Maker of SA smart­phone wins award

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a spot. The ca­sual learn­ing of­fers train­ing in ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, learn­ing hackathons, mo­bile de­vel­oper week­ends, Egypt Big Data and the Global Game Jam that is held in Jan­uary ev­ery year. The jam has sites over the world, with the in­sti­tute hav­ing the first one in Egypt and hold­ing the Guin­ness record for the largest num­ber of par­tic­i­pants from one coun­try.

The in­sti­tute also trains young minds aged 10 to 16 on dif­fer­ent tech­nolo­gies avail­able to them like ro­bot­ics and graphic de­sign and how to use tech­nol­ogy to de­velop pro­grammes.

| @mane_mpi RIDHWAN Khan, the founder of South Africa’s Mo­bi­cel Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, has been recog­nised for his com­pany’s ef­forts to bridge the dig­i­tal di­vide.

The ex­ec­u­tive was awarded the EY South­ern Africa World En­tre­pre­neur Award for 2018 for Mo­bi­cel’s pro­vi­sion of low-cost mo­bile hand­sets to the ma­jor­ity poor who can­not af­ford ex­pen­sive smart­phones from global en­ter­prises.

Mo­bi­cel de­vices are now be­ing sold in more than 5 200 stores across South Africa, with the com­pany boast­ing 18% of the South African cel­lu­lar vol­ume mar­ket share.

South Africa’s lead­ing and fastest-grow­ing cel­lu­lar orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­turer, it is ex­pand­ing its reach in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Khan will now rep­re­sent the en­tire south­ern Africa re­gion at the EY World En­tre­pre­neur of the Year Awards in Monte Carlo, France, in June 2019, where he will com­pete against more than 50 lead­ing en­trepreneurs from across the globe.

Khan, who grew up in Polok­wane, Lim­popo Prov­ince, said he was fa­mil­iar with the lack of ac­cess to com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies in the com­mu­ni­ties there.

“Al­ways look at fail­ure as the be­gin­ning, and never as the end,” he ad­vised.

Zim­bab­wean en­tre­pre­neur Dav­i­son Norupiri was hon­oured as Africa’s “ex­cep­tional win­ner” at the jus­tended awards.

He was recog­nised for his Davipel com­pany, which man­u­fac­tures dried foods for the re­gion and beyond, creat­ing more than 600 jobs for youths and women.

Norupiri was in par­tic­u­lar hon­oured for his com­pany’s re­mark­able in­no­va­tions, which have sig­nif­i­cantly con­trib­uted to em­pow­er­ing youths and women.

Davipel was es­tab­lished in Harare in 2002. It has sev­eral other of­fices in the coun­try’s sec­ond-largest city, Bulawayo.

The busi­ness has since been able to spread its wings across the en­tire South­ern African Devel­op­ment Com­mu­nity.

The com­pany pro­duces 100 tons of dried food for lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional con­sump­tion.

“To be a suc­cess­ful en­tre­pre­neur, you need to look at the world through new lenses all the time, just to be able to keep up with the dy­namic global eco­nomic changes,” Norupiri said.

South African Deb­o­rah Merd­jan of the Camelot Group was voted win­ner in the “emerg­ing” cat­e­gory, while com­pa­triot Glo­ria Ser­obe came away with the Life­time Achieve­ment Award.

She co-founded Wiphold, a black women-owned in­vest­ment com­pany.

“I am flat­tered by this award. There must never again be a time when a woman who wants to open a busi­ness goes through what we went through,” Ser­obe said.

EY’s World En­tre­pre­neur Awards are the world’s most pres­ti­gious busi­ness ac­co­lades for en­trepreneurs and in­no­va­tors from across the globe.

| CAJ News African News Agency (ANA)

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