Vodafone unfurls mobility solution at Massmart

18 June 2021

The African telecommunication industry, like the region itself, has been changing at an accelerated rate. The continent grew at 8.7% CAGR in real GDP terms between 2000 and 2010 and, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, forecasts suggest sub-Saharan Africa will continue at 2.7% in 2021.

Massmart is a South African firm that owns a raft of local brands, including Builder’s Warehouse, CBW, Game and Makro. On paper, it is the continent’s second largest consumer goods store chain, focusing on supporting both high and low-end income groups. The company is owned by Walmart Group with a 51% stake and the headquarters are in Johannesburg, South Africa. Massmart runs over 400 stores in the country and 12 more in other parts of the continent, employing over 35,000 people. 

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Basic tech gives a voice to patients

25 January 2021

Thousands of patients of community health care workers in rural Africa can use a basic tool on their mobile phones – with no internet connection – to provide feedback on their care anonymously, easily and inexpensively.

The system was developed by researchers from Cornell Tech, Manhattan, part of Cornell University.

In remote areas of Africa and India, where a single doctor might serve 10,000 people, many rely on community health care workers who visit their homes and act as intermediaries between doctors and patients.

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Connecting patients: free Wi-Fi made available in hospital

22 January 2021

The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, in Soweto, Johannesburg, is the third largest in the world with 429 buildings, 3,200 beds and 6,760 employees. Every year, there are about 150,000 inpatients and 500,000 outpatients. More than 350 daily admissions – about 70% of the total – are emergencies.

It is a teaching hospital for the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School, along with the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, Helen Joseph Hospital and the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital.

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Big project delivers low-cost broadband to rural areas

19 January 2021

Masoro, in the northern province of Rulindo in Rwanda, has a population of 21,000.  And it was among the first in a big project to deliver low-cost broadband services to schools, healthcare facilities and community centres in rural areas of Rwanda and Tanzania.

The project was carried out by CableFree; Wireless Excellence is the designer and manufacturer of CableFree products.

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