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WHAT: The 10-part documentary series, directed by Jason Hehir (“The Fab Five,” “The ’85 Bears,” “Andre the Giant”), chronicles one of the greatest icons and most successful teams in sports history, Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls, and features never-before-seen footage from the 1997-98 season as the team pursued its sixth NBA (https://www.NBA.com) championship in eight years.

 

In the fall of 1997, Michael Jordan, Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and head coach Phil Jackson agreed to let an NBA Entertainment film crew follow the team all season long. The result would be a remarkable portrait of an iconic player and a celebrated team – a portrait only now being revealed, more than two decades later, in “The Last Dance.”

 

 

“It was a trying year, we all tried to enjoy that year, knowing that it was coming to an end… Phil (Jackson) started off the year by saying that it was the last dance and we played it that way. Mentally it just kind of tugged at you throughout the course of the year, you know, but that this had to come to an end, but it also centered our focus to making sure we ended it right.”Michael Jordan on Good Morning America (https://gma.abc/3bfhUrW).

 

 

“It was a special thing. That path, that journey, the last three seasons… Some of the greatest years of my life. Hanging out with these guys, having an opportunity, knowing that it was our last season, we really embraced it. We did a lot of things together, Phil (Jackson) made it a lot of fun for us, you know, some of those memories that you wish you could relive over and over again.”Scottie Pippen on ESPN’s The Jump (https://bit.ly/2VhjoME).

 

 

WHERE: The full episodic documentary will be available on Netflix across Africa as follows:

Monday, April 20 – 9:01 a.m. CAT – “The Last Dance” Episodes 1 and 2
Monday, April 27 – 9:01 a.m. CAT – “The Last Dance” Episodes 3 and 4
Monday, May 4 – 9:01 a.m. CAT – “The Last Dance” Episodes 5 and 6
Monday, May 11 – 9:01 a.m. CAT – “The Last Dance” Episodes 7 and 8
Monday, May 18 – 9:01 a.m. CAT – “The Last Dance” Episodes 9 and 10

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Global premier mobile phone brand TECNO Mobile (www.TECNO-mobile.com) recently launched a new smartphone: the CAMON 15 series with 64MP SONY camera and trademarked TAIVOS™ technology.  As one of the most remarkable camera phones, TECNO CAMON 15 series has been highlighted through several platforms including the first online launch event in Africa, the spokesman Wizkid, and the biggest flip book recorded by Guinness World Records ever.

 

As a pioneer in the smartphone industry, TECNO Mobile is committed to bringing the latest cutting-edge technology smartphone to its global users, and exploring innovative approaches and channels to support consumers discovering its products for the first time. The first online product launch is a new breakthrough that TECNO brings to its fans globally: a real-time hands-on experience and DEMO of what they can achieve with a smartphone camera, powerful imaging hardware, and a device designed to deliver unprecedented performance for mobile photography fans.

6.6’FHD+ Real Fullview, See Beyond Boundaries

6.6″ Perfect Fullview gives you a wider, clearer, and more colorful visual experience. The 91.2% super screen ratio and unibody pop-up camera design helps actualize the dream of an immersive, full view, cinematic experience Users can enjoy a truly boundless screen.

Stunning color designs and exquisite textural lines can be viewed with the new CAMON 15 Premier. Under different lighting environments, different texture changing effects can be seen.

Breaking down 64-MP performance on SONY Camera

The 64 MP main camera is equipped with TECNO’s signature Ultra Clear Shot, Ultra Night Shot, Super HDR, and AI Scene Detection features, which creates super high-resolution photography and compensates for changing light conditions.

The CAMON 15 is the first-ever smartphone in Africa to come equipped with Sony’s 64 MP, smart chip-backed camera lens. That means 8x zoom is possible not only when shooting pictures, but afterwards as well, letting you scale up your shots without losing even the tiniest details. Meanwhile, Sony’s large ½-inch sensor recognizes and captures more light during the evening that other cameras, eliminating visual noise for better night shots.

Trademarked TAIVOS™ technology for More Powerful than ever night shots

The TECNO AI Vision Optimization Solution is a signal processing trademarked TAIVOS™ technology. TAIVOS™ enables up to 15-frame synth with an imaging time of just 4.68 seconds– most other smartphones only achieve this in 5.5 seconds or maybe even 7 seconds. That means that the photographs shot with TAIVOS™ are built from a composite of 15 image frames that can be analyzed and recombined pixel-for-pixel, vividly capturing each element in your scenes with optimal contrast.

