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Ericsson reveals Emergency Wallet to support humanitarian responses

May 26, 2016 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Ericsson has committed to developing Ericsson Emergency Wallet, a mobile financial services solution, for deployment in the immediate aftermath of disaster or crises to support humanitarian organizations and affected populations within Africa as well as globally. The company revealed that the Emergency Wallet solution will be designed for use in emergency...

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eLearning Africa: Impatient Africans “not going to wait until 2063”

May 26, 2016 • Education, North Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

There was a mood of impatience among ministers, businessmen, and education experts attending this year’s eLearning Africa conference, which was held in Cairo during May 2016. Aware of the opportunity offered by information and communication technologies to...

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Connecting the always-mobile bank of the future in Africa

May 23, 2016 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

As a mobile-centric hub, Africa has the capability to approach banking in a whole new manner. In fact, today very few Africans have access to traditional banking accounts. The issue that arises is a lack of infrastructure to support the all-encompassing...

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FinTech must identify the problem if disruption is to be successful

May 20, 2016 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Kevin Johnson Head of Innotribe Innovation Programmes at SWIFT, says Innotribe has learned from its work with the FinTech ecosystem.  “Always start with clearly identifying what problem you are trying to address. If you don’t, you end up with a solution...

According to a PWC report, a large percentage of CEOs across Africa plan to invest in technology in 2014. (image credit: accountancyage.com)

Africa’s CEOs look to innovation and technology to boost growth

May 20, 2016 • East Africa, Enterprise, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Africa remains one of the preferred frontiers for investment opportunities and doing business, according to a report released by PwC Africa. Growth and foreign direct investment has continued in Africa amid the recent global economic uncertainty. This is...

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Mahindra Comviva consolidates all operations under a single brand

May 20, 2016 • Company News, East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Mahindra Comviva has revealed the consolidation of its LATAM operations and its recent acquisition ATS Advanced Technology Solutions under a single brand – Mahindra Comviva. The brand will resonate across all its LATAM operations in achieving a common...

EFT Africa

Is EFT making a comeback in Africa?

May 19, 2016 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (1)

Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT) may be one of the older payment methods on the block, but thanks to fraud and crime they are experiencing a revival.  As technology platforms evolve to make EFTs more easily managed by users and merchants alike, they are...

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Addressing the threat of cyber-crime in the digital era

May 19, 2016 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Security, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Many researchers now estimate the scale of the global cybercrime business to be greater than that of drug trafficking. Kaspersky Labs’ recent survey revealed that 9 out of 10 companies have already been a target of cybercrime, in some shape or form. Many of...

Sipho Maseko, Group Chief Executive at Telkom.

Africa’s first Chair in Digital Business revealed

May 19, 2016 • Company News, East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Africa’s first Chair in Digital Business is to be established at the Wits Business School through an initial five-year funding commitment from Telkom. This is in line with leading academic institutions around the world where the digital aspect of business...

Africa top female innovators

World Economic Forum Hails Africa’s Top Female Innovators

May 18, 2016 • East Africa, Features, North Africa, People, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has selected 5 tech-focused women from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and South Africa as Africa’s Top Female Innovators. These innovators (listed below) were lauded for their innovations in the areas of IT training,...

Solar Panels

Scaling up solar power to meet Africa’s energy needs

May 18, 2016 • East Africa, Features, Mining & Energy, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

In Niger’s eastern region of Diffa in the south of the Ténéré Desert — a vast sandy area across Niger and Chad up in the Sahara desert — are the ruins of a century-old colonial fort. The area around it, an oasis called Agadem, is one of the sunniest...

Fintech

The rise of African fintech is changing the way Africans transact

May 16, 2016 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Fintech is disrupting the way ordinary Africans manage and use money. And these fintech players are standing up to traditional institutions as a force to be reckoned with. Accenture estimates that over one-third of mainstream financial services’ revenue is...

ESET Southern Africa

Top 5 tips on how to spot a Facebook scam

May 16, 2016 • East Africa, Lists, North Africa, Security, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Hoaxes are all over Facebook and with users often encouraged or forced via hijacks and hacks to share and like content, it will often seem like the hoax has been personally vouched for by your friend, says Carey van Vlaanderen, CEO, ESET Southern Africa....

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Africa’s brightest students shine at Intel ISEF 2016

May 14, 2016 • East Africa, Features, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, Video, West AfricaComments (0)

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF 2016), which was held in the United States in Phoenix Arizona, saw approximately 1,700 high school students from over 75 countries in attendance. Among these individuals were students from...

African Startups

African Start-Ups encouraged to participate in VIVA Technology Paris

May 13, 2016 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, West AfricaComments (0)

African-born global ad-tech company, Popimedia is encouraging African tech start-ups to participate in VIVA Technology Paris. Co-hosted by Publicis, the inaugural event, running from 30 June to 2 July 2016, aims to provide a “real-time platform for...

Veeam

Gregg Petersen reveals Veeam’s new Regional Manager for Africa

May 13, 2016 • East Africa, North Africa, People, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Gregg Petersen, Regional Director for Middle East and SAARC from Veeam Software, the innovative provider of solutions that deliver Availability for the Always-On Enterprise, has revealed the appointment of Claude Schuck as the new regional manager for...

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