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Microsoft on the Issues Africa
Microsoft invests in the future of South African SMEs
By Mteto Nyati, Vice Chair of the 4Afrika Advisory Council and MD of Microsoft South Africa When we launched the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative in February this year, we set out to improve Africa’s economic competitiveness. Key to this is our goal of getting one million SMEs online in three years...
5 Nov 2013
SMBs Keep Africa’s Economy Moving
Posted by Robert Kayihura Director - Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Microsoft understands the importance of small and medium businesses (SMBs) to Africa’s economy, which is why in November we launched Keep Your Business Moving . This online program is designed to provide advice to...
23 Jan 2013
Posted by Aben Kovoor Area Lead, Developer & Platform Group, Microsoft Middle East & Africa To help accelerate the success of entrepreneurs and early stage startups across the African continent, we were proud to announce our support last month for the LIONS@FRICA initiative in partnership...
27 Jun 2012
Guest post: An on-the-ground account of Team Quest-O’s experience at Imagine Cup 2011
Posted by Lutalo Joseph Willrich (on behalf of the Team Quest-O) So we hacked like cats at little buttons and mice back in our school dorms many days ago (when no one knew us), and lo! Here we are speaking to the world about our exploits and achievements. It’s lovely, Imagine Cup I mean, amazing...
26 Jul 2011
Microsoft’s Citizenship efforts in Africa acknowledged at 2011 African Business Awards
Posted by Mteto Nyat i and Hennie Loubser Managing Director, Microsoft South Africa and General Manager, Microsoft WECA respectively Since 1992, when we opened our first office in Africa, we have actively worked to help individuals, communities and nations across the continent thrive and grow. Fuelled...
8 Jul 2011
Microsoft leads the transformation of South Africa’s IT industry
Posted by Mteto Nyati Managing Director, Microsoft South Africa Microsoft South Africa has just received the nod from the South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry indicating that it is now a Level 2 Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) contributor. What this really means, is that the local subsidiary...
29 Jun 2011
Microsoft launches KiSwahili Language Interface Pack for Office 2010
Posted by Louis Otieno General Manager, Microsoft East and Southern Africa The language we speak is a cornerstone of our personal, social and cultural identity. At Microsoft, we’re working hard to give people across Africa – and the globe – access to some of our popular technologies...
22 Jun 2011
African finalists gear up for Imagine Cup 2011
Posted by Rizwan Tufail Regional Technology Officer, Microsoft West, East, Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands Imagination. It is a characteristic often most strongly noticed in young children in their tendency to create imaginary alternatives to their reality. In human society, the ability...
19 May 2011
Rural KwaZulu-Natal school connects the dots in world-first teaching trial
Posted by Larry Venter Senior Director of Retail Solutions for Microsoft Worldwide Just under a year ago I was fortunate enough to do a tour of Lakeside Park Primary in Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal. During that tour the headmaster told me of the struggle that the foundation phase children have in learning...
23 Mar 2011
Rural Technology Lab Launched in Mali
Posted by Matt Berg ICT Director, Millennium Villages Project To demonstrate the critical role technology can play in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals to reduce poverty, the Earth Institute, Columbia University has partnered with Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential Community Technology...
10 Mar 2011
International Women’s Day
Posted by Cheick Diarra Chairman for Africa African women from all walks of life have demonstrated capabilities and potentials that extend far beyond producing food and raising children. Given their central role not only as mothers and caregivers, but also as farmers and informal traders among others...
8 Mar 2011
In a country with 12 official languages, multi-lingual technology is king
Posted by Vis Naidoo , Citizenship Lead, Microsoft South Africa Many of the world's 6 000 languages are absent from the public arena, and 50 percent are in danger of disappearing altogether. As we observe Mother Language Day around the world today, we are also celebrating it in our own “Rainbow...
21 Feb 2011
Sustainable capacity building in Africa
Posted by Hennie Loubser General Manager, Microsoft West, East, Central Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands In recent years, it has been the private sector that has driven the expansion of technology access in Africa, by investing USD 11.5 billion or an average 1.3% of Africa’s GDP between 2004...
25 Nov 2010
Microsoft Helps Create the UNESCO KINL (Knowledge and Innovations Network for Literacy) Portal
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced that in conjunction with International Literacy Day it is launching a new portal for supporting and promoting literacy efforts globally. The portal, called the Knowledge an Innovations Network for Literacy (KINL...
8 Sep 2010
We Speak Your Language
Posted by Hennie Loubser Regional General Manager for West, East, Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands Language preservation is a familiar debate for many government leaders, policymakers and humanitarians searching for development solutions in Africa. With their complex implications for identity...
10 Aug 2010
Technology Helps Make A True World Cup
Posted by Cheick Diarra (Chairman for Africa) and Mteto Nyati (Managing Director, Microsoft South Africa) FIFA is still completing their official evaluation report of the host country for the 2010 World Cup, but we know South Africa shared a victory with Spain on the night of July 10th by raising...
22 Jul 2010
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