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SA tech start-ups: a call to action

SA tech start-ups: a call to action

In the past couple of years, start-ups — especially in the technology sector – have at long last been given a bit more time in the spotlight. This has mostly coincided with endeavours like Silicon Cape and the passion of a handful of individuals — entrepreneurs, investors and geeks – to create more of an

SA’s WumDrop is like Uber for deliveries

SA’s WumDrop is like Uber for deliveries

WumDrop, a Cape Town start-up, has designs on becoming the Uber of courier services in South Africa, and it has set it sights on the broader African continent, too. Uber is the on-demand taxi service that uses a smartphone app to bring drivers and passengers together. Co-founder of WumDrop

Tech start-up tackles SA’s jobs crisis

Tech start-up tackles SA’s jobs crisis

Start-up M4Jam, which launched commercial services this week, is hoping to make a dent in South Africa’s unemployment crisis. The company — its name is short for “money for jam” offers people with smartphones jobs that take a short period to complete. Started by 44-year-old entrepreneur Andre Hugo, the idea is to provide

Start-up maps SA’s broadband choices

Start-up maps SA’s broadband choices

South African start-up WhichBroadband will go live on Monday, showcasing consumers’ broadband choices in an effort to take the complexity out of making a buying decision. The concept was developed as early as 2007 when Clinton Bemont, a metallurgy lecturer at the University of Kwazulu-Natal, was looking for a comparison of all broadband

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

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