Influencing tech - Rapelang Rabana is the founder of Rekindle Learning. Photo - Lionesses of Africa
Rapelang Rabana is the founder of Rekindle Learning. Photo - Lionesses of Africa

12 South African Women Who Are Influencing Tech

By Peter Pedroncelli, 10:43 am AFKI Original

Women have always been important role-players within tech in South Africa, and now more than ever, there are numerous women who are influencing tech in positive ways. While gender diversity in the tech sector remains challenging, some women stand out as excellent role models who are making their mark on a male-dominated industry. From startup executives to tech savvy philanthropists, these women show what a passion for tech and strong leadership qualities can produce in the South African context.

Entertainment: Latest News

  • Streaming Video Company Iflix Raises $133M In Funding To Enable African Expansion

    Streaming Video Company Iflix Raises $133M In Funding To Enable African Expansion. Photo - African Business Communities By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:42 am

    Malaysian subscription streaming video service iflix, which is focused on emerging markets, has secured significant funding that will be used to facilitate the company’s African expansion plans. The Netflix competitor announced that it had attracted investments amounting to $133m in new funding round led by U.S. media giant Hearst that was successful due to significant interest from both new investors and existing shareholders.

  • 10 African Billionaires Who Can Thank Tech For Their Fortunes

    African billionaires - Egyptian Naguib Sawiris is a popular figure on Twitter. Photo: Ventures Africa By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:06 pm AFKI Original

    There are 25 African billionaires who can stake their claim among the estimated 2,043 dollar billionaires worldwide that make up the richest of the rich. A number of the African billionaires have earned some of their wealth thanks to tech and related industries, with the modern digital world contributing revenues that have helped them to grow their personal net worth to billionaire status.

  • Google Partnering With Japanese Manufacturer To Provide $40 Smartphones In Nigeria

    $40 smartphones - Mobile phone sales - Smartphone sales in Africa are expected to recover in 2018. Photo - Blerds By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:08 am

    At a Google for Nigeria event that was held last week, the American mega-company revealed that it would be working with Japanese mobile manufacturer Freetel to provide $40 smartphones for Nigerians. Google will look to launch the affordable Ice 2 smartphone in September, with their Android operating system embedded in order to provide them with an advantage in the fast-growing Nigerian mobile market.

  • Google Makes Offline Version Of YouTube Available For Nigerians With Slow Internet

    Google CEO Sundar Pichai takes a selfie with Nigerians during his visit to the country. Photo - TechDemi By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:20 am

    Google chief executive Sundar Pichai and his team visited Nigeria to unveil a selection of products designed specifically for people in the West African nation, including a YouTube version built for Nigerians with slow internet speeds. Google Street View will also be coming to Lagos, while the company has committed to extending their training to five million young Africans over the next five years, including 100,000 app developers.

  • Microsoft Appoints Former Dell Executive As Nigeria General Manager

    Nigeria general manager - Akin Banuso (right) meets with some of his new colleagues at Microsoft. Photo - LinkedIn By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:34 am

    Former Dell executive Akin Banuso has been appointed as the new Microsoft Nigeria general manager, bringing over 20 years of digital industry experience to the company. The seasoned tech professional is tasked with leading the company’s digital transformation drive in the West African nation. Nigeria represents an important market for Microsoft, as the continent’s most populous nation and one of the biggest economies in Africa.

  • 12 Popular African YouTube Personalities That Have Many Subscribers

    Nigerian YouTube personalities Ikenna Azuike is popular online. Photo: Huffington Post By Peter Pedroncelli, 9:58 am AFKI Original

    YouTube is a popular video site in Africa, and as a result, African YouTube personalities have emerged with many viewers subscribing to their channels. As internet speeds on the continent have continued to improve, YouTube has become increasingly popular and more accessible, giving rise to numerous YouTube personalities from Africa through their interesting, funny or unique video content. Here are 12 African YouTube personalities that have many subscribers.

  • Growing Number Of African Filmmakers Using Virtual Reality

    Virtual reality By Staff, 12:53 pm

    These short films, which were recently showcased at the German cultural center in Nairobi, share one trait: they are all virtual reality productions. They are stunning visual debuts from four African directors representing three countries, Ng’endo Mukii (Kenya), Selly Raby Kane (Senegal), Jonathan Dotse (Ghana), and Jim Chuchu (Kenya), respectively. Virtual reality has gained new currency in the entertainment, gaming, and even journalism industries, generating billions of dollars in revenue.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Facebook’s Africa Headquarters

    Facebook's Africa headquarters By 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.

  • Mobile Money Network Working With MallforAfrica To Enable Digital Payments

    Digital payments - MallforAfrica is an e-commerce platform that allows Africans to buy online internationally. Photo: MFA By 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

  • Ghanaian New Media Company Raises $1.1M In Quest To Become ‘BuzzFeed Of Africa’

    The founders of OMG Digital - known as the BuzzFeed of Africa. Photo - Techpoint By Peter Pedroncelli, 8:09 am

    Ghanaian new media startup OMG Digital has raised $1.1 million in seed funding that will be used to help fulfill their growing reputation as the ‘BuzzFeed of Africa’. OMG Voice, the primary website run by the group, currently operates with versions in Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya, and the new investment will go towards expanding the footprint of the brand to additional African territories. Known as the ‘BuzzFeed of Africa’ due to the company’s focus on creating content for millennials, the tech startup creates and curates listicles, pictorials, videos and memes with an African audience in mind.

More Headlines