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Cisco launches incubation hub for SMMEs

Cisco South Africa launched a R10 million cutting-edge Incubation Hub on Thursday,  November 1. A first in South Africa, the hub aims to help develop SMMEs in the digital age and speed up their entry to market. This is in keeping with the priorities of the National Development Plan in terms of job creation, poverty [&hellip (

Johnson Smith urges more UN assistance for region to attain SDGs

While Latin America and Caribbean countries have made advances towards the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Jamaica's Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson Smith has urged the United Nations (UN) to... (

South Africa Production Rebates Under Fire

The Motion Picture Assn. has raised concerns that recent changes to South Africa’s tax incentive scheme and other regulatory proposals could stunt the development of the country’s film industry, according to an MPA rep. Under the new guidelines, productions that fail to meet certain benchmarks for supporting black-owned businesses are faced with the prospect of not […] (

Scotiabank NextPlay Cup set for the Caribbean (

CDB approves a $230 million loan for Barbados (

African needs to speak with one voice on climate issues, says Kenya’s Environment Minister

Africa needs to prepare and speak with one voice when it goes to COP 24 in Katowice, Poland, in December, Kenya’s Environment and Forestry Minister, Keriako Tobiko said Wednesday at the opening of the Seventh Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA – VII) conference in Nairobi. Speaking on behalf of President Uhuru Kenyatta, the [&hellip (

Germany to tighten development aid conditions for Africa

African countries have to do more to fight corruption if they want aid money, Germany's Development Minister Gerd Müller has said. Critics have described his plans as well-meaning, but with "neo-colonialist" overtones. (

CDB, UWI sign historic MOU (

New Pan-African Data Centre Association launched in Morocco

The Africa Data Centre Association (ADCA), a non-profit, Pan-African professional association, which will foster the development of the data centre industry in Africa, launched at BroadGroup’s inaugural Datacloud Africa Leadership Summit held in Marrakech, Morocco on 28 September 2018. During the Summit, more than 50 members joined the founding members of the Association[1], which now [&hellip (

Wrong on crime - IDB study shows Jamaica and other regional states not spending smart enough to make their people safer

Jamaica and other countries in the Latin America and Caribbean region are being encouraged to spend smarter and not necessarily more to reduce crime.A recently released study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), dubbed Better Spending for... (

SAP Africa Code Week 2018 drives sustainable digital skills development

The fourth edition of the increasingly popular Africa Code Week, an initiative of SAP, kicked-off on Friday, 5 October at a function held in Johannesburg. Since its inception in 2015, Africa Code Week has introduced over 1.8 million African youth to coding skills in multiple African countries while facilitating the integration of ICT education in [&hellip (

CARICAD on board with UWI (

Lebanese doc takes home prize at Gouna

The Red Sea coast’s most ambitious film event wound down over the weekend by handing out awards to its competition films, as well as development and production funds for promising projects from the Middle East and North Africa. (

South Africa needs a grounded approach for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

South Africa needs to whittle the discussion down to an understanding on the one hand of what is happening in technological changes and relate that to the structure of the South African economy The Industrial Development Advisor at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Dr Nimrod Zalk says a grounded approach is needed [&hellip (

IBM SA and Tshimologong Precinct launch acceleration bootcamp

IBM South Africa, through its Equity Equivalence Investment Programme (EEIP) together with Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, have announced the launch of a startup accelerator taking place from 8 October 2018 to 16 November 2018. The Startup Accelerator is designed to enable the development of Growth Stage Tech and Digital Startups, using a bootcamp format that [&hellip (

Now is the time for local investors to step up and electrify Africa

For years, the African renewable energy development market has been dominated by foreign investors and financial institutions. Now is the time for African investors to step up to the plate and join the continent’s solar energy transition. Africa is now even preparing to feed Europe’s growing energy needs through various projects, such as the TuNur [&hellip (

Community Networks key to connecting Africa, says Internet Society

As Internet access continues to grow in Africa, with over 450 million people now connected to the Internet, more than 60 percent of the population still remains offline. Community Networks are a key way to address this connectivity gap, says the Internet Society, a global non-profit dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution and use [&hellip (

