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How SA's 'junk' status impacts your startup

April began with ratings agencies Standard and Poor's (S&P) and Fitch downgrading South Africa's sovereign credit rating to “junk” status, meaning both existing and new funds borrowed by South Africa will become more expensive. But what impact will this have on the country's startups?

By Tom Jackson 1 day ago

Got a great idea for a Cape Town tech startup? Help is here
Got a great idea for a Cape Town tech startup? Help is here

Applications are open to the Telkom FutureMakers InnoTech programme, seeking Cape Town-based budding entrepreneurs in need of help to get their tech startup ideas off the ground.

By Gabriella Mulligan 1 day ago

Startupbootcamp Cape Town calls for applications
Startupbootcamp Cape Town calls for applications

Startupbootcamp (SBC) will be launching its new accelerator programme in Cape Town. Startups from around the world are invited to apply now to be part of the intense three-month programme.

2 days ago

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Mastercard introduces biometric shopping card

Mastercard has launched a biometric card that uses fingerprints to enable purchases, revealing that it had been piloting the card, a global first for the company, in SA.

21 Apr 2017

Mobile penetration in Africa reaches 80%
Mobile penetration in Africa reaches 80%

LAGOS, Nigeria -There are 960 million mobile subscriptions across Africa - an 80% penetration rate among the continent's population. Internet penetration is at 18% with 216 million internet users, according to the latest Jumia mobile trend report for Africa.

21 Apr 2017

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Water scarcity and smart technology solutions

There is a sense of relief following the recent downpour in Cape Town and many hope it marks the beginning of the much needed wet winter the city is known for. Following heavy rains in the rest of the country, Cape Town is patiently awaiting its turn. The question is not only whether these anticipated rains will come, but whether it will be enough to relieve the current water crisis the city is facing? According to the World Resources Institute (WRI), South Africa is predicted to continue experiencing high levels of water stress.

By Laura Caetano 21 Apr 2017

Barclays Accelerator reveals 2017 Africa programme participants
Barclays Accelerator reveals 2017 Africa programme participants

Last night, Thursday, 20 April 2017, saw the announcement of the top 10 companies selected for the Barclays Accelerator 2017 Africa programme.

21 Apr 2017

Google Earth re-invented for new era
Google Earth re-invented for new era

SAN FRANCISCO, US: Google on Tuesday launched a re-imagined version of its free Earth mapping service, weaving in storytelling and artificial intelligence and freeing it from apps.

21 Apr 2017

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Uber: No deal breakers for doing business in sub-Saharan Africa

Transportation network company Uber had to tweak its developed-country business practices to align with the local realities in African countries such as South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.

By Jaco Maritz 21 Apr 2017

Nominations open for SA's most inspiring women in tech
Nominations open for SA's most inspiring women in tech

The Kingdom of the Netherlands launched Inspiring Fifty South Africa with an open call for nominations for “Inspiring South African Women” working in the different spheres of technology and innovation. Deadline for nominations is 24 June 2017.

20 Apr 2017

Banks need to be inquisitive to successfully ride the digital wave
Banks need to be inquisitive to successfully ride the digital wave

New technology, the demographic shift, unstructured data, digital labour, cyber security, digital identity and the sheer speed of change are the disruptors and enablers that customers and banks face today.

20 Apr 2017

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Lagos is Africa's most valuable startup ecosystem

Lagos has the most valuable startup ecosystem in Africa, with the local entrepreneurship scene worth US$2 billion, according to a new report.

By Tom Jackson 20 Apr 2017

Google Search Console: tips and tricks for digital specialists
Google Search Console: tips and tricks for digital specialists

Whenever I interview a candidate for an SEO position, I have to ask; when last did you use Google Search Console? I would like to hear “Yesterday”, but at the very least during that week. For an SEO Specialist, Search Console (SC), formerly known as Google Webmaster Tools, plays an important role in our everyday lives.

By Aidan Blundell, Issued by Dentsu Aegis Network 19 Apr 2017