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5 Hot South African Startups That Raised Capital in Junk Economy

In a first six months of 2017 that saw the South Africa’s sovereign credit rating downgraded to BB+ from BBB grade, pushing the rating of the economy to junk status local startups are not doing bad at all. It is shaping up to be a...

Why Should South Africa’s Telkom List on the JSE its Real Estate Worth Billions?

Telkom has one of South Africa’s biggest real-estate portfolio that started being acquired under the brutal, apartheid state machinery South Africa’s Telkom should just start a process to become a real estate landlord and float its property portfolio on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. This will create...

Know your business rivals: Why MTN is recruiting bankers as executives

Under its durable chairman MTN has quietly wormed its way back into the hearts of critics. Now the South African-based mobile phone behemoth cannot be ignored. By Gugu Lourie A few months ago, Phuthuma Nhleko came back to the helm of the troubled firm as...

The Connected Things: SA’s Battle to Deliver Internet of Things Solutions

internet of things with smartphone on city background
by Gugu Lourie The stage to do battle for a connected user is being laid by tech firms - Comsol, Sigfox and Vula Telematix - in a lucrative race to connect homes, farmers, doctors, patients, cars, utilities, and other everyday devices such as fridges and...

MTN versus Vodacom – Who is the Biggest Provider of Mobile Money in Africa?

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The battle for control of the bank accounts of African consumers through mobile money – essentially the use of mobile phones to access financial services – is about to get competitive. The mobile money industry has now reached a major milestone: more than half a...

Smart Contracts – Smart or Dumb?

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by Pat McConnell Consider, for a moment, these two statements from the “Ultimate Guide to Understanding Blockchain Smart Contracts” on a well known Blockchain website: 1) Traditional Contracts “Traditional physical contracts, such as those created by legal professionals today, contain legal language on a vast amounts of printed...

Is Vodacom a ‘breeding ground’ for CEOs in South Africa?

On the same day former Vodacom executive, Rob Shuter, presented his maiden financial results for his present employer MTN,  Treasury named Vodacom's Vuyani Jarana as the new CEO of South African Airways. Jarana is the latest Vodacom executive to land a plum job at another...

Can SA’s MTN be “Ignited” to Find its Winning Streak Again?

Phuthuma Nhleko
By Gugu Lourie It’s been a rough ride for MTN - Africa and the Middle East's biggest mobile phone operator. When the telco was hit with a $5.2 billion (R71 billion) fine in October 2015 by the Nigerian Communications Commission, the country’s communications watchdog: it seemed...

Why do Black Women Still Struggle to Access Scientific Careers?

It’s often self-doubt and gender stereotyping that holds girls back from pursuing science careers. Reuters/Corinne Dufka
by Nox Makunga Children’s ideas about what their gender means for their intellectual capacity are formed before they have even turned six. One idea that’s particularly pervasive and dangerous is that, only boys are good at maths and science. Popular media only exacerbates the problem. Research has...

Is Yolanda Cuba being prepared to succeed Vodacom’s Shameel Joosub?

Yolanda Cuba
When a young and talented executive of a local firm is appointed to head up a subsidiary of the global parent company, tongues are bound to wag. By Gugu Lourie  The appointment of Yolanda Cuba, 39, as the new CEO of Vodafone Ghana is not...