This technology really benefits photography lovers throughout the day, including during the night, since evening shades naturally tend to run together and darken after nightfall. Consumers will be amazed by those great photos as TAIVOS™ is able to filter out image noise and optimize image clarity to deliver clear, balanced, vivid photographs even in low- to lower-light conditions.

32MP POP-UP Camera

CAMON 15 Premier brings users new fun ways to activate your camera. Upon opening the selfie camera, the front camera will “POP-UP” from the body, and the 32MP Clear Lens will be ready to capture your shining moments.

Newly upgraded facial algorithms offer built-in natural beauty effects, saving your time for more retouch. With the new HDR, you can take a clear and bright selfie in any situation. The POP-UP camera has a smart anti-fall reaction and a strong resistance to magnetic interference, guaranteeing a smooth selfie experience.

Super Wide Angle 115° & 2cm Macro Photography

The 5 MP secondary camera offers distortion-eliminating 115-degree Super Wide-Angle visibility and lets you zoom in within two centimeters of your target with Extreme Close-up Shots.  While taking photos with 115° Super Wide Angle, you don’t need to worry about not fully capturing the grand scenery any longer. The anti-distortion feature lets the scene be recorded as it is in reality.

The extreme 2cm close-up shot lets you discover the unseen beauty of the seemingly minor things in your environment.

With a 2 MP AI Bokeh Effect lens, AI Lens, and TAIVOS™ Ultra Night Lens optical processor on the CAMON 15series, users have a camera that lets them zoom in, pan out, and deal with all kinds of lighting conditions for all-day, all-night picture taking.

AI Scene Detection

CAMON 15 Premier also features AI Detection, AI Light Recognition, AI Image Stabilization, and AI Image Processing. With all this, AI scene detection is just one of the phone’s many features designed to work with AI and smart algorithms to enhance your photographic experience.

A newly added multi-dimensional portrait mixed scene mode is available, fully covers both simple and mixed scenes at the same time. The detectable rate has reached 90%. Once the scene is recognized, it will utilize the corresponding AI optimization, letting you take more realistic and detailed photos.

Beautification 3.0, Customize Your Own Beauty

The CAMON 15’s Beautification 3.0 is available with three kinds of built-in beauty effects, various adjustments on UI interface, and a real-time preview in one click. The beauty enhancement algorithm recognizes a total of 18 unique structural elements in human faces, using 3D stereoscopic beautification and smart tone enhancement to help highlight people’s natural features. You can also use AI Body Shaping to augment your subjects’ figures, and Portrait Bokeh 2.0 helps optimize blurred background effects for more alluring portraits.

Fun Social Interaction

Continuing with the style of previous AR Stickers and AR Emojis, this time, we have updated with 12 AR Stickers and 4 unique AR Emoji figures of Manchester City Football Club as gifts for users.

To stimulate interesting and fun social interactions, GIF expressions have been launched. Specially designed TECNO X Manchester City Football Club stickers can now be used, generating fun GIF expressions on one click. Now, you can express your mood via a lovely GIF!

Short Video Recording

Fun short video recording is here: 9 filter styles, AI beauty optimization, support wide-angle recording, quick playback and 15s/60s two versions setting. Record more unforgettable memories!

128GB ROM + 6GB RAM, 4000mAh long-lasting battery, Powerful Performance

128GB ROM offers more space to store your data, and relieves users of the need to frequently clean-up to get more storage. 6GB RAM provides a stable and highly efficient performance. Multitasking and gaming has become faster and smoother.

The 4000mAh powerful battery satisfies users’ need for a stable power supply in work and daily life.

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DStv to launch Easter Weekend pop-up channel

Posted by radio On April - 5 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

In response to a rallying call from the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies to assist the religious sector, DStv has decided to launch a new, pop up channel catering for various Christianity groupings that is set to launch on 9 April 2020 with rich content aimed at viewers who are home over the Easter weekend.

The channel, named African Easter Channel, is in collaboration with the renowned TBN Africa, DStv Channel 343. Across South Africa, over 80% worshippers observe and celebrate the Easter period, hence different and various Christian denominations be will be looked after by the channel.

 

Minister Stella Ndabeni- Abrahams made the call for MultiChoice Group to setup a dedicated pop-up channel for various religious groups in the country during this Easter Weekend.

