Monthly Archives: June 2018

InMobi Forms Strategic Partnership with Microsoft to Power New Cloud-Based Enterprise Platforms for Marketers

Collaboration combines the power of the cloud with cutting-edge technologies such as AI and data to provide actionable insights for marketers in a mobile world

SAN FRANCISCO and REDMOND, Washington, June 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — InMobi, a global provider of enterprise platforms for marketers, today announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft Corp. to enable new-age CMOs in their transformational journey from digital to mobile marketing. The partnership will consist of InMobi moving to Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud provider, and will involve technology collaboration and combined go-to-market strategies aimed at accelerating the way marketers are looking at their advertising and marketing strategies in an always-connected world.

Satya Nadella (Microsoft), Naveen Tewari (InMobi), Peggy Johnson (Microsoft)

Simultaneously, InMobi is significantly expanding its platform for marketers via the InMobi Marketing Cloud, adding to its decade-long market leadership through InMobi’s Advertising Cloud. The Marketing Cloud will enable marketers to get a 360-degree view of every customer, uncovering insights that help them design customer journeys for engagement, action and measurement, and analyzing and acting on customer feedback from disparate channels to increase retention and lifetime value of customers, while remaining committed toward the privacy rights of the customer.

“As digital technology is transforming every industry and every aspect of our lives, companies are seeking new ways to engage customers where they are, with connected, personalized experiences,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “The combination of Microsoft Azure with InMobi’s marketing platforms will deliver new intelligent customer experiences and business insights to organizations around the world.”

With this partnership, InMobi will move in a phased manner to Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud provider and tap into the power of its intelligent capabilities. With more regions than any other cloud provider, Microsoft Azure provides the global scale and trusted platform to meet the needs of the marketing industry.

There has been a fundamental shift in the advertising and marketing industry, with far more advanced technologies available to marketers, combined with an exponential increase in customer touchpoints across multiple connected devices. InMobi, with its new AI-powered Marketing Cloud, is at the forefront of these changes and evolving beyond its pure-play advertising platform to a comprehensive and integrated suite of advertising and marketing platforms.

“InMobi is building one of the most advanced enterprise platforms for marketers, and we’re extremely excited to partner with Microsoft as we dive into the next frontier of connected devices,” said Naveen Tewari, founder and CEO, InMobi. “With Microsoft’s global reach and advanced security, privacy and compliance, alongside InMobi’s scale and decade-long experience in mobile-first technology, we can truly disrupt the marketing ecosystem. Together, Microsoft and InMobi will create a formidable force in the industry.”

InMobi is a global provider of enterprise platforms for marketers. As a leading technology company, InMobi has been recognized as a 2018 CNBC Disruptor 50 company and as Fast Company's 2018 Most Innovative Companies. For more information, visit

The two companies are also looking at additional opportunities in combining the power of InMobi’s Advertising and Marketing Cloud capabilities with Microsoft Dynamics 365 on the back of the global Azure infrastructure, including AI, machine learning and analytics. The companies will also work in close cooperation on the go-to-market approach, offering these integrated advertising and marketing solutions to Microsoft’s global enterprise client base.

The InMobi Marketing Cloud will be sequentially launched market-wise worldwide over the next six months.

About Microsoft
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

About InMobi
InMobi is a global provider of enterprise platforms for marketers. As a leading technology company, InMobi has been recognized as a 2018 CNBC Disruptor 50 company and as one of Fast Company’s 2018 Most Innovative Companies. For more information, visit

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Ad Hoc Committee to Inquire into the Intervention in the North West Province to Be Briefed by National Treasury and Auditor-General

Parliament� The Ad Hoc Committee to inquire into the Intervention in the North West provincial government in terms of Section 100 of the Constitution will tomorrow be briefed by National Treasury, the Auditor-General and the North West provincial government on its fiscal position.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

The police investigate the death of two learners

Motetema: The police in Motetema outside Groblersdal are investigating two (02) counts of Inquest following the death of two (02) leaners who perished when their school hostel caught fire and burnt.

