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Conference: Strategic Narratives of Technology and Africa Conference

Title of presentation: Decolonizing ICT education in aid of socio-economic transformation and social justice in South Africa

Author: Awethu Fatyela

Date: 01 – 02 September 2017

Conference: African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) 2nd Biennial Conference

Title of presentation: Decolonisation of knowledge in South Africa: an existential project

Author: Awethu Fatyela

Date: 12 – 13 October 2017

Conference: Discovery Foundation Alumni Seminar

Title of presentation: The use of mobile technology in the fight against DR-TB in Nelson Mandela Bay

Author:  Prof Darelle van Greunen

Date: 21-23 August 2017

Conference:  ICRITO’2017 in India during September 2017

Title of Keynote Address:  Smart Technology Solutions for Healthy Communities in Africa

Author:  Prof Darelle van Greunen


The biggest tech trend in Africa, and the one that is making the biggest impact on the everyday lives of people is the rise of smartphones and the Internet of Things.  Africa has seen the fastest uptake of mobile devices in the world and mobile subscribers are set to hit half a billion in the next five years.  By implementing mobile Apps and developing smart solutions that can be accessed via mobile devices, the Centre for Community Technologies at Nelson Mandela University is creating an ecosystem co-created with the beneficiaries and end-users of such an ecosystem to change everyday challenges into research and engagement opportunities that allow for sustainable interventions in a variety of communities. Not only does the Centre for Community Technologies provide smart solutions to improve citizens’ healthcare experiences but it also contributes to the continuum of care of South Africans on a daily basis.  Regardless of what you call smart technology, it is a great opportunity to uncover hidden data to suggest solutions to address the challenges effectively. The use of Smart Technology Solutions produces state-of-the-art cutting-edge research that provide innovative solutions to everyday challenges in the communities of Africa.  In this talk, Prof Van Greunen, Director of the Nelson Mandela University Centre for Community Technologies will share insights into innovations and experiences using smart technology solutions in Africa to address healthcare amongst other.

Conference:  ICRITO’2017 in India during September 2017

Title of Paper: Usability and usefulness in designing patient-centric systems in Afro-centric setting

Author:  Richard Pankomera, Darelle van Greunen, Alida Veldsman


List of recent publications:

Books edited

ICTs for Inclusive Communities in Developing Societies. Published by Cambridge Press. 2015.  Editors:  Van Greunen, D and Steyn, J.  ISBN: 1-4438-8081-7

Chapters in books

Saiod, K, Van Greunen, D and Veldsman, A. Electronic health records: benefits and challenges for data quality. Handbook of Large-Scale Distributed Computing in Smart Healthcare. 2017.

Bhunu Shava, F, Van Greunen, D. Developing User Security Metrics towards Awareness Creation in ICTs for Inclusive Communities in Developing Societies. Published by Cambridge Press. 2015.

Author(s) : Susan M. Dray (US), Ann Light (UK), Vanessa Evers (US), Andrew M. Dearden (UK), Melissa Densmore (UK), Matthew Kam (UK), Gary Marsden (SA), Divya Ramachandran (India), Nithya Sambasivan (India), Thomas Smyth (US), Darelle van Greunen  (SA), and Niall Winters (UK)

Title of chapter:  Human Computer Interaction for Development: Changing HCI to Change the World

Van Greunen,D: The Difference that Design and Innovation Can Make to Users in an Emerging Country in The galleys of Innovative Solutions (Chavan, Prabhu, eds.) Publisher: Taylor and Francis.

Journal Articles

Tsokota, T,  Von Solms, R, Van Greunen, D. An ICT Strategy for the sustainable development of the tourism sector in a developing country: A case study of Zimbabwe. Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries. Vol 78 (2017).

Mpekoa, N., van Greunen, D. 2017. Towards an e-Voting system: CUT SRC elections as a representative of an electoral constituency. The Journal of African Elections. In press.

Van Greunen, D.  Ethics, children, and Biometric Technology.  IEEE Technology and Society. Year: 2016, Volume: 35, Issue 3.

