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  • South African Government Releases Annual Science Technology And Innovation Report

    Science Technology and Innovation By Staff, 8:11 am

    The National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI), has released the 2016 Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Indicators Report which provides data about the performance of the country’s system of innovation. The report is released annually. The 2016 STI indicators report is based on the analysis of the National System of Innovation performance during the period between 1996 and 2016. The STI Indicators report is released annually by NACI an entity of the Department of Science and Technology

  • What Kenya Can Teach South Africa And Nigeria In Their Upcoming Elections

    2019 elections By Kurt Davis Jr., 6:40 pm AFKI Original

    Africa’s two biggest economies will have an election in 2019 with many observers and investors speculating on the side-effects of the political process on both economies, especially if fallout comes about before or after the process takes its due course. Perhaps Kenya’s current and past presidential election experiences can serve as a lesson for those two African powerhouse nations, in order for negative outcomes to be mitigated.

  • Vodacom Rebranding Outside Of Mobile With Digital Future In Mind

    Digital future - The new Vodacom logo as part of the company's rebranding. Photo - MyBroadband By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:42 am

    South Africa’s largest mobile carrier, Vodacom, is set to undergo a massive rebranding of the company in an effort to open up additional business opportunities with regards to an increasingly digital future. The update in branding is a global effort, with parent company Vodafone leading the change with a new logo (pictured below) and tag line which states: “The Future Is Exciting, Ready?”. The new logo enables 2D visualisation, with 34 countries set to experience the change.

  • 10 Most Downloaded Android Mobile Apps In South Africa

    These are the 10 most downloaded android mobile apps in South Africa. Photo: thisisafrica.me By Peter Pedroncelli, 3:57 am AFKI Original

    South Africa is a country where smartphone usage is high, and downloaded android mobile apps form an important part of the experience for these users. The android market is the biggest among the smartphone competitors in the country, and as such this segment of the market is an indicator of the popularity of apps in general and the types of mobile applications that South Africans are using. Here are the 10 most downloaded android mobile apps in South Africa.

  • South Africa May Be First African Country To Host ITU Telecom World In 2018

    ITU Telecom World - South African telecoms minister Siyabonga Cwele celebrates at ITU Telecom World 2017 in South Korea. Photo - Twitter By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:45 am

    South Africa may host the 2018 ITU Telecom World, the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) annual telecommunications and ICT industry event. The potential for South Africa to host was made known at the 2017 ITU Telecom World in South Korea, with the 2018 telecom conference set to be the first time an African country has hosted the International Telecommunication Union’s prestigious event, subject to the conclusion of contractual arrangements.

  • 12 Ways Africans Are Transforming Healthcare Through Technology

    Transforming healthcare - Innovation Prize For Africa - Dougbeh-Chris Nyan's rapid diagnostic test is one of the innovations that are being recognized. Photo - VenturesAfrica By Peter Pedroncelli, 2:20 am AFKI Original

    Technology has an important role to play in Africa, and one of the most important ways that tech is improving the lives of Africans across the continent is by transforming healthcare. Advances in technology and innovative ideas are allowing for better healthcare and improved diagnostic efforts in communities throughout Africa, including in remote areas thanks to the wonders of mobile and the internet.

  • Silicon Valley Fund Invests In South African Mobile Security Firm

    Silicon Valley fund - South African security platform Entersekt allows autentication on the go. Photo: ITWeb By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:02 am

    Global investment fund Endeavor Catalyst has backed South African authentication and app security company Entersekt through a funding round that was realized in September. The Silicon Valley-based investment firm led a funding round for Entersekt amounting to around $5 million, with the investment being Endeavor Catalyst’s first ever in South Africa, where they have had an office since 2004.

  • 9 African Countries With The Fastest Mobile Internet Speeds

    These are the fastest mobile internet speeds in Africa. Photo - Techcity By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:15 am AFKI Original

    Mobile internet is incredibly important to Africans, with a high mobile penetration rate making mobile the major medium through which Africans connect to the internet. Broadband, or fixed line internet, speeds via desktop or laptop computers are constantly improving throughout the continent, but it is on mobile that some of Africa’s top speeds may surprise people, with one East African nation in particular enjoying faster average mobile internet speeds than people in the U.S.

  • Ghanaian App Connects Churches With Followers Via Smartphone

    Ghanaian entrepreneur Nana Opoku W.O. Agyeman. Photo - YouTube - connects churches By Ann Brown, 2:55 am AFKI Original

    Ghanaian entrepreneur Nana Opoku W.O. Agyeman founded Asoriba, a web-based church management application that keeps the church connected to its members throughout the week, and not only on Sundays. So far, Agyeman has signed 395 churches in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, and the U.S. He has registered 30,000 church members to Asoriba, which was named the Ghanaian startup of the year in 2015.

  • 10 Tech Companies That Are Funding Sport In Africa

    FNB continue their history of funding sport as a major sponsor of the Springboks. BusinessTech By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:40 am AFKI Original

    Africa loves sport, and the popularity of numerous top sports such as soccer, rugby and cricket has inevitably attracted tech companies that are interested in funding sport in the form of sponsorship deals to be associated with the various teams, competitions and players. Numerous global and local tech brands benefit from this, while the sports themselves require the finances provided by these deals to survive and thrive.

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