Radio 702’s Aki Anastasiou To Host HISA2017

Radio 702’s Aki Anastasiou To Host HISA2017

Aki Anastasiou to host HISA2017 at Vodaworld on the 29-30 August.

Aki Anastasiou, the host of Technobyte on Radio 702 and Tech Busters on CNBC Africa, has been confirmed as the host of the 3rd edition of Healthcare Innovation Summit Africa (#HISA2017), set to take place on 29 and 30 August at Vodacom World in Johannesburg.

HISA2017 will bring together CXOs, department heads and senior management from public and private hospitals, medical practitioners, IT leaders in healthcare, health-tech entrepreneurs, technology solution providers and academics.

Attendees will gather for two days of networking, lively intellectual exchange, and exploration to see what’s new, what’s cutting edge, and what will shape the future of healthcare.

Technology can address some of the biggest healthcare challenges in Africa. This year’s Healthcare Innovation Summit Africa will tackle topics such as robotics, electronic health records, delivering personalised healthcare, artificial intelligence, IoT in healthcare and much more.


About Aki Anastasiou

Mr Aki Anastasiou is the host of CNBC Africa’s television show Tech Busters. He is also an award winning trafficologist on Talk Radio 702’s, with his role on the radio station Aki has endeared himself to generations of Joburgers by guiding them through the city’s gridlocked streets each morning. Aki’s other great passion is technology and he presents technology and gadget driven features on 702’s Technobyte,  and is a regular speaker and MC at South Africa’s top technology and innovation conferences.

 


Confirmed speakers at HISA2017 include:

  • Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, MEC for Health: Western Cape Government, South Africa
  • Raymond Billa, CEO at Helen Joseph Hospital, Johannesburg
  • Rajeev R Eashwari, Member, Ministerial Advisory Committee on eHealth & Director: eHealth, KZN Provincial Department of Health
  • Burton Shinners, COO, Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital
  • Ian De Vega, Director of Information Management, Western Cape Department of Health
  • Leonard Slabbert, Head of Technology at Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Vuma Magaqa, Director: Information Technology, KZN Provincial Department of Health
  • Richard Gordon, Executive Director at the SAMRC
  • Andrew Brown, Managing Executive, MediSwitch
  • Valter Adao, Partner and Lead Director at Deloitte Digital Africa
  • Elliot Sack, CEO at eHealth Group
  • Nicolaas Duneas, CEO, Altis Biologics
  • Simi Adejumo, CEO, Aajoh (Nigeria)
  • Dilip Naran, General Manager, Med-e-MassMed
  • Ronald James Urry, Specialist Robotic Surgeon, Netcare Waterfall Hospital
  • Akhona Mkosi, Deputy Director: Innovation and Governance, Western Cape Department of Health
  • Gyles Morrison, Founder, Clinical UX Association (UK)

 

For more information about this conference visit:

[t]+27 11 026 0981 [e] events@itnewsafrica.com

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Tanzania: Tigo to further expand network infrastructure

Tanzania: Tigo to further expand network infrastructure

Tigo Tanzania has announced an upgrade of their internet infrastructure.

Tigo Tanzania has announced plans to upgrade its network infrastructure. The telecom operator aims to increase coverage, capacity and quality of service for their customers.

“Since last year, we have made massive expansion of our infrastructure to increase the coverage footprint and capacity and most importantly, the quality of experience for mobile broadband service, hence making Tigo the preferred network in Tanzania”, Tigo’s Chief Technical and Information Officer (CTIO) Jérôme Albou said.

As far as mobile broadband is concerned, Tigo has added new 535 sites with 3G technology, upgraded capacity on 408 of 3G sites and 95 new sites with 4G technology.

Spelling out the company’s network upgrade plans, Albou explained that one of Tigo’s key strategic objectives is to transform broadband customer experience by providing services as per global industry standards in both 3G and 4G technologies.

According to Albou, the demand for data services is growing due to availability of data enabled devices. Therefore, Tigo is proactively expanding its 3G and 4G network in both rural and semi-urban areas of the country to enhance rural connectivity as well as consolidating coverage and capacity in urban areas.