 

The current restrictions due to the global pandemic, COVID-19, will see South Africans staying at home during the Easter Weekend. Accordingly, African Easter Channel’s offering of music and sermons is bound to keep DStv viewers engaged and fulfilled during the four days of the channel going live. The channel will broadcast until Easter Monday, 13 April.

 

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday, 23 March 2020 announced various measures to curb the further spread of the COVID-19 virus, welcomingly, the religious sector have heeded the call by the President. The channel further enhances the positive response received from the religious sector.

 

 

Calvo Mawela, MultiChoice Group CEO, said: “We are happy to have immediately responded to the minister’s call to assist millions of South African worshippers who regard Easter as a pivotal period of worship. As a responsible broadcaster, we are more than happy to partner with the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies as we afford worshippers to observe Easter from the comfort of their homes.”

 

 

Popular gospel artists such as Lebo Sekgobela, Dr. Tumi, Hillsong, William McDowell and Rebecca Malope will feature prominently in the channel. The channel’s schedule will also include churches such as Methodist, Anglican and Catholic. In adhering to the national lockdown requirements, the recorded messages submitted by the churches will be broadcast on the channel.

 

 

Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies welcomed this intervention and said: “Communications and digital technologies will play an important role during this disaster period and beyond. We therefore appreciate MultiChoice’s response to our call for an industry-wide intervention to ensure that religious programming, especially over the Easter weekend, is produced and accessible to millions of South Africans utilising alternative means.”

 

 

Lucky Mbiko, Managing Director of TBN Africa said: “We have responded to this call by partnering with churches, and some of the biggest gospel artists to bring you the best Easter worship experience to as many viewers as possible. Join us on the African Easter channel 343 on DStv for four days during the Easter Weekend.”

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SA Radio Awards 2020 to be announced online

Posted by radio On March - 31 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

In light of the Government’s declared state of disaster and the collective national efforts to combat the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 by prohibiting events where more than 100 people are gathered,  it is important that we share the change of format for announcing the winners of The Radio Awards 2020.

 

The Radio Awards gala dinner which was initially scheduled to take place in Sandton on 18 April 2020 has been replaced with an online winners announcement to be aired via digital channels on Friday, 17 April 2020 at 14h00. Further information regarding access to the announcement will be shared in due course.

 

 

While it’s unfortunate that it will not be possible to celebrate the success of local radio talent in person, we thank you for your understanding, and for playing your part in keeping the health of our fellow citizens top priority.

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Recently, TECNO (https://www.TECNO-Mobile.com) announced that it will hold its product launch through TV broadcast on April 2nd to unveil its camera phone- the TECNO CAMON 15 series on DSTV golden time — 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. It will be streamed live online on TECNO’s Facebook and will include a generous giveaway for TECNO fans. This online product launch will be the first-ever online smartphone launch in African history, which is not only a big breakthrough in the smartphone industry, but also shows that Internet development in Africa has stepped into a new phase. Here are some key facts.

 

What is this rumored phone? What exactly the magical functions that make this phone stand out? What are the most highly anticipated features that we should watch out for? Keep reading to find out!

Powered by SONY Camera

Like the previous TECNO CAMON series, the new TECNO CAMON 15 series carry forward the legacy of superior photography performance. It has enhanced sensitivity and definition by installing the Sony camera chip which is the top-rated in smartphone industry. Compared to most of the chips used in the smartphone cameras, the Sony camera chip can detect more refined details and produce an extraordinary level of quality the images it captures. With the chip’s incredible sensitivity, photos can still maintain precise details after being zoomed in even 8 times. The quality of photos will be very high, even from a long distance!

Trademarked TAIVOS™ technology for Ultra-Clear Night shots

As a high-tech company, TECNO broke new technological ground by to creating TAIVOS™ (TECNO artificial intelligence vision optimization solution) to bring you genuinely ultra-clear night shots. The Ultra Night Lens allows for better edge correction and multi-frame noise reduction, producing cleaner and clearer night shots. By reducing overexposure to reveal the night scenes, brightness and the dynamic range are both improved. Night owls, this will be your best friend!

