Year 3 | Edition 9 | 11 March 2020
 

MTN reports commercial momentum, announces stepping down of CEO

MTN Group has announced an encouraging set of results for the year ended 31 December 2019 and that group president and CEO Rob Shuter would be stepping down from his role at the end of his contract in March 2021.

Commenting on the results, Shuter said: “In 2019, the 25th anniversary of MTN Group, we delivered commercial momentum across our operations as well as great progress in our strategy and strong financial results, despite challenging trading conditions. We added 18 million customers to reach...

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Facebook's Community Accelerator Programme targets projects from Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria

Facebook has launched a Community Accelerator programme that will target projects and initiatives from three sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) countries – South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.

The programme is part of Facebook’s mission to give people the power to build community around the world and its commitment to supporting the community leaders who drive change....

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[South Africa] Communications, Digital Technologies welcomes Vodacom, Competition Commission agreement to reduce data prices

Communications & Digital Technologies Ministry and ICASA welcomes steps taken by the Competition Commission to facilitate data prices reduction at the retail level of the market.

The Ministry of Communications & Digital Technologies and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) welcomes the announcement and agreement reached between the Competition Commission and Vodacom in ensuring that the cost of data is reduced, thereby aligning...

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SWVL names former Uber Kenya Country Manager its new General Manager

Egyptian shuttle-hailing company SWVL has today announced the appointment of Dip Patel as its General Manager in Kenya.

Until his appointment at SWVL, Patel was the Head of Growth at Apollo Agriculture – a Kenyan technology company that helps small-scale farmers maximize their profits. Prior to that, he served as Uber’s Country Manager in Kenya having started as the company’s first Marketing Manager for East Africa, a role that saw him contribute to the brand’s launch and...

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Orange Digital Ventures Africa invests $1.5 million in Youverify Nigeria

Orange Digital Ventures Africa has announces its latest investment on the African continent by leading the $1.5m seed investment round in Youverify.

The start-up, founded in Lagos, Nigeria automates identity and background verification processes, primarily serving financial and telecommunication service providers. Youverify is the fifth company to join the portfolio of Orange group’s African investment initiative. Financial and mobile payment services continue to accelerate their development on the continent...

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[South Africa] Cloud platform builder Jini Guru partners with Azilen to build advanced payment and banking solutions

Local cloud platform builder, Jini Guru, has partnered with Azilen Technologies, a product engineering company, to build innovative fintech solutions for emerging markets.

Mike Smits, co-founder, Jini Guru, says that the collaboration between the two companies brings immense skills to the local fintech market. “Azilen has over a decade of lean product engineering experience across a variety of vertical sectors. Together with Jini Guru’s local fintech knowledge and...

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[Startup Interview] Nathaniel Ndegwa, Managing Director, Tipping Point Media, Kenya

Nathaniel Ndegwa is the Managing Director of Tipping Point Media, a Kenyan digital marketing startup that has now grown its clientele to 15 countries.

Introduce The Tipping Point Media and your role in it

Tipping Point Media is a results driven Digital Marketing firm, with a bias to SMEs and E-commerce. We focus all our expertise in giving small and medium sized enterprises an edge in the market place using the power of internet marketing. I am the Managing Director and a co-founder of the company...

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[Column] Georgie Midgley: Gig economy can bolster job creation in Africa

Artificial intelligence, blockchain architecture, robotics, cryptocurrencies, virtual reality - these concepts are all going to disrupt the way humans work, live and interact. It turns out the 4IR is also being driven by a redefined idea of the labour force.

The gig economy – a model of freelance agents performing short-term, on-demand work – already employs 64 million individuals in the US and European Union, according to research by McKinsey. And the highest-paid gigging jobs are...

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[Startup Interview] Freeman Addico, CEO, Addicnet, Ghana

With customers spread across 10 countries, Pan-African cloud computing and ecommerce solutions provider Addicnet is redefining cloud computing landscape in the continent through its unique offerings. The CEO Freeman Addico explains.

Tell us abit about Addicnet and your role in it

Addicnet is a Pan-African Cloud computing and ecommerce solutions provider aiding African companies to deploy their operations on the cloud with stability, scalability, security, and efficiency. Our solutions span from multi-public cloud...

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[Column] Andrew Skudder: Digital trends that will shape the construction industry in 2020

From cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI), to 5G and mobility, a key trend in 2020 is the accelerated digitization of construction companies. This is critical for future proofing their businesses and maximizing efficiency and profitability.

As one of the least digitized industries in the world, with about 1.5% of revenue spent on IT compared to an average spend of about 3% across all industries, the construction industry has suffered a notable lack of growth in productivity...

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[Column] Nancy Kiarie: Women in the digital gig economy

he world is increasingly going digital and technology that could only be imagined a decade ago is now reality. The impact of innovation has been seen across all sectors of the economy including health, education, financial services, hospitality and transport, among others.

