As every South African should know, today is Nelson Mandela’s birthday and more importantly, a day in which we celebrate the father of our nation.
It’s also the first Mandela Day since he passed away in December of last year, so it’s even more important to carry through his legacy – even in death. Even Google has decided to celebrate Madiba by making an interactive, beautifully designed doodle for today.
If you’ve been on the internet at all today, you’ve probably seen the doodle. But besides being a beautiful tribute to the late former president, it is one of Google’s more intricate doodles, that actually takes you through important moments in his life.
The interactive doodle starts with an illustration of Madiba. Users can then click through the doodle for more illustration of some of the most momentous occasions in his rich life. (more…)
Capetonians, listen up. Grabbing a ride with Uber will now be a little less strenuous on the pocket with the launch of their lower cost UberX service in the Mother City.
The popular taxi/chauffeur service announced today that they will be implementing the services of UberX – the lower cost version of the traditional, UberBlack.
In the past, there have been many complaints by Uber users that were not completely satisfied with the ‘style’ of their Uber ride. Cape Town Uber users were not to happy to be paying an ‘UberBlack’ price for a lift, but instead being picked up in a Toyota Corolla or Toyota Avanza.
The launch of UberX looks to better this situation.
UberX pricing will be significantly cheaper than UberBlack. UberX will charge a base fare of R5, with a minimum fare of R20. They will charge R7 per kilometer and fare per minute is set at R0.70. This puts the company on parr with standard taxi services in Cape Town. (more…)
South African minibus taxis will soon step up their game and become more than just graffiti-ridden boomboxes.
Yesterday, the South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO), revealed that they plan on bringing free wi-fi to taxi commuters – both en route as well as at the taxi ranks.
In an interview with Radio 702, CEO of SANTACO, Nkululeko Buthelezi, said that by implementing free wi-fi in the taxis themselves and at the taxi ranks, they (the taxi industry) are making a valuable contribution to the development of the country:
“If you walk into a taxi rank and you have access to wi-fi, they will be able to look for jobs and will be able to interact with their friends on a social basis…[sic] we believe it will contribute to the growth of the country in general, and it’s part of our contribution as the taxi industry to the development of the country,” (more…)
With the 2014 election finally behind us and statistics being rolled out everywhere, one of the most dramatic statistics is that of News24 and their popular live Elections coverage platforms.
News24 is South Africa’s largest online news platform, and with their extensive coverage of the elections, the site broke all of their precious records when it comes to user statistics.
According to Cathryn Reece, Product Development Manager at 24.com, the team at News24 planned to break numerous records when it came to the 2014 elections:
“When we started our planning for Elections 2014 we knew that we wanted to surpass all local benchmarks from a development and user perspective,” she said.
And did they ever. According to statistics pulled by Effective Measure statistics, News24 generated 625 000 unique users and 4 million page views on voting day alone. The following day – results day – saw the site hit an astonishing 1.7 million unique users and 22 million page views.
The growth in unique users was 220% with an incredible 484% growth in page views. (more…)
One of Africa’s largest and most successful independently owned digital marketing agencies, Quirk, has been acquired by WPP.
WPP is one of Britain’s largest advertising companies ,with digital revenues of more than £3.5 billion in 2013. The WPP group’s total revenues stood at an astounding £10.2 billion.
The company has set a target that 40-45% of their revenue should be generated from digital media over the next five years. This, of course, explains their acquisition of Quirk – a company who’s unaudited consolidated revenues for the year ending in February amassed to approximately £7.9m (R140-million).
Quirk currently has five agencies across Africa, as well as some in London. Their client list is also one to fear. Some of their high profile clients include Caltex, Woolworths, Capitec Bank and Distell. (more…)
88mph, one of South Africa’s leading seed investors and accelerators, recently held their Cape Town Investor Day at the Crossley & Webb vintage car showroom, and the startups showing at the event were definitely something to get excited about.
88mph operates from Cape Town as well as Nairobi and Lagos and aims at providing startups with more than just funding. In addition to the initial investment, the accelerator also provides these startups to networks, gives them feedback on their products and assists them with business models, marketing and helps them to experiment in the market.
In February, 88mph invested in seven startups – all of which have been hard at work over the past 10 weeks. The company’s Investor Day will allow these startups to communicate with venture capitalists and high net worth individuals and show them what their business can do. (more…)
Startups, investors and tech hubs listen up – the newly launched AfricanUp platform will soon become your new best friend.
AfricanUp is a platform geared towards helping startups, technology hubs and accelerators connect with each other, as well as helping investors find startups. All in all, AfricanUp is a platform for the technology eco-system at large to tell the world it’s story.
AfricanUp is the brain child of South African entrepreneurs Paul Cartmel and Nic Haralambous. Through a connection between the power of New Media Lab’s Lenticular technology, and Haralambous’ business-development, AfricanUp was born.
Haralambus has said that the idea with AfricanUo is not to revolutionize the tech industry, but rather to just get down to basics and offer a platform for startups to connect with investors, accelerators and more:
“There’s no need to reinvent the wheel when launching a platform like AfricanUp. Our goal isn’t to build a revolutionary technology business. Our goal is to connect startups, founders, investors and accelerators from around the world,” he said. (more…)
Apple and App Store users, unfortunately I have some bad news for you. As of today, prices in the South African App Store will be raised – and no, this is not an April Fool’s Day joke.
Today, Apple sent out an email to all developers explaining that the prices of cotent and apps in various App Stores will be raised as of April 1st.
A total of 5 countries are being affected by the new price increase. These countries include India, Indonesia, Australia, Turkey and the good ol’ RSA.
Apple hasn’t made it clear as to exactly how much the prices will increase to. (more…)