Supermarket flash mob honours the late Nelson Mandela

In the spirit of togetherness that the late, great freedom fighter was celebrated for, a flash mob organised by the Soweto Gospel Choir convened in a sleepy Woolworths supermarket in Johannesburg to honour Nelson Mandela with a touching song of remembrance. The hauntingly beautiful serenade involved members of the Soweto Gospel Choir posing as supermarket …

African Facebook users in 2013 – social networking hot spots on the continent and some scary stats

A recently released map of Facebook usage across Africa provides a snapshot of who’s making the most of the network.  There aren’t many surprises but interesting global usage comparisons are being made, especially here at home. Egypt takes first place as the largest Facebook-using country in Africa, with 13,010 580 users it is ranked twentieth worldwide, …

First National Bank takes tech seriously in a bid to beat the competition

Major South African bank, First National Bank (FNB) is leading the home-grown technology race with a successful App, a prominent on-line presence and  cashless dotFNB branches. Farren Roper, Head of FNB Connect ISP and Business Operations spoke to News24 about the company’s aggressive approach to on-line and how they are changing the face of South African …

‘SliceBiz’ Crowdfunder app wins Apps4Africa prize

The saying ‘Alive with possibility’ is thrown around quite a bit on South African shores and there are other variations of this elsewhere on the continent.  Africa is undoubtedly proving to be the next frontier for investment and entrepreneurship of all kinds.  It’s a small wonder then that a Crowdfunding app won the annual ‘Apps4Africa’ cash prize. The $10,000 prize, sponsored …

HP’s ‘Classroom in a box’ internet containers hit South African shores

If you enjoyed our article titled “Education in an information age: homegrown challenges and possibilities”, posted last July, you will remember us brainstorming different ways in which the (dismally failing) South African educational system could be assisted by the smart use of technology for remote and under-resourced schools.  Well, HP’s ‘Out of the box’ educational …

Alive with possibility – Sub-Saharan Africa leads mobile market growth

Sub-Saharan Africa is a region on a mission to play catch up with the developing world, providing progressive technologies and life-enhancing services to its people.  The ever-increasing demand for mobile services has created an average growth rate of 44% over the past eleven years and with new technologies becoming available every day, there’s little chance …