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Do Africa’s cryptocurrency investors need a reality check? > ITWeb Africa

The cryptocurrency space in Africa is growing, fueled by the rollout of new offerings, advent of Bitcoin and the lure of ROI – but it isn’t for those who expect regulation, protection from government or consumer bodies.

This is according to Richard de Sousa, partner at South African exchange AltcoinTrader, which claims to be “the only true organically grown South African exchange” and one of the oldest cryptocurrency brands in the country (established in 2015)…

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The New Social Learning. Connect. Collaborate. Work > Marcia Conner

Social learning is a fundamental shift in how people work leveraging how we have always worked, now with new, more humanizing tools, accelerating individual and collective reach, giving us the resources to create the organization, and the world, we want to live in.

In this newly revised and updated edition of The New Social Learning, Tony Bingham and Marcia Conner dispel organizational myths and fears about social media. By sharing the success stories of socially engaged companies and people, the much-anticipated second edition persuasively makes the case for using social media to encourage knowledge transfer and real-time learning in a connected and engaging way.

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South African youth and mobile technology impact: The MXit phenomenon > Harvard

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An empirical study has been done to determine the extent to which South African youth is making use of MXit, and its effect on them. The purpose of the study was to indicate to parents, employers as well as other relevant stakeholders the level of usage as well as the impact of MXit on its users.
Since the target market of MXit is the youth, the authors have conducted a survey of a number of school-going and working youth by means of a questionnaire. The sample consisted of primary school learners, as well as high school learners, higher education learners and young working people.

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BizCommunity > Social media to rescue Jail4Bail campaign?

Source: Eve Dmochowska

Gerhard Pieterse, the executive director of Autism Western Cape, has committed himself to voluntary imprisonment as a fund-raising exercise in support of autism. With the goal of reaching R1 000 000 in raised funds, initially, the marketing of Jail4Bail has been much as you would expect: using traditional press releases, and relying on conventional media to spread the word.

With about two weeks left in the campaign, the funds were about half way to target. And that is when social media, represented by Rafiq Phillips, stepped in…

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The wired wonder > Thought Leader > M&G

Source: M&G Thought Leader by Charles Lee Mathews

Legend has it that Rafiq Phillips was born online. A self-styled search-engine and online marketing guru, Rafiq has been in the internet industry almost since it existed in South Africa. Known to his friends as Rafiki the web addict, he cannot survive daily life without and an arsenal of Google products.

When asked about his notable work characteristics (both good and bad), he replies: “Slow to finish and quick to start.” I interviewed him recently for a search marketing feature I did for ITWeb.

  1. Where do you come from?
  2. What are your dreams, hopes, ambitions?
  3. You have a big online profile. How did this happen?
  4. What have been the most important things you’ve learned along the way?
  5. What challenges have you overcome?
  6. Who’s your guru?
  7. What advice would you have to others who want to get into the game?
  8. How do you grow, learn, evolve, get better at what you do?
  9. What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you?
  10. Rafiq Phillips thinks, uses, loves…
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Business Report > Driven entrepreneurs MXit up

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Two innovative young Cape Town men are using the internet and a popular cellphone service to put people in touch with driving school instructors.

Rafiq Phillips, 23, and Miguel Dos Santos, 24, are the inventors of, a website that enables users to search for driving schools and book lessons.

They are also the first business owners to use MXit, a free cellphone messaging service, to stay in touch with users of the website.

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Their innovation has proved such a success that they have been nominated for the Top Information and Communication Technology Youth Innovator Award in Africa.Both are Cape Peninsula University of Technology students.

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IOL > MXit creator takes parents to task

Source: IOL – Candes Keating

Parents should take responsibility for their children using MXit, says Herman Heunis, the creator of the instant cellphone messaging program.

The Cape Argus reported on pupils addicted to the service, spending hours on MXit, last week. One school began a support group for pupils hooked on MXit, while others banned cellphones.

Being quoted in this article on IOL led to this.

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ITWeb > Students score with interactive Web site

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In line with an international trend towards interactive Web sites, two Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) students have developed a driving school search engine for learner drivers in SA that has won them a place in the National Innovation Competition for IT-based projects.

Rafiq Phillips and Miguel dos Santos won the CPUT competition with their Web site, which enables users to search for driving schools…