Top 10 Highest Paid African Presidents Listed

Top 10 Highest Paid African Presidents Listed

Africa’s highest paid president listed.

African heads of governments are among the highest paid in the world despite the continent’s many challenges. 

Jacob Zuma, South African president is the highest paid in the continent earning $272 000 per year, he was ranked fourth in the world. Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame is ranked tenth, earning only $85 000 per year.

According to African, these are some of the wealthiest leaders in Africa.

1. South Africa: Jacob Zuma $272 000 per annum
Jacob Zuma has been the president of the Republic of South Africa since 2009. Zuma was among the world’s top 10 highest paid president, he was listed fourth. He was re-elected in the 2014 election. He is currently the top-earning president in Africa.

2. Alegria: Abdelaziz Boufika $168 000 per annum
Abdelaziz Boufika is a Moroccan-born Algerian politician who became president of Algeria in 1999. Boufika is the second highest paid president in Africa.

3. Kenya: Uhuru Kenyatta $132 000 per annum
Uhuru Kenyatta is the 4th and current President of Kenya, in office since 2013. He is the son of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president. Kenyatta is the third highest paid president in the continent. In 2014 he took a salary cut and decreased his salary from $14 000 per month to $11 000.

4. Comoros: Azali Assoumani $115 000 per annum
President of one of the smallest country in Africa, Assoumani has been in office since 2016. Aged 57, Assoumani first came to power in 1999 after ousting acting President Tadjidine Ben Said Massounde in a coup.

5. Namibia: Hage Geingoba $110 000 per annum
Hage Geingoba has been in office since 21 March 2015, he is the third and the current President of Namibia. He gained a PhD in 2004 from the University of Leeds, in Britain. The president, who shares executive power with the cabinet, is limited to two five-year terms.

6. Republic of Congo: Danis Nguesso $110 000 per annum
Nguesso has been the president of the Republic of the Congo since 1997; he was previously President from 1979 to 1992. He was marked for prominence and received military training in Algeria and at Saint Maixent, France before returning to join Congo’s elite paratroop regiment.

7. Libya: Ali Zeidan $105 000 per annum
The former Prime Minister of Libya. He was appointed by the General National Congress on 14 October 2012, and took office on 14 November after Congress approved his cabinet nominees. Zeidan was ousted by the parliament committee and fled from Libya on 14 March 2014.

8. Ivory Coast: Alassane Dramane Ouattara $100 000 per annum
With a reputation as a hard-worker, keen on transparency and good governance, Alassane Dramane Ouattara is an economist by profession. Ouattara is the fifth president of Ivory Coast and has been president since 2011.

9. Libera: Ellen Johnson $90 000 per annum
Liberian politician who has served as the 24th and current President of Liberia since 2006. Sirleaf is the first elected female head of state in Africa. She is the second least paid president in the continent. Johnson has been the president of Libya for 12 years.

10. Rwanda: Paul Kagame $85 000 per annum
Paul Kagame is the sixth and current President of Rwanda having taken office in 2000 when his predecessor, Pasteur Bizimungu, resigned. At 53 years old, the president of Rwanda is the least paid in the continent.

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Niral Patel Appointed New Oracle South Africa MD

Niral Patel Appointed New Oracle South Africa MD

Niral Patel, the newly appointed Oracle South Africa Managing Director.

Oracle South Africa today announced the appointment of Niral Patel as Managing Director and Technology Leader. Niral will be based in Johannesburg and will be responsible for accelerating the adoption of Oracle Cloud solutions, identifying new growth opportunities and enhancing engagement with key stakeholders in South Africa.

“Niral joins Oracle at a pivotal time, when we have introduced our latest Cloud innovations in South Africa to support the various digital transformation initiatives undertaken by enterprise, SMBs and public sector entities looking to drive efficiency and achieve better ROI”, said Cherian Varghese, Vice President and Managing Director – Africa, Oracle. “Niral brings with him a wealth of industry experience and is ideally placed to grow Oracle’s business in South Africa. We are confident that under his leadership, Oracle will emerge as the preferred Cloud vendor in the country.”

