Tech Companies See Big Opportunity in an ‘Undercounted and Underestimated’ Africa

For companies and investors eager to profit from Africa’s innovation revolution, there’s one key thing to keep in mind: The world’s second-most populated continent is far from monolithic. “It’s so often that when we discuss Africa, we don’t get the granularity of the diversity of the region,” said Nunu Ntshingila, Facebook’s head of Africa, speaking […]

The Largest Free Trade Deal in Nearly a Quarter-Century Seeks to Make Africa a Single Market

The U.S. ditched the Trans-Pacific Partnership, while across the Atlantic, the U.K. is trying to extract itself from the European Union and its single market. But while free trade is under threat in much of the world, African countries are heading in the other direction: the continent is on track to create the largest free […]

Cape Town: The Wondrous Winelands at the Edge of the World

“Today, praise be to God, wine was made for the first time from Cape grapes.” These prophetic words, written by Dutch colonial administrator and founder of Cape Town, Jan van Riebeeck, in his diary on February 2, 1659, marked the birth of wine production in South Africa. Van Riebeeck arrived from Holland in 1652 as […]

The NBA is Launching Its First African Channel With YouTube

The National Basketball Association announced Wednesday that it has partnered with Google’s YouTube to launch its first-ever channel exclusively dedicated to fans in sub-Saharan Africa this week. For the rest of the 2018/19 basketball season, the NBA Africa YouTube channel will stream two live games a week during primetime–starting on Sunday at 12am CAT with […]

Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Data Centers Expands to South Africa

Cloud computing giants Microsoft and Amazon are setting their sights on Africa, a continent that until recently was largely bypassed by the data center building boom elsewhere across the globe. Microsoft said Wednesday that its opening two new cloud computing data center “regions” in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. Data center regions consist of […]