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Mandela Foundation Launches Mobile App

The Nelson Mandela Foundation have launched an inspiration app that contains thousands of quotes from former President Mandela.

The organisation points out that, “The Nelson Mandela Foundation has developed and launched the authorised Nelson Mandela Quotations app to bring Madiba’s words to the palm of your hand.”

The quotes were also drawn from Mandela’s official papers, speeches, recorded interviews, letters, diary extracts and impromptu remarks over a period of 63 years.

Smartphones and Internet Boost Farming

Wider smartphone and Internet access has allowed technology firms to reach remote African farmers with apps providing veterinary diagnoses, crop planting guidance and virtual marketplaces.
 
The growth of Africa's middle-class combined with a fall in the prices of technology has opened up opportunities for investment in farms on the world's poorest continent.
 
Africa's farms have failed to cash in because of a lack of access to infrastructure, training, capital and rapidly advancing technology.
 

Lack of Skills A Big Challenge to SA Businesses

As chief executive officer of South Africa’s First National Bank, Michael Jordaan moved the lender into the tech era by persuading customers to manage their accounts online. One of his biggest challenges was finding enough software developers.

“At the time we had severe shortages in IT, especially for coders in new programming languages like Java,” Jordaan, who is now a venture capitalist and is investing in training coders at Project CodeX, which he co-founded, said in an interview from Cape Town.

Smartphone Users Drowning Under ‘App Overload’

Abandonment rates for smartphone apps are surging as users simply have too much choice, says an analyst from technology research firm Gartner.

Speaking to media along the sidelines of the Gartner Symposium taking place in Cape Town, analyst David Willis explained this ‘compound problem’.

Data from Statista.com earlier this year shows that Android users have access to 2.2 million apps while Apple's App Store users have two million available apps.

Livestock Management App Wins Seedstars World

Livestock management app, Modisar, has been crowned winner of the Botswanan leg of start-up pitching competition, Seedstars World, in the final African event of the world-touring competition.

This year’s Seedstars World saw the global contest host African heats in Mozambique, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Angola and Tanzania, Senegal and finally, Botswana.

Mobile Language Application for Zambia

Peace Corps volunteers, working closely with Zambian software developers, have developed a mobile application that will translate English words and phrases into any of seven languages spoken in Zambia.

The Peace Corps say ‘Bantu Babel’, which is intended to help Peace Corps volunteers, international aid workers and host-country nationals communicate more effectively, is now available for Android-compatible devices in the Google Play store.

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