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Africa

  • What will the African tech landscape look like in 2019?

    Over the past 50 years, Internet technology has rapidly and profoundly changed the way people work, live, play and learn. The power of the Internet is allowing African citizens to do more things, from more places, faster and better. Computers, mobile devices, homes, cars, clothes, businesses and even cities are all being connected to the global network. Today’s pace of technology change is akin to a vortex, relentlessly sweeping everything into its spiral path, demanding digitization. The force of this change is too strong to ignore, and anything that fails to adapt, such as outdated business models, will break apart...

  • How are you paving your road to be a digital world leader in Africa?

    By 2020, more than seven billion people and businesses, and at least 30 billion devices, will be connected to the Internet.* Predictions on the future of digital consumption no longer shock me and as an enterprise leader, it shouldn’t shock you either. Business IT professionals own a minimum of three devices connected to the internet viz. mobile, tablet and laptop – it’s not a statistic I pulled from a survey, but rather my own observation at every ICT conference I’ve attended in the last 12 months, including AfricaCom 2014 and VAS Africa 2015. At the VAS Africa 2015 conference, Nevo Hadas,...

  • Africa-built digital player goes live on BBC World Service

    The BBC World service has announced the launch of a new digital player designed and built by digital innovators from Africa. Called BBC Minute CatchUP, the player can sit within any online page and will let users hear and share the latest edition of BBC Minute. Built by social enterprise hub RLabs, CatchUP is specifically created to work well on smartphones. BBC Minute CatchUP was designed in Cape Town, and comes from one of the development studios (aka 'hackathons') held earlier this year by the BBC World Service and BBC digital innovations team, Connected Studio. "African audiences have become 'mobile-first'...

  • 5 excellent examples of African corporate blogs

    Although social media and content marketing is commanding a lot of buzz and marketing budgets these days, smart businesses are not underestimating the power of blogging as an essential tactic for business marketing. A Corporate blog is a blog that is published and maintained by a brand or business in order to reach its organisational goals. From brands across medical, beauty, electronic, fashion industries to services like consulting and banking, smart brands and small businesses are already leveraging corporate blogs as a way of getting the word out, promoting their business and engaging with their target audience. Apart from...

  • African businesses seriously need to adopt talent management software

    Businesses across Africa are starting to focus on the selection, development and retention of skilled employees in the light of increasing competition for skilled resources across the continent. Talent management technologies are not only automating the talent process but also driving talent management practices to support business operations. Talent management is becoming a competitive advantage which is enabled through new technologies available to business. The growth in African economies and demand for highly skilled employees are driving the demand for talent management technology across the continent. The demand and interest is driven by the need for African corporates...

  • Everything you need to know about the East African startup landscape [2015/2016 Update]

    Update: Are you a venture capitalist or an angel investor looking to invest in a company? Are you an entrepreneur looking for capital or other opportunities? Are you an aspiring startup owner looking for assistance? Well, you have come to the right place. Ventureburn presents an updated guide to East Africa’s startup scene. This article is the most comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to get involved with, or have a better understanding of, the region’s fast-growing startup space. It’s the second of our inaugural series, with others focusing on South Africa and West Africa.

  • Africa is the new frontier of impact investing

    In the endless search for global development opportunities, the supply is limited for the first time in history. Africa is truly the last frontier. In fact, 44 percent of its population in 2006 was 15 or younger — and members of the Millennial generation synonymous with innovation — making sub-Saharan Africa the youngest region in the world.

  • What does success mean for women in Africa?

    Over the last few weeks, Nigerians have taken to Twitter to discuss what it meant to be a woman in Nigeria. The conversation highlighted the various issues women in Nigeria face on a daily basis, including prejudice, stereotypes and having to prove themselves. The tweets ranged from the morbidly horrifying to the questionably unfair. Nigerian women it seems have it hard, but the truth be told women all over the world have it hard. Often we talk about the way African women are treated in life and in business, we discuss how African women are not moving forward at...

