South 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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Job app Giraffe sticks its neck out in South Africa

A new recruitment app, launched in South Africa recently, is taking on the traditional way of recruiting – using agencies, brokers and websites – and hoping to win. Anish Shivdasani, founder and CEO of technology start-up Giraffe (LinkedIn), said the app helps employers find the best workers for their business, and gives medium-skilled job-seekers access to new opportunities. Read...

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M4JAM looking to expand beyond South Africa

Micro-jobbing platform Money for Jam (M4JAM) is looking to go beyond the borders of South Africa and expand into two new territories in the next few months, Warren Venter, co-founder and chief operations officer (COO) of M4JAM, said in a local radio interview. Venter said the site was already in talks with people in the target area (which he did not reveal), and that the talks were going...

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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

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 ‘Saved...

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Micro-jobbing takes off in South Africa

blackjack games 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...

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