How new media platforms have become powerful across Africa
How new media platforms have become powerful across Africa

Online platforms have become an important site for political and social engagement. On the one hand they have been praised for their progressive characteristics. This is because they offer great organising potential, enhance political accountability and disrupt old media practices that tend to exclude less powerful voices from important social and political discussions.

By George Ogola 7 hours ago

UN agencies unite in support of Africa's growth agenda
UN agencies unite in support of Africa's growth agenda

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Attitudes that Africa is still a "developing continent that does not know what it wants" need to change and all United Nations agencies need to rally in support of the 2030 and 2063 agendas.

1 day ago

Mandla Shezi, CEO of Hollard International.
Understanding the diversity of Africa is key to its growth

Africa is second only to south-east Asia in terms of economic growth over the past 15 years and understanding Africa in all its diversity, is fundamental to business excellence on the continent - and that means dispelling current myths and misconceptions of Africa as one homogeneous continent.

2 days ago

Vlogstars! How to start winning at YouTube
Vlogstars! How to start winning at YouTube

"It's such a weird job title, to introduce yourself as a 'YouTuber', but only a small part of it is making the videos. It's a hugely complex role, which only content creators really understand." Intrigued? You're in luck if you want to find out more, as one of SA's top film directors-turned-YouTubers Dan Mace shared some of that complexity at a recent Heavy Chef masterclass.

By Leigh Andrews 2 days ago

Orelie Kabeya and Exauce Kabeya with Wikifundi 2.0. Photographer: Isla Haddow-Flood.
Expanding knowledge on Africa through the Wikimedia movement

Wikimedia has pledged to close the gap in African content as part of their global movement strategy towards a more racially, culturally and geographically inclusive Wikimedia (of which international online encyclopaedia Wikipedia is a key project).

2 days ago

Agency Scope UK 2018/2019: Early insights, possible trends
Agency Scope UK 2018/2019: Early insights, possible trends

Johanna McDowell, Scopen partner and director for UK and South Africa, notes that with less than four weeks to go before the Agency Scope fieldwork ends on 31 December, initial thoughts from CMOs interviews offer a taste of what's to come in the full publication.

3 days ago

Africa 2018, Egypt.
#Africa2018: Africa is the future of the world economy

SHARM-EL-SHEIKH, Egypt - With a majority of African nations diversifying from traditional sources of income, entrepreneurship is increasingly seen as a key to economic growth and African youth are the future of the world economy and entrepreneurship, said Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, under whose patronage the Africa 2018 forum is being held in Egypt.

3 days ago

Kwesé to offer gadgets for internet TV connection clients
Kwesé to offer gadgets for internet TV connection clients

Pay TV provider Kwesé has delivered converter boxes that offer customers with traditional television sets a connection to the internet.

3 days ago

Lamin M. Manneh is director, UNDP Regional Service For Africa.
Enabling youth entrepreneurship in Africa

Although the continent's "rising narrative" began to dim with effect from 2015, when economic growth rates started declining dramatically, and it became evident that the much desired meaningful economic transformation proved elusive, the "Afro-optimism" is gradually returning. This is being fueled by renewed hopes for economic transformation, massive infrastructure developments and greater determination to leverage the continent's potentially huge youth dividend.

By Lamin M. Manneh 7 Dec 2018

#AEC2018: Freedom of movement essential for Africa's transformation
#AEC2018: Freedom of movement essential for Africa's transformation

KIGALI, Rwanda - For millions of ordinary travellers, inter-African travel is still too often a nightmare. Be it border hassles, lack of road or air routes linking key cities, or the frustrations of being refused entry to a country because of visas, the end result is to curtail the free movement of people, viewed by the African Development Bank as one of the pillars of regional integration.

7 Dec 2018

Ryan McManus, regional chief creative officer for VML SA.
Ryan McManus on orchestrating experiences for connected brands

There are a number of South African stars in the VML stable. Most notably, with Tony Granger set to retire, a senior level shake-up means Jason Xenopoulos is now North America CCO, and CEO of VMLY&R New York. He previously served as CCO for the EMEA region. This means Kalpesh Patankar is now regional CCO for Middle East and North Africa, with Ryan McManus taking on the reins as regional chief creative officer for VML SA. Here, McManus lets us in on how he's set to steer the group as we head into 2019.

By Leigh Andrews 7 Dec 2018

Facebook's 2018 Year in Review
Facebook's 2018 Year in Review

Facebook has released its 2018 Year In Review, highlighting the top ways people around the world connected with their communities on Facebook.

By Sheida Neman 7 Dec 2018

#AEC2018: Africa's "easy decade" of economic growth is over
#AEC2018: Africa's "easy decade" of economic growth is over

KIGALI, Rwanda - Africa must focus on its big resource for growth - its young people and accelerated job opportunities, experts urged at the African Economic Conference (AEC) 2018.

6 Dec 2018