British Prime Minister May in Kenya to boost economic ties

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday became the first UK leader to visit Kenya in 30 years, bringing security and development funding to East Africa's commercial hub and neighboring Somalia as Britain seeks to boost economic ties ahead of a bumpy exit from the European Union in March. (

Ugandan Government promotes oil and gas projects at Africa Oil Week 2018

Hon Irene Muloni, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, in the Republic of Uganda will lead a delegation of private and public-sector players from Uganda’s oil and gas sector to the  2018, which will be held between 5 – 9 November, 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. Hon Muloni said, “Uganda is open for [&hellip (

Africa Code Week empowers teachers in Ghana

More than 560 teachers took part in this year’s Africa Code Week (ACW) Train-the-Trainer workshops over four days in Accra and Kumasi as part of this year’s efforts to drive 21st century skills development among African youth. Now in its fourth year, ACW instills 21st century skills among African youth with a key focus on [&hellip ( steps up again to inspire start-ups with Primestars in 2018

South Africa’s low-cost carrier, is proud to announce that it has for a fifth year in a row partnered with Primestars to launch their Step Up to a Start-Up campaign for 2018, together with South Africa’s Minister of Small Business Development and American businessman and author, Robert Kiyosaki. Celebrating its 17th year of successful [&hellip (

Smart cities hold the key to a more connected and inclusive future for Africa

Mastercard, technology company in the global payments industry, continues to champion the fundamental role of smart cities in enabling a more connected and inclusive future for Africa. The company reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the development of smart cities through meaningful partnerships with both the public and private sector at the recent World Cities Summit [&hellip (

Schneider Electric expands education training collaboration with DHET

Schneider Electric South Africa, specialists in energy management and automation, has signed a statement of intent with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to expand their Access to Education training collaboration. Schneider Electric South Africa’s Access to Education focus speaks to the large need for practical skills development within the field of energy. Since [&hellip (

Africa:What Does 'Development' Actually Look Like? the Case of Lapsset

[African Arguments] According to its official description, the enormous and multi-faceted project known as LAPSSET is "Eastern Africa's largest and most ambitious infrastructure project bringing together Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan". It is expected to cost around $25 billion. It involves building thousands of kilometres worth of highways, railways and oil pipelines. And it promises to reinvigorate marginalised regions, creating jobs and raising whole communities out of poverty. (

Government Activities for the Week 3 - 8 July 2018

[Govt of SA] Government has scheduled the following briefings/activities for the week: 3 - 8 July 2018. The activities, which are aligned to the National Development Plan and outlined in the Medium Term Strategic Framework 2014-2019, are undertaken to build a better South Africa. (

NRA Engages Taxpayers in Bo

[Concord] With the aim to improving tax collection and keeping taxpayers informed about latest development in the taxation sector, the National Revenue Authority (NRA), with support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), last Thursday, June 28, engaged taxpayers in Bo District on tax compliance. (

Countries Must Achieve Digital TV Migration By June 2020

[Malawi News Agency] Beijing -Fourth China-Africa Media Cooperation and Eighth African Digital Television Development Fora have resolved that all African countries should migrate from analogue to digital television before the June 17, 2020 International Telecommunication Union (ITU) deadline. (

African leaders in artificial intelligence to gather at AI Expo Africa (

South Africa:BRICS Bank Should Have Consulted Before Lending Corrupt Transnet

[Fahamu] Last month's approval of a New Development Bank loan of US $200 million to expand the Durban container port occurred without the Sandton-based bankers doing adequate consultation or analysis. This is not only unacceptable in a democratic society, especially for such an important and controversial project. It also makes mockery of claims the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) bloc acts differently than arrogant Washington bankers. (

'South Africa to align energy plans with SADC gas master plan' – Minister Jeff Radebe (

Akufo-Addo Donates Most of His Salary to Young Entrepreneur

[This is Africa] Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo launched an entrepreneurial programme "Presidential Pitch" where young Ghanaians with business ideas but lack of capital could be supported through the Ministry of Business Development. Pres Akufo also gave nearly all his monthly salary to the winner of the competition. (