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David Ferbrache, technical director in KPMG’s cyber security practice, suggests that privacy will dominate the […]
Insurance has always been about risk transfer driven by data and analytics. Insurers were conducting […]
Africa’s thriving economies have an undeniable link to the success of technology on the continent. […]
Infrastructure development is the greatest challenge for Africa in the 21st century. Africa is set […]
The Infrastructure Consortium of Africa (ICA) believes that 40 billion potential work hours are lost […]
The threats from cyber adversaries are continuing to grow in scale and sophistication. Public and […]
How do we incorporate the informal economy into the formal? KPMG’s Global Chairman, John Veihmeyer […]
Automotive Manufacturing Plants prepare to expand in Africa While the South African automotive market looks […]
As countries grow wealthier, models of healthcare provision and financing need to adapt to increasing expectations and new demands for healthcare. In many countries, there is growing interest in developing affordable universal health coverage. While this will bring important benefits it also creates challenges.
According to a new study South Africa ranks as the fourth fastest growing digital economy in the world, coming in only after China, Malaysia and Thailand. Egypt, Kenya and Nigeria follow closely behind South Africa. The study, titled Digital Evolution Index, was conducted by The Fletcher School at Tufts University, Massachusetts, and the results were revealed last month.
More Africans have access to a mobile phone network than to piped water, electricity or a health clinic, revealed last month’s Afrobarometer, which canvassed 34 African nations. The report showed that while cellphone coverage is almost universal at 93%, only 64% of Africans have access to an electricity grid (many of which are moreover unreliable), 62% have access to a health clinic, and 59% have access to piped water.
Kenya Power is embracing innovative technologies and rolling out a new scheme: the installation of 5,000 smart meters in select parts of Nairobi. The move is part of a two-year, Sh150-million pilot scheme to evaluate the efficacy of the meters, which enable customers to track their own electricity consumption in real time while also allowing Kenya Power employees to remotely obtain meter readings.
On 28 October CONNECT was launched, a members-only online platform for connecting professionals in the nuclear field so that they can share knowledge and experiences and collaborate on projects. The launch was done at an interregional workshop that was part of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s International Conference on Challenges Faced by Technical and Scientific Support Organisations (TSOs) in Enhancing Nuclear Safety and Security, held in Beijing from 27 to 31 October.
The healthcare sector in Africa is considered a major growth opportunity for two main reasons: the tremendous health challenges that the continent faces, and the very serious deficiencies that still exist in Africa’s healthcare, compared to the rest of the world. The recent Ebola outbreak has put the sector in the spotlight. While some countries effectively met the challenge and were declared Ebola-free, some are still grappling with the horror of the epidemic.
Gaze out at the automotive horizon and you can almost see a new era coming into focus: the age of self-driving cars. An age when humans will no longer need to keep their eyes on the road. No more concerns about distracted driving or those dreaded rush hour commutes. Vehicles will whisk us where we want to go, quickly and efficiently, then scurry away.
With so many Nigerians happily surfing the net, why have local banks not converted more of these sophisticated web users into internet banking customers?
The most important trend for positively impacting healthcare in Africa is already underway: the steady rolling out of primary healthcare into ever more remote areas, providing vaccinations, clean water, midwife assistance and basic health advice to ever larger numbers of people.
Another important trend is taking place in Africa’s cities, where new private hospitals are providing outpatient services and the reassurance of quality emergency care to the new middle class.
With strong growth aspirations in infrastructure, finance, energy, mining and other sectors, the role of procurement in organisation is becoming very strategic.
Digitisation (the migration from analogue to digital technology) will help to bridge the digital divide between emerging and developed markets.
At present South Africa is leaps ahead of any other African country in terms of number and variety of distance learning institutions
Three of Tanzania’s telecom giants – Tigo, Zantel and Airtel – have joined forces to provide customers with a pioneering mobile money service.
The newly released Ericsson Mobility Report has predicted that mobile internet use is set to increase 20 fold in the next five years – which is also predicted to be double the estimated growth rate of the rest of the world.
The African technology market has emerged on the back of the continent’s mobile networks and is unlocking economic potential on the African continent in some of the most unconventional ways.
Africa Brief: Global investors losing out on Africa, Harare will not rush to return to its currency and more…
Global investors are missing great opportunities by not considering Africa for investment, with opportunity costs of up to $1.5bn being faced by those not investing in emerging markets.
At present, mobile internet is huge in Africa, with the continent accounting for 9% of global mobile subscriptions in early 2014. The downside to this news though, is the fact that most of these mobile subscriptions are still on GSM, rather than LTE or even 3G.