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Safaricom Kenya denies KRA access to taxpayers M-Pesa accounts

June 17, 2016 • East Africa, Finance, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Safaricom Kenya denies KRA access to taxpayers M-Pesa accounts

According to a report published via Business Daily, Kenyan operator Safaricom has rejected the Kenya Revenue Authority’s (KRA) request to gain access to its customers’ mobile money records. This move, according to the report, prevents the KRA from exposing those committing tax fraud. The report further revealed that Safaricom said it will not...

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Using digital evolution as a means to unlock Africa’s economic potential

June 17, 2016 • East Africa, Finance, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Using digital evolution as a means to unlock Africa’s economic potential

Africa’s digital economy is slowly evolving, showing huge potential for the continents transformation towards a cashless society. Whilst the progress has been slow, African countries share some of the world’s highest speeds of digital growth. Electronic...

Payroll has become a career perfectly suited to young people with curiosity and mathematical capability.

AfricaWorking to support 250,000 individuals with entrepreneurship skills

June 14, 2016 • East Africa, Education, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on AfricaWorking to support 250,000 individuals with entrepreneurship skills

200,000 youth and 50,000 entrepreneurs are set to be supported by AfricaWorking, a new initiative by Barclays Africa, Emerging World, FranklinCovey, Knod, Microsoft, Safal Group and Syngenta. The new Association seeks to channel the collective power and...

Minecraft Education Edition

Educators get early access to Microsoft’s Minecraft Education Edition

June 10, 2016 • East Africa, Education, Gadgets and Gaming, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Educators get early access to Microsoft’s Minecraft Education Edition

As part of its ongoing commitment to empower students, Microsoft is releasing Minecraft: Education Edition early access for educators around the world. The early access version of Minecraft: Education Edition is available now, and gives educators a chance to...

Mobile money

Mobile money could give Kenyan entrepreneurs a business boost

June 10, 2016 • Finance, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Mobile money could give Kenyan entrepreneurs a business boost

Much has been said and written about how person-to-person mobile money transactions are transforming Kenya’s economy, but the technology also has the potential to help entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level. That’s according to Dr. Rutendo...

We Think Code

South Africa: 120 students embark on two year coding journey

June 9, 2016 • Education, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on South Africa: 120 students embark on two year coding journey

WeThinkCode says its mission is to source and train Africa’s future coding talent – it’s an ambitious undertaking for the first peer-to-peer tertiary IT education academy in Africa, but it has now officially launched and is on track to train 120...

Ericsson to showcase best performing networks at AfricaCom 2018

Personal safety to drive wearables market beyond health & fitness

June 9, 2016 • Gadgets and Gaming, Retail, Top StoriesComments Off on Personal safety to drive wearables market beyond health & fitness

According to the latest Ericsson ConsumerLab report, “Wearable technology and the internet of things”, it has been revealed that six in 10 smartphone users state that wearables have uses beyond health and wellness. Devices related to personal safety and...

Safaricom

Kenya: Safaricom strikes M-Pesa deal with Carrefour Hypermarket

June 9, 2016 • East Africa, Finance, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: Safaricom strikes M-Pesa deal with Carrefour Hypermarket

The Carrefour hypermarket chain, located within Kenya, has become one of the first retailers in Kenya to fully integrate Safaricom’s payments service “Lipa Na M-Pesa.” According to Safaricom, customers shopping at Carrefour now have the...

Video Banking

Dealing with the dark side of rapid digitisation in Financial Services

June 8, 2016 • Finance, Security, Top StoriesComments Off on Dealing with the dark side of rapid digitisation in Financial Services

Across the African continent, organisations offering banking, lending, insurance, trading, and payments services are seeing the opportunities for technology to increase levels of financial inclusion, and delight customers with superior experiences. In fact,...

ESET launches mobile security product for Airtel Nigeria

Should the world be following Africa’s mobile banking example?

June 6, 2016 • East Africa, Finance, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Should the world be following Africa’s mobile banking example?

Entersekt CEO, Schalk Nolte, looks at how African banks are responding to mobile security threats and points out that the rest of the world should be taking a page out of their book. The growth of mobile banking has surged over the last two years. An...

Kenya free internet

Kenya: Libraries to offer free Internet to public

May 30, 2016 • East Africa, Education, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: Libraries to offer free Internet to public

Kenya’s public libraries are moving online to deliver free Internet to over half a million library members from June this year, as Liquid Telecom Kenya and the Communications Authority of Kenya connect 46 branches of Kenya National Libraries Services...

Video Game Design

South Africa: Vega to offer degree course in Game Design

May 30, 2016 • Education, Gadgets and Gaming, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on South Africa: Vega to offer degree course in Game Design

South Africa is believed to have a gaming industry worth R 2.5 billion with a positive growth projection which is set to reach R 3.3 billion in 2017. Business is increasingly looking to gamification strategies to bring brands to life. On an international...

Ericsson to showcase best performing networks at AfricaCom 2018

Ericsson reveals Emergency Wallet to support humanitarian responses

May 26, 2016 • East Africa, Finance, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Ericsson reveals Emergency Wallet to support humanitarian responses

Ericsson has committed to developing Ericsson Emergency Wallet, a mobile financial services solution, for deployment in the immediate aftermath of disaster or crises to support humanitarian organizations and affected populations within Africa as well as...

eLearning Africa: Impatient Africans “not going to wait until 2063”

May 26, 2016 • Education, North Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on eLearning Africa: Impatient Africans “not going to wait until 2063”

There was a mood of impatience among ministers, businessmen, and education experts attending this year’s eLearning Africa conference, which was held in Cairo during May 2016. Aware of the opportunity offered by information and communication technologies to...

VR Headset

Virtual Reality to catalyse next growth explosion for tech industry

May 25, 2016 • Gadgets and Gaming, Retail, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Virtual Reality to catalyse next growth explosion for tech industry

Virtual reality (VR) is set to start moving into the mainstream of the technology market this year, creating the next wave of growth for the industry and delivering exciting new experiences for end-users. That’s according to Ernst Wittmann, Regional Manager...

FinTech must identify the problem if disruption is to be successful

May 20, 2016 • East Africa, Finance, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on FinTech must identify the problem if disruption is to be successful

Kevin Johnson Head of Innotribe Innovation Programmes at SWIFT, says Innotribe has learned from its work with the FinTech ecosystem.  “Always start with clearly identifying what problem you are trying to address. If you don’t, you end up with a solution...