South Africa

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

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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Auto dealers need to wake up to online – Gumtree SA

Jeff Osborne, head of automotive at general classifieds giant Gumtree in South Africa, said local auto dealers should switch from a “feet-through-the-door” mentality to an “eyes-to-the-site” mentality. “I realized early on that these platforms were great for the average consumer. For them the sites opened up a world of choice, a way to compare prices easily, and a way to make...

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Gumtree SA teams up with non-profit to grow Internet use

blackjack games General classifieds giant Gumtree South Africa teamed up with non-profit organization Project Isizwe to provide free wi-fi to low-income communities in South Africa. Gumtree is owned by the EBay Classifieds Group. The roll-out of the project will start in the Tshwane (South Africa’s capital city) townships of Soshanguve, Mamelodi and Atteridgeville. At the end of the first...

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