Pandemic drives SA firms to reassess digital transformation

Kathy Gibson reports – South African companies have fallen behind in their digital transformation efforts, despite the pandemic and lockdown making digital more relevant than ever before. Although just over half of companies are either fully transformed or underway,...

South Africans still excluded from financial services

Kathy Gibson reports – The South African financial market is a paradox in that a majority of people have bank accounts, but 80% of them don’t have access to financial services. Khulekani Mathe, head of financial inclusion at the Banking Association South Africa,...

The rise of 5G and its impact on the next normal

Kathy Gibson reports – A massive 1-million 5G subscriptions are going to be added every day this year, taking the total to 580-million users by the end of 2021. Todd Ashton, vice-president and head of Ericsson South and East Africa, points out that 5G growth is...

Merchants, developers invited to join VodaPay platform

Kathy Gibson reports – Vodacom is calling on merchants and developers to join its VodaPay platform. Shameel Joosub, CEO of Vodacom, describes the VodaPay platform as a super-app offering a range of shopping and payment services made possible by the agreement signed...

Nigeria’s Access Bank opens in SA

Access Bank South Africa, which launched yesterday (14 June 2021), expands the Nigeria-based bank’s footprint in Africa. Access Bank CEO Herbert Wigwe points out that the SADC region represents the strongest economy on the African continent. “This means Access Bank SA...

Despite challenges, African CEOs are optimistic about the future

Kathy Gibson reports – African CEOs are more optimistic than they were last year, although there are still many challenges that need to be overcome. This is the main takeaway of the Africa’s findings of PwC’s 24th annual Global CEO survey, according to Dion Shango,...

SAP unveils its vision for the intelligent enterprise

Kathy Gibson reports – Over the last year interconnectedness has become key in helping people, relationships and resources come together to solve the world’s greatest challenges. Christian Klein, CEO of SAP, points out that the last year has showed us just how fragile...

SAP expands world’s largest business network

SAP has unveiled a bold new vision to create business communities able to improve business outcomes, better navigate changing economic and geopolitical conditions and enhance sustainability contributions. The company today unveiled the first step toward creating the...

Finance moves to intelligent interconnection

Kathy Gibson reports – A digital world, with everything connected, will usher in new financial service scenarios and business needs. Jason Cao, president: global financial services business unit at Huawei Enterprise Business Group, points out that we have already...

Connectivity enables Africa’s digital future

Kathy Gibson reports – Connectivity is vital for the future of Africa, enabling solutions that can drive digital inclusion. Liquid Intelligent Technologies is today celebrating a massive milestone, with its Africa-wide network now reaching 100 000kms. The network now...

Second-life batteries key to SA’s 4IR ambitions

Kathy Gibson reports – As South Africa aims to join the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), power is crucial – and the battery has a key role to play. Gaylor Montmasson-Clair, senior economist at Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), points out that batteries...

Covid and the long-term impact on Africa

Kathy Gibson reports – Businesses in Africa face an unprecedented crisis as a result of Covid – as well as social and economic impacts that will be felt long after the world returns to some form of normal. Isaah Mhlanga, chief economist at Alexander Forbes, points out...