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The Tech Revolution: Sage Sets out the Vision for African Businesses

Anton van Heerden - EVP and Managing Director Sage South and Southern Africa

Investing in the future with the introduction of Sage Cloud. Sage (, a market leader in cloud accounting software used its global Sage Summit 2016, held this week in Chicago, to outline its strong commitment to future technologies, with a focus on new and existing initiatives that power business growth. At the world’s largest gathering of entrepreneurs and business builders, …

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Presidential Summit of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders


The summit, held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., will feature a town hall with President Obama, a Congressional Forum, and an Expo with more than 100 organizations engaged with Africa President Barack Obama and U.S. government, private sector, and civil society leaders will meet with nearly 1,000 of sub-Saharan Africa’s most promising young leaders from August 1-3 …

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Be your Own Boss and Start Earning with Uber


Signing up for Uber means one could have the potential to earn over GHS 1,500 per week, and best of all, signing up is FREE.  Uber (, the technology company that connects riders and drivers using a smartphone, is looking for driver-partners to join their growing network in Accra, Ghana. This partnership will see driver-partners being their own boss, working …

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Madiba magic spreads to Skampaneng Village


By– Pretoria – Residents of Skampaneng Village in the Hammanskraal area, north of Pretoria, were overjoyed on Wednesday, after they received toiletries, sanitary products, as well as non-perishable items. Department of Environmental Affairs Director-General Nosipho Ngcaba distributed toiletries and non-perishable items such as canned foods, clothing and shoes as part of the Mandela month activities. The products were voluntarily …

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WHO and Ministry of Health expand cholera response to minimize future risk


Across the country, 271 cholera cases have been reported, including 14 deaths since 12 July 2016. In a move to prevent a cholera outbreak from spreading, the Ministry of Health of South Sudan with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and health partners are ramping up disease surveillance and treatment efforts. Across the country, 271 cholera cases have been …

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UK’s new Minister for Africa – Tobias Ellwood


Minister for Africa, Tobias Ellwood Pledges Continued Support to the African Continent. Speaking following his appointment, Mr Ellwood said: “I am incredibly honoured to be continuing as a UK Foreign Office Minister and very pleased to take on responsibility for our work in Africa. The economic potential of Africa is vast with one third of all African economies expected to …

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Huawei Unveils Its Strategy for MBB Connectivity Opportunities in Africa


Huawei unveiled its MBB 2020 Strategy for Africa, during the opening day of the GSMA Mobile 360-Africa Event, outlining a new mobile broadband blueprint for the next five years for a Better Connected Africa. Dr. Mohamed Madkour, Huawei’s vice President of Wireless Networks marketing & Head of Global Demand Generation, said: “Africa has experienced a massive boom in mobile phone …

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SA Minister to visit China for FOCAC follow-up


Pretoria – International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will on Friday lead a South African delegation to a Coordinators’ Meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing. The meeting will discuss the implementation of follow-up actions of the FOCAC summit held last December in Johannesburg. The Johannesburg Summit saw China announcing 10 priority programmes the Asian nation …

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SA: Business urged to invest in economy

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By – Johannesburg – Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has encouraged business leaders to invest in South Africa’s economy. Sharing insights with the business fraternity on building collective action for inclusive growth, Minister Gordhan said South Africans needed an investment of 30 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) for it to achieve growth as stated by the National Development Plan. …

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Negotiators at UNCTAD14 Reach Consensus, Strengthen UNCTAD Work Programme


I’m delighted that our 194 member states have been able to reach this consensus, giving a central role to UNCTAD in delivering the sustainable development goals. Negotiators applauded on Friday after reaching agreement on the Nairobi consensus, the Maafikiano, setting UNCTAD’s work programme for the next four years after long discussions including two sleepless nights. Final agreement came at 10:20 …

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