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This App is trying to become a guide for people who are blind

Investment banker Tom Pey lost his eyesight at age 39, when an injury from a childhood game reemerged 30 years later to cause blindness. After struggling to manage with his sudden new reality, he moved […]

Starbucks is planning to be the future charging station for electric vehicles

By 2030, there could be 26 million electric cars in the U.S., which means we’ll need more than 10 times as many EV chargers. Starbucks, with its 15,000 locations across the country, thinks that it […]

How Artificial Intelligence can transform the field of Dentistry

Think back to the last time you were in the dentist’s chair and were told you have a cavity. The scenario probably went something like this: The dentist pulled up your X-ray, pointed to a […]

What Would Elon Musk Do About Eskom?

South Africans for the first time in recent days experienced Stage 6 of load shedding which involved 4 hours without electricity daily. This prompted a South African musician Keenan Forbes “AKA” to tweet “Please @elonmusk […]

Tech Incubators in Townships: An Opportunity to build Impactful Tech for local issues

SA townships were not designed to become engines of economic development. Nothing much was expected from them. They were built to be spaces for people to dwell while working in the cities. Most of them […]

Bill Gates thinks you should read these five books

Bill Gates’s idea of a good summer book isn’t necessarily light beach reading: This year, his annual list of recommendations includes a novel about climate disaster, an analytical book about the technology that underlies everyday […]

There’s no such thing as “Township Tech”

A few years ago, a technology incubator in Cape Town decided to establish a version of itself in a township based on pressure to advance transformation in the technology sector and potential to access funding. […]

Elon Musk has questioned ESG, why investors should care?

When Tesla was booted off the S&P 500 ESG Index last week—an index that ranks companies based on environmental, social, and governance data—Elon Musk responded by tweeting that ESG was a “scam,” and pointing out […]

The employee ownership movement is coming, are you in our out?

A dragon entering the midst of the employee ownership field—that’s how Jim Bonham, head of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Association, described the splashy April announcement of a new nonprofit, Ownership Works, which says […]

Solutions driven Startups to be rewarded for UN SDG aligned solutions

The race towards 2030 to realise the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) is intensifying and getting more challenging. This has led some startups to tailor their solutions to realise the SDGs. Those startups will come […]

Fashion is wasteful, here’s why retail needs rethink

Fast fashion is getting faster: Clothing production doubled between 2000 and 2014, and in that same period, the number of garments purchased per capita increased by about 60%. The dismal consequence is that fashion is […]

Pharell Williams is showing investors how to fund Black founders

In a lighthearted moment at Fast Company‘s Most Innovative Companies Summit, the CEO of Black Ambition, Felecia Hatcher, suggested that the concepts behind today’s biggest crowdfunding businesses, like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, were invented years ago […]

Reimagining assisted home nursing amid a pandemic

It’s been nearly two years since the pandemic started, and we’re still finding ourselves adjusting and adapting to the ‘new normal’. Economies are struggling, and many lives have completely changed; just about everyone has been […]

Historic Health Data Moment for South Africa

For a very long time South Africa’s health system lacked the necessary quality data to enable digitisation and access to health data by health professionals. Today the health sector has launched South Africa’s first industry […]

It’s time to redesign Cities, says UN Climate body IPCC

As much as 72% of the world’s emissions in 2020 came from cities—and by the middle of the century, urban areas could triple in size. That’s why the latest climate report from the IPCC, the […]

Global Citizen is in search of young Africans

International advocacy organisation Global Citizen has announced that for the fourth year of the Global Citizen Fellowship Program powered by BeyGOOD, the organisation will be expanding for the first time into Kenya. The application period […]

Open Data is not Open to all

  The cliché “Data is the new oil” appears in many discourses from various sectors of life, be it in business, civil society, or in government. All over the world, data has been embraced as […]

These US Big Tech companies and big businesses are punishing Russia

Governments around the world have applied sanctions against Russia due to its war with Ukraine. But they’re not the only ones using business and economic means to punish Russia. A number of private companies—including many […]

The problem with eating meat and animal produce from the US

In recent years, there’s been a growing movement against eating too much meat. Environmentalists point out that meat production is one of the leading causes of climate change, deforestation, biodiversity loss, and water pollution; health […]

SA innovative Clothing Bank gets global recognition

The pandemic has not stopped the South African innovative Clothing Bank from making impact where it matters. Incredibly, during these gloomy economic times, The Clothing Bank (TCB) has made it onto a list of global […]

Local Social champions recognised for impactful work by LG

Following the launch of LG Electronics; Global Ambassador Challenge in South Africa late last year, a large number of citizens responded to the call to help solve Mzansi’s most pressing social issues. In partnership with […]

This innovative beer brand is switching to renewable energy to make beer

Next time you drink Castle Light, you will be happy to know that you are not just drinking but also contributing towards saving energy and making the environment better. Castle Light has become one of […]

Huawei and Telkom partner for a 5G live stream of African Penguins

Huawei and Telkom have supported a 5G live stream of Africa’s endangered penguins to highlight role of 5G and supporting technology for conservation and environmental protection as well as other 5G use case. The live […]

UCT School & SAHRC partner to enable Online High School for Rural Areas

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and the University of Cape Town’s Online High School have partnered on an initiative that aims to accelerate access to Online Learning, particularly for girl children in rural […]

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