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Is this the most powerful business smartphone you can buy?

Samsung Galaxy Note 10
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+. Image supplied by Samsung

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 is now available in South Africa, a device the South Korean tech titan describes as the most powerful business smartphone yet.

Available for the first time in two size options – a 6.8-inch Note10+, the biggest screen on a Note yet, and a more pocket friendly, but slightly less feature rich 6.3-inch Note10 – both still feature the Note line’s trademark S Pen stylus, now boasting more functionality than ever before.

Both models feature an edge-to-edge nearly bezel-less AMOLED display interrupted only by the small, centrally placed cut out for the front camera, making for a more balanced design than those on the S10 line which are on the left.

Important on a device which power users may be looking into for hours each day, the Eye Comfort display reduces blue light without affecting colour quality for comfortable viewing.

Note users typically put a premium on productivity and the two new models feature some impressive new features in this respect.

With Handwriting to Text, Note 10 owners can use the re-designed, unibody S Pen to jot down notes, instantly convert their handwriting to digital text in Samsung Notes, and export it to a variety of different formats, including Microsoft Word.

Users can now also customise notes by shrinking, enlarging, or changing the colour of the text. In just a few taps, meeting minutes can be formatted and shared; bursts of inspiration can quickly become editable documents.

The Galaxy Note 10 builds on the Bluetooth Low Energy-enabled S Pen capabilities introduced on the Note 9 by adding air actions, allowing users to control certain aspects of the device using gestures with the S Pen.

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Both the 6.8-inch Note10+ and the 6.3-inch Note 10 feature the Note line’s trademark S Pen stylus. Image supplied by Samsung

Better DeX-terity

Samsung’s DeX line of devices have in the past allowed users to create a desktop PC-like experience by connecting their Galaxy smartphones to a monitor or TV screen. The Note 10 extends Samsung DeX’s capabilities, now making it easier for users to work between their phone and a PC or Mac.

The latest iteration of DeX dispenses with the puck and pad devices of the past. Now, with a simple, compatible USB connection, users can drag and drop files between devices, and use their favourite mobile apps with a mouse and a keyboard, while keeping their data secure on their phone through Samsung Knox.

The Galaxy Note 10 integrates Link to Windows directly into the Quick Panel. With one click, users can connect to their Windows 10 PC. There, they can see notifications, send and receive messages, and review recent photos without pausing to look down at their phone.

Other power features are Super-Fast Charging, which Samsung claims will get you through a full-day’s use on just 30 minutes of charge using the Note10+ and Wireless PowerShare which lets users wirelessly recharge their Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Buds, or another Qi-enabled device with the either of the Note 10 models.

The Galaxy Note10 and Galaxy Note10+ are available in Aura Glow, Aura White and Aura Black. – GeekWire.co.za

Appy days for SA SMEs

Fundaba is an app-based entrepreneurship learning programme. Image supplied by FNB

FNB launches app-based entrepreneurship education programme and fee-free business account

In what it describes as a response to the barriers faced by micro, small and medium-sized businesses in South Africa, FNB has launched Fundaba, a digital app-based entrepreneurship learning programme and First Business Zero,

a digital no monthly account fee business bank account.

Fundaba is free interactive e-learning business education platform that has been developed inside the FNB banking app. Jesse Weinberg, head of the SME Customer Segment at FNB, described it a “first-of-its-kind offering in South Africa”. It comprises multimedia content such as videos, podcasts, quizzes, templates and tools for all FNB customers to learn about entrepreneurship and running a business.

He said the Bank had conducted extensive research and worked with hundreds of local business owners and mentors to provide users with critical knowledge and practical help to assist them as they navigate the business journey; from incubating a business idea, to starting, running and growing a business in South Africa.

The app also allows SMEs to actively share and provide feedback on various educational chapters to constantly increase the effectiveness and relevance of the content.

The name Fundaba is a combination of the South African words “Fundi” (colloquially means “expert”) and “Indaba” (discussion).

“As a leading business bank in South Africa, a core part of our strategy is to help develop SMEs by supporting entrepreneurs through their journey, and a key part of this journey is entrepreneurship knowledge and skills which we believe can help on a large-scale using our digital infrastructure,” said Weinberg.

The Fundaba educational programme consists of 12 modules across four lifecycle stages of a business (incubate, start, run and grow) and follows a South African entrepreneur’s journey as he builds his first business – ‘Lebo’s Bakery’. All audio and video content isavailable in five local languages including, IsiZulu, isiXhosa, Sesotho, English and Afrikaans.

