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Gary Turner
Fintech hackathon winner to walk away with R62k

Online accounting software company, Xero, in collaboration with Amazon Web Services, has kicked off a national developer technology challenge with an aim to accelerate South Africa's growing fintech industry...

2 days ago

Easy, accessible banking with Shoprite's new mobile wallet
Easy, accessible banking with Shoprite's new mobile wallet

Shoprite has just launched a new mobile transactional banking service that enables customers to deposit, withdraw or send money as well as buy groceries at any of the till points...

3 days ago

Tim Hutchinson, head of digital for financial markets, Standard Bank
#AfricaMonth: Fintech breaks down borders in FX trading

The evolution to electronic foreign currency trading in Africa, given its fragmented markets and lack of legacy infrastructure, was slow to start, but has gained in traction.

3 days ago

#AfricaMonth: Africa could be the next frontier for cryptocurrency
#AfricaMonth: Africa could be the next frontier for cryptocurrency

Interest in cryptocurrency, a form of digital currency, is growing steadily in Africa. Some economists say it is a disruptive innovation that will blossom on the continent...

By Pavithra Rao 18 May 2018

Harnessing blockchain technology to transform global cybersecurity
Harnessing blockchain technology to transform global cybersecurity

In a digitally driven world, cybersecurity has become a highly lucrative sphere of modern business. Today, experts around the world are clawing for a piece of the estimated $8.5bn cyberthreat intelligence industry pie...

By Colin Thornton 17 May 2018

Nathen Pillay, sales director for applications at Oracle South Africa
Where is the bank employee in the digital experience?

Banks are already shaping what their future will look like in a world of digital disruption, by evolving as the technology becomes more readily available to end users...

By Nathen Pillay 17 May 2018

Moroccan e-commerce platform Hmizate expands into fintech
Moroccan e-commerce platform Hmizate expands into fintech

Moroccan company Hmizate, which since 2011 has provided an e-commerce platform offering users access to goods, food, travel services and deals, has expanded into fintech with the launch of HmizatePay...

By Tom Jackson 16 May 2018

Image credit: Zapper
Mastercard to announce new collaboration with Zapper

Zapper will soon be compatible with Mastercard's Masterpass payments system, after the companies on Monday announced a new possible collaboration...

By Andy Walker 14 May 2018

Jaza Duka benefits local communities by giving them quicker, more reliable access to the products they need most to support their families.
Pilot study to overcome cash constraints for entrepreneurs

Mastercard and Unilever break down barriers to growth for micro entrepreneurs with first-of-its-kind digital lending platform...

9 May 2018

Kharom Klamphian © –
#AfricaMonth: Pitching for Africa

There's no denying Africa is the place to be. Business is booming, international investors are interested, and there are deals for the taking, if you know how to secure them. Here's how to do so, effectively, from both the corporate/sponsor and startup perspective...

By Leigh Andrews 8 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: The power of smart technology in Africa
#AfricaMonth: The power of smart technology in Africa

People across Africa face considerable challenges - many of them existential. But, without the right devices, connectivity, and skills, those who badly need their problems solved often can't access available solutions...

By Greg Morris 8 May 2018

Rumours of Telegram ICO used as cryptocurrency scam
Rumours of Telegram ICO used as cryptocurrency scam

Dozens of highly convincing fake websites claiming to be investment sites for an initial coin offering (ICO) by the Telegram messaging service have been uncovered by Kaspersky Lab researchers...

7 May 2018

What is Bitcoin, and why should I care?
What is Bitcoin, and why should I care?

The insane volatility of the cryptocurrency market is something the financial world has never seen before...

Issued by Showmax 4 May 2018

Christophe Viarnaud, founder of AfricArena and CEO of French-South African tech company, Methys.
#AfricaMonth: Feed our startup gazelles and unicorns with funding

Last week's AfricArena media event highlighted the continent's 'funding starvation syndrome', the African startup pyramid, and why we need to boost both the African startup gazelles and unicorns alike...

By leigh andrews 3 May 2018

The chameleon appeal of blockchain
The chameleon appeal of blockchain

The versatility of blockchain is disrupting just about every industry...

