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The Path Towards Sustainable and Cleaner Energy Solutions

The financial solutions for Africa’s future energy needs must continue to target cleaner energy solutions that are aligned with the continent’s different needs and sectors. These solutions must not only address issues around climate change but must also be implemented in a manner that uplifts the continent’s developmental mandate and socio-economic aspirations.

Payments Industry Has A Role To Play In The Attainment Of UNSDGs

By Aldo Laubscher Country Manager for South Africa at Visa The Covid-19 pandemic has over the past 16 months had a very devastating impact. It has thrown our economies into freefall and disrupted how we work, how we interact, how we shop and how businesses sell. This impact comes on the back of a renewed …

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The State Of Democracy In Africa

By Dumisani Mupfurutsa On 15 September, the United Nations observes the International Day of Democracy. “Strengthening democracy also means embracing genuine participation in decision making – including peaceful protests – giving a real voice to people and communities that have traditionally been excluded. The silencing of women, religious and ethnic minorities, indigenous communities, people with …

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Why Self-Sovereign Digital Identity Is A Game Changer For Financial Inclusion In Africa

By Suren Pillay, Interim Chief Technology Officer, and Sean Mouton, Head R&D: Chief Technology Office at Absa Group Limited Information is power. And personal information, or more specifically, who controls it, is rapidly becoming one of the most crucial business and consumer challenges of a digital economy. We are more connected than ever before, but …

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Build Better With Literacy

By Carl Manlan, Vice President Social Impact Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, Visa Literacy, the ability to read and to write, enables prosperity. Yet at least 773 million young people and adults lack basic literacy skills. As technology evolves, users who lack the foundation of learning and education will not reap the benefits …

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4 Ways Trade Can Help Ghana Transition to a Circular Plastics Economy

By Clem Ugorji, Lead Advisor, Circularium Africa Advisory, and Colette van der Ven, Founder & Director, TULIP Consulting  Ghana is a fast-growing economy facing a plastics dilemma. Given the material’s favorable characteristics, plastics are a vital resource. It is used as an industrial input; ensures access to safe drinking water; and plays an important social …

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The Fintech City That Is Nairobi

Eric Osiakwan  Nairobi is the leading Fintech ecosystem city in Africa according to the 2021 Global Fintech Rankings published on 8th July 2021 in which it jumped 26 places to the 37th position globally beating both Lagos and Accra. Kenya’s President, His Excellency Uhuru Kenya stated at a UK summit that “Nairobi International Financial Centre …

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Broken Promises: Is Democratic South Africa on the Brink of Being a Failing State?

The following Op-Ed is written by Sherylle Dass, Zimkhitha Mhlahlo & Tsukudu Moroeng of the Legal Resources Centre In 1994, South Africa transitioned from an undemocratic apartheid state into a constitutional democracy governed by a Constitution which holds basic values and principles such as human dignity and equality. The Preamble of the Constitution of the Republic …

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Playing Catch-Up To The Early Adopters Of Analytics, AI And Machine Learning

By Sarthak Rohal, VP – IT services at AlphaCodes Early adopters of data analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) tools have found themselves in a position of favour in today’s rapidly accelerating digital world. Far from being a point of differentiation, these technologies have become imperative for survival. As businesses that have lagged …

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Digitalisation Of SMME Enablement Is Key To Their Integration In Corporate Supply Chains

By Hepsy Mkhungo, CEO of One Linkage If South Africa is to successfully drive job creation and achieve sustainable economic growth, the key is to enable large corporate support for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMMEs). The small business sector is instrumental to creating an inclusive economy and a better life for the previously marginalised. While …

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