The first ever Google for South Africa event was held on 7 November 2019 in Johannesburg. At the event, Google made some interesting product announcements targeted for their users in South Africa.

One of the notable announcements by Google announced was that of the launch of Google Station for the Cape Flats, in the Western Cape. Google Station is a program to provide fast, free and open Wi-Fi to the Cape Flats community.

Other announcements included the following.

Google Go

Google also announced updates to Google Go, a product that makes it easier to discover the best of the Internet, even on low-RAM smartphones or unstable network connections. As of today, the Discover feed is now integrated within Google Go to help users stay in the know with their interests, like the latest content on their favourite football team, people of interest, music and news stories.

Users are also able to use Google Go’s β€˜read out loud’ feature to hear a website or a news story by tapping the play icon when they open a search result.

Starting today, users can access the Google Assistant directly from Google Go. Using only their voice, users can ask Google to call mum, play the latest Kwesta video, or find the best route to their favourite kota place.


Bolo is a speech-based reading app that helps kids learn how to read in English. It encourages them to read out loud and then provides individual, customised feedback to help improve their reading capabilities. It’s already available in India, Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya and today Google is bringing it to South Africa.


Google is also bringing Cameos to South Africa. Cameos, a selfie-style video app, allows celebrities and public figures to answer questions about themselves directly within Google Search.

Request Uber using Google Assistant

More and more people are searching using their voice, and often they come to Google Assistant for everyday actions like setting timers or learning how to make the best roast chicken. South Africans have been using the Assistant to get things done since it was launched in South Africa.

Starting today, users can ask the Google Assistant to order an Uber or read them South African specific news from their favourite local news outlets.

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