South Africa can expect significant growth in contactless payments on the back of COVID-19. It is also likely that the public’s newfound (and sensible) aversion to contact will spur additional innovation, especially given the uncertainty around second and third waves. There is no doubt that an unintended consequence of the...
MTN has the best mobile network in South Africa – according to the Mobile Network Quality report by MyBroadband Insights. The report is based on 310,868 speed tests which were performed by thousands of MyBroadband Speed Test App users across South Africa between 1 January and 31 March 2020. The...
Takealot's food delivery platform Mr. D Food is now testing the delivery of essential goods to certain locations in South Africa during the nationwide lockdown. Deliveries take place from 08:00 to 17:00 on weekdays. The company is planning to expand outlets and trading times as soon as they can, emails...
Whilst many individuals, companies and manufacturers initially stocked up on disinfectants and sanitisers at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, did they foresee just how long these stocks would last? There are already many countries stopping exports of raw materials and ingredients needed to manufacture these vital products, of particular...
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted traditional working and schooling in South Africa, leaving thousands of people practising social distancing amidst the nationwide lockdown in order to curb the spread across Africa. To make spending all this extra time at home a little more bearable and financially viable, Cell C South...
The global COVID-19 pandemic has made its presence felt in South African retail and consumer-focused businesses, especially in tourism and hospitality, but the full impact on earnings, cash flow, and employment will last far longer than a three-week lockdown. With the 21-day nationwide lockdown in place, the full effects will...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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