Power to the innovation economy

Yashin Abed Many leading education institutions, media houses and political parties represent South Africa as a country on a precipice. Depending on your take, South Africa could either fall into the chasm of despair or rise and take its place as a success story of a country transitioning into a better future. All of us, […]

Tech is an enabler, not a solution

It was encouraging to hear Gauteng Premier David Makhura talk about how the province was continuing to install “smart classrooms” in a number of our poorer schools during his state of the province address this week. He mentioned that information and communication technology (ICT) had been rolled out in 377 of Gauteng’s no-fee schools, benefiting […]

Here are the 2017 BBQ Awards winners

The 16th instalment of the BBQ Awards was held at Emperor’s Palace, Ekurhuleni late last week. The best of the best in black business and champions of transformation in South Africa were recognised at the gala event. “The Big Time Strategic Group BBQ Awards are very important for us as a people, as a black […]


Africa Teen Geeks Founder and CEO www.africateengeeks.co.za/   Lindiwe Matlali holds a Bcom degree from the University of Cape Town and recently completed a General Management Programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). She is currently studying towards MS in Technology Management from Columbia University in New York as well as a Graduate […]

Hooked on coding

Every child should learn digital skills because even social workers, nurses and policemen will need them in the workplace. Children as young as four can start doing computer coding, even without a PC. In one activity, for example, they help “Flerb” get through a maze to an apple by using arrows to instruct the character […]

Organisation in the running for top award

Africa Teen Geeks is one of two finalists from Africa for UN award Africa Teen Geeks, a non-profit organisation (NPO) is one of two African finalists in the 2017 Equals in Tech Awards, a flagship project of the 2017 Equals global network partnership. During the annual awards ceremony outstanding projects and programmes are recognised that […]

Bringing technology to a million African kids

Linidiwe Matlali, the founder of Africa Teen Geeks , an organisation that teaches children from disadvantaged communities computer coding. One of Lindiwe Matlali’s dreams is to produce Africa’s own technology innovators. This dream prompted her to establish Africa Teen Geeks, an organisation that teaches computer programming to young children who would otherwise never have the […]

Support a geek

It’s hard to know what to do to create opportunities for our children. However, a new campaign to get kids coding makes it easy to do your part People often wonder how they, on an individual level, can help build a future for South Africa’s children. Here’s a way: for the price of two movie […]