South Africa: Latest News
Staff, 8:31 am
eBay opened up its U.S. platform to Africa through its partnership with MallforAfrica.com. Americans can now buy products on eBay from select vendors in six African countries, starting with merchandise in fashion, art, jewelry, and clothing. MallforAfrica selects the sellers and handles payments. DHL is the shipping. Online shoppers can browse the entire collection on eBay’s Mall for Africa Store. The new online channel expands an existing relationship between the two e-commerce companies.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:05 am
Facebook plans to roll out its Developer Circles initiative in four cities across South Africa, which serves to allow members to interact and learn about developing on the social media platform. The free community-driven initiative will now be available to developers in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria. Developer Circles members meet up on a regular basis to discuss projects that they are working on and assist each other in solving problems.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:02 am
Google’s emerging markets startup accelerator, Launchpad, has expanded to seven additional African countries from the original three eligible for the program since May of this year. This means that growth stage startups in Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Morocco, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Uganda can now apply to be part of the accelerator program. Previously the only three African countries considered for applications were South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:25 am AFKI Original
There are a number of ways in which drone technology is positively impacting industries in Africa, with numerous sectors benefiting from the advantages that drone tech provides. Previously associated with warfare and destruction, drones of all shapes and sizes are now being developed to tackle everyday issues and empower communities across the continent. From agriculture to safety in shark-infested waters, drones have found their place in a modern African context.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:50 am
South Africa and Russia have reportedly signed a cybersecurity cooperation agreement that will see the two BRICS nations working closer together in an effort to strengthen their defenses against cyber threats. The deal was officially signed at the BRICS summit in Xiamen, with high level diplomats from both countries, Sergey Lavrov of Russia and Maite Nkoana-Mashsbane of South Africa, putting pen to paper on the agreement.
Peter Pedroncelli, 1:03 pm AFKI Original
Mobile operators in sub-Saharan Africa have a unique set of challenges that they face in the region, but if they manage to overcome these obstacles, success awaits. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many mobile operators who have dominated their markets, from Vodacom in South Africa to Safaricom in Kenya, but that dominance has not come easy. Now a fresh set of issues stand in the way of further success on the continent.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:24 am
South African IT firm Datatec has completed the sale of U.S. subsidiary Westcon-Comstor’s operations in North America and Latin America, as well as 10 percent of Westcon-Comstor to Fortune 500 company SYNNEX. The deal could be worth up to $830 million, with $630 million paid in cash and up to $200 million payable as a cash earn-out, subject to Westcon Americas meeting pre-approved gross profit performance targets.
Staff, 7:35 am
Feastfox, an eating out App from Cape Town, revealed that it successfully closed its Angel fundraising round, raising $175,000 primarily from Silicon Valley-based Angels and VC firms. Feastfox focuses on spontaneous eating out with its “book now, eat now” concept. Co-founder Stuart Murless explains “by raising Angel funding from California venture capital firms and Angel investors, we proved that it is possible to get early-stage, Silicon Valley financing for a mobile startup in South Africa.”
Staff, 5:29 pm
The World Bank has chosen the 20 startups that will take part in its XL Africa accelerator program, which offers participants help in securing up to US$1.5 million in early stage capital. Disrupt Africa reported on the launch of XL Africa, which will offer startups access to a tailormade curriculum and the chance to receive mentoring from global and local experts. After more than 900 applications were received, the program organizers have now selected the 20 African tech startups to take part.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:01 am
Safaricom, the world’s biggest mobile money operator, is set to launch an e-commerce platform in October that will be focused on supporting and enabling small businesses to sell their products online. The aim of Masoko, as the e-commerce platform will be called, will be to give small and micro businesses access to markets that they would otherwise be unable to reach with their products.
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