iAfrikan Daily Brief - Senegal's Digital Currency, Spots.ng, SA Home Affairs & Call For South African 5G Forum
Thursday, 24 November 2016
Senegal To Introduce A New Blockchain Based National Digital Currency, eCFA
Senegal has recently become only the second country in the world which will introduce a new national digital currency. Named eCFA, the digital currecy will be blockchain based and will be legal tender just as their current currency, CFA Franc, is. Senegal’s eCFA comes from a partnership by Banque Régionale de Marchés (BRM) and eCurrency Mint Limited. BRM will issue the digital tender currency, the eCFA, in compliance with e-money regulations of Banque Centrale des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (BCEAO), the Central Bank of West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). Although the eCFA is reported to be secure it has received some criticism from some quarters with pointing out that it still relies on the central banking system.
Hotels.ng Interns Launch Spots.ng For Tourist Attractions In Nigeria
Hotels.ng, Nigerian hotel booking company has launched Spots.ng, a service that will suggest interesting 'spots' and tourist attractions in Nigeria to users based on their preferences and travel destination. Spots.ng will further provide directions, a list of discounted and nearby hotels, safety ratings, and reviews. According to to the Nigerian hotel booking company, Spots.ng was partly created out of it’s Remote Internship Programme which aims to deliver support services in a simple and effective way. This launch and the announcement by Hotels.ng comes just a week after Airbnb announced its "Trips" offering with twelve cities across the world included at launch, with only Nairobi and Cape Town as the two African cities available at launch. No Nigerian cities are available on Airbnb Trips.
South Africa's Home Affairs To Digitize Millions Of Civil Records Dating Back To 1800s
Credit: Department of Home Affairs, South Africa
The Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Malusi Gigaba and the Statistician-General of South Africa, Dr Pali Lehohla, launched a project on the digitisation of Home Affairs civil records. A significant project as it sees digitization of births, deaths, marriage certificates etc. which date back decades. . The digitisation project is a collaboration between the Department of Home Affairs and Statistics South Africa and it is hoped that it signifies a transition from the old systems of record keeping to a more efficient and secure storage method. Minister of Home Affairs in South Africa said that “Most of these are records of Births, Marriages, Deaths, ID applications, Naturalisation and Permitting and date back to the late 1800.Not only does public administration depend on these records, but they have immense historical value.They include, for example, 110 million birth records, which carry records of generations, and can be used to construct family trees.”
Convergence Partners' Andile Ngcaba Calls For South African 5G Forum
Credit: The 12th Annual ICT Summit
At the recently held 12th Annual ICT Summit in East London, South Africa, Chairman and Founding Partner of Convergence Partners, Dr. Andile Ngcaba, made a call to ICT leaders and professionals in attendace to form a “5G Forum” to among others discuss how we are to influence legislation and benefit from the coming 5G roll-out in South Africa. The call was well received by Vodacom’s Chief Officer in attendance, Vuyani Jarana, who committed Vodacom will join the 5G Forum. During his keynote address and in the subsequent panel celebrating 10 years of “Convergence Partners Connecting Africa Through Fibre, Satellite and Wireless” he emphasized that 5G is not a network but rather a platform. He further elaborated that current legislation, based on voice telecommunications, needs to change if we are to connect almost everything to the Internet given the advent of “Internet of Things (IoT)”
Ko'Kasi Hotspot describe themselves as a "next generation Wi-Fi and online solutions provider for businesses, venues and communities". They are a youth run startup that is looking to spread affordable internet access to townships in South Africa. Founded in 2012 by Martin Letsie, Ko'Kasi Hotspot has grown from strength to stregth to serve (currently) the Johannesburg (South Africa) township communities of Vosloorus and (parts of) Soweto with plans to expand across more townships across South Africa.