Vodacom Mpumalanga Region has become the first network provider in that province to switch on first live 5G mobile network in Mbombela Municipality, with other municipal districts in the pipeline.
Pfizer and BioNTech partner with Biovac to manufacture and distribute COVID-19 vaccine doses within Africa
Pfizer and BioNTech expect that Biovac’s Cape Town facility will be incorporated into the vaccine supply chain by the end of 2021.
Knight Frank expands into Commercial Property Market in South Africa with Rennie Property partnership
Global real estate adviser Knight Frank has partnered with Rennie Property, one of South Africa’s most prominent and trusted commercial property specialists.
South African consumers are heading online in greater numbers as the e-commerce shopping experience increasingly offers more choice and convenience than can be found at traditional big-brand, brick-and-mortar retailers.
[Column] Mthokozisi Maphumulo: Business insurance policies to rescue business amid the recent unrest and looting in South Africa
The recent events of unrest and looting of shops in South Africa, particularly in KZN and Gauteng have certainly been worrying for business owners.
Standard Bank Group (SBG), is proposing to buy 100% of Liberty Holdings and to integrate Liberty more closely into the greater group.
In a world where cybercrime remains rife and is only fuelled by aspects like the pandemic, there is never a moment one should not consider the implications of a cyberattack, warn Kaspersky researchers.
The trading of DRA Global’s shares commenced on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), giving South African investors an opportunity to invest in the diversified global engineering, project, and operations management company.
South Africa is stepping up investment for its wildlife and biodiversity sectors from a grant of $8.9 million from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
Construction giant migrates cloud back to South Africa for flexibility to run, manage and scale without latency or access concerns
From artificial intelligence (AI) to machine learning (ML) to robot process automation (RPA), deep learning, and the Internet of Things (IoT), emergent technologies are shaping the worlds of work, business, and public sector development.
A business which gives out virtual cash in exchange for rubbish, a start-up that converts faecal sludge into fuel briquettes, and an enterprise which offers smart metering solutions for solar mini-grids, have won the SEED Awards
In line with its commitment to investing in and amplifying African music, Audiomack has teamed up with entertainment provider, Ziiki Media, to propel the craft of artistes across Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Africa through marketing campaigns.
The new facility comes as part of Trina Solar’s commitment to further increase its footprint and presence in Africa to cater to the rapidly growing demand for solar energy in generating power for residential, commercial and industrial needs, in addition to farming and agriculture.
Leading global marketing measurement, AppsFlyer, has launched a report with Google that reveals a booming African mobile app market, propelled by a growing fintech space.
DP World has announced an offer to acquire Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Imperial Logistics, an integrated logistics and market access company with operations mainly across the African continent and in Europe.
Omnisient, a secure data collaboration platform, has achieved its second raise this year totalling USD1.4 million.
[South Africa] Nedbank and AWS re/Start programme empowers unemployed youth to embark on careers in cloud computing
South Africa's Nedbank has joined forces with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide free cloud computing skills development and job training to unemployed youth through the AWS re/Start programme.
AfDB scoping study identifies opportunities for private sector participation in Africa’s climate agenda
A recently published African Development Bank scoping study on implementing NDCs in Africa recommends that development financial institutions and other investors focus on high-impact, high-growth potential start-ups that can drive climate-related innovation.
The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) kicked off its annual global Innovating Justice Challenge in search of the region’s best justice-related social entrepreneurs in March this year.
To extend its international footprint, Vodacom Business Africa has taken a step into Brazil, thereby increasing its fixed-connectivity coverage to five continents across the globe.
Sasol and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa(IDC), concluded a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) to jointly develop and shape an enabling environment to advance South Africa’s green hydrogen economy.
Dublin’s digital hub will play a supporting role in Africa’s maturation process until Johannesburg is equipped to take on the local challenges and unique offerings that ultimately yield innovative, scalable solutions.
Opera is launching Hype Clubs, public and interest-based group chats in Hype, the new chat service built into the Opera Mini web browser. Hype is currently available and quickly gaining popularity in Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Zambia, Nigeria and other English-speaking African countries.
South African born Avatar Cape Town, a subsidiary of the Avatar Agency Group , triumphed in a TECNO global pitch by demonstrating its mantra of ideas that move people against international network agencies in the Europe and APAC.
The KPMG Private Enterprise Global Tech Innovator Africa competition came to a close this week and saw South African fintech startup Ukheshe, take second place.
