South Africa: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:27 am AFKI Original
Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Facebook’s Africa headquarters was recently custom-built and launched, with the social media mega-company now building a larger presence on the ground in Africa. From a mothers’ room to numerous meeting rooms and a stunning balcony that overlooks the city, a glimpse of Facebook’s Africa offices makes one wish that their company would offer the same awesome facilities. We take a look at 12 things you didn’t know about Facebook’s Africa headquarters.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:27 am
South Africa’s First National Bank has taken the decision to make their mobile app zero-rated across all mobile networks in the country, following discussions with all of the major service providers. This means that users can use the mobile app without using their data, enjoying free app services while on the major networks of Vodacom, MTN and Cell C. The bank already offers free access to its mobile app to all First National Bank Connect customers, and free WiFi is available in most of the bank’s branches for customers to download the app.
Ann Brown, 5:46 pm AFKI Original
At age 18, Knight Ganje knew he wanted to be a businessman. When a friend invited him to visit Botswana he persuaded his mother to let him go. Once there he started taking odd jobs such as painting to survive until a local entrepreneur decided to mentor him, and the rest is history. Fast-forward 11 years and high school dropout Ganje is at the head of H&G Advertising Group, Botswana’s biggest ad agency with a turnover of $38 million annually and clients that include Unilever, Emirates, Coca-Cola, and Samsung.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:54 am
Africa has experienced a major growth of new mobile subscriptions during the first quarter of 2017, with nine million Africans signing up for new services during that time. Out of 107 million new mobile subscriptions that were added globally, nine million were from Africa with three million of those from Nigeria alone, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility report. In terms of the total mobile subscriptions globally, Africa now has 985 million, more than the total amount of subscriptions in Western Europe (520 million) and the Middle East (415 million) combined.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:49 am
Global B2B cross-border mobile payments network, TransferTo, is working with African e-commerce platform, MallforAfrica, to offer digital payments that give online shoppers in Africa access to over 200 major e-retailers across Europe and the U.S. Founded in 2011, MallforAfrica enables Africans to purchase products from numerous international online retailers through their e-commerce platform. There are over 277 million registered mobile money accounts in Africa, far more than the number of open bank accounts, giving mobile money the potential to be a primary enabler of e-commerce payments in Africa
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:39 am AFKI Original
Africans ascribe value to various tech brands that they use and love, with international businesses working hard to earn the trust and loyalty of the average African consumer. A growing middle class on the African continent is savvy and aware of what brands can offer them in terms of improving their lifestyle. Many of these brands have earned the respect and loyalty of African consumers, with BrandAfrica ranking them in terms of the most valued brands from an African perspective. We take a look at 12 of the most valuable global tech brands according to Africans.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:54 am
Naspers, Africa’s biggest company by market value, is set to approach American and British investors to discuss a bond issue in an effort to continue the expansion of their online businesses and interests through more acquisitions. Cape Town-based Naspers is a global internet and entertainment group that has built a reputation as one of the largest technology investors in the world. It owns stakes in numerous international companies including Multichoice, ShowMax, Mail.ru, Flipkart, PayU, Konga, Takealot.com, OLX and Chinese investment holding company Tencent, giving Naspers a market value of around $90 billion.
Staff, 8:47 am
The world’s first commercial drone delivery service operates from a hill in the middle of Rwanda. From here, Zipline, a San Francisco-based robotics company, delivers blood by drone to almost half of all Rwanda’s blood transfusion centers. Orders are made online, by text, phone, or WhatsApp. An order has come in for a hospital about two hours away by car. The drone delivers the package in 20 minutes. “To have a proven model here first in Rwanda is amazing,” says Maggie Jim, Zipline.
Staff, 8:32 am
Epicor customer event highlighted how local businesses can use technology trends and strategies to become regionally and globally competitive. Driven by significant growth in smartphone adoption, Africa is poised to become the skills pool for the world. Underpinned by innovation solutions derived from trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and data analytics, the continent has become an attractive target for international investment. This is according to Arthur Goldstuck, World Wide Worx.
Staff, 10:43 am
Africa is known as the motherland, the birth of mankind, where it all began. Yet for many years it has also been called the “dark continent” due to the rate of development of many countries. This perception is changing quickly, with hundreds of tech hubs, who are creating cutting-edge technology products and services, popping up all over the continent, making the rest of the world take notice. A tech hub is an area of IT landscape by which people come together and breed innovations.
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