Movers & Shakers

Rwanda to host continental #innovationsummit

An instructor shows students how to go about their exercise during the launch of the inaugural Robotics Camp Rwanda in Kigali. Photo by Sam Ngendahimana.

Rwanda will host this year’s edition of the ‘Innovation Prize for Africa’, an annual Pan-African event. According to the event’s organisers, this will be the 7th edition of the prestigious Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) and will be aimed at showcasing African ingenuity as well as recognising and connecting African innovators and entrepreneurs. In a press statement, organisers indicated that ...

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The COO dilemma: digitising the supply chain in an exponential world

by MEHMOOD KHAN, Chief Operating Officer at SAP Africa JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 30th January 2018, –/African Press Association (APA) / – CHIEF operating officers (COOs) and supply chain management are feeling the brunt of a accelerating business environment further complicated by increasing customer demands for efficiency, personalisation, and convenience. Slow manual processes based on inconsistent information across functional areas ...

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Introducing the SAP Leonardo Digital Innovation System

by SIMON CARPENTER, Chief Technology Adviser at SAP Africa JOHANNESBURG – “TALENT hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.” – Arthur Schopenhauer. 1788 – 1860 THROUGHOUT human history, genius has always risen above the herd to change the way we see things and how we live in the world; Plato, Newton, Einstein, ...

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MTN Rwanda redefines mobile internet

by PHYLLIS BIRORI KIGALI – MTN Rwanda has announced the introduction of Internet Irekure, a tailored internet prepaid pack. The mobile network provider said the move redefines mobile internet. The Irekure concept for voice calls which was launched in June was introduced to give customers a balance of choice, affordability and flexibility when calling on the MTN network. The offer ...

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Zimbabwe first lady sets social media ablaze

JOHANNESBURG – SOCIAL media in South Africa and beyond is abuzz as controversy trails Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe, who is accused of assaulting a South African beauty queen. She (Grace Mugabe) has caused a cyber-storm and diplomatic unease following the confrontation with 20-year model, Gabriella Engels in Sandton, Johannesburg. President Robert Mugabe’s temperamental wife dominated platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, ...

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SAP completes expansion to Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN – THE market leader in enterprise management software, Systems Applications Products (SAP), has strengthened its position in West Africa with the expansion to Ivory Coast. An office has been opened in the commercial capital Abidjan. SAP Sub-Saharan Africa Director, Jean Alain-Konan, said SAP aimed to empower people at the heart of business operations with technological solutions for trade. “We ...

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Internet of things shakes African oil & gas sector

Oil exploration using technology

by SAVIOUS KWINIKA JOHANNESBURG – A technology expert has encouraged oil and gas companies in the continent to make the most of the proliferation of software to overcome the upheavals afflicting the sector. Falling crude oil prices have put immense strain on the entire oil value chain, while the increasing availability and affordability of renewable energy sources means oil and gas ...

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Integrated mobility concept planned for Rwanda

Volkswagen

KIGALI – IN another step to develop market potential in Africa, Volkswagen is set to establish an environmentally compatible local vehicle production facility in Uganda. It will be set up in the capital city Kigali to cover vehicle demand for the integrated mobility concept. Francis Gatare, Director of the Rwanda Development Board, and Thomas Schäfer, Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Group ...

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Telcos drive Mobile Money growth

Rwanda Mobile money

by PHYLLIS BIRORI  TELECOMMUNICATIONS operators in the continent are seen recognising how interoperability is necessary to reap the full benefits of Mobile Money. This is according to WorldRemit, the international money transfer agency. The observation follows the launch of Mobile Money transfers between Rwanda and Uganda by MTN. “International remittances via Mobile Money are growing both in Africa and globally,” ...

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