It is alleged that last night, 25 June 2018, community members noticed a fire Makaepea School hostel and notified the police who reacted swiftly.

The preliminary police crime scene investigations have found that the hostel caught fire and two (02) learners, aged 06 and 15 years, were burnt to death.

The cause of fire which led to the death of these two children is still unknown but the ongoing Police investigations will tell.

Source: South African Police Service

Jobs added in first quarter

In the first quarter of 2018 the total number of jobs increased by 56 000 from the previous quarter, bringing the total number of persons employed in the formal non-agricultural sector to 9 838 000.

According to the figures from the Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) Survey, the formal sector jobs rose year-on-year by 74 000 in the first quarter of 2018 when compared with the same period of 2017.

Job growth surged in the community services industry, which added 67 000 jobs. Construction and manufacturing industries added 12 000 and 9 000 jobs respectively. Moderate gains were also reported in the business services industry with a slight increase of 4 000 jobs in the first quarter, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said in a statement on Tuesday.

Job losses were recorded in three of the eight industries surveyed, with the largest decline in the trade industry which shed 26 000 jobs.

The mining industry continued on its downward trend for the third consecutive quarter where the latest QES figures indicate 7 000 jobs were lost in the first quarter of 2018. There was a slight loss of 3 000 jobs in the transport industry, Stats SA said.

The total amount of gross earnings paid for the quarter was R633 billion. This is a decrease of R26 billion from the previous quarter.

The decreases in earnings were led by community services industry with R8 billion. This was followed by the trade and manufacturing industries, both recording quarterly decreases of approximately R7 billion, Stats SA said.

The construction industry showed a decrease of R5 billion, the transport industry, a decrease of R3.5 billion and the electricity industry a decrease of R1 billion. There was also a decrease of R305 million in the mining industry.

Gross earnings paid in the business services industry increased by R6 billion.

There was a year-on-year rise in gross earnings by 1.1% from R626 billion to R633 billion when comparing with the same period last year.

Average monthly earnings were measured at R19 858 in the formal non-agricultural sector of the economy in February 2018. This is a -1.0% decrease when compared to November 2017, and an annual increase of 5.0%, Stats SA.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Gauteng Legislature suspends sitting due to proposed debate on SIU Report

Today the GPL was scheduled to debate and adopt the budget votes of the Gauteng Provincial Government Economic Cluster (i.e. Economic Development, Agriculture & Rural Development, Treasury, eGovernment and Department of Infrastructure Development).

The Deputy Speaker of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature Honourable Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko suspended the House Sitting for a short-while due to a request for an urgent debate by Hon Member Dzimba of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on a report of the SIU (on allegations of Corruption against the Chief Whip of the African National Congress (ANC) Honourable Brian Hlongwa).

The House Sitting was suspended for 30 minutes after Hon Deputy Speaker made a ruling rejecting the motion for an urgent debate. The motion was rejected as it was not in line with the Standing Rules of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (rule 124 (3) that the matter does not concern a matter of recent occurrence nor does it require urgent attention by the House.

The other reason was that the matter was referred to the Integrity Commissioner and tabled before the Privileges and Ethics Committee of the GPL, which concluded that they would await the outcome of the criminal processes and other investigations (the matter is subjudice).

The Deputy Speaker further advised that the motion can be referred to the Legislature’s Programming Committee for further deliberations and selection. Furthermore, that the Member should ensure that the motion is properly signed by the proponent and seconded as the motion received was not signed and seconded which is against the Standing Rules of the Legislature, by allowing the debate to proceed might set a wrong precedence in the House.

This led to other members debating the ruling of the Deputy Speaker almost degenerating the House into chaos. The Standing Rules of the Legislature provides that a Ruling by the Presiding Officer is final on a matter and further provides for a review of such rulings at the Rules Committee Meeting.

The Deputy Speaker took a decision to suspend the Sitting to allow for the Whips of parties to meet and discuss the matter. A decision was taken that the motion will be tabled at a Special Programming Committee meeting to be convened urgently and possible be selected for the upcoming House Sittings.

Issued by the Secretary of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature Mr Peter Skosana

Source: Government of South Africa