Praekelt Mobile Technology Powers Groundbreaking South African Department of Health Maternal Health Service


August 21, 2014 — Praekelt Foundation is one of the key technology partners in MomConnect, a groundbreaking Department of Health (DoH) mHealth initiative.

Praekelt Foundation, together with Jembi Health Systems, provided the project architecture and process flow for the nationwide programme designed to improve the quality of care for pregnant women and their infants.

Launched by the Minister of Health, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, on August 21st in Soshanguve outside Pretoria, MomConnect incorporates three key elements: a pregnancy registry, stage-based messaging and a helpdesk for mothers.

Enabling access to free, life-changing information: Praekelt helps to deliver health content through newly launched App from Facebook


1 August 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa - Praekelt Foundation is enormously proud to have played a supporting role in the global launch of the life-changing app.

Facebook’s app launched to Airtel subscribers in Zambia on July 31, 2014 to make the internet accessible to more people by providing a set of free basic services.

The first-of-its-kind, the app now allows Zambians to browse a set of useful health, employment and local information services without data charges. At launch, there are 13 services available to Airtel subscribers – all at zero cost to the end user.

Praekelt mobile platforms support global health

MAMA South Africa and YoungAfricaLive (YAL) were recently presented by Praekelt’s Head of Business Development, Marcha Bekker at two significant international mHealth technical meetings on mHealth.

Lessons in Riak with EC2

By Colin Alston


When we started building Vumi a significant amount of thought, trial and error, and plain old gut-feel guessing went into choosing the various persistence mechanisms we currently use. One of those choices was Basho’s Riak distributed database.

JoziHub Hosts Youth-Led ‘Why do you deserve my vote?’ Debate


JoziHub was a hotbed of pre-election debate last week when it played host to the National Youth Debate: Why do you deserve my vote?, presented by Live Magazine SA.

A partnership with ACTIVATE! and Google, the debate saw young South Africans given the opportunity to put questions to four high-profile political leaders on issues like race, education and unemployment.

How can we make mobile more accessible on the continent?

Gustav Praekelt is heading to mid-May as one of the keynote speakers at the upcoming Mobile West Africa 2014 conference.

Regarded by many as the leading technology event in the region, Mobile West Africa is designed to facilitate the growth of mobile technology as well as spotlight innovation on the continent.

Gustav will be speaking on the first day of the event, which kicks off on May 14th.  His presentation will centre on how access and its attendant cost are the biggest issues holding back ecosystem growth and consumer adoption in Africa.


BASA members get some insight into Praekelt’s mobile projects in Africa


At the first Business and Arts South Africa Business Breakfast of 2014 this week, a full house of BASA members listened to Gustav Praekelt present his insights into working in Africa. Gustav’s presentation took place at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in Johannesburg, and was built around demonstrating how an innovative use of mobile devices can help businesses to connect with people in Africa and how people connect with one another to do and learn new things.

Young Africa Live Sex Poll Results Released


20 February, Johannesburg, South Africa - The results of the most extensive Young Africa Live Sex Poll yet were released in Johannesburg today. They show that YALs users – now numbering at 1.8 million - are switched on to safe sex behaviour, are more than up for finding love on the internet and yet still have a strong conservative streak influencing their beliefs.

Wikipedia Zero over Text with Praekelt Foundation Technology


Kenya, 24 October 2013, Praekelt Foundation and Wikipedia have announced the availability of Wikipedia Zero on mobile in Kenya in partnership with Airtel. Wikipedia and Praekelt Foundation partnered earlier this year to bring the Wikipedia digital encyclopaedia to millions of people across the developing world through their mobile phones, free of charge.

MAMA launches healthy family nutrition programme


Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) South Africa is rapidly proving its ability to foster new services that will positively impact the lives of its growing user and other communities.