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[South Afica] Government launches project to create one million new ICT jobs by 2030.

South Africa’s Communications and Digital Technologies ministry has launched a pilot skills development programme in its commitment to creating one million new jobs by 2030. The pilot has been launched in partnership with MICT SETA. President Ramaphosa has appointed the 4IR commission to address, amongst other things, the skills gaps to future proof SA’s economy and […]

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MTN launches mobile money API hackathon

In pursuit of its goal to contribute to bridging the financial divide, MTN Group has granted third parties access to its Mobile Money (MoMo) Access Programming Interface (API) platform. The open API enables developers and programmers to innovate on the platform and develop products and other solutions that will create a wider range of digital […]

[South Africa] FNB opens up its banking app for all consumers

South African financial services provider, FNB has opened up its banking app for all consumers in the country. Through FNB’s AppVenture campaign, all customers regardless of who they currently bank with, will have the opportunity to explore and experience the app’s benefits and features. Non-FNB customers can stand a chance to win one of two R1 million individual grand […]

Zimbabweans turn to VPNs following social media shutdown and internet black out

Zimbabweans are turning Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology to circumvent an apparent government internet shutdown according to leading VPN comparison site BestVPN.com. The restrictions have resulted in a spike of interest in VPNs among Zimbabwean internet users, according to internal data from BestVPN.com. The comparison site recorded a 1,560 percent increase on Monday and Tuesday, […]

[Column] Dominique Collett: South African fintech in 2019 – what can we expect?

Here are my fintech predictions for 2019 based on what we are seeing with our members at AlphaCode which closely track international trends in this space. AlphaCode is the Rand Merchant Investments  (RMI) incubation, acceleration and investment initiative that identifies, partners and grows early stage financial service ventures.  Digital banks  The introduction of TymeBank, BankZero […]

[South Africa] Entelect to acquire a majority stake in Netherlands-based Fixx iT

Entelect, South Africa’s leading software engineering and solutions company, has entered into an agreement to purchase a majority stake in Fixx iT, a software engineering and professional services company headquartered in Zeist, Netherlands. Along with Entelect New Zealand, this investment into Fixx iT continues the international expansion of the company and opens further opportunities for […]

[South Africa] Airlink embraces cloud software solution to boost operations

South Africa based Airlink has been on a modernization strategy. It recently completed its implementation of the TRAX eMRO cloud software solution. eMRO caters to every aspect of aircraft maintenance management. It is deployed via any web browser and allows users to stay connected from any work location. With true offline capability, eMRO automatically synchronizes when […]

African Innovators Shine during Zayed Sustainability Prize’s 2019 Awards Ceremony

African innovators excelled at this year’s Zayed Sustainability Prize annual awards ceremony on January 14 2019, winning in three out of five categories including Energy, Food and Global High Schools. The 2019 Zayed Sustainability Prize, which is the UAE’s pioneering global award in sustainability, honoured leaders whose work and spirit of enterprise has resulted in […]

Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [14/05/2018]

Looking to get into the South African startup scene or brush up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event […]

SA to develop best practices for incubators

The Southern African Business and Technology Incubation Association (SABTIA) has been mandated by South Africa’s Department of Small Business Development to develop best practices within the region’s incubator community and create a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem for incubation in both the formal and informal sectors. SABTIA is an independent association formed to promote and coordinate business incubation […]

SA’s hearX to launch hearing screening app in US

South African startup hearX Group has partnered the American Academy of Audiology to launch the first comprehensive hearing screening app in the United States (US). The mobile application, hearAmerica, will be available on most smartphones, and will be revealed and showcased at the Academy’s annual conference on April 18-21 in Nashville, Tennessee. A collaboration between […]

Which Streaming platform is doing well in Africa? Spotify Vs Apple Music Vs Google Music

Streaming has been a hotly debated topic within the music industry, mainly because of headlines about low pay-out rates of streaming providers and therefore low revenue for artists. However, there’s no denying that music streaming has experienced a rapid growth, with a global increase of 39% since 2014. “Africa as a continent is the origin […]

Africa’s newest startup hubs are expanding beyond its legacy tech markets

Almost 130 tech hubs have opened across Africa in under two years, showcasing a maturing entrepreneurial ecosystem and a rising interest in the potential of local markets. A total of 442 active incubators, accelerators, and co-working spaces were recorded on the continent as of early March by the global telecoms industry body GSM Association. That’s a jump from 2016 […]

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