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AppDate: Bringing communities together

In his app roundup, SEAN BACHER highlights Grassroot, Saphila 2019, Zoi, Naked and Rise.


Grassroot is a South African non profit technology startup that enables low-income South Africans to lead and organise their communities.

The app offers a simple set of tools that can be accessed from almost any mobile phone. Members can then interact between themselves, private organisations and government entities. It also allows for community meetings to be set up, petitions to be signed and funds to be raised in order to develop schools, churches or electricity and plumbing needs.

Currently the platform has over 300,000 users and a few thousand activities run through it per month – with only a team of three people behind the scenes. In order to manage this workload, Grassroot was born in the AWS cloud.

Platform: Most recent phones – an Internet connection is not needed

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Visit Grassroot here for more information

Saphila 2019

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The African SAP User Group (AFSUG) has announced upgrades to its Saphila App, which can be used by visitors and exhibitors at this year’s biennial SAP conference.

The app is designed to integrate the entire delegate experience – from registration right through to departure. This year’s conference includes beacon technology at each stand, which will alert users about talks, direct them to the stands, allow them to stream video to their phones and offer networking opportunities.

The Saphila App will allow exhibitors to view how many visitors popped passed their stand, how long they stayed there and what their interaction was like. For instance, once a visitor has spent more than eight minutes at a stand, the app will automatically ask if they would like more information.

The African SAP User Group takes place at Sun City on 10 and 11 June.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: For more information around Saphila 2019, or to register to attend, visit

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