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Staff, 3:21 pm
South Africa has produced many exceptional, and famous, tech entrepreneurs, like Mark Shuttleworth, Vinny Lingham, and Elon Musk. The entrepreneurial spirit in SA’s tech space remains strong, despite the political and economic challenges in the country. While most media coverage focuses on Internet companies aiming to be the next unicorn, the country has many companies doing exceptional work. Below are nine of South Africa’s small-to-medium-sized tech companies that are doing great work.
Staff, 3:10 pm
Security has long been a major concern at wildlife reserves in Africa, where rhino and elephant populations have been decimated by poachers in recent years. But a park in Rwanda is betting on a new networking technology to change that. Rwanda’s Akagera National Park recently launched a new system that allows park rangers to monitor animals, visitors, and equipment in real-time. Developed by ShadowView and Internet of Life, the “smart park” system is based on a Long Range Wide-Area Network.
Staff, 7:45 am
Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, attended a demonstration of how technology can be applied in agriculture to stimulate jobs. The event took place at the head office of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, Elsenburg, and was led by its research division. Winde, who has made innovation across the economy a top priority, explained how technology could accelerate change in this sector: “We’ve seen across Africa how technology can help us leapfrog other economies.”
Staff, 6:23 pm
Africa’s broadcast media and technology expo aims to introduce South Africans to broadcast and audio-visual technology trends–these are the sentiments of Media Tech Africa Marketing Manager, Catri Dixon. Dixon says Media Tech Africa has been running for the past nine years. “With more than 140 exhibitors and 12 000 plus visitors expected this year, it is clear that South Africa is the entry point for international companies wanting to showcase and sell their products in the African continent.”
Staff, 5:11 pm
Applications are open for the AppsAfrica.com Innovation Awards. The Awards celebrate the best in mobile and tech from across Africa supported by Mobile Monday South Africa and Mobile Ecosystem Forum. The third edition will take place on November 6th in Cape Town, and winners will get international recognition and publicity across multiple channels, networking with 300+ industry peers and a host of other benefits. Applications are welcome across 12 categories from mobile or technology ventures.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:52 am
Chinese e-commerce tycoon Jack Ma has been impressed with his two-day visit to Kenya, and the Alibaba founder admits that he will be considering making investments in the country. Asia’s richest man traveled to the country on his first visit to Africa, along with a delegation of China’s richest billionaires. He was thoroughly impressed by the calibre of entrepreneur that he came across in Kenya, while the broadband infrastructure and speeds also surprised the e-commerce tycoon, so much so, that he is considering investing in the country.
Tom Jackson, 6:55 pm AFKI Original
Africa as a continent must do better with regards to cybersecurity. With cybercrime on the increase globally, and recent major attacks such as WannaCry, more must be done to secure cyberspace in the continent that has been especially poor at doing so. According to the recent 2017 Global Cybersecurity Index, only two countries on the continent – Mauritius and Egypt – are in the leading stage of demonstrating high commitment to cybersecurity.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:17 pm AFKI Original
Cyber attacks are more prevalent these days, and it is important for countries to have a strategy to defend against these kinds of online attacks. Africa is no different, and strategies and organizations need to be in place in order to defend against hackers looking to penetrate key systems or networks that need to remain secure for the public good. Some African countries have considered this threat, and are fairly well-prepared to defend against such attacks.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:27 am
Three African innovators have been awarded prizes for the impressive innovations that they have conceived and brought to life, as part of the Innovation Prize for Africa 2017. Aly El-Shafei of Egypt was selected as the grand prize winner, with Philippa Ngaju Makobore of Uganda securing the second prize, and Dougbeh-Chris Nyan of Liberia winning the special prize for social impact. The three winners saw their efforts in creating healthcare and energy efficiency-related solutions acknowledged, with prize-money rewarding their hard work and ingenuity.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:14 am
SA telecommunications giant Vodacom’s minority shareholders voted in favor of plans to acquire a majority share in Kenya’s largest company, Safaricom. The shareholders voted at the telecoms company’s annual general meeting, with 99.59 percent voting in support of the resolution, while only 0.40 percent were against the acquisition. In May Vodacom proposed the purchase of a 34.94 percent indirect stake set to be bought from the Kenyan government.
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