In light of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, we are deeply disappointed to announce the cancellation of BigFive Summit 2020, which had been rescheduled from our original May dates to October. With the virus still not under control in our host country of South Africa, coupled with the severe restrictions on the hosting of large group…

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Tony Abyebare launched Online Butchery in Uganda as a platform to sell high-quality meat to institutions like hotels, restaurants, and schools. When the COVID crisis hit and these customers shut down, Ayebare was forced to pivot to a consumer model virtually overnight. What Abyebare and his team had previously estimated would take six months now had to…

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One hallmark of the COVID-19 crisis has been acceleration. Trends that were well underway but seen as evolving over the next several years were suddenly in the mainstream. Remote work. Small-business eCommerce. Food delivery apps. Ghost kitchens. Contactless payments. Another trend often mentioned in the same breath is the elimination of cash as a means…

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We all know that restaurants have been among the hardest-hit sectors in the pandemic. This massive economic disruption will inevitably drive investment in the technologies that disrupt how restaurant businesses are run.  A Dubai company called GrubTech appears to be right in this sweet spot. The company just raised $2 million to help scale its product.…

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Last week Telkom launched Yep!, a new mobile app that acts as a marketplace for small businesses to provide their services to consumers and other businesses across South Africa. “Think of Yep! as a ‘friend’ to small businesses, as it provides a scalable solution to help grow and enhance their reach,” Lunga Siyo, chief executive…

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Telkom SMB CEO Describes New Ecosystem to Help SMMEs Take on Enterprise Companies in New BIG5D.TV Interview Episode Four of BIG5D.TV features an in-depth discussion with Lunga Siyo, CEO, of Telkom SMB. Lunga explains Telkom’s vision for the SMME market. Lunga also shares his views on the prospects for economic recovery and what is needed to support…

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Episode Three of BIG5D.TV features conversations with two African entrepreneurs about the challenges of running digital marketing organizations through the pandemic and resulting lockdowns. Daryl van Arkel is co-founder of two South Africa-based businesses with international clientele. Vicinity Media, a location-based display advertising platform, and Location Bank, a digital listings management solution. Both businesses target multi-location brands.  Ezana Raswork is…

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BIG5D.TV caught up with digital thought leader Herman Singh to get his views on how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact everything — from the travel industry to small business to how we conduct our everyday work lives. Herman is a former MTN chief digital officer who now advises clients ranging from legacy companies to early-stage startups. He…

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Big5D.TV’s first guest was Nyari Samushonga, CEO of WeThinkCode, a tuition-free academy in Johannesburg that trains young Africans to become full-stack software developers. Nyari believes tapping into Africa’s hidden coding talent is a classic win-win. Talented young people from less privileged communities gain opportunities. Employers feed their hunger for tech talent. Nyari is an engaging and compelling inaugural guest for…

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South Africa companies in the BigFive orbit have been applying their resources and technological expertise to develop solutions to help combat the coronavirus. Telkom Group, for example, has developed a track and trace system to help monitor infected persons and make it easier for health authorities to do the contract tracing essential to virus mitigation…

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