South Africa

South Africa’s Giraffe hits 10,000 users

Anish Shivdasani, CEO of mobile jobs app Giraffe, said there are 10,000 job seekers in its app database and the app has matched 1,000 job seekers with opportunities, since the app launched in beta in January 2015. “Giraffe is more than just an app. It is a complete mobile platform that connects medium-skilled job seekers and helps employers find the right staff very quickly,” said...

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Gumtree SA launches price-checker for phones

Gumtree South Africa, part of the EBay Classifieds Group, launched a used mobile phone price-checker that collects data from the site to demonstrate how much different brands and models of used mobile phones are sold for. The tool enables users to not only sell their old phones, but also to determine which phones consumers can afford to buy. The phone price-checker is the third such tool...

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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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