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The West African Cable System (Wacs) cable, which connects South Africa to the UK, suffered a breakage off of the coast of England - inconveniencing South Africans with slow and unreliable Internet. This comes at one of the worst possible times as the country enters a lockdown period of...
South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that the flu vaccine will begin to be rationed, this is according to Business Insider. The flu vaccine is designed to combat multiple strains of the ever-mutating common influenza virus and is updated annually to keep up with the latest strains. In...
As South Africa endures a three-week shutdown to contain the spread of COVID-19, the National Department of Health (NDoH) has launched its COVID-19 Connect Whatsapp Helpline in four new languages. The WhatsApp helpline is available in Sotho, Zulu, Afrikaans and Xhosa, in addition to English. This means that people in...
Medical diagnostics distributor, Redbird has launched a COVID-19 Daily Check-in App and Symptom Tracker in its bid to counter the spread of Coronavirus across the African continent. Accessible as a browser-based app via covid19.redbird.co, Redbird’s COVID-19 check-in app is a way for every person to self-report symptoms without needing to...
Launched in November 2014, Cape Town-based Disrupt Africa is a one-stop-shop for all news, information and commentary pertaining to the continent’s tech startup – and investment – ecosystem. The company’s Research arm also releases in-depth reports on various aspects of the African tech startup ecosystem, from funding to fintech. While...
Every day various sectors across the continent are adjusting and finding new ways to deal with challenges brought about by the current coronavirus pandemic. Given the MultiChoice Group’s position in Africa’s video entertainment sector, the group is acutely aware of the challenges its partners in the industry are facing....
Nigerian health and biotech startup 54Gene has raised $500,000 for a fund aimed at improving Nigeria's capacity to carry out tests fro COVID-19. Known as the Nigeria COVID-19 Testing Support Fund - this fund will enable the ramping up of for the testing of the virus by up to 1000...
The COVID-19 pandemic has been cause for alarm across the world in recent months - from disrupting global economies and international trade relations to perpetuating the largest work-from-home migration. In the wake of this outbreak, fake news has wreaked havoc as people try to decipher what's real and what's fiction....
Huawei has revealed their new flagship series of smartphones, the P40 series known for its impressive camera mastery. The three devices released in this series are the Huawei P40, the Huawei P40 Pro and the Huawei P40 Pro+. Featuring a new design aesthetic, the P40 series is "inspired by the...
The global COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted world economies, international travel relations and even forced entire countries into lockdown in order to curb the spread. This means that people from all over have been looking for ways to keep themselves connected and entertained despite living in lawful isolation. To ensure you're prepared,...
Qode Health Solutions (Qode) has configured their existing Lynx, Insight and Knowledge Center solutions used by various USAID and CDC-funded partners from several countries, including South Africa, in the fight against HIV/AIDS to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The solutions are ready for deployment and can assist in dispensing Facility Readiness...
Known as 'Kamiti Boys', these criminals are taking advantage of Kenya's blistering adoption of digital banking, reports The Nation. They do this by rushing callers with information and words in order to keep them on the line long enough to buy their story and gain their trust. They then trick...
While significant measures have been put in place to combat the spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), South African banks are turning to cashless transactions. Mobile money transfers, online, debit and credit card transactions are being encouraged as opposed to cash, which is a possible source of transmission. Clayton Hayward, the...
Fiam Wifi, a new telecommunication company has launched its services in Nigeria to provide affordable and reliable Internet connectivity to people, especially in high-demand, low-income and rural communities, says Vanguard. Fiam launched after a three month pilot in Ajegunle, a suburb of Lagos. Akin Marinho, CEO, says the network installs...
Ride-hailing service Bolt, previously known as Taxify, has partnered with Meridian Hygiene to help drivers and passengers keep sanitised and safe by offering a free fogging service at its driver centre in Charles Crescent Johannesburg, with immediate effect. The service will be rolled out to drivers in other...
As governments around the world embrace the digital journey, their IT and security professionals are challenged to ensure that sensitive government and citizen data remains protected, while remaining open and transparent to stakeholders. This is according to a blog written by RSA Product and Solution Strategist, Tim Norris, who says,...
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