South Africa Gets Its First Social Media App

ChitChat – South Africa’s first social media application, was officially launched on 10 November 2019 at the Houghton Hotel in Johannesburg. It was developed by Limpopo-born South African innovator, Collen Chauke.

The application is set to shake up the industry by competing with existing social media platforms to connect people from across the continent. It will also address South Africa’s socio-economic challenges by creating jobs.

Speaking about ChitChat, Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said, ‘The digital era and an increasingly connected world have catapulted the importance of social media platforms and fundamentally changed the communications landscape. As government, we are proud of the launch of ChitChat as it is consistent with our call for South Africans, especially young people, to not only be consumers, but produce innovative solutions that yield socio-economic development.’

The Deputy Minister in the Presidency also delivered a message of support to Chauke, saying that his innovation has the potential to lift the country’s economy to greater heights through job creation. ‘This is a social networking service where users can post comments, share photographs and links to news or other interesting content on the web. They can chat live and even stream live video. Our social network supports interactive online chat and the ability to comment on your friend’s profile, in order to keep in touch and share information. What makes our site unique, is the ability to connect and share with the people you care about at the same time as well as our ability to provide secure messaging, where no one is able to tamper with your privacy,’ said Chauke.

ChitChat is a simple and seamless solution to social networking that takes safety and security features seriously. Chauke identified an opportunity to take a seat at the table, make a positive mark and stick to his will to make his ambitious idea come to life.

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