Ultra-clear picture with 64 Megapixels

Equipped with 64 Megapixels, CAMON 15 makes even the tiniest details clearly visible from 30 meters away. In the current market, most cameras utilize 48 MP cameras to process sensory data. However, TECNO CAMON 15 has the 64MP SONY camera as its computational support. It can reduce visual noise after zooming in on subjects, and less noise means a clearer vision! According to some reports in global technology media sources, higher concentration of pixel is one of the most crucial smartphone technology innovations in the 2020s. The higher pixel count will significantly increase the photo quality and your visual experience, so get prepared and catch up with the times!

These currently leaked features are just the tip of the iceberg, there are more hi-tech innovations featured in the CAMON 15 series that worth discovering. Follow the smartphone’s online launch on April 2nd, 2020 on DSTV to learn more about this unprecedented smartphone. Don’t forget to put this on your calendar and invite your friends to watch together! Learn more about what exactly TECNO is offering and test your luck to see if you can be one of the lucky winners of the giveaway!

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SIMFY Africa (www.SIMFYAfrica.com) via its mobile applications namely “ayoba®” and “MusicTime®” are joining the community effort to inform and provide comfort to its users around Covid-19.

 

Ayoba® an instant messaging app with channels has now 3 dedicated channels providing trusted information on the COVID-19. Mainly sourced from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the information aims at informing ayoba® users about the pandemic, tips and advice in line with global and local regulations. Content is posted every day in both English and French on 3 channels including a dedicated channel for South Africa providing the latest on the pandemic.

Launched in May 2019, ayoba® has now over 2,500,000 active users and is moving toward being the first super-app for Africa. Soon to be integrating services such as Mobile Money, music and app-in-app solutions, ayoba® is surely making a difference in the landscape of applications in Africa and beyond.

Ayoba® is partnering with MTN in 14 countries and in the majority of its operations the application offers MTN subscribers subsidized data to access the messaging service and channels for free.

Announced o Friday, 20 March, MTN South Africa has launched the ayoba® Data Lifeline and every MTN South Africa customer will wake up each morning to a free 20MB ayoba® Data Lifeline, that will be available to use via the app.

MTN believes that everyone deserves the benefit of a modern connected life and that starts with connectivity. The 20MB ayoba® Data Lifeline will ensure MTN South Africa customers are able to communicate with friends and family, every day, even when they are out of airtime. This is the equivalent of 600MB of free data per month, every month,” says Godfrey Motsa, MTN SA CEO.

 

MusicTime® the music streaming app of SIMFY Africa has created a series of unique playlists under the name “QuaranTime”. Users of the app now have access to 14 playlists “@home” offering the community the much needed entertainment during the isolation declared in many countries around the African continent. MusicTime® is available in South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia and Cameroon.  MusicTime offers a trial period of 60 minutes to allow users to explore the platform with no data or music costs.

 

 

Speaking on the release of the COVID-19 informative channels, Olivier Prentout, Head of Consumer for SIMFY Africa, said “We felt it was very important to inform our users about the pandemic and to provide trusted information as there is a lot of fake news circulating everywhere. We are ensuring that every piece of content is checked against the World Health Organisation and other reputable organisations. We also know that it is a difficult time for many of us and providing various playlists on our music streaming application will surely help everyone to cope with the needed isolation required to eradicate the pandemic”.

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At its special council meeting that was held on 12 March 2020, the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Sector Council (the ICT Council)  elected Councillor (Cllr) Andile Tlhoaele as chairperson and Cllr Zukiswa Nzo as deputy chairperson. The ICT Council also elected chairpersons of the six sub-committees of the ICT Council.

The election of the chairperson, deputy chairperson and chairpersons of the six sub-committees of the ICT Council comes after the decision by Honourable Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies to appoint 22 individuals as members of the ICT Council. The appointment of members of the ICT Council is effective from 1 February 2020 to 31 January 2024.

 

The appointed councillors were drawn from various stakeholders who responded to the call for nominations issued by the Honourable Minister in September 2019.