Qatar Petroleum has entered into agreements with TotalEnergies to acquire working interests in three offshore exploration blocks in South Africa.
Digital transformation alongside automation enablers like artificial intelligence (AI) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA), coupled with the responsible utilisation of data assets will be determining business success factors over the next five years
IFC, Proparco, DEG and DFC announced a joint financing package for Aspen Pharmacare, a pharmaceutical company in South Africa that is playing a major role producing COVID-19 treatment therapies and vaccines.
Branded deliveries through Picup, a crowdsource delivery and tech company, is now possible. The innovative last mile delivery company has introduced a unique concept where its drivers become the face of any specific brand.
National Aviation Services and Colossal Africa acquire South African ground handling company BidAir Services
Following the acquisition, BidAir Services becomes NAS Colossal Aviation Services and is part of NAS, the largest airport services network in Africa.
[South Africa] SITA delivers tailored internet connectivity to passengers onboard Corsair's new fleet of Airbus A330 aircraft
French long-haul airline Corsair is offering members of its loyalty program, Le Club Corsair, flying aboard the airline’s new Airbus A330neo fleet, a highly personalized internet connectivity package, thanks to SITA’s Internet ONAIR
The ACE submarine cable is now live and available for interconnection at three of Teraco’s data centres across South Africa, expanding access to broadband connectivity and digital services in Africa.
Vodacom unveiled VodaPay 'Super App' to be a game changer for driving financial inclusion and economic growth in South Africa.
Social media adoption helps small and medium-sized businesses power Africa’s economic growth, report
A study conducted by Genesis Analytics in eight African countries - Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, the DRC, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Mauritius, and Kenya - reveals that social media platforms help accelerate economic growth and opportunity across the continent.
Minim, Inc. the creator of innovative internet access products, has announced that Vox has chosen its AI-driven cloud software platform, mobile app, and customer care portal to underpin the Vox Wi-Fi Home Manager.
In partnership with Digital Parks Africa, a provider of wholesale data centres for large-scale data centre needs, Vodacom Business can further support clients’ off-premise data centre requirements while offering the highest IT standards and services.
Ryan Mer, Managing Director, eftsure Africa, a Know Your Payee™ platform provider says gaps in organisations’ payment systems not only pose massive financial and reputational risks, but can have serious legal implications as well.
Two things define development in business – speed to market and demand for quality. Unfortunately, these two targets rarely move in tandem, and rarely agree with one another.
Vodacom partners with W&RSETA and Tertiary Institutions to create 500 internship opportunities for unemployed graduates
Vodacom has formed a partnership with the Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA) and eight institutions of higher learning to provide 500 post-graduate training and internship opportunities for young graduates, who face the grim prospect of unemployment.
Eutelsat Communications and Vox, an end-to-end integrated ICT and infrastructure provider and telecommunications company, have reached a multi-year distribution agreement to extend high-speed network connectivity to South Africa.
South Africa's crowdsource delivery tech startup Picup has introduced a premium service aimed at businesses that require drivers to represent their brand.
The Cancel Fossil Fuels movement is currently being led by the International Energy Agency, which recently declared that all oil and gas exploration must cease immediately in order to achieve compliance with the Paris climate accords – and save the world from the mythical fires of hell on Earth.
[Africa Tech Review] Duncan Mochama: MTN is investing $1.5 billion to expand broadband access across Nigeria
MTN announced plans to invest 640 billion naira, approximately US$1.5 billion, over the next three years to expand broadband access across the continent’s most populous country.
Routed Managing Director, Andrew Cruise, explains: “Ultimately no-one ever takes a pure route and even pure public cloud does not exist.
Investment by South African companies has topped $100 million at Tatu City. The 5,000-acre Special Economic Zone – located 30 minutes from central Nairobi – represents one of the largest concentrations of South African foreign direct investment in Kenya and East Africa.
JSE to become 100% owner of JSE Investor Services, expands services to include share plan administration services
The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), has embarked on a process to incorporate JSE Investor Services Proprietary (JIS), as a wholly owned subsidiary of the JSE by acquiring the minority shareholding of 25.15 % from LMS Partner Holdings.
Shares in Thungela Resources, a South African thermal coal exporter, commenced trading on the commodity counter of the Main Board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), announced grant funding for a feasibility study to support Dark Fibre Africa efforts to expand reliable and affordable internet access and digital services to underserved populations in South Africa.