“Through our research and first-hand engagements with SMEs, we discovered that there is a knowledge gap amongst many existing and aspiring entrepreneurs when it comes to starting, running and growing a business. We feel we have a role to play to help close this gap, and at the same time help catalyse a country-wide dialogue of increasing entrepreneurship skills and knowledge sharing,” Weinberg said.

Zero monthly fees

First Business Zero card
First Business Zero, is a digital no monthly account fee business bank account. Image supplied by FNB

The second innovation launched by the bank is First Business Zero, a digital on-platform business bank account offered by FNB from 1 November 2019. The offering is designed specifically for sole proprietor businesses with an annual turnover up to R5 million and can be opened on the FNB App within a few minutes using the bank’s “Selfie” process to identity and verify the user.

According to Mike Vacy-Lyle, FNB Business CEO, key features of the First Business Zero proposition include no monthly account fee, unlimited free POS card swipes, inter-operable QR code for accepting payments, linked saving pocket to ring-fence savings and earn interest, and an FNB Connect SIM card that includes free data, minutes and SMSs (up to 100mb data, 30 voice minutes, 30 SMSs).

Businesses will also get free access to FNB Business’ suite of free value-added services, including Instant Accounting software, Invoicing, Cash Flow and Payroll.

“FNB has invested billions of Rands in developing a business banking platform that offers holistic and integrated financial solutions to all types of businesses,” said Vacy-Lyle.

“To maintain our market leading position, it is essential that our business model continually evolves to provide relevant solutions for customers, from learning how to start, run and grow a business, to registering a company, opening a bank account, applying for credit and managing the businesses daily affairs.”

He added that during the past financial year to June 2019, FNB Business banked SME lending reached more than R40 billion on the back of simple, scored, digital lending, with a credit approval taking less than three minutes in many instances. The bank further extended over R8 billion to women-led businesses during the same period.

“Better use of data, understanding client context, easier credit applications through scoring and digitisation, as well as lower origination costs, have led to better, deeper credit underwriting and quicker turnaround times. This has made borrowing from FNB Business a much better experience with better pricing,” said Vacy-Lyle.

“Continued digitisation of the commercial banking experience, at scale, has resulted in improved efficiencies and a lower cost of banking. This benefit of scale will be passed on to the customer through more affordable banking solutions like these.” –GeekWire.co.za

How fintech is shaking up African banking

The onslaught of challenger banks in Africa will continue to disrupt the competitive landscape in the financial services sector and these banks are aggressive digital-first players looking to change the industry.
That’s according to Greg Dwyer, Treasury Subject Matter Expert at Andile Solutions, who added: “Not only are they changing the industry, but they are helping to transform the African continent through financial systems that serve everyone”.
He said Andile recently helped usher two significant fintech evolutions into the African market. “We identified real needs for a modern treasury system, one that embraces digital transformation, is quick on time-to-market with our local market knowledge and reduced total cost of ownership to name a few.
“These are some of the typical challenges faced by Africa’s challenger banks, a new breed of financial institutions that leverages technology and modernity to bring better and cheaper services to the continent’s customers.”
He said treasury projects in Africa have in the past been hobbled by poor implementations and legacy technology. “African banks have been treated like any other international bank, with little local context.
“Calypso has addressed this with their Bank-in-A-Box program, which has enabled Andile to reduce their implementation time and thereby significantly reduce implicit and explicit cost to new clients. Such treasury system projects are accomplished through Andile’s partnership with Calypso.”
Calypso is a leading global provider of cross-asset front-to-back technology solutions for financial markets, recently named Best Treasury Management System in the bobsguide Awards for 2019.
One of Andile’s success stories is the implementation of Calypso for Fidelity Bank, the leading market player in Ghana’s Fixed Income and Debt Capital Market. Another recent success is the implementation of Calypso for Zambia National Commercial Bank (ZANACO). It was delivered in just five months as part of their digital transformation strategy.