 

The following councillors now constitute the Second Term of the ICT Council;

 

1.Cllr Andile Tlhoaele (Chairperson)

  1. Cllr Zukiswa Nzo (Deputy Chair)
  2. Cllr Sarah-Jane Capazario
  3. Cllr William Ledwaba
  4. Cllr Tshepi Lesiba
  5. Cllr Stefani Lockman
  6. Cllr Lynda Marthinus
  7. Cllr Kganki Matabane
  8. Cllr Trevor Msimang
  9. Cllr Siyabonga Msweli
  10. Cllr Ndiyakholwa Ngqulu
  11. Cllr Nombulelo Ntloko
  12. Cllr Delton Nxumalo
  13. Cllr Matsebe Phasha
  14. Cllr Dimakatso Qocha
  15. Cllr Natasha Reuben
  16. Cllr Suzan Seabi
  17. Cllr Sonwabise Sebata
  18. Cllr Shumikazi Sontange
  19. Cllr Minki Thulo
  20. Cllr Thulani Tshefuta
  21. Cllr Hendrina Williams

 

The ICT Council is responsible for developing, reviewing and publishing the B-BBEE ICT Sector Code (ICT Code). The ICT Council is also mandated to monitor the implementation the ICT Code and report progress to Honourable Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Advisory Council on BEE; BEE Commissioner Ms Zodwa Ntuli; Minister of Trade & Industry Mr Ebrahim Patel and stakeholders in the ICT sector.

 

The ICT Council functions through six Sub-Committees and a chief executive officer who acts as the Secretariat. The elected six chairpersons are;

 

  1. Cllr Zukiswa Nzo – Chairperson, Executive Committee of the ICT Council. The Executive Committee comprises the six chairpersons of the Sub-Committees of the ICT Council.
  2. Cllr Thulane Tshefuta –  Chairperson, Communications & Stakeholder Engagement Sub-Committee
  3. Cllr Trevor Msimang – Guidance and Monitoring Committee Sub-Committee
  4. Cllr Sarah-Jane Capazario – Review & Amendment Sub-Committee
  5. Cllr Stefani Lockman – Strategy, Governance, Risk Sub-Committee
  6. Cllr Suzan Seabe – Finance Sub-Committee

 

For enquiries on the ICT Council contact Mr Adrian Schofield, Acting CEO of the ICT Council.

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For many South Africans, it’s easy to imagine a setting where two different worlds exist side by side, and it is almost normal for one family to live lavishly while the other is barely able to make ends meet.

 

What is a bit more challenging to imagine however, is when an unfortunate series of events causes both families to collide in the most thrilling way – revealing a complex story of romance, social inequalities and prejudices. This is the very premise of Mzansi Magic’s fascinating new telenovela, Gomora.

 

 

For those in the know, Gomora is also the nickname of the famous and beloved Johannesburg Kasi, Alexandra. The hustle and bustle of the township and its colourful flavour is the vibrant home of the series, which explores the disparity between lower and upper-class members of our country, with the contrast between the two worlds brought to life through one of the most innovative filming styles.

 

 

“Our customers are in for a real treat with Gomora,” says Nomsa Philiso, Channel Director at Mzansi Magic. “It is a refreshing new series that narrates a riveting homegrown story and features a rich tapestry of strong female characters.”

This juicy new riches-to-rags telenovela premieres on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) Monday, 30 March at 19:30.

 

 

Present meets past

Some of us are crawling along on the struggle bus, watching as the lucky few speed down life’s highway in their luxury cars. In a divided South Africa, the line between those two lives couldn’t be thinner than on the border between posh, swishy Sandton and the crowded, hard-working neighbouring township of Alexandra.

 

 

In this gilded life of snakes and ladders, a roll of the dice could see you plunging back into poverty, no matter whether you skipped up a ladder to riches and never looked back, or you’re painstakingly climbing your way from nothing, one block at a time. On the day of the fall, what matters is who you are, not what you have.

 

 

The star-studded cast of Gomora brings this brilliantly true-to-life texture to the series. Katlego Danke plays the role of Thathi, a spoiled princess who’s taken handouts her whole life…but that’s not all there is to her. Also leading in this well-made production are industry heavyweights like Connie Chiume, Themba Ndaba, Thembi Seete and Zolisa Xaluva among many others.

Home again

The series starts with trophy wife Thathi’s posh Sandton life being stripped away in an instant. And it leaves her with nowhere to turn but her past. This means returning to a life she was so desperate to escape that she’s never looked back. With no money and no job, Thathi is forced to pull her teenaged kids out of their private schools and enrol them in a public school in Alexandra.

 

 

And they’d better get ready for their new home with Thathi’s mom, Mam’Sonto (Connie Chiume) – a woman whose strict standards and grandmotherly care for her family mask her true nature as the local queen of crime.

Nice and poor?

