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The explosive effect of ZunguZ on online shopping

“We have been overwhelmed with the requests from some of the largest banks in the world, as well as most of the South African prominent banks, to leverage our platform to deliver their services. This works really well for us, as ZunguZ is not a bank, does not provide bank services and never touches the money.” Says Robert Sussman; co-founder of the social money transfer service for Facebook.

For the unenlightened, ZunuguZ is a multi-tiered platform that is deeply integrated into…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on July 18, 2012 at 10:19am — No Comments

Tech giant makes great strides towards total empowerment

The Integr8 Group, South Africa’s largest privately owned ICT managed services provider, has been officially accredited with Level 4 B-BBEE (Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment) status, is regarded as a ‘Value Adding Supplier’ and is on track to achieve Level 3 recognition.

In July the company received confirmation of its status from the National Empowerment Rating Agency (NERA), a South African National Accreditation System (SANAS)-accredited verification agency, after having…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on July 18, 2012 at 10:15am — No Comments

Empowered by technology, SMEs can now go toe-to-toe with big business

There was a time when small-to-medium sized organisations had to make do with whatever they had to even stand a chance of survival. Not too long ago, the issue of technology procurement and application in SMEs or SMBs was shrouded in frustration and difficulty.

Decision makers who knew what ICT they wanted, but could not afford to source and implement it. Those who had the technology but required advice or guidance, received little in the way of meaningful support. Technical issues…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on July 17, 2012 at 8:23am — No Comments

Intel acquires stake in local firm

Global micro-chip maker Intel Corporation has acquired an equity stake in Ghana’s Rancard Solutions, following the injection of capital into the operations of one of the country’s fledgling technology firms, B&FT has gathered.

Actors in the deal have remained tight-lipped about terms of the deal, which also involves Adlevo Capital.

Intel, which closed the…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on July 16, 2012 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Bonitas marks 30th year with virtual journey

Syncrony, a national provider of Web design and content management services, has matched the demand for immediate, powerful online presence stride-for-stride by helping to manage its client’s online Comrades experience.

The Bonitas Medical Fund, a major sponsor of the Comrades Marathon 2012, used its participation at the event to celebrate its 30th anniversary and take customers and partners on an online journey in the form of The Bonitas Comrades Experience.

Syncrony was…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on July 11, 2012 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Lower oil prices - Not a good sign!

Are lower oil prices good news? Not really, if it means the world is sinking into recession.

We know from recent past experience and from common sense that higher oil prices are a drag on oil importing economies, since if more $$$ are spent on the same amount of oil, there is less to spend on discretionary goods and services. In addition, oil money sent to…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on July 11, 2012 at 9:42am — No Comments

Africa Oil discovers additional pay section in lower portion of Ngamia well

Africa Oil Corp. provide the following update on the Company's exploration activities in Kenya and Ethiopia.

The Ngamia-1 wildcat well in Kenya Block 10BB has now been drilled to a total depth of 2,340 meters, has made a significant light oil discovery and is now being suspended for future flow testing. In addition to the greater than 100 meters of net light oil pay in the Upper Lokhone Sand section previously reported, the well encountered an additional 43 meters of potential oil…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on July 11, 2012 at 9:28am — No Comments

PHILIPS Drives Growth In Africa

Philips Electronics is currently undertaking its third pan-African Cairo to Cape Town road show (from 14th May to 16th August, 2012) to raise awareness on how healthcare and lighting solutions can enhance life in Africa.

The road show is visiting Ghana for the first time and will make a stop in Accra from 12th - 15th June 2012.

Philips has been active in Africa for over a…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on July 11, 2012 at 8:59am — No Comments

Sumsung opens ultra-modern store in Accra

Sumsung Electronics Company Limited, a global leader in digital media and convergence technologies, has opened “Mobile Flagship Store” to bring the products closer to customers in Accra.

The flagship store is an ultra-modern phone store where you can experience and buy authentic Samsung Mobile devices and tablets.

The store, which is located at Osu, is one of the only three Samsung flagship…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on July 11, 2012 at 8:10am — No Comments

Christmas arrives early with Accsys’ discounted tuition offer

‘Tis not quite the season yet, but management at Accsys is encouraging the market to be jolly with its offer of a 10% discount to all registered attendees for the next Payroll Administration course starting in September.

The Accsys National Diploma in Payroll Administration qualification is approved by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and is accredited by the Services Seta (Sector Education and Training Authority).

