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Apple announces first ever Apple Music Awards

Posted by radio On December - 7 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS
Introducing the Apple Music Awards, a celebration of the best and boldest musicians of 2019 and the enormous impact they have had on global culture this year. The Apple Music Awards honor achievements in music across five distinct categories and winners are chosen through a process that reflects the service’s editorial perspective, combined with what customers around the world are loving most.
The winners for Global Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Breakthrough Artist of the Year were hand-selected by Apple Music’s global editorial team of experts and tastemakers and given to artists who have true passion for their craft, who boldly defy conventions in the category and who embody a sense of humanity, where listeners are drawn as much to who they are as to their music. The awards for Album of the Year and Song of the Year are based on streaming data and reflective of what Apple Music customers have been listening to (on repeat) this year.
“The Apple Music Awards are designed to recognize the passion, energy and creativity of the world’s favorite artists,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and International Content. “The musically diverse group of inaugural winners have sparked deep social conversation, influenced culture and inspired our customers around the world. We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate them.”
And the winners are…

Artist of the Year: Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish is nothing short of a global phenomenon. Her blunt relatability helped turn her full-length debut album “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?,” co-written and produced by her brother, songwriting prodigy FINNEAS, into an instant worldwide sensation, and the most played album on Apple Music this year. What followed — selling out her upcoming 2020 WHERE DO WE GO? world arena tour, playing “Saturday Night Live,” multiple festivals including Coachella and Glastonbury, and becoming a global style icon — were all “huge moments … that are going to be historic in your life,” she says. “So 2019 has been one big birthday present.”
Additionally, Billie’s “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” will be awarded Apple Music’s Album of the Year as the most streamed album of 2019 with more than a billion streams on Apple Music. Billie will also receive the award for Songwriter of the Year, which will go to both her and her brother FINNEAS.

Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Lizzo

This rap and soul supernova redefined the terms and image of pop stardom. “This is what a breakthrough is all about, babies,” Lizzo tells Apple Music. There’s no point in being humble: It doesn’t get much bigger than “Cuz I Love You” and its chin-up single “Truth Hurts,” which dared to ask what pop stars should look and sound like — and whether they should play flute while twerking. (They should.) Lizzo’s joyful, bawdy message of self-love is the perfect soundtrack — or antidote — to 2019.

Song of the Year: “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X

A true viral sensation, this genre-blurring, homemade anthem became nothing less than the biggest single of 2019 and the most streamed song on Apple Music this year. “I went into the realm of a loner cowboy, needing to run away from everything,” Lil Nas X tells Apple Music. “But I also wanted to put it with what was on the rise, which is the whole meme culture — plus actually making it a listenable, catchy song.” He succeeded: “Old Town Road” made history and turned Lil Nas X into an overnight superstar.
Apple Music will celebrate the inaugural Apple Music Awards with a bespoke performance from Billie Eilish at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park. The show will be unlike anything ever seen from this unanimously crowned Artist of the Year. This exclusive event will be streamed live around the world on December 4 at 6:30 p.m. PST.

An Award That is Uniquely Apple

Apple has designed a series of awards to celebrate the extraordinary craftsmanship integral to creating music. Each award features Apple’s custom silicon wafer suspended between a polished sheet of glass and a machined and anodized aluminum body. The wafers start as a perfect 12-inch disc of silicon with nanometer level flatness. Copper layers are deposited and patterned by ultraviolet lithography to create connections between billions of transistors. The result of this multi-month process, before it is sliced into hundreds of individual chips, is stunning and distinctive. In a symbolic gesture, the same chips which power the devices that put the world’s music at your fingertips sit at the very heart of the Apple Music Awards.
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After a very successful five years of empowering the next generation of storytellers through on-the-job training and the opportunity to work with experienced producers for hands-on experience, M-Net’s Magic in Motion now starts a new chapter as MultiChoice Talent Factory ZA.

The programme, which consists of the internship academy and a bursary programme, immerses its participants in a 12-month long  industry readiness programme. In addition, the internship also affords participants the opportunity to learn from some of the leading TV producers in the country while acquiring valuable experience in the directing, producing, cinematography, commissioning, art direction and many other skills.

