Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Great stuff in Cape Town

The guys at Umonya are doing fantastic things for school kids in South Africa. They offer free Python courses over selected weekends where children with no previous programming experience are taught how to program in Python.

Not only do they show these kids things they might have thought impossible before, but they also make time to have chats with the kids to open their eyes to career possibilities that many of them have never thought off.

The courses are organized by UCT students, but, in my humble opinion, reflect the same level of quality, commitment and dedication one would expect from professional trainers. These guys need your help and support, so if your company (or yourself) can be involved in any way, do step up and help cultivate the next generation of IT professionals for Africa.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Telesure Cesspool

I know this is not blog related, but really, I've had it with these guys.


We had an accident in April 2010, and things are STILL not sorted out by these Telesure, Auto&General, AA Insurance incompetents. Did you know Dial Direct, Budget, Auto & General and First for Woman are ALL just brands of Telesure? And if you go on a site like Hippo, you are actually getting quotes from the same company, just under different brand names.

So here's a little bit of free advice - stay away from Telesure and their brands, it's just the most pathetic service I have ever received. In fact, I'm going to write a nice long article about it and hopefully save someone all the hassle I had to go through. It takes days for them to get back to you, even though they have a so-called service charter that they clearly do not stick to.

Do proper research when you are considering your insurance provider and make sure they are underwritten by a reputable company. I made the mistake of trusting in the AA brand name, AA Insurance is useless, they are simply brokers and did not lift a finger to try to assist us.