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South Africa Pres Zuma in Tanzania ahead of peace talks
President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, where he will hold talks with his counterpart President Jakaya Kikwete.
South Africa South Africa: Community Active
From recycling with cycles to using waste to build cheap computers, meet the young social entrepreneurs changing Africa. One of the most promising aspects of new technology is the opportunties it provides to young social entrepreneurs across the African continent. The Woelab in Lome, Togo's capital city, is a place dedicated to "the democracy of technology".
South Africa South Africa: Improving Workflows in Government
The South African public sector, including national government departments and all 284 local municipalities, is under increasing pressure to reduce operational costs and streamline processes in order to become more efficient, says Avi Rose, South Africa country manager at ARX. Additionally, government departments are faced with the challenge of limited human and monetary resources. In order to deliver better, more efficient and cost effective service to their customers – the citizens of South A ...
South Africa South Africa: Infrastructure Crucial for African Growth
The development of infrastructure remains the standout theme in Africa’s rapid growth trajectory. In recent weeks roundtables on capital projects and infrastructure spending have highlighted trends in SA and other sub-Saharan African markets across diverse sectors, including, energy, transport, water and agriculture. PwC released two reports in the period; the first looking at the health of the South African construction industry, the second concerning the challenges and outlook for infrastruct ...
South Africa South Africa: Johannesburg Still Africa’s Most Visited City
Johannesburg is set to be the most popular destination city in Africa for the second year running, followed by Cape Town, according to the 2014 MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index. Johannesburg expects 4,3-million international overnight visitors in 2014, a 4,9% increase on last year’s 4,1-million visitors. Johannesburg also comes out tops in Africa in terms of international visitor expenditure, with travellers expected to spend a substantial US$3,2-billion in 2014, compared to US$3,06-b ...
South Africa South Africa: Jozi in SA a Well of Innovation
Johannesburg has been named as the second-most inspiring city in the world, after Hong Kong, by the 2014 Good City Index. In a study conducted by the global Good magazine, Joburg scored the highest points in all categories the publication uses to rank cities. These included categories such as being a Hub of Progress, City Engagement, Street Life, Defining Moments, Connectivity, Green Life, Diversity and Work Life Balance. The metropolitan city is one of only three African cities to feature in ...
South Africa South Africa: The Department of Labour Holds Seminar on Hazardous Chemicals
The Department of Labour has held a seminar on the importance of facilities holding hazardous chemical substances in large quantities. The Major Hazard Installation (MHI) seminar, which was organised by the department in Polokwane today, was attended by over 100 stakeholders from organised business, local authorities and members of the public. Rachel Aphane, Specialist for Major Hazard Installation in the department, said companies that hold hazardous chemicals should notify local authori ...
South Africa South Africa: Local Government, Community Media Collaboration Needed
Communications Minister Faith Muthambi says local government is a very important sphere of government and that communicators should use community media to relate key messages to people on the ground. The Minister said this when she was interacting with communicators from across all spheres of government, including those from state-owned agencies, on Friday. In her address at the Imbizo Centre in Parliament, she said the various means of communications that exists between people and their local ...
Kenya Kenya: MasterCard Launches New Innovation Lab in East Africa
Across East Africa, millions are trapped in a cash economy, lacking financial services to help them fight risk, invest in their future and ultimately build better lives. There is an urgent need for the creation of commercially viable products and services for the unbanked and underbanked where less than a quarter of adults have an account with a formal financial institution. In effort to better this situation, MasterCard announced the launch of MasterCard Labs for Financial Inclusion, located i ...
Angola Angola: MasterCard Partners with EMIS in Angola
Empresa Interbacaria de Servicos (EMIS), the operator of Angola’s only interbank network, and MasterCard have announced a landmark partnership that sees all automated teller machines (ATMs) in the country accept MasterCard debit, credit and prepaid cards. From today, tourists, business travelers and local citizens carrying MasterCard payment cards can withdraw Angolan currency, Kwanza, from more than 2 600 ATMs, owned by the 23 banks in the EMIS network. Prior to the partnership, MasterCard car ...
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