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.
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.
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.
September 2013 saw JoziHub score a coup when Vint Cerf stopped by for an hour-long conversation with Praekelt Foundation founder, Gustav Praekelt. Cerf’s JoziHub stop-off was squeezed into a tight schedule organised by his hosts Google South Africa. But it drew the crowds who filled the space to capacity to hear the father of the internet talk with wit and grace about everything from the most sophisticated to more simple concepts.
Since launching six months ago, JoziHub has signed up over 1000 community members. Now, the Hub will host a Fireside Chat with Vint Cerf, father of the internet, who will be in South Africa on Friday, 6 September. He’ll chat on stage for a full hour with Gustav Praekelt, founder of Praekelt Foundation.
YoungAfricaLive (YAL) is a mobile phenomenon with subscriber numbers now at the 1.3 million mark, solely by word-of-mouth. Now, Childline Gauteng is working closely with Vodacom and Praekelt Foundation, the powerful funding-and-technical partnership behind YAL, to connect with this audience.
Childline Gauteng’s goal is to change those behaviours in youth and young parents that contribute to the cycle of abuse. Providing information via a mobile platform is a further way of ensuring the organisation is relevant and prevalent in the lives of its constituents, by seeking and connecting with them where they hang out.
Praekelt Foundation has been working with partners in rural KwaZulu-Natal to pull off an audacious project that seeks to track expectant mothers’ health, with the ultimate goal of reducing mother-child HIV transmission. Can it be done? Yes, believes the Foundation. Via SMS. And they have the poster to prove it.