Niral has over 17 years of experience in leadership roles within the enterprise technology industry across South, Central Africa and the Middle East. He joins from Hitachi Data Systems, South Africa where he was Managing Director. Previously, Niral was Public Sector Director at Microsoft South Africa.

“Oracle’s unique ability to offer the complete stack of Cloud solutions across IaaS, PaaS, SaaS and DbaaS is exactly what businesses are looking for to succeed in the digital economy,” said Niral Patel.

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HR’s new role in the age of automation

HR’s new role in the age of automation


Keith Fenner, Vice President: Sage Enterprise Africa & Middle East

We’re on the cusp of a brave new world as technologies such as 3D printing, advanced robotics, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things reshape the workplace. Smart algorithms and machines are taking on more and more of the tasks that humans used to do on factory floors, in financial call centres and even in hospitality and retail.

In manufacturing, we see the advent of Industry 4.0 – a fourth industrial revolution driven by connected devices and sensors, cloud computing, advanced robotics, intelligent software, and a range of other technologies. Companies like Tesla produce complex products in a smooth, automated process using specialist robots with very little human input.

Autonomous driving vehicles that use computer vision are prowling the streets in pilot projects in many of the world’s largest cities. Within a few years, driverless vehicles will be commonplace in the transport and logistics centres. And natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning are already enabling wealth management companies to build chatbots that offer basic financial advice to their clients.

Against this backdrop, where many traditional job roles will change or disappear, human resources (HR) departments need to become digital champions for their organisations. Their role is to help people manage a digital culture shock as they adjust to a rapid change in their roles and in the way their organisations operate.

Here are four imperatives most HR departments will face in the years to come.

1. Coordinating a blended workforce

The workforce of the future in most companies will comprise of a pool of full-time employees, a growing contingent of freelances, contractors and on-demand labour services, and machines and AI. Using collaboration tools like Slack and videoconferencing, people from around the world will work together on projects.

This model already exists in many multinational technology companies, but it will become familiar in other sectors, too. Rather than having a job for life, workers will often be brought together into teams to complete a specific project, before moving onto the next one when it’s complete. Business teams may use on-demand crowdsourcing and labour platforms like Kaggle and Upwork to access skills as and when needed.

HR’s role: synthesising such a workforce where the old hierarchies and job descriptions no longer exist. The focus will be on harnessing the combined power and skills of a diverse workforce, rather than on executing processes.

2. Managing change and reskilling employees

Technology change is accelerating, leaving many employees and their skills behind. Process workers, especially, need to be reskilled for a world where they’ll need to be entrepreneurial and creative rather than simply able to follow instructions. Human qualities such as emotional intelligence will become more important than technical skills.

HR’s role: to help build a workforce equipped with the digital skills we’ll need tomorrow—user interface design, customer service, strategy and innovation are some areas where people still outperform machines. HR will also need to help existing employees transition to new skills, new technologies and new corporate structures.

Some of the questions that might arise in the next few years will be profound. Should we downsize people to a three-day working week because of productivity advances we have reaped from automation? How do we strike a balance between privacy and control when we can monitor employees 24/7 through wearable computers? Will people happily take guidance from an AI “boss”? It will be up to HR to guide the workforce through these changes.

3. Analytics-powered decision-making

With access to a growing pool of data about employees and organisational performance, HR is following the example of marketing and becoming an analytics-driven discipline. HR professionals are using data to get better insight into every HR process, from recruiting to training and retention.

HR’s role: leveraging data about workforce behaviour to drive better performance across the business.

Today, in addition to historic reporting, HR professionals are using data for predictive analytics. It’s not just about tracking historic performance indicators, but looking to the needs and trends of the future. What skills will the business need to support its growth? Where did it recruit its best-performing people? How many people will we need in our service department to support our forecasted revenue growth of 10% for the next financial year?

