SA has Africa’s most developed startup ecosystem

South Africa has the most developed startup ecosystem on the continent, according to a new report, ahead of Kenya, Egypt and Nigeria. This is according to rankings released by Startupblink, a global startup ecosystem map with tens of thousands of registered startups, co-working spaces, and accelerators. Startupblink’s global ranking index of 125 countries and 900 cities…

Review: ‘Black Panther’ Shakes Up Marvel With Feeling and Flair

A jolt of a movie, “Black Panther” creates wonder with great flair and feeling partly through something Hollywood rarely dreams of anymore: myth. Most big studio fantasies take you out for a joy ride only to hit the same exhausted story and franchise-expanding beats. Not this one. Its axis point is the fantastical nation of…

These 10 apps will boost agriculture in Africa

With an estimated income of more than $100 billion annually, agriculture remains Africa’s largest economic sector. Agricultural production in Africa continues to increase gradually and is almost at par with South America. However, as Africans become more tech savvy, innovations are on the rise as technology experts turn their attention to creating mobile solutions for the modern…

SOUTH AFRICANS URGED TO LIVE THEIR LIVES TO THE FULLESTNew campaign from Rémy Martin features Sivu Madikana and Madoda Khuzwayo 

SOUTH AFRICANS URGED TO LIVE THEIR LIVES TO THE FULLESTNew campaign from Rémy Martin features Sivu Madikana and Madoda Khuzwayo   Premium cognac brand, Rémy Martin, has featured two inspiring South Africans in their latest advertising campaign, which launches this week. The campaign, entitled “One Life. Live Them.” has entered its third year, continuing the…

Brand Loyalty is Not Dead (It Merely Shifted)

If you ask people this question, you are likely to get a lot of heated responses. Never mind that people generally pick a cell phone manufacturer and stick with it for years out of the need for seamless transitions. But most people will tell you unequivocally that brand loyalty is dead. They may not be…

Most Influential Icons in Contemporary African Pop Culture

The movers and shakers from the continent are not only influential through philanthropic ventures, but also through a multitude of breakthroughs in business and lifestyle by flying the flag high for the continent. Below is a list of some of the continent’s influencers. Bozoma Saint John Ghanaian-American, Bozoma Saint John, has made significant strides in…

Airbnb announces $1m investment in community-led tourism projects in Africa

As part of Airbnb’s vision to empower communities through home sharing and to promote people-to-people tourism that benefits local families and their communities, the online marketplace has announced a $1m investment over the next three years to promote community-led tourism projects in Africa. Chris Lehane (Image Supplied) Chris Lehane (Image Supplied) The announcement made by…

Africa is leading the way in election technology

Kenya’s recently annulled elections will soon be re-run, but the long-term questions they raised about election management are still unanswered. The spotlight is on the work of international observer teams, but there are also much wider questions of electoral capacity – problems that extend to the top of the African Union, and thence across the…

The digital bank – delivering on Africa’s potential

Digital transformation ranks alongside changing demographics, increasing customer expectations and industry consolidation as one of the major factors that will shape the future of African banking. While cash is still dominant, the shift to digital banking increasingly is becoming the driving force across our continent. It is no secret that Africa’s high mobile phone penetration,…

Harnessing design thinking to drive entrepreneurial impact, innovation

Every business leader today faces immense pressures of power and responsibility. All it takes is a few wrong decisions, or a dollop too much complacency, for disaster to land. Today this pressure is more poignant than ever. Change is in the air, only now it is happening at breakneck speed. The lifespans of companies are…

Semiotics and the shift to ‘strategic design’: A sign of the times

In an increasingly interconnected and integrated world, the disciplines of strategic planning and brand design are simultaneously shifting and converging in ways that we, as an industry, have never seen before. At the same time, as brands dig deeper and deeper to define their role or purpose in the marketplace, consumers are also seeking greater…

How Africa Is Challenging Marketing

For the first time, Western stereotypes associating Africa with death, disease, poverty, and war are being replaced by the reality of demanding, brand-conscious consumers who happen to live in a challenging environment. For too long, “Africa” has been considered a homogenous mass rather than a multicultural continent of diverse citizens. The media-generated image of passive…