Battle tested
By leveraging its partnership with Calypso, Andile has been able to provide African banks with a battle-tested target operating model to meet their treasury needs. This enables the challenger bank to proactively adapt to ever-changing market conditions whilst being able to manage the risk associated efficiently.
“Our partner program is extremely successful. It provides our clients with a more nurturing engagement required to implement our leading technology to banks in Africa. We have to remain relevant to African markets by providing world-class and appropriate African oriented solutions,” said Dennis Belford, MD for Africa, Calypso Technology.
Andries Brink, CEO of Andile Group, said these are signs of Andile’s commitment to maintain and grow Africa’s place as a major player in the global financial workplace. “Methodologies and innovation evolving from our African experience are now being deployed by Calypso globally, demonstrating that world-class solutions wherever deployed in the global marketplace including Africa are key markers for success.” – GeekWire.co.za

Don’t let device deployment hamper your business transformation

Dell Unified Workspace
Dell says its Unified-Workspace service will significantly speed up the process of setting up new staff with company devices. Image supplied by Dell Technologies

By Jonathan Ryall

Finally, that open vacancy has been filled. After a process of attracting interest, vetting candidates and picking the best among the rest, a new employee has arrived at your company. They are ready and hungry to go from day 1.

But they don’t get a device until day five or 10 or even later. When they do, it’s often not as useful as anyone expected. The applications are generic, the type of device didn’t take their role into consideration and it can’t even do half the things they require from it.

Ten or more years ago, these were not major considerations. But devices were not as commonplace and role-centric as they are today. Work habits were also very different. Back then, we all mostly stayed in offices. But today, 81% of employees engage with work outside of their offices and 76% work in two or more places.

This requires a new way of managing workspaces, including devices, applications and user enrolment. It’s not just about efficiency, but also the future: companies that can get the workspace dynamic right are three times more likely to be digital transformation leaders. This makes sense: if your workforce is engaged and appreciative of modern technologies, they will carry the change with them.

But that can’t be done if you are still waiting a week to provision devices that are chosen for their convenience and not purpose. Why does this happen? IT departments simply don’t have the time to address every nuanced user need that is sent their way. Anything from resetting passwords to granting VPN access to installing applications takes time – multiply that over dozens or hundreds of employees and it’s amazing IT gets anything done at all.

Jonathan Ryall, Client Solutions Field Marketing Manager at Dell Technologies. Image supplied by company

Dell Technologies saw this problem and, in collaboration with VMWare, developed a solution that ticks all of the above boxes and more. Dell Unified Workspace is a holistic device, application and user management service, built and integrated with VMWare’s Workspace One platform.

It’s a strategy that supports all devices and gives users a consistent experience: provisioning and deploying the right devices with the right services to the right people. The processes dictating who gets what are automated, thus freeing IT’s resources while at the same time ensuring employees can hit the ground running from day one.

Unified Workspace is secure thanks to further collaboration with Secureworks. We all know that giving users access to any data on any device creates a much larger attack surface. It’s another reason why provisioning of devices, applications and access is so slow. But Unified Workspace offers a complete solution to these problems. Backed by ProSupport, it meets the ultimate goal: to take away the pain of end-user IT deployment without increasing risk.

The greatest digital strategies ever conceived are useless if your workforce can’t do their job effectively. A trivial issue such as deploying devices or services can undo business transformation. But with Unified Workspace, that is in the past. – GeekWire.co.za

Jonathan Ryall is Client Solutions Field Marketing Manager at Dell Technologies

Galaxy Fold coming to South Africa in September, Samsung honcho confirms

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Sung Yoon President & CEO of Samsung-Electronics Africa. Photo credit Alan Cooper, GeekWire.co.za

AFTER postponing the rollout of its Galaxy Fold phone-tablet hybrid following a string of high-profile failures among review models, Samsung has made improvements that it believes will solve the problems and get the ground-breaking folding screen device into stores sometime in September 2019.

That’s according to Sung Yoon President and CEO of Samsung Electronics Africa, speaking at last night’s launch of the company’s Galaxy Note and Note Plus smartphones.

“I can confirm that the Galaxy Fold will be available in South Africa in September,” he told an audience of mobile industry representatives and media in Sandton, Johannesburg following a live stream of Samsung’s #Unpacked event from New York.

The most common problem encountered by reviewers was a partial or complete failure of the screen after they removed the screen protector. Unlike the peel-off protectors that come with other smartphones, the one on the Galaxy Fold is not supposed to be taken off.

Sung said that to solve this problem, Samsung has tucked the screen protector under the bezel of the device. Previously there was gap between the screen protector and the edges of the phone making it appear like the standard removable protector found on other mobile devices.

Samsung is also reportedly beefing up the warning not to remove the screen protector that accompanies the phone, making it larger and placing it more prominently.