 

MTF ZA will continue to play a critical role in providing qualifying young people skills and experience in TV and filmmaking through the academy, as well as bursaries to qualifying students studying film and television.

 

Be on the lookout for more information on the 2020 MTF ZA opportunities.

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DStv to launch three new channels

Posted by radio On November - 21 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The festive season is approaching fast and we’re preparing to enter a new decade. At DStv, that’s even more reason to bring our customers brand new explosive entertainment for the whole family.

From brand new channels and shows to contracts that will keep two of your favourites on your screens for years to come, we’re giving customers so much more entertainment to enjoy this festive season and beyond.

Here’s everything you can look forward to this November:

Three brand new channels

MultiChoice recently announced the launch of three new channels to the DStv platform. CuriosityStream, CBS Justice and Euronews will be available from Thursday, 21 November 2019.

“We’re thrilled to announce the launch of these channels that will expand the line-up of new programming for our DStv customers to enjoy,” says Yolisa Phahle, CEO of General Entertainment at MultiChoice Group.

 

“CuriosityStream will give our viewers informative entertainment that the family can enjoy together and it’s with great pride that we are able to launch CBS Justice, a new true crime channel which is part of the CBS AMC Networks EMEA portfolio of channels. We’re also delighted to expand our viewers’ choice of news and actuality programming with Euronews so they’re kept in touch with what’s happening around the world.”

 


CuriosityStream and CBS Justice will air for the first time in Africa on DStv channels 185 and 170 respectively, to ensure fans of factual entertainment and true crime stories enjoy their favourite programming on familiar channel destinations. Euronews, which is currently available to DStv customers in the rest of Africa, will now be available to Southern Africa on DStv channel 414.

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CJ ENM, Korea’s No.1 media entertainment company, and its subsidiary Studio Dragon, Korea’s leading production studio, and Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, have entered into a strategic partnership, highlighted by a multi-year content production and distribution agreement.

 

As part of a three-year partnership beginning in 2020, Studio Dragon and its stellar roster of creators will produce original series that will be available to Netflix members all over the world. Netflix will also receive distribution rights to other select Studio Dragon titles.

 

 

 

This arrangement extends and deepens the relationship between CJ ENM, Studio Dragon, and Netflix, which has already been streaming Studio Dragon hits like Stranger, Mr. Sunshine, Memories of Alhambra, Romance is A Bonus Book, and Arthdal Chronicles.

 

 

“CJ ENM is leading the market and expanding its huge achievement in Korea to overseas. As we have continuously focused on strengthening borderless content and expanding global distribution, the partnership with Netflix will introduce Korean content to global audiences, while providing new experiences and values,” said Minheoi Heo, CEO of CJ ENM.

 

 

“Today’s announcement is a recognition that Korean storytelling and production capabilities are beloved by global audiences and reaffirms the content creation prowess of both CJ ENM and Studio Dragon. Studio Dragon will try its best to leap forward as a global major studio,” said Jinnie Choi, CEO of Studio Dragon.

 

 

“CJ ENM and Studio Dragon represent the gold standard in Korean entertainment and we are excited and honored to work with them. This partnership with CJ ENM and Studio Dragon demonstrates our commitment to Korean entertainment and allows us to bring more top-tier Korean drama to Netflix members in Korea and all over the world,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with both CJ ENM and Studio Dragon and look forward to a prosperous relationship for many years to come,” said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.

As part of the partnership, CJ ENM will have the right to sell up to 4.99% of Studio Dragon shares to Netflix.

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CodeJIKA.com encourages educators to schedule Web Development as a vocational subject for a term in 2020

 

Offering a platform for educators who want to push their learners to pursue new opportunities, youth empowerment initiative CodeJIKA has developed an easy and cost-effective way for schools to equip their learners with the skills they need for a prosperous future.

 

Spearheaded by South African non-profit organisation Code for Change, CodeJIKA is an initiative that arms South African high schoolers with digital and coding skills that empower them for digital entrepreneurship or employment. All that’s needed to get the programme under way at your school is a functional PC lab and a slot in the school timetable for one term – the minimum time it takes to teach a basic web development course as a vocational subject.

