Book a cleaner app Domestly wins MTN App of the Year

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Domestly, an app that lets you book cleaners from your smartphone in an Uber-style interface, has picked up the prestigious MTN Business App of the Year Award at a ceremony in Joburg tonight.

Domestly is a two-way app, which also works for freelance cleaners to manage their bookings and receive payments. It currently works in Cape Town and Gauteng.

Best Consumer App also went to Domestly. Domestly claims to have created 600 jobs its six months since launch. Other finalists in the consumer included Pick n Pay’s Super Animals and Showmax.

In the B2B cateogry for Enterprise app, iKhokha took the honours. That’s a device and app which lets you accept credit card payments on your phone (not unlike Square). That beat off competition from FNB, MyToyota and Transunion’s car dealer app, 1Check.

The award for Most Innovative App went to parking payment system KaChing. Handy if you hate hunting for change to put in the meter at the mall.

As far as mobile gaming goes, we’re obviously devastated the satirical Nkandla Building Game didn’t take the trophy. Instead it went to the worthy but less topical Friendly Math Monsters. Sigh.

Nkandla Building Game. It's no Flappy Zuma, but they was robbed.
Nkandla Building Game. It’s no Flappy Zuma, but they was robbed.

The most tongue twisting category of the night was Best Breakthrough Developer App, which was taken by tutor-booking app, Tuta-Me. Runners-up included the WHO-certified hearing test over a phone app, HearZA and iSpana, an app for booking labourers for work. HearZA did, however, win the Best Enterprise Developer award.

The MTN app awards are now in their fifth year, and previous winners include Snapscan, since acquired by Standard Bank, and on-demand courier service Wumdrop (which went on to raise R1m in funding as a result).

Other apps that made the finals included an Augmented Reality app for real estate sales, Propscan, and a service for booking beauty professionals, Beauty on Tapp. The People’s Choice award went to shopping app MiBrand, which helps you find special offers in retail stores and restaurants nearby.

Adam Oxford

Adam Oxford

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar,, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.