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  • Rapid African Political Change May Spark Economic Revival In 2018

    political change - South Africa has reached its Mugabe moment By Kurt Davis Jr., 3:18 am AFKI Original

    Political change in Africa is rapidly happening in unexpected pockets. Observers are actively monitoring situations in certain countries, in particular South Africa, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe, with an excitement for future socio-political change that could follow these headwinds. Yet all consideration of the current political movements suggest that the imagined economic change is not necessarily an easy sequel to the political prologue.

  • Africa Tech Summit Stakeholders Want ‘Taskforce’ To Develop Talent For Africa’s Tech Scene

    Africa Tech Summit Kigali brought the continent's tech players together. Photo - Appsafrica By Tom Jackson, 1:55 am AFKI Original

    AFKInsider’s Tom Jackson attended the Africa Tech Summit in Kigali last week, and what he discovered was an understanding of the obstacles and a clear path to continuing tech growth on the continent. Concerns about connectivity, market sizes, talent, funding and scalability have not gone away, but Africa Tech Summit Kigali made its own small contribution to assembling the “taskforce” that will be needed to sustain the tech sector’s growth.

  • MTN Aims To Raise $960M With Ghana And Nigeria Stock Exchange Listing

    Ghana and Nigeria By Peter Pedroncelli, 3:53 am

    South African mobile operator MTN is set to list on the Ghana and Nigeria stock exchanges later this year, and the company is expecting to raise around $1 billion as a result. Africa’s biggest mobile phone company by subscribers will make 30 percent of its Nigerian shares available for listing on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, with 35 percent of its shares made available to investors in Ghana.

  • Cyril Ramaphosa To Set Up Digital Commission, Allocate Spectrum

    Cyril Ramaphosa By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:35 am

    South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has explained the importance of technology for the country in his state of the nation speech, mentioning efforts he will be undertaking in order to promote tech as a means for building the South African economy. The interim president said he would be establishing a commission to focus on enabling South Africa to benefit from opportunities presented by rapid advances in information and communications technology.

  • GeoPoll Extends Research Services In Southern Africa With Botswana Launch

    African languages - Mobile survey platform, GeoPoll has extended its presence in Africa to Botswana. By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:06 am

    American-headquartered mobile survey platform, GeoPoll has extended its presence in Southern Africa with a launch of operations in Botswana. The company was already working in South Africa, and now adds the country’s southern neighbor to its list of African countries in which it conducts custom research studies. GeoPoll is the world’s largest mobile survey platform, thanks to a network of 200 million users in Africa and Asia.

  • Scientists Use DNA Analysis And Radiocarbon Dating To Combat Ivory Trafficking

    Scientists Use DNA Analysis And Radiocarbon Dating To Combat Ivory Trafficking By Peter Pedroncelli, 3:50 am

    Scientists are using DNA analysis of ivory samples confiscated from the U.S. retail market to help reduce elephant poaching. Two teams of scientists will use radiocarbon dating to determine when each elephant was killed and DNA analyses to locate where it came from in Africa. Determining the location and year an elephant that produced a tusk was killed establishes if the ivory being sold is legal.

  • Why Africa Must Get Better At Defending Against Cybercrime

    Cybercrime - Anonymous Africa launches cyber attack against SABC over censorship. Photo - TVwithThinus By Tom Jackson, 2:52 am AFKI Original

    South Africa has one of the world’s highest rates of cybercrime, with 8.8 million people falling victim in 2016, according to online security company Norton. In West Africa, research released by Trend Micro Incorporated in collaboration with INTERPOL found scams targeting individuals and businesses have grown exponentially since 2013. Nigeria is especially affected, with cybercrime costing its economy $500 million each year.

  • 10 Award-Winning African Tech Startups

    African fintech startups - Peer selected startups in the 2017 Village Capital Fintech Africa program, PiggybankNG and Olivine Technologies. Photo - Village Capital By Peter Pedroncelli, 9:38 am AFKI Original

    The quality of African tech startups has never been as high as it is now, and as a result many of these tech firms have won awards for their innovations or excellent ideas. These award-winning startups are examples to others in the African tech ecosystem and serve as motivation for those who are looking to gain popularity or attract investment. Here are 10 award-winning African tech startups worth taking note of.

  • DotAfrica Ends Internet Domain’s Continental Roadshow Across The Continent

    Continental roadshow - The DotAfrica flag reaches the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. Photo - Twitter By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:13 am

    The continental roadshow to create awareness of the new DotAfrica top-level internet domain has come to an end after passing through numerous African countries. The promotional campaign, which began early in the new year, started off in Botwana and passed through a number of African countries in order to spread the word about DotAfrica and encourage adoption of the geographic domain. On 22 January roadshow team and flag successfully reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

  • Record-Breaking 2017 Closes Gap Between Impact And Return-Driven Investing In Africa

    record-breaking - agri-tech company - Investor That Backed Uber And Airbnb Invests In New York and Nairobi-based Agri-Tech Company. Photo: africarenewal By Tom Jackson, 3:33 am

    African startups had a record-breaking 2017 when it came to fundraising, securing a total of $195 million, according to the recently released Disrupt Africa African Tech Startups Funding Report. The gap between “impact” and “non-impact” – that is to say firms that are solely focused on deriving the biggest possible return on investment is diminishing as impact funds move towards more sustainable investments.

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