The second, less common, problem encountered by reviewers was a gap in the hinge area on the top and bottom of the folding device that lets dust, grit and other foreign objects in, potentially damaging the screen from below.  Samsung is said to be shrinking these gaps in an attempt to minimise this risk. – GeekWire.co.za

Taking companies on a digital adventure

Valter Adão, Chief Digital and Innovation Officer for Deloitte Africa
Valter Adão, Chief Digital and Innovation Officer for Deloitte Africa. Photo credit Alan Cooper, GeekWire.co.za

Deloitte recently concluded a week-long series of digital immersion sessions in KwaZulu-Natal, aimed at introducing leading companies operating in the region to the many exponential technologies available to them today.

“We positioned the week’s activities around the theme, ‘We’re on a new adventure’,” explained Ruwayda Redfearn, the professional services firm’s Regional Managing Partner: KZN.

“Until now much of the focus, where digital transformation is concerned, has been on the negative consequences of failing to adapt to the new digital reality, a ‘doom and gloom’ scenario. By contrast, Deloitte’s focus during the Digital Week and going forward is to underline the many opportunities presented by digital technology and how we are perfectly positioned to take our clients on a journey of possibilities in this exciting new world,” she said.

Incorporating the best elements of Deloitte’s acclaimed Greenhouse innovation centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town, the KZN immersion experience exposed participants to the gamut of Deloitte’s powerful digital assets. These range from Connected Retail, Supply Chain and Customer marketing solutions, as well as several locally developed analytics, predictive modelling and gamified performance management tools, to name a few.

“Deloitte has built some incredible digital solutions and offerings,” said Alex Moir, the firm’s supply chain lead for Consumer Services Sector – Africa. “Hosting the digital immersion week was an unrivalled opportunity to introduce these solutions to select KZN clients, specifically focussing on the fast moving consumable goods (FMCG) sector.”

Valter Adão, Chief Digital and Innovation Officer for Deloitte Africa, said companies considering adopting digital assets faced a bewildering, constantly evolving array of technologies and trends.

“Our aim during the KZN digital immersion week was to simplify the field and distil it down to the three most important things businesses need to think about when considering digital transformation.

“These are: leveraging digital technology to unlock exponential growth inside the business, boosting productivity inside organisations by allowing them to conduct the same business but at a lower cost point, and leveraging digital to uplift the experience customers have when engaging with the organisation,” Adão said.

Redfearn said feedback from the Digital Week attendees had been overwhelmingly positive.

“Many of our clients and prospective clients still view us as largely an audit firm, unaware that Deloitte are leaders within the digital transformation space.”

She added that this pre-eminence was underpinned last month when Gartner, the world’s leading information technology and advisory company, ranked Deloitte as the number one worldwide consulting service provider for the second consecutive year. Earlier this year, it named Deloitte the Undisputed Global Leader for CRM & Customer Experience Implementation Services as well as Global Leader in Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed and Professional Services. This follows recognition from ALM Intelligence last year of Deloitte as the Undisputed Global Leader in Innovation Strategy Consulting.

“Our KZN Digital Week was a decisive first step in launching this globally-acclaimed capability to the local market. We were able show attendees, many of them key decision makers for top companies, what we can do and get an idea of what their challenges and opportunities are in this arena,” Redfearn said. – GeekWire.co.za

Clean slate: EC rugby hero helps bring iPads to his old school

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iSchoolAfrica has partnered with iStore and Siya Kolisi to bring an iPad Lab and learning programme to the rugby star's PE alma mater. Picture courtesy of iSchoolAfrica's Twitter page

Eastern Cape-born rugby star Siya Kolisi isn’t just a winner on the field. In a partnership announced today, 7 August 2019, with iSchoolAfrica and iStore, the iSchoolAfrica iPad programme will be brought to his own former primary school.

This will include the roll-out of a mobile iPad lab, curriculum apps, ongoing teacher training and the monitoring of results at Emsengeni Primary School Zwide, Port Elizabeth.

“Rugby gave me hope growing up and I want to give the same to young South Africans by providing opportunities to help them find their passion and fulfil their potential,” Kolisi said.

“My journey began at this primary school and its why I want to start with changing lives here by introducing world-class technology like the Apple iPad. My dream is to provide more opportunities for our youth to realise that whether they live in the suburbs or a township, they can be anyone they want to be.”

Since 2009, the iSchoolAfrica programme, has brought educational technology and classroom best practices to more than 240 rural and township schools through the investment of corporate sponsors.

The iPad lab consists of 20 Apple iPads in a mobile carry case which can be moved from classroom to classroom. The lab is pre-loaded with apps aligned to the South African curriculum, has one plug point to charge all iPads simultaneously and can be locked away securely in the school safe.

