Africa

SAP and Germany partner to digitise Africa

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JOHANNESBURG – SYSTEMS Applications Products (SAP) Africa has partnered with the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in programme to explore how new technologies and innovative solutions will determine the future for Africa. The “Digital Africa” partnership sees digitisation as pivotal to development and growth. Through the scheme, BMZ is joining forces with the private sector to support the ...

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Historic Africa Code Week launched

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CAPE TOWN – MORE than 20 000 children and young adults across the African continent are set to participate at the inaugural Africa Code Week that is scheduled to go live in October. SAP Africa, the mobile enterprise software firm, has announced the launch of the scheme that will entail the participation of youngsters from South Africa, Angola, Cameroon, Egypt, ...

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Tshwane WiFi an SA game-changer

Wi-fi

PRETORIA – A free WiFi project that has successfully taken root in Tshwane (Pretoria) is seen setting the pattern for social impact bonds in South Africa. Social impact bonds are a form of innovative funding that gives service providers, including nonprofit organisations, access to upfront resources to tackle social problems by tapping private funding to cover the upfront costs of ...

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EXCLUSIVE: Rwanda’s first ICT publication takes off

His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda

by PHYLLIS BIRORI RWANDA’S first Information Communication Technology (ICT) online news publication has taken off. ItNewsRwanda, the new online publication is set to be officially launched in July, with the country’s President, His Excellence Paul Kagame, and Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, expected to commission it. An official from ItNews Rwanda, said preparations are at an advanced ...

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Electronic payments industry set to converge in Lagos

Mobile payments

LAGOS -PREPARATIONS for a key meeting of stakeholders in the mobile payments industry in the continent, which is scheduled for Lagos, are at an advanced stage. Intermarc Consulting Limited will host the event under the auspices of the 15th edition of CARDEXPO AFRICA 2015 Conference and Exhibition with special focus on Card, Mobile, Identification and Payment. The event will hold ...

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SAP begins preparations for Africa Code Week

Africa Code Week

JOHANNESBURG – SYSTEMS Applications Products (SAP) Africa, the software firm, has commenced preparations for the inaugural Africa Code Week scheduled for October. Ahead of the event, the company brought together South African legends and celebrities to participate in the Celebrity Charity Software Coding Challenge held in Johannesburg. The personalities were drawn from beauty and fashion, sports, music, travel and tourism, ...

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Inside the Tech Revolution That Could Be Rwanda’s Future

The land of a thousand hills. Seeking to raise its high-tech profile, the tiny country of Rwanda is looking to make a mark in the international high-tech ICT community. Rwanda emerged from the 1994 genocide that killed about 800,000 people with a severely impaired society, a traumatized populace and an economy in dire straits. Back then President Paul Kagame's new government confronted enormous challenges at every turn: millions of refugees and displaced people to be resettled, genocide victims awaiting justice and an economy that needed restarting. Fast forward to 2015. There is much evidence that thoughtful policies are transforming an agrarian society into a sophisticated knowledge-based economy and instilling a sense of national identity and unity in Rwandans. CREDIT: Cassandra Giraldo for the International Women's Media Foundation.

Twenty-one years ago Tuesday, a genocide began in Rwanda that would claim as many as 1 million lives over the next 100 days. Today, the small East African nation has progressed remarkably from a history plagued with corruption, ethnic divisions and underdevelopment. Under President Paul Kagame, who some credit for helping end the 1994 genocide, Rwanda has taken a number ...

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Twenty years after the genocide, Rwanda looks to a high-tech future.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame is known as the "Digital President."

Almost 20 years have passed since the 1994 Rwandan genocide, when politicians, doctors, miners, merchants, and farmers killed about 800,000 of their fellow politicians, doctors, miners, merchants, and farmers in the East African nation of just 12 million. To this day, the 100-day horror remains one of the most appallingly efficient cases of systematic murder in modern history, and Rwanda, ...

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CAJ, Al Jazeera ink major news distribution partnership

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JOHANNESBURG – CENTRE for African Journalists (CAJ) News Africa, the Pan-African premier news service agency, has announced a major distribution partnership with Al Jazeera, one of the industry’s most esteemed news providers through African Media Agency (AMA) CAJ News Africa, with presence in 18 African countries, signed the historic agreement with African Media Agency (AMA), the latter signing on behalf of ...

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