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All posts tagged "South Africa"

  • Julius Akinyemi: Africa needs to harness big data to really innovate

    Africa needs to start using big data to solve its issues. But before this can happen, it needs to understand how to leverage this data to its advantage. That's the word from Massachusetts Institute of Technology-based thought leader Julius Akinyemi, who today spoke about the importance of harnessing big data on the African continent at the SA Innovation Summit in Cape Town. Akinyemi's recently also cut the ribbon to introduce the continent’s latest tech cluster for innovation, Workshop17, of which he is a co-founder. Apart from pointing out the importance of collaboration and communities, Akinyemi spoke about the need to for...

  • Why South Africa really needs to embrace the Maker Movement

    "More so than any other time, we are able to make things that can actually make a difference," Steve Sherman, the CEO of Living Maths and self-proclaimed maker said at the recent Cape Town Maker Conference. Thanks to the internet, people today have access to more information than ever before. And thanks to things like micro computers, 3D printers, and accessible programming languages people can make more, experiment more and become more self-sufficient. Concepts like crowdfunding, for instance, enable people to finance and share their passions more easily. More than 200 000 people recently pledged nearly US$9-million to bring a...

  • #StrongerthantheRand: 19 tweets that accurately describe South Africa’s falling currency

    The strength of South Africa’s Rand has become a hot topic of late -- more so than usual. Over the weekend the ZAR weakened to over R20 to the UK pound. Right now it costs South Africans over R13 to the US dollar and R15 to the Euro. It might not be the right time to plan that overseas vacation. Twitter is a unique entity: it allows a number of people to not only rant and rave about problems in the country, but also some together and comment on them in real-time.  In true South African fashion, someone has created the hashtag...

  • Bic SA #HappyWomensDay poster stirs up social media, misses the point

    Probably one of the most renowned brands in the niche world of ballpoint pens, Bic is the latest company to cause a stir on social media. Its social media shoutout to #HappyWomensDay just backfired after it tweeted a poster with a controversial quote. The Bic-branded image is of a stock imaged young professional women with the following tagline: "Look like a girl, Act like a lady, Think like a man, Work like a boss." Needless to say, this sentiment didn't go unnoticed and the brand was at the end of an immediate backlash. After deleting the tweet and removing the Facebook post,...

  • Tech4Africa Cape Town to explore ‘rise of the underdog’

    Tech4Africa has announced the speaker line-up for its Cape Town event, which takes place on 6 August. Among the speakers are local entrepreneur Nic Haralambous, who'll share his story of selling a mobile startup to building an online shopping company selling socks as well as South African hockey legend Steve Evans, who'll be talking about the “Underdog mentality” and what it takes to bring down Giants. Memeburn Publisher Matthew Buckland will meanwhile talk about rethinking media in the content marketing era. Matty Cohen, who's head of product at WooThemes, will chat about South Africa's WooCommerce journey, which sold...

  • Google Street View catches South African robbery in progress

    We've seen a lot of weird and wonderful things hidden inside Google's Street View. From the highest mountain peaks to Robben Island and now a couple of guys holding a security guard up at gunpoint in Johannesburg, South Africa. The images, taken in February 2015 in Junction Road, are of two men pointing a gun at an ADT private security guard, in plain sight of the Google Street View car driving past. Following the Street View car, one can see a white BMW pulling up behind the private security car. The two armed men then ran up to the passenger seat...

  • Virtual Reality event to tap into South Africa’s creative community 29 July

    The virtual reality (VR) space is heating up fast. Around the globe, developers and animators alike are putting their heads together (and into things) to experiment with this exciting, immersive medium. Come 29 July, the South African Virtual Reality Event plans to vitalise the local community. Taking place at Cape Town's Bandwidth Barn, the event will allow attendees to immerse themselves in some of the VR projects first-hand, for free. Coupled with a lineup of expert speakers from the VR industry, the event looks promising. "The key to the event is connecting people who want to create Virtual Reality projects...

  • 3 massive digital trends and how South Africa can use them to its advantage

    Financial markets are in flux, cyber crime is on the rise and millennials are taking over the business world. That's according to David Silverstein, the CEO of global consulting firm BMGI, who says that while these trends are not necessarily the biggest, they're certainly ones we should all take heed of and keep in our back pockets. 1. Anticipate chaos In terms of reacting to markets, companies should stop trying to prepare for the worst or the best. Instead, they should prepare for the worst, best and everything in between. "The global economy is in a state of chaos," Silverstein says. "The...