 

That means schools needn’t worry about costly infrastructure, reliable Internet access or the cost of publishing and delivering updated curricula. All educators need to equip their students for the future is to commit a term to the CodeJIKA programme.

 

Adopting Web Development as a subject is actually quite simple and can be implemented by schools independently. CodeJIKA works with provinces and districts to provide a one-day training workshop that introduces educators to the curriculum, detailing the programme goals and teaching them how to facilitate web development learning.

 

Teachers don’t need to understand coding concepts and can simply implement the programme as a facilitator who encourages deep learning capabilities among students. The secret to teaching Web Development is allowing learners to experiment in small groups, so that when they get stuck, they can solve the problem as a team. This also stimulates critical thinking and encourages learners to gain a conceptual understanding of the code.

 

Research proves that learners who work with their peers to solve a problem in this way begin to understand the concepts of a subject much quicker than when they attempt to study solo. Those who learn to work in a group setting are more adept at problem solving and don’t only memorise formulas to regurgitate in an exam setting.

 

In partnership with educational authorities, CodeJIKA encourages districts, schools and provinces to schedule vocational Web Development as a high school subject from Grade 8. Further, the initiative seeks to develop Web Development as a a Grade 10 elective from 2020.

 

CodeJIKA’s 16-session basic programme kicks off with tasks like saving a notepad file as an html, calculating using JavaScript and learning what codes one would need to add emoji’s to a website. The curriculum is therefore inclusive, fun and applicable for young people, showing them how to create the technology they use daily.

 

Why is coding important?

With government establishing a 4IR Commission to ensure that South Africa is equipped to survive and thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it’s never been more crucial for our youth to enter the job market with the appropriate digital skills needed to navigate the current realm of ongoing disruptive change.

 

And while the Department of Basic Education is making moves to introduce digital skills and coding at foundation phase, CodeJIKA believes it’s just as important to bridge the gap for secondary school learners.

 

“A systemic shift needs to take place where coding is seen as a critical and necessary skill that forms part of the national CAPS curriculum, rather than as an extracurricular activity,” says Code for Change operations head Mpho Segolela.

 

He believes the best time to introduce coding to our current generation of schoolgoers is before they matriculate, as the job market can be frustrating and overwhelming, especially considering the current economic climate and vast social challenges across South Africa.

 

How does CodeJIKA empower our youth?

Driven by an innate desire to reverse the country’s high unemployment rate, CodeJIKA came up with a solution to empower high school learners with skills that they can monetise while still in school and once they’ve graduated.

 

The CodeJIKA programme is a free self-learning curriculum – available both online and offline – that uses standard PC programmes.

 

These skills give learners the edge, setting them apart in the eyes of universities and employers alike. “Not only are CodeJIKA graduates prepared to progress with ease into programming or coding-related professions, but they’re also adept critical thinkers and problem solvers with basic project management skills,” says Segolela.

 

“Our students acquire these skills through working with peers on both CodeJIKA and self-initiated projects. The programme is developing our youth into confident and motivated members of society who are capable of solving problems using digital skills,” he adds.

 

The CodeJIKA curriculum therefore offers a much-needed vocational digital skillset that provides a crucial entry-point into many other skills and opportunities at school, in university and in the modern labour market.

 

What can you do to empower our youth?

CodeJIKA is urging local education stakeholders – including government, teachers, principals and parents – to help bring coding to 250 or more schools in 2020 by introducing Vocation Web Development into the mainstream curriculum.

 

We are partnering with any provinces, districts and schools that would like to start rolling out coding in secondary schools.

 

Take action now by visiting www.codejika.com to get in-touch with our team. Schools that are interested in offering the course as a subject in the 2020 school year can sign up at www.codejika.com/schools and will receive free advice on how to schedule and facilitate the course.

