Year 1 | Edition 17| 20 December 2018
[South Africa] Naspers leads US$540 million investment in edtech company BYJU’S

Naspers, a global internet and entertainment group headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa has led a combination primary and secondary US$540 million investment in BYJU’S, the creator of the most popular K-12 learning app in India.

A significant portion is also being contributed by the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). The investment will drive the BYJU’S team to further innovate, explore and set new benchmarks for tech-enabled learning products...

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[Kenya] Tuskys launches an online retail portal

Kenyan Retailer Tusker Mattresses, has registered its footprint in the cyberspace with the launch of a dedicated online store.

According to the Tusker Mattresses which operates Tuskys Supermarkets and Mavazi Lifestyle clothing stores in Kenya and Uganda, the new online store is part of its business development plans. The store will be available on web portal...

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UNICEF Innovation Fund invests $100k into Tunisia’s startup Utopixar

Utopixar, a Tunisian startup set to deliver a social collaboration tool for communities and organisations to facilitate participative decision-making and value transfer has received up to $100,000 from UNICEF to improve the lives of the country’s most vulnerable children.

The startup is was among the six companies in developing and emerging economies that will receive the investment from UNICEF’s Innovation Fund to solve global challenges using blockchain technology...

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[South Africa] MTN Group announces executive appointments

MTN Group has made several new executive appointments, including the position of Chief Technology & Information Officer and Executive for Corporate Services & Sustainability.

Charles Molapisi has been appointed as the company’s Group Chief Technology and Information Officer, effective 1 January 2019. His appointment follows Babak Fouladi’s resignation from the company to take up another opportunity in Europe...

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News Headlines

Globalstar successful completes MSS and terrestrial authorizations across Africa 20-06-2019 | 09:53:00
Globalstar has announced that it has received MSS and terrestrial authorizations in South Africa, Mozambique, Gabon, and Rwanda.

Bolt expands across major cities in Kenya 20-06-2019 | 08:47:08
Ride-hailing platform Bolt is set to launch its operations in 3 major urban centers in Kenya, setting the stage for a continued push to expand its market footprint within the country.

[Nigeria] Healthtech startup MDaaS Global closes on $1m seed funding 20-06-2019 | 08:46:46
Healthtech company MDaaS Global, which is building a network of tech-enabled diagnostic facilities in Nigeria, has closed on seed funding totaling US$1 million.

[South Africa] Carte Blanche opens a new paediatric burns unit in KwaZulu-Natal 20-06-2019 | 08:41:41
The Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust has prioritized the upliftment of paediatric facilities and services for trauma and burns patients at Ngwelezana Hospital, where the wards were seriously dilapidated and under-resourced.

[Ghana] Smiths Detection to deploy cargo screening technology at Tema Port 20-06-2019 | 05:12:31
Smiths Detection has won a contract with Meridian Port Services Limited (MPS) to provide cargo inspection technology for the major Tema Port Expansion project in Ghana.

[Kenya] InterswitchSPAK STEM competition ends with Central region emerging top 20-06-2019 | 04:40:54
Secondary schools in the Central Region have emerged tops in the just-ended National Qualifying Test for the ongoing InterswitchSPAK STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) competition.

[Kenya] Visa, KCB Bank, and BAK Collaborate to digitize payments for Boda Boda Operators 20-06-2019 | 03:51:04
Visa, a leader in digital payments, has collaborated with KCB Bank Kenya and the Boda Boda Safety Association of Kenya (BAK) to digitize payments for the motorcycle transport operators.

[South Africa] Birst 7 brings centralized and decentralized analytics to the enterprise 19-06-2019 | 12:13:36
Birst recently announced Birst 7, a major new software release that brings centralised and decentralised analytics to the enterprise, in a single platform.

Visa collaborates with IBS Bank Somalia to drive payments inclusion 19-06-2019 | 10:50:00
IBS Bank has today announced a partnership with Visa to deepen its payments services in Somalia by going live with its acquiring business on the Visa platform.

[Column] Riaan Graham: Africa’s Wi-Fi Growth In Full Force 19-06-2019 | 08:46:35
World Wi-Fi Day is celebrated every year on June 20th, signifying a day where governments, industries and consumers recognise the important role of Wi-Fi in socio-economic development.

KoreConX announces first fully compliant digital securities offering for Africa and Middle East 19-06-2019 | 06:47:00
KoreConX has announced that Libra Project, a world decentralized green utility, has chosen the KoreProtocol as its official protocol for their Digital Securities Offering.

Google opens applications for its Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge in Africa 19-06-2019 | 04:41:12
A few months after expanding Google News Initiative (GNI) Innovation Challenge to Africa, Google has now announced that accepting application submissions from news organisations across the region.

MIT D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellowships program to provide $120,00 to six East African startup entrepreneurs 19-06-2019 | 04:17:53
Six East African startup entrepreneurs from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda will receive $20,00 each from MIT D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellowships program.

iWay Africa partners with Panda Security to address Cybersecurity in Kenya 19-06-2019 | 04:02:39
Global cybersecurity firm Panda Security and leading Integrated Communication Solutions Provider, iWay Africa – Kenya, have formed a strategic cyber alliance to address Cybersecurity in Kenya.

GBI pioneers multi-national SD-WAN in Middle East & Africa with Nuage Networks 19-06-2019 | 03:52:00
Nokia announced that inter-connect carrier Gulf Bridge International (GBI) will use the Nuage Networks SD-WAN 2.0 solution to offer their enterprise customers optimized connectivity between branches and private and public clouds.


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