Despite a challenging business environment in many sectors across the globe, Zambia’s wealth of natural resources continues to open the door for new investors and opportunities. As the world begins its recovery and gradual reopening in the face of the pandemic, traditional industries require energy, innovation and reinvention. ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc. – the mining […]

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Mining Sector Set to Lead Economic Recovery in Zambia

The COVID-19 worldwide pandemic has had and could continue to have long-lasting devastating effects on all social and economic sectors. For Nigeria, the pandemic can be seen as an eye-opener and a rude awakening to a new normal-knowledge economy. Apart from certain ingenious initiatives in Lagos and a few other states, Nigeria’s overall response to […]

Continue Reading How Telecoms Can Rebuild Nigeria in the Wake of COVID-19

How Telecoms Can Rebuild Nigeria in the Wake of COVID-19

Good marketing relies on a thorough understanding of your target market, but when much of what you knew about your customers is suddenly no longer relevant, a major shift is needed. With the onset of the coronavirus, almost every aspect of what was considered typical daily life was upended literally overnight – people confined to […]

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How to Adapt your Marketing Strategy for the COVID Era

Nigeria’s lockdown triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the usage of SMSs – the quintessential short message service used all across the world – as subscribers were discovered to have sent over 1-billion messages within the last month. Though this mass of messages was largely free, checks on some operators revealed the rate of […]

Continue Reading Over 1 Billion SMSs Sent since the Beginning of Lockdown in Nigeria

Over 1 Billion SMSs Sent since the Beginning of Lockdown in Nigeria

Johannesburg-based Cassava Fintech International (CFI), a subsidiary of Econet Global, has announced the release of ‘Sasai TeamTalk’, a voice and video conferencing service that takes up to 20 people on one call. The service, coming at a time when many countries have imposed restrictions on movement to curb the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, will […]

Continue Reading Johannesburg Fintech to Launch an All-in-One Video Conferencing App

Johannesburg Fintech to Launch an All-in-One Video Conferencing App

Beating Corona Nigeria, the country’s leading virtual intervention database has restructured its model to help disadvantaged Nigerians in need of interventions connect with the relevant non-profits. The platform itself kicked off last month, 9 April, and has recorded a massive amount of data. It continues to actively connect interveners to the people who need access […]

Continue Reading Platform Simplifies Access to COVID-19 Interventions in Nigeria

Platform Simplifies Access to COVID-19 Interventions in Nigeria

In response to the increased demand for home connectivity during the COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa, Telkom has reduced prices and removed caps on its copper-based DSL broadband portfolio to new customers. Telkom’s new promotional prices start from R199 ($10.72) for an initial 6-month period for a 4 Mbps line, with the company hoping to […]

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Telkom Cuts Uncapped Data Prices

Yesterday, CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey sent an email to Twitter staff, notifying employees that they will able to continue working from home as long as they see fit. Dorsey notes in the same email that Twitter was an early adopter of a work-from-home model, however – much like the rest of the world – […]

Continue Reading Twitter Allows Staff to Work from Home Indefinitely

Twitter Allows Staff to Work from Home Indefinitely

Global information and insights company TransUnion says Kenya’s financial services providers and consumer credit market will have to drive a robust, proactive response to the COVID-19 crisis if they are to manage the risks to the industry, with the pandemic expected to have a major impact on the country’s economy and the consumer landscape. Past […]

Continue Reading COVID-19: TransUnion Provides Key Info to Kenya’s Financial Services Providers

COVID-19: TransUnion Provides Key Info to Kenya’s Financial Services Providers

It’s clear that the Coronavirus has changed the landscape for FMCGs (Fast-moving consumer goods) – in some ways permanently. However, despite its similarities, the impact has not been the same across its subsectors and through the supply chain. Itumeleng Merafe, Head of Interest Rate Structuring at Investec says that “the lockdown has hit the economy […]

Continue Reading 3 Key Trends for the FMCG Sector Post-Pandemic

3 Key Trends for the FMCG Sector Post-Pandemic

Despite pledges from massive social media companies to remove dangerous instances of coronavirus misinformation – from false causes to false cures – Silicon Valley and fact-checkers around the world are struggling to stem the flow of fake news about the pandemic. Last week, a video titled “Plandemic” went viral, clocking up millions of views and […]

