The 2013 Southern Africa Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC) was held at Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, Western Cape from 1 – 4 September. A high note was struck at the start of SATNAC 2013 on 1 September with the welcoming address by Prof. Brian O’Connnell, vice-chancellor and rector of the University of the Western Cape. He told delegates that our future lies in connecting and understanding. “South Africa has a triple challenge, to build a democratic state, integrate itself into the competitive arena of international production and finance and reconstruct domestic social and economic relations to eradicate and redress the inequitable patterns of ownership, wealth and social and economic practices that were shaped by segregation and apartheid. A school is not just a tool for youth, but is a resource for the entire community it serves. A new breed of teacher/facilitator must be trained and recruited to do away with download-style pedagogy, and rather serve as curators of ideas and enablers of creativity and innovation.”… (more)