Thandi’s catastrophe also catapults her right back into the life of a man she used, betrayed and shattered. Her ex-love Mondli Dlamini (Zolisa Xaluva) is now a school principal married to upright, street-smart social worker Gladys (Thembi Seete). But while the Dlaminis are poster-perfect examples of community conscious South Africa, they might not be the ideal parents they believe themselves to be. Their quest to take care of the whole world has left them heaping a lot more pressure than praise and affection on their teenaged son. As a result, he’s secretly letting off steam and living for kicks with his local gangster friends – lead by glamorous, dangerous MaZet (Siphesihle Ndaba), one of Mam’Sonto’s thugs. It all comes full circle.

 

 

Get into it!

All this drama barely scratches the surface of Gomora’s twisty Telenovella action, where everything is connected. It’s a world of paternity secrets, bitter sisters, gangs, tragic, lost love and consequences of choices that you can never take back.

But above all, we’ll be tuning in to watch those Sandton fish out of water as they get to grips with the costs, complexities and compromises involved in being poor. If you loved the contrast between lifestyles in drama series like Housekeepers (2019) Gomora will bring that home with even more intensity – and just as much secrecy and scandal.

Loco for local

Since 2018 DStv has invested over R2.5 billion in local movies and series. In 2020 the platform will be increasing its number of hours of local content by 12% – a strategy that continues to reap rewards as viewers take a “local is lekker” stance. And the proof is in the numbers. In January 2020, DStv’s top 10 shows by ratings were dominated by local sport, local reality and local soap. Give us a mirror of who we are right now in South Africa, and we can’t look away.

Gomora starts on Monday, 30 March on Mzansi Magic (161) at 19:30

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Digital Transformation in Africa

Posted by radio On March - 16 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

IDC defines Digital Transformation (DX) as applying new technologies to radically change processes, customer experience, and value. It allows organisations to support innovation and digital disruption rather than enhancing existing technologies and models.   At the core of digital transformation is what IDC calls the third platform which comprises four pillars; cloud, big data/analytics, social media, and mobility, with all these allowing enterprises to digitally transform in various areas such as new customer contact channels, product innovation, market segmentation among other areas. Further, these four pillars support various innovation accelerators that include; NextGen security, IoT, AR/VR. Cognitive systems, robotics, and 3D printing.

However, there are various challenges organisations currently face when thinking about digital transformation which include; skills, silos, defining roadmaps in an environment that is ever-changing while trying to keep up with daily business pressures and defining what KPIs best show how DX is delivering business objectives.

SSA ICT market

The total -sub-Saharan ICT Market is expected to grow from US$ 95.4 billion in 2020 to reach US$ 104.2 billion by 2023, a CAGR of 4.5% for that period.   Out of this, South African spending will grow from US$ 29.3 billion in 2020 to reach US$ 33.0 billion by 2023 while Nigeria will grow from US$ 10.0 billion to US$ 11.3 billion in the same period.  Kenya’s ICT market will grow from US$ 4.4 billion to US$ 4.8 billion for the same period.

 

According to IDC’s sub-Saharan Africa CIO Survey 2019, third platform technologies (cloud, big data, mobility, and social media – see chart below) are among key investment priority areas for 2020 and, in the periphery are other technology investment that support the third platform or innovation accelerators including disaster response/business continuity, advanced security, enterprise applications, analytics and hosting.

Among the emerging areas of DX in SSA include the following:

  • Financial services – using mobile and social media as new customer contact channels, customer segmentation through analytics, anticipating future banking needs with AI and analytics, fraud detection using AI among other areas.

  • Manufacturing (automated sales processing, analytics/BI, IoT for supply chains,)

  • Government (use of AI for citizen service delivery, mobility (mobile applications hosted in the cloud, service innovation).

  • Telecommunications – use of big data and analytics to segment customers, predict churn, innovate on products, enhance services, lower costs and robotic process automation.

  • Retail – analytics to measure customer loyalty, eCommerce disruption, in-store experience (digital signage, AR/VR), Operational rationalization – IoT, blockchain, AI.

  • Healthcare – Integrated patient records, Patient analytics, “Zero waiting time”, remote doctor on-demand, telemedicine, Intelligent Automation in core areas

 

Four Pillars for Digital Transformation Success in Africa

Over the last 20 years many new technologies have been implemented in the African region – some with resounding success – think the mPesa payment platform, while others have floundered and died.  IDC has noted four common success factors that are not negotiable in the region – we call this the RASA filter.

