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  • Somaliland, Zimbabwe crack down on social media

    Somaliland, the self-declared republic in northwestern Somalia, and Zimbabwe have cracked down on social media in the face of current and upcoming elections. Somaliland will be restricting access to various social media platforms in an effort to protect voters from "fake news" surrounding the election held Monday, 13 November. The electoral commission asked telecommunications companies to block the likes of Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Viber, Flickr, Instagram, LinkedIn, Duo, and Google Plus. The companies agreed to the request. NEC declared Social media will be shutting down on the voting day, until the result comes out for fake news avoiding #somaliland. News link https://t.co/JtQJeAd0iR pic.twitter.com/o41CMADFDc —...

  • Watch: Uganda’s politicians clash in Parliament in violent viral video

    If you thought the EFF being thrown out of Parliament was spectacular, this video of Uganda's Parliament this week will likely change those perceptions. The politicians gathered in Kampala to discuss an important amendment to the Constitution: adjusting the presidential age limit beyond 75-years of age. This would give current leader, 73-year-old Yoweri Museveni, another possible term in office. Museveni has been the Ugandan leader for over three-decades. To add to the mood, Speaker of the House Rebecca Kadaga requested that the opposition be removed from the chambers deeming their attire unacceptable. "I know sometimes people enjoy colours, but let me call on...

  • Uber celebrates its 4th birthday in Africa

    Uber today celebrates its fourth anniversary in Africa. Our sister site Ventureburn first revealed the company's plans for an African expansion in July 2013. Uber then began secret tests in August later that year. Now, the company operates in 16 cities across the continent. In honour of the occasion, the on-demand transport company dug up some of the numbers behind its four year stint on the continent. Some of the figures are rather remarkable. The company has moved over 1.8-million people within the four years, with more than 230 000 rides scheduled. It also created more than 29 000 economic opportunities within...

  • Nambia vs Namibia: how a fictional country became more popular than a real one

    You can always trust US President Donald Trump to say something controversial, whether it be on Twitter, or at the UN General Assembly. But beyond this week's comments about North Korea, Trump had enough free time to invent an African country. While speaking at a conference hosting African leaders in New York City, the President praised "Nambia" and its advancements in healthcare. Honored to host a luncheon for African leaders this afternoon. Great discussions on the challenges & opportunities facing our nations today. pic.twitter.com/AbnBJtKCAI — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2017 But there's no country called Nambia on the continent, nor the...

  • Opera: Women in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya use more data than men

    How do women in Africa use the internet? This is what a study conducted by Opera and Worldreader aimed to answer. The study took the form of a poll, and surveyed 1500 women aged 14 to 44 from South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. The results were then compared to Worldreader's database of 50 000 app users in these countries. And overall, they shed light on a few interesting differences in internet usage habits between the continent's men and women. For one, women seemingly use more data than men. In Kenya, "nearly half" of women spend over US$9.62 on mobile megabytes. Just a third...

  • Facebook outgrows JHB office as African userbase tops 170m

    Facebook South Africa has outgrown its original Johannesburg office and has expanded to a new location, the company announced Wednesday. "Facebook has moved its Johannesburg offices into new premises, creating a new home for the company to work with its partners to boost innovation and provide an African home for the Facebook culture," the company reveals in a press release. The new pad located in Bryanston "will continue to provide support to Facebook advertisers, application developers and other key partners across the continent". The social giant originally occupied an office in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, which it held since its arrival in South...

  • Move aside .com: Africa will soon have its own top-level domain

    Africa will soon have its very own top-level domain on the internet. ICANN, a non-profit better known as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers, has this week finalised dates and the launch schedule for the newly-approved .africa (or dotAfrica) domain. .africa will be a brand new top-level domain for the entire continent, and will aim to "forge a unique online identity which will associate your products, services and/or information with the continent and people of Africa", a press release reads. This is great news for the likes of startups, the African Union (who also endorses the move), and other African...

  • Q&A: Google’s Bunmi Banjo chats Africa’s digital skills growth

    Google's African operations have had a week to celebrate, following the news that they've hit their goal of training one million Africans. The training sees citizens using Google's Digital Skills Programme, covering everything from social media marketing/strategy to analytics, advertising and online video. Bunmi Banjo has been at the forefront of the initiative, being Google's Growth Engine and Brand Lead for Sub-Saharan Africa. We conducted a Q&A with Banjo, focusing on the programme, entrepreneurship in general and more. Memeburn: You recently held an AfricaCom talk titled, 'Why technology providers and OEMs should be the strongest contributors to initiating new start-up businesses in tech and...

