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Promoting Pan-African growth and development with cryptocurrency

Against the backdrop of numerous national currencies affecting trade and growth on the continent, the AFRO provides a reliable, safe and secure solution suited to Africa’s development challenges First 200,000 Wallets to Receive 50 Free AFROs AFRO Foundation, a non-governmental organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland, launched the AFRO, first Pan-African cryptocurrency dedicated to growth and [&hellip (

The Innovation Hub appoints new CEO in South Africa

Gauteng Growth and Development Agency and The Innovation Hub Board Members have announced the appointment of Advocate Pieter Holl as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Innovation Hub. Advocate Pieter Holl succeeds Dr McLean Sibanda and was the Acting CEO from June to November 2018. Prior to joining The Innovation Hub, Advocate Pieter Holl [&hellip (

Liquid Telecom receives $180m investment to expand its high-speed broadband connectivity

Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has reached an agreement with CDC Group Plc, the UK’s development finance institution, to invest $180m with the company. This investment will enable Liquid Telecom to expand its high-speed broadband connectivity to some of the most underserved communities across the African continent, including supporting Africa’s thriving tech start-up ecosystem with [&hellip (

The ITU 2018 Plenipotentiary Conference: An Analyst's Long-Arc Perspective (

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel's Meeting With Tech Company Executives (

ICANN - A Catalyst for Development (

Desert solar initiative to make Africa a renewables power-house

The details of the “Desert to Power Initiative” have been outlined as part of the Paris Agreement climate change talks at COP24 in Katowice, Poland. Energy poverty in Africa is estimated to cost the continent 2-4 % GDP annually, according to the African Development Bank (AfDB), which is leading the project. The Initiative aims to [&hellip (

Fifa and France sign agreement on African football development

Football's world governing body Fifa and the French Football Federation (FFF) sign an agreement aimed at developing football in Francophone Africa. (

Sasol Energy invests in math labs for Manyano High School

Sasol Energy has partnered with the SA Medical & Education (SAME) Foundation to renovate and equip mathematics laboratories at the Manyano High School in Khayelitsha, Western Cape as part of South Africa’s 2030 education goals set out in the National Development Plan. The high school delivers high-quality education to nearly 1,300 learners in a community [&hellip (

Grace Gummer Joins Nat Geo’s ‘The Hot Zone’ in Recurring Role (Exclusive) (

African countries drive towards integration

Participants to the 13th African Economic Conference called for African countries to leverage the full range of their strengths and resources to accelerate the region’s drive towards continental integration. Themed “Regional and Continental Integration for Africa’s Development” the 2018 AEC, jointly organized by the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, [&hellip (

My Political Journey | Former PM P.J. Patterson tells his story

My Political Journey: Jamaica's Sixth Prime Minister is P.J. Patterson's account of his time as an active and successful participant in the political and social development of Jamaica and the Caribbean from the mid-1950s well into the early 2000s.He... (

HP commits to educate 100,000 learners across Africa

HP announced a new commitment at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 to reach 100,000 learners across Africa over the next three years through the HP Foundation’s HP LIFE program and kicked off the commitment by opening a new tech-enabled HP LIFE Center in South Africa. HP’s pledge supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 [&hellip (

Sustainable youth entrepreneurship in Africa is good for business

The Oxford Dictionary defines the word ‘yas’ as an informal way to express great pleasure or excitement. The YAS! Youth for Africa and SDGs – short for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – initiative by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Accenture anticipates this reaction from its users. Across Africa, unemployment levels remain [&hellip (

Africa lags behind in Fifa development funding

Nineteen African football associations have failed to access funds from the Fifa Forward Development Programme that was launched in May 2016. (

The opportunity cost of doing business for SMEs in Africa

The African economy has gathered momentum over the years, with an estimated increase of 3.8% of the real output growth in 2017. As the largest economies gradually strengthen, the 2018/2019 performance should reach 4.1% according to the African Development Bank. This economic growth and sustainable development has largely been contributed by Small and Medium Enterprises [&hellip (

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MTN now covers 90% of South Africa with high speed LTE coverage

MTN has revealed that it has now covered 90% of South Africa with Long-Term Evolution (LTE/4G) coverage through the development of its 11 000th LTE site in the heartland of the Eastern Cape. This significant landmark site in Qatywa near the birthplace of Former President, Nelson Mandela, is testimony to SA’s fastest mobile network’s ongoing commitment [&hellip (

Meet Peter Harrison, the Only Caribbean Candidate for ARIN Board of Trustees Elections (

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Caribbean Nationals Victorious in ARIN Elections (

Internet Society Partnering With Facebook to Develop Internet Exchange Points Throughout Africa (

Caribbean Candidates Vie for Posts in ARIN Elections (

Former Prime Minister critical of Caribbean Development Bank (

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tt100 Awards Interview: Brucol Global Development

Brucol Global Development is an agricultural consulting company. It is founded on the basis of economic development across the Africa continent. Started in 2014, the company offers agricultural consulting services to farmers in the rural areas. Bruce Diale, Managing Director of Brucol Global Development revealed in an Interview with IT News Africa that Brucol comes [&hellip (

ICT4D: A leap for the development of SOS children’s villages in South Africa

As of November 2018, SOS Children’s Villages South Africa (SOS CV) is piloting the use of ICT4D (Information Communication Technology for Development) at two of its Family Strengthening Programmes in the country. SOS CV has 11 programmes across South Africa, providing homes, families and support to over 5, 000 children and young people. The community [&hellip (

UN forum to bring ‘big space data’ benefits to disaster response in Africa

Big data are extremely large datasets, which, upon analysis can reveal complex patterns in real-world situations such as the movement of people or humanitarian needs in the aftermath of a disaster. Synergies between such big data and space-based information, such as satellite imagery, can have profound benefits for both disaster risk reduction and sustainable development, [&hellip (

Edge computing will come of age in 2019

Christian Mahncke, Enterprise Business Development at Routed, Africa’s only vendor neutral cloud infrastructure provider, says that disruption will continue to dominate the technology landscape as 2019 approaches. Supporting Gartner’s predictions, Mahncke says that computing will extend well beyond centralised facilities to the “edge” of the network where data can be stored, processed and displayed. “This [&hellip (

Microsoft launches end-to-end program to help boost start-ups

In-order help empower and build start-ups Microsoft South Africa has launched a support program that boosts tech startups by giving them open access to wide-ranging skills development resources, coaches and mentors, a fully-fledged customer network, and the platform on which to build their products and services. Head Start is a complete program that will help [&hellip (

Building future-proof CIO capacity crucial for SA progress

The role of the CIO is evolving fast, and CIO upskilling and new ICT skills pipelines must be a focus if SA is to stay abreast of global development, say leading SA CIOs. Speaking ahead of the annual Institute of Information Technology Professionals SA (IITPSA) President’s Awards, which recognise the achievements of South Africa’s top [&hellip (