South Africa: Latest News
Kurt Davis Jr., 8:02 am AFKI Original
The economies of sub-Saharan Africa have felt the pain of 2015 and 2016, and African currencies have experienced volatility as a result. The year 2017 has been a partial year of recovery or adjustment, but there remain a selection of African economies that continue to experience issues with their currencies as a reflection of the problems that are affecting them at home. Here we take a look at four prime examples.
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.
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.
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.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:36 am
African e-commerce platform MallforAfrica and global market leader eBay have announced a development that builds on their existing partnership to enable the sale of African handmade goods into the U.S.. MallforAfrica and eBay will now provide Africans in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, and Rwanda with a new platform to sell their unique artisan products into the U.S.
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.
Staff, 9:05 am
Law firm Baker McKenzie has released its latest quarterly Cross-border M&A Index, showing a massive drop in the number of inbound M&A deals across Africa and South Africa – but there’s a positive spin for the SA tech sector. According to the report, there were 17 inbound M&A deals in Africa in the second quarter of 2017 – a 48 percent drop from 33 deals in Q2 2016. The deal value for inbound deals amounted to $780 million, decreasing by 83% year-on-year and 88% on a quarter-by-quarter basis.
Staff, 8:52 am
The picture isn’t rosy. Of the STEM disciplines, tech is the only one where the participation of women has actually decreased in the last 20 years.This is due to many reasons, not the least of which is the underestimation of the entrepreneurship potential of women. She Leads Africa, a community that helps young African women achieve their professional dreams, in partnership with beauty brand, Dark & Lovely Africa, has just opened applications for the 2017 Dark & Lovely x SLA Beauty Accelerator.
Staff, 8:18 am
The IT industry is in a position to change the roles of women in the workplace and society–as new technology-enabled learning, employment, and business opportunities emerge in the digital era. We’re seeing a number of important tech trends converging: from high-speed mobile networks, to low-cost smartphones, publicly-available e-learning tools and powerful Cloud-enabled software. Today, one’s location becomes less important, as women in rural areas gain more opportunities to empower themselves.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:22 am
The University of Cape Town in South Africa has become the first tertiary education institution in Africa to offer a specialized fintech degree, which will be available through the university from January 2018. The degree has been designed to provide students with the necessary skills and practical knowledge to acquire or further a career within the modern financial services sector, which is currently experiencing unprecedented growth.
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