  • Google hits one million mark in training Africans

    Google has announced that it has reached its goal of training one million Africans as part of its Digital Skills programme. The Mountain View company said it reached its goal a month early, having committed to training one million Africans within a year on 16 April 2016. The company has added that it's set a new target. The tech company also revealed that it will provide offline versions of its training materials to people and businesses in areas of low access where it's not possible to hold physical training sessions. "Additionally, Google will provide offline versions of the content in languages like Swahili,...

  • Cyclone Enawo in pictures: Madagascar laced by strongest storm in a decade [update]

    Update, 9 March, 10.24am SAST: More images are surfacing on social media from Madagascar in the wake of Cyclone Enawo's landfall. According to reports, at least five people have died as a result of the storm. "36 hours of stress, 24 hours of fear and 8 hours of hell", @CAREMadagascar colleagues describes the impact of cyclone #Enawo pic.twitter.com/3obLshOoFh — CARE International (@CAREemergencies) March 9, 2017 Just been out for the first time since #Cyclone #Enawo passed by #Tamatave. Rivers are very high and the road to #Antananarivo is cutoff pic.twitter.com/RL04OyNTAm — Mike deCoster-Milman (@mike_dc_m) March 9, 2017 Strong winds in the town of Sambava yesterday...

  • Cisco Connect South Africa: company affirms pledge to Africa’s growth

    Cisco's SVP Hilton Romanski and country manager Cathy Smith today opened Cisco Connect South Africa with a joint keynote, expressing the company's acute focus on African technology growth and digitisation. Romanski, who is also the country sponsor for South Africa and China, pledged to focus on accelerating the continent's digital adoption rates, both at the consumer and business level. "Technology presents many opportunities and challenges for Africa as the fastest urbanising region in the world," Romanski explains. "Cisco recognises the pipeline of African talent and we are deeply involved in enabling the widespread emergence of tech ecosystems across the continent." Cisco Connect South...

  • Africa’s mobile growth: Opera publishes its State of Mobile report

    Norwegian internet company Opera isn't quite as well known in the desktop browser space, at least in terms of usage figures. Globally, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft's Internet Explorer still command the lion's share of users' internet tabs. When it comes to mobile browsers though, the firm has historically had a huge following in Africa. The company this week published its State of Mobile Web Report for Africa 2016, and with it, a slew of insights into Africa's voracious mobile device and web usage using its software and services as a lens. So, what are some of the key takeaways? More...

  • Rwanda’s now using drones to deliver medical supplies

    Drones are all the rage these days, but they're being put to life-saving use in Rwanda, in the form of so-called Zip drones. Zipline teamed up with the Rwandan government for the project, which sees the drones able to drop blood, vaccines and other medical supplies to remote areas. "Zip is a small robot airplane designed for a high level of safety, using many of the same approaches as commercial airliners. It can carry vaccines, medicine, or blood. A fleet of Zips is able to provide for a population of millions. No roads, no problem," Zipline wrote on its website. The Zip drones...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Haiti recovers after Hurricane Matthew & #Khwezi dies

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (7 October – 10 October 2016). African news Ethiopia's crisis deepened this weekend after the government decreed a six-month state of emergency. The country, which has been experiencing ongoing civil uprisings and protests against the government. According to reports, over 500 people have died since the unrest began in early August 2016. "A state of emergency has been declared...

  • ShowMax launches two-tier streaming service in Kenya

    It's been a great week for African tech. After Pokemon Go was finally made available in 31 of the continent's countries, Naspers-owned streaming video service ShowMax has today launched in Kenya. Citing special requirements for the Kenyan online market, the company has unveiled a "two-tier service" which allows for budget and premium users to enjoy a largely similar service, albeit with a few key differences. "We don’t believe in one-size-fits-all solutions," states GM of ShowMax, John Kotsaftis in a press release. "Kenya has different needs and tastes to other countries and deserves something designed specifically for Kenyans. " the first to put strong...