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Net Zero? Not for Africa. Not Yet. Africa Must Fight Energy Poverty with Oil and Gas Development

By NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman, African Energy Chamber On May 18, 2021, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released “Net Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector,” which outlines plans for the global energy sector to reach “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Achieving net zero emissions means the amount of greenhouse […]

Crasner Ventures backs ‘worker-first’ social network Umwuga for its second investment

London, UK, May 2021: Crasner Ventures, the early-stage venture capital investor that supports businesses led by female founders and entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds, announces its investment in Umwuga Ltd, an emerging markets-focused social network that connects workers and employers. Umwuga is Crasner Ventures’ second portfolio company. Umwuga is revolutionising the recruitment industry in emerging markets, by enabling workers […]

A challenging, risk driven environment awaits us

As many parts of the world deal with the Third Wave of Covid-19 infections, there are growing concerns that South Africa may face harsher lockdown measures in the future as the country ramps up its vaccine roll out program. This will have a telling impact on society and will only accelerate the reliance on ecommerce […]

A successful omnichannel strategy should be customer obsessed

The consumer industry is in a state of constant disruption. Along with advances in technology, more informed and sceptical consumers are holding business to higher standards. According to Reynhardt Uys, Chief Experience Officer, Immersion Group, a global team of experience design expert, an organisation’s success in delivering a customer-centric experience across every business channel is […]

Bank of Central African States and the African Energy Chamber to work together on solution for FOREX regulation for energy industry

The African Energy Chamber (AEC) (, on Monday 17 May held a meeting with the Central Bank of Central African States (BEAC) to discuss the effects of BEAC’s in December 2018 adopted FX regulations, which are due to come into effect on the 1 January 2022. The meeting was in response to concerns by energy […]

South Africa’s Leading Payment Aggregator and Secure Payment Solutions Provider Expands into Africa

With the African Continental Free Trade Agreement set to generate combined consumer and business spending of $6.7 trillion by 2030[i],  the continent requires payment platforms to cater for this growth. To this end, Pay@ – a leading South African payment aggregator and provider of secure payment solutions – will be expanding into several African countries and providing […]

Total’s Mozambique LNG Project to take center stage at the France Africa Economic summit

As French and African leaders gather on May 18 in Paris for the France-Africa Summit, Mozambican leaders and Total have a brilliant opportunity to push for the resumption of LNG projects in Mozambique and get things going. Even if exploitation of natural resources is not particularly on the Summit's agenda, there will be no better […]

AUDA-NEPAD and Ecobank Group partnership moves to finance phase under the 100,000 MSMEs Initiative

The African Union Development Agency NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD) ( and the Ecobank Group ( its strategic partner on the development of the 100,000 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Initiative, are set to launch the financing component as from 27 May 2021. AUDA-NEPAD launched the 100,000 MSMEs Programme to accelerate African economic transformation, provide the needed skills, […]

Call For Entries: Rugby Africa’s Inaugural Media & Photography Awards

Rugby Africa ( presents the Inaugural Media & Photography Awards this season. According to Coralie van Den Berg, General Manager at Rugby Africa, two creatives, will have the opportunity to walk away with a whooping US$1500. For the love of the game, we are inviting submissions from Cape Town to Cairo and all the beautiful […]

South Africa: The Protection Of Personal Information Act (POPIA); Mandatory Appointment Of Information Officer – What You Need To Know

By Chido Pamela Mafongoya, Centurion Law Group With the Fourth Industrial Revolution at play and the increase of internet usage, the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (“POPIA”) was designed to ensure the protection of personal information when being processed. The main aim of the POPIA is to protect data subjects from security […]

Siemens, the German Government and the Solidarity Fund hand over a 100-bed modular hospital solution

Download logo A 100-bed modular solution donated to Cecilia Makiwane Hospital; The modular solution will be equipped with Siemens Healthineers medical technology; The modular hospital will be powered with a solar modular configuration to enable a decentralized and clean power supply. At a ribbon cutting ceremony, Siemens South Africa, the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation […]

