An event recently held at the Turbine Hall in Newtown Johannesburg, saw the official launch of IBM's Digital Nation initiative- an initiative aimed at increasing digital literacy in Africa . According to the technology giant, the launch of this skills initiative is part of IBM's push to build "New...
As South Africa imposed necessary restrictions on social distancing in March, three-quarters of South African consumers (75 per cent) say they are now using contactless payments, citing safety and cleanliness as key drivers. Consumer polling by Mastercard, studying changing consumer behaviours in 19 countries around the world, paints a picture...
Nedbank had revealed that it walked home with five accolades at this year's International Banker Awards for the Middle East and Africa. These awards included recognition for the Best Banking Technology Implementation, Most Innovative Digital Branch Design, and Most Innovative Retail Banking App in South Africa in 2020. Nedbank also...
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 cross-border products in the world. A...
Microsoft and Tech4Dev have partnered to launch the Women Techsters Initiative in 54 countries. This programme aims to train girls and women across Africa in coding and deep tech skills, bridging the digital and technology divide and ensure equal access to opportunities across the continent. Ghada Khalifa, Regional Director of Microsoft Philanthropies...
SAP Africa today announced the appointment of Goutam Dev as the new Head of Education for Africa. Dev, who has been with the company since 2005, has held various leadership roles in services, sales, strategy, and general management across a range of geographies. According to Dev, the digital skills gap...
South Africa can learn from the Indian government’s moves to bank its unbanked population by limiting the amount of cash that can be drawn at one time, identifying populations with high potential to ‘go cashless’, and by subsidising smart phones. Financial inclusion of the poor is key to poverty...
Retailers have always been at the forefront of each new wave of digital advancement, in an effort to accommodate the increase in both the number of customers and the ensuing volume of products and transactions. Their own digital transformation starting decades prior, with investment into core transactional and system...
Keep A Child Alive and Zoë-Life, in collaboration with the Qualcomm Wireless Reach Initiative, launched the KidzAlive Talk Tool App, an innovative mobile health solution that equips healthcare workers to provide age-appropriate HIV education to children and adolescents, as well as their primary caregivers. Great strides have been made in...
The “Shop-in-shop” concept on JUMIA Egypt provides access to JUMIA’s own nationwide shipping fleet, storage facilities, customer service platforms and offer buyers flexible payment methods. “The opportunity is huge”, said Mattia Perroni, CEO of Jumia Egypt. “Through a simple comparison of what it costs a brand to open a store...
Last night, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced new, increased lockdown restrictions in an attempt to curb the spread of a new COVID-19 variant in the country that has been detected in five provinces. Ramaphosa announced that South Africa's alert level would rise to Adjusted Level 4. New restrictions include...
Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator shares with President Bill Clinton its successful youth employment commitment to deliver over 85,000 jobs and work experiences to young South Africans. In 2015, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator joined the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City to make an on-stage commitment that it would provide...
Learning solutions company, iLearn will be offering the first MICT SETA-approved blended learning Learnership this year. Innovatively merging all the advantages of online learning with the tried and tested benefits of classroom learning, the new IT Learnership will have learners engaging with the course content online in their own...
Customers of South African bank, First National Bank (FNB), will now be able to renew their car license on their mobile phones. This is thanks to the recently launched Nav Car platform on the FNB App. Users simply have to scan their license disk with their smartphone and then will...
The Global Book Alliance, which is comprised of donor agencies from the United States, Norway, the UK, and other countries, is launching a new Global Digital Library in Ethiopia to increase the availability of high-quality reading resources for children and youth across the country. Ethiopia was selected as the first...
Payflex has launched its buy now pay later online retail service to South Africa. The company - which has seen extraordinary popularity in Australia, the USA and Europe - lets users shop online and pay later, interest-free over six weeks. “Traditionally paying via instalments in South Africa has been associated...
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