The company’s partnership with Dugga is a testament to this mission and will help shape the future of education in Africa.

7 months ago FedsasTech News , Newsletters

TechTalk e-Magazine – Budget 2023 (August 2022)

TechTalk e-Magazine – Budget 2023 (August 2022)

The latest version of our Centre for Technology e-Magazine is now available.

This is our budget edition and has loads of useful information from the Centre and from the members of the Centre for Technology.

As always, we feature some new trends, have leadership input and also showcase the solutions and services our corporate members offer.

Click here to read the newsletter online, and here to download your copy now!

10 months ago FedsasTech News , Newsletters

TechTalk e-Magazine – BETT Edition (May 2022)

The latest FEDSAS Centre for Technology Tech Talk e-Magazine is out!

The BETT Edition is jam-packed with the latest technology news and trends.

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12 months ago FedsasTech News

CPU Specifics and What Makes Your Laptop Perform

We give a lot of technical details on our certified refurbished devices. They are super important for many techies who like to understand the detail. Not so important for the rest of us who just want something that is reliable and does what we want it to do quickly and efficiently. In our mind, if you are choosing a laptop or desktop for standard business, school, NGO, or home uses then there are just a few specifications that are relevant. We covered these in our blog Choosing the Right Laptop.

But if you are a little geeky like we are here at Unboxxed and keen to understand a little more about how the more detailed specifications affect the performance of your device, the CPU is a good place to start. Because the CPU does all the work, how it is built will determine how quickly your laptop runs.

What’s in the name?

In our product details, we give the full name of the device’s CPU, which usually looks like this.

Each element of the name describes a different feature of the CPU. There are 4 main features that are relevant in the name:

Model type
Product line

We’ll get into the detail of what each of these mean in the next 2 sections.

The performance

While the name will give you an idea of 4 of the main features, there are another 4 features that are more relevant to how a CPU performs*. For each of these features, we’ve given some typical values and mapped them into one of three buckets:

Dark blue (top level) – highest level of performance
Blue (middle level) – average level of performance
Light blue (bottom level) – lower level of performance

And so, for example a Core model CPU isn’t as powerful as the Xeon line which is designed specially for science and data-heavy workflows. But it is more powerful than the Pentium line, and the Celeron line which is slower and used in more affordable devices.

We’ve outlined in orange the range of values covered by the devices that Unboxxed sells.

It is important to note that any particular CPU won’t necessarily have values that all fit into the same level. For example, our Dell Latitude E6440 laptop (CPU: Intel Core i7-4600M) has the following CPU specifications: Core, i7, 4th Gen, M (mobile) product line, 2 cores, hyperthreading, 3.60 GHz clock speed, and 4M cache.

What does it really mean?

Brand – the different models of CPU define the performance capabilities of the CPU. Your Xeon processor is top of the range and specifically designed for heavy data work or scientific modelling. We carry a very small number of these devices as they are more than most users require (and come at a much higher cost!) The Core model is a powerful business processor and will give you top-notch performance for most day-to-day applications.  The Pentium processor is next on the list. We wouldn’t recommend a Pentium processor on a device that is earlier than 2017. However from 2017 onwards, Pentium processors have been used in more affordable laptops and they are perfectly usable for web browsing and basic business tasks. They are also power efficient and so work well if you are looking for good battery life from your device. We don’t recommend (or sell) devices with Celeron CPUs.

Brand modifier – for the Core brand of chips, Intel gives a brand modifier which defines the quality and power of the different models. The higher modifier numbers generally mean better performing chips and more features. An i5 device will meet most day-to-day working needs. You’ll need something bigger if you are doing big data heavy work or modelling.

Generation – the generation of processor defines when it was made. 9th Gen Intel chips were produced in 2018 – 2019, 10th Gen in 2019 – 2020, and 11th Gen in 2020 – 2021. Generally, the newer the chip the better performing it is. You can typically expect a roughly 10% improvement in the performance of a CPU between generations. In our mind, this means that there isn’t a particularly noticeable difference from one generation to the next, but you will likely notice a difference in performance between generations that span multiple years.

Product line – the product line defines what is “special” about the CPU. We haven’t listed all the options here because many are not particularly relevant. Each product line letter stands for a specific feature that the CPU was designed to best support. For example: “K” chips are usually the fastest, with higher clock speeds that the standard chips without a letter. “U” means the chips are designed for laptops and mobile devices; they are low power and have lower clock speeds than other models which means they don’t get as hot and will support a good battery life. “Y” is a lower performing CPU that places power efficiency over performance.

Cores – a core is basically a processor. The more cores your device has, the more it will be able to run multiple tasks at the same time without slowing down. You’ll particularly appreciate more cores when you have a lot of tasks running, like multiple programmes or a number of different browser tabs open.

Threading – threading virtually “splits” each core into two. This allows each of the CPU’s cores to perform two sets of tasks (or two threads) at the same time, which means it is better able to manage more than one task in parallel. Intel refer to their threading as hyperthreading.

Clock speed – this refers to how many instructions the CPU can process, and is measured in Hertz (Hz) where 1 Hz is 1 cycle per second. And so a clock speed of 4 GHz means that the CPU can perform 4 Billion instructions per second. The higher the clock speed, the better the performance.