Innovation has had significant impact in encouraging women’s participation delivery of services enabled by technology platforms. The gig economy is described as an ecosystem that facilitates workers who are either employed or unemployed...

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[Column] Joel Chacko: Harnessing the value of cloud by rethinking how new services are operated

As companies embark on their application and data modernisation programmes and look to the cloud and infrastructure required to support their plans, most land on a hybrid cloud strategy with application and data workloads balanced across both public and private clouds.

Hybrid deployments combine the hyper-scalers’ public cloud benefits of innovation, speed, consumption, and scale with private benefits of regulatory compliance, performance, data gravity, and recouping of existing investments. Hybrid also...

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Wanted: African Tech 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 bas@africabusinesscommunities.com. These are some of the Startup Interviews that we have published in the past few months...

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News Headlines

19-09-2020 | 06:06:16
Facebook announces its new office in Lagos, Nigeria
As part of its continued commitment and ongoing investment in Africa, Facebook has announced it will be opening an office in Lagos, Nigeria - its second office on the African continent.


18-09-2020 | 10:25:39
Coca Cola Beverages Africa replaces SAP with eoStar and Microsoft for its sales and delivery needs
eoStar announced it has integrated with Microsoft to provide Coca Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) the opportunity to meet sales and delivery needs across their value chain.


18-09-2020 | 06:03:11
Seychelles joins e-VidyaBharti and e-ArogyaBharti project
Ambassador Selby Pillay, High Commissioner of Seychelles accredited to India, signed a MoU with Telecommunications Consultants India for the e-VidyaBharti (e-education) and e-ArogyaBharti (tele-medicine) project (e-VBAB).


17-09-2020 | 13:22:00
Aruba invests in new state-of-the-art customer experience offering in South Africa
Aruba Networks, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (HPE), is now offering customers and partners tailored, first-hand experience of its solutions and technology through HPE’s first-ever Lighthouse Customer Experience Centre in South Africa.


17-09-2020 | 07:48:00
Trust Payments partners with Wakanda Messenger to empower Africans around the world
Trust Payments, the global unified payments group for global pay-in, pay-out and customer journey technologies, has partnered with social network, messaging and e-commerce startup Wakanda Messenger.


17-09-2020 | 06:34:34
[Column] Marius Burger: What does a cloud-connected Africa look like?
With a region as large and as vast as Africa, it is difficult to imagine a fully connected continent where every individual across all demographics, and every business across all sectors can harness the power of cloud computing.


17-09-2020 | 06:28:59
EAC rolls out regional electronic cargo and driver tracking system
The East Africa Community (EAC) Secretariat and its Partner States have held a virtual roll out event to mark the technical completion and development of Regional Electronic Cargo and Driver Tracking System.


16-09-2020 | 09:00:00
Realme C15: Powering performance in the entry-level smartphone segment
The recent model in the C-series stable to enter the market is the realme C 15 whose ergonomic features, among them a gigantic battery and processing power continue to give it a competitive edge among its peers.


16-09-2020 | 07:13:00
Nokia to provide Tizeti with LTE tech for high-speed internet services in Nigeria
Nokia has announced that it will supply Nigerian mobile operator, Tizeti with its Fastmile and Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology enabling them to provide superior internet services to over one million subscribers.


15-09-2020 | 09:49:00
Nigerian e-commerce startup Kwik Delivery releases WooCommerce plugin, enabling 2-hour deliveries for online merchants
Nigerian e-commerce startup Kwik Delivery released a WooCommerce plugin, enabling thousands of Nigerian online merchants to integrate seamlessly its delivery service to their WordPress online stores.


15-09-2020 | 07:31:12
[Column] Nick Durrant: New business opportunities with data analytics
Data driven organisations are in a better position to make better strategic decisions to increase operational efficiencies, improve customer satisfaction and ultimately higher revenues.


15-09-2020 | 07:20:00
[Column] Tijsbert Creemers : Mobile payments potential to unlock new business for banks in Africa
Mobile payments and other phone-based transactions represent a must-win opportunity for banks in Africa.


14-09-2020 | 08:45:00
Countdown to Kenya’s launch of realme C15
Global smartphone manufacturer realme has announced September 18 as the day it will unveil its latest brand in the Kenyan market, the realme C15,


11-09-2020 | 13:21:00
Kenyan tech startup Xetova shortlisted for MIT 2020 health security & pandemics track
Kenyan technology startup, xetova, has been named 2020 Global Solve finalist by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the health security and pandemics track.


11-09-2020 | 12:30:00
Kenya customers warm up to realme 6 and realme Band
realme, the latest entrant into the East African nation has taken the market by storm with the launch of three of its flagship smartphone brands; realme C3, realme C11 and realme 6.


 

 
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