Ghana's new tech flavoured development Hope City – Two years on and construction has not yet begun

ACCRA, Ghana — It began with a groundbreaking ceremony led by the president, followed by a lavish launch party at the national stadium that featured a performance by American R&B star Chris Brown. On the eve of the country’s independence day in 2013, Ghanaian developers announced their plans to build a $10 billion tech hub on the outskirts of the capital. Even the name they chose for the project, Hope City, underscored ambitions to once again make Ghana — the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve independence — a beacon for the rest of the continent.

Brothers for All: the inspiring school teaching underprivileged people how to code

This week, Brothers For All is starting its first pilot project in two of South Africa’s Western Cape prisons, equipping underprivileged people with valuable coding and entrepreneurial skills.

A first of its kind on the African continent, Brothers for All is a spin-off of the non-profit Mothers for All, a local organisation that supports women in Botswana and South Africa, and the award-winning prisoner initiative, Group of Hope.

Computing – In Brief

Accra — Business owners and new businesses in Ghana can now register their companies online following the launch of an e-registrar portal aimed at streamlining business registrations in the country. The main objective of the project, the Registrar General Joseph Harlley, said, was to create a more “customer friendly oriented public service delivery system,” by the provision of platforms that would allow access to government services through the use of direct access technologies such as the internet and other methods.

SA slips in global ICT index

Johannesburg - Falling lower down the World Economic Forum (WEF) global information and communication technology (ICT) rankings is becoming an annual occurrence for South Africa.

The WEF this week released its Global Information Technology Report 2015 which contains its Networked Readiness Index (NRI) ranking. This ranking measures 143 economies in terms of their capacity to prepare for, use and leverage ICTs.

Cote d'Ivoire starts One Citizen, One Computer programme

Cote d'Ivoire's government has provided the first 208 computers and tablets to 32 organisations, universities and schools one month after announcing its 'One citizen, one computer plus an internet connection' project, Agence Ecofin reports.

ICT minister Bruno Nabagne Kone said the project has already received over 4,000 registrations. The project is a key part of president Alassane Ouattara's call to equip 500,000 families with PC and internet access bundles in the next 5 years.

Computing - In brief

Microsoft will extend its Biz4Afrika SME portal from initial trials in South Africa and Kenya to establish a pan-African version by the end of next month.
The portal is intended to support entrepreneurs by providing a database of information and online tools, and will create a network of connected African SMEs.

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.

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