Albou said, “As far as mobile broadband is concerned, Tigo has added new 535 sites with 3G technology, upgraded capacity on 408 of 3G sites and 95 new sites with 4G technology over the past year, and has modernized and expanded the existing 2G, 3G and 4G networks. We have now 4G coverage in all the major cities and towns across Tanzania. To further improve experience of customers we have also added the Cache Servers in the core network to make frequently accessed internet contents such as Google, Youtube, Android, Facebook, WhatsApp or Instagram readily available in Tanzania in a single click.”

“Within the past 12 months, we have commissioned a total of 2,294km of backbone fibre which traverses through 22 new District headquarters expanding the existing National ICT Backbone footprint (Bagamoyo, Chalinze, Handeni, Korogwe, Muheza, Lushoto, Same, Mwanga, Rombo, Hai, Arumeru, Kibaha, Mvomero, Kongwa, Bahi, Manyoni, Tabora, Nzega, Kahama, Shinyanga, Kwimba & Chamwino) as well as increasing the number of fiber points around the key cities,” said Albou.

This allows Tigo to provide high-speed internet in these new districts. The new fibre also ensures alternative transmission routes in case of fibre cuts.

Elaborating on what network upgrade entails, Albou explained the improvement is done based on customer surveys, economic activities, penetration of data enabled devices and feedback from other stakeholders such as Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) and the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications.

“Tigo is therefore, committed to continue to improve its network to achieve the best customer satisfaction and customer experience on both data and voice”, he summed up.

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Digitisation: Changing the game for manufacturers

Digitisation: Changing the game for manufacturers

 

Dereshin (Dees) Pillay, Head of Manufacturing & Automotive at T-Systems South Africa.

Digital transformation, as we’ve come to realise, means something different in every industry. In Manufacturing, the term can be broad-reaching, encompassing everything from automation and robotics, to fully-fledged ‘smart factories’, all the way to the reinvention of the entire sector – captured in the ‘Industrie 4.0’ concept.

For manufacturing execs, digitisation presents numerous opportunities, to enrich their processes with new data insights, to pool their human and their Artificial Intelligence (AI) resources, and to evolve their classic value chains into more collaborative and digitised networks of specialists.

With the right mix of strategy, culture and technology, manufacturing organisations can shift from their outdated legacy processes, towards more flexible and digitised platforms, enhancing their competitiveness and positioning themselves for an unpredictable future.

Connected everything

In the smart factory vision, almost every piece of equipment and tooling is fitted with sensors that are continually piping information into a nerve-centre – producing the insights that inform resource allocation, warn of potential machine downtime, and quickly reveal any bottlenecks in the factory’s processes.

General Motors, for example, uses sensors to monitor humidity in the painting process, automatically shifting the work to another part of the plant if the levels breach a certain threshold. Another prime example is that of a gold mining house that boosted yield by 3.7% by understanding and reacting to fluctuations in oxygen levels during the leaching process.

A digital thread that weaves new value-chains

Digitisation collapses borders and time zones, compressing distance and bringing different parties closer to one another. With new collaboration tools, manufacturing execs can digitally connect designers, engineers, researchers and supply-chain partners, and integrate these new networks into the products being developed on the factory floor.

Suddenly, manufacturers can access a wider array of specialist resources from across the globe, creating platforms for enhanced collaboration, communication, and real-time decision-making.

New production techniques

The emergences of digital and 3D printing technologies are starting to change the way many production lines operate. With new advancements such as direct metal laser melting, for instance, it’s possible to create stronger components at reduced cost, reduced waste, and greater efficiency.

New levels of excellence

But manufacturing technology isn’t just about new ways of producing goods and materials. We’re starting to see sensors and data being used in interesting, innovative ways, even in the context of ‘traditional manufacturing’. For example, some aircraft manufacturers are using sensors on smart tools to help workers drill holes with perfect precision. Tools detect the exact torque required to tighten bolts correctly, for instance, among other tasks. All of this helps to elevate manufacturing excellence to new heights.

