#ECO19: Is your mobile commerce strategy excluding the mass market?
#ECO19: Is your mobile commerce strategy excluding the mass market?

While South Africa saw a 25% increase in online retail over the last 12 months, we need to grow e-commerce beyond the 2% of total retail sales that it currently occupies. And mobile should be the way to do that, said Yolande Steyn, an independent consultant with experience working at Takealot and FNB.

By Lauren Hartzenberg 2 days ago

Buddah in Africa film.
'Buddha in Africa' addresses Chinese involvement in Africa

Buddha in Africa follows the personal story of a teenager growing up in a Chinese Buddhist orphanage in Malawi and the challenges he faces between his African roots and Chinese upbringing. Against the backdrop of China's global rise, the film provides a unique insight into Chinese soft power in Africa.

3 days ago

South African teams on the ground in Mozambique, aided by the South African Air Force. Image credit: IPSS Medical Rescue/Paul Herbst.
#NEWSWATCH: Global relief effort after Cyclone Idai devastation

The first thing you see on the ground in Mozambique is "destruction", according to rescue teams from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), responding to the cyclone-hit areas in Beira, Mozambique, a port city with half a million people reportedly "90% destroyed".

By Louise Marsland 3 days ago

Prosumers key to addressing Africa's power challenges
Prosumers key to addressing Africa's power challenges

The rise of the prosumer - a trend that has been gathering momentum in Europe in recent times - could well be the answer to a multitude of challenges faced by the power utilities in Africa.

By Marleze van Loggerenberg 3 days ago

Mike Joubert of the Billybo Group, in action on the eCommerce Africa 2019 stage.
#ECO19: Unpack why your brand story matters before you start telling it

In a talk titled 'Why your story matters', in the driving demand track of the fifth eCommerce Africa conference, attendees heard from Mike Joubert, founder of the Billybo Group. Dubbed a godfather in SA brands and marketing, he walked us through the virtue of storytelling and why it matters, while shedding light through examples from some of the greatest commercial stories ever told.

By Leigh Andrews 20 Mar 2019

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Journalists aim to curb human trafficking

Earlier this month, 27 journalists from community and national radio stations in Sierra Leone established a unique kind of national network against trafficking in persons (TiP) in the country.

20 Mar 2019

Ethiopian Negash Abdourahman, presents 'Cuba in Africa' at the Embassy of Cuba in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Cuba's history in Africa documented

The premiere in Africa of the documentary Cuba in Africa made by the Ethiopian Negash Abdourahman, was presented at the Embassy of Cuba in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

20 Mar 2019

Chantel Botha of BrandLove in action at eCommerce Africa 2019.
#ECO19: Why brands need to create emotional experiences for Generation CX

The 5th eCommerce Africa conference kicked off at the CTICC on 19 March 2019 with a keynote session by Chantel Botha, founder of BrandLove, in the customer experience track, titled: 'More than a feeling, on why CX is the #1 competitive differentiator'. Here's what you missed!

By Leigh Andrews 19 Mar 2019

#HumanRightsDay: The human cost of journalism globally
#HumanRightsDay: The human cost of journalism globally

The Committee to Protect Journalists has released The Last Column book to highlight the human cost of journalism around the globe. The book features the final articles and photographs of fallen journalists. Press freedom is a human right.

19 Mar 2019

The entrance to Fespaco’s main venue, Cinema Burkina. Credit: Pier Paolo Frassinelli.
Showcasing African films on the continent for 50 years

There is no better place to assess the state of auteur African cinema than at its premier showcase, the biennial film festival in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. Popularly known by its acronym, FESPACO, the Festival panafricain du cinéma et de la télévision de Ouagadougou recently celebrated its 50th birthday.

By Pier Paolo Frassinelli 19 Mar 2019

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Focus shifts to a mobile economy in Africa

Africa is judiciously positioned to be the next big mobile market, enviously eyed by global investors for her enormous growth opportunities. 2019 is undeniably the year to prioritise investments in Africa's mobile market, to leverage this monetary opportunity.

By Josephine Wawira 19 Mar 2019

Amazon Prime to offer African content to international audiences
Amazon Prime to offer African content to international audiences

Long ago, having access to African content was difficult for international audiences. With the rebirth of African cinema and the new emergence of producers and directors, more of African content keeps on rising.

19 Mar 2019

Aerial view of Tengani, Nsanje, Malawi, affected by floods due to the incessant rains from March 5 to March 9, 2019.
UN and humanitarian agencies assessing impact of "horrifying" Cyclone Idai

Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe are all counting the cost after the deadly Cyclone Idai tore through their countries over the past four days. The United Nations is sending in its teams and the Red Cross today reported that they had reached the devastated Mozambiquen city of Beira on Sunday, which is reportedly "90% destroyed".

18 Mar 2019