Botswana Successfully Hosts Africa Rugby Women’s 7s

Botswana Successfully Hosts Africa Rugby Women’s 7s

It was the hosts Botswana Vultures who won the hearts of locals after winning one game on Day one against Madagascar and drawing five all against Zambia

GABORONE, Botswana
June 6, 2018


Nine teams converged at Avani Hotel in Gaborone, Botswana for the Africa Women’s 7s tournament which was held on the 26th and 27th May 2018 at the National Stadium.  The two day event saw Kenya, who was clear favorites get crowned queens of Africa women’s rugby 7s in the absence of defending champions South Africa. It was the hosts Botswana Vultures who won the hearts of locals after winning one game on Day one against Madagascar and drawing five all against Zambia. On Day two, the locals inexperience at such a level proved their downfall as they lost consecutively against Tunisia and Senegal only to redeem themselves against Zambia again to finish seventh. To be fair to them, they showed great potential and they will certainly give teams a run for their money next year.

Botswana Rugby Union (www.BotswanaRugbyUnion.co.bw) President Mr Lesedi Keekae had this to say: “The tournament was a success and provided an opportunity for Botswana to showcase its hosting capabilities including our facilities and that famous Tswana hospitality. In terms of rugby particularly by women players, it capped off a month focusing on women empowerment and advocacy which started with Botswana hosting the International Working Group of Women conference followed by Rugby Africa Women Leadership workshop.  Botswana therefore continued to be on the spotlight and at the forefront of women empowerment agenda in Africa and the world.”

The President also couldn’t hide his pride for his team: “For our ladies team it was a chance to once more get back into the continental competitions and attain a ranking. Our ladies met and exceeded the targets set for them with little experience and we can only build on the momentum to develop a competitive side that can compete with the best in Africa and the World. They deserve all the support and congratulations and my endeavor is to avail the little resources to them. Women rugby is the low hanging fruit that we need to focus on in the short term with high potential for good results. Thanks to all the teams which participated for the show of great sportswomanship, professionalism and dedication to the game. They remain an inspiration to most kids and we ca learn more from them.”


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Automation to drive creativity and collaboration in the office of the future

Automation to drive creativity and collaboration in the office of the future

Fundisiwe Maseko
June 05, 2018


Over the past decade, the office environment has evolved with rapid advancements in automation, the Internet of Things (IoT) and voice activation which are all set to play a bigger role in future ways of working.  “How we interface with devices in the office has evolved dramatically. With voice-activated technology rapidly making strides, we will likely evolve from manual to voice interaction with office devices in the near future. We are already seeing evidence of this with the likes of Amazon launching Alexa for Business. Connected devices are also becoming more ubiquitous in office processes such as monitoring office supplies and self-reporting technical errors,” says Lee-Anne Letcher, product manager at Canon SA.

As IoT devices become more commonplace, they may begin to be used more widely for staff wellbeing. For instance, in forward-thinking organizations, connected workplace solutions are being adopted to optimise the environment for employees, with connected heating systems responding to changing weather conditions and smart desks which warn users if they have been sitting too long.  Citing from research by the World Economic Forum, Letcher says creativity will be one of the most in-demand workplace skills by 2020 and many roles that were formerly purely technical, are expected to begin demanding it.

“Automation is one of the major drivers behind this change. In the next few years we can expect to see automation and augmented robotics being used more consistently in the workplace, largely to remove the mundane, repetitive jobs that sap time and inspiration. This will leave the workforce free to focus on uniquely ‘human’ tasks such as creativity and logical reasoning, rapidly creating a demand for these skills.”  For the last decade businesses have been focusing on supporting mobile and remote working, aiming to free employees from their desks and enable them to work however and wherever they want. However, as the debate continues over the productivity of remote workers, this vision for the future of work is undergoing rapid changes and creativity is becoming the new priority.

Remote working means employees are working independently and missing out on the collaborative work environment thought to encourage creativity. InfoTrends’ 2018 report notes that some businesses, like IBM, have actually begun to scale back their remote working programmes, in order to focus on creativity and drive workers towards an environment that supports this.  The ways in which people communicate within the workplace are also changing dramatically. With Cisco Systems Spark, Facebook’s Workplace, Flock, Slack, and Microsoft Teams all rising in popularity over the last couple of years, communication and collaboration at work is becoming more real-time.

Communication is entering a new stage, referred to as ‘conversational interface’ where employees will do most of their work from inside a chat app, rather than switching between different apps for different functions. This better supports an increasingly real-time ‘always on’ culture, where email is no longer suitable; collaboration is far more effective when response time is more immediate.

