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AfricaCom20: Sigital disruption equals digital democracy

CAPE TOWN – ACKNOWLEDGING the role financial technology is playing in redefining financial boundaries and opportunity, AfricaCom 2017 has added a specific track focusing on Africa’s financial digital fluency. A host of talks, presentations, case studies and prospects around fintech and e-commerce will debut at the event scheduled for November 7-9 in Cape Town. Tom Cuthell, Portfolio Director of AfricaCom organiser ...

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Botswana shifts focus to digital skills development

JOHANNESBURG – THE government of Botswana and SAP have partnered to empower pupils and teachers nationwide in preparation for Africa Code Week (ACW) 2017, scheduled for October. This past weekend, SAP ACW returned to Gaborone’s Bontleng Primary School to provide coding training to 80 local teachers and 100 pupils. Identified by the Ministry of Basic Education in the South-East region, the ...

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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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Africa Code Week launches in Ghana

ACCRA – SOME 150 000 young Ghanaians and 800 teachers are to benefit from a continent-wide initiative to foster digital literacy and equip Africa’s rising generation with job-relevant digital skills. The 2017 edition of Africa Code Week (ACW) arrived in Ghana this week with a series of Train-The-Trainer (TTT) workshops in the West African country. Jointly organized by SAP, Dreamoval and ...

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Digital disruption driving force behind 4th industrial revolution

from SAVIOUS KWINIKA in Sun City, South Africa SUN CITY – THE meteoric rise in connectivity, spearheaded by the internet of things (IoT) and digitisation, is set to revolutionise the face of manufacturing, energy, transportation, agriculture and healthcare, among crucial sectors in the next decade. This has been the prevailing theme at the Saphila 2017, this year’s edition of the ...

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EXCLUSIVE: Africa must brace for takeover by machines

from SAVIOUS KWINIKA, recently in Orlando, Florida, USA ORLANDO – AFRICAN governments, besieged by spiraling protests over inept service delivery, have been urged to embrace technology to improve governance systems and ensure the burgeoning youth population has the requisite skills to compete in an increasingly digital world. Analysts meeting at a key summit in the United States of America, said in ...

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Econet Media partners MTN Ghana on video content streaming

ACCRA – MTN Ghana has partnered with Econet Media’s Kwese TV to deliver video content to Ghanaian consumers. The latter is Africa’s newest multi-platform Pay TV network. Leveraging MTN’s superfast 4G LTE network, subscribers will be able to experience Kwesé TV’s premium entertainment and sports content seamlessly on their mobile devices. MTN Ghana subscribers will be able to stream Kwesé TV ...

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Embrace technology or collapse, SAP tells Kenya firms

NAIROBI – AFRICAN companies, particularly those in Kenya, have been urged to embrace the digital revolution to enhance their growth and avoid losing relevance in the increasingly competitive environment. Systems, Applications and Products (SAP) officials warned by failing to adopt appropriate technologies, companies risked being pushed out of the global value chain, with undesirable consequences. Simon Carpenter, Chief Technology Advisor for ...

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Not-to-be-missed Saphila returns to Sun City

by SAVIOUS KWINIKA JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – HUNDREDS of partners of German multinational software corporation,SAP, will converge in Sun City, South Africa in June for Saphila, the African SAP User Group (AFSUG) has announced. Touted as “ICT’s don’t-miss conference of 2017”, Saphila 2017 creates a platform for SAP users to connect, create and collaborate, through sharing knowledge about innovation, implementation ...

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Modified Skills for Africa returns to Francophone region

JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE second Francophone Africa leg of the internationally-recognised skills development and job creation initiative by global enterprise application software firm, SAP, has started in Morocco. Kicking off with the student orientation in the central Ben Guerir, it emphasises a strong case for case for diversity as female participation strongly increases. To drive SAP Africa’s vision for ...

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