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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?
  • PUL Motion Dismissed in Liberia

    LIBERIA, 2013/11/19 The Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia has denied a motion filed by the Press Union of Liberia or PUL, requesting the dismissal of the injunction placed on its election process in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. Presiding Judge J. Boima Kontoe ruled yesterday that the contention by the PUL that journalists J. Cholo Brooks and W. Omecee Johnson did not meet the requirements of the Elections Commission was an issue of fact that must be established. The two complainants on November 8, filed a five count petition for declaratory judgment along with a motion for preliminary injunction, contending that they were members of the PUL, but were denied by the electoral commission from participating in the election. They claimed in the petition that they were not accorded due process at the same time as their candidacies were denied.
  • Liberia: Lonestar Cell MTN, CBL Launch Mobile Money Service

    LIBERIA, 2013/06/29 The New Dawn in Monrovia reports that Lonestar Cell MTN and the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) have launched a mobile money service at the Guaranty Trust (GT) Bank of Liberia Ltd. According to the report the new service is aimed at all citizens, those residing in urban and rural areas. It is said to represent GT Bank’s contribution to CBL’s financial inclusion strategy and also help bridge the gap between the unbanked and banked communities.
  • Libercell Back In Court

    LIBERIA, 2012/12/09 Less than a week after Libercell won a tentative court ruling not to suspend its services, the telecom operator finds itself back in the courtroom, this time over taxes. Liberia’s Supreme Court ordered Tax Court Judge Eva Mappy Morgan to resume jurisdiction over mobile operator Libercell’s tax arrears trial.
  • Internet is going mobile

    BOTSWANA, 2012/07/30 As people the world over go online, the majority of users' primary means of Internet access will be their mobile phones. This is according to the new “Traffic and Market Statement” by Ericsson, which looks at the mobile landscape for the next five years. Ericsson's chief of strategic marketing and intelligence, Patrick Cerwall, says: “The Internet is going mobile. Mobile PC and tablet subscriptions will, by 2017, be on the same level as fixed broadband subscriptions.”