Former MTN executive to launch project that may create 500 000 jobs
A former executive of MTN is to launch a new telecommunications system that will enable 500 000 township entrepreneurs in South Africa to sell prepaid airtime from their cellphones by transferring it straight to end users, following on the success of the pilot project in Ghana.
Chris Kilowan, former MTN director and now chief executive of pan-African technology firm Amoss Holdings, is planning to roll out the prepaid distribution system, first in Gauteng before extending it to the rest of the country and much later throughout the sub-Saharan region.
Port Elizabeth surprises with innovative tech start-up
Port Elizabeth, a harbour city of 1.3 million inhabitants situated along the south-east coast of Africa, is hardly a place to expect to find a top-notch tech start-up company that attracts the attention of Silicon Valley, famous for giving birth to cyber behemoths like Microsoft, Apple, Google and Facebook.
The city is home to the continent’s largest man-made deep-water harbour Ngqura, and can be best described as the Detroit of South Africa.