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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 2 days ago

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

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

Adrian Hope-Bailie, chief standards officer: Ripple
Exploring the evolution of blockchain

When Bitcoin and cryptocurrency first hit the scene, people really jumped on the bandwagon, thinking they were part of a revolution...

By Danette Breitenbach 29 Mar 2018

Niall Kramer, CEO: Saoga
SA and Mozambique on the cusp of an oil and gas boom

Both South Africa and Mozambique show promise in the oil and gas sector, and collaboration between the two countries to create a substantial hub could significantly grow the region's economy...

By Nicci Botha 28 Mar 2018

Aatish Ramkaran, digital architect, Nedbank
Taking blockchain mainstream

It is difficult to believe that in 1992 the internet was little understood; yet today people can't live without it. This is where blockchain has to get to, if it is to be successful...

By Danette Breitenbach 27 Mar 2018

Marcus Swanepoel, CEO of Luno
Building a new financial system

Existing financial systems are not able to meet the today's world's needs. It's evolving once again - just as money developed from favours to bartering to what it is today,..

By Danette Breitenbach 26 Mar 2018

SA machine learning startup DataProphet secures Knife Capital funding
SA machine learning startup DataProphet secures Knife Capital funding

Cape Town-based machine learning startup DataProphet, which develops and implements product development solutions to a wide range of industries, has now received a multi-million dollar funding round from Knife Capital...

By Tom Jackson 23 Mar 2018

Naomi Snyman, chair of the South African Financial Blockchain Consortium and blockchain lead for Standard Bank
Working together to put blockchain into banking

Banks are grappling with blockchain, applying it to almost everything from digital identity to cross border payments...

By Danette Breitenbach 23 Mar 2018

1% matters - how the VAT increase affects property sales
1% matters - how the VAT increase affects property sales

The power of one: a phrase that has been quoted in many a clichéd motivational poster, but one whose power has never quite been fully grasped - until now...

By Adrian Goslett 22 Mar 2018

Farzam Ehsani, blockchain lead at Rand Merchant Bank
#BizFinFocus: Where will regulation and blockchain meet?

What has regulators scratching their collective heads right now is understanding exactly what blockchain is, and where it slots in as an asset class...

By Danette Breitenbach 20 Mar 2018

Brad Torien, CEO of FMI
Dispelling retirement myths

Although they are usually dealt with as separate entities, risk planning and investment planning are intrinsically linked, as both are ultimately about income protection...

By Nicci Botha 19 Mar 2018

#BAC2018: Interoperability and Big Sky thinking will take blockchain to the big league
#BAC2018: Interoperability and Big Sky thinking will take blockchain to the big league

Interoperability is the key to achieving blockchain adoption at scale, even though this creates competition between currencies...

By Danette Breitenbach 15 Mar 2018

Andrew Keys, head of global business development at ConsenSys and co-founder of ConsenSys Capital
#BAC2018: Bitcoin is the gateway drug

Bitcoin is just the opening act of blockchain disruption. "It's the gateway drug to the Ethereum blockchain," said Andrew Keys, head of global business development at ConsenSys and co-founder of ConsenSys Capital...

By Danette Breitenbach 14 Mar 2018

Tricia Martinez, founder of WalWala
#BAC2018: How blockchain can unlock emerging markets

Globally 2.2-billion people don't have access to financial services, mostly in the emerging market. By harnessing the best of blockchain, cryptocurrency and tokenisation, these technologies will empower the underbanked and the unbanked, solving the financial inclusion problem and creating a more equal society...

By Danette Breitenbach 14 Mar 2018

#BAC2018: Moving from lunatic fringe to mainstream
#BAC2018: Moving from lunatic fringe to mainstream

Last year, blockchain and its proponents were described as the "lunatic fringe". This year, the Blockchain Africa conference reflected just how far and how quickly this technology how come in such a short space of time...

By Danette Breitenbach 13 Mar 2018

Photo: KCB M-Pesa
#SeamlessAfrica: Fintech a distraction rather than a disruption in Kenya

In Kenya, fintech is a currently distraction not a disruption given the runaway success story of the country's mobile payment system, M-Pesa, since 2007...

By Nicci Botha 7 Mar 2018

Lance Mambondiani, CEO: Steward Bank
#SeamlessAfrica: Banking is not about the app, but connectivity and content

The bank of the future is not necessarily about apps, but about engaging people where they are spending time...

By Nicci Botha 6 Mar 2018

Chris Skinner
#BizFinFocus: Money is meaningless

In this digital era in which we find ourselves, we are undergoing a massive revolution of humanity which has virtually democratised every aspect of our lives...

By Nicci Botha 5 Mar 2018

Thuli Madonsela, chair of social justice, Stellenbosch University
#BizFinFocus: Thuli Madonsela on the pedestal of hope

Former public protector, Thuli Madonsela, says she has neither the skills nor inclination for political office, but is committed in her role as chair of social justice at the University of Stellenbosch to help "create the South Africa of our dreams"...

By Nicci Botha 26 Feb 2018

#AEI2018: Closing Africa's energy gaps
#AEI2018: Closing Africa's energy gaps

While access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all will usher in economic growth and job creation on the continent, energy projects in Africa lack sufficient access to financing sources...

By Danette Breitenbach 22 Feb 2018

#Budget2018: Rising tax burden on shrinking base worrying for economy, property
#Budget2018: Rising tax burden on shrinking base worrying for economy, property

It was always going to be a tough budget given that finance minister Malusi Gigaba already signalled during his mini-budget late last year that there was a significant fiscal deficit that needed to be funded...

By Samuel Seeff 22 Feb 2018

Not all African startups need VC money
Not all African startups need VC money

Not all African tech startups will feel the need to raise VC funding, but those that do must ensure they are adequately prepared for what is a lengthy process.

By Tom Jackson 21 Feb 2018

Kyle Mandy, tax policy leader for PwC South Africa
#Budget2018: The good news is that the bad news is unlikely to get worse

Despite growth picking up and a prediction that the medium-term budget policy statement (MTBPS) forecast will be revised downwards by nearly R70bn, the country still faces some serious fiscal issues...

By Danette Breitenbach 21 Feb 2018

Lullu Krugel, chief economist at PwC
#BizFinFocus: PwC's economic take on what #Budget2018 will hold

While there has been an upward revision in growth for the year - 1.5-1.8% for South Africa - with business confidence also increasing, the country is still not where it needs to be by a long shot...

By Danette Breitenbach 20 Feb 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: An economy of fireworks
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: An economy of fireworks

After a decade's diet of negative South African poltico-economic views, I'd forgotten that curious feeling of civic optimism, the effervescence of possibility and the Candidean sense of living in the best of all possible worlds that good news cultivates...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 9 Feb 2018

Roger Baxter, CEO: South African Chamber of Mines
#miningindaba18: Regulatory environment threatens investment in mining

After a tumultuous ride, the world economy pendulum is starting to swing in favour of commodities, but it's the current regulatory environment that is the real trial facing the South African mining industry...

By Nicci Botha 9 Feb 2018

#NewCampaign: The story of a Standard Bank Protea
#NewCampaign: The story of a Standard Bank Protea

TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris created an integrated campaign for Standard Bank to showcase its commitment to Regional Performance Centres (RPCs) and endeavour to move South African cricket forward...

By Jessica Tennant 1 Feb 2018

Kenya's Mondo Ride takes home $2m funding
Kenya's Mondo Ride takes home $2m funding

Kenyan ride-hailing startup Mondo Ride has secured $2m in funding from investors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt to help it expand across the continent...

By Tom Jackson 1 Feb 2018

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