Staff, 7:45 am
Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, attended a demonstration of how technology can be applied in agriculture to stimulate jobs. The event took place at the head office of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, Elsenburg, and was led by its research division. Winde, who has made innovation across the economy a top priority, explained how technology could accelerate change in this sector: “We’ve seen across Africa how technology can help us leapfrog other economies.”
Staff, 6:23 pm
Africa’s broadcast media and technology expo aims to introduce South Africans to broadcast and audio-visual technology trends–these are the sentiments of Media Tech Africa Marketing Manager, Catri Dixon. Dixon says Media Tech Africa has been running for the past nine years. “With more than 140 exhibitors and 12 000 plus visitors expected this year, it is clear that South Africa is the entry point for international companies wanting to showcase and sell their products in the African continent.”
Staff, 5:21 pm
African heads of governments are among the highest paid in the world despite the continent’s many challenges. Jacob Zuma, South African president is the highest paid in the continent earning $272 000 per year, ranked fourth in the world.Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame is ranked tenth, earning only $85 000 per year. Jacob Zuma $272 000 per annum. Zuma has been the president of the Republic of South Africa since 2009. Zuma was among the world’s top 10 highest paid president, he was listed fourth.
Staff, 5:11 pm
Applications are open for the AppsAfrica.com Innovation Awards. The Awards celebrate the best in mobile and tech from across Africa supported by Mobile Monday South Africa and Mobile Ecosystem Forum. The third edition will take place on November 6th in Cape Town, and winners will get international recognition and publicity across multiple channels, networking with 300+ industry peers and a host of other benefits. Applications are welcome across 12 categories from mobile or technology ventures.
Staff, 10:04 am
Ushahidi, the global crisis-mapping platform headquartered in Kenya, has said it is investigating an alleged sexual harassment claim pitting an employee against a senior member of its team. The confirmation from Ushahidi comes days after unverified tech blog reports of victimization and covering up of harassment cases against women working for the company surfaced on blogs and social media outlets.Ory Okolloh, one of the original founders of Ushahidi, all but confirmed the story in a blog post.
Staff, 9:42 am
Entrepreneurs behind top small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria have revealed some of the technology tools they employ in growing their businesses in the country. That SMEs are a driver of the Nigerian economy is no longer news, and the Nigerian government has really put in efforts in recent times to see that this sector of the economy is harnessed. Entrepreneurs gathered at the Nigeria International Technology Exhibition and Conference 2017 all agree that technology drives businesses.
Staff, 9:28 am
Air Seychelles will be introducing SITA’s state-of-the-art passenger processing systems at Seychelles International Airport, providing greater flexibility for international airlines operating from the airport by allowing them to share common-use terminal equipment for check-in and boarding. The airline–which provides ground-handling services to airlines operating from Seychelles International Airport–is upgrading its technology to ensure a smooth travel experience every step of the way.
Staff, 11:20 am
Pan-African tech hub network AfriLabs has partnered the ICT 4 Social Innovation Network to host a West African workshop focusing on tech innovation supporting education, healthcare, and human rights. Founded in 2015 by SPIDER and Kenya’s iHub, the ICT4SI Network is a pan-African initiative connecting social innovators who use ICT for improved education and health solutions in local communities. AfriLabs and ICT4SI have partnered to host their first West African social innovation workshop.
Staff, 11:01 am
Panelists at the 4th Tech 360 Africa Summit held in Accra have unanimously agreed that the technology space in Africa holds an outstanding promise and will require stakeholders in the Information, Communication and Technology to pursue the technology market in order to accelerate Africa’s development efforts.Contributing to panel discussions on several key topics on technology and innovation, the participants were of the opinion that innovation has become a critical aspect of the global economy.
Staff, 9:57 am
The Africa Brand Index has developed an algorithm which creates a list of the most successful brands on social media on the African continent, this list is in turn updated on a monthly basis. The algorithm takes into account key metrics such as community growth, content engagement, sentiment and response. This list takes into account African tech on social media. Mustek Limited is one of the largest assembler and distributors of personal computers and complementary ICT products in South Africa.