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Mastercard and M-KOPA join forces to light up homes and businesses

Mastercard and M-KOPA are to provide Africans living without electricity a simple way to light up their homes and businesses. M-KOPA, which already provides affordable, safe and clean energy to three million people in East Africa, will pilot Mastercard’s Quick Response (QR) payment technology in Uganda to extend the reach of its pioneering pay-as-you-go solar […]


Educational content to be supplied on smartphones in Africa

Orange and the National Distance Learning Centre (CNED) are to facilitate educational content on smartphones in Africa. The announcement was made during the Global Partnership for Education Summit in Dakar, Senegal. Hundreds of thousands of African students have difficulty accessing high-quality educational content. To address this, Orange is launching an offer in Africa to provide […]


Opinion: The cloud could be the strongest business weapon yet

The snowball effect of cloud computing is the increasing manner in how businesses meet their IT needs, according to Anton Jacobsz, Managing Director at African value-added distributor Networks Unlimited. “Fundamental shifts due to cloud computing are thus not only happening in IT, but also throughout business as now Capex spend moves away from traditional in-house […]


ATU and Huawei release white paper released on rural coverage in Africa

African Telecommunication Union (ATU) and Huawei have jointly released a white paper on rural coverage. It appeals to the stakeholders to improve African rural network coverage and gives conductive proposals. It is predicted that providing coverage will benefit African society and ecosystem. Connectivity has the potential to positively impact and transform rural people’s lives and […]


Gartner awards high product scores to CA Technologies

CA Technologies has received the highest product scores for both the continuous testing and API/web service testing use cases in Gartner’s Critical Capabilities for Software Test Automation  report. Gartner’s research assessed 10 software test automation tools for five uses cases – two of which CA achieved the highest score, as well as the second highest score […]


Internet of Things Innovation Centre launched at Queen’s College Lagos

Queen’s College Lagos has become the third Unity School to launch the Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation Centre, which is being powered by the Unites Cisco Networking Academy. It joined the Federal Science and Technical College (FSTC), Yaba and the Federal Government Girls’ College (FGGC), Bwari, as the three schools with centres where pupils can […]


Enterprise applications company IFS appoints Darren Roos as new CEO

Global enterprise applications company IFS has hired Darren Roos as its new Chief Executive Officer. The appointment will be effective from April 1 and follows the retirement of Alastair Sorbie. Roos is a proven enterprise software leader, with a track-record for establishing and scaling global software businesses. Most recently, he was President of SAP’s Cloud […]


Orange and OpenClassrooms to train young Africans in digital technology

Orange and OpenClassrooms are to provide digital training in Africa. Several Orange subsidiaries across the continent are already working on the launch of training centres, with online courses being provided. To rise to the challenge of the digital revolution in Africa, students and teachers need to be trained in the new technology. There are two […]


Emergence of an open solutions ethos in the digital age

As with any technological development, views towards open-source have evolved. Muggie van Staden, MD of Obsidian Systems, says that businesses need to be flexible to remain relevant and competitive. Most organisations across industry sectors have already adopted some form of open-source mentality. Whether that derives from focusing on open source technologies, or implementing new solutions […]


Red Hat announces new management portfolio innovations

Red Hat Inc, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, has announced new innovations in its management portfolio. Included is Red Hat Satellite and Red Hat CloudForms, designed to simplify ongoing infrastructure management. IT infrastructure is increasingly complex with disparate systems across physical hardware, virtualised environments, private cloud deployments and public cloud instances. The […]


Huawei Marine partners with PCCW to construct submarine cable

In a further boost for African internet connectivity, Huawei Marine has announced that it will partner with PCCW Global to construct the first submarine cable between Mauritius and Rodrigues Island. This will be Huawei’s 12th submarine cable system deployed in the African region to meet the increasing demand for internet connectivity. Located north-east of Mauritius, […]


Case Study: Prompt medical treatment could mean difference between life and death

A system from Dimension Data has helped the West Cape Government provide an ambulance service that delivers a more efficient emergency response.  The ambulance service of the Western Cape Department of Health is one of the largest ambulance services in South Africa. It serves a population of over six million and covers an area of […]


CIO Opinion: Six ingredients to a successful digital transformation journey

It can be challenging to define what digital transformation means for a business. Ahmed Yehyia, Head of IT Planning and Delivery at Safaricom, says there are six key areas to consider when starting your journey.   Digital transformation has become one of the latest buzzwords especially in the telecommunication and banking sectors. Yet, it has also […]


Velocity Group brings customers a focus on security with Check Point partnership

The Velocity Group is adding Check Point Software to a list of vendors. It means that the specialist South African ICT partner will be able to provide more than 400 mid-market customers access to a host of security solutions that specifically address changing security needs. “With its multi-level architecture approach to security, its focus on […]


IT Integration: Cquential helps Cipla save lives with intelligent warehouse system

Global pharmaceutical company Cipla manufactures more than 1,500 products, with its South African subsidiary one of the country’s market leaders in terms of value and volume. To ensure the efficient delivery of its medicines to clients around the country, it moved to a new state-of-the-art warehouse in Bellville, with long-time partner Cquential providing the intelligent […]


Joint-partnership for Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum

The Internet Society and African IXP Association are to hold the Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF). The annual event – which will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from August 21-23 – serves as a platform to expand and develop the African Internet. It connects infrastructure, service and content providers with policymakers to […]


Veeam Availability Orchestrator ensures disaster recovery compliance

Veeam Software has announced the general availability of Veeam Availability Orchestrator, the newest addition to the Veeam Availability Platform, which enables enterprises to ensure business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) compliance. Most DR failures can be tracked back to outdated and untested plans. The rapidly increasing rate of business and technology changes makes it critical […]


Form and function: Key considerations for business analytics in 2018

In a time when data has been labelled ‘the new oil’, businesses are scrambling to implement effective forward-thinking data management strategies. Neil Herbert, Director for Business Analytics at SAP Africa, says they need to start the journey toward a cloud-based world of actionable business insights. Data modellers have become indispensable assets to enterprises wishing to […]


Trackmatic proves the case for Driver-Led Visibility at Eurasiayan Supply Chain and Logistics Forum

The CEO of Trackmatic will showcase how the transportation and logistics industry can transform operations by blending people at the 2018 Eurasiayan Supply Chain and Logistics Forum. The solution, according to David Slotow, is to empower the driver and turn the person who sits behind the wheel into the solution. “Individuals and businesses expect their […]


Hubtiger app to launch to benefit cycling enthusiasts and service providers

Cycling enthusiasts and service providers will finally be able to connect with each another thanks to the hubtiger platform and app. Developed for cyclists who love their bikes, hubtiger will enhance their experience by connecting them with data, information and service providers in a user-friendly manner. “We have a long-term vision for hubtiger but initially […]