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

Technology has the potential to fundamentally transform societies. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and broadband are becoming central to the societal developments around the world – enabling rapid improvements to industrial production and societal services, positively influencing the way we live and interact with our environment. Africa is home to over a billion people and […]

Continue Reading Is Technology Africa’s Biggest Undiscovered Gold Mine?

Is Technology Africa’s Biggest Undiscovered Gold Mine?

Over the last few years, more and more consumers have opted to engage with brands and businesses digitally. This technological evolution — while very beneficial for consumers —  is extremely valuable for organisations, and it has only been fast-tracked by the impact of COVID-19 on social and economic activity.  In these uncertain times, potential clients […]

Continue Reading Free Webinar: How to Sell Faster and More To Your Digital Customer

Free Webinar: How to Sell Faster and More To Your Digital Customer

As many companies in South Africa scramble to keep their employees working from home, the reality of connectivity costs, control and flexibility is becoming more important than ever. In the traditional office environment, managing connectivity and data use was not such a serious issue for IT managers, as data costs were essentially a part of […]

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Mobile Connectivity: Staying Flexible is Key During Uncertain Times

Konnect Africa, a subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications, is offering its services to the South African authorities to help them manage the COVID-19 health crisis. Konnect Africa, a subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications, is offering its services to the South African authorities to help them manage the COVID-19 health crisis.Click To Tweet The communications company says that […]

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Konnect Africa Offers Free Internet to Clinics in South Africa during Pandemic

The Competition Commission announced that the proposed acquisition of Cell C assets by Gatsby SPV has been conditionally approved. “The Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal to conditionally approve the proposed transaction in which Gatsby SPV intends to acquire certain assets of the mobile network operator, Cell C,” the Commission in an official statement. […]

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Competition Commission Approves Cell C Recapitalisation

The Global System for Mobile Telecommunications Association (GSMA) has stated that about 28-million devices in Sub-Saharan Africa – representing a total of 2.7% of total mobile connections – will be connected to a 5G network by 2025. Akinwale Goodluck, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa for the GSMA said this during a Huawei online interview. He explained […]

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5G Connections in Sub-Saharan Africa will Reach 28-Million by 2025, Says GSMA

FNB has been harnessing artificial intelligence (AI) to reimagine risk management and forensic due diligence processes. The result is the ability to review profiles for various financial crimes holistically, more rapidly, and more consistently, and free up the time of analysts to perform the functions that they remain better suited to than AI. FNB claims […]

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FNB is Leveraging AI to Redefine Risk Management

DHL Global Forwarding – an international provider of air, sea and road freight services – has launched its digital road freight platform Saloodo! to shippers and transport providers in Uganda, connecting the country to its growing digital network on the African continent. With a total road network of over 129 000 kilometres, it is no […]

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DHL Debuts Digital Road Freight Platform in Uganda

California-based tech giant Apple may delay its iPhone 12 announcement event, expected for September, due to the global coronavirus pandemic. The company had delayed the launch of its new iPhone 12 by over a year into 2021 when the pandemic first began affecting tech companies across the globe. Now, Apple is considering pushing the announcement […]

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Apple May Delay its iPhone 12 Announcements Even Further

Twitter is testing a new feature that will allow users to choose who can reply to their tweets. Essentially, before posting a tweet, users will be able to select one of three options: everyone (standard Twitter, and the default setting), only people you follow, or only people you mention – thereby controlling who can (or […]

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Twitter is Testing a New Tweet Reply Feature

Syafunda, an educational platform that provides access to digital content through mobile technology, has received investment funding from SME-enabler Edge Growth which will allow them to scale their platform to meet the surging need for online learning in South Africa. Syafunda, which means “we are learning” in Zulu, was the inspiration of entrepreneur Zakheni Ngubo. […]

Continue Reading South African EduTech Supports Online Learning for Students in Rural Communities

South African EduTech Supports Online Learning for Students in Rural Communities

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

Apple and Google have officially launched their Exposure Notification system – previously debuted as contact-tracing software – which is designed to alert users of possible contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. “Starting today, our Exposure Notifications technology is available to public health agencies on both iOS and Android. What we’ve built is […]

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Apple and Google Launch COVID-19 Exposure Alert Tool

Thirty-eight per cent (38%) of South African consumers say they are happy for the government to monitor their social media activity to keep its citizens safe – this is according to Kaspersky’s latest report, Social credits and security: Embracing the world of ratings. At the same time, 67% of local respondents were ready to reveal […]

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South Africans Ready to Disclose Their Online Activity to the Government

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 […]

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How Technology Can Help Youth Unemployment in Nigeria

MTN Zambia has announced that it will be investing $9.8 million to boost network capacity and enable high-speed data services on 337 3G and 4G (LTE) network sites across Zambia. #MTNZambia has announced that it will be investing $9.8 million to boost #network capacity and enable high-speed data services across #Zambia.Click To Tweet The site-by-site […]

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MTN Zambia Invests $9.8 Million in Network Upgrade Operation

