Ilse is a group editor at She is the former editor for Marketing & Media Africa (@Biz_Africa) at and is also a contributing writer. In her spare time, she also does some freelance writing and editing. She is a lover of words, travel and all things digital. Email her at or find her on Twitter and Instagram.
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WhatsApp launches business app

NEWSWATCH: WhatsApp has launched WhatsApp Business - a free-to-download Android app for small businesses which allows them to chat with users...

By Ilse van den Berg 2 days ago

#StartupStory: Sxuirrel platform solves storage space issues

Sxuirrel is a local disruptive tech company that connects individuals with extra space to those in need of storage and parking space...

By Ilse van den Berg 15 Jan 2018

Smooth sailing over tough terrain in the new Nissan Patrol

With 66 years of the Patrol brand history, it is understandable that the Patrol has an almost cult-like following. Believe me, I've met a couple of them...

By Ilse van den Berg 14 Dec 2017

NEWSWATCH: Ferrari ups production, Audi to keep Ducati

Ferrari has announced that it may raise its production output to 9,000 cars in 2018 and Audi has announced that it plans to keep Italian motorcycle brand, Ducati...

By Ilse van den Berg 13 Dec 2017

Magical memories with MSC in Mozambique

The speedboat glided effortlessly over the see-through water and slowed down as we entered the bay. Luckily we were on the first shipment out, so we had some time to get a good spot on the beach. Soon it would be crowded with almost all the Sinfonia passengers...

By Ilse van den Berg 12 Dec 2017

#AfricaCom: How businesses can play their part in growing the tech ecosystem

Emeka Afigbo, strategic products partnerships manager at Facebook, says he is often reminded just how much the technical ecosystem in Africa has grown and how the internet is drastically changing the continent.

By Ilse van den Berg 10 Nov 2017

#AfricaCom: How innovation is better in Africa

Toby Shapshak, editor-in-chief of Stuff Magazine, shared some thoughts on how innovation is better in Africa at AfricaCom 2017. He highlighted some specific innovations to illustrate how the continent is leapfrogging into the future... (video)

By Ilse van den Berg 8 Nov 2017

#AfricaCom: Gaining a competitive advantage

AfricaCom 2017 is once again abuzz with delegates from all over the world and is even bigger and better than ever before - as is customary for events like these...

By Ilse van den Berg 8 Nov 2017

NEC/XON Summit 2017: Embrace automation  - you have no choice

Mark Hosking from Juniper shared some thoughts on the journey from automation to autonomy in his presentation, 'The self-driving network: From automation to autonomy', at the sixth annual NEC/XON Summit...

By Ilse van den Berg 8 Nov 2017

NEC/XON Summit 2017: Making Africa smarter and safer

The NEC/XON ICT Summit 2017 kicked off on Monday, 6 November 2017. Keynote speakers included the likes of Carel Coetzee, CEO of XON and Hironobu Kurosaki, president and CEO of NEC Europe...

By Ilse van den Berg 7 Nov 2017

NeXt-level adventure in the new Nissan X-Trail

The word 'SUV' it's definitely going to be on someone's "Most Popular Buzzwords for 2017" list at the end of the year. The thing with buzzwords though is, not everyone can get away with it. And 'SUV' is one word Nissan has gotten away with quite effortlessly...

By Ilse van den Berg 1 Nov 2017

Explore Data Science Academy launches in Cape Town

The burgeoning demand for data analytics in the digital economy far exceeds current supply. The Explore Data Science Academy, which recently launched in Cape Town, aims to meet this demand...

By Ilse van den Berg 31 Oct 2017

Living le good life at Langebaan Country Estate

Out on the R27, mountains get replaced with sand dunes and flat, stretched out spaces. But that doesn't mean it's any less beautiful. In fact, I find the West Coast allows me to breathe a bit...

By Ilse van den Berg 23 Oct 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: Go out there and do something that you love

A startup born in a dorm room in 2007 is now a successful business with 36 stores around the country. To date, weFix has expertly repaired smartphones as well as tablets, laptops, and DJI drones for over 700,000 customers...

By Ilse van den Berg 20 Oct 2017

Database of 30 million+ South Africans leaked online, property group is culprit

NEWSWATCH: After a database of more than 30 million South Africans had been leaked online, including estimated incomes‚ addresses, and cellphone numbers, one of the country's top real estate companies has admitted to being the unwitting source...

By Ilse van den Berg 19 Oct 2017

Serious Wi-Fi flaw found in WPA2 protocol

NEWSWATCH: A new cybersecurity attack, known as a ‘Krack' attack (key reinstallation attack) has revealed a flaw in Wi-Fi's WPA2's cryptographic protocols... (video)

By Ilse van den Berg 18 Oct 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: The humble beginnings of a bicycle courier company

Iyeza Health, the brainchild of two young entrepreneurs, Sizwe Nzima and Siraaj Adams, started off as a bicycle courier company to ease the burden of medicine collection for their community...

By Ilse van den Berg 9 Oct 2017

TransUnion releases Digital Dealers Guide

After 55 years of automotive dealers relying on a physical dealers guidebook for car valuation numbers, TransUnion has released its Digital Dealers Guide...

By Ilse van den Berg 6 Oct 2017

What you need to start doing about user experience

At the recent Gartner Symposium, I attended a session by Gartner Research Director, Magnus Revang on why user experience (UX) is hard for IT to deliver and what to do about it...

By Ilse van den Berg 6 Oct 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: Persistence propels businesses forward

Sabelo Sibanda and Thulisile Volwana are the founders of Millbug, an electronics manufacturing company, as well as Tuse, an Android app that tackles connectivity issues...

By Ilse van den Berg 4 Oct 2017

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