4. Higher levels of process automation

Many organisations have already automated many of their HR processes. A solution such as Sage X3 People, for example, allows them to achieve more efficiency and more control over the cost of their workforce. It lets organisations store full records of their employees, manage their contracts, forecast and efficiently track working hours, absenteeism and bonuses. These solutions offer powerful reporting and can be accessed anywhere through the cloud. They also offer employee self-service features.

HR’s role: implementing technology platforms and processes that give employees a great experience and also empower managers to maximise employee satisfaction and performance.

We’re already seeing the first intelligent HR bots coming to market. They can support colleagues with answers to routine questions such as: “When will we close for the Christmas break this year?” and assist with processes such as on-boarding. This gives HR more time to focus on human interactions that add value than on routine tasks.

The impact of automation on the workforce is passionately debated, with many fearing that technology will put millions out of work. I am optimistic that technology will create new work as it changes our world and destroys old jobs. Indeed, Deloitte estimated in 2016 that 800,000 jobs were lost to technology in 15 years, but that it seems that it also created 3.5 million new, higher skilled, jobs.

That doesn’t mean that HR departments and employees are not operating in a challenging (albeit exciting) time. It is up to every HR department to seize the opportunities the next wave of digital disruption offer to serve the workforce and the business, and to help the business use the newest tools to maximise the potential of its people.

By  Keith Fenner, Vice President: Sage Enterprise Africa & Middle East

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Key industries need to improve security posture- Cisco Cybersecurity Report

Key industries need to improve security posture- Cisco Cybersecurity Report

Cisco 2017 Midyear Cybersecurity Report predicts new “Destruction of Service”attacks;scale and impact of threats grow. (Image source: Google/

The Cisco® 2017 Midyear Cybersecurity Report (MCR) uncovers the rapid evolution of threats and the increasing magnitude of attacks, and forecasts potential “destruction of service”(DeOS) attacks. With the advent of the Internet of Things(IoT), key industries are bringing more operations online, increasing attack surfaces and the potential scale and impact of these threats.

The Internet of Things continues to offer new opportunities for cybercriminals, and its security weaknesses, ripe for exploitation, will play a central role in enabling these campaigns with escalating impact. Recent IoT botnet activity already suggests that some attackers may be laying the foundation for a wide-reaching, high-impact cyber-threat event that could potentially disrupt the Internet itself.

As part of its Security Capabilities Benchmark Study, Cisco surveyed close to 3,000 security leaders across 13 countries and found that across industries, security teams are increasingly overwhelmed by the volume of attacks.

Unique Industries Face Common Challenges

As criminals continue to increase the sophistication and intensity of attacks, businesses across industries are challenged to keep up with even foundational cybersecurity requirements. As Information Technology and Operational Technology converge in the Internet of Things, organisations struggle with visibility and complexity. This leads many to become more reactive in their protection efforts.

  • No more than two-thirds of organisations are investigating security alerts. In certain industries(such as healthcare and transportation), this number is closer to 50 percent.
  • Even in the most responsive industries (such as finance and healthcare), businesses are mitigating less than 50 percent of attacks they know are legitimate.
  • Breaches are a wake-up call. Across most industries, breaches drove at least modest security improvements in at least 90 percent of organisations. Some industries (such as transportation)are less responsive, falling just above 80 percent.

Important findings per industry include:

  • Public Sector–Of threats investigated, 32 percent are identified as legitimate threats, but only 47 percent of those legitimate threats are eventually remediated.
  • Retail–Thirty-two percent said they’d lost revenue due to attacks in the past year with about one-fourth losing customers or business opportunities.
  • Manufacturing–Forty percent of the manufacturing security professionals said they do not have a formal security strategy, nor do they follow standardised information security policy practices such as ISO 27001 or NIST 800-53.
  • Utilities–Security professionals said targeted attacks (42 percent) and advanced persistent threats, or APTs (40 percent), were the most critical security risks to their organisations.
  • Healthcare–Thirty-seven percent of the healthcare organisations said that targeted attacks are high-security risks to their organisations.

