FNB has announced that its customers can now use their Virtual Cards for contactless ‘Tap to Pay’ transactions in all FNB Pay-enabled digital wallets. This announcement comes as the Bank revealed that its Retail and Commercial customers have activated approximately half a million Virtual Cards with spending exceeding R1-billion...
Nigeria is set to become the first African country to launch a digitised version of its currency today. The historic rollout of the 'eNaira' is an effort that Nigeria's Central Bank (CBN) is calling a milestone in a "long journey." Africa's largest economy joins countries like the Bahamas, Sweden, Cambodia,...
Vodacom has announced that it is planning to run another edition of the #CodeLikeAGirl programme before the end of this year as it attempts to cater for the huge demand of girls and young women who subscribed for the first iteration of the programme. "The Vodacom #CodeLikeAGirl initiative is growing...
The African Development Bank has signed a grant agreement for $500,000 with Y’ello Digital Financial Services (YDFS), a fintech subsidiary of MTN Nigeria, to be used for a study into economic, religious, and social factors hampering access to finance for women in northern Nigeria. According to a statement, the research,...
MFS Africa, one of the largest pan-African digital payments hubs, has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Baxi, one of Nigeria's leading super-agent networks. The deal, which is subject to approval from the Central Bank of Nigeria, will be the second-largest fintech acquisition in Nigeria to date. MFS...
During a company livestream, Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, with MTN SA CEO, Godfrey Motsa today announced the launch of the MTN Online School, a free online portal that provides a comprehensive digital curriculum for grades R-12 and additional features like video lessons, assessments and extra-tuition lessons for...
GE Healthcare and medical group AFRIPHARMA has announced the opening of the Afri-Egypt Health Services Center, a first of its kind medical and diagnostic centre in Uganda. The Center is located in Jinja and is expected to serve over 60,000 people from the region, allowing for improved accessibility in...
The Automobile Association (AA) of South Africa has warned motorists to expect a "fuel price hike of catastrophic proportions" in November. According to a bi-monthly price outlook, the AA's most recent interpretations of current exchange rates and commodities pricing data point to massive increases in the price of fuel which...
The prices of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies saw remarkable surges over the weekend driving the entire crypto market to its all-time high of around $2.5-trillion. Bitcoin itself is seeing a nearly record breaking surge, climbing to over $60,000 per coin for the first time since May. The all-time record price...
Virtual power plants (VPP) are a dynamic and rapidly developing technology that is poised to make a significant impact on the future of electricity generation, distribution, and consumption. A VPP is an aggregation of distributed energy resources such as combined heat and power (CHP), solar photovoltaic (PV), or battery...
Yesterday, Nigeria received another 3.6-million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from the United States. The second major shipment of vaccines the country has imported in the last 2 months, having received 4-million Moderna jabs from the US in August. This latest shipment arrived on Thursday at the airport in...
With IT job vacancies continuing to climb as companies struggle to recruit and obtain critical skills in South Africa, there is an opportunity to upskill or reskill individuals to meet this demand. Prudence Mabitsela, founder and MD of Dynamic DNA, a leading training and skills development company empowering Africa’s ICT...
South Africa’s Health Minister Joe Phaahla has announced that children and teens between 12 and 17 will now be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The announcement came during a media briefing Friday morning, where Phaahla confirmed that the decision was influenced by recommendations made by the Ministerial Advisory Committee...
Eskom, South Africa's embattled power utility, is working to actively avoid having to implement load shedding during the upcoming municipal elections, according to CEO André de Ruyter. During an interview with eNCA Wednesday morning, De Ruyter said that Eskom was focusing on repairs ahead of the elections. Last week Thursday, the...
South Africa's official digital vaccine certificate website went live last week, and while the site took off shakily, it is now fully operational. That means that fully vaccinated South Africans can now use the website to obtain their digital vaccine certificate. The certificate authenticates that users have been fully inoculated...
South Africa is seeing a new emergence of healthcare technologies, an emergence that may see healthcare professionals and patients more connected than ever as the COVID-19 pandemic forces the creation of more methods to communicate remotely. As a developing country, SA is poised to take serious advantage of these technologies...
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