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South African consumers are heading online in greater numbers as the e-commerce shopping experience increasingly offers more choice and convenience than can be found at traditional big-brand, brick-and-mortar retailers, says Mike Farquharson, MD of online courier aggregator Rush. Statista market and consumer data project that 31.6-million South Africans could be...
MTN South Africa is making significant headway in ensuring more people in SA benefit from the modern, connected world. A $2.3-Million Investment to SA's Northern Region The planned network investment in the Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and North West areas, for the 2021 financial year of R350-million ($2.3-million), is aimed at modernising, upgrading,...
Pharmaceutical heavyweights Pfizer and BioNTech have agreed to partner with South Africa's Biovac Institute to produce their COVID-19 vaccines at a facility in Cape Town. First announced on Wednesday, this deal will see more than 100-million doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccines produced annually to be distributed to African nations. Biovac had...
Today, Facebook outlined the steps it is taking to help protect the integrity of Zambia’s general elections on its platforms. The southern African country is expected to go to the polls on Thursday 12 August 2021 for general elections to elect the president and national assembly of the country. Facebook...
Only one doctor is available for every 1,250 patients in South Africa, across its vast expanse, with an urgent need to increase its cohort of specialists. This shortage of medical professionals costs the country in terms of the negative impact on people’s health and the increased price of healthcare provision...
Internet and connectivity speed tester Ookla has released its market analysis for Nigeria, ranking the country’s fastest internet service providers (ISPs). The analysis only takes into account top providers of internet services in the country, ones which account for 3% or more of total test samples in the market in...
Telkom, a leading telecommunications company in South Africa, has revealed its new music streaming platform, Telkom Music. Launched in partnership with Tencent-owned JOOX, the platform is available from the Huawei AppGallery and Google Play Store. Telkom says that it recognizes the landscape of music streaming is changing and highlights that the...
French telecom firm Orange has submitted an expression of interest to participate in the ongoing partial privatisation of Ethiopia's Ethio Telecom. This is according to Ethiopia's ambassador to Paris, sharing the news on Twitter. https://twitter.com/_HenokTeferra/status/1417419045977182232 Henok Teferra Shawl said in the tweet that Orange had "formally submitted interest to participate in...
A week full of unrest, violent rioting and looting breaking out in the wake of former President Jacob Zuma's incarceration, amongst other reasons, has left the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province of South Africa nearly in ruin. The violence and looting will cost the province's economy an estimated R20-billion ($1.3-billion). After the...
WhatsApp has started to test support for multi-device connections that let users access the chatting app on more devices without the need to have an active connection on one device. The new feature is currently rolling out to users in Kenya, according to TechWeez. WhatsApp is now taking in testers in...
Copper Fresh, a Johannesburg-based company has innovated a new solution to possibly curb the spread of COVID-19 through its pink face masks. The company says it is making one of Africa’s first face masks capable of self-sanitising and killing the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, just...
With smartphones becoming more accessible and affordable, and network coverage growing stronger, the uptake of mobile technology is in a good space and growing in leaps and bounds on the African continent. Many mobile technology companies and organisations, both public and private, are harnessing the potential of this to bridge...
With digital transformation a top priority on the corporate agenda as companies identify new ways to grow their business, cyber attackers and opportunist cybercriminals remain very active. While Africa is not necessarily considered a focus area for the more sophisticated types of cybercriminal activity such as targeted attacks or advanced...
The Pasteur Institute in Senegal is set to produce rapid antigen tests for diagnosing SARS-CoV-2 in patients from early 2022 with the help of a new tech transfer partnership with two international biotech companies. The Institute, based in Dakar, will partner with Bionote, a South Korean firm that provides diagnostic...
Internet and connectivity speed tester Ookla has released its market analysis for South Africa, ranking the country's fastest internet service providers (ISPs). The analysis only takes into account top providers of internet services in the country, ones which account for 3% or more of total test samples in the market...
While COVID-19 has seen organisations shift to cloud platforms overnight to help them remain operational while their workforces are operating remotely, too many are not up to speed with what this means in terms of their data. This is particularly true now that the Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act...
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