Year 5 | Edition 24 |16 November 2018
[South Africa] Volkswagen launches 1.0 TSI Caddy model

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has introduced a 1.0 TSI model derivative of the hugely popular Caddy in South Africa.

The second best-selling model in Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ range, the Caddy combines space efficiency with sleek Volkswagen design and affordable running costs. Currently in its fourth generation, the Caddy has become the preferred choice for private buyers and fleet operators since introduction in South Africa in 2015...

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[Interview] Prins Mhlanga, Founder, Ocean on 76, South Africa
Prins Mhlanga is South African entrepreneur with a long career in the Technology and Telecommunications field. He is currently CEO of his own company, Ocean on 76.

Could you introduce your company?

I founded Ocean on 76 (O76) in 2015 as a platform based business which, through its ecosystem of companies, is able to offer end-to-end new media solutions to enterprises. O76 invests in technology and partnerships to strengthen its key propositions and ecosystem, in a bid to venture into new markets and segments. We're located in Johannesburg Fourways, South Africa...

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COMESA seeks to increase hydropower production in member states

Economic growth and development of many COMESA countries remain constrained due to inadequate energy infrastructure.

Currently, the total installed capacity for electric power in the 21 COMESA countries is estimated at 70,000 megawatts...

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[Column] Bob Koigi: Water access and economic growth nexus

For every $7 spent on water and sanitation, a community receives $30 worth of benefits according to the World Health Organization, in a report that points to the enormous value channeling resources to water and sanitation ventures yield.

The report argues that massive investments in multiple resources is a sound basis for healthy living. Such an investment according to the report is one way of easing pressure on fragile health systems. Further, reduction in waterborne diseases means less constraint on a country’s health budget...

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[Nigeria] Mainone partners with MEST to provide high-speed internet for incubator

MainOne has partnered with the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) to provide high-speed internet access to the MEST Incubator in Ikoyi, Lagos.

MEST is a not-for-profit organization which provides technology training, seed investment and mentorship for the next generation of globally successful African software entrepreneurs...

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[Startup Interview] Job Mutai, Co Founder, New Age Media, Kenya
Job Mutai  is the Co Founder and Creative Director of  New Age Media  agency, a marketing, communications and media company based in Nairobi, Kenya. Just like the name best describes, New Age Media service offering ranges within the contemporary and emerging markets in the media and communication industry.

Job talks to Africa Business Communities about his business journey and why he quit his job in a media house, to start his own.

Would you please introduce your company?

New Age Media agency is a professional brand communication company based in Nairobi, Kenya. We are a start-up advertising agency, which was founded in 2015. We mainly focus on marketing, communications and media. This mainly includes advertising, digital marketing, media Relations and PR...

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[Kenya] Safaricom targets 2,500 M-Pesa merchants with speedier transactions

Safaricom has today announced the deployment of faster and more private cashless payments at over 2,500 Lipa Na M-PESA merchants.

The move is set to benefit more than 21 million monthly active M-PESA customers with faster transactions and increased privacy by eliminating the need to show transaction confirmation messages...

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[Column] Jens Ischebeck: Reasons for the Growing Bitcoin market in Africa

Recently, Africa has shown to be a fertile ground for Cryptocurrency with several countries such as South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Zambia, Nigeria and Zimbabwe among others embracing its adoption. There are several reasons to this boom.

One of them is the fact that African governments no longer impose stringent regulations to Cryptocurrency. This might be attributed to the inability to regulate this currency as recently indicated by the Central Banks of Nigeria and Kenya. However, it is still not clear whether the same trend will be sustained in future...

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Satellite TV remains the dominant technology in Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Cameroon, study

A far-reaching in-depth study, led by Nielsen, of television reception throughout Nigeria, Cameroon and Ivory Coast, has positioned Eutelsat as satellite market leader within these countries.

The face-to-face interviews were conducted with 3,000 households in Nigeria, 2,000 in Cameroun and 2,000 in Ivory Coast, representative of the population of the geographical area surveyed...

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[Kenya] Standard Chartered’s ‘Women in Tech’ accelerator program attracts over 180 women-led startups

Black Friday alert: Popular online fashion shops among top targets for data stealing malware in 2018

Liquid Telecom Kenya releases its 2018 sustainability report

[Kenya] Safaricom targets 2,500 M-Pesa merchants with speedier transactions

South Africa leads world in demand for constant connectivity, index


[South Africa] Encouraging new investment in the economy is government key priority, Trade Director

UN agencies, partners to firm-up common support programme for Central Africa

European Union and Burkina Faso deepen bilateral partnership on economy and security

South Africa] R10m suspected counterfeit goods bust in Western Cape

Ghana implements IMF's enhanced general data dissemination system


[Startup Interview] George Karimi, Founder and CEO, SwiftAide, Kenya

Sustainable Development Goals: Redefining context, risk and opportunity across Africa

[Startup Interview] Ian Mutua, Managing Director, Vigil CyberSec Inc, Kenya

[Startup Interview] Musawa Mukupa, Founder, Health Literacy Zambia

[Column] Phathizwe Malinga: IoT is as simple as ABC and D! Part 3 - Choosing Connectivity

Making money with cryptocurrencies - here's how, financial expert

Cryptocurrency has become especially popular over the last few years, as this is one of the ways of additional, and for some people an even primary source of income.

Everything is straightforward: buy cheaper, sell more expensive. As well as an investment in the common currency...

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The Africa 2018 Forum | 8-9 December 2018 | Sharm El Sheikh | Egypt
The Africa 2018 Forum is an international, landmark event hosted under the High Patronage of H.E. Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, aiming to promote greater economic integration through increased investment flows into Africa...

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African CEO's wanted for interviews!
Africa Business Communities is conducting a series of interviews with African CEO's and CEO's of companies doing business in Africa...

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Join any of our 180 Africa LinkedIn Groups

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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