CDC Group, UK’s development finance institution and impact investor, announced a $50 million project finance direct debt investment to ACWA Power’s Redstone Concentrated Solar Power Project (Redstone) in South Africa.
South Africa’s Fuel management and payment solutions specialists Payment24 have launched a new module in their comprehensive solutions suite, bringing contactless, cardless and secure fuel payments to market.
Sasol announced that the Competition Tribunal approved its sale of 16 air separation units (ASUs) to Air Liquide, concluding the final outstanding suspensive condition from the agreement.
[South Africa] Vodacom Financial Services announces Business Cash Advance to assist SMMEs with short-term cash flows
Vodacom Financial Services has announced its latest lending product, VodaLend | Business Cash Advance, which provides finance to smaller unregistered businesses in need of quick access to short-term cash advances.
An unprecedented ability to connect, collaborate and work from anywhere. Enterprise-level connectivity and equipment at home. New work spaces, automated systems and cognizant buildings at the office.
In the digital world, marketers need to understand the power of content and redesign their strategies to include voice, video, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to continue reaching consumers.
A concerning number of South African companies are not prepared for the inevitability of a cyberattack despite the significant financial and reputational risks, according to Ryan Mer, Managing Director, eftsure Africa.
Liquid Intelligent Technologies South Africa unveils Innovation and Digital Skills Centre to boost ICT skills
The IDSC will serve as a technology hub where learners and entrepreneurs can equip themselves with the latest and most relevant digital skills.
Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA), and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), announced the conclusion of two loan facility agreements totaling R5.5 billion for the implementation of Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.
As COVID-19 cases in Africa rise for the third week running and vaccines are increasingly scarce, 47 of Africa’s 54 countries nearly 90%, are set to miss the September target of vaccinating 10% of their people unless Africa receives 225 million more doses.
To ensure work-from-home teams have the data required to access business-critical applications, Vodacom Business has introduced Business Tickets, a first-to-market innovation offered exclusively to Vodacom Business clients.
Herotel has announced that it has implemented a cutting-edge segment routing (SR) network from NEC XON. It intends having migrated all fibre customers by the end of 2021,
Africa Energy Corp., an oil and gas company with exploration assets offshore South Africa and Namibia, announced that the joint venture partners on Block 11B/12B offshore South Africa are assessing the feasibility of an early production system.
Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa are top drivers of eCommerce volumes in Sub-Saharan Africa, Visa research
A recent Visa report has shown that the top market contributors to eCommerce in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) over the last 3 years were South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya, with Ghana also showing growth, having replaced Kenya in the top three contributors in 2020.
Opera has announced the launch of its dedicated chat service Hype, built into the Opera Mini mobile web browser, in South Africa.
South African Reserve Bank imposes administrative sanctions on Authorised Dealer in foreign exchange with limited authority
The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has imposed administrative sanctions on Master Currency (Pty) Limited, an Authorised Dealer in foreign exchange with limited authority (ADLA).
Telkom has launched Africa's first Mastercard virtual card for use on WhatsApp, enabling Telkom Pay customers to make e-commerce payments.
GE releases position paper on accelerating South Africa’s energy transition with gas power and renewables
As South Africa is addressing climate change as an urgent priority with strong commitments on policy and regulation, General Electric, GE, has shared its position that the accelerated and strategic deployment of both renewable energy and gas power can make substantial progress in combating climate change.
[Column] Marilyn Moodley: A digitised supply chain has become a necessity for building business efficiency
Cloud technology is driving change and accelerating digital transformation across multiple industries simultaneously.
[Column] Tsheko Ratsheko: Environmental stewardship and the mining sector – powering a greener future
Responsible environmental stewardship is about protecting and preserving natural resources for the greater good of all our stakeholders.
With an international footprint that serves people in more than 140 markets, Organon’s mission is to deliver impactful medicines and solutions for healthcare issues facing women in Sub-Saharan Africa.
With cyber identified as an extreme concern for local CEOs, a spotlight must be placed on cybersecurity frameworks, says Kaspersky
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to accelerate digital transformation in organizations globally, recent research by PwC has highlighted that CEOs are concerned about the impact of growing cyberthreats.
The region has accelerated its deep rural network investment to cover remote areas of the province that had no mobile network connectivity.
With load shedding back and disrupting day to day life, compounded by consumers feeling the 15% increase on their electricity bill, alternative sources of energy are starting to look more attractive to South Africans.
Samsung has launched a new ‘Door to Door’ service in South Africa to offer customers a convenient, hassle-free smartphone repair service.