An iSchoolAfrica facilitator has been appointed to train and work closely with the teachers to ensure the technology can be used effectively in the classroom. A teacher will also be selected to be an iSchoolAfrica champion and will receive ongoing training in order to support their colleagues and ensure sustainability of the programme.

In addition to appointing an iSchoolAfrica champion, Kolisi will act as an ongoing mentor at the school and to the iSchoolAfrica programme.

“iSchoolAfrica celebrates 10 years of proven success this year and we are extremely proud to be in 240 schools, have trained 3000 teachers and have changed the lives of over 100 000 learners,” said Michelle Lissoos, Director at iSchoolAfrica.

“We are very excited to be working with a mentor like Siya and to partner with iStore again, to achieve the vision we all have to improve the futures of South African youth.”

This is the fourth school that iStore has invested in sponsoring through the iSchoolAfrica programme. Otherr sponsors include the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, Exarro and Growthpoint.

 “Apple iPad is the chosen educational tool for schools around the world and iSchoolAfrica is a way for us to invest in a sustainable programme for under-resourced schools in South Africa. We are thrilled to co- invest with Siya in this project and have him support as a mentor. We encourage other sponsors and mentors wanting to make a difference to teaching and learning to invest in the future of young South Africans through iSchoolAfrica,” said Chris Dodd, iStore CEO. – GeekWire.co.za

FaceApp trumps Mandela Day on Google Search this week

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A new feature from FaceApp uses AI to simulate the ageing process. Image supplied by FaceApp

Face aging fad rules the web

South Africans generated more than 100 000 search queries for “Face App” on Wednesday, 17 July 2019, while only generating 50 000 for “Mandela Day”, Google has revealed.

The Internet went crazy over the two-year-old app, which uses artificial intelligence to create a rendering of what users might look like in a few decades.

FaceApp went viral as users posted their aged likenesses on social media in the #faceappchallenge. Some the traffic may also have been due to the controversy surrounding the app and its Russia-based developers Wireless Lab.

Privacy experts warned that the app may pose a threat to users’ privacy as it stores photos on its servers, with US Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, appealing to the FBI to investigate.

It’s not the first time the app has come in for criticism. Launched in early 2017, it was almost immediately in hot water over its “ethnicity filters” and, later, the “hot” transformation trick that was said to lighten skin colour. Both features have since been removed.

Farewell White Zulu

In other top searches on Google this week, “Johnny Clegg” garnered more than 500 000 search queries on Tuesday as the news of his passing broke. The ‘White Zulu’ of Juluka and Savuka fame was an internationally acclaimed musician who was also an important figure in the fight against apartheid.

Tributes to Clegg have been flooding media and social media over the past couple of days. Clegg succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 66.

More than 200 000 search queries were generated for “Mark Batchelor” on Monday after the former soccer star was gunned down outside his Olivedale home in Gauteng. Investigations into the shooting are still ongoing.

Batchelor, whose first name is actually spelled “Marc”, played for Orlando Pirates, Wits University, Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Moroka Swallows and Bafana Bafana.

“Jacob Zuma” also garnered more than 100 000 search queries on Monday as he made his first, much-anticipated appearance in front of the Zondo Commission on state capture.

On Sunday “Macdonald Ndou” picked up more than 10 000 search queries after reports of the Muvhango actor’s arrest made the rounds. Ndou was held on various charges including extortion and kidnapping. The Hawks have reportedly provisionally withdrawn charges against the TV star, but a spokesperson said the decision to withdraw does not mean the charges will not be reinstated.

“Serena Williams” garnered more than 50 000 searches on Saturday as the tennis superstar suffered a 6-2, 6-2 defeat against Simona Halep in a Wimbledon final that lasted just 56 minutes. Williams later told Agence France Presse, “She [Halep] played out of her mind” and “I was like a deer in headlights”.

Last Friday, South Africans produced more than 20 000 search queries for “Duduzane Zuma” as the Randburg Magistrates Court found the former first son not guilty of a charge of culpable homicide. In February 2014, Zuma was involved in a car crash that claimed the life of Phumzile Dube when his vehicle crashed into the taxi she was travelling in.

Search trends information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what South Africans have been searching for and asking Google. – GeekWire.co.za

And the best African city for women entrepreneurs is…

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An index backed by Dell Technologies has ranked the world's top 50 cities on how well they support women entrepreneurs. Image credit pxhere.com

Johannesburg has once again ranked among the top 50 cities in the world that supports Women Entrepreneurs.

