Digital currency is seen as "disruptive innovation" that can solve Africa-specific needs, serve the unbanked, and play a transformative role. All this and more is on the cards for Cape Town's BitHub, which will host regular workshops and events on digital currency and fintech innovation.
A simple plastic heart valve designed to treat rheumatic heart disease in a cost-effective and accessible way has been developed by a South African company, helping the 1.4-million sufferers of the disease - the vast majority of whom live in the developing world.
Four South African innovations have beat a record 925 applications from 41 countries to the punch, and are among 10 nominees for the Innovation Prize for Africa 2015. Among them are a green minicab service and a fire detection alert.
A high-end digital design, a 3D printer and some dedicated people who pooled their resources have helped an amputee Joburg goose get its groove back. Ozzie the goose has a prosthetic leg printed on a 3D printer that is enabling it to walk, forage and hopefully swim and fly again soon.
The Chamber of Mines building in Johannesburg will now be powered by a 100kW fuel cell that runs on platinum and natural gas - a showcase of the potential South Africa has to become a significant player in the manufacture of platinum power fuel cell technology.
The second Automotive Incubation Centre has opened in the capital city, Tshwane. It will establish and nurture small- and medium-sized enterprises that can supply components to Nissan South Africa's production line. It is expected to bring economic transformation.
IBM plans to expand its global research network into South Africa by establishing a research lab in Tshimologong Precinct in Braamfontein. The lab will focus on advancing big data, cloud computing and mobile technologies.
The adoption of new technologies in the mining sector and innovation around robotics and mechanisation is helping to enhance South Africa's global competitiveness, writes Brand SA board member Rick Mennell.
South African enterprises have a relatively high and novel innovation rate, and the country is increasingly investing in research and development. Now, the Innovation Bridge is closing the gap between R&D and the market, and contributing to economic competitiveness.
Cape Town's plans to become Africa's first digital city received a boost on Tuesday when it switched on its new open data portal, making public-sector information - such as the latest budget, tenders and bus station routes - easily and freely available to the city's residents.