Year 2 | Edition 98 | 14 August 2019
Facebook expands its Africa local language coverage to enhance fact checking

Facebook has announced that it has added new local language support for several African languages as part of its Third-Party Fact-Checking programme - which helps to assess the accuracy of news on Facebook and aims to reduce the spread of misinformation.

Launched in 2018 across five countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and Cameroon, Facebook has partnered with Africa Check, Africa's first independent fact-checking organisation...

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New tech to allow West African farmers access seed and fertilizer data online

Experts from IFDC, CORAF, and the private sector have come together in Dakar Senegal to develop an online tool to give localized seed and fertilizer recommendations.

Key seeds and fertilizers actors in West Africa are at the last stage of designing an online tool that will soon help address the challenges of accessing these critical inputs by farmers...

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Kobo360 raises $30 million in Series A Funding to drive expansion

Kobo360, the digital technology platform disrupting African third-party logistics, has announced the completion of a $20M Series A equity round led by Goldman Sachs, with participation from Asia Africa Investment and Consulting Pte. and existing investors including TLcom Capital, Y Combinator, the International Finance Corporation.

An additional $10M in local currency working capital financing has been secured from Nigerian commercial banks...

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[Column] Mike Smits: The rise of Sub-Saharan Africa as a fintech hub

Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the fastest-growing investment zones for financial technology companies according to new research says Forbes. The GSM Association says in its Mobile Economy, Sub-Saharan Africa 2019 report that the region will remain the fastest growing worldwide.

Predicting a total subscriber base of over 600 million by 2025, which represents approximately half the population, Sub-Saharan Africa will become a flagship for mobile disruption... 

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News Headlines

11-12-2019 | 13:05:00
Vodafone Egypt named best place to work for in Egypt in 2019
Vodafone Egypt, part of the British multinational telecommunications conglomerate, has topped the list of the best places to work in Egypt for 2019.

11-12-2019 | 11:00:00
Pioneer Consulting and MainOne complete branch link on submarine cable network connecting West Africa and Europe
MainOne has announced the achievement of Provisional Acceptance for its latest submarine fiber optic cable network which links Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire to the trunk.

11-12-2019 | 10:10:00
[South Africa] Telkom forces customers to move to the cloud
Telkom is shutting down its ADSL copper network and is ultimately forcing its business customers to move to the cloud.

11-12-2019 | 10:07:00
[Column] Jeremy Potgieter: South Africa’s five-year goal for IoT
In five years, the world will have more than 40 billion devices. Locally, IoT specialist, Eseye, says that South African CIOs are recognising IoT (Internet of Things) and M2M (Machine to Machine) technologies as strategic imperatives

11-12-2019 | 09:59:00
[South Africa] Microsoft launches the Windows PC Affordability in Africa Initiative
Microsoft has today launched the Windows PC Affordability in Africa Initiative, a programme that aims to reduce the prevalence of Microsoft software piracy in Africa’s emerging markets.

11-12-2019 | 08:47:49
[Column] Is a VPN a legal cybersecurity solution in Africa?
One continent that may come to mind when thinking about VPNs is Africa. Many individuals might see this location’s government to uphold strict Internet laws. But, is it legal to use a VPN to enhance cybersecurity in Africa?

11-12-2019 | 08:35:00
International Organization for Migration Nigeria partners with Google to train returnees in digital skills
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been partnering with Google Nigeria to conduct IOM’s first Digital Skills Training for returnees and potential migrants in Benin City, Edo State and Ikeja, Lagos State.

11-12-2019 | 06:15:00
Cars45 expands to Ghana and Kenya
Cars45, Nigeria's automotive trading platform, has launched into Ghana and Kenya.

11-12-2019 | 06:02:00
PAYFORT partners with DHL Express to expand payment solutions in North Africa
Amazon company, PAYFORT has partnered with DHL Express to allow DHL express customers across the North Africa complete shipment payments online in their local currencies via debit and credit cards.

11-12-2019 | 05:30:00
[Kenya] Internet Solutions partners with to enhance its Data Centre Services Offering
Converged ICT Services Provider Internet Solutions has signed a partnership with IT infrastructure company,, to boost its data centre and cloud services offering to their clients.

11-12-2019 | 04:30:00
Loon signs Overflight Agreement with Uganda
Loon, the company that is preparing to launch balloon-powered internet in Kenya has announced that it has reached an agreement with the government of Uganda to operate in the stratosphere above the country.

11-12-2019 | 03:19:44
[South Africa] Sekunjalo partners with Chinese public Blockchain leader, Ultrain to develop a pan-African open Blockchain business ecosystem
Diversified investment group, Sekunjalo Investment Holdings (Sekunjalo), has announced it has partnered with Chinese public Blockchain leader, Ultrain Technology Limited (Ultrain), to develop a pan-African open Blockchain business ecosystem -

10-12-2019 | 08:22:00
Africa and Middle East annual spending on tech to reach $149 billion by 2023, IDC
Consumer spending on technology in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) is forecast to total $130.8 billion this year, a year-on-year increase of 4.1%.

10-12-2019 | 06:27:00
Fashionomics Africa launches digital marketplace to connect fashion entrepreneurs to global markets
The African Development Bank's flagship initiative, Fashionomics Africa, has launched the pilot phase of a digital marketplace to help Africa's fashion designers, textile and accessories professionals connect with global markets.

10-12-2019 | 06:20:00
African smartphone market defies challenges in global economy to post growth, IDC
New research from International Data Corporations shows that the African smartphone market saw shipments increase 4.0% quarter on quarter in Q3 2019 to total 22.6 million units.


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