Cape Town aims to be African tech hub
CAPE Town is fast positioning itself as the tech hub of Africa with innovative start-up companies springing up almost monthly.
Last week 10 start-up tech company finalists pitched to investors and tech gurus at the Startupbootcamp AfriTech demo day, where these companies showcased their business ideas based on finance, insurance and transport.
Hedging their bets on the success of e-hailing services Uber and Taxify, Cape Town-based company Lüla has an app that connects companies with private shuttles that provide transport for their workers.
Founder and chief executive Velani Mboweni said the company was working on pilot programmes with companies to provide “safe, affordable and convenient transport”.
“Passengers are able to be more productive and relaxed knowing that their shuttle will pick them up on time and deliver them to their door, relieving them from having to walk long distances after hours in unsafe areas,” said Mboweni.
He added that the system was the first cashless, mobile payment ticketing Founder and chief executive of Lüla Velani Mboweni.
system for shared transport.
Since the launch of the application, Lüla has attracted seven companies’ attention with a combined pool of around 20 000 workers.
Akiba Digital is a financial savings platform and personal savings coach that uses artificial intelligence machine learning and gamification.
The app is aimed at tech savvy millennials who struggle to save money.
Co-founder Kamogelo Kekana said the app was a financial education distribution platform powered by a digital coach, Gugu.
“Tools include incentivising positive spending and savings behaviours, financial literacy, and behavioural coaching and accountability via Gugu, delivered in a fun and quirky gamified experience,” said Kekana. SOUTH Africa is one of four southern African countries aiming to eliminate malaria transmission by 2023. Indoor spraying using DDT and pyrethroid insecticides constitutes the backbone of their malaria control programmes.
Effective vector control by indoor residual spraying has been key in the reduction of cases. This was instrumental in creating malaria-free zones in most parts of South Africa. Malaria transmission is limited to the north-eastern parts of Limpopo, the lowveld areas of Mpumalanga and the far northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal.
Failure to eliminate transmission is attributed, in part, to resistance to the insecticides being used. Indoor spraying isn’t completely effective against this mosquito because it mainly targets indoor biting and resting mosquitoes.
One possible approach is a technique that involves sterilising the insects. The technology is being assessed in South Africa. It involves a genetic birth control method in which laboratory mass-produced sterile male insects are released into the wild at a ratio that inundates a target population. This forces females to mate with sterile males, reducing fecundity and resulting in population suppression.
Preparations for the South African project are at an advanced stage. A pilot mass-rearing facility has been built and the size of the natural mosquito population has been estimated. In addition, a local community has been drawn into preparations and is now ready for a trial run. These steps pave the way for a pilot demonstration. |