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Citrix, Google ink cloud partnership

Citrix, Google ink cloud partnership

Broad Portfolio of Combined Solutions Help Customers Transition to the Cloud; Citrix Workspace Service Coming to Google Cloud Platform.

Citrix today announced extensions to its long-term strategic relationship with Google. Customers will be able to use Citrix Cloud to provision and manage secure digital workspaces, including Citrix Workspace Service, on Google Cloud Platform.

The two companies are working together to bring cloud delivery of applications and desktops, and secure cloud-optimised endpoints to their enterprise customers.

Along with these new cloud solutions, Citrix and Google also announced new integrations, available today, between Citrix ShareFile and Google G Suite that enable follow-me-data when using Citrix workspace solutions. In addition, Citrix NetScaler CPX is available now on Google Cloud and is targeted for availability in the Google Cloud Launcher marketplace by the end of the quarter. Google Cloud’s emphasis on containers and the Kubernetes orchestration system will allow the developer community to use NetScaler CPX to easily build and scale secure applications in the cloud.

“Today, we are deepening our successful partnership with Citrix. By adding the ability to manage IT services in Google Cloud Platform from Citrix Cloud service offerings, we and Citrix are providing enterprise customers more options as they make moves to the cloud,” said Nan Boden, Head of Global Technology Partners, Google Cloud. “Our collaboration with Citrix will help businesses of all types accelerate their transition to the cloud including the desktop infrastructure and applications that they want to use.”

“Companies of all sizes across all industries around the world have an amazing opportunity to embrace cloud transformation and empower their people to work securely from anywhere using digital workspaces,” said Steve Blacklock, VP of Global Strategic Alliances, Citrix. “Our customers are asking Citrix and Google to work more closely together to deliver innovative solutions from the cloud to help them embrace the future of work.”

With Citrix Cloud services integrated with Google Cloud, Google customers will have the ability to easily add virtual apps and desktops that run on Google Cloud and use them alongside the G Suite productivity suite.

Citrix and Google continue to work on delivering secure end point solutions for accessing digital workspaces with the recently announced Citrix Receiver for Chrome 2.4, which offers true multi-monitor support on Chromebooks. Google recently announced official Chrome Browser support for Citrix along with graphics optimisations available only on XenApp. Google and Citrix product teams continue their collaboration to enhance and optimise XenApp delivery to Chrome OS based devices for enterprise customers with ongoing Receiver for Chrome updates.

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Airtel Uganda gives away brand new Car

Airtel Uganda gives away brand new Car

Airtel Uganda gives out second car in the Mega Masappe promotion.
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Airtel Uganda has given away a brand new car in their ‘Mega Masappe’ promotion to a resident of Fort Portal. This is the second car given out to an Airtel Uganda customer; last week, Shaban Kyeswa from Bulenga took home the coveted prize.

“When we launched ‘Mega Masappe’, we had one major objective; to change the lives of our customers by rewarding their loyalty to the Smartphone network. With this promotion, we are able to give back to our subscribers all over the country and in turn, change their lives positively,” said Mrs Flavia Ntambi Lwanga.

Launched at the start of this month, the 90-day recharge promotion requires subscribers to opt into it by dialing *162# and selecting option 1 to opt in, option 2 to check target and option 3 to redeem their data bonus – which will be broken down into Voice, SMS and Data at 50%, 10% and 40% respectively.

This bonus, however, does not apply to social packs, quarterly, annual and free bundles.

Mega Masappe promotion subscriber bonus will be given instantly on the achievement of the daily target. For example, if a subscriber’s bonus target is Ushs. 2,000 and they recharge with that Ushs. 2,000, they will receive 100% bonus of the same value under the Voice, SMS & Data split. However, if they recharge with another Ushs. 2,000 on the same day, they will not get the 2nd bonus.

