U.S. software giant Microsoft has announced plans to open two new cloud data centers in South Africa, in order to provide Microsoft Cloud services for the African market from centers based on the continent. These hyperscale data centers will be built in Cape Town and Johannesburg, representing a strategic advantage for Microsoft, as they will be the only top-tier cloud provider with a data center presence in Africa. With availability of cloud services expected in 2018, the services that will be delivered via the two South African data centers will include Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365.
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Peter Pedroncelli, 5:36 am AFKI Original
African entrepreneurs continue to be the a positive influence on economies and communities across the continent, as they strive to make their businesses work and solve problems experienced by fellow Africans. Successful entrepreneurs have a great deal of wisdom to share with others, and often employ revolutionary tactics or a specific mindset in order to bring their ideas to life. Here are 12 revolutionary tactics and mindsets employed by African entrepreneurs in their own words.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:31 am
The CodeBus Africa initiative, which sees African and Finnish programmers and tech experts working together to run coding workshops for young people throughout Africa, is aimed at inspiring a new generation of coders who will create innovative tech on the continent. The CodeBus Africa project is essentially a 100-day tour through 10 countries on the African continent, with Finnish and African innovators collaborating as part of Finland’s official 100th-anniversary celebrations.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:53 am
Cape Town has been named the best business tourism destination on the African continent once again, a ranking produced by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) revealed. The Mother City is now considered the 39th best business tourism hub in the world, having improved last year’s ranking by 15 spots. In the last financial year, the city secured 33 new bids with an estimated attendance of 28,000 delegates and an estimated economic impact of around $31.7 million, while conferences over the past six years have had an estimated economic impact of more than $112 million.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:22 am
The Rwandan government’s partnership with Microsoft is benefiting efforts to roll out online education initiatives that are envisaged to become standard across the country in the next three years. The giant American multinational technology company is working with the Rwandan authorities in the pursuit of their short and long-term objectives to make Rwanda a digital learning pioneer on the African continent. By June this year, the Rwandan government is aiming to see around 50 percent of all subjects taught online.
Ann Brown, 6:12 pm AFKI Original
When Afia Bobia Amanfo thinks about Ghana, she sees a country ripe for harvesting, full of opportunities for its young population but lacking many basic necessities crucial for the success of young people. “This might not be an advantage for every business but it is a great opportunity for us as a social enterprise to make a difference in the lives of these young ones and help redefine the future of Ghana,” Amanfo told AFKInsider. Amanfo co-founded Students Hub Ghana, an online platform for mentoring young Ghanaians in education, career, tech, and entrepreneurship. A month after launch, the site has 3,000-plus followers.
Ann Brown, 1:20 pm AFKI Original
Two young women hope to unite the Sudans with a digital media model for post-conflict Sudan. Sudanese internet use is robust. Sudan ranked No. 41 out of 201 countries for internet penetration. It has more internet users than Belgium. These entrepreneurs must overcome challenges unheard-of in the west.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:36 am
The World Bank Group has committed to supporting the growth of Africa’s digital economy with the launch of XL Africa, a business acceleration initiative that will provide a raft of benefits for the 20 most promising startups in sub-Saharan Africa over the next five months. African digital entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to be mentored by various global specialists, increase their visibility on the continent and receive access to corporate partners and investors.
Staff, 1:01 am
Halima Aliko Dangote, daughter of Nigerian cement magnate Aliko Dangote, is trying to raise money in Africa to open an African art and policy institute in New York. She hoped to raise up to $5 million at a recent fundraiser in Nigeria, and said she planned similar events in Morocco and Kenya. The building that houses the Africa Center was completed several years ago but the center itself hasn’t opened yet for lack of funds.
Dana Sanchez, 4:58 pm AFKI Original
African exploration took a hit the last two years. Eni’s success shows it’s not over. Eni is Africa’s leading gas producer. With an oil sector less than 10 years old, Ghanaian companies have limited experience providing tech services to offshore operators. GE says it plans to provide training and support for the local oil and gas supply chain, and SMEs. GE’s new Ghana facility is already supporting Eni. Eni’s exploration success rate is the envy of its peers. Most of Eni’s oil finds were discovered in the last decade, mainly in Nigeria, the Congo, Ghana and Angola.
Ann Brown, 1:04 pm AFKI Original
When a coup in Madagascar sent her father into bankruptcy, 24-year-old Hanta Tiana Ranaivo Rajaonarisoa was forced to abandon her business administration studies in the U.S. She took over the family’s unused essential oil-making machine, and now supplies insect repellants to 40 pharmacies in Madagascar. Malaria is one of the country’s top 5 causes of death. Rajaonarisoa says she’s helping protect Madagascar’s amazing biodiversity — up to 90 percent of the country’s plant species are endemic — by using green waste recovery in her products.
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