Breaking South Africa's election news with a unique WhatsApp channel

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- dw.com | 3 weeks ago

The May 8 elections provided the perfect opportunity to do just that.

In addition, the two have sought grant funding from the South Africa Media Innovation Program (SAMIP) which accelerates digital media initiatives in SA, especially those run by independent broadcasters such as #SMWX. How exactly does #SMWX work? Thanga uses artificial intelligence, instant messaging and chatbots to run the channel – while still maintaining human interaction with subscribers.

This kind of technology is, as one Twitter follower comments, "the next level," especially for a developing nation like South Africa.

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