Positioning for the future

While we certainly can’t predict the future direction of the manufacturing industry, one thing we can be sure of is that digital will play an essential role. By starting to adopt greater levels of digitisation in the factory, manufacturers position themselves to capitalise on emerging trends for the coming decade: the likes of rapid prototyping, crowdsourcing, augmented reality, increased robotics and artificial intelligence, and image-recognising cameras.

Traditional manufacturing business models are coming under increasing threat, and the pressure to digitise is intensifying. Today’s leading manufacturers are taking bold steps to reshape their operations, remove the processes hindering transformation, and change their company cultures.

For these fast-moving manufacturers, able to access the technology and the skills that they need, digital is creating exciting new opportunities in the production and distribution of goods.

By Dereshin (Dees) Pillay, Head of Manufacturing & Automotive at T-Systems South Africa

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The likelihood of being hacked is at an all time high – it’s time to up your security game

The likelihood of being hacked is at an all time high – it’s time to up your security game

WanaCry affected over 200 000 people in over 150 countries.

Two significant events happened recently. One positive, the other, cripplingly negative.

First the good: The International Labour Organization recently recognised cybersecurity as part of World Day for Safety and Health at Work, as being hacked does not just put a company’s assets or reputation at risk, but can also affects its people’s health.

Now, for the bad and ugly: The recent cyber devastation that made companies worldwide weep: the WannaCry ransomware, which in mid-May crippled computers in at least 150 countries. According to cyber risk modeling firm Cyence, the attack caused an approximate loss of R52 billion revenue. Other groups are estimating the losses to be a great deal higher.

“In a time of changing and ever-present cyber attacks, it’s crucial for every business to know where its risks lie. If you’re an IT security professional, you need to understand your potential cyber enemy and the current threat landscape so you can anticipate risk, determine your likelihood of being hacked, and the resulting impact when (not if) it happens,” states cloud and security solution specialists, F5 in its ‘Demystifying the threat landscape’ white paper.

According to internetlivestats.com, around 40 percent of the world population has an Internet connection today. In 1995, it was less than one percent. The number of Internet users has increased tenfold from 1999 to 2013 – first billion was reached in 2005, the second billion in 2010, and the third billion in 2014.

With the rise of the Internet and connectivity, attacks on applications have also become ever more complex, forcing organisations to transform the traditional security perimeter to include the new everyday reality of users accessing applications from anywhere, at any time, and from any device.

F5 in its 2017 ‘The State of Application Delivery Report’ notes, “there’s a focus on a holistic approach to application security that protects the app from DDoS and DNS attacks and defends the company from fraud, as well as mitigates traditional application security flaws.”

The report surveyed participants about their strategies to defeat emerging threats, secure their applications, and protect their data – and found that the top five security challenges are attack sophistication (50 percent), employees (44 percent), lack of skills (34 percent), mobile app security (32 percent) and complexity of solutions (30 percent).

Worth mentioning is that the survey revealed increases in preferences for managed/ as-a-service offerings with respect to security (DDoS, WAF, and so on), “which likely arise as a result of organisations’ inability to find staff to address security struggles.” Previous challenges however saw reductions in the survey, including budgetary concerns, which dropped from 41 percent in 2016 to 30 percent in 2017.

“We suspect that this is due to security budgets rising across industries as the importance of securing data and applications becomes more critical to the success of the business,” highlights the report. “Attacks continue to grow in sophistication and size, but organisations are also evolving their strategies to address the security of their applications. With security budgets rising in the wake of public attacks, DDoS mitigation solutions, WAFs, and anti-fraud protection are among the top app services that organisations plan to deploy over the next 12 months. Respondents who have a WAF and DDoS protection solutions currently deployed, as well as those identifying themselves as representing cloud-first organisations, tend to feel more confident in their ability to withstand application-layer attacks.”

