Year 3 | Edition 7 | 26 February 2020

[South Africa] Cloud market moving from supply-driven to demand-driven, says Routed

Vendor neutral cloud infrastructure provider, Routed, says that four years ago the development of the local cloud landscape was still in its infancy. Managing Director, Andrew Cruise, says that in the time since launching Routed, cloud demand has increased:

“The market is moving from supply-driven to demand-driven. While the enterprise sector has taken time to embrace the cloud-concept, we have noted an increase in demand from these organisations.” He says that the enterprise sector has...

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[Kenya] Jumia appeals to local manufacturers with 50% lower commissions

In a move aimed at encouraging more local manufacturers to sell online, e-commerce leader Jumia is now extending a 50% reduction on commissions for locally produced products sold on the platform.

“We are committed to Buy Kenya, Build Kenya – and as such want to do our bit to support local manufacturers. Through the Jumia Local program we offer them reduced commissions to help them compete with imported goods,” said Jumia Chief Commercial Officer, Kenneth Oyolla, during the Quarterly...

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[Ghana] AirtelTigo launches unlimited call bundles

Ghana’s telecom operator AirtelTigo has launched new “Unlimited Call Bundles” to make life even simpler for its customers and enable them to call their family and friends without worrying about depleting airtime.

The new unlimited call bundles have been designed after extensive research and feedback from customers, who highlighted the need for bundles that last longer and give greater value. With the new comprehensive bouquet of...

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[Libya] ATIB selects Temenos to accelerate digital banking transformation

Libyan Assaray Trade and Investment Bank (ATIB) has selected Temenos Infinity and Temenos Transact to power its digital transformation. Temenos’ cloud-native, cloud-agnostic banking platform will enable the bank to quickly launch new digital products for retail and corporate banking and improve the customer experience.

ATIB has been a fixture in Libyan banking for over 20 years. It is recognized as one of the most structured and advanced banks in the country, delivering financial services to more...

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[Nigeria] Carbon launches USSD service to enhance access to finance

Carbon, the Pan-African digital financial services company, has introduced a USSD service to its platform, making it even easier for individuals that have little or no access to smartphones or the internet to access the financial services they need such as instant loans and easy-to-use payments. 

This new service will allow existing Carbon customers to access instant loans and other payment solutions via USSD without requiring internet data. Prior to the launch of the...

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[Startup Interview] Ali Messoudi, President, Transpare, Morocco

Transpare is a Morocco-based startup offering a digital platform targeting shippers and freight forwarders. Ali Messoudi the President talked to Africa Business Communities.

Introduce Transpare

Transpare is a digital platform that makes international freight transport easier. Like Booking or Trivago for tourism, we put in relationship shippers and freight forwarders. is totally free, both can register themselves in a few minutes only. Then they ask a quotation, they compare offers from...

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[Startup Interview] Reuben Abuloye, CEO, Buyavrika, Nigeria

Reuben Abuloye is the CEO of Buyavrika, a Nigeria-based startup that provides an online market place for African Art and African inspired wear.

Tell us a bit about Buyavrika

Buyavrika is an online market place for African Art and African inspired wear, (a secured online platform where sellers and buyers of African Art and wears can met to trade). it came into existence in 2016 in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, Osun State Nigeria. I am the co-founder and currently the chief...

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[Startup Interview] Rich Cheary, CEO, PT SportSuite, South Africa

PT SportSuite is a South African company whose mission is to digitally disrupt the sporting industry’s media landscape by allowing sporting organisations to operate like commercially-minded modern media houses, while building sustainable digital communities around their brand. The CEO Rich Cheary elaborates.

Tell us about PT SportSuite and your role in it.

PT SportSuite is a start-up “spin-off” from parent company Publisher’s Toolbox. As Publisher’s Toolbox CEO, the opportunity to enter the sports fray and apply the...

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Wanted: African Startups for Interviews

Africa Business Communities is conducting a series of interviews with startup businesses in Africa.

Are you a startup in Africa and interested in an interview? Great! Send an e-mail to These are some of the Startup Interviews that we have published in the past few months...

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News Headlines

31-03-2020 | 10:08:09
Smart Africa launches digital solutions for African governments to tackle COVID-19
Smart Africa has launched a continent-wide technology based coordinated impact response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for Africa.

31-03-2020 | 10:02:56
Jumia announces actions to support governments’ fight against COVID-19 in Africa
Africa’s e-Commerce platform, Jumia, has offered the support of its integrated ecosystem which includes a marketplace, logistics and online payments to governments in Africa.

31-03-2020 | 07:38:00
Opera, Worldreader expand access to free ebooks for African students
Opera, a browser provider, and international nonprofit organization, Worldreader, are expanding the access to ebooks for children and students via the Opera Mini browser during the coronavirus outbreak.

31-03-2020 | 07:35:00
[South Africa] Accelerit Technologies launches free group video platform
A new, locally hosted and free and secure group video platform has been launched in South Africa to help small to medium companies and the general public remain connected.

31-03-2020 | 07:22:00
Wimbart launches PR Office Hours for African tech startups
Wimbart has launched its first edition of Wimbart Office Hours, a webinar and mentorship programme designed to equip African start-ups with the PR tools required to achieve their business goals.

31-03-2020 | 07:03:00
[Kenya] Safaricom partners with NSSF to collect tenant purchase scheme installments through M-PESA
Safaricom and the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) have announced a partnership to empower customers on the NSSF Tenant Purchase Scheme make monthly installments through M-PESA.

30-03-2020 | 13:39:00
Smart Africa launches Africa wide coordinated response to COVID-19
Smart Africa has launched a continent-wide technology based coordinated impact response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for Africa.

30-03-2020 | 11:55:00
JSE,TMS launch virtual AGMs for clients to engage with shareholders
JSE has partnered with TMS to launch the first virtual AGMs in South Africa to enable clients to engage with shareholders when the country is faced with tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.

27-03-2020 | 10:04:17
[Column] Rentia Booysen: It is time to adopt multi-cloud
Companies have been preparing for a multi-cloud world for some time, even if they were not aware of doing so.

27-03-2020 | 09:54:32
Kaspersky offers free endpoint security products to medics to tackle Covid-19
Kaspersky has announced free availability of its core endpoint security products for medical organisations, in order to help them stay protected from cyberthreats during the pandemic.

27-03-2020 | 06:27:28
[South Africa] Vodacom launches lending facility targeting SMMEs
South Africa’s Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise (SMME) sector is expected to come under even greater pressure as Government puts extraordinary measures in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.

27-03-2020 | 06:19:04
[Kenya] Safaricom partners with public transport sector players to collect fares through M-pesa
Safaricom has rolled out a partnership with public transport sector players to accept cashless payments through M-PESA in the ongoing battle to combat the spread of the Coronavirus.

26-03-2020 | 14:26:00
Konnect Africa targets 3,600 DR Congo schools with high speed internet
Konnect Africa, Schoolap and Flash Services have announced a Memorandum of Understanding to connect several thousand schools across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the Internet.

26-03-2020 | 14:22:00
Credit Agricole Egypt launches third digital channel to improve customer interaction
Credit Agricole Egypt has extended its digital user experience and launched the third digital channel “desktop channel”.

26-03-2020 | 12:34:00
[south Africa] Department of Science and Innovation COVID-19 research under way
South African Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) is working with several partners to investigate the efficacy of repurposing existing drugs to assist in halting the COVID-19 virus.


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