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The Apple Original Stars Academy Award Winner Octavia Spencer, Emmy Award Winner Aaron Paul, Lizzy Caplan, Elizabeth Perkins, Michael Beach, Mekhi Phifer, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood and Emmy Award Winner Ron Cephas Jones

Apple celebrated “Truth Be Told” today with the global premiere of the original series at The Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles, California. The limited drama series follows podcaster Poppy Parnell (Octavia Spencer) as she is compelled to reopen the murder case that made her a national sensation and comes face-to-face with Warren Cave (Aaron Paul), the man she may have mistakenly helped to put behind bars. Based on the novel by Kathleen Barber, “Truth Be Told” provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.
Beginning December 6, the first three episodes of “Truth Be Told” will be available to watch on Apple TV+ in over 100 countries and regions around the world. New episodes will continue to roll out weekly, every Friday.
Apple TV+, the first all-original video subscription service and home for today’s most imaginative storytellers, launched on November 1 in over 100 countries and regions. The service is available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, as well as select Samsung smart TVs, Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices and online at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. Customers who purchase any new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch starting September 10, 2019, can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free.Beginning November 1, customers can initiate the one-year free offer in the Apple TV app on the device running the latest software.
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In the past week, the Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams hosted a roundtable discussion at AfricaCom titled, ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Human Capital Development for Africa.’ She has also recently spoken of an ecosystem of 4IR in “building a capable 4AR Army” to respond to challenges regarding economic growth faced in the youth sector.

Additionally, also just in the past week, a report from the African Development Bank (AfDB) was launched at the Africa Investment Forum that shows a continent that is ready to embrace (4IR) but needs to improve access to finance, skills and inclusive growth. The report, titled Potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Africa, highlighted specific areas of growth and investment on the continent, most notably in new technology-led areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data Analytics,  additive manufacturing and drones, and the internet of things.

 

While the report, and the related discussion at The Investment Forum highlighted many of the challenges facing Africa such as lack of coherent, policy, investment in connectivity infrastructure and access to data and the internet, it also noted that for the first time Africa is embarking on an industrial revolution at the same time as the rest of the world.

 

In September this year, an investment of R140 million ($9.2 million) by US multinational technology conglomerate Cisco was signed as part of a partnership with government in three key areas: job creation through Cisco incubation centres, skills and talent development and National Cyber Security.

 

The Kagiso Trust also just published the findings of a recently commissioned qualitative and quantitative research study,  the first South African study to evaluate, on a large scale, citizen awareness of 4IR and its potential impact on South African society in general.

 

Some of the results of the research study were:

  • Almost half (49.1%) of the respondents believe there will be a societal impact from 4IR.

  • 2 in 5 of the respondents believe that there will be no job creation with the advent of 4IR.

  • Just over half of the respondents believe that 4IR will result in large-scale job losses.

  • Only a quarter of the respondents believe that the 4IR will improve societal equality.

 

With so many developments rapidly taking place, and the still general lack of understanding about just what 4IR entails,  it is critical to take a few steps back and clarify some of the essential points around 4IR and how we embrace and pro-actively address the needs of the 4IR future.

 

4IR refers to a new era that is rooted in a new technological phenomenon—digitalization, artificial intelligence, algorithms and data. In order for an economy to benefit from these changes, as opposed to suffer the consequences of the much predicted mass-unemployment that this revolution will hail, there needs to be a 4IR ready workforce.

 

While many of these technological innovations will mean job losses, there is also the massive opportunity to create jobs via some of the key skills areas required for this new world of work. Some of the essential skill sets include:  the “Cloud”, artificial intelligence, the internet of things, data science and analytics, and cyber security.

 

Earlier this year, the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) published a report on the future of work in SA.  The report also imagines what the world of work will look like in SA by 2030. They listed the  12 main driving forces that will shape the South African workplace of the future and placed 4IR and technology at the top of the list.  With the establishment of the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, of which the MICT SETA consults, policy is being developed to address 4IR across various sectors including agriculture, finance, mining, manufacturing, ICT and electronics and business.

 

For the MICT SETA (Media, Information, and Community Technology), this understanding is  especially important as we work with both government and the private sector to train the next generation of workers.

 

In order to pro-actively address the imminent changes to the work force of South Africa, the MICT SETA has established a  4IR division and Advisory Committees with four work stream areas of focus:  education, research, policy and labour.  The division will input into Presidential 4IR Commission programmes and ensure alignment with other institutions such as  SETAs, academia, public funded research institutions, labour and community on 4IR policy and implementation. The MICT SETA is also in the process of reviewing and developing new qualification that will address the 4IR skills needed for future of works.

