Press release TechXAfrica 2018

Niche Integrated Solutions, a South African Black woman owned ICT emerging company is delighted to have launched TechXAfrica 2018 on Friday, 14 September at Monte Casino La Toscana after months of preparation. This is a first for South Africa, an ICT masterclass event, masterminded by women in technology driving ICT disruption in Africa.

TechX Africa is an impressive opportunity to experience next generation thinking and philosophy fueled by woman in Tech, transporting you into the era of Purposeful Cost and Market disruption. It brings the local top ICT companies and world leaders in ICT, together with local small and emerging ICT entrepreneurs as well as women in technology to create a vehicle that allows ICT talent to be ported across Africa. The value the bigger companies bring to sme is in their partnerships that fosters technology and skills transfer through supply chain inclusion, local implementations and local support.

TechXAfrica was created to address some of the main challenges faced by entrepreneurs:

These are amongst the top 5 challenges faced by African entrepreneurs:

• Attracting customers;
• Maintaining profitability;
• Increasing revenue;
• Uncertainty over economic conditions;
• Securing financing for expansion.

Attracting customers was pointed out by events Key speaker, the CEO of Technology Innovation Agency South Africa, Mr Barlow Manilal. He said that even though entrepreneurs are creating world class amazing solutions, it is still a major challenge for them to market their solutions and therefore fail within their sales strategy. It is thus imperative that we as a South African sme ourselves try to help other smme to gain visibility and sales traction not only within South Africa but the rest of Africa as well, hence TechXAfrica being the catalyst to bring everyone under one roof and to be able to port a combination of talents throughout Africa.

Other opportunities that the event creates is the networking of local ICT entrepreneurs with global ICT players to enable them to also market some of their innovations to these global players. We strongly advocate the integration of smme into supply chain opportunities. We also invited funders to the event to spot the talent and to give exhibitors access to funders and financiers.

The event boasted a combination of speakers and organizations such as:

Governmental Agencies and Representatives of various African countries and other, in South Africa:
• Technology Innovation Agency South Africa, Department
of Science and Technology, Barlow Manilal, Chief
Executive Officer
• Several African and other country Ambassadors to South
Africa, Trade Executives, Defence Attaches and

Global leading ICT Speakers
• PCCW Global as one of the event key partners and
sponsors, Craig Price, Senior Vice President for
international projections, Hong Kong Telecomms Global
development services and Reem Ornath, Director of Cyber
• Huawei , Steve Apps, Global Chief Technology Officer
• Hitachi Vantara, Loay Jaber, Regional Manager, Big
Data, AI and IOT, amongst other

Local South African ICT Innovators and panelist speakers
• Chief Executive Officer and Founder, New Reality, Steve
• Director Executive Matsei Consulting and Technology,
Leon van Deventer
• Executive Director, Digital expert and Tech
Entrepreneur, Lubabalo Dyantyi
• Edupreneur, go-to market strategy consultant, idea
jockey, public speaker, Zuki Mzozoyana
• Tech Entrepreneur.
Several other South African ICT and emerging Tech Innovators also got the opportunity to showcase their talents and solutions at the event and Da Vinci Institute which runs the South African Technology Top 100 awards in South Africa was also present.

We thank all parties for having made this a successful launch event, including the SABC team, other media partners that attended the event, guest speakers, panelist speakers and delegates. We also thank Apprentice Valley for the highlight at our event, Pepper, the semi humanoid fun maker.

We hope to build on this successful start as Niche Integrated Solutions to make this one of Africa’s signature events over the next years to come and hope to be able to create a meaningful value proposition for Africa, our continent as a whole.

For more information about the event, future participation or enquiries, contact us through

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Niche Integrated Solutions
Ph: +27 (0) 11 464 5138/5148/5039

Media Liaison Contact
Ms Sharmain Dube
Ph: +27 (0) 11 464 5138/5148/5039

Women in ICT Awards

MTN announces shortlisted candidates in prestigious MTN Women in ICT Awards August 2018
Niche Integrated Solutions Finalist MTN SME Recognition Award: recognizes wholly-owned, women-run enterprises that are viable businesses making inroads in the ICT sector.
After days of reviewing hundreds of nominations for this year’s MTN Women in ICT – Partnership for Change Awards. The adjudication panel has shortlisted the top three entries that will be competing in their respective categories for the top accolades.
The MTN Women in ICT – Partnership for Change Awards is a platform that recognizes, honors and celebrates the contribution made by women professionals to the growth and development of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in South Africa

Top South African companies recognized for having an edge in innovation

Top South African companies recognized for having an edge in innovation

By Henra Mayer.

