Michael Armstrong
Retaining domestic stability will mean facing challenges for Africa in 2017

2017 will see policymakers across Africa facing the challenge of how to minimise instability without affecting the economy's ability to raise standards of living, according to the latest report by ICAEW. In report Economic Insight: Africa Q4 2016, the accountancy and finance body highlights the number of potential risks that could lead to inflation.

7 hours ago

Tech, media and telco predictions for 2017: Deloitte Africa
Tech, media and telco predictions for 2017: Deloitte Africa

Deloitte Africa predicts that over 300 million smartphones, or more than one fifth of units sold in 2017, will have machine learning capabilities within the device in the next 12 months. The company's 16th edition of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions showcases how mobile devices will be able to perform machine learning tasks even without connectivity which will significantly alter how humans interact with technology across every industry, market and society.

9 hours ago

#BizTrends2017: Audiences have increased control on digital platforms
#BizTrends2017: Audiences have increased control on digital platforms

Bizcommunity.com interviewed Madré Roothman, digital strategist at Hellocomputer on digital trends for 2017.

By Madré Roothman 11 hours ago

Solar startup ARED empowers Rwandans with ‘business in a box'
Solar startup ARED empowers Rwandans with ‘business in a box'

Rwandan hardware-as-a-service company ARED is empowering local people with a ‘business in a box' solar kiosk platform that enables them to start their own businesses by charging phones and selling virtual top-ups.

By Tom Jackson 12 hours ago

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Cameroon clamp down on media freedoms

Cameroonian authorities should immediately reverse a decision to suspend independent broadcaster Radio Hot Cocoa 94 FM's permission to operate and allow the station to resume broadcasting immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Government officials in Bamenda, the capital of Cameroon's Northwest Region, sealed the station's office, its manager told CPJ.

13 hours ago

Deseré Orrill
#BizTrends2017: Real time and real people, living real lives will count in 2017

Over 2016, social media continued to dominate the digital waves worldwide with new apps as well as information hungry audiences, who in South Africa, really started to switch onto mobile. As audiences grow tired of the curated social experience - bored with impeccable photos of everyone having a perfect life, or brands using social as an extension of their advertising "perfect world view" - we saw a move towards a greater desire for REALITY in social media.

By Deseré Orrill 13 hours ago

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Mauritania aims to boost food production

A new partnership between the United Nations rural poverty agency and officials in Mauritania could boost finances and nutrition for nearly 300,000 farmers in the southern part of the country.

14 hours ago

GE launches Africa Innovation Centre
GE launches Africa Innovation Centre

GE has been committed to the development of sustainable solutions for some of Africa's greatest healthcare challenges for nearly a century. With a long track record in developing innovations for emerging markets, GE recently launched the GE Africa Innovation Centre (GEAIC) in Johannesburg, South Africa. This is GE's centre of excellence for innovation and technology on the continent and it is the first for GE in Africa and the 10th GE innovation centre globally.

15 hours ago

Design thinking and empathy generation
Design thinking and empathy generation

Empathy generation is pivotal to the design thinking process, and an essential capacity to ensure successful execution across all phases of the design thinking framework.

By Robert Bloom and Katherine Train 3 days ago

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12 African startups to watch in 2017

Here at Disrupt Africa we're privileged to meet innovative and enthusiastic startups from across the continent on a daily basis. But – we have to admit – every now and again we meet one that gets us really excited. We've fought amongst ourselves long and hard, to bring you what we think are 12 of the top African startups to watch in 2017.

By Gabriella Mulligan 3 days ago

‘Talking to Africa': New communications book
‘Talking to Africa': New communications book

A new e-book released this week, ‘Talking to Africa: Considering Culture in Communications for a Complex Continent', argues that communications and public relations in Africa are not a one-size-fits-all exercise. The author is Mimi Kalinda, managing director of Africommunications Group (ACG), a pan-African public relations company.

3 days ago

Johanna McDowell
#BizTrends2017: Key advertising industry trends for 2017

Here are our forecast trends for 2017, from IAS:

By Johanna McDowell 12 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Top six trends for this year
#BizTrends2017: Top six trends for this year

Using the Flux Trends T.R.E.N.D.S acronym (Tech, Retail, Economy, Natural world, Diplomacy, Socio-cultural), Flux presents six trends for 2017. These are just a sample of a broader selection of trends, which Flux will explore in-depth at our first trend presentation of the year: 'The State We're In: 2017 - Dazed and Disoriented, the impact of being WOKE'.

By Dion Chang and Raleen Bagg 9 Jan 2017