 

As the Head of 4IR at the MICT SETA I am able to see first-hand both the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead and am confident that the multi-faceted and collaborative approach that we are taking will yield results.

 

The opportunity to create a 4IR ready country and workforce will take an immense amount of resources – but fortunately the process has already begun and as we head into 2020 will accelerate into high gear.

 

For more information on the work being done on 4IR visit the following websites:

https://www.mict.org.za/

https://www.doc.gov.za/ms-stella-ndabeni-abrahams-induction-session-presidential-commission-4ir

 

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When it comes to award shows, everyone has an opinion. Did Green Book deserve to win the 2019 Academy Award for Best Picture? Was Kacey Musgraves deserving of the 2019 Grammy for Album of the Year? Who could forget the controversy storm caused by Esperenza Spalding’s Best New Artist Grammy win in 2011, beating the likes of Justin Bieber, Drake and Mumford and Sons?

 

What makes the E! People’s Choice Awards (PCA) unique is that they are voted for directly by the general public. It gives winners the ultimate bragging rights to having the most loyal fans.

But the 2019 PCA was particularly unique, as it introduced a new, hotly contested category – 2019 African Influencer of the Year.

We were informed in October that our very own Bonang Matheba had been awarded the accolade, surpassing the likes of Wizkid, Davido, Cassper Nyovest, Tiwa Savage, Minnie Dlamini-Jones and Diamond Platnumz who were nominated alongside her. Knowing our Queen B would attend the awards to accept the historic award, Africans watched eagerly as she offered behind-the-scenes snapshots into the fun via her social media channels, and strutted her stuff across the iconic red carpet.

Expanding her reach

Bonang owned the PCA red carpet in outstanding pink and unmatchable confidence.

Accepting the first ever African Influencer of the Year Award, Queen B thanked E! Entertainment Television for recognising African talent. “I also have the most amazing fans, so thank you to my B-Force and shout out to everyone back in South Africa,” she gushed.

Earlier this year, Bonang won the Inspiration & Influence Award at the Global Social Awards in Prague, and we’re sure she’ll continue to bag international awards after her permanent move to that side of the world. We’ll be sad to see her go when she leaves after the Sun Met next year, but you can be sure we’ll be following her journey on her socials.

Speaking of Bonang’s socials… did you check her Insta?

In true influencer style, Bonang took her 6.8 million Instagram fans along with her as she dazzled the PCA red carpet.

She shared shots of the décor and drinks at the event, before sharing a pose with her award in her figure-hugging pink dress. You can also spot her with various celebs and watch her interviews with the E! journalists.

 

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At the AfricaCom international congress, Orange (Orange.com) is partnering with itel (itel-mobile.com), the leading mobile brand in Africa and, once again, with KaiOS Technologies, maker of the leading operating system for smart feature phone KaiOS, to launch a new 4G version of the Sanza Phone, “Sanza XL”. From December 2019, this mobile phone with voice recognition functionalities will be on offer for around 28 US dollars in seven countries in Africa and the Middle-East: Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Jordan, Mali and Senegal. Other Orange Group countries will follow in 2020.

 

The simplicity of a feature phone combined with the advanced functionality of a smartphone, at an affordable price

The Sanza XL has a bigger screen than the Sanza at 2.8’, an improved 2 Megapixel camera, 4 GB of internal memory for more storage and high-speed 4G access, while retaining excellent battery life of up to 7 days depending on usage.

The device enables access to over two hundred essential applications, including: WhatsApp to send voice messages in any language, Boomplay, YouTube, Facebook and the Google Assistant to control certain device functions with your voice.

Orange applications will also be available on the phone: My Orange, Orange Money and Livescreen to enable users to keep up-to-date on their favourite topics.

In Africa, price is often an obstacle to purchasing a mobile phone and, by extension, accessing the internet. This is why the Sanza XL will be on sale for around 28 USD and will be progressively launched in 7 countries, followed by the other Orange Group countries in 2020. By extending the Sanza range with the Sanza XL, Orange, a champion of digital inclusion in Africa and the Middle East, is reasserting its commitment to supporting its customers and offering internet access for all.