Daily and weekly prizes will be given away every Friday for the entire duration of the promotion.

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SAP-Gupta kickback investigation: Interim management team appointed

SAP-Gupta kickback investigation: Interim management team appointed

Ajay and Atul Gupta (Image Source: Mail & Guardian)

International software giants, SAP, today announced an interim management team for Africa after four management team members were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a forensic investigation into allegations related to one of the company’s contracts.

The investigation comes after a report by investigative journalism unit amaBhungane and Scorpio, implicated SAP’s South African office in an alleged kickback scandal. The report claimed that in August 2015, SAP signed a “sales commission agreement” with a small Gupta-controlled company, CAD House, that specialises in selling 3D printers. The investigation revealed that, “The terms suggest a thinly disguised kickback arrangement: if the Gupta company were the ‘effective cause’ of SAP landing a Transnet contract worth R100m or more, it would get 10%.”

The new management team comprises of Ashley Boag as Acting Chief Operating Officer; Peter David, Chief Financial Officer for SAP EMEA and now acting CFO for Africa; local ICT industry veteran Pieter Bouwer as South African MD; and Claas Kuehnemann as Acting Managing Director: SAP Africa, to whom the rest of the management team reports.

Kuehnemann said the priority is to ensure the business continues to focus on driving revenue and growth across its local operations. “It is important to us that all SAP staff, clients, and partners have the support they need, and that business continues uninterrupted. We have appointed a strong leadership team to ensure our usual standards of service and strategic support are upheld.”

SAP SE announced last week that Kuehnemann will take on the role of acting managing director for Africa with immediate effect while the company conducts its investigation into its South African operations. Claas joined SAP in South Africa in 1992 and has held executive positions for SAP in South Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

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Become Gordon Ramsey with these 10 Apps

Become Gordon Ramsey with these 10 Apps

10 Apps which could turn you into a master chef.

Gone are the days when you needed pen and paper to scribble down hand-me-down recipes. You no longer need to wait for the next edition of cook books to hit the shelves either. Need recipes instantly? There’s an app for that.

Whether you’re keen to amaze guests at your next dinner party with your celebrity chef skills or wanting to whip up a nutritious, delicious family meal, you’ll find a helpful app to take your cooking to the next level. Here are some of Alcatel’s favourite recipe and cookery apps for Android devices.

Jamie’s 20 Minute Meals

Cook like Jamie! Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver presents 65 mouth-watering recipes to try, each taking around 20 minutes to prepare and they all feature a step-by-step photography tutorial too.

Get it here: Jamie’s 20 Minute Meals

Italian Food Recipes

Some say that no one can cook better than an Italian Nonna! So why not dive into this extensive selection of recipes to try outcook Nonna’s dishes with these delightful, delicious and traditional Italian recipes.

Get it here: Italian Food Recipes

South African Braai App

Have you ever wished you knew how to braai delicious lamb chops? Or crispy braai bread? Well, this straight forward application will help you to develop these skills. A braai is a very sociable event in South Africa but it’s also a common way of simply cooking a meal. In other words, mastering the art of braaing could come in very handy.

Get it here: South African Braai App

NutriBullet Recipes

Blend up healthy, tasty smoothies for breakfast or a post-workout lift with this app from NutriBullet.

Get it here: Nutribullet Recipes

Tasty Recipes & Cooking Videos

Check out these inspiring ideas for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert and snacks for the foodie home chef.

Get it here: Tasty Recipes & Cooking Videos

Vegan Recipes Free

If you have never tried Veegan food – now is your chance! Tantalise your taste buds with incredible vegan recipes for every occasion.

Get it here: Vegan Recipes Free

Chinese Food Recipes

Most of us only ever have Chinese food at a restaurant or via take aways but why not learn the secrets to making traditional Chinese dishes, and you can do it in your own home.

Get it here: Chinese Food Recipes

Mexican Food Recipes

Tacos, burritos, nachos or quesadillas – they all seem complicated to make – find out how to cook Mexican food with ease, following this app’s step by step recipes.

