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The secrets behind Israel's rise as a 'Startup Nation'
The secrets behind Israel's rise as a 'Startup Nation'

For but a sliver of land in the Middle East, with a population below 9 million, you'd never guess that Israel has the second largest number of companies on the Nasdaq, after China...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 8 Aug 2018

FNB lets South Africans pay for groceries with their watch
FNB lets South Africans pay for groceries with their watch

Fitbit Pay is now available in South Africa. The wireless payments service which works through Fitbit's range of wearable devices is now compatible with FNB and RMB VISA bank cards.

By Andy Walker 7 Aug 2018

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IFC to invest in Capria network fund to address "missing middle"

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) will make a second investment of up to US$13m in Capria's new "network fund"...

By Tom Jackson 6 Aug 2018

It's not about the 2019 election, it's about growth
It's not about the 2019 election, it's about growth

Sentiment has always been the key factor that drives the residential property market. But it swings like a pendulum...

By Ronald Ennik 27 Jul 2018

What's the use of marketing research? A cynic's answer: Ask Absa!
What's the use of marketing research? A cynic's answer: Ask Absa!

Last week there was great fanfare about Absa's repositioning and rebranding. This seemed like a good time to illustrate the power of predictive measurement...

By mike broom 13 Jul 2018

#MobileCommerce: Understanding payment trends to ensure customers get what they want
#MobileCommerce: Understanding payment trends to ensure customers get what they want

Startup companies are faced with a number of challenges before they even begin trading. Market research and designing an excellent customer journey are important, but ensuring your customer has a payment option...

By Brendon Williamson 12 Jul 2018

IBM launches blockchain starter pack for startups
IBM launches blockchain starter pack for startups

IBM has launched a blockchain starter pack designed to make it easier and more affordable for startups and developers to quickly begin building blockchain applications...

By Tom Jackson 5 Jul 2018

"Never been a better time to launch a startup as a female founder"
"Never been a better time to launch a startup as a female founder"

"There's never been a better time than now to start a business as a female founder, there is a lot of support there and a lot of women that serve as good examples."

By Tom Jackson 2 Jul 2018

Mobile crypto mining malware is a growing smartphone threat
Mobile crypto mining malware is a growing smartphone threat

According to a report by Kaspersky, the number of internet users affected by cryptocurrency mining software has jumped by a considerable margin this year, when compared to last...

By Andy Walker 29 Jun 2018

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Akon's building a Senegalese 'smart city' with his cryptocurrency 'Akoin'

An announcement you may have missed from Cannes Lions: There's a new cryptocurrency soon to be launched, but it won't be taking its name from any memes or computer jargon. Instead, it'll be launched by Senegalese musician Akon...

By Andy Walker 28 Jun 2018

When does prescription start to run against Sars?
When does prescription start to run against Sars?

There are periods of limitations for issuing assessments which are set out in section 99 of the Tax Administration Act 28 of 2011 ("TAA")...

By Graeme Palmer 27 Jun 2018

Lionel October
#MFGIndaba: New dawn for the economy

Manufacturing is an indispensable sector if South Africa is to achieve its economic growth targets in future...

By Danette Breitenbach 27 Jun 2018

#MFGIndaba: Driving the industrial effort
#MFGIndaba: Driving the industrial effort

In his keynote address to the Manufacturing Indaba, Department of Trade and Industry director-general, Lionel October, referred to the Industrial Policy Action Plan 2018 and its focus on key themes...

By Danette Breitenbach 27 Jun 2018

#MFGIndaba: An uncomfortable world
#MFGIndaba: An uncomfortable world

In same the way as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Revolutions did, the 4th Revolution is creating discomfort around the globe...

By Danette Breitenbach 26 Jun 2018

Social media for financial services: all the good and none of the bad
Social media for financial services: all the good and none of the bad

Social media is an excellent marketing tool, but in the wrong hands, it can also be severely damaging...

By linda graham 20 Jun 2018

Why African startups are now on the acquisition trail
Why African startups are now on the acquisition trail

Investments in African startups are on the up year-on-year, with funding flooding into a variety of countries and a large selection of sectors...

By Tom Jackson 20 Jun 2018

CompareGuru team return with SA price comparison startup MoneyPanda
CompareGuru team return with SA price comparison startup MoneyPanda

Ryan Marx, Jax du Plessis and Duane du Plessis know all about price comparison, having been the team behind pan-African platform CompareGuru...

By Tom Jackson 18 Jun 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The propaganda of optimism
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The propaganda of optimism

If South Africa is reality, then Malta is wonderland. Or vice versa, as I've discovered on a visit back to the old country...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 15 Jun 2018

Nav(igating) your way to financial health
Nav(igating) your way to financial health

We've all had those moments of looking at our bank balance and wonder where all your money has gone, well FNB has launched a new app that keeps track of your spending at any time or place...

By Nicci Botha 13 Jun 2018

#NewCampaign: Cosmopolitan SA petitions to end tampon tax
#NewCampaign: Cosmopolitan SA petitions to end tampon tax

Cosmopolitan South Africa has launched a petition to end tampon tax, calling all women to campaign against period poverty in South Africa...

By Jessica Tennant 12 Jun 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Ahoy! Blockchain Island
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Ahoy! Blockchain Island

In November this year, some 4,000 delegates are expected to descend on "the rock" for the first Malta Blockchain Summit...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 8 Jun 2018

Make-IT in Africa launches Kenya, Nigeria investment guides
Make-IT in Africa launches Kenya, Nigeria investment guides

The Make-IT in Africa initiative has launched guides for entrepreneurs raising funding in Kenya and Nigeria, aimed at helping startups overcome one of the key challenges faced on the continent.

By Tom Jackson 7 Jun 2018

Elize Botha, managing director, Old Mutual Unit Trusts
#YouthMonth: The curious case of millennials and their money

To the older generations, millennials are an enigma. They are the first true digital natives, and in South Africa they are also the first generation to bear the fruits of democracy and empowerment...

By Nicci Botha 4 Jun 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: What Malta learned from Marilyn; the wages of sun
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: What Malta learned from Marilyn; the wages of sun

If there was a theme song for public relations in general and reputation management in particular, it should be the Marilyn Monroe and Frankie Vaughn duet Specialisation from her under-appreciated 1960 movie Let's make love...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 25 May 2018

Not just cash: what else can investors offer your startup?
Not just cash: what else can investors offer your startup?

A major concern for many African tech startups is fundraising, but should investors bring more than just cash to the table?

By Tom Jackson 25 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

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

#AfricaMonth: Growthpoint Investec African Properties launched
#AfricaMonth: Growthpoint Investec African Properties launched

First announced in 2015, Growthpoint Investec African Properties (GIAP) is finally off the mark, commencing operations in the pan-African real estate market.

By Sindy Peters 14 May 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Moving markets; changing consumers
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Moving markets; changing consumers

Although South Africans are not separately listed, 30% of all recipients receiving European citizenship in 2016, hail from Africa according to the latest Eurostat figures released last month...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 11 May 2018

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