Continue Reading How COVID-19 Misinformation Continues to Go Viral

How COVID-19 Misinformation Continues to Go Viral

As more South Africans return to work in May, workplaces are re-designing to combat COVID-19 infection, while simultaneously reassuring workers are the new priority. Fortunately, South African innovation is rising to the challenge of reimagining shared workspaces in the COVID-19 era and a timely example of this is HealthID. Launched this week by a group […]

Continue Reading Workplace Health Surveillance Tool Launched in South Africa

Workplace Health Surveillance Tool Launched in South Africa

At the beginning of March, few anticipated the significant impact the COVID-19 pandemic would have on the lives of all South Africans. As the gradual easing of the strict lockdown conditions continues, thoughts turn to how companies will begin their recovery. Ian McAlister, GM of CRS Technologies, looks at what to expect. From Friday 1 […]

Continue Reading Doing Business in a Post-Lockdown World

Doing Business in a Post-Lockdown World

The organisers of the Tokyo Game Show have announced that this year’s event has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. TGS 2020 was scheduled to take place from 24 to 27 September at the Makuhari Messe convention centre just outside of Tokyo, Japan. Now, the organisers are planning to host an online event instead. […]

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Tokyo Game Show 2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19

The success of the Nintendo Switch during the worldwide pandemic has propelled Japanese entertainment company to a stand-out year. Nintendo says that it had made 352-billion yen ($3.3-billion) in operating profit for the fiscal year ending in March – a 41% surge from a year ago. Profit in the three months leading to March more […]

Continue Reading ‘Animal Crossing’ Boosts Nintendo’s Profits as Videogame Demand Soars

‘Animal Crossing’ Boosts Nintendo’s Profits as Videogame Demand Soars

South African children have become more active on the Internet as the national lockdown progresses. Comparing their activity in the first week of January and the last week of March, the overall number of website visits grew by 200%. This became evident from the analysis of Kaspersky Safe Kids parental control module of Q1 2020. […]

Continue Reading Children’s Internet Activity Increases by 200% During Lockdown

Children’s Internet Activity Increases by 200% During Lockdown

The International Data Corporation (IDC) currently forecasts worldwide IT spending to decline by 2.7% this year due to the economic impact of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. The International Data Corporation (IDC) currently forecasts worldwide IT spending to decline by 2.7% this year due to the economic impact of the worldwide #COVID19 pandemic.Click To Tweet While […]

Continue Reading COVID-19 to Cut IT Spending in Nearly Every Industry in 2020

COVID-19 to Cut IT Spending in Nearly Every Industry in 2020

Uber is laying off thousands of its employees as the ongoing pandemic continues to impact business. The company said in a filing on Wednesday that it is cutting about 3,700 full-time roles or roughly 14% of its staff on the company’s customer support and recruiting teams in response to the reduced volume of ride requests […]

Continue Reading Uber Lays Off 14% of Global Workforce due to COVID-19

Uber Lays Off 14% of Global Workforce due to COVID-19

Facebook-owned social media and chat powerhouse WhatsApp continues to take part in the fight against misinformation and Fake News – now, thanks to a new chatbot, users can fact check messages right in the app. Partnering with the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), WhatsApp is allowing users around the world to talk to this chatbot to […]

Continue Reading How to Tell if a WhatsApp Message is Actually Fake News

How to Tell if a WhatsApp Message is Actually Fake News

In Wuhan, China, when the rate of coronavirus infection was at its highest, doctors were able to use an AI algorithm to scan the lungs of thousands of patients. The algorithm in question, developed by Axial AI, analyses CT imagery in seconds. It is able to declare whether a patient has a high risk of […]

Continue Reading Groundbreaking AI Scans Lungs for COVID-19 Presence

Groundbreaking AI Scans Lungs for COVID-19 Presence

Safaricom Kenya has just announced new plans to improve communication support for COVID-19 pandemic response teams. After a request from the Mutahi Kagwe, Cabinet Secretary of Health, the mobile operator will be providing more resources meant to make operations easier for the various health personnel around the country. #Safaricom will be providing more resources meant […]