It is a formal qualification that is…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on July 11, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

GLO captures 2 percent market share

New entrant into the telecommunications market, Glo Mobile now has 2% of the total market share.

That’s according to latest figures from the National Communication Authority as at May, 2012.

MTN had a marginal decrease but maintained its position as the market leader with a subscriber base of almost 11 million representing 47% of the total…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on July 10, 2012 at 11:34am — No Comments

3G fighting fit within the local communications arena

High growth within mobile and wireless solution development and application is fuelling the relevance and impact of third-generation or 3G wireless network technologies.

This is the view of Paul Luff, country manager of SMC Networks South Africa, who says that the rapid increase in adoption of mobile technology (especially smartphones) is being driven by trends such as the convergence of voice, video and data over a single channel (triple play), the consumerization of IT and BYOD…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on July 10, 2012 at 11:02am — No Comments

Enterprising partnership in workflow optimisation driving local project management

Technology that offers workflow optimisation and meaningful project management across the enterprise is propelling local business development. This is the view adopted by experts in Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) and SharePoint applications, who are behind the successful, established reseller and technology partnership between FOXit (Pty) Ltd. and Nintex.

In 2011 Nintex, a leading global innovator of software that extends Microsoft SharePoint®,  appointed FOXit, a Microsoft…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on July 10, 2012 at 10:44am — No Comments

Big plays, major pays as Africa fumbles during Internet land grab

In mid-June of 2012, when the big Internet players revealed their cards in the highest stakes game in web history, the best Africa could come up with was four predictable geographic plays (.JOBURG, .DURBAN, .CAPETOWN and .AFRICA) and a few MNET pals covering their brand names.  

At stake is the ownership of the digital real estate represented by the few hundred new domain name extensions that will start appearing in 2013. These include extensions like .ZULU, .WEB, .LOTTO and a…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on July 9, 2012 at 9:20am — No Comments

The National Lottery is now available on the Vodacom network

Vodacom customers no longer need to go to a National Lottery outlet or stand in long queues to buy their lottery tickets. They can now conveniently play the National Lottery online, via their mobile phones and desktops. This service, which is launched in partnership with Gidani, the National Lottery's Operator and Lidonga Technology and Telecoms, is also available to customers who are…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on July 4, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Philips extends collaboration with Imaging the World; contributes eight ClearVue Ultrasound systems for use in Uganda

Royal Philips Electronics along with the non-profit organization Imaging the World (ITW) today showcased that affordable ultrasound technology is capable of reducing maternal mortality in remote locations by providing expectant mothers and their primary care-givers with advance notice of complications so that women at-risk can be referred to appropriate care centers in time.

These initial positive results were announced during the Uganda leg of Philips' Cairo to Cape Town road show…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on July 4, 2012 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Real incentive to attend the South African Reward Association’s 2012 conference and pre-conference events

The Association will use key events in September and October to engage the market on reward management and its relevance in business today -

Against the backdrop of heightened international scrutiny over credit management, monetary policy and boardroom incentive schemes, businesses are eyeing reward specialists in a new light. Locally, the South African Reward Association (SARA) aims to add perspective to this focus. SARA was established in 1997 to promote,…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on July 4, 2012 at 9:28am — No Comments

FOXit, Office365 – all-in-all a great investment for Aurik

In a step towards improved communications and collaborations efficiency, Aurik Business Incubator (Pty) Ltd. (Aurik) has acquired the services of FOXit (Pty) Ltd. to manage and support the implementation of Microsoft’s Office365™.

Aurik is an established national business incubator that works with entrepreneurs to build their businesses into valuable assets. To date Aurik has worked with over 750 entrepreneurs across all sectors and industries in South Africa.



Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on July 4, 2012 at 9:20am — No Comments

UNIDO, Microsoft Extend Industrial Development Partnership

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Microsoft have  agreed to extend their partnership to use e-initiatives to create new opportunities for employment, enhance industrial productivity and strengthen sound environmental practices.

The partnership extension letter was signed by Director-General of UNIDO, Kandeh K.…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on July 3, 2012 at 9:03am — No Comments

Facebook follows ZunguZ into real currency

Consumers are more interested in using technology to facilitate payments and avoid the difficulties associated with traditional banking processes. In particular they want their own currency, not credits or virtual currency. The advent of social media and social websites has helped give rise to the social graph, allowing consumers the opportunity to transact and manage accounts across secure, always-on’ platforms.

The social graph and growth of services like Facebook has opened up a…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on June 29, 2012 at 8:51am — No Comments

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