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.

1 day 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 1 day 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).

1 day 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.

2 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.

2 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

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

TechCrunching the African Startup Battlefield with Mike Butcher
TechCrunching the African Startup Battlefield with Mike Butcher

As a writer, editor, interviewer, moderator and columnist in the tech media world, Mike Butcher covers everything - from the smallest tech startups to the largest tech giants. He has been named one of the most influential people in European technology by various newspaper and magazines.

By Evan-Lee Courie 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

#AEC2018: Africa's integration is no longer a choice
#AEC2018: Africa's integration is no longer a choice

KIGALI, Rwanda - Participants to the 13th African Economic Conference called for African countries to leverage the full range of their strengths and resources to accelerate the region's drive towards continental integration.

5 Dec 2018

The growth of Instagram among world leaders
The growth of Instagram among world leaders

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo is Sub-Saharan Africa's most followed leader on Instagram with 431,000 followers, ahead of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, with more than 165,000 followers each.

5 Dec 2018

Africa's mobile money ecosystem connects to China
Africa's mobile money ecosystem connects to China

Africa's largest mobile money ecosystem has connected to China's largest payment service in real-time, with the partnership between Family Bank in Kenya and SimbaPay, launching instant transfers to China's WeChat.

5 Dec 2018