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  • FNB injects Acer laptops into its interest free eCommerce lineup

    Award for the geekiest bank in South Africa? That’s easy. FNB. In addition to gadgets by HTC, Apple, BlackBerry and Samsung, FNB clients can now buy Acer laptops and ultrabooks at no interest or charges over a 24 month period. New and existing FNB Gold or Platinum Cheque Account clients as well as FNB Private Clients will be able to get their hands on Acer's Aspire S3-391 Core i5 Ultrabook, 320GB Acer Timeline Ultra M3 and Aspire V3-571 Core i3 Notebook. Triggered by a successful iPad offer, FNB expanded its inventory to include a range of consumer devices. The bank pre-installs...

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    Nomanini scales West African footprint with Transaction Solutions partnership

    South African-based portable Point of Sale (PoS) service provider Nomanini has announced it has signed an exclusive agreement with Transactions Solutions Ghana Limited (GSE: TRANSOL) to substantially scale numbers of its cloud-based PoS terminals in Ghana. The partnership with TranSol signals Nomanini’s first scaled project commitment in West Africa, with the first batch of 100 pilot terminals having been deployed in January 2015, proving an instant hit with vendors. A second, larger shipment is due to arrive next month. Nomanini already has partnerships in Kenya, Namibia, Zambia and Mozambique, with active terminals processing over five million transactions in those regions, including...

  • South African VC Knife Capital receives international recognition

    To the people living on the African continent, the brilliant innovation emerging from the continent's unsung entrepreneurs is axiomatic. The rest of the world however remains largely unaware of its rise as a tech powerhouse. To those paying attention however, it's clear. In its Fortnightly Thoughts research report American investment banking and securities company Goldman Sachs asks: “Is now the time for multi-nationals to be investing in Africa?” The answer: In short, our conclusion is yes. Africa’s exceptionally robust growth over the last decade is probably understated (informal parts of economies are very big), but not being able to measure this growth...

  • Google’s Woza online: 25k sites now live

    If your business doesn't have an online presence, it might as well not exist. For small businesses in particular that hasn't always been easy. Google's Woza online initiative, which provides free websites to small and medium-sized businesses aims to change all that. It doesn't seem to be doing badly either. According to the internet giant, some 25 000 businesses have signed up to the initiative since its launch in January this year. Google South Africa chairman Luke Mckend said the take up of Woza online reflected the "energizing" spirit of entrepreneurs in the country. He also revealed a...

  • Turn your WordPress site into a Mxit app, easy peasy

    Mxit has been working hard to create a platform that developers can build products on. In the last few months the mobile social network has launched a set of new developer APIs as well as a redesigned Developer Centre. The company reckons that by using open web standards, it is opening MXit up for anyone who wants to develop apps for it. Apparently building a Mxit app is about to get a whole lot easier for developers. Kazazoom, an app developer on Mxit, has released, mxPress, a Wordpress plugin that "turns any Wordpress site into a Mxit Mobi Portal...

  • 3AL: at the intersection of social networking and eCommerce

    Among a slew of innocuous, copycat startups, 3AL, the Nigerian social networking and eCommerce amalgamate, is taking a road decidedly less traveled. You can think of 3AL as Facebook for businesses or Etsy -- if it went beyond arts and crafts. It connects businesses and creates a direct line between buyer and seller. It doesn't feel as if 3AL is trying to be a generalised social network aimed at subverting Facebook’s reign. In fact, when you first visit the site, your eyes are met with a big blue “Sign in with Facebook” button. That’s a smart move. One senses 3AL’s strength...

  • Kuza Mobile: Put your business online with nothing more than a feature phone

    Kuza is quite brilliant. Designed specifically with basic feature phones in mind, it allows its users to build a web profile to showcase and advertise their businesses. Advertising comes in the form of micro ads that Kuza members can create to advertise their products or services to other members in their area. To start, members have 100 Kuza Credits which allows for roughly five ads to be created, but credits can be boosted by completing certain tasks such as updating your profile or by uploading more than four photos. Kuza Credits can also be purchased by sending an SMS which...

  • Naspers buys out Romania’s biggest online retailer

    Looks like Naspers didn't waste much time on making good on its promised Eastern European expansion plans. The emerging markets media and internet giant has acquired a 70% stake in Romania's largest online retailer. According to Romania-Insider, the value of the deal has not been made public, but some estimates have it at around the EUR100-million (US$123-million) mark. eMag general manager Iulian Stanciu will retain his position and a 21.6& stake in the company while fellow individual shareholder Radu Apostolescu will keep hold of 8.4%. The acquisition was reportedly triggered by the potential Naspers saw in eMag to expand...

  • RocketLab: New school for aspiring entrepreneurs launched in SA

    A new school for aspiring entrepreneurs is opening its doors in Cape Town, South Africa. Launching in September this year, RocketLab offers three month courses that aim to transform its students’ ideas or enthusiasm into fully fledged businesses -- or at very least the potential to set up a business -- by the time they graduate. Instead of a graduation ceremony however, students are given the opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of potential funders and business partners. Co-founder of RocketLab, Diane de Villiers, likens the experience to a mixture between TV shows The Apprentice and Shark Tank....

  • SA fashion retailer launches online store

    Ecommerce in South Africa is gaining traction with new ecommerce plays entering and exiting the market more and more frequently. Last year retail outlet Woolworths launched an online store for its fashion line, becoming one of the first major South African retailer to enter the ecommerce space. Now another chain retailer has joined the party. Affordable fashion retail outlet Mr Price's online store went live today under the moniker MRP. We are live!! #mrponline Woohoooo— Mr Price Fashion (@MrPriceFashion) July 30, 2012 The publicly traded retail company announced its plans for an online store earlier this year as an attempt to...

  • Crowdsource rock star employees with Hiring Bounty, earn cash for referrals

    Launching today, South African startup Hiring Bounty, is set to shake up the recruitment industry by offering substantial rewards for referring a friend or acquintance for a job vacancy. Traditionally, job listing sites have offered employee referral programs as an afterthought, but with Hiring Bounty, employee referral is front and center. Hiring Bounty’s, MD Greg Schneider says that companies seeking to fill a position can source candidates faster and at a lower cost through crowdsourcing when compared to recruitment agents. Schneider says that Hiring Bounty plans to capitalise on the connections of people to make recruiters obsolete. By leveraging...