A loadshedding guide for SMEs

Eskom has announced the return of stage 2 load shedding due to a broken coal conveyor belt at Medupi and boiler tube leaks at five electricity generating units. By Pieter Bensch, executive vice-president: Africa & Middle East at Sage We cannot be certain how long...

Why crypto is particularly hot in South Africa

South Africa is a leading market for cryptocurrency adoption. This is according to cryptocurrency exchange Luno, which was launched in South Africa in 2013 and was one of the early pioneers that helped build the country’s cryptocurrency infrastructure. Today, Luno is...

How to fast-track 4IR

A single, efficient policy for building telecommunications infrastructure is essential for South Africa to seize the opportunities of 5G and the fourth Industrial revolution (4IR). This was the message from telecoms and ICT experts at the Africa Meet Up 2019, Africa’s...

Peer-to-peer finance boosts entrepreneurship

Blockchain technology and the role of entrepreneurship in driving Africa’s prosperity in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), were some of the key topics taking centre stage at this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa. With nearly 3-million users globally...

Healthcare, transport reimagined with 4IR

Imagine a world in which doctors will be able to predict illness, and really offer healthcare, as opposed to the “sick care” that they provide today; or a future in which your self-driving car could be despatched to collect groceries or pick up children from school...

Breaking the mental health taboo for men

South African men are more likely to commit suicide than women. In fact, by 2016, four times more men died by of suicide than women. The causes are complex, ranging from the lack of mental care awareness in men, to entrenched cultural beliefs about mental health and...

Seven years of Microsoft 4Afrika

It has been seven years since Microsoft first launched its 4Afrika Initiative – a continent-wide, multi-million dollar investment to accelerate digital transformation in Africa. South Africa was one of the first countries to benefit, with the opening of an AppFactory...

A model for easing global trade tensions

Global uncertainties and tensions are escalating and affecting trade in every region. We see rising protectionism, while multilateral cooperation – including through the World Trade Organisation – is increasingly under threat. By Patricia Scotland,...

Why your business needs a proper business fibre connection

“It’s not personal, Sonny. It’s strictly business.” This famous line by Michael Corleone in The Godfather, a bona fide Francis Ford Coppola movie classic, has raised more disputes than the Don has ordered hits about whether it’s really possible to keep...

How millennials are changing the workplace

As more and more of this coming generation complete formal education and take up jobs, millennials are dramatically changing the nature of the modern workforce. By as early as 2025, as much as 75% of the global workforce could be millennials and they will bring a...

A new era of wireless connectivity

Twenty years ago, with the release of 802.11b, WiFi began its conquest of the world networking scene in earnest. WiFi can easily be called out as one of the most popular technologies of the last two decades. Just as mobile telephony and mobile internet, it has become...

Intel delivers 64-chip neuromorphic system

Intel has announced that an 8-million-neuron neuromorphic system comprising 64 Loihi research chips — codenamed Pohoiki Beach — is now available to the broader research community. With Pohoiki Beach, researchers can experiment with Intel’s brain-inspired research...