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  • ShowMax Growth Shows African Video On Demand Can Go Global

    ShowMax Growth By Tom Jackson, 12:09 pm AFKI Original

    ShowMax’s European launch is proof that its hyper-local video-on-demand concept, pioneered in Africa, has wider application, says ShowMax Africa head Chris Savides. The cost of mobile data may be the biggest factor affecting the uptake of subscription video-on-demand on the continent. A number of services have tried and failed. It’s not an easy business because it’s not just about the technology, but also about understanding customer needs and content. “It may be that your niche isn’t the type of content but how you deliver that content in a way nobody else is doing,” Savides told AFKInsider.

  • 12 Things You Should Know About How Africans Use Twitter

    Africans use Twitter By Peter Pedroncelli, 2:22 am AFKI Original

    Africans who tweet don’t like to talk about brands nearly as much as their American counterparts. Instead, Africans are increasingly talking politics as Twitter comes of age in Africa, according to a London-based communications firm. Previous research showed that Twitter in Africa was more of a space for social interaction. Now serious debate about politics and government prevails. Twitter continues to be one of the most popular social networks available in Africa, enabled through a heavy mobile usage and apps that cater to smartphone users.

  • 11 African Countries Doing Field Tests For Genetically Modified Crops

    genetically modified crops By Dana Sanchez, 11:52 am AFKI Original

    Africa has been reluctant to adopt GM food technology for crop production, but that’s changing. Many African countries are willing to overcome domestic and international opposition to GM technology to boost their agriculture sector. Just four African countries allow GMO crops for cotton. In Africa, only South Africa grows GM food. Opponents urge African countries not to commercialize GM crops, saying it will put their agricultural sector in the hands of large multinational agri-businesses and hurt biodiversity. Proponents say GM crops are as safe.

  • Great Places To See Public Art In South Africa

    public art in South Africa By Keren Mikva, 8:11 pm

    Art in South Africa’s public spaces often marks the spot where historically significant events took place. Such art pays tribute to South African icons or raises awareness about social issues. There are numerous ongoing public art projects in the country’s cities involving permanent installations and temporary exhibitions. Route 67 in Port Elizabeth is a walking trail that pays tribute to Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of service to South Africans. It includes a collection of 67 art pieces celebrating his devotion to public life. Each piece of art along this heritage trail was designed by a local artist from the Eastern Cape.

  • M&A Africa: Are MTN Stocks Cheap Enough For A Takeover?

    MTN stocks cheap enough for a takeover By Dana Sanchez, 8:04 am

    MTN’s shares are down 35 percent since October 2015, when Africa’s largest mobile service provider reported a $5.2B fine by Nigerian regulators over unregistered sim cards. That could make MTN cheap enough to be considered for a takeover, Times Live reports. MTN had other problems in the last two years including foreign exchange losses and bad investments. Investing heavily in South Africa, MTN grew revenue and subscribers, but it would be difficult for an international operator to convince its shareholders to back a bid, given the challenges MTN faces, an analyst said.

  • Herve Renard And Hugo Broos In Contention For South Africa Coaching Job

    Herve Renard By Peter Pedroncelli, 7:37 am AFKI Original

    AFCON-winning coaches Herve Renard and Hugo Broos are among the final candidates being considered for the unoccupied position of South African national team coach, with a final decision set to be made in the coming days. Broos, who is currently Cameroon coach, and Renard, who is in charge of Morocco, are both successful tacticians as far as the continental game is concerned. Belgian coach Broos masterminded a stunning Africa Cup of Nations title triumph for the Central Africans in Gabon last month month, where Cameroon managed a 2-1 victory over favourites Egypt in the final to earn their fifth AFCON trophy.

  • South Africa’s Blitzboks Win Las Vegas Sevens Tournament

    Sevens World Series By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:10 am AFKI Original

    South Africa’s Springbok Sevens team, known as the Blitzboks, won the Las Vegas sevens tournament on the weekend, making it their fourth title in five tournaments so far this year, giving them a decisive 23-point lead at the top of the HSBC World Sevens Series standing. Interestingly, the one out of the five tournaments thus far that the South Africans did not manage to win came in Cape Town, their home tournament, where they lost in the final to a determined England side.

  • Opinion: Zuma’s Call To Confiscate White Property Will Drive Investors Away

    confiscate white property By Dana Sanchez, 11:10 am

    South African President Jacob Zuma announced new land reform plans Friday, telling traditional leaders that the government will do a “pre-colonial” land audit. Uncertainty over property rights is expected to push investors to look elsewhere. This isn’t the first time Zuma has promised to amend laws allowing expropriation without compensation, but it’s the first time a pre-colonial audit has been mentioned. EFF party leader Julius Malema has been traveling the country, encouraging black South Africans to take back land from “white invaders and Dutch thugs… Take it, it belongs to you,” he said.

  • South Africa In Talks With Boeing, Airbus To Print 3D Titanium Parts

    By Dana Sanchez, 11:34 am

    South Africa ranks fourth in world for titanium reserves. This should give the country a competitive edge in the 3D printing market for aerospace. It’s a market expected to be worth tens of billions of dollars as aerospace, auto and military industries seek cheaper way to make parts. Aircraft makers want to replace aluminum bodies with lighter materials such as titanium alloys. South Africa says its 3D printer is 10 times faster than any other laser melting machine available.The new manufacturing process could save millions of dollars on production and fuel costs.

  • Share Of African Brands Declines In New Survey Of Africa’s 100 Best Brands

    Africa’s 100 Best Brands By Dana Sanchez, 10:53 am AFKI Original

    The annual survey evaluates the top 100 brands in Africa based on consumer responses via mobile text messaging. Results show that non-African brands strengthened their positions in Africa, while African brands’ share among most admired brands dropped from 23 percent to 16 percent. “It is a great concern that the share of African brands is so low and even declining,” said the founder of Brand Africa. “It is a wake-up call for African governments to create enabling environments to support entrepreneurs.”

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