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Episode 162: Ravi Naidoo takes us through 21 years of Design Indaba - Part 1

Date: 11 Feb 2016
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Launch of mobile app "Zoomi" to report environmental abuses
Launch of mobile app "Zoomi" to report environmental abuses

TUNIS, TUNISIA: The mobile application "Zoomi" to report environmental abuses and violations was launched, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development Nejib Derouiche announced Wednesday...

Egypt launches WhatsApp service for metro users
Egypt launches WhatsApp service for metro users

CAIRO: Metro commuters in Egypt will now be able to make complaints and suggestions about their metro experiences by directly messaging videos or pictures to the metro's management over WhatsApp...

The mobile revolution in Africa
The mobile revolution in Africa

The influx of mobile phone has enhanced ease of access across the world - no more so than in Africa...

Image source: Orange SA Facebook
Orange retail store set for 2015 launch

Following the success of the Orange Online Store, introduced to South Africa earlier this year, telecommunications services provider Orange will launch its first branded retail store in South Africa...

Research reveals Egypt's mobile app users are predominantly young
Research reveals Egypt's mobile app users are predominantly young

A new Arab Advisors Group survey of Egypt's mobile application users revealed that 75% of adult mobile apps users in Egypt are younger than 34 years of age...

Facebook reaches a landmark 100-million users in Africa through mobile
Facebook reaches a landmark 100-million users in Africa through mobile

Thanks to mobile connectivity, half of Africa's 200-million internet users were accessing Facebook on a monthly basis in June 2014...

By Staff Reporter

AppCircus partners with Intel and Mobile Web Africa to find the best apps in southern Africa
AppCircus partners with Intel and Mobile Web Africa to find the best apps in southern Africa

AppCircus@Mobile Web Africa takes place in Johannesburg on 11 September. Sponsored by Intel, the competition will gather the region's top mobile developers to showcase their latest app creations...

Issued by All Amber

Vodafone Egypt, Ericsson to enhance network quality in Cairo
Vodafone Egypt, Ericsson to enhance network quality in Cairo

Ericsson has recently partnered with Vodafone Egypt, signing a three year managed services agreement to deliver network field maintenance services to improve the quality of its network covering...

The initiative provides an audio-based mobile training course targeting front line health workers (FLW) to help them deliver life-saving information, and is also aimed at helping pregnant women and their families prepare for the unexpected and potentially deadly situations that can arise in child birth.
The evolving business model for m-governance

A look at the evolving business model for (mobile governance) m-governance projects and the use of mobile technology as a catalyst for inclusive development.

By Vijay Sai Pratap

Twitter suspends account of Hamas armed wing
Twitter suspends account of Hamas armed wing

GAZA CITY - A Twitter account of Hamas's armed wing has been suspended by administrators, the Palestinian Islamist movement said Thursday, 23 January, accusing the social media site of censorship.

Egypt probes Vodafone puppet ad over 'terror' claims
Egypt probes Vodafone puppet ad over 'terror' claims

Egyptian prosecutors are probing telecoms giant, Vodafone, over claims a company advert featuring a popular muppet-like character contains coded messages calling for terrorist attacks, company executives said on Thursday.

(Image: NASA, via Wikimedia Commons)
'Beyond Retail' for Africa

Professional services firm, Deloitte was a title sponsor of the inaugural World Retail Congress Africa, held last month in Sandton. I spoke to Ilse du Toit, a manager within the Strategy & Innovation practice at Deloitte Consulting.

By Danette Breitenbach

Mobile internet key in Africa
Mobile internet key in Africa

The fourth annual PwC South Africa Entertainment and Media Outlook was launched recently and I caught up with Vicki Myburgh, Entertainment & Media Industries Leader for PwC Southern Africa.

By Danette Breitenbach

Etisalat Group CEO shares vision for future of telecoms in the region
Etisalat Group CEO shares vision for future of telecoms in the region

Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, CEO of Etisalat Group, recently predicted a positive future for the telecoms industry during the morning session of GSMA Mobile 360 Series-Middle East conference at Dubai World Trade Centre.

The state of the nation: Advertising in Africa
The state of the nation: Advertising in Africa

Is Africa the Dark Continent when it comes to the advertising industry? On the contrary, says Alan Edgar, Regional Creative Director, Ogilvy Africa and one of regional judges for African and Middle Eastern categories at this year's Loeries. It's alive and vibrant, but in dire need of world-class tertiary training institutions to tap into that potential.

