Rwanda to evacuate citizens from South Africa, amid violence

Rwanda to evacuate citizens from South Africa, amid violenceKIGALI (TOA) – Following xenophobic protests that started three weeks ago, targeting shops and homes of foreign nationals in South Africa, the Rwandan government is set to evacuate its citizens from the “violence”, according the East African nation’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Vincent Karega.

The Rwandan diplomat in South Africa was quoted as saying that so far, a group of five Rwanda nationals in South Africa have indicated interest to return home.

It is expected that those willing to be evacuated, will undergo screening at the Rwandan embassy in the South African capital city Pretoria, to authenticate their citizenship before being evacuated.

Karega also also said that the embassy is working with other relevant agencies to ensure that Rwandans in South Africa are brought back home.

Though the diplomat did not state the actual number of Rwandans in South Africa, he explained that majority of them do not wish to come back home.

“We can’t also estimate the numbers [of Rwandan nationals]who are residing in South Africa but we are aware that some have settled there long time ago. We also know those who have registered with our embassy and those who have come forward and say they are Rwandans,” the Rwandan diplomat was quoted as saying. Read More…

PayGate launches e-commerce payment collection service for SMMEs

PayGate launches e-commerce payment collection service for SMMEsAn e-commerce hurdle for smaller businesses in South Africa has fallen with the launch of a new payment collection service from PayGate.

“For a small company that’s turning over less than R100,000 a month, getting an e-commerce merchant account through a bank can be prohibitively difficult and expensive,” says PayGate’s business development manager Brendan Williamson. “Yet there are hundreds of small and home-based businesses in South Africa that are poised for growth, if only they had a realistic way to sell and receive payments online. That’s the gap we’re aiming to fill.”

Williamson says PayGate’s entry level e-commerce platform will allow SMEs to accept a wide range of payment methods, including international credit and debit cards, and get easy access to their money without needing to open a new bank account. “Our Payment Protector real-time fraud monitoring system is part of the package, so people are protected against credit card fraud,” he adds. Read More…

Telkom considering sale of mobile phone towers in South Africa

Telkom TowerAccording to a report by Bloomberg, South African telecommunications provider Telkom, is looking to cut costs on its mobile service offering by selling off a section of mobile phone towers – in South Africa. Bloomberg cited that individuals with knowledge on the matter made the reveal.

According to Bloomberg’s source, who wished to remain anonymous according to Bloomberg, the sale could fetch as much as $500 million to $1 billion. The source revealed that Telkom is allegedly working with consulting firm Accenture PLC on the sale, which may attract tower operators such as IHS Holding Ltd. of Nigeria and Helios Towers Africa, the people said. No final decision has been made and talks may still falter, they said.

Bloomberg continued the report by stating that carriers in emerging markets including the Middle East and Africa are offloading towers. They cost more to run in such regions than in other parts of the world because of the need for backup generators and batteries to guard against power failures. Read More…

South Africa have come of age – sports minister

South Africa’s sports minister on Wednesday said the country’s national team had matured after qualifying to compete in the continent’s most prestigious football tournament following seven years in the wilderness.

Bafana Bafana last qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2008.

“You have come of age,” said Minister Fikile Mbalula shortly before the team left for the tournament, which wil be hosted by Equatorial Guinea. “This is a special moment for South Africa.”

“You have restored the glory, the pride … of the nation,” he added.
A year ago, out of frustration at the team’s poor performances, Mbalula described Bafana Bafana as a “disaster” and a “useless bunch of losers”.

That was after South Africa crashed out of the group stage of the 2014 African Nations Championship with a 3-1 loss to Nigeria. Read More..

Africa.Com to Be FIELD Global Partner for Harvard Business School

Africa.com is looking forward to welcoming a team of students from Harvard Business School this week. The team of six students will be in Johannesburg for a week as part of a required first-year course at Harvard Business School called FIELD, which stands for Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development. Africa.com is one of 156 FIELD Global Partners spanning 13 countries around the world. Together they will host more than 930 students in all.

Teresa Clarke, Chairman and CEO, Africa.com
“We are pleased to be working with Harvard Business School to provide students with a real-world learning experience in South Africa.” said Teresa Clarke,Chairman and CEO. “We feel certain that the students will gather insights here that they would never be able to glean from a classroom discussion alone.”

FIELD has three modules that run through the entire first year of the two- year MBA program. The first module focuses on developing individual leadership skills through team feedback and self-reflection. The second focuses on developing global intelligence by immersing them in a foreign country to develop a new product or service in country for their Global Partner organization. The final module brings all the lessons together by challenging students to develop and launch their own micro-business as part of a small team back in Boston. Read More….