3 May 2018

Chantel Troskie, customer experience senior sales manager at Oracle
Banks need to rethink customer experience

For many, banking seems to be driven completing forms and then waiting for someone to tell them whether they qualify for a particular product. Living in a digital age, this is no longer good enough...

By Chantel Troskie 30 Apr 2018

Building out a new communications world through the blockchain
Building out a new communications world through the blockchain

Carrie Daly looks at some interesting ways in which the blockchain can be applied in the field of communications...

By Carrie Daly 25 Apr 2018

The 2018 Nirox Winter Sculpture Fair returns with a new name
The 2018 Nirox Winter Sculpture Fair returns with a new name

The new partnership between American Express and Artlogic sees the two entities take over the acclaimed Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park in the Cradle of Humankind, from 12 to 13 May...

Issued by OnPoint PR 24 Apr 2018

The infinite potential of blockchain
The infinite potential of blockchain

The rollercoaster world of cryptocurrencies is dominating the media. This one has collapsed, that one is on the rise, and a new one is around the corner...

By Darren Gorton 24 Apr 2018

Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing
Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing

Kenyan agri-tech startup Twiga Foods has partnered IBM Research to extend access to microloans to 220 food stall retailers across Kenya using a blockchain-based financing system...

By Tom Jackson 19 Apr 2018

Ghanaian startup crowned 2018 Seedstars Global Winner
Ghanaian startup crowned 2018 Seedstars Global Winner

Ghanaian startup, AgroCenta, was crowned the 2018 Seedstars Global Winner at the fifth edition of the Seedstars Summit which took place on Thursday, 12 April 2018...

16 Apr 2018

Deloitte: CFOs are getting left behind when it comes to cognitive technology
Deloitte: CFOs are getting left behind when it comes to cognitive technology

While cognitive technology is making inroads into other business sectors, it seems CFOs have remained somewhat on the sidelines...

12 Apr 2018

Patience Panashe
Could regulation stifle fintech innovation?

Ground-breaking technologies are boldly annexing the spaces that are predominantly owned by banks or other financial service providers - changing the face of finance as we know it...

By Patience Panashe 11 Apr 2018

Blockchain for travel made simple
Blockchain for travel made simple

Can you imagine whipping out your mobile phone instead of your passport when you travel for business or leisure? If Blockchain has its way, that could become a reality...

By Natalia Rosa 11 Apr 2018

20 out of 65 Seedstars Summit finalists from Africa
20 out of 65 Seedstars Summit finalists from Africa

With the Seedstars World Summit taking place on Thursday, 12 April 2018, the organisers have announced the final 65 finalists that will get the chance to pitch their ideas on the global stage. 20 out of the 65 finalists are from Africa...

By Ilse van den Berg 11 Apr 2018

Risks of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin must be better understood by accountancy profession, says ACCA
Risks of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin must be better understood by accountancy profession, says ACCA

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) issued a new warning to professional accountants over the importance of maintaining an up-to-date understanding of developments in the fast-moving space of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin...

Issued by ACCA 9 Apr 2018

Why my startup scene is better than yours: Senegal
Why my startup scene is better than yours: Senegal

African tech is booming, but which ecosystem has the most going for it, either for launching a business or making investments?

By Tom Jackson 9 Apr 2018

Taxation of cryptocurrencies
Taxation of cryptocurrencies

In South Africa, as with most other countries around the world, there is no guidance and regulation regarding cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin...

By Chetan Vanmali and Kagiso Nonyane 29 Mar 2018

LaunchLab invites entrepreneurs to pitch startup ideas
LaunchLab invites entrepreneurs to pitch startup ideas

The Stellenbosch University LaunchLab is inviting entrepreneurs to pitch their startup business ideas in multiple industries and stand the chance to win incubation support to the value of R50,000...

23 Mar 2018

Tigo managing director, Simon Karikari, (second left), and the general manager of Uber East Africa, Loic Amado, shake hands after announcing the partnership between Tigo and Uber Tanzania in Dar es Salaam. Others are: Uber country manager, Alfred Msemo and Tigo’s head of mobile financial services, Hussein Sayed. Source: Tigo.
Tigo and Uber partner up in East Africa

Tigo Tanzania and Uber partner to offer exciting new offers to customers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania...

23 Mar 2018

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