Friday, 17 February 2017
Safaricom Is Challenging For A Share Of Kenya's Online Electronics Market With A New E-Commerce Platform
As it turns out, Safaricom is looking for someone to head their e-commerce department. This past Valentine’s Day, we heard of something very new from Safaricom, an e-commerce platform called SafMall. Okay, not new exactly. Plus, we may all be wrong because we already have the Safaricom Online Shop. This may just be an upgrade. However, Safaricom went ahead to tease a 'new e-commerce proposition' on Twitter by tweeting “We are currently in trials for an exciting new e-commerce proposition which is currently being piloted by staff internally ahead of rollout.”. Internally, amongst its staff, Safaricom was testing a new e-commerce platform with Flash sales of ridiculously priced phones. Maybe as a test of what the site could handle. Safaricom is making some interesting ventures in the mobile market, and going online could make waves and challenge established players in the e-commerce market.
Nigeria's Kaduna State And Vodacom Have Partnered To Use Tech To Improve Overall Service Delivery In The State
Credit: L-R: Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Barnabas Yusuf Bala, the Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai and Vuyani Jarana, Chairman of Vodacom Business Nigeria | Kaduna State Government
The Kaduna State Government and Vodacom have announced an ICT for development initiative that will see the telecoms operator deploy tailored ICT solutions in order to support the state government's service delivery mandate. The partnership will see the deployment of Vodacom's connectivity and data solutions in improving service delivery in healthcare, education and agriculture in order to promote greater efficiency in each sector. Already, the first programme under the initiative - a mobile-based healthcare program known as SMS for Life 2.0 - has been implemented in the state's public health system. SMS for Life is a public-private partnership, where the Kaduna State Ministry of Health has joined together with Novartis and Vodacom to connect 255 public health facilities to a central platform that they can use to keep track of essential medicines and access an online training platform.
SAP South Africa's Managing Director Implicated In Alleged $38 Million SAP Licenses Purchasing Corruption Scandal
Credit: Julius Sello Malema | Twitter
An anonymous whistleblower is alleged to have sent the South African Police Services’ (SAPS) National Head of Investigations, South Africa’s Special Investigations Unit and the country’s Hawks a letter requesting they “investigate corrupt activities in the national Department of Water and Sanitations”. The stated corruption allegations include, among others, the department’s purchase of SAP software licenses to the tune of R 500 million (approximately $38 million). What makes this alleged corruption a scandal is that it is alleged, by the whistleblower that the department didn’t follow required procedures, they also already apparently had SAP licenses that could accommodate additional users, furthermore “the licenses for the water boards wereprocured without their consent or determining their need for such”. Lastly, the whistleblower alleges that SAP South Africa’s Managing Director, Mr. Lawrence Kandaswami, paid a kickback of R 35 million (approximately $2,6 million ) to one of the department’s “brokers” for the deal.
Communications Authority Of Kenya Clears The Air And Says It Is Not Planning To Spy On Users Devices And Activity
Credit: Communications Authority of Kenya
Amid social media and other outrage at the Communication Authority of Kenya’s “Device Management System”, the regulator has issued a statement saying that the system will not be used for snooping on Kenyans but rather to curb “counterfeit devices on mobile networks”. This statement would be somewhat acceptable had the same regulator not stated earlier this year that it will “shutdown the Internet should things get out of hand*” and that they were monitoring Kenyans on social media (and in the diaspora for any speech they deemed not fitting for the upcoming presidential elections in the East African country and that they would take the necessary actions against such people.
Yarik Turianskyi and Steven Gruzd speak to Balungile Belz to explain how technological advances can help improve the state of governance in Afrika. Revolutionary technological advances over the past decade have provided new opportunities for establishing deeper links between citizens and state institutions. The question is can they help Afrikans on their quest for better governance?