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Parliament of Zimbabwe now has a mobile app to keep us up to date

Parliament of Zimbabwe now has a mobile app to keep us up to date

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Back in 2016 we saw the Parliament of Zimbabwe take technology seriously as they embraced it to improve service delivery. They were working on a lot of projects, live-blogging parliamentary debates (which did not come to be for somewhat obvious reasons) and also an enhanced website which was launched. On the website all important information is shared and in digital format with audio recordings being the most interesting. At the launch of the website last yearParliament said to expect a mobile application in the first quarter of this year, 2017. The Zimbabwean government is slowly but surely getting with the times. The Parliament of Zimbabwe has finally launched the mobile application, available on Android, iOS and Windows (yay, Windows not forgotten.) They did not ma
Uber Loses Another Senior Figure as European Policy Chief Quits

Uber Loses Another Senior Figure as European Policy Chief Quits

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Uber's European policy chief Christopher Burghardt is quitting to join the electric vehicle charging network company Chargepoint, the companies said on Tuesday, becoming latest senior figure to leave the taxi app. Burghardt, the head of policy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, departs after one year with Uber and will become managing director for Chargepoint in Europe in November, he told Reuters. Earlier this month, Uber's top boss in Britain also quit the Silicon Valley company, which was told last month by London's transport regulator (TfL) that its licence to operate in the British capital would not be renewed. It is appealing that decision. HIGHLIGHTS Uber's European policy chief Christopher Burghardt is quitting He will join the electric vehicle c
Direct Pay Online Group Launches DUMAPAY 2.0 app

Direct Pay Online Group Launches DUMAPAY 2.0 app

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Direct pay Online Group has launched a new version of its DUMAPAY payments App to help it’s over 25,000 merchants across Africa to accept a wider range of payment options instantly and securely. The new DUMAPAY version 2.0 is the first mobile application that supports multiple payment options in Africa. Merchants using the app will be able to accept card, e-wallets and mobile payments such as Visa, Mastercard, American Express, M-PESA, Airtel Money, MTN Money, Tigo. mVisa which is one of the payment options that has been added in the upgrade following the recent partnership Direct Pay Online had with Visa. “We always aim to be ahead of the pack when it comes to embracing technology and making things easier for our merchants. This new version of the DUMAPAY payments app ensures that o
Direct Pay Online Gains Security Certification in 12 Countries Across Africa

Direct Pay Online Gains Security Certification in 12 Countries Across Africa

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Direct Pay Online Group (DPO) is the first payment service provider (PSP) in Africa to receive the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) Level 1 certification in 12 African countries. This comes after the successful completion of comprehensive audits in the Group’s global headquarters and all its other markets which include Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Botswana, Ghana, Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe. In Africa, the Direct Pay Online Group headquarters is in Kenya and the team on ground runs all other markets with the support of local branches & teams. PCI DSS is the highest privacy and security standard in the Payments industry and applies to entities that store, process or transmit cardholder data or sensitive authentication data. The c
Countering the Social Media Hack

Countering the Social Media Hack

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The first step in building a social media security program is making sure the corporate accounts themselves are protected. To do this, treat social media just like you do the corporate website: closely audit who has access and mandate robust security settings. In an age where social media has become the top business platform for many marketing and sales teams, companies have to grapple with the dual definition of “exposure.” To anyone on the go-to-market side of the house, the connotation is undoubtedly positive; social media has been a godsend. More followers yield more engagement, more engagement yields more conversions, more conversions yield more sales and customers. However, “exposure” is also the age-old enemy of security teams, who struggle to keep up with a quickly eroding s
Mobile financial services in Africa: Winning the battle for the customer

Mobile financial services in Africa: Winning the battle for the customer

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Africa is the global leader in mobile money, which has become an important component of Africa’s financial services landscape. Mobile network operators (MNOs) have dominated mobile money services in Africa for the past decade. More recently, fintechs have established a solid footing in the market, and a number of banks are beginning to compete aggressively for the mobile banking customer. While some banks have chosen to “go it alone”, others are forming partnerships in hopes of reaching the market faster. This article outlines five paths banks can take to retain ground in the battle for the mobile customer in Africa. Africa is the global leader in mobile money Mobile financial services (MFS) span the full spectrum of financial services, from payments and current accounts, to s
Stirring up e-commerce in South Africa

Stirring up e-commerce in South Africa

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  One of South Africa’s top e-commerce companies and most-loved brands continues to set the standard for online businesses as recognised by uAfrica’s eCommerce Awards. Investec’s blog recently featured an interview with Andrew Smith, co-founder and CEO of Yuppiechef, where he shares his views on how to forge ahead and be remarkable when it comes to delivering online. What is your take on the South African e-commerce landscape? E-commerce in South Africa is growing fast and certainly getting a lot more attention than it did a few years ago but it is still a tiny fraction of all retail – around 1% of South Africa’s R500bn (US$38bn) total. For the last two decades, e-commerce was mostly about the pure-play pioneers such as Kalahari and Netflorist, and more recently Takealo
African rulers’ weapon against web-based dissent: the off switch

African rulers’ weapon against web-based dissent: the off switch

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DAKAR: Rapidly expanding access to the Internet across Africa is helping grassroots opposition movements take on once-invulnerable regimes. Many entrenched rulers have a simple response: pulling the plug. While countries in the Middle East and China employ firewalls and block virtual private networks to control web access, leaders in Africa increasingly prefer the blunter instrument of outright outages. Critics say that infringes not just the rights of individuals but also undermines the burgeoning economies of some of the world's poorest countries. Since the start of 2016, governments in 13 African nations have intentionally shut down the Internet on 21 occasions, mainly during elections and protests, according to a database run by online rights group Access Now. That compares to...
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