We are living in unprecedented times. COVID-19 has swept throughout the world, and governments globally have taken drastic measures to stop the spread in an attempt to save lives. In February 2020, as African countries watched Asia and Europe begin the implementation of lockdown, a study by Survey54, an automated mobile-led data collection platform, found […]

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Understanding African Markets During COVID-19

The emergence of COVID-19 has made the need for digitising payments more critical than ever before and for this to be a success, electronic payments need to offer similar benefits to those afforded by cash. Globally, economies are in various stages of development having either started developing, replaced or are busy replacing daily batch payment […]

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Cashless and Contactless Payments Beyond COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it is pausing clinical trials on the use of the controversial malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, to treat patients with COVID-19. This was one of four experimental treatments being investigated by the organization and has been under intense scrutiny for some time after it was championed by tech mogul Elon […]

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Hydroxychloroquine Trials for COVID-19 Suspended by WHO

IoT sensors that monitor body temperature in real-time and are implemented at a large scale could provide geolocation data that would allow potential quarantine areas to be rapidly identified. Through this, the idea is to shut down emerging viruses before a pandemic could take hold. IoT security firm WISeKey says it is working on such […]

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New IoT System Could Detect Future Virus Outbreaks

Small businesses in South Africa were at a low point on 10 April. Under the weight of the COVID-19 burden, many companies were almost at breaking point. Turnover has been down by 92% relative to the period before the lockdown went into effect on 24 March. There are now signs that economic activity is beginning […]

Continue Reading South African SMEs Begin Road to Economic Recovery

South African SMEs Begin Road to Economic Recovery

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 […]

Continue Reading Mining Sector Set to Lead Economic Recovery in Zambia

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 […]

Continue Reading How to Adapt your Marketing Strategy for the COVID Era

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

In the second quarter of 2018, youth unemployment peaked at 38% in Nigeria. Although there are no recent statistics, experts in the labour sector say the figure has surged year-on-year. Now with the worldwide reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation has become direr as various sectors of the economy and industries stand greatly […]

Continue Reading How Technology Can Help Youth Unemployment in Nigeria

How Technology Can Help Youth Unemployment in Nigeria

Traditional models of business funding need a re-think if South Africa’s small businesses and entrepreneurs are to emerge from the financially crippling “winter of coronavirus” into a spring of growth and rejuvenation. Accepting that downturns, recessions and economic crises are inevitable, one needs to shift the focus into building “Zebra” companies – sustainable businesses with […]

Continue Reading To Emerge from COVID-19 Businesses Will have to “Re-Think” Traditional Models

To Emerge from COVID-19 Businesses Will have to “Re-Think” Traditional Models

As South Africans continue to adjust to new ways of living and working, MultiChoice South Africa has expanded its content selection, value and reach. The multimedia producer is opening up a world of online learning, series and movies to its DStv customers from 19 May 2020. “As the nationwide lockdown continues, MultiChoice continues to provide […]

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MultiChoice to Provide Free Online Learning and Entertainment

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

While vaccines for the world-stopping coronavirus could be months, or even years away – there are some researchers who are looking to see if they can stop people who are at high risk of getting sick in the first place. The Verge writes that this is a proven strategy and preventative drugs have been used […]

Continue Reading HIV-Fighting Strategy Could Help Against COVID-19

HIV-Fighting Strategy Could Help Against COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragile state of Nigeria’s education system. A system which the Guardian Nigeria describes as “messy,” one that “lacks information and communications technology (ICT) ingredients, leaving the system to churn out half-baked graduates.” They write that with the continued closure of schools in an attempt to contain the spread of […]

Continue Reading COVID-19 Exposes Lack of ICT Policy in Nigeria’s Education System

COVID-19 Exposes Lack of ICT Policy in Nigeria’s Education System

The coronavirus pandemic could cost the global economy between $5.8-trillion and $8.8-trillion, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The BBC reports that this is more than double last month’s prediction and equates to 6.4%-9.7% of the world’s economic output. This comes as measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 continue to paralyse economic activity […]

Continue Reading Coronavirus Could Cost Global Economy $8.8 Trillion

Coronavirus Could Cost Global Economy $8.8 Trillion

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

In a rare television broadcast Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, described the COVID-19 pandemic as “Germany’s biggest challenge since the Second World War”. It has indeed proved to be a crisis of global proportion with material implications for the economies and livelihoods of all. Governments across the globe have locked down cities, towns, villages and […]

Continue Reading A Future Reimagined for Africa Post-Pandemic

A Future Reimagined for Africa Post-Pandemic

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 […]

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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

Tech giants Apple and Google, who together have their operating systems running on 99% of all smartphones, announced last month that they would work together to create a system for notifying people who have been near others who have tested positive for COVID-19. The companies are planning for only public health authorities to use the […]

Continue Reading Apple and Google Ban Use of Location Data for Contact Tracing Apps

Apple and Google Ban Use of Location Data for Contact Tracing Apps

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

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

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