Continue Reading Safaricom Offers Free Data for Frontline Health Workers in Kenya

Safaricom Offers Free Data for Frontline Health Workers in Kenya

With the onset of the COVID-19 remote work exodus that has seen billions stuck at home, video conferencing apps have exploded in popularity. At the forefront is the service Zoom. However, with Zoom’s explosive popularity came a series of highly publicized and controversial issues that don’t seem to have an endpoint in sight. This has […]

Continue Reading 7 Video Conferencing Alternatives to Zoom

7 Video Conferencing Alternatives to Zoom

In the face of a rapid worldwide traffic explosion from private, public and government entities all across the world, there was some worry from experts that the increasing surge in bandwidth would be too much for the internet’s infrastructure to maintain. Now, with all indications hinting that there have been a few hot spots, the […]

Continue Reading Why COVID-19 Didn’t Break the Internet

Why COVID-19 Didn’t Break the Internet

Last month Microsoft said that Teams usage had grown to 44-million daily active users during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Now, The Verge is reporting that the platform’s user base has jumped 70%. Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella revealed in an investor call that Teams now has more than 75-million active users. #Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella revealed […]

Continue Reading Microsoft Teams Jumps to 75-Million Daily Active Users

Microsoft Teams Jumps to 75-Million Daily Active Users

Facebook now has more than 3-billion monthly users active across its suite of applications. #Facebook now has more than 3-billion monthly users active across its suite of applications.Click To Tweet The company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed this in a call to analysts following the release of Facebook’s results for the first quarter of 2020. “For […]

Continue Reading Facebook Now has 3-Billion Monthly Users Across All of its Apps

Facebook Now has 3-Billion Monthly Users Across All of its Apps

Biotech company 54Gene has increased Nigeria’s laboratory testing capacity for COVID-19 with a mobile laboratory in Ogun, a state in the South-West of the country. In addition to its DNA biobank lab in Lagos, the number of molecular laboratories in the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)’s network of coronavirus test centres rises to 17 […]

Continue Reading Biotech Startup Rolls Out Mobile Lab to Boost COVID-19 Testing in Nigeria

Biotech Startup Rolls Out Mobile Lab to Boost COVID-19 Testing in Nigeria

A group of researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) are developing a smartphone app that will help the South African government track people who may be unaware that they have contracted COVID-19, writes SABC News. The app will also track those that have come into contact with people who have tested positive. Named […]

Continue Reading SA Government, UCT Partner on COVID-19 Tracing App

SA Government, UCT Partner on COVID-19 Tracing App

Researchers from online safety company, Kaspersky recently discovered a series of spam and phishing attacks seeking to exploit the Coronavirus pandemic by targeting people who are waiting on packages. These scammers often pose as delivery service employees saying that a package has arrived, but to receive it, the potential victim must read or confirm the […]

Continue Reading Cybercriminals are Abusing Delivery Services in the Age of Social Distancing

Cybercriminals are Abusing Delivery Services in the Age of Social Distancing

Netflix has confirmed that Pearl Thusi’s espionage thriller Queen Sono has been officially renewed for a second season. The Sowetan reports that Thusi, Vuyo Dabula, Sechaba Morojele, Chi Mhende, Loyiso Madinga, Rob Van Vuuren, Kate Liquorish, Khathu Ramabulana, and Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa will all reprise their roles. Released in February, Queen Sono is Netflix’s first […]

Continue Reading Netflix’s First Original African Series ‘Queen Sono’ Renewed for Second Season

Netflix’s First Original African Series ‘Queen Sono’ Renewed for Second Season

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Continue Reading Nigerian Draft implemented to guide country through global pandemic

Nigerian Draft implemented to guide country through global pandemic

State-owned regional airline SA Express has been placed in provisional liquidation after its business rescue practitioners filed an urgent court application, reports Fin24. This comes after practitioners lodged the application in the Pretoria High Court on 25 March. Last month, the airline was placed on business rescue due to the financial pressures that resulted from […]

