Staff

  • How Kenyan Farmers Are Using Plastic Film Technology To Save Crops

    Plastic Film Technology By Staff, 5:09 pm

    The practice involves draping wet soil in a special kind of polythene film to conserve moisture. I visited Kathama, a tiny village in Machakos, where I discovered remarkable farming techniques. This is a novice innovation with great capacity in a water scarce area. In Kathama, I connected with one Joseph Mwanzia; an ageing farmer who uses plastic film technology. By using the technology, he had increased his maize production three-fold. The plastic film technology is an effective technology.

  • A Look At How Technology Could Let Africa Bloom

    tech future By Staff, 9:35 am

    On any corner in Nairobi on any given day, the future of African commerce can be seen in action. From the most basic of feature phones, right up to sophisticated smartphones, M-Pesa has revolutionized how people pay each other money and do financial transactions. Since M-Pesa was pioneered by Safaricom –Kenya’s largest mobile operator with some 70% market share– it has expanded to 29.5 million active customers in 10 markets. They did a whopping 6 billion mobile money transactions in 2016.

  • South Korean Tech Companies Making Inroads In Africa

    By Staff, 9:17 am

    While China snakes its influence in technology across African, one of its smaller neighbors has also been making inroads in countries. South Korea claims to have a stronghold in the central African country of Rwanda. The unlikely story begins with KT Corporation, a South Korean telecoms giant, which started helping to form the backbone to Rwanda’s communications infrastructure a decade ago. The state-owned company currently builds and operates ICT services in Rwanda’s public and private markets.

  • Not One African Leader Made A Tech Statements At UN Assembly

    tech statements By Staff, 8:59 am

    None of African leaders at the U.N. General Assembly made a statement about technology. Can we handle its negative effects if we don’t discuss how best to streamline its use.In Nigeria, Twitter and WhatsApp was used to fuel inter-ethnic violence despite warnings by the president and vice president against hate speech on social media. We had a similar event in Kenya during the recently cancelled election when some people were arrested for sending messages on WhatsApp calling for ethnic cleansing.

  • New Program Aimed At Boosting Egyptian Women In Tech

    women in tech By Staff, 8:32 am

    An Egyptian tech school is shattering stereotyping in tech by enabling more women to learn programming, coding, and elements of building websites. AlMakinah initiated a program for women, “The Women in Tech Track,” with the aim of addressing the imbalances in gender. “The program includes sessions on front-end web development, data visualization, digital marketing and workshops on confidence and resilience and talks by industry experts about the tech field,” Hoda Hamad, program manager, said

  • A Look At The Future Of Online Shopping In South Africa

    online shopping By Staff, 8:02 am

    Mastercard released its first South African SpendingPulse report. The report, published worldwide, is based on transactions across every payment medium – including cash, wire transfers, and credit cards. This equates to over 80 billion transactions processed annually in 210 countries, and provides an accurate representation of consumer spending habits. Sarah Quinlan, senior vice president for Mastercard, indicated that one of the biggest changes in shopping trends came after the 2008 recession.

  • New Report Looks At African Tech Ecosystems

    tech ecosystems By Staff, 7:50 am

    Silicon Valley based African Technology Foundation and Managing Partner of the Liberalizing Innovation Opportunity Nations partnership, announced the launch of the State of Play report. The report provides a continental, regional, and industry look at the evolution of technology ecosystems on the African continent. The report highlights the youthful population and the bias towards innovation and entrepreneurship, and sets the stage for a deep-dive into technology and innovation activities.

  • How Technology Can Help Predict Floods In Nigeria

    floods By Staff, 3:04 pm

    Two weeks after the deadly floods that ravaged Benue State, the number of displaced people is still on the rise. An estimated 110,000 people were displaced by the floods. Relief materials have poured in since the floods abated. But maybe there is one or two –or three– ways we can use tech to help. Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote donated to the victims.Nigerian-Ghanaian rapper Mr. Eazi pledged to donate 10% of proceeds from his ‘Life is Eazi Culture’ festival in London to victims of the flood.

  • South Africa’s Real Estate Sector ‘Slow To Embrace Technology’

    real estate By Staff, 2:46 pm

    SA property companies should use tough economic times to strengthen themselves for the future, says research and advisory group, Grant Thornton.Real estate firms are no strangers to cyclical disruption, especially the likes of which the local market is experiencing at the moment; but to prosper in the future, the industry must enhance its capabilities to manage new types of disruptions. Lee-Anne Bac, Grant Thornton, believes SA property firms cannot rest on their laurels in difficult conditions.

  • Luanda Celebrates Its Advances In Technology

    advances By Staff, 8:59 am

    Angola is taking the world by surprise. With the recent explosion of advancements in healthcare, technology, and transportation the continent is seeing a major shift in the way of life. Luanda even now takes the number one spot for the most expensive city in the world for expats. Becoming one of the world’s most expensive cities isn’t always perceived as a positive. This is especially true for the native people of Luanda who are also affected and not yet adjusted to the big change in economy.