Dell Technologies has announced the findings of its annual Women Entrepreneur Cities (WE Cities) Index – the only global, gender-specific study that looks at a city’s ability to foster the growth of women-owned businesses

Since 2017, all 50 cities improved on the majority of their indicators year-over-year and Johannesburg remains the leading African city for women entrepreneurs, followed by Nairobi.

Building on annual research since 2010, Dell ranks cities based on the impact of local policies, programs and characteristics in addition to national laws and customs to help improve support for women entrepreneurs and the overall economy. The study found an overall improvement for women looking to establish and build their own businesses but noted that there is still significant room for improvement.

“When we invest in women, we invest in the future. Communities prosper, economies thrive and the next generation leads with purpose,” said Karen Quintos, EVP and chief customer officer at Dell Technologies.

“By arming city leaders and policymakers with actionable, data-driven research on the landscape for women entrepreneurs, we can collectively accelerate the success of women-owned businesses by removing financial, cultural and political barriers.”

Building on 10 years of research on women entrepreneurs, Dell Technologies partnered with IHS Markit to research and rank 50 cities on five important characteristics, including access to Capital, Technology, Talent, Culture and Markets.

These pillars were organized into two groups: operating environment and enabling environment. The overall rating is based on 71 indicators, 45 of which have a gender-based component. Individual indicators were weighted based on four criteria: relevance, quality of underlying data, uniqueness in the index and gender component.

All 50 cities made progress since 2017, however, some cities made bigger strides than others and the race to the top inevitably left some cities behind.

Even though it dropped slightly in rankings, Johannesburg’s position at 36 is more indicative of the increasing competition to attract women entrepreneurs. It ranks ahead of numerous international hubs and overtakes Nairobi, the only other African city in the top 50.

Talent

Talent is one of Johannesburg’s strongest pillars. While the city ranked No.29 overall in 2019 for Talent, it was within the top 10 for women’s skill and experience overall.

The research found that 78% of students at top universities are women in Johannesburg. Women in Johannesburg also make up considerable amount of the labour force employed in professional services (67%) and IT (65%).

In addition, more than a quarter of company boards in Johannesburg have women on them, a distinction shared with London, Sydney and Tel Aviv. Johannesburg also ranked 9th for the best market in terms of operating environment.

From a city and national-level, policies for Culture, Technology and Markets have also been put in place to enable upward mobility for female entrepreneurs. These include Government goals for women-owned business procurement, policy for “equal remuneration for work of equal value”, policy for “non-discrimination based on gender in hiring”, presence of a paid maternity leave policy, and presence of open data initiatives.

“Johannesburg is a business powerhouse, both in Africa and across the world,” said Doug Woolley, Dell EMC SA’s general manager. “It’s also a giant melting-pot and is known for its cosmopolitan and progressive attitudes. These are some of the reasons why it is more attractive and welcoming to all entrepreneurs, including women.

“Its inclusion in the 2019 Women Entrepreneur Cities findings shows that significance, but it’s also a reminder that much more can be done. AT Dell Technologies, we’ll keep being part of that movement until Jozi is number one,” Woolley said. – GeekWire.co.za

Infographic supplied by Dell Technologies

Revealed: Africa’s top tech brand

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Samsung,has been recognised as the continent's most admired tech brand. Picture of the Galaxy A70 smartphone supplied by Samsung

Samsung has been recognised as the most admired technology brand in the just released 7th annual Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands survey and ranking of brands across Africa.

The survey is billed by its organisers as the first and most comprehensive pan-African study and ranking of brands in Africa. Samsung was acknowledged as number 1 Most Admired Technology brand and third overall Most Admired Brand in Africa, across all categories.

“It’s always an honour to be recognised by the people we design our products for. This research validates our ongoing focus on creating products that empower Africans to do more. Samsung’s continued growth in Africa is fuelled by our commitment to be a part of the continent’s growth and prosperity,” said Dudu Mokholo, Chief Marketing Officer at Samsung Central Africa.

The Brand Africa 100 list also recognised Samsung as the number one brand in Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo and Morocco as well as number three in Kenya.

The rankings are published annually in partnership with African Business Magazine and Brand Africa Partners.

 “Samsung’s relentless pursuit of excellence and innovation has resulted in products that are redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliance and other ground-breaking technological categories,” Mokholo said. – GeekWire.co.za