Year 4 | Edition 11 | 28 June 2017
 
Y’ello Box connects Nigerians to electricity through mobile phones
In a world first, Nigeria is pioneering a new solar electricity service and it is already transforming lives. The Y’ello Box is a solar electricity system that officially launched earlier this year and allows families and business owners to harness the power of the sun cheaply and efficiently, in a way we’ve never seen before...


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South Africa and Kenya commit to building mutually sustainable relations in pursuit of Africa Agenda 2063
South African businesses have a crucial role to play in growing the Kenyan economy following from the commitments made during the State Visit by President Jacob Zuma in October last year. This according to Acting High Commissioner of South Africa in Kenya, Mr Sarel van Zyl...


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Epicor signs international channel distribution deal to grow footprint in Sub Saharan Africa
Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry specific software has signed an international channel distribution deal to accelerate business growth and meet demand across Africa...


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[South Africa] Peach Payments partners with ACI Worldwide to bring Alipay to Africa
ACI Worldwide, a leading global provider of real-time electronic payment and banking solutions, and Alipay announced that they are launching Alipay in South Africa, via leading regional payment service provider Peach Payments...


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Nigeria to overtake the US as 3rd most populous country in the world - UN report
Nigeria will overtake the United States to become the third-most populous country in the world by 2050, according to a United Nations report.

Currently the seventh-most populous country in the world, the West African nation is projected to surpass the 300 million people mark by 2050, according to The World Population Prospects 2017...


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Kenya unveils new standard for fruits and vegetable exports
The Kenya horticulture sector is set to undergo major changes as the country fights to consolidate its international markets, the Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK) Chairman Apollo Owuor has said...


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[South Africa] Johnny Dladla appointed acting Group Chief Executive of Eskom
The Eskom Board has announced the appointment of Mr Johnny Dladla as acting Group Chief Executive with immediate effect.

This follows intense consultations between the Minister and Eskom Board to arrive at a prudent choice. Both parties are of firm belief that Dladla’s experience and expertise will stabilize Eskom in the short-term...


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South Africa can dig itself out of unemployment - Donna Rachelson, CEO Seed Engine, SA
South Africa’s latest unemployment figures make for sombre reading. While official unemployment is now 27.7 percent, the most affected group is young people under the age of 35 with a staggering 38.6 percent of youth unable to find work..


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[Column] Jens Ischebeck: ELearning in Africa - what you need to know about it
As e-learning becomes more widely adopted in Africa through the increasing availability of MOOC (massive open online course education technology) and the latest educational apps, self-improvement and distance education courses which...


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Reshaping the future of real estate for African cities
Researchers predict that in 2030, Lagos, Cairo and Kinshasa will each have to cater for over 20 million people, while Luanda, Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg will have crossed the 10 million mark...


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Addressing financial imbalances fueling Zimbabwe’s crisis could boost long term development, World Bank
Resolving the ongoing financial crisis and sustaining growth in Zimbabwe will require bold measures to correct fiscal imbalances, according to a World Bank report...


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[Nigeria] Netplus and and Mastercard deliver cashless online shopping payment solution

The African e-commerce sector is plagued by cash, with the majority of payments still being made in cash at the point of delivery.

Understanding the impact of this challenge, Mastercard has partnered with Nigerian tech start-up...



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New South African Mining Charter announced
Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment in the South African mining industry is regulated by the Broad-Based Black-Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry (MiningCharter)...


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ION expands West African 2D data library with acquisition of offshore Gabon programme
ION Geophysical Corporation has announced a new 2D multi-client program offshore Gabon, EquatorSPAN™ II, in cooperation with the Gabon Ministry of Petroleum and Hydrocarbons...


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Safaricom signs M-Pesa ticketing deal with Kenya Railways
Passengers travelling on the Madaraka Express trains between Nairobi to Mombasa will from Wednesday pay their fares via M-Pesa, removing a hurdle that had opened the ticketing business to middlemen...


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African Property Group launches real estate marketplace websites in eight African markets
African Property Group is launching eight new websites in emerging African nations that will allow the populations to search for properties, using their computers or mobile phones...


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Dutch fintech, FACTS, scales up activities in East Africa
Dutch fintech FACTS, providing much needed working capital to established small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in East Africa, is scaling up its activities, more than tripling the number of clients served...


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Southern Business School Namibia appoints Feitjie Veldskoen-Kapofi new Deputy Director
Southern Business School Namibia is proud to announce the appointment of Mrs. Feitjie Veldskoen-Kapofi as Deputy Director. Mrs. Feitjie Veldskoen-Kapofi has an impressive and substantial career track record within both the fields of finance and education...


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Ethiopian Airlines sign deal with Boeing for purchase of two 777 freighters
Ethiopian Airlines and Boeing have announced a commitment to purchase two 777 Freighters valued at $651.4 million at list prices...


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DFS Lab announces investment in Africa fintech startups
Digital Financial Services Lab (DFS Lab) has announced that it would invest $250,000 in four separate fintech startups that are building products that help low-income consumers in developing markets...


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MTN Benin and Youtap launch MoMoPay tap and pay solution for mobile money customers
Mobile network operator MTN Benin and Youtap have launched MoMoPay, a contactless mobile payment service for MTN Benin Mobile Money users...


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RwandAir enables Maestro, Discover, Diners and JCB cards for online tickets payments

Mobisol acquires Lumeter to expand off grid solar pay as you go solution

Africa’s hospitality sector withstands economic headwinds, PWC Southern Africa

 
[Tunisia] Air Malta resumes flights to Tunis after an eight year hiatus

Port of Goubet opens up Djibouti to salt exploration and export

African Development Bank approves 2016 African Water Facility annual report and 2017 work plan and budget


 
Liquid Telecom to launch US$700 million bond and term loan financing package

[Kenya] Local companies urged to adopt Kaizen Practices to increase investor attraction

Book provides first overview of property tax in Africa

 
[Ghana] BuzzFeed for Africa OMG Digital secures $1.1 million seed funding

Jeweller completes first export of responsible and conflict free artisanal gold from Eastern Congo to Canada

World Organization for Animal Health approves South Africa developed diagnostic test for African horse sickness
 
 
Report on Port & Intermodal Projects in West Africa
West African region, much like their easterly neighbours, is experiencing a surge in port development projects which will greatly expand, modernise and link shipping infrastructure across the region over the course of the next five years. With several multi-billion dollar projects already...


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Complimentary Report: Africa EPC Energy Projects – Challenges and Best Practices

Billions of dollars are being invested in EPC energy projects across Africa. The AfDB alone has recently unveiled a $12 billion electrification investment plan, in support of its ‘New Deal on Energy for Africa’ which envisages universal access to electricity for the whole continent by 2025...



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2nd Annual Call Center Conference Africa | 22-24 August 2017 | Nairobi, Kenya
There is a growing desire to digitise African contact centres in order to make them as competitive, cost-efficient and customer-centric as possible. These emerging centres are being designed to exceed the expectations of an increasingly digital African population, not to mention BPO customers from around the world...


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Africa Business Communities manages 180 LinkedIn Groups. These groups cover every country and every industry on the continent.

Please feel free to join any of these groups and be part of the African conversation...



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[Africa CEO Forum] What - if anything - can other African countries learn from Ethiopia and it's economic success?
As the founder of Africa Business Communities I would like to invite you to participate in our forum on Ethiopia.

As you will know, Ethiopa has overtaken Kenya as the economic power house of East Africa...


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