TymeBank, Discovery Bank see customer gains during lockdown
The digital banks report an upswing in on-boarding new customers, as more consumers look to branchless banking channels for their financial services.
Local ICT sector may never fully recover from COVID-19 shock
South Africa’s digital economy is expected to plunge even deeper into crisis, with a full economic recovery in the ICT sector forecast to be “highly unlikely”.
TikTok changes the social media rules in South Africa
Despite warnings that it is a breeding ground for predators, new kid on the block TikTok takes South Africa’s social media space by storm.
Digital economy firms Uber, Airbnb, Lyft cut thousands of jobs
Uber confirms its global total of 3 700 job cuts will affect SA, while Airbnb plans to axe 1 900 employees, as COVID-19 causes an economic bloodbath.
Video-conferencing services boom as remote working explodes
Video-conferencing giants Zoom, Google and Microsoft battle it out with new rivals as the market’s global revenue projections hit $8 billion.
WCape provincial legislature makes its virtual debut
In a historic first, the Western Cape Provincial Parliament became the first provincial legislature to host a virtual sitting of the house.
SA deploys hi-tech to fight COVID-19 disinformation
The South African government introduces a platform to monitor fake COVID-19 news and sounds off warnings to those that spread disinformation.
Freeing up spectrum during lockdown a matter of ‘survival’
The release of emergency spectrum will alleviate pressure on telcos, given the majority of citizens relying on mobile broadband for Internet access during the lockdown.
Netflix, Showmax numbers surge on COVID-19 lockdown
Video-streaming interest rises locally and globally, in some instances doubling from pre-COVID-19 crisis peaks.
Dr Zweli Mkhize debunks 5G-coronavirus link theories
The health minister refutes claims that 5G technology played a role in the conception or spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
ICT SMEs must not be side-lined in Debt Relief Fund
Government is urged not to discriminate against ICT businesses in the Debt Relief Fund allocation process.