According to the research, the complex set of challenges faced by companies at present encompass:
· The inability to scale infrastructure and resources to protect against high volume attacks without service interruption;
· Compliance with customer expectations and maintain industry/ regulatory standards;
· Knowledge and visibility, that is understanding of attacks faced and how to respond to incidents;
· The complexity of management explosion of applications, and needing to stop attacks at various stages of exploit;
· The migration to cloud services leading to an increased need for protection that supports hybrid environments; and
· As mentioned, the fact that increased application attacks are getting more sophisticated as attackers seek to penetrate and cripple web sites.

10 areas to step up the security game
F5 has put together 10 critical areas of focus that it says will help organisations significantly strengthen their security program and risk mitigation strategies.

These are:

1. Understand hackers’ motivations, targets, and tactics.
2. Align your budget to your threat landscape and make sure cyber insurance is part of it.
3. Train everyone, from administrative staff to the board.
4. Properly control access.
5. Manage your vulnerabilities.
6. Ensure you have the visibility you need, especially into your critical data. You can’t manage what you can’t see.
7. Hire a hacker and/ or implement a bug bounty program.
8. Leverage experts, especially when it comes to compliance and incident response.
9. Have a DDoS strategy.
10. Communicate the likelihood and impact of a breach.
(For a detailed description of each step, please download F5’s e-book here.)

“Consider some of these stats: 20 percent of employees would sell their company passwords, and nearly half of those would do so for less than USD1,000! More than seventy percent of attacks target the user identities and applications, not servers and networks. Yet, 90 percent of today’s security budgets are still spent on protecting everything but user identities,” points out Simon McCullough, ‎major channel account manager: Sub-Saharan Africa at F5 Networks.

Anton Jacobsz, managing director at Networks Unlimited, value added distributor of F5 solutions throughout Africa, adds: “As public and private organisations and individuals scramble to protect themselves following the global WannaCry ransomware attack, the cyber attack has highlighted the seriousness of security threats and that they are not singular to only one industry or country but spread a wide range of havoc. The warning is out that more attacks, possibly with greater severity, are in the digital pipeline.”

Jacobsz says being aware of your own risks and being alert of any probable threats “out there” is critical to any strategy that is forged with the purpose of adequately protecting yourself. “Each and every computer has the strength to damage reputation and cause revenue loss. It also has the ability to morph into a bot strengthening the cyber attack and helping in the effort to destruct. The severity of any potential cyber threat cannot be ignored,” he warns.

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Cisco Appoints David Meads Vice President for MEA

Cisco Appoints David Meads Vice President for MEA

David Meads, The newly appointed, Vice President Middle East and Africa Cisco

Cisco today announced that David Meads has been appointed Vice President for its Middle East and Africa operations. In this newly created role, Meads will oversee the execution of Cisco’s strategy in these two regions, ensuring the technology leader maintains its momentum at the forefront of digital transformation efforts.

As digital adoption gathers pace in the Middle East and Africa, the new geographical set up under Meads will allow for greater synergies, relevancy and sharing of best practices across the two regions.

“David Meads’ appointment to lead Cisco’s business in the Middle East and Africa comes at a time of tremendous potential for the region to reap the benefits of digital transformation, supported by the prioritization of digitization in both government and business agendas,” said Edwin Paalvast, President, Cisco EMEAR.

With more than 30 years’ experience in the IT industry, Meads joined Cisco in 1996 and was most recently Cisco’s Vice President for Africa, where he was responsible for partnering with organizations across the continent to help them implement strategies to unlock the full potential of the digital era. Over the years he has developed a reputation as a trusted advisor to enterprises and governments, partnering with them to deliver competitive advantages and efficiencies gained by adopting digital technologies. Meads will be based in Dubai, Cisco’s hub for the Middle East.

“As we deepen the commitment to the region, we’re excited to have someone of David’s caliber at the helm to spearhead our strategy and support customers along their digitization journey. One of David’s priorities will be helping Cisco’s customers and partners create value in a highly connected, digital world, while enabling greater responsiveness to emerging market and customer needs,” concluded Paalvast.

Cisco has longstanding government partnerships across the Middle East and Africa, including a Country Digitization Acceleration (CDA) program with Saudi Arabia, with several other similar programs in the pipeline. In addition, Cisco is working closely with relevant government entities in the region on multiple initiatives that support IT skills training and education, as well as the development of entrepreneurship, business and innovation ecosystems.

