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WEF on Africa 2016: Digital technology in schools

What problems can be solved by the use of digital technology in schools? This was one of the questions discussed at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali. Speakers from across the world gave their insights into how digital technology could improve learning inside and outside classrooms.

More South Africans log on via mobile

More South Africans log on via mobile

The number of cellphones in South Africa has soared by over 800% in the past decade or so, according a new report. And while internet connectivity speeds are ponderously slow and very expensive, this has not stopped South Africans from using their phones to connect to the web.
Ebola survivors share life-saving tips via mobile app

Ebola survivors share life-saving tips via mobile app

"Yes, I survived Ebola," a Guinean woman said in the first message sent through an interactive application that is being used to deliver public health information about Ebola to affected populations, helping to reduce the stigma faced by survivors in West Africa.
Mobile subscription in Africa set for huge growth

Mobile subscription in Africa set for huge growth

A report by Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) shows that individual mobile subscribers in sub-Saharan Africa will grow significantly in the next five to six years, fuelled by cheaper mobile services and the current economic boom in the region.
Africa’s mobile money market flourishing

Africa’s mobile money market flourishing

The African continent is experiencing significant growth in mobile money transaction and payment solutions, despite some regulatory bodies being slow in adapting financial inclusion policies as required by their governments.
Mobile video-streaming app for low-bandwidth Africa

Mobile video-streaming app for low-bandwidth Africa

A South African developed video streaming solution, specially designed to cater for the low-speed internet environment encountered in most parts of Africa, has been released as a free mobile application for Apple and Android phones.
All the election info

All the election info, results via mobile app

The Independent Electoral Commission has released three mobile apps ahead of Wednesday's election, including an app that allows voters to get the election results in real time, from the first result to the last, including the final seat allocation.
Mobile money crosses borders with MTN

WhatsApp takes SA mobile phones by storm

WhatsApp could soon be the leading social network on South African mobile phones, with more than half - or 10.6-million - of the country's urban adults now using the instant messaging service, according to researchers World Wide Worx and Fuseware.
Over a million South Africans volunteer

WEF award for SA volunteer project

South African project myHandsandHeart, an online and mobile platform for matching organisations and youth volunteers, was named on Tuesday as one of six winners of a global competition for local initiatives that are having a positive impact on their communities.
UN award for SA's Dr Math mobile tool

Africa’s mobile boom: ‘huge opportunities’

While the number of mobile subscribers is growing faster in sub-Saharan Africa than anywhere else in the world, the rate of penetration is the lowest, a new study finds. This presents huge opportunities for growth, despite substantial challenges.

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