  • 5 ways Africa is leading the way in the digital transformation of BBC News

    Digital innovation, falling mobile data prices and the proliferation of connected devices across the world mean that we are witnessing the most radical transformation of the way people consume news since the introduction of television. Audiences are not prepared to wait for a scheduled bulletin at a particular hour, they want the latest information wherever and whenever they have a spare moment. User data tells us that digital audiences lose patience with news providers that cannot provide relevance and authenticity. Digital news consumers want media to tell stories in accessible ways, breaking them down into digestible, easy to understand...

  • Why Fast Moving Virtual Goods (FMVGs) are fueling informal markets

    While there has been much hype around the mobile payment revolution in various informal markets in Africa and elsewhere, the reality is that these are still cash-based markets. In fact, cash still accounts for over 85% of consumer transactions globally. Another key and often overlooked feature of many informal markets is the high number of small cash transactions that are being conducted on a daily basis. This is simply because many people can only afford to pay in small amounts - especially when paying for necessities such as prepaid airtime, prepaid electricity and insurance policies/premiums. Indeed, this is one...

  • Majority of Facebook users in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria connect to small businesses

    The majority of Facebook users in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria use the platform to connect with small businesses. This is according to new statistics released by the social networking giant, which revealed that 63% of Kenya's Facebook users connect to SMEs, 61% in South Africa and 54% in Nigeria. By introducing new features to Facebook Pages over the last few months, the California-based company is hoping to further drive customer-to-business engagement on its platform. "With more than a billion people visiting Pages on Facebook every month, Pages are the best place for businesses, and in particular small businesses, to...

  • Education is the big hurdle blocking Bitcoin growth in Africa

    In a continent that is synonymous with virtual currency in the name of mobile money, bitcoin has somehow had a slow start in Africa. Not many people are embracing this technology despite the fact that it is taking the world by storm, and education to the product could be the setback. Francois Harris the founder of Bitcoinzar, which is an information site for bitcoin users in South Africa, confirmed the low numbers of users around Africa. “Real bitcoin users, who are daily users of the bitcoin network, and understand the technology and how it works, probably less than 1000 people,” Harris...

  • Gil Oved, Ran Neu-Ner speak to Memeburn about The Creative Counsel’s record acquisition

    On Thursday, The Creative Counsel (TCC) confirmed that it had been acquired by Publicis Groupe, the French advertising mega-corp. Memeburn first broke news of the deal, the latest in a string of acquisitions by Publicis, back in July. While neither part could divulge exactly how much the deal was worth, Memeburn understands that it's worth in excess of R1-billion, comfortably making it the biggest in South African history. Founded in 2001 by Ran Neu-Ner and Gil Oved as an activations company focusing on promotions, TCC now employs more than 1 500 full-time staff and has annual turnovers in excess...

  • Facebook releases Nigeria, Kenya numbers

    Facebook has released new statistics showing how many users it has in three key African countries. According to a press release sent by the social networking giant, some 2.2-million Kenyans use Facebook every day and 4.5-million each month, while 7.1-million Nigerians use Facebook daily and 15-million are active every month. That puts Nigeria just behind South Africa, which has 7.3-million daily active users. Interestingly, Nigeria beats out its Southern neighbour when it comes to monthly active users, suggesting that data may be just that little more precious in the West African country. In both Kenya and Nigeria most...

  • Solar-powered ‘WiFi bench’ pops up in Johannesburg

    Fitted with USB charging points, free WiFi and a comfy seat, a solar-powered bench has popped up in Johannesburg's trendy Braamfontein. The Isabelo Smart Bench, as it's called, is touted as the Africa's first initiative to bring life (and wireless internet) to public spaces in South Africa, using "smart" benches. In order for this project to take shape, the team of Isabelo has partnered with property developer group South Point. "We are excited to be partnering with the team from Isabelo, as its Smart Bench concept dovetails with our strategy to rebuild Braamfontein as an inclusive, multi-dimensional and student-friendly live-work-play destination district,"...