“I look forward to taking on the additional responsibility of a fast-evolving, dynamic region and to working with the phenomenal team we have in place,” said David Meads, Vice President, Cisco Middle East and Africa. “Combined, the Middle East and Africa region has the world’s youngest demographic and presents a significant market opportunity, where new business models and innovative technology adoption are addressing unique market needs. Cisco’s expansive portfolio allows us to partner with our customers and support their digital journey.”

A veteran business leader, David Meads has rich sales leadership and general management credentials. He has held various leadership positions within Cisco, including a three year stint as Managing Director for South Africa, based in Johannesburg. During this time, he achieved exceptional levels of employee engagement within the organization and helped the country develop its e-skills initiative, aimed at harnessing the power of technology for inclusive socio-economic development.

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Analytics is critical, but data is being left out

Analytics is critical, but data is being left out

Managing Director of Avaya South Africa.

The digitisation of business has spread the ‘customer experience’ (CX) right across organisations. Managing and understanding customers is no longer confined to frontline sales and contact centre staff, but requires constant attention from all employees in order to meet diverse expectations from increasingly-demanding consumers who have unprecedented options at hand.

Marketers, in particular, have become a prominent force in shaping and executing their company’s CX vision, with many now bearing significant responsibility for customer satisfaction throughout the entire sales cycle. However, the diversification of marketing has placed significant pressure on marketers who are, in many cases, relying on the same budgets and tools they were working with five years ago, if not earlier.

Fortunately, investment in marketing technology (martech) – specifically digital marketing analytics, lead management and multi-channel campaign management – to drive customer experience is increasing. While less than half of organisations use a combination of all three at present, analyst firm Gartner indicates more than 70 per cent of marketers intend to deploy the trio in unison.

The use of analytics from web, social media and CRM applications is critical in mapping consumer behaviours to individualise content and consequently generate meaningful funnels to CX. But there is a key underlying question which is often not addressed: are marketers looking in all the right places, or is important data being left out?

In reality, collecting, collating and analysing data from the three aforementioned sources is relatively simple as consumer interactions through these channels can be easily recorded and segmented. What’s more difficult, and therefore commonly neglected, is data generated in the contact centre. You know those disclaimers that contact centre agents read out about recording the call for quality and training purposes? While those are used as a fundamental component in the professional development of staff, the data collected in them is infrequently analysed or mapped, meaning CX is left fragmented due to the lack of available data.

CX relies on omni-channel engagement where data is aggregated, contextualised and analysed holistically. This enables marketers – and their colleagues – to gain a broad-picture understanding of unique consumer requirements, and therefore tailor all engagements. Without incorporating data from all channels, organisations will rely on a level of assumption, allowing a disconnect between what customers want and what is being delivered. This jeopardises the relationship with the customer, and ultimately inhibits the effectiveness of marketing initiatives, therefore hurting the bottom line.

By Danny Drew

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Inbound technology deals stagnate in Africa this quarter

Inbound technology deals stagnate in Africa this quarter

Baker McKenzie’s Cross-border M&A Index showed that there were no inbound technology deals in Africa. (Image Source: pwc.com)

Baker McKenzie’s latest quarterly Cross-border M&A Index showed that there were no inbound technology deals in Africa in the second quarter of 2017. This is in comparison to global results, which noted a high volume of technology deals in the first half of 2017. Globally, besides H1 2016, the number of cross-border technology deals was higher in H1 2017 than in any post-crisis half-year period.

Morne van der Merwe, Managing Partner at Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg, explains, “Africa has several technology hubs, including one in Cape Town, South Africa and the development of technology in the banking and finance sector, for mass usage on the continent, is well advanced. A positive explanation for there being no inbound deals in this sector in Q2 2017, is that this is not due to lack of IT development in Africa, on the contrary, it is because IT companies are structuring their operations in a way that allows them to enter into partnerships offshore and bringing their operations into Africa through licencing arrangements.