Get it here: Mexican Food Recipes

Dessert Recipes

Create decadent desserts to tempt your family’s and friends’ sweet tooth with these recipes.

Get it here: Dessert Recipes

Pizza Recipes

Pizza is fun for all ages! And it makes for an interactive dinner. Master the craft of making great pizzas that kids and grown-ups will love.

Get it here: Pizza Recipes

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Apps Africa Innovation Awards entries open

Apps Africa Innovation Awards entries open

The Innovation Awards celebrate the best in mobile and tech from across Africa.

Applications are now open for the Innovation Awards. The Awards celebrate the best in mobile and tech from across Africa supported by Mobile Monday South Africa and Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF).

The third edition will take place on November 6th in Cape Town, and winners will get international recognition and publicity across multiple channels, networking with 300+ industry peers and a host of other benefits.

Applications are welcome across 12 categories from mobile or technology ventures with services launched in at least one African market.

Why Enter?
Finalists will be showcased in front of an audience of industry leaders and media at the Awards party with winners receiving a host of benefits

The deadline for entries is September 10th, with the shortlisted finalists announced at the end of September 2017.

Award applications will be assessed by a team of expert judges who are selected based on their knowledge, influence and contribution to the improvement of technology and business in Africa.

To enter click Here

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‘Mystery’ signal from space is solved. It’s not aliens

‘Mystery’ signal from space is solved. It’s not aliens

SpaceX Ship. PHOTO: Yahoo

Astronomers have finally solved the mystery of peculiar signals coming from a nearby star, a story that sparked intense public speculation this week that perhaps, finally, alien life had been found.

It hasn’t. The signal, which has been formally named “Weird!” was interference from a distant satellite.

Of course, astronomers said all along that extra-terrestrials were quite far at the bottom of the list of possibilities for the signals detected from Ross 128, a dim star known as a red dwarf some 11 light-years away.

To experts, the true mystery was that they couldn’t figure out if the bursts were unusual stellar activity, emissions from other background objects, or interference from satellite communications.

“However, many people were more interested in the signals as potential proof of transmissions from an extraterrestrial intelligent civilization,” wrote Abel Mendez, director of the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo in a blog post Friday, revealing the true nature of the signals.

After further fueling speculation by summoning the world experts in the hunt for life elsewhere in the universe — The SETI Berkeley Research Center at the University of California — the team issued its conclusion.

“We are now confident about the source of the Weird! Signal,” Mendez wrote.

“The best explanation is that the signals are transmissions from one or more geostationary satellites.”

The signals only appeared around Ross 128 because it is located “close to the celestial equator where many geostationary satellites are placed,” Mendez added.

Study of people

He also released the results of an informal survey that he had posted on his website, asking people to weigh in on what they thought the source of the signals was, and whether or not they were scientists well versed in the matter.

“Nearly 800 people participated in this informal survey (including more than 60 astronomers),” he wrote.

The whole group’s consensus was that the signals were most likely coming from some story of stellar activity, or some kind of astronomical phenomenon.

Most people discounted the possibility of radio interference or instrumental failures, saying these were least likely. This, Mendez explained, was hardly a scientific approach to the question.

“This is interesting since in the absence of solid information about the signal, most astronomers would think that these were probably the most likely explanation,” Mendez wrote.

Furthermore, about one quarter of respondents said “the most likely explanation of the signal was that of a communication with an Extraterrestrial Intelligence (ETI),” he added.

“These results reflect the still high expectations the public maintains on the possibility of contacting ETI.”

Still, all was not lost in these last few weeks of speculation and tumult.

“The Planetary Habitability Laboratory of the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo made many new friends from this experience,” Mendez said, adding it had been a “great experience of open science.”

“The lesson here is that we all need to continue exploring and sharing results openly. Some people prefer to only learn about the successes, but others prefer science in real-time, no matter the end result.”

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