Veldsman, A, Van Greunen, D, Mashapa, J. User-centered applications: Use of mobile information technologies to promote sustainable school healthcare services.  The South African Computer Journal (2015).

Thomas, G, Botha, R and Van Greunen, D.  Understanding the Problem of Coordination in a Large Scale Distributed Environment from a Service Lens View - Towards the South African Public Sector e-Administration criteria for coordination support. The African Journal of Information and Communication (2015)

Van Stam, G and Van Greunen, D. An African Rural Internet Network and its interactions with Academics. The Journal of Community Informatics. (2014)

Adebesin, F, Kotze, P, Van Greunen, D, Foster, R. An E-Health Standards Framework in Africa.  The South African Computer Journal (2013)

Yeratziotis, A., Van Greunen, D., Pottas, D.  A Usable Security Heuristic Evaluation for the Online Health Social Networking Paradigm. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction (Volume 29, Issue 3), 2012

Funchall, D, Van Greunen, D and Herselman, M.  People Innovation Capability Maturity Model (PICaMM) for Measuring SMMEs in South Africa.  Information Society Journal.

Ouma, S, Herselman, M and van Greunen, D. Linking Medical Record Systems and Mobile Phones for Spatial Optimisation of Logistical Support in Health Service Delivery.International Journal of healthcare technology and management (Submitted, awaiting review outcome), 2011

Van Greunen, D, Herselman, M, van Niekerk, J. Implementation of regulation-based e-procurement in the Eastern Cape provincial administration. African Journal of Business Management Vol.4 (10), December, 2010. ISSN 1993-8233

Pretorius, M.C., Calitz, A.P., Van Greunen, D: The added value of eye-tracking in the usability evaluation of network management tools. South African Computer Journal, March 2006.

Van Greunen, D, Wesson, J.L.: The Information Architecture of Web-based Learning in South Africa. South African Computer Journal, December 2005

Wesson, J L., Van Greunen, D.: Videoconferencing: Design Issues for Interactive Distance Learning2ĕmes journees MULTIMEDIA, September 2000.

International Conference Papers:

Mpekoa, N and Van Greunen, D. (2017) m-Voting implementation in South Africa: A case of a University of Technology. To be presented at the ICT and Society Conference 2017 in March 2017 in Durban, South Africa.

Mpekoa, N and Van Greunen, D. (2016) Factors affecting successful implementation of m-Voting in South Africa. International Conference on Information Society (i-Society 2016), 10-13 October, 2016. Dublin, Ireland.

Pankomera, R and Van Greunen, D (2016) Privacy and Security issues for a Patient-centric Approach in Public Healthcare in a Resource Constrained Setting.  IST-Africa Conference Proceedings, May 2016 in Durban, South Africa.

Pankomera, R and Van Greunen, D (2016) ICT as a valorisation tool in promoting patient-centric healthcare services in a resource constrained setting. Health Informatics AfriHI 2016, 5 – 7 September in Gabarone, Botswana.

Cunningham, P, Cunningham, M, Van Greunen, D, Veldsman, D, Kanjo, C, Kweyu, E, Gebeyehu, A. (2016) Implications of Baseline Study Findings from Rural and Deep Rural Clinics in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and South Africa for the Co-Design of mHealth4Afrika. IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, October 2016, Seattle, USA.

Pankomera, R and Van Greunen, D (2016) ICT as a catalyst to enhance teaching and learning in a resource constrained setting: A case of Malawi. IFIP SaITE 2016.  July 2016 in Portugal.

Van Greunen, D and Veldsman, A (2016) The faceless mobile youth of Africa drive change. 2016 UNESCO Conference on Technologies for Development.  May 2016 in Lausanne, Switzerland

Pankomera, R and Van Greunen, D (2016) The role of personal Health Records in the delivery of patient-centric healthcare. IASTED International Conference on Telehealth and Assistive Technology (TAT 2016) October 6 to 7, 2016, in Zurich, Switzerland.