  • Shock, embarrassment, wit: SA turns to Twitter after Parliament fiasco

    Chaos broke out in Parliament late last night after riot police were called into the National Assembly to remove MP Ngwanamakwetle Mashabela from the Economic Freedom Fighters. This followed a day of opposition filibustering that had continued late into the evening. Of course Twitter kept pace with all the action, with citizens expressing their opinions on the political antics going down in Cape Town. As reported by Mail & Guardian Online‎, the parliamentary video and audio feed was cut off at some point during the brawl, opening up the discussion of censorship. Media asking why parly feed was cut, who makes the call and whether...

  • Cell C just pissed off the wrong people, massive banner ad sparks big laughs on Twitter [Update]

    One of South Africa's major telecom firms is starting the weekend on a bad foot. A massive billboard stating that the network operator is "the most useless service provider in SA," was just put up in Johannesburg. Needless to say, this opened up a whole can of worms on the twittersphere. The banner ad makes things personal, publishing Franchise Manager Riaan van Rooyen's personal contact details. "Cell C's Riaan van Rooyen, 'Franchise Manager', says his unnamed executive head refuses to assist the customer!!" it reads. It's often said there's no such thing as bad publicity. We're contemplating whether that applies to this...

  • Watch this lion effortlessly hunt down a buck with a GoPro strapped to it [video]

    We've spotted some real amazing thing on GoPro's. From a stick-up in Somerset West, South Africa to swimming dolphins and people playing saxophone while surfing, they never cease to amaze. This latest addition to GoPro's thrilling YouTube playlist shows a lion hunt down a waterbuck. The four-and-a-half minute clip is shot using the Hero 3 strapped to the lioness (who is named Meg by the way) as well as the conservationist's own GoPro. Now, for those of you who haven't heard of him before, Kevin Richardson is super bad-ass. He's a conservationist slash lion whisperer who's been doing all...

  • The Memeburn guide to the SA digital agency landscape

    A few years ago, we gave you a pretty quick overview of the South African digital landscape. Much has changed since then. For a start, there are now nearly five times as many South Africans online as there were when we published that article. That means that the audience for digital agencies to market to is significantly larger than it was back then. An explosion of new technologies, and the rise of the smartphone in particular, also means that there are completely new ways of reaching digital audience. Against the backdrop of those wider societal and technological changes, there have also been...

  • Yet another Apple iStore raided by bandits in Cape Town

    Last evening, shortly before Canal Walk mall closed its doors, armed men stormed and robbed the iStore. The robbery follows many similar incidents that have occurred in the Western Cape and Gauteng, South Africa. Robbers apparently left the store with Apple iPhones, iPads, Macs worth tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of Rands. Two months ago crooks reportedly made off with over R1-million worth of Apple products. iStores and malls across the country are definitely going to have to beef up security as this is not the first incident of late. Cresta Mall in Gauteng was also targeted in recent months...

  • Is the Kalahari, Takealot merger really in everyone’s best interests?

    Early on Tuesday news emerged that two of South Africa’s ecommerce giants, Takealot and Kalahari, would be joining forces. But just how good is the deal for ecommerce in South Africa. Until now, the Tiger Global-backed Takealot and Naspers-owned Kalahari have probably been the fiercest rivals in the South African retail ecommerce space. Speak to people who buy online regularly and they’ll give you myriad reasons for choosing one over the other, ranging from delivery times to customer service and even the respective corniness of their advertising. That competition has helped drive innovation in the space, to the point where...

  • 3 key insights SA’s tech ecosystem can take from Israel

    Mind-set, connectedness and government support are everything when it comes to building and sustaining a far reaching tech culture set to breed innovations across the globe. If it is a key imperative for tech businesses to replicate their business models and product innovations on an international scale, some key insights and lessons can be learnt from Israel, dubbed ‘the start-up nation’ who has successfully built an intimate tech culture and community with a far reaching global impact. 1. Connectedness Everyone in the tech world in Israel is connected. They talk, they engage and they discuss – it is essentially one big community...