Author: Greg Stewart

Kenya – President William Ruto has fired the full cabinet Secretaries and the Attorney General and has only retained the Minister of foreign affairs and the Deputy President. This follows after widespread protests regarding the new tax bill that has now been scrapped and general corruption within the government. Commentators have suggested that President Ruto is simply playing for time and believe that he has lost all support as president and should have resigned his position or called for new elections. He intends to hold further consultations and it is likely that he will try form a Government of National…

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Your daily update on Breaking News stories VBS Bank Chair Sentanced Tshifiwa Matodzi, former chairman of the VBS Mutual Bank board, pleaded guilty to 33 counts of corruption, theft, fraud, money laundering and a pattern of racketeering activities in the Gauteng High Court on Wednesday. Matodzi was sentenced to 495 years – 15 years on each count. The sentences will run concurrently, so he will only serve an effective 15 year sentence. Life Esidimeni Ruling Confirms Neglect The Pretoria high court has ruled that the deaths of some of the mental health patients transferred to ill-prepared non-governmental organisations from Life…

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Johannesburg: The event was correctly named “Time to Go Big” and TCL certainly did a fine job of that for the press at their official launch at the Leonardo Hotel in Sandton. The hype around the TCL Mini-QLED products was not exaggerated at all, and the massive flagship 115” MAX certainly delivered on its promised impact creating a lot of buzz and interest. It is not surprising that the leading large screen manufacturer in the world won 22 German iF design awards and 12 Red Dot design awards in 2023 with the 115” Max wining the 2023 Edge award. The…

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Fast-growing adoption of E-wallet services and digital supplier payments among micro merchants and informal retailers such as spaza shops is helping to reduce security risks, costs and inefficiencies associated with cash payments right across the value chain. Jonathan Thomson, head of supplier payments at Kazang, says that “digitisation of supplier payments is an important element of creating financial inclusion for micro merchants in townships, peri-urban areas and rural areas. “Most micro merchants in Southern Africa still pay for most of their inventory using cash,” says Thomson. “This not only exposes them to the safety and security risks associated with cash,…

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The recent protest action in Kenya over the scrapped finance bill, has brought about the emergence of the widespread use of technology and the development of new Ai products, that were key instruments in the protest action. There have been protests throughout other African states in the past that have led to the emergence of new tech such as the “Arab Spring in Egypt” that occurred in 2010 and 2011. Here it was the use of social media that was central to the organisation and communication to a wide audience that had a clear impact on this political uprising as…

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Addressing Digital Illiteracy in Africa Despite significant strides, Africa continues to face substantial challenges in digital literacy. As of 2020, internet penetration in Africa was estimated at 47.1%, with mobile service subscriptions in Sub-Saharan Africa reaching 45% by the end of 2019. However, these figures lag behind other continents, highlighting the need for increased digital accessibility and literacy efforts (Do4africa). In 2022, African countries scored between 1.8 and 5 on the Digital Skills Gap Index, below the global average of six. This gap underscores the urgent need for investment in digital literacy to prepare the youth for the global job…

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The Mpost Success Story: In many developing countries, reliable physical addresses are rare. This makes receiving parcels, documents, and accessing services like e-commerce and banking a nightmare.According to the UN, it is estimated that over a billion people are unregistered individuals and estimates are that up to 80% of the world’s population lacks proper addresses that are verified. This becomes an enormous barrier for those affected to get access to essential services such as Helathcare or education as well as access to financial products that all require proof of residence and for courier companies to deliver parcels.Founded in 2016 by…

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MIT reveals a new prosthesis driven by the nervous system will assist amputees to walk naturally and navigated obstacles. State-of-the-art prosthetic limbs can help people with amputations achieve a natural walking gait, but they don’t give the user full neural control over the limb. Instead, they rely on robotic sensors and controllers that move the limb using predefined gait algorithms that have generally been quite different to natural limb movements. Possibly the closest achievement to natural movement in a prosthetic, prior to this new breakthrough, was the development of a brain controlled prosthetic arm by the Biomedical Engineering Research Group…

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In just 6 months, with a team of just 8 staff, the Kyutai research lab developed, from scratch an artificial intelligence (AI) model with unprecedented vocal capabilities called Moshi. The new experimental prototype AI, was publicly unveiled in Paris yesterday. The interactive demo of the AI will be accessible from the Kyutai website as of 4 July where it can be freely tested online as from today, which constitutes a world first for a generative voice AI. This new type of technology is the first to make it possible to communicate in a smooth, natural and expressive way with an…

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