By Staff Reporter

Libya to tender for first private mobile licence
Libya to tender for first private mobile licence

Libya will launch a tender in 2014 for the award of the country's first private mobile phone licence, Communications Minister Usama Siala told AFP on Monday.

Danette Breitenbach
Africa shows its social side

Africa is the final economic frontier and marketers are actively looking to market their brands on the continent.

By Danette Breitenbach

Vodafone Egypt selects Erricsson to deploy MBC
Vodafone Egypt selects Erricsson to deploy MBC

In an attempt to provide its users with more flexible on-demand subscriptions and bigger selection of data option, Vodafone Egypt has selected Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) to deploy Ericsson Mobile Broadband Charging (MBC).

Millward Brown - The mobile revolution - Millward Brown
Millward Brown - The mobile revolution

Millward Brown has entered the next phase of its mobile research strategy across Africa and the Middle East.

Issued by Millward Brown

Danette Breitenbach
Y&R: I have an agency...

Y&R is committed to having 20 agencies on the African continent by 2015. Leading the charge to achieve this is Yossi Schwartz, chairman of Y&R South Africa.

By Danette Breitenbach

Launching 'Flous', Egypt's mobile payment gateway
Launching 'Flous', Egypt's mobile payment gateway

MasterCard, the National Bank of Egypt and Etisalat, have announced the launch of 'Flous', the mobile payment wallet in Egypt, which will bring Etisalat Egypt's subscriber base safe and convenient payment services through the power of their mobile phones.

Ayanda Dlamini
Mobile to drive BI this year

Mobile is top of the big four influencers of BI change across Africa this year. The massive growth in mobile across Africa is driving resurgence in business intelligence (BI) growth, as executives across the continent see the value of having relevant, updated data at hand at all times.

By Ayanda Dlamini

Web radios become voices of Tunisia slums

Two web radio stations were launched in Tunisia earlier this month to deliver the voice of the region's population to officials and to send reassuring messages to neighbourhood youth.

By Monya Yahia

Why is publishing so dangerous? - detained journo's wife

The wife of a hunger-striking Libyan journalist has told Amnesty International of her disbelief that her husband has been imprisoned and denied bail for 'offending' the judiciary under an al-Gaddafi-era law.

Dr KF Lai
A mobile Africa: innovation is key

2012 saw the BuzzCity network grow by 67% with over 210.8 billion ads served across the globe and this extensive growth in mobile usage is certain to continue as we move through 2013.

By Dr KF Lai

Microsoft launches the 4Afrika Initiative
Microsoft launches the 4Afrika Initiative

Microsoft Corporation on Tuesday, 5 February 2013, introduced the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative, a new effort through which the company will actively engage in Africa's economic development to improve its global competitiveness.

[2013 trends] Africa's dynamic markets
[2013 trends] Africa's dynamic markets

The year 2013 for most brands, especially the ones coping with saturated markets in developed countries, will be a decisive one. Incorporating Africa into their corporate brand strategy, if they haven't done so, will be the better part of valour, so to speak.

By Obaika Consulting Team

[2013 trends] Out-of-the-box branding
[2013 trends] Out-of-the-box branding

No, the concepts of "tribalism", "gamification" and "engagement" aren't a promo for the latest computer game, but are in fact the trends that will characterise the way companies and consumers interact in 2013. The branding industry is constantly developing and. while the following trends are evolutions rather than dynamic, short-term changes, we believe there are 10 areas that will define the brandscape over the next year.

By HKLM Exco Team

Tigo, Reach for Change partner to boost social entrepreneurship
Tigo, Reach for Change partner to boost social entrepreneurship

Millicom International Cellular, operating under the Tigo brand, and non-profit organisation Reach for Change have agreed to join forces to improve the lives of children in Africa through social entrepreneurship.

Airtel partnership launches Airtel Money in Chad
Airtel partnership launches Airtel Money in Chad

Airtel Chad has collaborated with Ecobank to launch Airtel Money in the West African nation. Reportedly the first mobile commerce product in the country, the service will allow subscribers to carry out financial transactions on their mobile phones and enhance the delivery of financial services at affordable costs.

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