Ericsson invites students to register for the Innovation Awards 2018

Ericsson invites students to register for the Innovation Awards 2018

Girish Johar, Head of Human Resources within Ericsson Region Middle East and Africa.

Ericsson has recently announced that it’s 2018 Ericsson Innovation Awards competition is now open for entry until November 15th, 2017, for students worldwide. This year’s theme is “The Future of Truth: How will we find, validate and share truth in the age of ICT?” Those that submit their entries will have a chance to win a trip to Stockholm, an expert Ericsson mentorship, and a €25,000 grand prize.

Girish Johar, Head of Human Resources within Ericsson Region Middle East and Africa commented: ”At Ericsson, we believe in the …read more

World Energy Council Ranks Sustainability Leaders, Does your Country Rank?

Which country is leading the way in sustainable energy

he World Energy Council has released its Energy Trilemma Index.

The tool ,produced in partnership with Oliver Wyman, ranks countries on their ability to provide sustainable energy through 3 dimensions: Energy security, Energy equity (accessibility and affordability), Environmental sustainability.

The ranking measures overall performance in achieving a sustainable mix of policies and the balance score highlights how well a country manages the trade-offs of the Trilemma with “A” being the best.

Balancing the three goals constitutes a ‘dilemma’ and is the basis for a secure, affordable and environmentally sustainable energy system.

The latest findings shows a …read more

Kenya's National Bank upgrades mobile banking services with NatMobile

Kenya: National Bank upgrades mobile banking services

Kenya: National Bank upgrades mobile banking services.

The National Bank of Kenya has announced that it will upgrade its mobile banking services. According to the bank, the upgrade includes new services with improved safety as the lender seeks to grow new revenue streams through digital avenues.

The NatMobile app allows customers to make payments such as school fees, National Hospital Insurance Fund contributions, utility bills and gives them access to credit card statements. It also provides additional widgets such as a currency converter and a loan calculator.

Wilfred Musau, National Bank, managing director said, “With this app, we can more easily offer our …read more

Travel Season is Back: Discover South Africa withTthese Great Travel Apps

Discover South Africa with these great Travel apps

Apps to help you get across SA.

South Africa is world renowned for have a diversity and beauty in landscapes that can not be matched by any other country in the world, from the famous natural landscapes, to the “dorps” and cities that are full of interesting discoveries. For many South Africans their ideal holiday is in Europe or other famous destinations they do however not realise the beauty that is available at their own door steps at the fraction of the price.

If you’re on the road looking for travel attractions and adventures, these Android apps recommended by Alcatel will help …read more

South Africa: Drone company raises $499,000 in funding

South Africa: Drone company raises $499,000 in funding

South Africa: Drone company raises $499,000 in funding. (image: JacarandaFM)

A Cape Town-based drone operator, UAV Industries, announced on Tuesday 24 October that the company has raised ZAR6.84 million (US$499,000) in funding from Glenheim Venture Capital Company, in what was the first direct investment made by Glenheim’s Section 12J fund.

The company, which was launched three years ago, offers drone training and leasing services, and according to UAV Industries the company has seen a 300 percent year-on-year growth off the back of a multi-million Rand turnover.

According to a report by Disrupt Africa, the investment from Glenheim’s fund, which was launched at …read more

Whats Hot @ AfricaCom 2017?!

AfricaCom 2017: Whats free to do at AfricaCom

Whats free to do at AfricaCom 2017.

The 20th AfricaCom conference in Cape Town on 7-9 November 2017 will be tackling the hottest topics for 2017, including IoT, Big Data, FinTech, digital health, sustainable power solutions, digital education and much more. While the conference is predominately aimed at C-suite executives, AfricaCom’s exhibition halls (two of them this year), provide a host of free content that attracts a broad array of citizens, many of whom are looking to connect with like-minded companies and individuals and get a glimpse of what the next ‘big thing’ will be – digitally speaking.

By registering for …read more

Gates Foundation, Calestous Juma Bet on Huge Progress in African Agriculture

Jan 22, 2015

Coinciding with the conclusion of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, Bill and Melinda Gates talk about their “big bets” for the next 15 years in their Annual Letter this year. Among the questions they ask: How do we feed Africa, and ultimately the world? Their big bet is that Africa will feed itself and will be on the way to helping feed the world by 2030.

Calestous Juma, who heads the Belfer Center’s Agricultural Innovation in Africa project, supported by the Gates Foundation, agrees with the Gates’ bet. In his 2011 book The New Harvest: …read more

Local Start-ups Hold the Key to Transforming Africa's Seed Industry

Sep 2, 2015

“The seed industry in sub-Saharan Africa is informal in nature, with approximately 80% of farmers saving and replanting seeds from year to year. This gives them security of access. But improved varieties — including high-yielding and hybrid crops — will increase productivity and income. To get these seeds into the hands of farmers, a better marketing and distribution system is needed. Local small and medium-sized seed enterprises have a comparative advantage in reaching this underserved market due to their size and market reach.”

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