South Africa

Habari Media acquired by Caxton

Published by on Dec 10th, 2013, No Comments


After a period of serious speculation, it has been confirmed that popular media sales company, Habari, has been bought by giant media and printing group, Caxton.

Caxon, which is South Africa’s largest publisher and commercial printer, has made a smart move in acquiring Habari. With digital ad revenue skyrocketing in South Africa at the moment, Caxon could get the upper hand in this playing field with Habari.

Habari is quite the acquistion. Founded in 2004, the company has offices in many fore-fronting African cities such as Cape Town, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Lagos.

Some of Habari’s biggest names in the African digital real estate scene include LinkedIN, MTV, All4Women,, 2Go and Autotrader.  (more…)

SABC and others to ban advertisements for next 48 hours following death of Madiba

Published by on Dec 6th, 2013, No Comments

Nelson Mandela

As South Africa enters into a state of national mourning over the death of former President and political hero, Nelson Mandela, the SABC has declared that no advertisements will be heard on their channels during the next 2 days.

The SABC announced that they will only air tributes to Nelson Mandela and material that will reflect the prolific life of the former President.

These programmes, which will include tributes, documentaries and interviews, will be broadcast across SABC 1, 2 and 3 for the coming days. According to Kaizer Kganyago, a spokesperson for the SABC, the plan has always been to broadcast only Madiba material, should he pass away.  (more…)

Book doctor’s appointments online with RecoMed

Published by on Dec 5th, 2013, No Comments


The South African medical scene has finally received a bit of a tech revamp. Just like booking a taxi online or a hotel room, us South Africans can now finally join the global revolution by booking a doctor’s appointment online. is a online listing platform, specifically focused at doctors and other medical professionals in South Africa. It is based on similar booking systems in the USA and Europe that have proved to be quite successful. (more…)

The most popular mobile money services in South Africa

Published by on Nov 29th, 2013, No Comments

Mobile Money

Sending and receiving money through mobile has become increasingly popular. Even in emerging markets like Africa, the digitalization of money has become an everyday-thing.

In South Africa, there are many different ways to send or receive money on your mobile. Internet banking aside, many companies offer made-for-mobile money sending systems, that make sending money as easy as sending a text message.

Dashboard and World Wide Worx have recently collected data on mobile money sending in South Africa as part of a collective Mobility 2014 study.

In the survey, they questioned 1200 people. 9% of the people surveyed said that they had used mobile money sending services over the past three months.  (more…)

Cerebra sells majority stake to WPP

Published by on Nov 27th, 2013, No Comments

CerebraJohannesburg-based digital communications company, Cerebra, has just announced the sale of the majority stake in their business to one of the world’s leading listed global agencies, WPP.

Cerebra was founded in 2006 and is perhaps best know for building, engaging and activating communities for big-name clients such as Vodacom, Hollard, Nedbank, Autopage and ABSA.

This deal with WPP, will firmly place Cerebra in an advantageous position within the growing social media and social business landscape across South Africa and the rest of the African continent.

CEO of Cerebra, Mike Stopforth, believes that the partnership between Cerebra and WPP is ideal:

“Cerebra has actively helped define the industry of social media communication and social business transformation in South Africa for many years. WPP’s remarkable success in South Africa, their equity footprint in Africa and their global thought leadership in strategic communication make them a relevant and highly suitable partner for us” he said. (more…)

Dial Direct launches Designated Driver campaign along with Buzzfeed-inspired website

Published by on Nov 26th, 2013, No Comments

Top 14 drunk texts from last night

Silly season is in full swing and insurance company Dial Direct has just launched a campaign alongside RetroViral Digital Communications and Joe Public to help people get home safe after  festive night out.

We all know that drinking and driving is bad and how many accidents happen over the festive season. The aim of the Designated Driver Assist product from Dial Direct is to remind us how dangerous our drunk selves can be.

But of course, a sense of humor goes along way and that is what this campaign is all about. To coincide with the driver assist product, they have created a ‘Buzzedfeed’ website (and yes, that pun is intended). (more…)

Newly launched: The Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa

Published by on Nov 14th, 2013, No Comments


There’s a new organization in town and they call themselves the Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa.

The Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa comprises of voluntary operators, service providers, tech providers and other associated bodies. The organization was officially launched yesterday, November 13th, at the AfriCom conference in Cape Town.

The founding members of South Africa’s latest tech organization are dimension Data, Internet solutions, AlwaysOn and Comsol. (more…)

Google launches online bookstore in SA

Published by on Nov 7th, 2013, 2 Comments


Google’s popular online bookstore, Google Play Books, has finally launched in South Africa.

As of today, avid South African readers can enjoy their favourite books, from classics to controversial, all on their Android powered smartphones or tablets.

According to Google, Google Play Books will offer South Africans access to “hundreds of thousands” of English language books as of today.

No word yet on whether or not Google Play Books will be offering readers Afrikaans or african-language books in the future However, according to Santiago de la Mora, director for print product partnerships at Google, local publishers might get a chance to sell their books on the platform. (more…)