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  • Hotel booking startup Jovago expands to South Sudan

    Africa Internet Holding's (AIH) online hotel booking service has recently expanded to South Sudan. This comes after it initially launched in Nigeria last year in August and then opened up its doors to Kenya and Senegal's hotels last month. It now covers over 3 000 local listings from Nigeria, Kenya and Senegal and aims to serve an even wider audience across the continent. As previously noted, the World Bank suggests the tourism industry has contributed just over 2.8% to Sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP. Moreover, between 1990 and 2012, the number of tourists have tripled. Managing director of Jovago, Marek Zmyslowski...

  • Sage Pastel’s My Payroll Online updated with multi-user login, live chat

    Sage Pastel Payroll & HR recently announced added new features to the My Payroll Online software to make it easier for entrepreneurs and small businesses to see who gets paid what, when and where. The new features with the payroll software include support for multiple usernames on a single My Payroll Online account as well as customer service support via Live Chat on the Web. Sage Pastel Payroll & HR notes that this would be especially welcomed by accountants and outsourcing firms that use a My Payroll Online account to administer payrolls for more than one company. "This eliminates the...

  • eLearning Africa Conference kicks-off end of May, to focus on innovation

    In an effort to unite developers, researchers, techies and teachers, the eLearning Africa Conference will be taking place from 28 to 30 May in Kampala, Uganda. An annual event, this year the conference will run with the theme of Opening Frontiers to the Future to focus on some of the incredible innovations happening in the field of education and learning on the African continent. Some of these innovations we've come across in recent years, and include startups such as Daptio and Serio.me or social projects such as the Maendeleo Foundation's solar-powered ICT class rooms. The same organisation behind the event, eLearning Africa...

  • Integr8 boosts SA’s tech skills, opens up new internship programme

    ICT management company Integr8 recently announced that it has invested in the future of South Africa’s ICT sector by making available its new internship program to fifteen young candidates. The South African government's National ICT Plan aims to address the skills shortage that is estimated to be 27%. Most of the demand comes from the specialised sectors such as technology and is where Intrgr8 hopes to ultimately contribute. This latest move, the company says, highlights its commitment to skills development and reinforces its view that skills is a prerequisite for any credible business wanting to compete. The company’s internship programme...

  • Seedstars World 2014 startup competition kicks off in April

    Seedstars World has recently announced that it's gearing up to continue its global startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes in 2014. Earlier this year, we saw the 20 regional startup finalists (five of them from Africa) of SeedStars World 2013. Hailing from Dubai to Rio de Janeiro and Seoul to Lagos, these businesses pitched their innovative ideas to a global audience in Geneva, Switzerland in February. Seedstars World will hit the...

  • SA’s Stanchion Payment Solutions heads to Europe, sets sight on global market

    South African company Stanchion Payment Solutions has recently opened up its European regional office based in London. The tech company focuses on implementing, managing and enhancing payment systems and solutions in complex environments for banks, retailers, payment processors and payment system vendors, and has recently shown a growling appetite for the global market. Stanchion’s entry into the European financial services technology sector follows a year after opening up a Middle East and North Africa regional office, based in Dubai, in March 2013. Stanchion CEO Graham Williams says the latest development is a milestone in exporting proven South African payments technology...

  • PriceCheck CEO talks mobile buying in SA, demos the PriceCheck app [Video]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5dmKX8NqBA What is the future of mobile buying in South Africa and Africa? Andre de Wet, the CEO of PriceCheck -- arguably the most successful mobile online buying and shopping comparison app on the continent -- shares where the company is going and talks about the importance of brick-and-motor stores in online shopping in SA during this interview with Mich Atagana. This video's for you if you want to know more about SA's online buying habits. If you want to see a short demo of how the PriceCheck app works de Wet shows us how to buy a TV on the...

  • Lamudi urges further investment in emerging markets

    African Internet Holding's online real-estate startup Lamudi has responded to warnings of slow growth in emerging markets, saying that selected emerging markets remained promising locations for business investment. Founded in 2013, the real-estate marketplace offers sellers, buyers, landlords and renters a platform to find homes, land and commercial properties online. The startup covers areas such as Colombia, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria and Mexico, and has over one million monthly visitors from across around the world. In a statement, Managing Director of Lamudi West and Central Africa, Allie Morse, reacted to recent reports that suggested under-performing growth in emerging markets. He said that while certain...

  • .africa domain gets thumbs-up, set to unify regional online identity

    In an effort to create a Pan-African identity for organisations online, the .africa domain has been given the thumbs-up from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The application was lodged in March 2012 and was finally signed into being recently. The aim of this new domain is to forge a unique online space which will associate organisations, products, services and information with the continent and people of Africa as a whole. The non-profit association at the forefront of this move, dotAfrica, says that this will bring the continent together as an internet community "under one umbrella...

  • Triumph for WooCommerce as it becomes world’s most popular online shopping tool

    Research company BuiltWith uses data captured from more than a quarter of a billion websites to show us how active the global ecommerce scene is, as well as which online shopping cart tools are being used the most. Most notably, the stats indicate that the online shopping website plugin, WooCommerce, has being the most popular over the last few months. This chart below shows how the global shopping volume changed based on data from more than 100,000 participating ecommerce websites in the last five months. It comes at little surprise that December is the peak shopping season, which is followed...