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Terms and conditions are often overlooked or not drafted in detail when entering into a business agreement with potential customers. One would think that all entrepreneurs and business owners would always insist on signing proper agreements and read the ones that come across their desk. In most instances, this turns out not to be the case. Frank Knight, CEO of Debtsource – a specialist B2B credit management company – highlights five basics that business owners...

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We are happy to introduce to you today Jobsikaz, an online job marketplace start-up from Nairobi, Kenya. First of all, can you introduce yourself to our readers, who you are, where you come from and what’s your background. My name is Sophy mwale, and entrepreneur and Job market specialist based in Kenya. I have founded 2 companies over the last 5 years one in HR management and the other an online job marketplace serving SME Markets....

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A new, South African-developed rival to WhatsApp, which offers zero-rated data access on South Africa’s four largest mobile operators, has been launched. Called Moya Messenger, the app, which was developed by a company called biNu, works even when users have no airtime or data on their smartphones. “The Moya app provides a similar messaging experience to market leader WhatsApp but with the key distinguishing feature that text messaging is #datafree across all four major mobile networks,”...

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Our Woman Crush Wednesday this week easily goes to Africa’s Digital Inclusion Activist, Duduzile Mkhwanazi – who is making waves on the African continent. If you’ve got a good memory – you’ll remember that we featured Dudu in last year’s All Women (August) Issue. At the time, Dudu was the spokesperson of the free WiFi advocacy NPO – Project Isizwe. Today, Dudu holds the title of – CEO of Project Isizwe! Talk about career goals?...

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Cape Town has been dubbed the African City of Opportunity, according to  a recent research report published by PwC. Presenting PwC’s research findings this morning, in partnership with  Wesgro, Councillor Brett Herron (Mayoral Committee Member for Transport &  Urban Development for the City of Cape Town) said: “With an unemployment rate  13 percentage points lower than the national figure, and 10 points lower than  the average metro, Cape Town is a city of genuine opportunity...

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Fraud affects small businesses much more severely than large corporates, with global research revealing that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) generally lose twice as much money than their corporate counterparts in the event of employee fraud. Discussing the most recent statistics compiled by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)1 and putting it into a South Africa context, National Director of Forensic Services at Mazars and Accredited Certified Fraud Examiner, Christo Snyman, notes that the...

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A newly-discovered WhatsApp vulnerability allows hackers to gain access to and message group chats and private conversations. This is according to Check Point Software Technologies researchers, who note if the bug is not fixed, it could help hackers create and spread misinformation. The exploit is made possible by taking advantage of vulnerabilities between WhatsApp for mobile and WhatsApp for the Web, say the researchers. “The hacker first needs to be a member of a WhatsApp group they want to manipulate. Then, the...

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Ecobank, independent pan-African banking group, has announced the finalists for the second edition of the annual Ecobank Fintech Challenge, a competition for Africa-focused technology start-ups. The list includes eleven (11) fintech start-ups from across the continent and beyond. An Innovation Fair & Awards ceremony will honour the start-ups on August 30, 2018 at the global headquarters of Ecobank in Lomé, Togo. At the ceremony, the startups will exhibit and pitch their products to a jury for...

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So, you’ve survived the start-up phase of your business. Now it’s time to grow. Whether you’re looking to expand by diversifying your product or service offering, or by entering new markets, you’ll need a few strategies to help you along the way. Here, I unpack three such strategies and suggest a few ways to shake up your growing business. Whichever you decide to experiment with, the Golden Rule is this: take it slow and have...

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startupAFRICA had a chat with Zubeida Goolam and Wayne Flemming, the co-founders of BrandTruth – a digital storytelling agency. What inspired you to start BrandTruth? As people, we crave lots of things. Mostly we desire the human truth of being connected, to live and to experience. We want to laugh, to feel and to create. It’s this truth of connectivity that inspired us to start a business that changes how brands and clients approach digital...

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