Think the world's connected? Think again. A slide from BRCK's AfricaCom 2020 session.
#FairnessFirst: How Africa's digital divide is being diminished, one innovation at a time

The final two sessions of the 2020 track of AfricaCom - focused on how the 'smart feature phone' will revolutionise the digital landscape in Africa and what will happen when 1bn Africans are connected to the internet - were called 'two of the most underrated of AfricaCom 2018," by African telecommunications specialist Ashley Holling. Here's why.

By Leigh Andrews 9 hours ago

4 reasons you should be investing in public relations
4 reasons you should be investing in public relations

Public relations (PR) gets a bad rap and that's probably because so many people don't understand the concept at all. And although the industry hasn't always done a great job of communicating its value, PR really is a key part of the marketing mix. But before I can convince you of that, let's start by defining what public relations is.

By Sue Charlton APR 3 days ago

Inaugural Africa Rising Film Fest to challenge old, embrace new
Inaugural Africa Rising Film Fest to challenge old, embrace new

The inaugural Africa Rising International Film Festival (Ariff) will be as part of the Global Festival Week in South Africa from 26-29 November 2018. In honour of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu's centennial, the festival aims to challenge old norms, while embracing technology and increasing youthful audiences in Africa.

3 days ago

Fostering a culture of creative entrepreneurship
Fostering a culture of creative entrepreneurship

When I was 27, I was all guts and very little sense. I had so little I thought it was a brilliant idea to set up my own agency with my art director in London, after only having been there for two years. We had few contacts, a half-decent portfolio and the business sense of two guys who grew up in homes of entrepreneurs.

By Mike Beukes 15 Nov 2018

All the 2018 AfricaCom Awards winners
All the 2018 AfricaCom Awards winners

The 2018 AfricaCom Awards were announced at a colourful and festive Mardi Gras themed event celebrating those trailblazers leading digital inclusion, connectivity and digital development on the African continent.

15 Nov 2018

Angela Quintal of the CPJ. Image ©
My nasty encounter with Tanzanian repression

Muthoki Mumo and I are journalists turned press freedom advocates for the Committee to Protect Journalists. We embarked on a 10-day visit to Tanzania, primarily as a networking and fact-finding mission to gauge media freedom in Magufuli's Tanzania. We had nothing to hide, and even had a letter of invitation from the government-recognised press regulator. But then I heard a knock on my hotel room door...

By Angela Quintal 14 Nov 2018

#AfricaCom2018: How to leapfrog when improving customer experience
#AfricaCom2018: How to leapfrog when improving customer experience

My highlight of the second day of AfricaCom 2018 featured the morning's first headliner keynote session on customer experience in the digital frontier, where Indranil Das, VP and head of Ericsson digital services for EMEA explained the importance of anticipating customer needs on the path towards Africa 4.0.

By Leigh Andrews 14 Nov 2018

Unlocking African abundance through digital technologies
Unlocking African abundance through digital technologies

As the digital revolution remakes global businesses - creating new revenue streams, ways to deploy and monetise data, reach consumers and leverage business ecosystem players - Africa stands at an inflexion point.

By Ntombi Mhangwani 14 Nov 2018

Jennifer Thomas is an assistant professor in the department of media, journalism, and film at Howard University. © .
The best of times and the worst of times for journalism

Jennifer Thomas, an award-winning, veteran American broadcast journalist was invited by the United States Embassy (South Africa) to address the Cape Town Press Club on media coverage of elections in the age of fake news late last month.

By Juanita Pienaar 14 Nov 2018

#Africacom2018: Changing the telco strategy for 4IR
#Africacom2018: Changing the telco strategy for 4IR

In a panel discussion on the opening day of the 21st edition of AfricaCom, currently taking place in Cape Town at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, it was evident that in order for Africa to leap into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, telco companies must re-calibrate their strategy.

By Evan-Lee Courie 14 Nov 2018

Customer expectations outpace brand experiences
Customer expectations outpace brand experiences

The rapid pace of digital change is re-writing the rule book and forcing companies to innovate and exceed customer expectations to stay ahead - and afloat. Yet Accenture research finds that only 7% of brands are exceeding customer expectations and, even worse, 25% don't meet customer expectations at all.

By Hans Zachar 12 Nov 2018

Basetsana Kumalo, Executive Chairman & CEO, Basetsana Woman Investment Holdings, South Africa, with the winner of the AWIEF Awards 2018 Creative Industries Award, Nana Akua Oppong-Birmeh, CEO of Archxenus, an architectural design company based in Accra, Ghana.
Africa's women entrepreneurs honoured at AWIEF Awards

The Africa women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum annual AWIEF Awards took place this weekend honouring and celebrating the achievements of women entrepreneurs and innovators across the African continent.

12 Nov 2018

#FairnessFirst: Why investigative journalism and media freedom matters
#FairnessFirst: Why investigative journalism and media freedom matters

The definition of media freedom is closely linked to that of freedom of expression as per the Constitution, for individuals to impart information and ideas without fear or favour. Luckily, it's becoming harder than ever to 'kill the story' in these technologically advanced times.

By Leigh Andrews 12 Nov 2018