Technology tied with Business Services was a top target industry for Africa’s outbound cross-border deals by volume with a total of three deals for the quarter (20% of total). In terms of deal value, the Financial Services sector led slightly with USD 535 million or 35% of total deals. Technology deals came in close second, accounting for USD 510 million or 33% of total outbound deals from Africa.

Van der Merwe notes that an increase in development in African telecoms industries, as well as the opportunities presented by a rapidly developing financial services sector, remain key drivers of outbound investment activity in Africa. The growing financial services sector has also seen domestic banks make significant investments in technology, including in offshore companies. As discussed, the increase in outbound deals in the technology sector also points to African technology companies looking to base their local operations offshore.

Globally, in 2016 there were 787 cross-border deals in the technology sector, an increase of 33 on 2015 and a post-crisis record. Value also hit a post-crisis high of US$187.7 billion in 2016, a 78% increase over 2015.

While cross-border deal activity in the technology sector slowed slightly in the first half of 2017, down 0.7% in volume and 17% in value year-over-year, the volume of deals was higher than all other half-year periods, except for the first half of 2016, and deal value was higher than all half-year periods between 2009 and 2014. The US has been the most targeted and acquisitive country over the past two years.

“There will definitely be more moonshots given the cash the major tech players have,” said Matthew Gemello, head of Baker McKenzie’s North American Corporate & Securities practice. “It wouldn’t be surprising if another major tech player buys into an industry that is not on anyone’s radar screen.”

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Google to Launch $40 Smartphone in Nigeria

Google to Launch $40 Smartphone in Nigeria

Google to launch $40 smartphone in Nigeria. (Image Source: Techpoint.ng)

Google is set to launch an affordable mobile device for the Nigerian market- the ICE 2 smartphone.

Sundar Pitchai, Google‘s chief executive officer, said, “Yes, Google is set to launch an Android device in September. One cool thing about this device is the price. The Ice 2 would be sold at N13,000 ($40) when it is launched.”

Pitchai also revealed that the device will come with Google Play Protect, which continuously works to keep devices, data and apps safe.

Cesar Segunutpane, VP, Product Management at Google, elaborated on the company’s intentions to empower Africans through the internet. He said “We don’t want to create internet for African rather enable them to create the internet they want through the access, platforms and products we create. Access is important, by making sure they are connected to high internet. Whether students or workers, MTN, Mainone and others have done a lot on internet/broadband deployment to empower these people in Nigeria. We strongly believe faster broadband will Improves Africans Lives and Innovation”.

Segunutpane added that Google don’t just build platforms, but eco-system for other companies and startups to leverage.

“Android is the largest tech ecosystem in the world today. In 9 years it grew from one phone to 2billion smartphones across the world. We have continued to work with partners and OEMs to develop devices for Africans, especially Nigerians, like $40 smartphone; we are brining another device ICE2 in partnership with MTN. The device comes with all google apps and will start shipping in September for only N13,000. it will be the first device to come with Google Play Protect”, the VP Product Management said.

He also reaffirmed the company’s commitment to helping local entrepreneurs by revealing that Google will also launch apps to enable strong FinTech uptake in the country, adding that Android is a platform for innovation meant for local entrepreneurs to leverage.

“For products, we have made YouTube, Google maps and Search more relevant to Nigerians. For instance, Google Gboard now supports major Nigerians- Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba. We will help the locals retain their languages”, he concluded.

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Hangman, online reality show aims to uncover South Africa’s greatest innovator

Hangman, online reality show aims to uncover South Africa’s greatest innovator

The new reality show also gives wings to the aspirations of entrepreneurs.

A unique fast-paced online reality show which aims to uncover South Africa’s greatest innovator, Hangman, will start streaming online from October 9 to December 11. The stakes are high in this new programme with R1 million in prize money.

Hangman is a global first in interactive, immersive entertainment, it puts viewers in the driver’s seat. By “investing” in a virtual Stock Exchange, they can help determine the outcome of the show, while standing in line to win great viewer prizes including a car.

