BizTrends 2018

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The village of Zejtun lies in the south of the island of Malta | Mark Leach
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The culture of connection

Valletta, the baroque cityscape on the island fortress of Malta, is making global headlines this month - indeed this year - as it assumes the mantle of European Capital of Culture 2018. Last year, after having fallen in love with this little corner of the Mediterranean, I relocated to the archipelago for a sabbatical to take a front row seat for the programme of the next 12 months...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 1 day ago

ICT

WhatsApp launches business app
WhatsApp launches business app

NEWSWATCH: WhatsApp has launched WhatsApp Business - a free-to-download Android app for small businesses which allows them to chat with users...

By Ilse van den Berg 1 day ago

CSI & SUSTAINABILITY

How creating a water poverty map for all of Africa can help sound policies
How creating a water poverty map for all of Africa can help sound policies

African countries are behind the global curve when it comes to providing people with clean water and sanitation services...

By Hatem Jemmali 1 day ago

RETAIL

Nigeria's Skarabrand hits 1,000 items sold in 11 cities
Nigeria's Skarabrand hits 1,000 items sold in 11 cities

Nigerian online furniture retailer Skarabrand has sold more than 1,000 items and delivered to 11 cities since its launch in 2015...

By Tom Jackson 1 day ago

CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING

Sisi vows to protect Egypt's water supply
Sisi vows to protect Egypt's water supply

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi vowed on Monday, 15 January, to protect Egypt's water supply while striving for peace with the Nile upstream countries...

1 day ago

MARKETING & MEDIA

African Union finally speaks out about Trump
African Union finally speaks out about Trump

The African Union's anger at Trump's derogatory remarks on Africa is unusual for an organisation that rarely speaks out, according to the Institute for Security Studies...

1 day ago

MARKETING & MEDIA

iDidTht.com Craft Awards December 2017: Yet another visual spectacular for Absolut
iDidTht.com Craft Awards December 2017: Yet another visual spectacular for Absolut

IDidTht's December SA Film Reel Monthly Craft Awards were judged by Cameron Watson, creative director at King James, who selected Absolut's 'One Source Live - Africa on Fire' by Sunu from Egg Films for Best of Reel for Direction Craft...

1 day ago

LOGISTICS & TRANSPORT

Logistics marketplace Bwala Africa launches in Kenya
Logistics marketplace Bwala Africa launches in Kenya

Logistics marketplace Bwala Africa has launched in Kenya, allowing users to hire cars, trucks and delivery vans and source for repairs, service and maintenance from trusted dealers and mechanics...

By Tom Jackson 1 day ago

MARKETING & MEDIA

Brendah Nyakudya-Dandala, founder of Content Candy.
Content Candy expands to Zimbabwe

South African digital and content marketing studio, Content Candy, is expanding its operations to Zimbabwe...

2 days ago

CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING

'Massive' infrastructure spending needed in Africa, says report
'Massive' infrastructure spending needed in Africa, says report

Economic growth in Africa picked up steam last year and is set to accelerate strongly in 2018, but "massive investments" are needed in infrastructure, the African Development Bank (ADB) said Wednesday, 17 January...

2 days ago

MARKETING & MEDIA

(c) Jacek Dudzinski -
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube pressed over terror content

WASHINGTON - Terrorists and hate groups continue to get their propaganda onto social media platforms despite efforts by Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to shut them down, a US Senate panel heard on Wednesday...

2 days ago

MARKETING & MEDIA

Facebook agrees to widen probe of Brexit vote fake news
Facebook agrees to widen probe of Brexit vote fake news

LONDON - British lawmakers probing possible Russian interference in the Brexit referendum revealed on Wednesday that Facebook had agreed to broaden its own investigation into fake news around the vote, after the social media platform's initial efforts drew criticism...

2 days ago

MARKETING & MEDIA

Cairo, Egypt/ © Leonid Andronov via
Egypt extends state of emergency and tightens censorship

Egypt's parliament voted for a third time to extend a state of emergency. So far, authorities have used the state of emergency to censor media outlets and publications, bring "false news" charges against journalists, reports CPJ...

By Marwa Morgan 2 days ago

MARKETING & MEDIA

ADC Advertising, Interactive and Motion/Film Craft juries announced
ADC Advertising, Interactive and Motion/Film Craft juries announced

NEW YORK - The One Club for Creativity today announced full juries for the Advertising, Interactive and Motion/Film Craft categories of the ADC 97th Annual Awards...

