Year 1 | Edition 14 | 30 November 2018
 
Digital payments platform BitPesa raises $5m from Sompo Holdings to revolutionize cross-border payments
Kenya’s BitPesa has raised $5m from Japanese insurance group Sompo Holdings in a move expected to revolutionize cross-border payments and insurance services globally. Sompo will use Bitpesa’s technology to extend its presence in the international remittance service market and use it for its insurance services...

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Port It Global closes seed round to drive market expansion in Africa and South America

Mobile phone data-driven financial platform Port It Global Inc has closed a Seed round of funding led by Energy Access Ventures (EAV) to drive market expansion in Africa and South America. Port It Global provides behavioural scoring and pay-over-time services to the unbanked at the point of sale (PoS).

The company has also announced plans to hire more talent while preparing for its Series A round with the support of EAV...

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[Column] Phathizwe Malinga, Internet of Things Artificial Intelligence: The future

A simple gesture. A world built from accessible assets that drive human convenience and interaction. This is the future that’s powered by the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI), two of the planet’s hottest topic trends right now for a very good reason.

They work. They are also the fuel driving digital transformation in 2019. These are the technologies revolutionising performance, process and productivity. They are also transforming industry challenges across agriculture, retail, health and the public sector and are set to continue on this path well into 2019...

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[Africa Tech Week] African governments and organisations improving service delivery through digitization of services
Technology is playing a very important role in the delivery of services by African governments and even organisations. It has improved citizens access to information, improved transport efficiency hence reducing frustrations.

Digitization of these services has enabled secure identification and access control. It has facilitated more efficient payments collection in major African cities, hospitals and even schools by streamlining processes. This week, at the 11th East Africa Regional Procurement Forum (EAPF) held in Nairobi, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury Mr Henry Rotich called on East Africa Community member states to deploy IT-enabled procurement systems to curb corruption. After making good progress on financial inclusion, Senegal this week also turned its attention to digitizing payments in order to speed up its growth and inclusive development...

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News Headlines

[Column] Hannes Venter: African utilities need to transform services to meet demands of experience economy 17-05-2019 | 13:10:00
Make no mistake: energy utilities are not immune to the powerful forces of disruption upending other industries.


Coca-Cola Beverages Africa selects Demand Driven Technologies to improve supply chain planning and execution 17-05-2019 | 11:21:29
Demand Driven Technologies has signed an enterprise software agreement with Coca-Cola Beverages Africa to deploy Replenishment+® supply chain technology to 26 manufacturing facilities.


Safaricom and UNICEF launch internet of things to promote healthier living in Kenya 17-05-2019 | 09:08:00
UNICEF and Safaricom have launched the Internet of Good Things in Kenya – a set of information and resources which promotes living better and healthier.


Agri SA and Aerobotics partner to offer free service for South African farmers 17-05-2019 | 09:03:00
Agri SA and Aerobotics have announced a partnership to provide South African farmers with access to free satellite farming data and the latest Aeroview In-Field Scouting Application.


Africa50 launches Innovation Challenge to help increase access to internet in Africa 17-05-2019 | 06:23:00
Africa50, the pan-African infrastructure investment platform, has launched the first edition of its Innovation Challenge at the 2019 Transform Africa Summit holding in Kigali.


Competition Commission South Africa blocks Naspers acquisition of WeBuyCars 17-05-2019 | 06:20:00
The Competition Commission South Africa has recommended to Competition Tribunal that the proposed acquisition of WeBuyCars Ltd by MIH eCommerce Holdings Ltd, an entity of the Naspers Group, be prohibited.


Liquid Telecom launches Azure Stack, Microsoft's cloud service in East Africa 16-05-2019 | 16:03:23
Liquid Telecom Kenya has launched a Microsoft Cloud service in East Africa that offers a step-change in cybersecurity for the region’s most sensitive databases.


[South Africa] Cool Ideas and Angola Cables sign agreement with Angola Cables to advance content partnerships in the US and Latin American markets 16-05-2019 | 15:53:00
South African based ISP, Cool Ideas has signed an agreement with Angola Cables to take up colocation services in their advanced and newly inaugurated data centre in Fortaleza, Brazil.


Vodacom partners with BlackFog to provide cybersecurity solutions to its customers 16-05-2019 | 09:00:00
Vodacom Business has entered into a new partnership with BlackFog to provide cybersecurity and privacy solutions to it’s more than 43 million customers.


[Interview] Esther Asante, CEO, Organic Trade & Investments, Ghana 16-05-2019 | 07:36:00
Esther Asante is the founder and CEO of Organic Trade & Investments, a Ghana based online retail store selling organically produced commodities.


Blockchain Association of Africa partners With Afriplains Digital Tanzania and Blockchain Worx Singapore to grow reach 16-05-2019 | 07:27:00
Blockchain Association of Africa has partnered with Afriplains Digital, Tanzania & Blockchain Worx, Singapore (BCW) to leverage synergies.


[South Africa] Naspers agrees the sale of Buscapé to Zoom 16-05-2019 | 06:53:00
Naspers, a South African broad-based multinational, has agreed the sale of Buscapé, one of the leading online comparison shopping sites in Brazil, to Zoom.


[Column] Anton Jacobsz: The always-on economy gives cloud data management trends a seat at the boardroom table 16-05-2019 | 05:56:30
With regards to both data centre and cloud offerings, data management provides an important tool to facilitate an infrastructure that needs to operate in a round-the-clock application availability


President Uhuru Kenyatta launches Kenya's Digital Economy Blueprint 16-05-2019 | 05:50:00
Kenya’s president, President Uhuru Kenyatta has unveiled a Digital Economy blueprint, in Kigali Rwanda, at the ongoing Transform Africa Summit.


[Column] Iniel Dreyer: Data Management as a Service is a solution for the mining digital revolution 16-05-2019 | 05:37:00
Mining has always been an intensive industry, from the perspective of resources, time, labour and people safety.


 




 
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