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June 2, 2017

Snapchat adds Group Story tool to stay ahead of Instagram

San Francisco – Snap, the maker of photo and video-sharing app Snapchat, unveiled a new tool that will let people collaborate with their friends on video stories about events, a product update that could provide a boost in its race to stay ahead of Instagram.

In addition to posting to their own stories on the app, users can now decide to create a group video story around an event like a birthday party or a wedding, and invite their friends to contribute clips for a compilation, the Los Angeles-based company said in a blog post on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, in its first earnings report as a publicly traded company, Snap posted user growth that was slower than [...]

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June 2, 2017

Mpumalanga mountain lodge reopens after six years

Blue Mountain Lodge, situated between Sabie and Hazy view, Mpumalanga, reopened last month, after being closed for six years. The lodge was acquired by Lefe Group from the Netherlands in November, 2016.

The lodge sleeps 30 guests. It comprises a manor house as well as, eight Victorian suites, four quadrant suites, and the Ballentine suite. The suites each accommodate two guests. The lodge’s Donovan Louw explains that the ballentine suite, otherwise known as the Presidential suite, is where Nelson Mandela used to stay during his visits to the area between 1992 and 2002.  Children under the age of 15 are restricted, except for the manor house. There is a restaurant on site, as [...]

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June 2, 2017

South Africa’s latest nanosatellite now in orbit

The Department of Science and Technology(DST) announced on Wednesday that South African nanosatellite nSight1 had been successfully launched from the International Space Station last week, on May 24. nSight1 was designed and built by SCS Space, part of the local SCS Aerospace Group, and is the country’s, and indeed Africa’s, first privately-owned nanosatellite.

“The satellite is an important milestone, demonstrating the outcome of the capability established through the Department of Science and Technology’s ongoing investment in the South African space programme,” highlighted DST deputy director-general: technology innovation Mmoboneni Muofhe. “More than 70% of the satellite [...]

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June 2, 2017

The big chance for takealot

For fast-growing online businesses operating in a fiercely competitive world, staying ahead of the game is a cash-burning exercise. Last month’s R960m investment by Naspers* in takealot, which owns online retailers takealot and Superbalist as well as Mr D Food and Mr D Courier, gives takealot the cash it needs to scale up. “Our models are well-established, but these businesses need cash to scale,” says founder and CEO Kim Reid. “We are not trying to build a small retailer,” he says. “We are investing in our platform and in attracting new users.” For companies like takealot, attracting more users and making more sales increasingly offsets high fixed overheads, and profitability [...]

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