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

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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