This month's Marketing Mastermind is Gustav Praekelt, founder and chairman of non-profit organisation, The Praekelt Foundation. He discusses the National Covid-19 WhatsApp Hotline...
Google has announced plans to help businesses, job seekers, educational institutions and vulnerable populations as they grapple with the "new normal"...
At the International Aids Conference 2016, currently being held in Durban, the Praekelt Foundation will launch a new chatbot for Messenger, integrated into the South African Department of Health's MomConnect...
A bot for messenger was launched at the International Aids Conference 2016. The bot will provide mothers with a more affordable way to access relevant messages...
The Praekelt Foundation has partnered with Facebook to support the impact of Internet.org and the Free Basics by Facebook platform...
Facebook's free internet service, Free Basics, has announced a new partnership with the Praekelt Foundation - establishing free start-up incubators for countries with limited access to the internet...
Beverley Klein 17 Nov 2015
What's wrong with smoking dagga? My friends pressure me to smoke with them, how can I refuse? Everybody in my family drinks; why can't I drink...?
TedxSoweto's fifth edition, titled "Silver Linings", takes place at the Soweto Theatre on Saturday, 22 November, and will celebrate some of the strides that South Africa and the rest of the continent have made in technology and business...
Issued by Ornico 18 Nov 2014
The 2014 opening session to kick off the 17th Annual AfricaCom conference on 11 November 2014 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, is set to deliver thought provoking debate...
Hacks/Hackers Johannesburg will be hosting a workshop and hackathon at the Fak'ugesi Digital Africa Festival, exploring data and visual storytelling and how to make numbers look great...
AppCircus@Mobile Web Africa takes place in Johannesburg on 11 September. Sponsored by Intel, the competition will gather the region's top mobile developers to showcase their latest app creations...
According to the UNCTAD, Africa offers the highest return on direct foreign investment in the world. However, as much as Africa has much to offer in terms of trade, the business environment is littered with legal, political, social and economic challenges.
Authors from Regent Business School 20 Jun 2014
Business and Arts South Africa is kicking off its 2014 Africa Breakfast series in March and has lined up a trio of risk-takers and innovators for the event.
Issued by Business and Arts South Africa 21 Feb 2014
On the first day of the Inclusive Healthcare Innovation Summit in Cape Town, 29 January 2014, seven extraordinary South African healthcare projects in five categories were honoured.
In partnership with Airtel, Wikipedia and Praekelt Foundation will make Wikipedia Zero available on mobile in Kenya.
A University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD graduate is changing the lives of unemployed skilled workers through a ground-breaking technology solution that has also secured her a job with Google in Africa.
The sight of teenagers selling mushrooms using mobile phones is becoming a familiar one in rural Namibia. Namibia Polytechnic faculty member Maurice Nkusi, designer of a cellphone-based curriculum, told the TechDailyNews that most of these children have never even used a computer. But the rapidity with which they master new technology reflects the era in which they are living.
Jocelyne Sambira 6 Jun 2013
Africa is a continent burdened with shortages that result from years of political instability, ethnic conflict, climate change, colonisation and other man-made mechanisms. It is evident that regions plagued by extreme poverty usually equate to extreme isolation and now mobile technology is attempting to breach the communication gap between the 'have' and 'have not' that results from years of social and economic separation.
Yusuf Begg 6 Feb 2013
To encourage South Africans to support non-profit organisations (NPOs), Vodacom has created a newly launched web and mobisite that enables the public to search for an NPO, read its basic profile, view what projects and needs it has, contact it and make a cash donation in a safe and easy way through a dedicated short code SMS.
A full spectrum of 220 attendees from the mobile industry gathered yesterday, 28 November 2012, at The Venue Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, South Africa for the fourth annual Mobile Web Africa conference. The event, which has been organised by UK-based All Amber, has been deemed a huge success with involvement from all the major stakeholders in what was a very interactive and output-rich first day.
Highly interconnected global companies have exploded in complexity and power and increasingly affect our lives for good and bad, yet in tandem with this growth, corporate governance has weakened, while the opacity and complexity of this corporate world is a key enabler of corruption, tax avoidance and organised crime.
The AfricaCom Awards, which acknowledges the growth and importance of the telecoms and digital sectors across the African continent, is set to take place during the 2012 AfricaCom conference taking place from 13-15 November at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), South Africa, under the theme 'Reaching the Next Frontier for Growth'. The shortlist of contenders for the 2012 AfricaCom Awards have been released.
The first Coding For Democracy Hackathon, under the umbrella of ODADI (Open Data & Democracy Initiative), was held in Cape Town, South Africa from 4-5 August 2012, with over 100 geeks, journalists and activists joining hands for a collaborative weekend of building useful apps.
It's no secret that mobile is the medium for Africa - millions use mobile-only social networks, young cellphone users are driving the growth of Twitter on the continent and mobile payment systems are major ecommerce players.
Lauren Granger 12 Jul 2012
YoungAfricaLive, a mobile community that entertains and educates young people on topics of love, sexual health, gender and relationships affecting the youth, has launched in Kenya, adding to the mobile community portal's presence in East Africa which commenced when YoungAfricaLive launched in Tanzania in December 2011.
YoungAfricaLive, a mobile community that entertains and educates young people on topics of love, sexual health, gender and relationships affecting the youth, launched yesterday, 1 December 2011 in Tanzania.
Late last week, the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), a global trade association for the mobile industry, celebrated 56 winners across key mobile categories at the seventh Annual Global Mobile Marketing Awards for Innovation, Creativity and Leadership. South African companies were among the winners to receive the Smarties, the new name unveiled during the ceremony's opening.
Eighty-one percent of South African youth equate not telling your sexual partner that you are HIV positive with murder, a survey revealed on Wednesday.
Oh yes they are! Praekelt Foundation has released the results of a groundbreaking Youth Sex Survey, conducted on its YoungAfricaLive mobile platform that gives fascinating insight into the sexual behaviour and beliefs of South Africa's youth.
JOHANNESBURG: Omidyar Network on Tuesday, 7 December 2010 announced an US$825,000 grant to the Praekelt Foundation to support its pioneering use of mobile technology to drive positive social change. Funded through Omidyar Network's Government Transparency investment area, the grant will be used to extend the foundation's mobile technology platforms across Africa.
The Shuttleworth Foundation, as part of its m4Lit (mobiles for literacy) project, launched a new library of cellphone stories - also known as mobile novels or m-novels in South Africa. Over the next six months the plan for Yoza is to build a library of cellphone stories of multiple genres that are available to teens not only in South Africa, but throughout Africa.
The Loerie Awards has announced the entrants for the inaugural Ubuntu Award. The Ubuntu Award, sponsored by Hetzner, aims to recognise the positive influence of brands on the social and physical environment.
NEW YORK, LONDON, SINGAPORE & SAO PAULO: The finalists in the fourth annual Global Mobile Marketing Awards, which honour the companies who are successfully using and leading the adoption of the mobile channel for marketing purposes, were released yesterday, Tuesday, 28 October 2008, by the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA).