IT News Africa: Top Stories of the Week

February 26, 2016 • Top Stories

IT News AfricaLeading academics, CIOs, regulators, NGOs, service providers, and EduTech entrepreneurs will convene at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg on the 17th of March 2016 for the upcoming 2016 Education Innovation Summit.

The Summit, which has been organised by IT News Africa and sponsored by Telkom, will see these leaders discuss vital topics around the impact of technology on education. To find out more about the 2016 Education Innovation Summit click here.

The team at IT News Africa hopes you have a great weekend. The top stories of the week can be found below.


MTN empowers Soweto learners with ICT career guidance
As part of its strategic focus of working with government and civil society organisations to plug the knowledge gaps, MTN supported a career expo that sought to expose the youth and matriculants to different career opportunities in various fields, while providing them with practical advice on how they can get into these careers. Read More.

Egypt: Digital hub to help Africa track and control disease outbreaks
A new disease control hub is set to be launched in Egypt, which will use technology to trace and control diseases, predict outbreaks and engage communities in affected areas across Africa. Read More.

Cape Town based FinTech start-up raises USD 2 Million
Digital insurance distributor Hepstar has received USD $2 million in funding from UK-based technology investor Amadeus Capital Partners. With the new funding, the company has revealed that it will build on its momentum by expanding its global reach, accelerating technology development, and growing its brand. Read More.

2016 African Blogger Awards now open for entries
Entries for the upcoming 2016 African Blogger Awards have officially opened. These awards are open to African bloggers and social media influencers. Read More.

3D printing market in Middle East and Africa set to boom
Spending on 3D printing in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) market is set to increase from $0.47 billion in 2015 to reach $1.3 billion by 2019, according to the latest forecasts from International Data Corporation (IDC). Read More.

Vodafone to extend M-Pesa remittances to new African markets
HomeSend, an international payment and money transfer hub, has revealed the expansion of its global framework agreement with Vodafone Group for M-Pesa, including the launch of remittance services into five new markets during 2016. Read More.

Nigeria: Airtel reveals Smart Number service
Airtel Nigeria has announced the introduction of its Smart Number service. According to the company, the Smart Number service essentially allows individuals to use an additional line or number on their original Airtel SIM card. Read More.

MTN: Now is time for greater public-private sector collaboration
This week Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan highlighted, during the Budget Speech, that partnership between government and businesses is a central priority of the National Development Plan (NDP) and key to rapid development for economic growth. Read More.

Top Opinions & Features

Top 10 Education Apps For Africa
IT News Africa is highlighting some of the top education apps for Africa. The apps featured in the feature offer users the opportunity to learn new languages, discover various facts about global history, as well as brush up on their math and science knowledge. Get them here.

Top 10 recruitment websites in Africa
Before the internet had evolved into what it is today many job seekers, throughout Africa, would resort to physically handing their CV in at a potentially employer. Read More.

Top apps for on the go African job seekers
Along with Alcatel Onetouch, we now look at the top job search apps that will kick your career into top gear. Read More.

1 Billion reasons why Africa’s IoT ecosystem is set to explode
The number of connected devices around the world continues to proliferate, with International Data Corporation (IDC) predicting that the worldwide market will reach a total value of $1.7 trillion in 2020. Read More.

Top Video Interviews

How will the Internet of Things benefit Africa?
David Meads leads Cisco’s business operations across the African continent. In his role he is responsible for defining Cisco’s go‐to‐market strategy across the African continent and for the field execution of that strategy. Watch the video interview here.

Security is a critical part of the Internet of Things
Paolo Campoli is the ME&A Global SP leader and SP Sales CTO at Cisco. His responsibilities include direct Sales leadership for Global Service Providers accounts in the ME&A region, managing the entire Solution sales lifecycle and developing for the future. Watch the video interview here.

Gadgets and Gaming

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge unveiled
At Mobile World Congress 2016 (MWC), which is currently being held in Barcelona at the Fira Gran Via and Fira Montjuïc, Samsung Electronics revealed its latest smartphone devices… the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Read More.

HTC Vive consumer edition revealed
HTC, in partnership with Valve, have unveiled the consumer edition of the Vive virtual reality system. Continuing to build upon the Vive’s current list of features, HTC has revealed that the Vive will be receiving Vive Phone Service. Read More.

Huawei unveils the MateBook at MWC 2016
At Mobile World Congress 2016 (MWC) Huawei had revealed its latest device, the Huawei MateBook. According to Huawei, the MateBook is a 2-in-1 device designed to meet the evolving demands of today’s modern business users. Read More.

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