The value of digital transformation for SMEs

Digital Transformation refers to the overall change of organisational activities aimed at leveraging opportunities created by digital technologies and data. This requires companies to profoundly transform their business models, infrastructure, processes and culture, in order to steer them toward finding new sources of customer value. The use of digital technologies has transformed commerce and how […]

Hack the Normal | From Africa for Africa: Meet the Winning Innovations for Sustainable Living, Healthy Living and Financial Solutions in Africa

Through the Hack the Normal initiative, Defy, Africa’s stalwart home appliance company, aims to contribute to the advancement of African-led projects that  seek to secure the sustainability of trade, natural resources, and life on the continent. Defy, a leading manufacturer of home appliances, recently hosted the Hack the Normal online hackathon in partnership with ATÖLYE to inspire and […]

World Rugby and unions confirm men’s July test schedule

Twenty-five of the top 30 ranked unions to play tests in the July window; World champions South Africa and hosts Japan play first tests since Rugby World Cup 2019; The UK and Ireland set to host a number of nations, while New Zealand becomes Pacific hub; Samoa v Tonga play-off to deliver first qualifier for […]

Olympic excitement builds ahead of World Rugby Sevens Repechage draw

World Rugby Sevens Repechage ( draw to take place at 10:00 BST (GMT+1) on Tuesday, 11 May; Monaco set to host the final Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification event on 19-20 June; 12 women’s teams and 10 men’s teams to compete for the final two women’s and one men’s places at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics; Fans […]

Team Qhubeka ASSOS and CORE advance to the next level in sports performance

Team Qhubeka ASSOS ( works with the Swiss CORE Body Temperature Monitoring technology to take training and racing performance to the next level.  As a team who has remained on the cutting-edge of technology, we are thrilled to announce our partnership with CORE Body Temperature Monitoring which will gives our athletes and coaches advanced performance insights. […]

Nedbank and Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum Partner for the Fourth Cohort of the AWIEF Growth Accelerator

The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) ( is hosting the fourth cohort of its flagship AWIEF Growth Accelerator, sponsored by Nedbank. Access to finance is the most cited challenge to the growth of women-owned businesses in Africa. Bankability and investment readiness are major impediments to attracting business finance. The AWIEF Growth Accelerator is […]

Nizzolo storms to 2nd place on stage 2 of Giro d’Italia

Team Qhubeka ASSOS ( sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo stormed to an impressive second place on stage two (179km) of the Giro d'Italia, that finished in Novara on Sunday. The stage was won by Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) with Elia Viviani following Nizzolo home to complete the podium. A relatively benign ride by the peloton in towards the finish […]

Coronavirus – South Africa: COVID-19 Statistics in South Africa (9 May 2021)

Tests conducted: 10,887,709 Positive cases identified: 1,596,595 Total recoveries: 1,516,256 Total deaths: 54,735 New cases: 1,778 Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Republic of South Africa, Department of Health. Media filesDownload logo

B-roll: African rugby teams are coming together to prepare for the Olympic Games and Olympic Repechage – Day 2

Download logo This year's Men’s Sevens Solidarity Camp brought together champions of African Sevens Rugby under one camp. Teams are South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Currently only South Africa and Kenya have qualified for the Olympic Games in the men's category. But Uganda and Zimbabwe still stand a chance through the Olympic Repechage. The Olympic Repechage is due to take place in […]

Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens Solidarity Camp Tunis – Final two-days tournament report

The concluding tournament session of the Women Sevens Solidarity Camp Tunis marked a notable sporting milestone. With the Sevens Repechage tournament just around the corner, both Tunisia and Madagascar national teams took meaning there is a lot at stake and the final two days will showcase competitive and though oppositions. Although the Kenyan national team […]

Walscheid powers to 8th in strong Team Qhubeka ASSOS showing on stage 1 of the Giro d’Italia

Max Walscheid delivered a superb performance on the opening stage of the 104th Giro d'Italia to finish in 8th place, and lay down a marker for Team Qhubeka ASSOS' ( ambitions at the 2021 event. Walscheid's performance, in which he finished 19 seconds behind eventual stage-winner Filippo Ganna (IGD), was the highlight of an excellent outing […]