Ilse is a group editor at, the first-choice B2B news site in Africa. She is the former editor of Marketing & Media Africa at and is also a contributing lifestyle and travel writer. In her spare time, she also does some blogging and freelance writing & editing (when she's not surfing, hiking, or travelling). Email or find her on Twitter.
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#StartupStory: BlockMesh

BlockMesh is enabling cost-free communication by creating a global mesh network which allows its users to skip typical cellular and ISP "toll roads"...

By Ilse van den Berg 12 Jun 2018

#TriedAndTested: VW Tiguan Allspace 2.0TDI 4Motion Comfortline

Volkswagen's new Tiguan Allspace model is spacious, elegant, and smooth. The main highlight of the Allspace is the fact that it has an extra row of seats, making it a large and versatile seven-seater SUV...

By Ilse van den Berg 8 Jun 2018

Constantia Valley celebrates 333 years

Did you know that the Constantia Valley is celebrating 333 years of winemaking in the region this year? I'd say it's a pretty good reason to celebrate when so many businesses close their doors after two years...

By Ilse van den Berg 6 Jun 2018

Get to the pump! Official petrol price for June

NEWSWATCH: South Africans face yet another tight month as fuel prices soar to a record high this June. The department of energy has announced a heavy increase in petrol and diesel prices as of tomorrow, Wednesday, 6 June 2018...

By Ilse van den Berg 5 Jun 2018

Taking telecoms to the next level: Who needs a long-term contract?

The average South African has experienced the sheer frustration that comes as part of the service provider package once you sign on the dotted line, especially when it comes to telecoms service providers...

By Ilse van den Berg 4 Jun 2018

The West Coast is a wondrous place for a wine-tasting

Five hours on the N7 in a van is unnerving even to the most easy-going traveller. Even so, the scenery is pleasant on the eyes and good for the heart. Philadelphia, Malmesbury, Morreesburg, Piketberg for a quick pitstop to stretch legs, and off we were again...

By Ilse van den Berg 4 Jun 2018

#TriedAndTested: Renault Clio R.S. 18 F1

We recently had the opportunity to test Renault's new collector's edition, the Clio R.S. 18 F1, at Zwartkops Raceway in Gauteng...

By Ilse van den Berg 4 Jun 2018

#AfricaMonth: How Africa's auto industry is faring on the digitisation front

Digital transformation is affecting and reshaping the entire automotive business model - from design and production to distribution and retail. We find out more from Lee Naik, CEO of TransUnion...

By Ilse van den Berg 1 Jun 2018

#YouthMonth: Equipping unemployed youth aboard the SA Agulhas vessel

According to Trading Economics the youth unemployment rate in South Africa increased to 52.40% in the first quarter of 2018 from 51.10% in the fourth quarter of 2017. Luckily the maritime industry is doing its part in lowering these numbers...

By Ilse van den Berg 1 Jun 2018

Could this be the end of Chrysler?

NEWSWATCH: Rumours have been circulating this week that Sergio Machionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), could announce the closure of one of America's oldest remaining automakers...

By Ilse van den Berg 1 Jun 2018

#TriedAndTested: The all-new Ford Fiesta

The face-lifted Ford Fiesta is bold and bright-coloured and the manufacturer has nipped and tucked various things in order to give the hatchback a more premium feel...

By Ilse van den Berg 23 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: The need for value chain transparency

Sahmeer Alli is SAP Africa's industry advisor and value engineer for travel and logistics in Africa. He has over 15 years' experience in the software and management consulting industry. We chat to Alli in light of #AfricaMonth...

By Ilse van den Berg 22 May 2018

Services to resume as #BusStrike comes to an end

NEWSWATCH: Bus services are set to resume today, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 as the national bus strike by more than 17,000 drivers finally comes to an end...

By Ilse van den Berg 15 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: Growing market in Africa

Hapag-Lloyd recently opened a new office in Tema, Ghana as it continues its expansion across the continent. We interviewed Samad Osman, the Africa managing director for Hapag-Lloyd, and found out more about the current state of business for a logistics company in Africa...

By Ilse van den Berg 14 May 2018

MyCiTi service remains suspended as #BusStrike continues

NEWSWATCH: The MyCiTi service in the City of Cape Town remains suspended as the nationwide bus strike continues...

By Ilse van den Berg 7 May 2018

Musk cuts off questions about Tesla's first quarter losses

NEWSWATCH: On Wednesday's quarterly conference call with analysts, Elon Musk didn't seem too keen to talk about Tesla burning through about $1bn during the first quarter as the Model 3 sedan production struggles continue...

By Ilse van den Berg 3 May 2018

Nokia makes a comeback in South Africa with new phones

HDM Global has revealed the new Nokia mobile phones that will be available to the South African market...

By Ilse van den Berg 24 Apr 2018

#TriedAndTested: Volvo XC40 T5 Geartronic Momentum

Earlier this week, I headed up to Johannesburg for the local launch of Volvo's first premium compact SUV, the XC40 which was also recently named the 2018 European Car of the Year...

By Ilse van den Berg 19 Apr 2018

New Cape Town/Brazil subsea cable to boost SA broadband

Did you know that 98% of your global data travels under the ocean on subsea fibre optic cables, not via satellites?

By Ilse van den Berg 18 Apr 2018

Feisty Ford Fiesta ST200 for optimal fun

As I went for my first spin out towards Cape Point after they dropped off the limited edition Ford Fiesta ST200, I immediately understood what they meant when they said "be careful when you put your foot on the gas"...

By Ilse van den Berg 18 Apr 2018

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