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BCG: AI is not a silver bullet, but its opportunities are huge

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Microsoft South Africa, and Wits Business School have released a report detailing the potential societal benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) for South Africa.

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Interview: Juliet Ehimuan on Africa's next wave of innovation

Juliet Ehimuan, founder and CEO of Beyond Limits Africa and ex-MD of Google West Africa, spoke to Connecting Africa about the next wave of innovation in Africa and the continent's digital future.

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Vodacom KZN to invest $53M into network improvement, rural sites

Vodacom KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) will invest over R1 billion (US$53 million) this financial year into its network to increase capacity and resilience and accelerate connectivity, particularly in rural areas of the SA province.

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Omdia View: August 2023

Highlights in August 2023 in the Middle East and Africa included a commercial 5G launch from Ethio Telecom and the signing of a virtual wheeling agreement between Vodacom South Africa and Eskom – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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Cassava Tech Talks, Ep. 1: Building African Intelligence

The pilot episode of the Cassava Tech Talks podcast covers the transformative power of technology to reduce the digital divide by leveraging true African Intelligence. Guests are Hardy Pemhiwa, Group CEO of Cassava Technologies, and Hendrik Malan, CEO of Frost & Sullivan Sub-Saharan Africa. #sponsored

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InDrive enters Zimbabwe's Bulawayo

Ride-sharing platform InDrive is expanding its services to Zimbabwean city of Bulawayo after successfully introducing its services in the capital of Harare in May this year.

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MTN signs IoT deal in SA, e-waste recycling project in Benin

MTN South Africa announced a partnership with Eseye, a global provider of Internet of Things (IoT) services, while MTN Benin has opened up about an e-waste recycling project in collaboration with Ericsson.

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4Sight Holdings ramps up 4IR, enterprise tech expansion

4Sight Holdings CEO Tertius Zitzke spoke with Connecting Africa about the diversified technology group's expansion plans in Africa and globally, as demand for digital transformation and fourth industrial revolution (4IR) tech grows in the enterprise market.

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Five African healthtech startups to watch

Connecting Africa has compiled a list of five African healthtech startups that have been making an impact in the lives of the communities they serve and are worth keeping an eye on in 2023.

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Vodacom, Eskom sign 'virtual wheeling' power deal in SA

Telecom operator Vodacom has signed a "virtual wheeling agreement" with state-owned power company Eskom, which aims to help accelerate efforts to solve South Africa's energy crisis.

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Testify equips Nigerians with software testing skills

Nigerian software testing consultancy firm and academy Testify aspires to equip 5,000 people with employable tech skills through software testing by 2025.

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Google launches AI accelerator for Africa

Google has announced a new Startups Accelerator: AI First program aimed specifically at startups looking to use artificial intelligence to solve local challenges.

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Interview: Juliet Ehimuan on Africa's next wave of innovation

Juliet Ehimuan, founder and CEO of Beyond Limits Africa and ex-MD of Google West Africa, spoke to Connecting Africa about the next wave of innovation in Africa and the continent's digital future.

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InDrive enters Zimbabwe's Bulawayo

Ride-sharing platform InDrive is expanding its services to Zimbabwean city of Bulawayo after successfully introducing its services in the capital of Harare in May this year.

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The 100 most influential African leaders in 2023

A new report from Africa Tech Festival and Connecting Africa puts a spotlight on the top 100 African leaders in the telecoms and technology sector in 2023.

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Deep dive into East Africa's tech startup ecosystem

New survey reveals a lack of access to investors, reliance on international VCs and global recession trends as the biggest barriers for East African tech startups to access funds.

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Challenges and opportunities for women's tech careers

A new survey reveals that COVID-19, the cost-of-living crisis, skills shortages and a lack of mentorship have negatively affected women's career development over the past two years.

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Omdia View: August 2023

By Omdia Analysts

Highlights in August 2023 in the Middle East and Africa included a commercial 5G launch from Ethio Telecom and the signing of a virtual wheeling agreement between Vodacom South Africa and Eskom – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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Omdia View: February 2023

By Omdia Analysts

In February 2023 key events in the Middle East and Africa included a major Internet project for Africa's underserved by Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Microsoft as well as a 5G launch in Tanzania – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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