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  • Digital IQ for African companies track global averages – but South Africa is at risk of falling behind

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/04 Most organisations around the world have not done enough to keep up with the digital era – and leadership is falling short, with a lot of chief executives not from presently on fully engaged in the initiatives of digital transformation. African companies match their world peers in a lot of measures of Digital IQ: just over half (52%) rate their organisation’s Digital IQ as strong – a score of 70% or better. However, South African companies stand at risk, with less than half (47%) rating their organisation’s IQ over 70%. These are some of the highlights from the 10th edition of PwC’s World Digital IQ survey (, with a focus on Africa. “Digital IQ has a different meaning today than it had at the same time as PwC ( started this research a decade ago. Tielman Botha, Digital Lead for PwC South Africa, says: “Today, the scope and scale of digital-driven change has grown significantly, and organisations have invested a lot of time and money to keep up.
  • Five billion people in the world use mobile phones, 436 million in sub-Sahara Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/06/15 The number of mobile phone subscribers in the world has reached five billion, according to the research arm of the world mobile industry organization, GSMA. But sub-Sahara Africa is the least penetrated with 436 million incomparable subscribers, the organization says in a press release copied to The GSMA defines a ‘incomparable mobile subscriber’ as an individual person that can account for multiple ‘mobile connections’, that is SIM cards. According to GSMA Intelligence, the world’s five billion incomparable mobile subscribers today account for approximately 7.7 billion mobile connections – excluding mobile-to-mobile (M2M).
  • 3 Ways Digital Technology Can Transform Africa Into a Global Power

    BOTSWANA, 2016/11/03 Africa is home to some of the world’s greatest digital innovations. From medical applications to inventions aimed at enabling the continent’s educational system, the continent is not just experiencing a digital revolution, but it’s as well solidifying its place as world leader in science and technology. The number of young people creating life-changing digital applications in Africa continues to grow. In Mozambique, counselors are using Short Message Services to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS, while in Nigeria a Do It Yourself generator that can produce six hours of power just from a liter of urine was invented by a group of 15-year-old girls. And in Zimbabwe, a 24-year-old engineering student has managed approaching up with a machine that turns plastic into diesel.

    BOTSWANA, 2016/08/13 Africa is the second-largest continent, after Asia, in size and population; located south of Europe and bordered to the west by the Atlantic Ocean and to the east by the Indian Ocean.
  • Africa,Protect Refugees With Mobile Banking

    BOTSWANA, 2016/02/08 "Mean spirited", "inhumane" and desecrating the spirit of the Refugee Convention are some of the milder criticisms levelled at Denmark's harsh new asylum laws, passed last week. Part new measures is a decision to strip new arrivals of any cash and valuables worth additional than 10,000 kroner (US$1,450), purportedly to pay for their upkeep. Switzerland and some southern German states have introduced similar policies. It's a move that reflects the fragmenting world of European migration policy, lacking in solidarity, empathy and basic human decency. But what of the financial implications for asylum seekers?
  • Local media review 2014, reflect on the New Year

    ZAMBIA, 2015/01/05 Zambian newspapers this week reflected on the major events that occurred in the country in 2014 and what lies ahead in 2015. The death of President Michael Sata on 28 Oct., four days next the country celebrated 50 years of its independence anniversary, was part the major focus by newspapers here. “The country was in shock. Although our president’s failing health was for a long time masked, it was increasingly becoming difficult to conceal that he was not well. Statements were issued to the result that he was well, he was in good health. But his physical national was saying something different,' the independent Post newspaper said in an editorial this week reflecting on the year 2014. 'The country remained disciplined and gave our president a respected end to his life. We hope lessons were learnt on how to transaction or how not to transaction with the health of the president of the Republic,” the paper added.
  • The Zambia Data and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA)

    ZAMBIA, 2014/10/10 The Zambia Data and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) is calling on the private sector to take the lead in creating request in ICT, by injecting heavier investments into the sector. The move has been proposed in order to give consumers access to affordable solutions. ZICTA director general Margaret Mudenda stated that: “There is need to enhance infrastructure development in rural parts of the country.” According to Zambia’s Daily Mail, Mudenda said a society that has access to ICTs is exposed and contributes to the development of the economy.
  • Public sphere under threat in Zambia

    ZAMBIA, 2014/05/25 The Media institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has expressed concern that the existence of a public sphere is under threat in Zambia because of some acts of intolerance by some stakeholders and continued existence of archaic laws that continue to be used to suppress press freedom and freedom of expression. MISA which referred to public sphere as a space where the citizens of a country exchange ideas and discuss issues, such as radio, television, newspapers and the internet, in order to reach agreement about matters of general interest, said this is significant for the proper functioning of any democracy and existence of good governance. “The respect for media freedom in the country is deteriorating thus threatening the existence of a public sphere. According to Freedom Home, Zambia has gone back to being ‘not free’ from being ‘partially free’ for a period of two years; 2011 and 2012. Even our own findings as well speak to the same issues that press freedom and freedom of expression is deteriorating,” MISA Zambia chairperson Hellen Mwale, claimed Thursday.
  • MTN Group has agreed to sell its tower portfolios in Rwanda and Zambia

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2014/01/02 South Africa based MTN Group has agreed to sell its tower portfolios in Rwanda and Zambia to IHS Holding for an undisclosed all. Under the terms of the transaction, MTN will sell a total of 1,228 mobile network towers to IHS’s subsidiaries in Rwanda and Zambia, comprised of 524 and 704 towers respectively. The sale of the towers builds on two previous deals with IHS in Cameroon and Côté d’Ivoire, for a total of 1,758 towers.
  • Experimental Network Connects Zambia’s Most Remote

    ZAMBIA, 2013/07/19 Range Networks, a leading U.S.provider of commercial open-source cellular systems, announced this week that it had successfully deployed an experimental cellular network in Southern Zambia. The Mobility Management and Networking Laboratory (Moment Lab) at UC Santa Barbara chose Range Networks Snap Network and OpenBTS software to provide voice and SMS service in the sprawling village of Macha. The team used the deployment to study rural cellular networks and serve as a proof-of-concept project for next deployments in Zambia and other remote regions. The average gain of the community is reportedly around $1 per day. The network was set-up as a free service, using open source software, to study the feasibility of low-cost systems to potentially cover billions of people around the world without cellular access.