Facebook has launched its latest eCommerce feature – Shops – which will enable businesses to set up an online store for customers to access across Facebook and Instagram. The company says that it is investing in features that inspire people to shop and make buying and selling online easier. This comes at a time when […]

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Facebook Unveils Shops – its New eCommerce Feature

According to a new report by Luno and Arcane Research, the economic landscape across the continent augurs well for cryptocurrency adoption in Africa. The economic landscape across the continent augurs well for #cryptocurrency adoption in Africa.Click To Tweet The State of Crypto: Africa report says that rapid adoption of cryptocurrencies is likely in Africa in the […]

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Africa – The Most Promising Region for Cryptocurrency Adoption says Report

Samsung has officially introduced the new addition to the Galaxy A series – the A31. According to the smartphone giant, this device has been designed for a generation that wants to express themselves to the world and look good doing it. “The Galaxy A Series has always stood for value. The Galaxy A31 embodies this […]

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Samsung Introduces the New Galaxy A31

While Microsoft Office is still the vastly popular and ubiquitous choice for word processing, slideshow presentations, spreadsheet calculations and a bounty of many more digital tasks, steep subscription costs can lead to some users turning instead to ad-riddled freeware or ‘free’ apps that lock most of their features behind hidden paywalls. If this sounds like […]

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The 6 Best Free Microsoft Office Alternatives

Since the onset of COVID-19 and the consequential lockdown, reliable and fast Internet connectivity has become a vital requirement for businesses and individuals working and learning from home. Expansion in the digital economy and the resultant exponential growth in demand for connectivity is driving the laying of underground fibre-optic cable to feed internet-hungry homes and […]

Continue Reading Vumatel and Dark Fibre Africa Prepare for Massive Demand in Data Services

Vumatel and Dark Fibre Africa Prepare for Massive Demand in Data Services

Despite being 11 years old, Minecraft sales have officially topped 200-million copies, with a total of 126-million people playing the game monthly. Microsoft is detailing the latest sales figures just as Mojang Studios celebrates 11 years since the first Minecraft alpha build was originally released. Microsoft has also seen a big increase in Minecraft usage […]

Continue Reading Minecraft Maintains its Incredible Popularity as Sales Top 200-Million

Minecraft Maintains its Incredible Popularity as Sales Top 200-Million

Chinese smartphone manufacturer, Huawei has recently launched the Y7p smartphone to the South African market. The Huawei Y7p is available in Midnight Black and Aurora Blue from around R3,995 and is available through most major retailers. Thoughts on the Huawei Y7p The device is sleek and stylish. In classic smartphone fashion, the Huawei Y7p is […]

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Huawei Y7p – South Africa’s 1st HMS Device

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

Google is rolling out tabbed grouping for Google Chrome. The update aims to address the problem of working with larger numbers of tabs at once. The new feature makes it possible to group related tabs together and treat them as a single entity for ease of navigation and management. The company is already in the […]

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Google Rolls Out Game-Changing Update to Chrome

Facebook, the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) and the Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) are working together to encourage people to donate blood. Starting on Monday, 18 May 2020, South Africans who are over 18 years old will have the option to sign up as blood donors on Facebook, be notified when blood donor […]

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Facebook and SANBS Partner to Increase Blood Donations in South Africa

Last week US President, Donald Trump extended the national trade ban by another year – a move which a senior Huawei Technologies executive believes is “really designed to safeguard American dominance of global tech”. #Huawei executive believes US trade ban is “really designed to safeguard American dominance of global tech”.Click To Tweet Similarly, Head of […]

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Is the US Trade Ban Purposefully Limiting China’s Tech Dominance? Huawei Thinks So

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 […]

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HIV-Fighting Strategy Could Help Against COVID-19

One of Facebook’s largest and most notable acquisitions in recent memory is for a service commonly used to find reaction GIFs for funny memes. Giphy is a platform where users can create and share their own GIFs of whatever it is they want – from TV show snippets to baby’s eating lemons or cats texting. […]

Continue Reading Facebook Buys Giphy for $400-Million

Facebook Buys Giphy for $400-Million

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 […]

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Coronavirus Could Cost Global Economy $8.8 Trillion

The enterprise workforce has long been spread across multiple office sites. But today they’re also working from living rooms, airports, coffee shops and other remote locations. In fact, research shows that nearly two-thirds of organizations today have remote workers. This new reality presents several IT and data management challenges. With remote teams, file sharing can […]

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How to Streamline Data Access for Remote Teams during the Pandemic

At least twenty advocacy groups have accused TikTok of violating child privacy regulations in the US and breaching a settlement that the viral video app agreed with the Federal Trade Commission last year over a previous privacy complaint. The groups, which include the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, the Center for Digital Democracy and the […]

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TikTok Accused of Breaching Child Privacy Regulations

Opera’s African fintech startup OPay remains committed to building a multi-service super app in Nigeria as the foundation to expand on the continent. OPay will also continue to operate ORide for limited passenger service — though the company is shifting the motorcycle ride-hail operation toward logistics businesses. These updates were offered by Opera’s VP of […]

