Apple reinvesting in South Africa

The world’s biggest technology company, Apple, has quietly established a South African office and now appears set to grow its presence in the local market.

It’s the first time the company has had a direct office in South Africa since 1999, when it disinvested in favour of a distributor model.

Kenya’s Angani formally launches cloud services

Kenyan fully automated cloud infrastructure startup Angani has formally launched its cloud and hosting services, which it says are focused on the small and medium enterprise (SME) market and the financial services and media industries.

Disrupt Africa reported in February Angani, which claims to be the first fully automated cloud infrastructure company in East Africa, had closed a seed funding round, led by Invested Development with participation from Africa’s Talking, Savannah Fund, and Africa Angels Network.

Dutch NGO Spark launches Somali business incubator

Dutch non-government organisation (NGO) Spark and partners have launched the Africa House business incubator and entrepreneurship development centre in Gargeisa, Somalia, the first such project in the Somali regions.

Africa House was launched in collaboration with partners the Cheetah Group, SMART, Collert Consultancy, the Fayo Foundation and the Horn Resource Centre.

Computing – In Brief

Napteker is an African online systematic pharmaceutical directory that provides education and information to its users on important issues pertaining to use of medicines in Africa, such as dosage, drug and food interaction. It also provides information on side effects related to the use of certain medicines. Information on the platform is classified according to a country and pharmacists will often be ready to respond to queries from users all the time.

Togo embarks on wide-scale project to deploy fibre to 500 administrative centres

The Government of Togo has launched an ambitious project to connect 500 institutions, including ministries, government agencies, hospitals, universities and airports, to fibre-optic infrastructure by the end of next year.

Cisco invests ZAR 60 mln in Square Kilometre Array project

Cisco has signed an agreement with South Africa's Department of Science and Technology (DST) to become the Square Kilometre Array's (SKA's) technology partner. The US-based company will invest ZAR 60 million in the project. SKA is moving on to the next phase, which will be the last stage before construction begins in 2018, ITWeb reported. Under the MOU, a Cisco Networking Academy and Knowledge Centre was established in Carnavon, Northern Cape, where the SKA will be hosted, to help local community members develop basic and intermediate ICT and networking skills.

Computing – In Brief

Computing solutions company Intel announced the launch of its Software and Services Group (SSG) in South Africa, which will see Intel’s Developer Zone made available locally. The Intel Developer Zone is a global programme that enables developers to engage with their peers to develop, market and sell their software.
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SA gets Climate Innovation Centre

The Innovation Hub yesterday opened its Climate Innovation Centre (CIC), in partnership with the World Bank's InfoDev programme for supporting entrepreneurs.

The CIC is a strategic green economy initiative founded through collaboration between the Gauteng Department of Economic Development, The Innovation Hub and InfoDev.

The centre will facilitate the development of technologies to reduce the environmental impact of the South African economy, said McLean Sibanda, CEO of The Innovation Hub.

Computing – In Brief

IWayAfrica Zimbabwe has been awarded its Cisco Select Certified Partner status after demonstrating the technical ability and product knowledge necessary to sell, install and support Cisco solutions.

Nigeria: Microsoft, Jobberman Partner On Employability Portal

Microsoft Nigeria has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Jobberman, Nigeria's leading recruitment website. The purpose is geared towards addressing unemployment and unlocking youths potential in Nigeria and other countries in West, East and Central Africa.

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