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Top Tech NewsFrom 24-25 August 2016, healthcare and technology professionals will convene at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel located in Sandton, Johannesburg for the upcoming Healthcare Innovation Summit, which will be held under the theme – “Transforming Healthcare with Technology.”

The conference will assemble participants including CXOs, Department Heads and Senior Management from: Government, Public and private hospitals, CIOs and IT Managers in healthcare, Health-Tech Entrepreneurs and startups, Clinics, Technology solution providers and Academics. Decision makers and professionals in the healthcare and technology fields are welcome to join the conference to network and exchange strategies with their peers. To book your seat, please visit:

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


Nigeria: 10 rural villages receive voice and high-speed data services
Gilat Satcom has revealed that it is providing voice and high-speed data to ten villages in the states of Adamawa, Borno, Kano, Katsina, Oyo and Yobe in the North East of Nigeria. Read More.

8.8 Million South Africans have fallen victim to cybercrime
Norton by Symantec has released its findings from the Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report revealing that despite growing concerns over online crime, over 8.8 million South Africans fell victim to it in the past year. Read More.

MTN SA & Kagiso Media to launch females in ICT recognition platform
MTN in partnership with Kagiso Media’s Jacaranda FM and East Coast Radio have unveiled a female recognition platform, which is intended to acknowledge and celebrate the contribution made by female professionals to the growth of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in South Africa. Read More.

Tigo Rwanda slashes roaming fees for East Africa countries
Tigo Rwanda has revealed an 80 percent reduction in data roaming fees for its customers travelling to Kenya and Uganda. Read More.

FinTech business in Africa makes use of A.I & credit technology
MyBucks, a German listed FinTech company that holds three brands GetBucks, GetSure and GetBanked, has said its partnership with NGO (non-governmental organisation) Opportunity International continues to take strides forward in their vision of bringing financial inclusion to the unbanked and underbanked in emerging markets – most specifically in Africa. Read More.

Seedstars World names SA’s best startup
Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes brought its South Africa country wide competition to a successful close during Seedstars Grand Final after hosting pre-selections in Cape Town, Durban and Soweto (Gauteng). Read More.

Telepresence technology connects Students in Kenya and UAE
As part of its efforts to inspire youth to consider careers in technology, Cisco brought together students from Jebel Ali School in Dubai with their counterparts from Makini School in Nairobi, Kenya through Cisco Telepresence. Read More.

South Africa votes against internet freedom
South Africa has joined other nations such as China and Russia in voting against a United Nations resolution on the “promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the internet.” Read More.

Top Opinions & Features

Utilising drones to deter poachers and assist African farmers
Operated either autonomously based on a pre-programmed flight plan or by remote control, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), popularly known as drones, are now being deployed in Africa for a variety of missions. Read More.

Will digitalisation be a key economic driver in Africa?
Digitalisation is considered to be key an economic driver and one that will allow countries within Africa as well as around the world to grow GDP, create employment and reduce spending. This is according to South Africa CEO for Siemens, Sabine Dall’Omo, who spoke at the inaugural IoT Africa Summit – which was held in Sandton, Johannesburg. Read More.

Mukhisa Kituyi discusses restoring an economy’s ability to deliver prosperity
Millions of people around the world have lost faith that the world economy can improve their lives. Instead of seeing value in open borders and the free exchange of information and ideas, they see only uncertainty about their futures, growing inequalities and weak productivity gains. Read More.

Gadgets and Gaming

Vodacom unveils Smart Platinum 7 smartphone
Vodacom has entered the premium smartphone market by extending its range of branded devices. The Vodacom Smart platinum 7 and Vodacom Smart ultra 7 were announced by the company in July 2016. Read More.

Rocket League receives retail release
505 Games and developer Psyonix have released the highly addictive Rocket League on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Read More.

Xbox Games with Gold July 2016 Lineup Revealed
The July 2016 Games with Gold roster will see 4 titles grace the Xbox One and Xbox 360 console. Much like last month, the Xbox One will get two dedicated titles, and two Xbox 360 titles through Xbox One Backward Compatibility, for a total of four completely free titles thanks to Games with Gold. Xbox 360 gamers also get access to the latter two titles. Read More.

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