Balancing the demands of the business of today with the business of tomorrow is a skill. Strategic thinking needs to be elevated to the next level, aligned and resourced to focus on driving new results. Being relevant in today’s disruptive business environment demands innovation from everybody, without fail.

To recognise and reward South Africa’s innovation leaders, the annual South African Innovation League focuses on SA’s top companies and recognise them for playing a role in SA’s innovation and economic growth.

The SA Innovation League is an annual Innocentrix initiative, in collaboration with Milpark Business School. The approach applies the internationally recognised Innovation Readiness Model (IRM) developed by French Business School INSEAD, in collaboration with UK based firm Logica (now CGI). It provides an unique way of benchmarking an organisation’s ability to apply leading edge thinking to the topic of collaborative innovation. It considers four key areas: Leadership and ambition; Organisation and collaboration; People and culture and Implementation and measurement. The SA Innovation League provides valuable insights into the local innovation landscape, fostering learning and growth.

Milpark Business School plays a central role in the validation and application of the instrument, while keeping it relevant into the future.



The SA Innovation League Awards took place on 20 June at Milpark Business School and were announced by Henra Mayer, CEO Innocentrix.

Henra says, “It was great to see a statistically significant improvement in innovation capability across all pillars. It is evident that we are systematically growing an innovation capability as a country. It was a very close contest! The results demonstrated that locally our emerging enterprises were the most innovative, whereas our medium sized organisations were ranked as least innovative. The most significant improvement in innovation capability was in our leadership and ambition pillar.  We could however do much, much better at collaborating effectively to demonstrate a better ROI on innovation.”

The Top SA Innovation League Companies

In terms of the 4 pillars assessed, the winners per category were as follows:


Emerging organisations category

First place: Together Prickly Pear and Recycles Production

Second place: Reata Development Projects

Third Place: Niche Integrated Solutions

2018: Winner -Women4Africa-International Business woman of the year

Nisha Maharaj has received the most prestigious International award at the 2018 women4Africa awards that was held at the Great Hall in Kensington, United Kingdom. She was also a finalist in the category International woman in Technology 2018.

Women4Africa is an international platform that pays a tribute to all exceptional African women across all works of life.

Nisha is elated at receiving this red carpet honour and was the only South African to have won any of the award categories which is a real feather in her cap.

She applauds and congratulate all other winners of the 2018 awards ceremony and says that her team is destined to lead disruptive technologies across the African continent -leading the future in technology NOW !

2017: South Africa’s Top 5 women in technology

There are many women doing great things in tech in South Africa, making their mark with cool initiatives and strong leadership roles.
Gender diversity in technology is an ongoing challenge, and women have to constantly prove their capabilities and strengths.
Yet, more women are contributing innovative and even disruptive ideas, making meaningful change in people’s lives.

Nisha Maharaj is the founder of Niche Integrated Solutions, an ICT solutions company that brings innovative solutions to Africa.

Niche Integrated Solutions provides software solutions, ICT managed services and training.

Maharaj has an accumulated service record of 20 years working experience within South Africa’s major listed companies.

These range from the top four banking and financial services companies, to the telecommunications sector – where for more than 14 years she served at either executive management, general management or COO level.

She is of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women Class of 2015.

2017: Winner –SADC Regional Winner –Africas most influential women in business and government

Who are the women of Africa that are making a difference? Why is it important to recognise them? What impact are they making? All questions that are asked on a regular basis. In an attempt to seek answers it is useful to review the business landscape on the Continent.

Are women leaders emerging at a significant rate? Is female representation on the Boards of companies increasing?  Has the salary gap decreased? Are women business owners offered the same financial support opportunities from banks as their male counterparts? How do historical cultural traditions affect some female entrepreneurs?



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