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iAfrikan BYTES features commentary on African technology news, insights, opinion and analysis with tech industry leaders and professionals. The podcasts are from interviews conducted by iAfrikan staff whether at events or when needed for commentary.

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iAfrikan BYTES features commentary on African technology news, insights, opinion and analysis with tech industry leaders and professionals. The podcasts are from interviews conducted by iAfrikan staff whether at events or when needed for commentary.

    Formalizing and digitizing Africa's informal retail sector

    Formalizing and digitizing Africa's informal retail sector

    Nigeria is no different from most African, if not all, in that most of its retail supply chain is informal and fragmented. Many companies have tried to tackle this market by introducing e-commerce business models that have worked in North America and Europe but they fast learn that the conditions on the ground in Africa are very different.

    What makes this retail supply chain problem even more complex to solve is that each country is different and requires local understanding and adaptation of processes and business models. Having said that, there are many common things among African countries and cities when it comes to the retail sector.

    Joining us on this episode of the iAfrikan BYTES podcast is Onyekachi Izukanne, the Founder and CEO of Nigeria’s TradeDepot. He walks us through what TradeDepot does, its expansion plans, and also shares some tips for startups looking to raise venture capital funding.

    • 11 min
    New integrated digital finance and e-commerce platform launched

    New integrated digital finance and e-commerce platform launched

    Now more than ever during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the enforced lockdowns, online shopping has become an essential part of our daily lives. The convenience is that you don’t have to leave your home.
    However, not all businesses across Africa have online shops in place to take advantage of this and make it convenient for their customers to shop.
    On this episode of the iAfrikan BYTES podcast, I am joined by Dr. Thabo Lehlokoe, Executive Chairman of Tafari Capital, a company in South Africa that has recently launched the Tafari App which allows individuals and businesses to set up their online shops and sell to consumers. Dr. Lehlokoe also shares some of the retail trends observed so far in 2020.

    • 27 min
    How Naspers Foundry decides on which technology startup to invest in

    How Naspers Foundry decides on which technology startup to invest in

    iAfrikan.com, with Tefo Mohapi as MC, recently facilitated a webinar hosted by 4IRSA Black Partnerships and Collaborations Group led by Gcobisa Mashegoane. The event took place on 20 May 2020. The webinar was themed “Repositioning Business for Post COVID-19 phase.” One of the speakers was Mr. Xolani Qubeka explored several things that small and medium businesses can do to reposition themselves post-COVID-19.During 2018 Naspers announced that it will be committing R1,4 billion towards funding technology startups in South Africa over three years through a new fund known as Naspers Foundry. The announcement was made during the inaugural South Africa Investment Conference which took place in Johannesburg on 26 October 2018.

    To date, Naspers Foundry has invested a total of R130 million in two South African technology startups. Namely, R30 million investment in SweepSouth, South African tech startup with an online cleaning services platform that connects clients with domestic cleaners, during 2019; this was followed up by R100 million investment in Aerobotics, a South African Agritech startup Aerobotics that uses Artificial Intelligence to provide tools for farmers to manage their crops.

    In this iAfrikan BYTES podcast, Fabian Whate, Head of Naspers Foundry, explains what the fund and organization do to develop South Africa's technology startups and innovation ecosystem. Fabian also shares the criteria they use to determine whether or not to invest in a tech startup.

    • 10 min
    What small and medium businesses can do post-COVID-19

    What small and medium businesses can do post-COVID-19

    iAfrikan.com, with Tefo Mohapi as MC, recently facilitated a webinar hosted by 4IRSA Black Partnerships and Collaborations Group led by Gcobisa Mashegoane. The event took place on 20 May 2020. The webinar was themed “Repositioning Business for Post COVID-19 phase.” One of the speakers was Mr. Xolani Qubeka explored several things that small and medium businesses can do to reposition themselves post-COVID-19.

    • 31 min
    Tito Mboweni talks about the economic recovery phase post COVID-19

    Tito Mboweni talks about the economic recovery phase post COVID-19

    iAfrikan.com, with Tefo Mohapi as MC, recently facilitated a webinar hosted by 4IRSA Black Partnerships and Collaborations Group led by Gcobisa Mashegoane. The webinar was themed “Repositioning Business for Post COVID-19 phase.” The event took place on 20 May 2020. One of the speakers was Mr. Tito Mboweni, South Africa’s Minister of Finance, who among several topics stressed that there will be continuity in other sectors of the economy and discontinuity in others once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

    • 21 min
    Billy Selekane explains Organizational Culture 5.0

    Billy Selekane explains Organizational Culture 5.0

    iAfrikan.com recently facilitated a webinar hosted by 4IRSA Black Partnerships and Collaborations Group led by Gcobisa Mashegoane. The webinar was themed “Repositioning Business for Post Covid-19 phase.” The event took place on 20 May 2020. The keynote address was delivered by Mr. Billy Selekane who is an Author, Internationally acclaimed Inspirational Keynote Speaker, Personal, Team, and Organizational Effectiveness Specialist. Mr. Selekane spoke about using Organizational Culture 5.0 to reposition your business for the post-COVID-19 phase.

    • 29 min

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