Southern Africa

Malawi receives $1.5 mln for Solar Home System Kick-Starter Program

February 21, 2019 • Mining & Energy, Southern AfricaComments (0)

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in support of the U.S. Government-led Power Africa initiative, launched a “Solar Home System Kick-Starter Program for Malawi” to expand energy access in the country via solar home systems (SHS). Power Africa will commit USD $5 million of support to the program, with USD $1.5 million going...

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#BudgetSpeech2019: Budget spending has to focus on getting our country ready for technology

February 20, 2019 • Finance, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

South African Minister of Finance, Tito Titus Mboweni, delivered the 2019 Budget Speech on Wednesday, 20 February, addressing government expenditure as set out for the year. “As we look to the future, I see the following huge shifts in society and the...

The 3 main business risks Botswana faces in 2019

The 3 main business risks Botswana faces in 2019

February 20, 2019 • Security, Southern AfricaComments (0)

One of the most important trends to emerge in recent years is that it is increasingly difficult to identify individual risks in isolation. Business, society and culture are all complex and that gives rise to an interconnected risk landscape which requires an...

Look to Wi-Fi for Digital Transformation in Retail

February 20, 2019 • Digital Transformation, Retail, Southern AfricaComments (0)

CIOs in the retail sector are increasingly looking to location analytics provided by sophisticated Wi-Fi marketing solutions to address digital transformation. This is the view of Wade Gomes, Sales Director of Corr-Serve, a local value-added distributor that...

Shoprite Lesotho cross-border remittance product reaches $70 mln

February 20, 2019 • Finance, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

The Shoprite cross-border money remittance product reached the R1 billion mark in January, roughly 70 million USD, after just three years of it being implemented between SA and Lesotho. The cost of a transfer of R900 is 2%, which is one of the cheapest...

South African schools ready for digital education

February 20, 2019 • Education, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Public schools in South Africa can look forward to joining the digital education revolution as some of their private school counterparts have been experiencing for the past few years, but education experts have cautioned against a rush to provide tablets and...

Ericsson has joined the O-RAN Alliance

February 20, 2019 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern AfricaComments (0)

Ericsson has joined the O-RAN Alliance, telecom service providers and suppliers with the commitment to evolving radio access network (RAN) architecture and orchestration built on openness, intelligence, flexibility and performance. As a member, the company...

Inspire Africa launches innovative STEAM program for SA schools

February 20, 2019 • Education, Southern AfricaComments (0)

Inspire S.T.E.A.M. uses techniques in both drone operation and programming – learners from ages 8 upwards experience just how awesome drones are, igniting their imaginations as they are introduced to applied learning in Science, Technology, Engineering,...

Affordable smart feature phones to run on KaiOS

Affordable smart feature phones to run on KaiOS

February 19, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

KaiOS Technologies has announced that six new partners in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, South Africa, and Tanzania will launch mobile phones running on its operating system for smart feature phones, KaiOS. These devices form a new category of phones that...

International Telecoms invest in African EdTech

February 19, 2019 • Africa By Region, East Africa, Education, North Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

In recent years, education technology has become inextricable from education reform, resulting in a steady increase in edtech startups and private entities innovating in education. Understanding the realities and complexities of education in Africa, it is...

Disruptive technology could transform South African educational landscape

February 18, 2019 • Education, Southern AfricaComments (0)

Educational technology will play a bigger influence in all South African schools – particularly in metro areas or regions that have increasing access to an infrastructure that supports the blended learning model. This is the belief of SPARK Schools’...

IAB SA partners Meltwater, Radisson Hotel Group to launch insight series

February 18, 2019 • Artificial Intelligence, Events, Southern AfricaComments (0)

The IAB SA has launched an exciting new series of strategically aligned events for the digital industry. Held in partnership with Meltwater and The Radisson Hotel Group, the series will give the industry smart, actionable and meaningful insights to make...

Tech is becoming a vital part of insurance

Tech is becoming a vital part of insurance

February 18, 2019 • Cloud Computing, Southern AfricaComments (0)

The evolving technology landscape provides insurers with unprecedented opportunities to grow their business. Ben Burger, Managing Executive at SilverBridge, believes 2019 will see the development of the ideal environment to integrate cloud, data analysis,...

ICASA chair gets 20 years in prison

ICASA chair gets 20 years in prison

February 16, 2019 • People, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Rubben Mohlaloga, chair of the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA), has received a 20-year prison sentence for money-laundering and fraud linked to a Land Bank scam amounting to R6-million. Mohlaloga, ANC MP and chair of the parliament’s...

New vs. Used: Shopping trends on bidorbuy

New vs. Used: Shopping trends on bidorbuy

February 16, 2019 • Retail, Southern AfricaComments (0)

Shoppers on South African online marketplace are about five times more likely to buy a second-hand laptop than a new one. “In many cases, it makes sense to buy pre-owned laptops, because they are much cheaper, and often can perform...

OneBio calls for applications to its First Incubation Programme

OneBio calls for applications to its first incubation programme

February 16, 2019 • Events, Southern Africa, StartupsComments (0)

OneBio, a specialised biotech incubator in Cape Town, will launch its first incubation programme for early-stage Southern African and Zimbabwean biotech entrepreneurs in May 2019. Applications are now open for biotech startups seeking support to drive change...