 

Relevance

The African region has unique operating environment characteristics ranging from diverse consumer preferences to specific line of business expectations.  If a solution is promoted purely based on technological attributes such as speeds and feeds and ignores the direct impact that the application of the solution will have on the ultimate user, then it is bound to stutter.  The relevance of the solution must map exactly to a business outcome such as increased customer satisfaction, higher production output, or improved sales volumes.  The question to ask is “How does this solution immeasurably improve what aspect of the business?”

 

Affordability

Cost is an inevitable aspect of any technology implementation and more so in the African context.  Local currency values fluctuate wildly and buying power versus stable international currencies is typically weak while pricing is denominated in these currencies.  In many cases the technology is desired and will make a significant impact on the business yet is not affordable when measured against returns expected.

 

Security

As the variety and complexity of technology increases so too does the security threat surface available for malicious exploitation.  Africa is well connected to the global ecosystem in terms of finance, banking and commerce so cyber and physical security threats originating internationally and, more importantly, locally, must be considered whenever a new technology is implemented.

 

Accessibility

While much has been made of the significant improvements in global connectivity via undersea and satellite communications around Africa in the last 10 years there are notable gaps in terrestrial access across the continent, especially in rural and semi-rural areas.  Affordable connectivity via reliable, high-speed fibre is typically limited to urban or metropolitan areas while rural connectivity remains expensive and inconsistent.

 

IDC suggests that by applying these four, simple common-sense filters at the outset of any digital transformation project much frustration is prevented and will help African CIOs and IT strategists to identify and overcome challenges before they occur.

 

 

[Issued by: IDC]

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MusicTime®, the world’s first time based music streaming application has revealed its new corporate identity. The logo was revealed this week via social media, following months of research and testing, and has already found favour across the market.

 

MusicTime® was first launched in South Africa in December 2018 and it is now officially live in six African countries namely South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, Cameroon and eSwatini.

With over 500,000 downloads already, MusicTime® has already proven that a unique, legal and affordable music streaming experience is in the rise in Africa.

 

 

MusicTime®’s vision is to become the music streaming app of choice for the youth and early adopters in Africa and the world, with affordable and flexible plans; as well as to be the best and recommended platform for local artists in the market.

 

 

No bill shock
MusicTime® has a totally unique offering, that replicates the consumer behaviour of airtime. Users can buy a weekly pack, that gives 2 or 5 hours access to music, over the seven day period. Their continent-wide partnership with MTN means that the data is pre-packaged with the music, so users can listen to their favourite artists with no fear of running out of data. MusicTime® offers a 60 minute free trial to all users. Payment is done via convenient airtime billing.

 

 

Local first, but international too!
MusicTime® has one of the largest catalogues on the continent, offering more than 40 million songs. Label partners and licensing deals include Content Connect Africa, Africori, DMCE and more. MusicTime® also has the major international labels such as Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group, rounding out a rich catalogue.

 

 

Miss Oyinkasola Fawehinmi, the CEO of DMCE, an Intellectual property administration and valuation company based in Nigeria, Ghana and Tanzania said, “The MusicTime® pricing model is innovative and it provides a zero data music consumption offering which is easier to access for users through airtime billing. DMCE and its rights holders are excited about the prospect of this model and believe that it will be mutually beneficial solution for all stakeholders in the local music scene.” She further went ahead to say “We love working with MusicTime® as it is positioned to provide African artists with a platform that allows them accelerate their careers and reach new audiences. We are certain that this new brand refresh will help further with their positioning”.

 

 

Mr Yoel Kenan. CEO of Africori, a leading content distributor and aggregator focused on the African Market also added “MusicTime® integrated offering to users is set to challenge music consumption patterns to mainstream audiences across Africa by offering new opportunities to local artists to reach new fans locally and across the continent. We are looking forward to working with MusicTime® as a key partner in generating revenues and promotional opportunities to our clients as leading African artists and labels”.

 

 

Expansion to other markets in Africa and the Middle East is a priority for 2020 and the services will be made available in a further four countries by the end of the year.

 

 

Speaking on the MusicTime® rebranding, the CEO of SIMFY Africa, David Gillaranz said “We are delighted to introduce our new brand to our users. This goes alongside with our vision to provide an affordable and legal music streaming services in Africa and beyond. Our proposition is unique and truly provide everyone the ability to access millions of songs and playlist focussing largely on local music.

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