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Appetite wants to feed you

Appetite wants to feed you

A new local application, Appetite, wants to give hungry South Africans easy access to their favourite takeaway joints, right from their smartphones. The app, which has been been in development for the past 18 months

The SA firm behind Afrihost’s first phone

The SA firm behind Afrihost’s first phone

Last week, Internet service provider Afrihost made headlines for launching a R1 999 smartphone that comes bundled with 1GB/month of data for 12 months. Turns out there’s a South African company behind the smartphone, called the Zest T1. Zest Mobile, a start-up founded just a year ago, is catering

SA tablet for rural areas, education

SA tablet for rural areas, education

South Africa has plenty of sunshine, and two Port Elizabeth-based entrepreneurs want to use this to charge the Millbug Vuya Tablet, a device they conceptualised locally. Vuya means “be happy” in isiXhosa. Millbug was founded in 2012 by Sabelo Sibanda, 30, and Thulisile Volwana, 22. It started as an e-commerce company

Savannah Fund invests in SA start-ups

Savannah Fund invests in SA start-ups

Savannah Fund, a seed capital fund specialising in US$25 000 to $500 000 investments in sub-Saharan Africa, has made its first move into South Africa, buying into two Cape Town-based start-ups. The fund, which already has investments in East Africa and West Africa, has invested in e-commerce site

Tuluntulu drives low-bandwidth video

Tuluntulu drives low-bandwidth video

South African start-up Tuluntulu has developed technology it hopes will help propel adoption of video streaming using low-bandwidth connections in emerging markets. Tuluntulu has launched a mobile broadcasting application developed to cater to the needs of mobile video viewers in economies

Ttrumpet blows its horn in SA

Ttrumpet blows its horn in SA

Ttrumpet, a new mobile application that enjoys the backing of billionaire businessman Patrice Motsepe, will be launched in the next few weeks, offering consumers access to voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) services, along with instant messaging and a patented online vouchering system. Co-founder Grant Theis says Ttrumpet

SA start-up secures personal lending

A new start-up, Johannesburg-based Rocmypeer, wants to help consumers advance cash online to each other through a smart “peer to peer” platform that allows people to advance and recoup money from their peers directly. CEO and founder Grant Mashale, a former television producer, says the system also allows small businesses

Springlab leaps into SA’s start-up scene

Springlab leaps into SA’s start-up scene

Cape Town is home to another start-up incubator, this one called Springlab, which wants to help nurture entrepreneurs across the sub-Saharan Africa region. The company’s two founders, Sheraan Amod and Eugen Peterson, bring a wealth of experience from the US and Germany respectively. “We bring two major

Yookos: Africa’s Facebook?

Yookos: Africa’s Facebook?

Yookos, a newish social networking site aimed at people across Africa, has signed up 10m users in the three years since its commercial launch and appears set for further strong growth. The network, which began in Nigeria as a Christian-focused site, is now headquartered in Johannesburg and is targeting a broader audience interested in what its founders

Snailboy devs back with new game

Snailboy devs back with new game

South African game developer Thoopid, of Snailboy fame, has released a new game called Tap the Coin. It is available for iOS (iPhone and iPad) and is free to download. An Android version has also just been launched. Tap the Coin requires the player to tap coins while bouncing forward to progress. It gets challenging when coins, which are

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