This new reality show also gives wings to the aspirations of entrepreneurs who have identified a gap in the market and have come up with an innovation that fills that space and want to bring it to the market.

Hangman consists of two different content streams. The first is the actual reality online series which would traditionally be consumed on prime-time TV but is now being streamed live online.

Contestants will have to prove their mettle through a series of gruelling challenges but their fate is determined by more than performance alone. They will have to win the approval of ‘Backers’, captains of industry and investment with keen business acumen and ruthless standards. These include businesswoman Phuti Mahanyele, celebrity economist Iraj Abedian, self-made billionaire Quinton van der Burgh and Bonang Mohale, chairman of Shell South Africa Energy Limited. The show is hosted by Maps Maponyane.

The second stream comes in the form of a Stock Exchange called ‘The Exchange’. Viewers can truly immerse themselves in the show, meet the Backers, be inspired by successful innovators and get expert business insights. The hub is constantly updated with “hot off the press” content straight from the Hangman set! To take part in the outcome of the show, win great prizes and rewards, viewers can become virtual investors by trading on The Exchange. They will also help drive the outcome of the competition.

All customers that download the Cell C Reality App automatically receive 100 000 points which they can use to participate in the ‘The Exchange’. Points are allocated to play the game. Customers win a variety of prizes by playing the game. Prizes include a car, smartphones, data, cash and vouchers.

The innovator who succeeds in garnering the support of the Backers, while rallying viewer/‘investor’ sentiment, could walk away with an R1 million cash prize and everything needed to succeed in a 21st-century market.

True grit, determination and prowess will determine the winner of the ultimate prize.

Contestants and viewers do not need to be a Cell C customer to play or download the App but Cell C customers will receive bonuses for participation and viewing the show.

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Kaspersky Lab To Improve Online Safety For Children

Kaspersky Lab To Improve Online Safety For Children

Kaspersky Lab to answer parents questions on their children’s online safety.

Kaspersky Lab has announced that for the month of August the security company will be opening an email address that parents and guardians can send their questions to for feedback, to ensure the safety of their children online. The email address, which will open on the 1st of August and close on the 31st, is Kaspersky Labs attempt to improve online safety for children.

The global security company noted that parents are naturally very busy – juggling work, life and looking after their families, with a key focus on making sure their family and children are safe at all times. In today’s digital world online safety is very much a worry for parents and this initiative is an attempt to answer all the questions which parents may have regarding online safety for their children

A survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International shows that one in three parents feel that they are not able to control what their child sees, and does, online. Even with parental control tools in place, adults often don’t know how to react to specific online behaviour by their children. Many parents are finding this phenomenon a major parenting challenge – one that they need some guidance and professional technical support on.

With this in mind, Kaspersky Lab has embarked on this campaign, offering the opportunity for any concerned parent/guardian, who has a question(s) related to kids safety online, from a technology perspective, to get access to the experts – all of whom form part of the Kaspersky Lab Safe Kids team. This team is available to anyone looking for feedback and expert technology opinion (free of charge).

Konstantin Ignatev, Acting Head of Content Analysis & Research, Kaspersky Lab speaking on the initiative said that “Today, children are not only exposed to a lot more as a result of technology, but it is also difficult for parents to keep up, as technology constantly evolves. It is with this very real reality in mind that we are hoping to provide some assistance, based on our own research and learnings, to any parent out there, who may have specific technology questions that they need some guidance on, when it comes to protecting children online.”

Anyone can email their question(s) through to safekids@kaspersky.com, and a dedicated Kaspersky Lab expert will provide as much support and advice as possible when it comes to the topic of kids technology and online safety. This feedback will be based on the experience and research Kaspersky Lab undertakes globally daily, around this topic. Should there be an instance where the question requires professional feedback, where Kaspersky Lab are not able to provide such feedback, the brand will provide a resource where such information can be sourced.

“Our experts will be available to answer questions up until the end of August 2017. We welcome your questions and hope that as many parents as possible will take advantage of this opportunity to gain extra support and guidance, in dealing with the difficult task of protecting children online today and understanding what resources are available to them,” concludes Ignatev.

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