Public transport innovation

The past few months I have watched and read with a tinge of amusement the posturing that has been happening in the public, pitting government (Kenya) and the associations representing operators in the informal public transport sector popularly known as matatus. On one hand the government says that it must…

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4 things about the ViewFines website that shocked us

On 24 May 2018 we revealed and reported on how ViewFines, an online traffic fines payments website for South Africans, was the source of the leak of 934,000 personal records of South Africans. This came after its owner, Stephen Birkholtz, admitted to iAfrikan that they did indeed briefly "back…

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ViewFines admits to leak as investigations intensify

In a conversation with iAfrikan last week, ViewFines' Stephen Birkholtz stated that it was their database that was leaked. This came after an iAfrikan investigation, in collaboration with security consultant, Troy Hunt, revealed and confirmed independently that it was indeed ViewFines' user database that was leaked. Added to this, Birkholtz…

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Uber drivers in South Africa get emergency app

Uber has announced a partnership in South Africa which will see its Uber and Uber Eats drivers and delivery partners gain access to an app that connects them to the closest private emergency response vehicles from a nationwide network of security or medical response partners. The app will be provided…

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Uber Eats acquired South Africa's orderTalk

In a move that validates South Africa's venture capital sector and technology startups ecosystem, Uber Eats has acquired orderTalk, a South African company offering restaurants globally online food ordering systems. The acquisition has been announced by South Africa's Knife Capital. orderTalk was founded during 1998 by Hilton Keats after securing…

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South Africa's ViewFines suffered major data leak

We have been able to confirm that South African traffic fines online payments website, ViewFines, is the source of the data leak of personal records of 934,000 South African drivers. Troy Hunt, an Australian security consultant and founder of haveibeenpwned who worked with iAfrikan in looking into the data…

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