Africa

WeChat Africa invests in micro-job site M4JAM

Andre Hugo, CEO of South Africa’s micro-jobs platform M4JAM (Money for Jam), said the investment announced last week by instant messenger WeChat Africa in M4JAM will help the site realize its global ambitions. WeChat Africa is a joint venture between Naspers and China’s Tencent. “We are in the process of prioritizing the countries that we plan to launch in next, but we need to...

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Saongroup buys CareerJunction in South Africa

South Africa-based job site CareerJunction.co.za, owned by media company Times Media Group  (TMG), has been sold to Ireland-based recruitment company Saongroup for an undisclosed amount. In turn, Saongroup belongs to Stepstone, a recruitment company in the portfolio of Axel Springer Digital Classifieds (ASDC). Saongroup already owns PNet.co.za, judged by some to be South Africa’s leading...

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iFacts expands into Nigeria

South African employee screening company iFacts is expanding to Nigeria in a franchise arrangement with Lagos-based RosaCheck. iFacts works with recruiters to screen employees and verify qualifications of the potential candidate. “Given the growing demand for the iFacts range of services, we’ve expanded our operations through the establishment of an iFacts Franchise / Licensee Network,...

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Gumtree SA adds new features to mobile app

m4s0n501 EBay owned Gumtree in South Africa has introduced its new and improved mobile application with new features that allows users to list items by uploading pictures from their mobile phones; as well as a new customised home page on the app. The app has also introduced “Saved Search Notifications”. “’Saved Search Notifications’ is an enhancement to the current...

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Rekrute.com turns its attention to Africa

Moroccan recruitment company Rekrute.com officially launched its jobs site in Africa. This decision fits in with Rekrute.com’s commitment to accompany its customers when they expand into Africa. This also came as a contribution to the development of Morocco as a hub for launching the businesses of big, foreign groups into Africa. Rekrute.com now launched its recruitment operations in West...

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Micro-jobbing takes off in South Africa

Money for Jam (M4JAM) has taken off in South Africa, and according to co-founder and CEO Andre Hugo, the company has been signing up about 1,200 users a day. The platform, which launched in August 2014 (our report here), already has more than 50,000 active “jobbers”, who together have earned more than R845,000 ($78,000 U.S.), he said. M4JAM is a way for South Africans to get...

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