Scatec has been awarded Preferred Bidder status on three projects totaling 150MW (3x50MW) of Contracted Capacity, by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy in South Africa.
Black South African retail investors will now get the opportunity to invest in the world’s largest beer producer, AB InBev, following the listing of SAB Zenzele Kabili on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange’s (JSE) Empowerment Segment.
The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), announced that the NewFunds Reitway Global Property Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) has listed on the JSE Main Board.
[South Africa] MTN partners with Ozow to enable customers purchase data, airtime directly via whatsApp
MTN South Africa has partnered with instant EFT solution provider Ozow to allow customers to purchase data and airtime through WhatsApp.
[South Africa] Founders Factory Africa partners with Small Foundation to champion digitization of agriculture
FFA and Small Foundation will support over 18 agtech startups from across sub-Saharan Africa with their ideas and ventures to address challenges across the entire agricultural value chain.
South Africa and US-based biotech startup LifeQ secured $47 million in Series A funding from One Bio Venture Studio, a Cape Town-based VC and several other investors.
Since it was first established in 2017, AURA’s vision has been to create an environment that recognises safety is so much more than a basic need – a right rather than a privilege.
[South Africa] SARB commences feasibility study for general-purpose retail central bank digital currency
The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has embarked on a study to investigate the feasibility, desirability and appropriateness of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) as electronic legal tender, for general-purpose retail use, complementary to cash.
[South Africa] Afrimat acquires Gravenhage manganese mining right to further strengthen diversification
Afrimat, an open-pit mining Company providing industrial minerals, commodities, and construction materials, announced the acquisition of the Gravenhage manganese mining right and associated assets in the Northern Cape, South Africa.
HP launches Innovation and Digital Education Academy to equip South African educators with digital tools
The newly launched program offers educators in the country the opportunity to create digital capabilities based on educational frameworks from leading global universities.
The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) has released a Green Paper on the advancement of new energy vehicles in South Africa as part of a series of policy papers accompanying the 2021 Budget Vote for the Department.
The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) announced the listing of CoreShares Total World Stock Feeder Exchange Traded Fund (ETF), giving South African investors exposure to large, mid, and small-cap stocks across developed and emerging markets.
Regulatory technology or regtech is starting to play a crucial role in ensuring digital transformation projects are not only successful, but fully compliant too.
South Africa’s leading telco Telkom has launched full international roaming services for its prepaid and top-up customers. The service includes full access to voice, SMS, and data.
Coal mining company Seriti Resources confirms that all conditions precedent to its acquisition of South32 SA Coal Holdings Proprietary Limited (SAEC) have been fulfilled, and the sale is expected to be completed on 1 June 2021.
[Column] Amina Ali: South Africa should urgently move on gas monetization to solve its energy problems
As Southern Africa’s leading economy, South Africa should evaluate the development of gas-to-power projects to address climate change, increase its power generating capacity, and stop load shedding.
CSG has announced a multi-year extension to its long-standing relationship with MTN South Africa, the largest mobile network operator in Africa.
South African fintech startup Ukheshe Technologies has announced that it will be expanding its footprint into the Asia-Pacific region as it introduces innovative digital-first payment solutions.
Agriculture is a pivotal industry. It is not only crucial in providing food security worldwide, but it's also the main source of jobs and livelihoods on our continent.
CSG announced a multi-year extension to its long-standing relationship with MTN South Africa, which includes migrating MTN’s enterprise and consumer customers to a new end-state systems architecture that will drive future growth and enable rapid delivery of innovative products and services.
The opening of the Kazungula Bridge, linking Botswana and Zambia over the Zambezi River, means travelers no longer need to rely on pontoon boats to cross at this location.
Impact Oil & Gas announced the completion of the farm-in transaction between its wholly-owned subsidiary, Impact Africa and Silver Wave Energy for the acquisition of a 90% working interest and operatorship of Area 2, offshore South Africa.
The consumer industry is in a state of constant disruption. Along with advances in technology, more informed and sceptical consumers are holding business to higher standards
As part of its global expansion strategy, Cybersecurity firm J2 has announced that it has appointed Roy Alves as its national sales manager.
Linda Weaver has been appointed Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Africa Communications Media Group (ACG), the African-owned, pan-African firm handling communications and reputation management for global clients in the African context.
DGB chose the SAP Sales Cloud Retail Execution (ReX) solution and worked with implementation partner Consnet to design and introduce the solution into the business.