Continue Reading SA Express Airline Provisionally Liquidated, Nearly 700 Jobs to be Lost

SA Express Airline Provisionally Liquidated, Nearly 700 Jobs to be Lost

In a bid to cut the virality of messages circulating on its social platform, WhatsApp introduced an additional limit earlier in the month – and now it looks like that limit has begun to pay off. In a bid to cut the virality of messages circulating on its social platform, #WhatsApp introduced an additional limit […]

Continue Reading WhatsApp’s New Limit Cuts Highly Forwarded Messages by 70%

WhatsApp’s New Limit Cuts Highly Forwarded Messages by 70%

Cloud-based instant voice messaging and VoIP service, Telegram officially has amassed 400-million users worldwide, a massive milestone for the private company. Tech Weez writes that it has taken Telegram roughly 2 years to double their daily users – an impressive surge for a social network. Every day, Telegram says, 1.5-million people sign up for its […]

Continue Reading Telegram Messenger Reaches 400-Million Users

Telegram Messenger Reaches 400-Million Users

Since mid-March the South African government has been advocating social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and, as a result, flatten the curve of infection. These measures have become even more stringent after the country went into lockdown on 27 March. As the public is only allowed to leave their homes to obtain medical […]

Continue Reading Is Virtual Queuing the Answer to In-store Social Distancing?

Is Virtual Queuing the Answer to In-store Social Distancing?

Employees of South African state-owned airlines SA Express, who have not been paid since February, have started crowdfunding among one another and family members to feed their colleagues. All SA Express flights have been grounded since 18 March, before the beginning of the national lockdown. The struggling company was placed on business rescue in February. […]

Continue Reading SA Express Employees Started a Crowdfunding Campaign to Buy Food

SA Express Employees Started a Crowdfunding Campaign to Buy Food

A video that deals with fear and anxiety during COVID-19 and can be viewed on YouTube is the product of a collaboration between the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)’s Department of Psychology, an adult education specialist and the Centre for Rural Health. The project was commissioned by Professor Inge Petersen and led by clinical psychologist Gugu […]

Continue Reading UKZN Uses Video to Tackle Mental Health Matters During COVID-19

UKZN Uses Video to Tackle Mental Health Matters During COVID-19

Cryptocurrencies surged on Thursday, with Bitcoin surpassing $7,500 for the first time since crashing in late February/early March. The world’s largest cryptocurrency is currently trading at $7,587.07 as of 10:00 Friday 24 April. Bitcoin rose as much as 10% overnight, while the Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto index – which tracks some of the largest digital assets […]

Continue Reading Bitcoin Surges to Highest Level since March Crash

Bitcoin Surges to Highest Level since March Crash

In early March, Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremarium told an aviation conference in Addis Ababa the coronavirus pandemic was “a temporary problem” – comparable to a natural disaster or a spike in oil prices, writes News24. Now, several weeks later Africa’s largest flight carrier is locked in what Tewolde is describing as “a struggle that […]

Continue Reading Ethiopian Airlines Fighting for Survival Amid Pandemic

Ethiopian Airlines Fighting for Survival Amid Pandemic

More than 300-million people used Zoom’s video conferencing software on 21 April, a 50% jump from the 200-million daily users at the beginning of the month, says Zoom CEO Eric Yuan during a webinar on Wednesday. “Clearly, the Zoom platform is providing an incredibly valuable service to our beloved users during this challenging time,” Yuan […]

Continue Reading Zoom Reaches 300-Million Active Users in 1 Month

Zoom Reaches 300-Million Active Users in 1 Month

A few days after South Africa began its nationwide lockdown, the health minister, Dr. Zweli Mkhize tweeted a warning to the citizens of the republic to beware fake news. He would go on to say that during this time we must tell the truth to prevent the spread. Since then, the spread of false information […]

Continue Reading 8 Most Common COVID-19 Myths Debunked

8 Most Common COVID-19 Myths Debunked

The coronavirus has affected nearly every aspect of daily life. It has spread or is spreading to every corner of the globe, and it’s re-shaping the way business and political leaders think about healthcare and the healthcare industry. Indeed, it’s naive to think that everything will return to “normal” in a few months. The truth […]

Continue Reading What Will the Healthcare Industry Look Like After COVID-19?

