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SOUTH AFRICA'S TECH REVOLUTION

We've already had a look at how recent technology has improved the African continent, but there are also several key South African companies that have become notable on the international stage due to their digital innovations.

So from businesses who have managed to successfully develop the concept of mobile payments, to brands who've provided a brand new way to play casino games, here's a look at the most innovative South African companies in 2016.

Payment innovations

One of the most surprising stories across the whole of sub-Saharan Africa recently, was how digital payments are becoming increasingly popular due to their ability to provide an easy way for individuals to control their finances without the need to visit banks.

And the South African company Snapscan has successfully managed to deliver a digital payment system for over 20,000 merchants in South Africa alone. Serving a range of firms from restaurants to high street shops, Snapscan is aiming to facilitate a cashless and frictionless method of taking payments that would benefit all members of this increasingly technologically-sophisticated nation.

Gaming advances

South Africa has also been making real inroads into the hugely profitable video gaming domain. With a domestic video games marketplace worth R2.6 billion, many independent games developers have joined the fray.

Key amongst these are the likes of sci-fi horror game, Statis, which is the product of the increasingly-profitable start-up The Brotherhood Games. Whereas http://www.springbokcasino.co.za/ have provided South Africans with a 21st century way to play a huge range of slots, roulette and poker games, all from the convenience of the smartphone. This casino gaming experience is just another illustration of how a little South African innovation can provide a much more convenient way to enjoy a number of activities.

Enhanced communication

The mobile revolution has also enabled South Africans to be able to communicate with increased ease thanks to the likes of brands such as Mxit. This provided a quick and easy instant messaging service that, although Mxit has recently stopped operating commercially, proved how the Rainbow Nation has endeavoured to enter the new digital environment.

It is thought that the brand couldn't compete against the likes of WhatsApp and the constantly changing mobile operating systems, but Johannesburg-based Mobicel look to take control of affairs with the launch of their own South African smartphones that aim to provide citizens with all of the demanded smartphone features, but at a minimised cost.

So from revolutionary online casino sites, to incredible advances in mobile payment systems, it seems that South African tech is making great advances in 2016.

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