Namola, the innovative mobile safety app that helps South Africans #GetHelpFast in emergency situations – supported by Dialdirect and the SABC Foundation – has been recognised as the Social Betterment App of the Year in the annual Stuff Awards – an honour that puts the app among the leading lights in the local apps industry.
The Stuff Awards – Stuff Magazine’s annual technology accolades – recognise the best gadgets and apps that deliver services and improve South African communities.
“Namola exists to help improve safety and security in South Africa. We are a community focused application that aims to get citizens the fastest help possible in any emergency,” says Peter Matthaei, Namola’s CEO. “Stuff Magazine’s award recognises that we are making a difference in our local communities.”
“[The awards] reflect the changing nature of the technology industry, where apps are as important as the devices they run on,” Stuff publisher and editor-in-chief Toby Shapshak.
Namola is honoured to be among the 2017 Stuff Award winners, alongside Shyft, Black, Hey Jude, Mr D Food and Takealot.
In November 2017, Namola launched nationally across South Africa. The sponsorship from Dialdirect and support from the SABC Foundation, has enabled Namola’s ongoing growth as the most downloaded safety app in the country. The Stuff Award celebrates what is possible when stakeholders work together towards alleviating crime in South Africa. “In partnering with Namola, Dialdirect is not only making an investment into moving mobile technology forward in South Africa, but also addresses the massive need for corporates to get involved in fighting crime,” says Warwick Scott-Rodger, Executive Head, Telesure Claims.