What Will the Healthcare Industry Look Like After COVID-19?

Africa focused payment startup PalmPay has waived transfer fees in Nigeria and is offering direct payouts to customers who have contracted COVID-19 in the country, according to Tech Crunch. Launched in 2019, and backed by Chinese mobile-phone manufacturer Transsion, PalmPay has created the PalmPay Support Fund. The initiative will start with around $300-thousand (100-million Naira) […]

Continue Reading Nigerian Startup Creates 100-Million Naira COVID-19 Payout Fund

Nigerian Startup Creates 100-Million Naira COVID-19 Payout Fund

Netflix is one of the few companies benefitting from the global COVID-19 pandemic – with billions at home with nothing to do but stream, the OTT service has seen a huge boom in growth. The question now is, how long can they keep this up? With billions at home with nothing to do but stream, […]

Continue Reading Netflix Adds 15-Million Subscribers as Billions Forced In-Doors

Netflix Adds 15-Million Subscribers as Billions Forced In-Doors

WhatsApp has boosted the number of participants you can have in one single group call in the latest beta update, according to Tech Weez. WEBETAInfo reports that this feature is available on the beta versions of the Android app (ver 2.20.133) and the iOS app (ver 2.20.50.25). The new update allows you to have a […]

Continue Reading WhatsApp Doubles Participant Limit For Group Calls

WhatsApp Doubles Participant Limit For Group Calls

Uber is launching a new pair of services called Uber Connect and Uber Direct as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic minimizes demand for its traditional ride-hailing business. The company has switched focus on moving items rather than people. Uber Direct will offer deliveries from shops like pharmacies and pet stores, while Uber Connect is a same-day […]

Continue Reading Uber Launches New Delivery Services as Demands for Ride-Hailing Screech to a Halt

Uber Launches New Delivery Services as Demands for Ride-Hailing Screech to a Halt

A group of tech innovators have created a crowdfunding platform to receive and distribute relief funds to financially distressed Nigerians. We Are Together is a crowdfunded COVID-19 relief fund for the country. The website was set up in response to the socio-economic distress many Nigerians face as a result of the global pandemic and the […]

Continue Reading Nigerian Tech Innovators Establish COVID-19 Crowdfunded Donation Platform

Nigerian Tech Innovators Establish COVID-19 Crowdfunded Donation Platform

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) will begin repurposing equipment designed for HIV and tuberculosis tests to accelerate COVID-19 testing, reports Tech Cabal. This is according to Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the NCDC, who relayed the information on an audience participation video session on Thursday last week – live-streamed on Facebook and Twitter. NCDC […]

Continue Reading Nigeria to Use HIV Test Equipment to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing

Nigeria to Use HIV Test Equipment to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing

Uber announced on Thursday that it was withdrawing its 2020 guidance for gross bookings, adjusted net revenue and adjusted EBITDA which had been provided on 6 February 2020 during the company’s earnings call, writes Tech Crunch. The company’s previous 2020 guidance was gross bookings between $75-billion and $80-billion, adjusted net revenue of $16-billion to $17-billion […]

Continue Reading Uber Withdraws 2020 Guidance Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Uber Withdraws 2020 Guidance Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

The economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic on global businesses has sparked universal uncertainty and panic. Some industries are more accustomed to rapidly-changing conditions than others, which find themselves at sea, particularly when it comes to relying more heavily on digital. Pragmattica consulting founder, Amanda Bester believes that there are plenty of lessons to be learnt […]

Continue Reading 5 Practical Strategies to Digitally Adapt your Business

5 Practical Strategies to Digitally Adapt your Business

MTN Ghana, as part of its Y’ello Hope package to support the government’s efforts to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, is providing free Internet connectivity to over 100 educational sites for private and public school students across the country, according to News Ghana. The package which seeks to promote e-learning will enable students and teachers […]

Continue Reading Over 245,000 Ghanaians Benefit from MTN’s Free Education Websites

Over 245,000 Ghanaians Benefit from MTN’s Free Education Websites