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All posts tagged "South Africa"

  • 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...

  • This Heritage Day, Uber offers Soweto Gospel Choir on-demand

    This is so awesome. For a limited time only, the popular taxi on-demand service, Uber, is enabling South Africans to request some uniquely local performances to their doorsteps. Uber is known for spicing up holidays and other special occasions every now and then. To mark South Africa's Heritage Day on 24 September, the popular ridesharing service is giving people the ability to request in-house performances similar to how they would a taxi. For those wanting more than your casual braai, you can use the Uber app to request a soulful performance by the award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir in Johannesburg, a 14-person...

  • Internet for the masses: Google’s Project Loon finally takes off in SA

    Google's Project Loon has finally launched in South Africa. We've picked up wind about Google's Project Loon a while ago -- the very exciting project that's looking to use balloons and wind currents to bring internet to rural areas around the globe. It's as out-of-the box, it's ambitious and it's trying to solve a real problem: the digital divide. Perfect. Conceived in the company’s secretive Google X research lab, the project is said to beam internet access to the ground “at speeds similar to today’s 3G networks or faster”. "The idea may sound a bit crazy—and that’s part of the reason we’re...

  • From Messi to the DA: these are YouTube’s most popular ads in SA [video]

    As much as we may be annoyed with pre-roll ads on YouTube, there are some out there that do their job, very well. Take the Turkish Airline's Kobe vs. Messi: The Selfie Shootout as an example. Rolled out in run-up to the Football World Cup, the video ad garnered up well over 138 million views across the globe and was named South Africa's favourite ad this year. In reference to the annual advertising Loeries Awards in South Africa, YouTube recently dropped the names of the most popular global and local video ads in the country. As described by the YouTube playlist,...

  • Governments take note: SAP public sector innovation roadshow hits Johannesburg

    Governments (at least South Africa's) is perhaps the last place anyone would expect to find an ounce of innovation, but SAP Africa, the enterprise software leader's continental subsidiary, is hoping to change this. The company's public sector innovation roadshow has today kicked off in Johannesburg, which offers solutions to specific government-level public sector issues, including "unemployment, quality of life, service delivery and economic opportunities for small and midsized enterprises." SAP notes that innovation in the public sector is key for governments in basic service delivery, filling economic craters and driving transformation in the private and public sectors. The company's Cloud and...

  • WikiLeaks reveals Nigeria and SA’s huge spend on ‘weaponised surveillance malware’

    WikiLeaks is at it again. This time round, the controversial non-profit went on record saying that German surveillance company, FinFisher, is responsible for selling "weaponised surveillance malware to some of the most abusive regimes in the world," including the South Africa. According to WikiLeaks, some of FinFisher's clients include Pakistan, Qatar, Vietnam, Italy, Singapore, South Africa, Nigeria and many other. WikiLeaks describes the German surveillance company as follows: FinFisher (formerly part of the UK based Gamma Group International until late 2013) is a German company that produces and sells computer intrusion systems, software exploits and remote monitoring systems that are...

  • Google wants to take South Africa’s schoolkids on a virtual field trip

    Think back to your school days for a moment. We bet you loved field trips right? They were a chance to get out of the classroom and not stare at a blackboard all day. Thing is, among all the fun there was actually value in those trips. A concept you may have battled with on paper, for instance, might suddenly have made sense when you saw it in real life. Unfortunately distance and cost mean that schools can't always send their learners on the field trips they'd like to. It seems pretty cool therefore that Google has launched a...

  • South Africa needs to get kids interested in computer science, or risk falling badly behind

    Given that South Africa already suffers from a lack of adequate IT skills, it is alarming to see that interest in science and maths at school level seem to be at an all time low in that country. From 2009 to 2013, maths uptake dropped 21% and science fell by as much as 20% on a national level. Why, in a country that so desperately needs more students specialising in these fields, are we continually seeing a decline? I believe there are many reasons, all of which need to be addressed urgently. It should be noted, however, that not...