South Africa: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:23 am
Sub-Saharan Africa is set to be the fastest growing region in the world in terms of mobile subscriptions over the current five-year period, with over half a billion mobile subscribers expected in the continent by 2020. A new research report from industry body Groupe Spéciale Mobile Association (GSMA) confirms that the African region will experience phenomenal growth from a mobile subscriptions perspective until the end of the current decade.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:28 am
Huawei, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer and ICT solutions firm, and WorldRemit, a digital money transfer business, have joined forces in the African context, allowing Huawei to offer WorldRemit’s international money transfer service to African customers. Mobile money services have gained great traction across Africa, with a large unbanked population in many parts of the continent able to transact via their mobile phones.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:42 am
South African medical tech startup Essential Medical Guidance, known simply as EMGuidance, won the South African leg of the Seedstars World competition at the end of June. EMGuidance provides a mobile app, which was launched last year, allowing doctors and medical professionals to source treatment protocols for chronic conditions and information on medication that differs from region to region, giving those in the medical profession the ability to make informed decisions.
Kurt Davis Jr., 5:25 am AFKI Original
While Donald Trump continues to dominate the headlines, the major storyline from the recent G20 meeting may be that Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel is taking charge on the global stage, and at the top of her agenda is African development. While climate change is still an important focus for the G20, there were a number of strategic initiatives that came to the forefront with regards to Africa.
Tom Jackson, 8:41 am AFKI Original
African tech hubs play a crucial role in the business development of tech startups, but many of them are struggling for sustainability. Hubs must understand the local ecosystem within which they operate, as well as the needs of their customer startups, keeping in mind that there is no one-size-fits-all approach that works perfectly for all tech hubs on the African continent.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:11 am
Four South African banks have joined the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication’s (SWIFT’s) blockchain proof of concept initiative, joining a number of major global banks in doing so. South Africa’s four traditional banking giants, Absa, FirstRand Bank, Standard Bank and Nedbank have joined the blockchain proof of concept initiative, which aims to determine whether blockchain can assist banks improve their global liquidity by reconciling their international nostro accounts in real-time.
Staff, 11:51 am
More than half of South African workers want their companies to put new technologies to work faster, so that they can be more efficient (53 percent); and they want their employers to use them and other resources more creatively (52 percent). Those are just two of the results from research by Quocirca and Coleman-Parkes on behalf of Ricoh that sought to investigate the impacts of digital disruption, economic uncertainty, regulation and governmental policies, and the skills and talent gaps.
Staff, 10:25 am
VCs and startup founders rarely pay attention to slow-moving but powerful macro global events, especially with so many fast-moving things to focus on at the micro level, like technology, teams, and trends. While VCs and startup founders often are the earliest to know about technological advances bubbling from the bottom up (while public-market hedge fund and global macro investors find out about them only later), they often are the last to know about global macro forces that may impact them.
Staff, 9:50 am
The second edition of the Global Cybersecurity Index 2017, released earlier this week by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), an agency of the United Nations, measured the commitment of ITU Member States to cyber security and highlighted a number of illustrative practices from around the world. The survey measures the commitment of countries to cyber security based on five pillars namely: legal, technical and organizational measures, capacity building and international cooperation.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:39 am AFKI Original
Technology has an important role to play in African daily life, and in fact, some mobile apps that have been created contribute to saving lives. Mobile apps are easily accessible, often free or cost-effective, and can be used on the go. Whether helping to enhance healthcare, assist with security or summon law enforcement, the mobile apps on this list have been designed specifically to deal with challenges and assist African communities with crucial elements of their lives. Here are 12 mobile apps that are saving lives in Africa.
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