Small publishers hope to benefit from government ad spending

Small independent publishers hope that government makes good on its plans to boost advertising spending in community publications, as many small players in the industry are struggling to make ends meet.

Fezile Monke, chairperson of the Eastern Province Community Print Media, said government had for years been promising to plough cash into publications owned by small publishers, but nothing had come of that. 

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Africa on the verge of a tech boom

By all accounts, Africa is on the verge of a tech boom akin to a latter day gold rush. Such is the enthusiasm that this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) posed the question: “Is Africa leading the innovation revolution?”

The Wall Street Journal ventured that Africa might give rise to the next Mark Zuckerberg, referring to the founder of Facebook.

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South African firms magnets for online fraudsters

With the South African economy hopelessly heading towards a recession, companies and their clients are increasingly becoming at risk of being targeted by cash-desperate cybercrime syndicates hell-bent on hitting big scores without being detected.

Africa’s most financially sophisticated economy is a magnet for internet criminals, with South African companies reporting a 23% surge in cybercrime incidents since 2014, according to PwC’s biennial Global Economic Crime Survey released last month.

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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.

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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.

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