Facebook announces partnership with Airtel to offer free internet in Africa

Free basicsIt’s been a few months since Facebook launched its Free Basics service to over 30 countries, including South Africa. Now, the social media giant has announced a partnership with Airtel Africa to spread  its services to a further 17 African countries.

Internet.org first rolled out its services in Zambia. As of Tuesday, 17 November, Mark Zuckerburg confirmed that half of the 30 countries with Free Basics are in Africa.

Free Basics is part of Facebook’s Internet.org programme which provides free internet access to users who cannot afford internet services. In South Africa, Free Basics, in association with Cell C, brings internet services closer to those without. There are plans to increase consumer reach through other service providers in the country.

This means that users in Burkina Faso, Chad, Gabon, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Uganda, can now also enjoy free internet, provided users access websites associated with the app.

By simply downloading Internet.org’s Free Basics App on an Android device or visiting FreeBasics.com, users can access Facebook and the following websites, free of charge:

Education: BeSmart, LoverWords, FunDza, Schilars4Dev, Wattpad, WorldReader, D-Siders

Finance and Jobs: Careers24, DAI, SmartBusiness, MoneyMatters

Health: Health24, BabyCentre and MAMA, HIV360 and Unicef Facts for Life

Information: Bing, Cell C, WikiHow and Wikipedia

Marketplaces: Gumtree and OLX

News: News24, BBC News and SuperSport

Women: Intel She Will Connect, Girl Effect, iLearn

To find out how the app works, visit Careers24.

South African Sports Lists

If you’re a sports fanatic, then boy do we have a treat for you!

We’re proudly South African and have gathered 17 of the most prestigious South African sports teams and local sports people on Who’s Who SA for you.

Check out the Sports Lists we’ve compiled over the years:

1. Golf: South African Major Winners

A list of all South African golf players who have won at least one Major in their careers.

2. FIFA World Cup 2010: South African Soccer Team

Who played for the Bafana Bafana team that participated in the 2010 World Cup?

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South African Hip Hop Awards: African By Nature

SA Hip Hop AwardsThe South African Hip Hop Awards are back for their 4th instalment. Following on from last year, the hip hop awards recognise creative lyricists and artists who are making waves within the South African hip hop genre.

This year’s theme is African By Nature.

Accolades will be given to active members within the industry. Winners will receive a statue called the Pyramid. The event will boast a number of appearances, live performances and tributes by today’s leading musicians.

The nominees have been announced, and this year’s list includes the likes of AKA, Reason, Cassper Nyovest,  DJ Speedsta, Anatii – just to name a few. To see who else made the cut, check out the categories right over here.

Voting lines have also been opened for the top 6 categories: Best Collaboration, Best Female, Best Hip Hop Radio Show, Best Male, Best Video and Song of the Year.

The awards ceremony will be taking place on Wednesday, 9 December at The Lyric Theatre in Gold Reef City.