Cache – this refers to the high-speed memory cache which is the memory that is assigned within the CPU to make future retrieval of data quicker. It is only really important for multi-tasking. 8M for the Cache stands for 8 MB of memory that has been assigned to the cache. The higher the cache memory, the quicker it will retrieve data during multi-tasking activities.

*Note: we have not captured the full range of features or values of a CPU. You will always find devices with values either below the bottom or above the top level. But what is here captures what is relevant to the vast majority of users.


School Fees Collections: Sending a Section 41 Notification via Registered Email

A school can hand over school fees for collection to an attorney, provided that certain steps have been taken before this stage.  Schools that do not follow the correct procedures, which include providing the relevant information to parents regarding fee exemption, are not acting in accordance with the South African Schools Act (84 of 1996) 1.

According to the act, a governing body must ascertain that a parent doesn’t apply for a fee exemption before enforcing the payment of school fees.

The school requires proof that written confirmation was sent to a parent by hand or registered post informing that parent that they have not applied for a school-fee exemption.  The parents must then be given three months from the date the notice was sent to pay school fees2.  The written confirmation (as contained in Section 41) has to be delivered ‘by hand or by registered post’ in order to be deemed an effective notice.  As it is not always possible to deliver these notices to the parent(s) by hand, registered post becomes the only other option available.

The South African Schools Act, when reading in conjunction with the ECT Act, makes provision for the service of electronic registered notices as per the Registered Communication channels.

Click on the relevant links for more information on Registered Email and Registered SMS.

The same registered channels can also be used for sending a Section 129 notification in terms of the National Credit Act 34 of 2005, which is outlined in 9 Paper Notifications That Are Going Digital.

To know why you should be going digital, read 5 Common Misconceptions About Our Industry


“I have found the experience to be user-friendly and very helpful as a tool in the collection of outstanding money from debtors.  The fact that all correspondence is ‘registered’ and therefore traceable is also very useful.  Having proof that the debtor has received his correspondence via email as well as this correspondence being traced and printed as proof where necessary, especially by our Legal Team, assists with obtaining judgements.  There are fewer handovers to our lawyers as Debtors realise that we are following the legal process and try everything to avoid being handed over and blacklisted.  I would recommend this system to anybody who works with any aspect of debt collection as the postal system is not reliable and Debtors avoid collecting Registered letters.”


– School Fees Administrator, Bryanston High School





Eight Companies that Impressed Me at My First EduTECH Africa Conference

The fifth annual Edutech Africa kicked off earlier this week at the Sandton Convention Centre.

Along with being a two-day long event focused on how government and business can play a bigger role within Africa’s education landscape, it was also my first time attending.

Ribbon cutting for EduTech Africa 2018 exhibitor zone.

What follows is my experience of day one, and the companies that made the biggest impression on me at EduTECH Africa 2018.

Striking a balance

The keynote address was quite insightful and focused on how technology and education should be in balance with one another.

Things started off with opening remarks from the creators of EduTECH, Terrapinn and FEDSAS, with a mix of four (local and international) keynote speakers.

One of the keynote speakers came from Safaricom, which currently operates in Kenya, and is the title sponsor of EduTECH 2018.  Wangeci Kanjama, head of wholesale and roaming department, spoke intensely about the evolution of education and how it has become increasingly digital.

“We have to be more aware about the challenges that the educational ecosystem is facing, so that we can make better contributions,” she noted.

Kanjama also advocated for how the increase of technology could make a difference to Africa as well as the whole world.

Following the keynote addresses, the exhibitor hall was opened up, with more than 300 exhibitions on display.

While I could not make my way through all 300-plus exhibitions, there were eight in particular that made a distinct impression on me.

Outside the exhibition zone of EduTECH Africa 2018.


The first exhibitor I saw was SCI-BONO.  It is based in the Johannesburg CBD and they support education structures such as maths, science and technology, as well as creating lesson plans and learning material for students and teachers.


Based in South Africa, they offer teacher training as well as manufacture and supply educational equipment for maths, science, life sciences and technology.  They were previously known as Edutrade before changing to Lasec.


They offer educational digital reading and elearning material to school libraries as well as individuals.  This company is based in South Africa and offers more than 46 000 books in their elibrary and the material is available in all 11 official South African languages.


They sell software to companies, as well as educational institutions for data collection processes, reading tests and analysis, along with scoring solutions.


This organisation mostly specialises in coding.  They offer science, maths and technology programs, along with learnership and internship programs for all types of learners and are based in Northriding, Johannesburg.


FEDSAS trains governing school bodies from private as well as public schools.  It is a South African based company.


They are a software company and the gold sponsors of Edu Tech, they are about creating an environment for individuals in class rooms or formal education to personalise content creation.


Cylo is based in the US and are a technology solutions provider that offers learner and content management.  Their products range from protection for music and movies to an e-reader and gamifed education.

Looking forward

In conclusion EduTECH Africa 2018 serves as a great place to learn about technology and how it’s being used to help those in the education space.

There are a range of initiatives being taken to improve the access to tools for learners and teachers thanks to technology, and trying to find different approaches in which we can increase creativity.  It is great to see that even though Africa as a continent is playing catch-up with other regions, there are organisations out there trying to do their best to keep us advancing.

With the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 striving to ensure that every child is provided quality education, I hope to see the country doing well in this regard in coming years, with conferences like EduTECH Africa playing its part.



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