The news last month from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) regarding sub-Saharan African growth has investors breathing a sigh of relief. The IMF expects sub-Saharan Africa to grow by 3.4 percent in 2018, up from the 2.6 percent in 2017. Some countries in particular are forecast to enjoy incredible growth in the region of 8 percent, with West and East Africa in particular looking attractive for investors.
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Tom Jackson, 1:13 pm AFKI Original
Investing in Africa is about to change, with artificial intelligence set to play a crucial role in evolving the sector once and for all. A South African startup plans to invest in a diversified portfolio of domestic and international assets, using machine-learning algorithms to make investment decisions. The process allows the company to discover hidden patterns in big data, which can then be exploited to forecast returns.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:56 am
New data technology company 4Sight Holdings made their debut on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) this week. Tech company 4Sight Holdings officially listed on the JSE’s Alternative Exchange (AltX) on Thursday, 19 October 2017. This is the first new tech listing on the South African bourse in almost three years. The last IT-related tech listing on the South African exchange was services sector company Cartrack in December 2014.
Peter Pedroncelli, 1:15 am AFKI Original
The shortlist of finalists for the Appsafrica.com Innovation Awards 2017 was recently announced, with a number of apps considered in the fintech and m-commerce categories. The awards celebrate the best in mobile and tech ventures from across Africa, with various categories included to recognize mobile apps that impact numerous industries and sectors. The annual awards attracted over 300 submissions from across 31 countries, with the winners announced at the awards party in Cape Town on Nov. 6.
Kurt Davis Jr., 6:40 pm AFKI Original
Africa’s two biggest economies will have an election in 2019 with many observers and investors speculating on the side-effects of the political process on both economies, especially if fallout comes about before or after the process takes its due course. Perhaps Kenya’s current and past presidential election experiences can serve as a lesson for those two African powerhouse nations, in order for negative outcomes to be mitigated.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:42 am
South Africa’s largest mobile carrier, Vodacom, is set to undergo a massive rebranding of the company in an effort to open up additional business opportunities with regards to an increasingly digital future. The update in branding is a global effort, with parent company Vodafone leading the change with a new logo (pictured below) and tag line which states: “The Future Is Exciting, Ready?”. The new logo enables 2D visualisation, with 34 countries set to experience the change.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:44 am
In the confusion and concern surrounding the potential for hyperinflation to heavily affect Zimbabwe, bitcoin has become a viable and popular means of transacting with regards to big ticket items, driving the price of the cryptocurrency on the local exchange. The price of bitcoin on Zimbabwe’s exchange, BitcoinFundi, was trading at a 85 percent premium at $7,200 per bitcoin on Wednesday.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:19 am
South African bitcoin wallet and exchange, Luno, has expanded into Europe while attracting an additional investment of $9 million in a recent round of funding. Luno announced that it was expanding its service offering to cater for an additional 35 markets in Europe, bringing its total number of territories to 40. The bitcoin exchange enjoyed a successful Series B funding round led by London-based venture capital firm Balderton Capital.
Kurt Davis Jr., 9:47 am AFKI Original
The re-election of the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), and a brave decision by Jose Eduardo dos Santos to step down should be celebrated, but with this development comes a list of opportunities and challenges. The stepping down of President dos Santos should not be understated for its rarity in the context of politics in other sub-Saharan African countries.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:15 am
The Johannesburg Stock Exchange is set to welcome a new tech listing in October, with data technology company 4Sight Holdings joining the South African bourse next month. The development represents the first new tech listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in almost three years, with 4Sight Holdings listing on the JSE’s Alternative Exchange – AltX. The last JSE tech listing was Cartrack in 2014.
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.
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