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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Since the late 2000s, social media has become an integral part of our daily lives - whether to connect with friends and family, share information with others, or stay updated on the latest news and trends. With an average of 3.5 hours spent on social media each day by South...
Criminals have kept pace with changing technologies by no longer wanting their crimes to generate hard cash – bitcoin has become the currency of choice. That’s particularly true for cybercrime, where ransomware is booming as criminals infiltrate organisations’ IT systems and threaten to publish or destroy crucial data unless a...
The modern customer expects the process of engaging with a brand to be simple and easy. It is a long-accepted norm that the only way to achieve the level of service that delivers this convenience today is through digital channels. For this reason, organisations understand that they need to move...
The COVID-19 vaccine rollout campaign has been ramping up across South Africa, and the rest of the continent at large. In the last 24 hours over a million people have registered for the vaccination in SA since the 35 and above age group was permitted to, according to acting Health...
The World Health Organization (WHO)'s Africa director has warned that South Africa should prepare itself for a significant surge in COVID-19 cases after days of widespread rioting and looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, two of the most populous provinces in the country. Since the weekend of 10 July and the...
MiVoice, an all-in-one HR management app for domestic employees, has announced that the app has been made available to ALL South Africans for download and free use until 31 August 2021. A subscription for full access usually costs R49 ($3.39) per month, but for this period subscribers will have free...
Online learning has made significant strides in Africa over the past decade, but access to resources and high data costs remain a persistent challenge for young people in marginalised communities. This means that many are still not able to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the digital world. Digify Africa...
Visa has announced a new partnership with the International Bank of Somalia (IBS Bank) to launch Somalia's first Visa card payment services in the country. According to Tech Cabal, Somalia has been making significant headways into "reawakening" its financial entities. Since the collapse of its government in 1991, Somalia has...
The global pandemic has ushered in a new paradigm for the Retail Banking sector, one which demands quicker transformation to a customer-centric service that is digitised, personal and convenient. A recent Financial Industries panel discussion held by Kearney, a global consultancy, shed light on how the power of data, Application...
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added a new warning to the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson after receiving new reports that a very rare, but dangerous neurological reaction can occur. With this, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has noted the recent...
Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) inked a partnership with Mondia Pay – a leading digital payment provider, that is set to provide Ooredoo Algeria and Orange Tunisia users with safe and convenient payment options. Huawei device users can now pay for their monthly services, latest games, and favourite applications seamlessly on...
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