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Opera’s OPay Still Planning African Expansion via Nigerian “Super App”

As digitization makes its way into Africa across sectors and industries, digital payment methods are being offered as safe and convenient alternatives to traditional options. Borderless Access conducted a study across South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria to explore the uptake of digital payment methods, including e-wallets, money payment apps, and mobile money transfer. It […]

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What South Africans Think of Digital Payment Methods

As governments begin to lift lockdowns, Uber says that it is taking unprecedented safety measures to help everyone who uses its app to stay safe and healthy. From next week, all Uber riders, drivers and couriers in South Africa will be required to wear a mask or face covering when taking a trip. As part […]

Continue Reading Uber Launches Mask Verification Safety Measure

Uber Launches Mask Verification Safety Measure

Microsoft is launching a new app called Family Safety – created to make a difference in how you monitor your family’s, and your own, screen time. Designed primarily to manage the screentime and app usage of children. “Protect what matters most with physical and digital safety,” is how Microsoft describes the app on its official […]

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This App Helps Parents Control How Much Time Their Kids Spend on their Phones

Facebook, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, STC, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone and WIOCC have all partnered to build 2Africa – said to be the most comprehensive subsea cable to serve the African continent and Middle East region ever. The companies have appointed Alcatel Submarine Networks (“ASN”) to build the cable in a fully funded project which will greatly […]

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2Africa: The New Subsea Cable Connecting Africa to Europe

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

Nigerian firms that offer extensive customer support on their platforms are eagerly snapping up chatbot solutions to improve Customer Experience (CX) and drive down costs. This technology is becoming simpler, cheaper to deploy, and can be integrated across various chat channels. Chatbots are rapidly changing the game for many businesses, as AI-driven bots start to […]

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Chatbot Uptake to Remain Robust in Nigeria

US President, Donald Trump has extended the national emergency order that prohibits American companies from buying, selling or using any hardware from Chinese technology company, Huawei, in fear that it will result in ‘cyber-exploitation’ by China for another year. The order also means that Chinese companies do not have legal access to American technology. Bloomberg […]

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Trump Lengthens Ban on Huawei

Telegram is officially calling it quits on its crypto-focused subsidiary, Telegram Open Network (TON). “Telegram’s active involvement with TON is over,” writes Pavel Durov, founder and CEO, in an announcement on his channel. #Telegram is officially calling it quits on its crypto-focused subsidiary, Telegram Open Network (TON).Click To Tweet “For the last 2,5 years, some […]

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Telegram Shuts Down its Own Cryptocurrency

Alphabet’s Loon and Vodacom have signed a deal to use Loon’s balloon-powered Internet solution to expand the Vodacom network in Mozambique. In terms of the agreement, Loon will help Vodacom provide service to under-served parts of the country with a network of floating cellphone towers that operate 20 kilometres above Earth. Using the Loon solution, […]

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Loon and Vodacom Increase Internet Access in Mozambique

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 – […]

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Twitter Allows Staff to Work from Home Indefinitely

MTN Business has announced that it will donate 5 000 smartphones, each preloaded with 3GB of data, to the Limpopo Provincial Department of Health. These devices are to be distributed to field workers for the conducting of tests, screening of citizens and tracing of people that may have come into contact with patients that have […]

Continue Reading MTN Donates 5000 Smartphones to COVID-19 Field Workers

MTN Donates 5000 Smartphones to COVID-19 Field Workers

New startup Rentoza is Africa’s first on-demand rental platform. Started by a group of 4 South Africans convinced the stuff hiding in the bottom of their cupboards and garages should be paying rent for taking up so much space – stuff that they didn’t want to sell because they might need them again. So often […]

Continue Reading INTERVIEW: Rentoza – Africa’s First On-Demand Rental Platform

INTERVIEW: Rentoza – Africa’s First On-Demand Rental Platform

Engineers in the field of electronics have thrown their weight behind the need for Nigeria to deploy 5G technology. This comes after the country’s communication commission announced that, despite news on social media, it had not given out any licenses for network operators to begin to deploy 5G technologies. These engineers, under the umbrella of […]

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5G Critical to Nigeria’s Development, Claim Engineers

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

Self-isolation and social-distancing laws have given rise to new trends in the music industry. In a bid to flatten the curve, fans across the world have substituted live music concerts for virtual alternatives, relying heavily on technology’s ability to recreate these experiences in the comfort of their homes. From the yesteryears of evenings spent on […]

Continue Reading How COVID-19 is Changing the Music Consumption Industry

How COVID-19 is Changing the Music Consumption Industry

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is adamant that it has not yet issued 5G licenses to any of the countries operators – despite rumours spread via social media platforms that claim the local telecoms industry would switch on 5G networks in Lagos this week. In an official statement, the NCC says that these rumours couldn’t […]

Continue Reading NCC says No 5G Licenses have been Issued to Network Operators in Nigeria

NCC says No 5G Licenses have been Issued to Network Operators in Nigeria