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  • 10 Worst Performing Tech Stocks On The Johannesburg Stock Exchange

    tech stocks By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:14 am AFKI Original

    The bigger they are, the harder they fall. Ten tech stocks did poorly on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange over the course of the year which ended on June 30, and investors linked to those particular companies will be disappointed with the performances of their stocks during that period. While big names such as Vodacom and Naspers grew their valuations on the JSE, the likes of Telkom and Blue Label Telecoms lost value over the period.

  • Africa Slowly Responding To Need For Dedicated Skills In The Fintech Space

    Institutions in Africa are now offering programs that teach fintech skills. Photo - Student Brands - Fintech space By Tom Jackson, 1:52 am AFKI Original

    Finding skilled workers is a major barrier to the development of Africa’s fintech space, which is catering to a large unbanked African population through mobile and other avenues, but the market is slowly responding. The University of Cape Town recently became the first university in Africa to offer a specialized fintech degree, and other ed-tech and related startups have come to the party in an effort to fill the fintech skills gap.

  • What I Learned From Starbucks, Java House And Sugarpie Cupcakes About Franchises In East Africa

    The Java House coffee chain in Kenya. Photo - Onelongpeel East Africa By Kurt Davis Jr., 1:20 am AFKI Original

    The Starbucks model is interesting for investors and customers within the East African context. There are other local examples of similar concepts working, such as Sugerpie Cupcakes in Kenya. Premium product for premium price at low cost is a winner in the region, but making it work is not as simple as observers may imagine, and there are numerous reasons why a premium franchise such as Starbucks may struggle to work in East Africa.

  • 9 Best Performing Tech Stocks On The Johannesburg Stock Exchange

    opportunity for investors as African firms divest in 2016 By Peter Pedroncelli, 3:47 am AFKI Original

    The Johannesburg Stock Exchange has seen a mixed bag of success and failure for tech stocks over the last year, with some companies managing to provide positive returns for investors while others fell out of favor and lost value. Nine tech stocks in particular did well over the course of the year. While big names such as MTN, Telkom and Blue Label Telecoms lost value over the period, tech stocks such as Vodacom and Naspers grew their valuations on the JSE.

  • 12 African Countries With The Fastest Broadband Speeds

    Fastest broadband speeds - Internet speeds are increasing across Africa. Photo - QZ By Peter Pedroncelli, 7:59 am AFKI Original

    In business terms, countries with the fastest broadband speeds have a distinct advantage over others, and this is especially true for Africa. The research took into account 189 countries, including most African nations ranking them from first to last with regards to average speeds that users experience in those countries. Singapore ranks as the world’s fastest country with speeds of 55.13Mbps, while Yemen is in last place in the ranking at an average speed of only 0.34Mbps.

  • Tunisia, Kenya And Egypt On The Right Track In Bid To Reignite Tourism

    Reignite tourism - Tourism was affected in Tunisia after terrorist attacks. Photo - Travel + Leisure By Kurt Davis Jr., 5:02 am AFKI Original

    Political angst and turmoil combined with terrorism has slashed tourism in numerous countries across the world, including on the African continent, and countries are desperate to reignite tourism after the damage dwindling numbers have caused. But Tunisia, Kenya, and Egypt are now overcoming the issues that have plagued their countries in an effort to see tourism numbers return, and early signs are good. Much still needs to be done, but these three nations are on the right track.

  • 12 South African Women Who Are Influencing Tech

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

  • Namibian Cosmetic Manufacturing Firm Aiming To Be A Global Success

    Sandra Mwiihangele created Kiyomisandz, a cosmetic manufacturing company in Namibia. (Photo: Sandra Mwiihangele) By Ann Brown, 3:09 am AFKI Original

    Sandra Mwiihangele has a great passion for cosmetics and entrepreneurship, leading her to create Kiyomisandz, a cosmetic manufacturing company in Namibia. The 29-year-old businesswoman has been successful, but she remains ambitious. Mwiihangele wants Kiyomisandz to grow into a respected African business and international brand that can compete with the likes of L’Oréal, Revlon, and The Body Shop.

  • Opinion: Rwanda Is East Africa’s New Tech Development Star, Kenya Falling Behind

    Rwanda has been recognized for its tech development efforts. Photo - The New Times By Tom Jackson, 10:49 am AFKI Original

    While both Kenya and Rwanda admit to the importance of tech development in spurring economic success, the countries have two different approaches. Kenya’s tech development has stalled, mostly on President Kenyatta’s watch, and the government needs to match its rhetoric with action if it is to get it going again. In contrast, Rwanda is earning a reputation as a test kitchen for startups, and a recent report placed the country first in government success in ICT promotion.

  • 10 Innovative Startups Selected To Participate In The 2017 Barclays Accelerator Program

    Fintech startups - Announcing the Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars Cape Town Class of 2017. Photo - Techstars By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:38 am AFKI Original

    The Barclays Accelerator Program, powered by small and medium business empowerment organization Techstars, is a startup program of networking, mentoring and development at Rise, Barclays Africa Group’s fintech innovation hub. Selected from a large group of applicants from 50 countries, Barclays will work closely with 10 chosen startups to explore promising new technology-based solutions that can benefit the financial services industry and their customers.

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