“With plenty of buzz about connectivity, creativity and collaboration, it’s easy for business leaders to get caught up with intangible concepts. There’s a perception that challenges around these factors are unresolvable issues. But that’s not true. Businesses should start by quantifying their goals, and by seeking expert advice on what processes will create value. Only by doing this can they build a smart office for the future, which delivers a robust return on investment and improves the working lives of employees and decision-makers alike,” concludes Letcher.


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Freelance Sports (Rugby) Writer/Journalist Needed To Cover The 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup

Freelance Sports (Rugby) Writer/Journalist Needed To Cover The 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup

Freelance Sports (Rugby) Writer/Journalist Needed in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Kenya, Tunisia and Uganda to cover the 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup
Application deadline is Friday, May 25th at 9:00 GMT
LAUSANNE, Switzerland
May 22, 2018 — APO Group


APO-OPA is hiring freelance sports (Rugby) writer/journalist in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Kenya, Tunisia and Uganda to cover the 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup, create press releases and take photos.  Must have a journalistic background or experience in writing sports articles, such as news articles for publication. An interest in Rugby would be an advantage. The selected journalists will also have to take High Quality pictures to enclose with the press releases, as well as quotes from a few stakeholders after the games.  The press releases must be submitted 2 hours after each game to complete the assignment.

Each assignment will be paid by press release delivered.  Being bilingual (French and English) is a plus.  This can be an opportunity for future collaborations.  Please apply online and upload your resume with two clippings: https://goo.gl/YW9Swq

Application deadline is Friday, May 25th at 9:00 GMT.


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Rugby: Old Foes Kenya and Uganda Face Off in Elgon Cup Duel

Rugby: Old Foes Kenya and Uganda Face Off in Elgon Cup Duel

East African rivals Uganda and Kenya meet up this Saturday in the first leg of the Elgon Cup at the Legends Rugby Club in Kampala
NAIROBI, Kenya
May 22, 2018



East African rivals Uganda and Kenya meet up this Saturday in the first leg of the Elgon Cup at the Legends Rugby Club in Kampala. The second leg will be decided on July 7 when Kenya hosts Uganda in a Rugby Africa Gold Cup fixture at the RFUEA Ground.  Both sides come into this tie against the backdrop of intense preparations not only for this fixture, but for the upcoming Rugby Africa Gold Cup which this year serves as the African qualifying round for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Kenya’s Simbas have brought in New Zealanders Ian Snook and Murray Roulston to oversee their preparations. While the side hasn’t played any competitive fixture yet, they have been quite busy, holding a series of internal trial matches that eventually rejigged the composition of the training squad initially called up at the start of the year. They have only just emerged from a three day residential camp in Nanyuki, 195 kilometers from Nairobi and it will be interesting to see how they acquit themselves in Kampala over the weekend.

Uganda’s Rugby Cranes have been training under the tutelage of former skipper Robert Seguya. They played two build up matches against a South African Supa-Babas side in April and like their opponents on Saturday, have also emerged from a training camp in Jinja, some 88 kilometers from Kampala. Beyond the statistics around preparations, this fixture, played since 2004 and named after Mount Elgon which straddles the borders of Kenya and Uganda, remains an important fixture for both sides and is to elicit emotion and varied reactions when center referee Cwengile Jadezweni blows his whistle to kick off the match at 4.30pm East African time on Saturday 26 May.

Both sides are expected to announce their match day squads on Wednesday.


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Uber launches data sharing portal in Kenya

Uber launches data sharing portal in Kenya

by Fundisiwe Maseko
May 18, 2018


Taxi-hailing service, Uber has launched introduced Uber Movement in Kenya, a digital data-sharing website to help urban planners, city leaders, third parties and the public to better understand the transportation needs of Nairobi. According to a report by Business Daily, The portal is designed to help urban planners in making informed decisions on road networks in and around the capital.  Uber Movement includes filters for specific dates and times, allowing users to investigate the impact of occurrences such as floods and electoral processes on traffic. There will be anonymised traffic data derived from Uber trips in Nairobi which will be freely accessible through Uber’s public and free data-sharing tool.  Uber Movement will provide data from the trips that passengers have taken with Uber in Nairobi, enabling urban planners to more effectively evaluate where their investments in transport infrastructure should be made.

Uber Movement was launched at the East Africa Com conference attended by government officials, city planners and local and international think tanks. Speaking at the launch, Uber’s Head of Public Policy for East Africa, Cezanne Maherali, said Uber Movement is the next step to connecting with cities and having the opportunity to recognise their transportation needs.  Kenya is the third African country to get access to transportation data through Uber Movement, after Egypt and South Africa.


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