African smartphone market defies challenges

While market saturation and US-China tensions are placing the global smartphone market under intense pressure, new research from International Data Corporations shows that the African smartphone market saw shipments increase 4% quarter on quarter in Q3 2019 to total...

Post-Black Friday analysis

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are done and dusted, with retailers drawing breath before the rest of the festive season shopping gets underway. Lullu Krugel, PwC Strategy& chief economist for Africa, and Dr Christie Viljoen, PwC Strategy& economist, offer a...

Regional consumer spend to reach $149bn

Consumer spending on technology in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) is forecast to total $130,8-billion this year, a year-on-year increase of 4,1%. According to the latest Worldwide Semiannual Connected Consumer Spending Guide from International Data Corporation...

Consumers warned of new phishing scams

With two new alerts regarding elevated risks of phishing attacks against consumers – one from DStv, and another from the New Development Bank – South Africans are warned to take care when receiving emails offering loans, cash prizes or other forms of...

Altron adds ID security with Ubusha acquisition

Altron has acquired identity security company, Ubusha Technologies in a deal worth R360-million, effective 1 March 2020. Founded in 2003, Ubusha, as a next-generation IT security services provider enables dynamic authentication and authorisation, identity management...

SAPS moves against streaming operation

Last week (4 December 2019), the South African Police Service (SAPS) arrested a suspect in Cape Town for allegedly selling pirate internet streaming devices and online content subscriptions. The investigation followed information received by the Police’s...