Orange is present in 19 countries in Africa and the Middle East and has around 125 million customers as of 30 September 2019. With revenues of 5.2 billion euros in 2018, this area is a strategic priority for the Group. Orange Money, its mobile-based money transfer and financial services offer is available in 17 countries and has 45 million customers. Orange, a multi-service operator and benchmark partner of the digital transformation, provides its expertise to support the development of new digital services in Africa and the Middle East.

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Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa CEO, South Africa of Naspers reaffirmed the company’s commitment to drive more investment in backing South African tech founders and entrepreneurs, during the panel discussion, “South Africa the Investment Case: Global businesses doing business in South Africa”.

 

The panel, chaired by John McCorry, Bloomberg News Executive Editor, Africa, was part of the 2nd South African Investment Conference that is taking place in Johannesburg from 5 to 7 November.

 

 

“We have never lost sight of the fact that Naspers was founded in South Africa. We are the largest company on the JSE and South Africa is an important market for us,” explained Mahanyele-Dabengwa. “That’s why we established the Naspers Foundry – a South Africa focused tech-business funding initiative — with a ZAR 1.4 billion (roughly $100-million) commitment to back promising entrepreneurs in South Africa.”

 

 

Of the total ZAR 4.6 billion commitment that the company announced last year, which includes the ZAR 1.4 billion for Naspers Foundry, the group has so far invested ZAR 1.3 billion of its original pledge in its existing South Africa businesses Takealot, Mr D Food and Superbalist, as well as Media24 and OLX. Naspers Foundry made its first investment of ZAR 30 million in online cleaning services company, Sweepsouth in June this year. This female founder-led business has created 15,000 jobs for domestic cleaners.

 

 

Naspers is one of the ten largest consumer internet companies in the world and one of the largest technology investors.

“Naspers can bring a unique perspective on global trends given its operations and investments in the consumer internet space in the most populous countries in the world,” she explained. “Our investment strategy for Naspers Foundry is simple and clear. We will partner with exceptional local entrepreneurs to build businesses with high-growth potential that address real societal needs in South Africa and beyond.”

 

 

As CEO for South Africa, Mahanyele-Dabengwa’s focus is to find and develop tech-enabled businesses with the potential to become the next big thing. Foundry will look for promising investments in Naspers’ existing verticals in South Africa’s e-commerce and internet sectors and beyond. These include online classifieds, food delivery, payments and fintech, among others.

 

 

Mahanyele-Dabengwa said digital platforms were not only the future of doing business in South Africa but were also the means to make job creation more accessible, an opportunity to create a skilled workforce that can compete globally, and to create local products and services that improve the daily lives of ordinary people.

 

 

“We understand digitisation is directly linked to economic potential and that developing new platforms is a means to making South Africa more competitive on the global stage,” she said. “But I also firmly believe that it is not only about the businesses we build; we — as investors and corporate entities — need to make sure that we are supporting the country itself.”

 

 

Mahanyele-Dabengwa said Naspers Foundry’s investments would have to address bigger societal needs and help stimulate the South African economy and tackle youth unemployment, respectively. She believes a unique blend of the best of technology with the best of human endeavour will unlock the full potential of South Africa’s young people.

 

 

To address unemployment in impoverished communities, the company launched Naspers Labs, a social impact programme to help young, unemployed South Africans to open doors to their first employment opportunity. The Labs provide a structured development journey enabling students to realise their potential and tap into online learning platforms, including those that Naspers has invested in, such as Udemy, Codecademy, and SoloLearn. To date more than 1500 youths have passed through the programme with 79% of graduates securing their first job.

 

 

“For me and for Naspers, digital transformation is a means to enable countries such as South Africa to leapfrog legacy structures. Digital enablement can only happen in companies that attract and develop highly talented people with strong digital and analytics capabilities. If we can’t find them, we must develop them,” she said.

“We can no longer say that technology is the future; it is the present. And our investment strategy will make it an economic reality.”

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