2 days ago

MARKETING & MEDIA

Entries open for first African edition of Ciclope
Entries open for first African edition of Ciclope

Ciclope, an international festival that recognises and rewards exceptional craft in moving image, is coming to Cape Town this year in its first ever Africa regional leg, shining a light on production excellence across the continent...

2 days ago

TOURISM

The competitive edge: Why an effective PR strategy is a must for the hospitality industry
The competitive edge: Why an effective PR strategy is a must for the hospitality industry

The hotel industry is a highly competitive field, so it is no surprise that an effective PR strategy is paramount to enabling long-term, sustained messaging to keep your establishment top of mind...

2 days ago

AGRICULTURE

Image Supplied
The future of food production: Robots revolutionising agriculture

With the aim to revolutionise the farming industry as well as increase their market reach and revenue, organisations have been gearing up for new robotic technologies in recent years...

By Piyush Mandhare 2 days ago

CSI & SUSTAINABILITY

Disabled people in Africa get a raw deal. What's been done to fix this
Disabled people in Africa get a raw deal. What's been done to fix this

The African Commission has drafted a new protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights that emphasises the importance of the right of people with disability to have equal recognition before the law...

By Laura-Stella Enonchong 2 days ago

RETAIL

Shoprite feels African slowdown
Shoprite feels African slowdown

Shoprite's non-South African supermarket division recorded negative growth for the six months to December, owing to the effect of lower commodity prices...

By Michelle Gumede 2 days ago

ICT

Kenya's Nailab selects 15 startups for Make-IT accelerator
Kenya's Nailab selects 15 startups for Make-IT accelerator

Kenyan incubator Nailab has announced the 15 startups that will take part in its Make-IT accelerator programme, designed to strengthen entrepreneurs' skills for scaling their businesses...

By Tom Jackson 3 days ago

MARKETING & MEDIA

ODA Advertising joins Magnet Global Network
ODA Advertising joins Magnet Global Network

Magnet Global Network has expanded its geographic reach and capabilities with the addition of ODA Advertising, a 26-year-old creative advertising agency based in Durban, KZN...

3 days ago

MARKETING & MEDIA

(c) Dzmitry Kliapitski -
YouTube toughens rules regarding which videos get ads

SAN FRANCISCO - YouTube on Tuesday announced ramped-up rules regarding when it will run ads with videos as it scrambled to quell concerns by brands about being paired with troublesome content...

3 days ago

TOURISM

Mark Essien, CEO of Hotels.ng
Hotels.ng expands on hotel bookings and flights to win in Africa

CEO of Hotels.ng, Mark Essien, saw an opportunity to build an African focused OTA. The company has partnered with local hotels and airlines across Africa to accelerate its growth across the region...

3 days ago

AGRICULTURE

Vrinda Khushu via
Agriculture will be Africa's quiet revolution, says report

With a focus on SMEs and smallholder farmers creating the high productivity jobs and sustainable economic growth, the latest Africa Agriculture Status Report has indicated that agriculture will be Africa's quiet revolution...

3 days ago

MARKETING & MEDIA

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Daily Mail returns to Virgin Trains after outcry

LONDON, UK: Virgin boss Richard Branson on Monday said he would resume offering the right-wing tabloid the Daily Mail on his trains after a decision not to stock them sparked accusations of censorship last week...

3 days ago

ICT

Investment into African tech startups hit record high in 2017
Investment into African tech startups hit record high in 2017

Investment into African tech startups hit the highest levels since records began in 2017, with 159 startups raising in excess of $195 million...

17 Jan 2018

MARKETING & MEDIA

ADC juries for four design categories announced
ADC juries for four design categories announced

NEW YORK - The One Club for Creativity has announced the 40 creatives who will judge work on the four design categories of the ADC 97th Annual Awards...

16 Jan 2018

MARKETING & MEDIA

The who, what and why of the Ugandan Knuckles meme
The who, what and why of the Ugandan Knuckles meme

The internet is an odd and confusing place, and the gaming world's latest meme is solid proof of this...

By Andy Walker 16 Jan 2018

AGRICULTURE

Zimbabwe urgently needs a new land administration system
Zimbabwe urgently needs a new land administration system

Zimbabwe urgently needs a new system of land administration to harness development in the agricultural sector...

By Ian Scoones 16 Jan 2018

TOURISM

What travel marketers need to know about Facebook's News Feed change
What travel marketers need to know about Facebook's News Feed change

In your dual role as travel marketer and Facebook consumer, the news that Facebook is going to 'clean-up' your News Feed will likely be met with a mix of joy and despair...

By Natalia Rosa 16 Jan 2018

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