Year 4 | Edition 58 | 7 October 2021

Mastercard partners with Digital PayGo to drive secure payments for SMEs in Zambia

Mastercard has partnered with Zambian-based fintech company, Digital PayGo, to launch a new merchant mobile payments solution for SMEs in the country.

Known as “SME-in-a-Box”, the solution will enable the SMEs to safely make and receive digital payments through various online channels. It will support the enablement of digital payments for merchants and their customers, by providing them with a convenient, easy-to-use, and safe way to perform cashless transactions from their mobile devices. Backed by...

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[South Africa] Standard Bank launches EasyScan for Pick n Pay – fast, easy payments for groceries

Standard Bank and Pick n Pay have today launched Standard Bank’s EasyScan – a new service that enables customers to pay for their shopping using the Standard Bank Mobile Banking app.  

Standard Bank customers registered on the Banking App can scan the QR code at a Pick n Pay till point and pay via the Banking App. Paying is quick and easy, allowing customers to keep track of purchases through the Mobile Banking app. Kabelo Makeke, Head of Consumer and High Net Worth...

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Segun Ogunsanya officially takes over as Airtel Africa New CEO

Olusegun “Segun” Ogunsanya, has officially taken over as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for Airtel Africa. The African arm of India’s Bharti Airtel appointed Segun back in May 2021. His appointment followed the retirement of Raghunath Mandava, the company’s former CEO.

Ogunsanya joined Airtel Africa in 2012 and has retained his MD role throughout his nine-year tenure. He was also leading Airtel Nigeria, the company’s largest African market, from the get-go. Segun officially took over his new role on 1 October...

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[South Africa] Teraco completes its Cape Town hyperscale data centre campus expansion

Teraco Data Environments Proprietary Limited, Africa’s largest vendor-neutral data centre and interconnection services provider, has announced the completion of Phase 1 of CT2, its new hyperscale data centre in Brackenfell, Cape Town – the largest data centre in the Western Cape.

The new facility supports the growing demand by enterprises and cloud providers for data centre capacity. CT2 offers highly resilient and secure colocation facilities in line with Teraco’s long-term vision of enabling digital transformation across...

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[Kenya] Goodlife Pharmacy products now listed on the Glovo app

Goodlife Pharmacy products are now listed on the Glovo Kenya app. The pharmacy announced on Thursday that it has partnered with the quick-commerce startup to enable customers to conveniently purchase over-the-counter medication, personal care, and beauty products.

The partnership is part of a drive to encourage people to embrace online shopping, as the world continues to fight Covid-19. “This partnership with Goodlife has come at an important time for the country. As we continue to follow...

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Avanti Communications launches Avanti Extend to millions in Africa

Avanti Communications, the leading provider of high throughput satellite capacity across EMEA, announced the launch of Avanti EXTEND, a new managed satellite service for rural connectivity.

Designed specifically for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), Avanti EXTEND provides high-performance and cost-effective 2G, 3G and 4G solutions to remote and hard-to-reach areas across sub-Saharan Africa. This enables customers to provide reliable cellular service to the 100 million people living in...

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AstraZeneca partners with the Royal Academy of Engineering to support African health tech entrepreneurs

AstraZeneca and the Royal Academy of Engineering (the Academy) announced a new partnership to establish connections between African healthcare innovators and AstraZeneca’s A.Catalyst Network of more than 20 global health innovation hubs.

The joint venture seeks to drive the development of engineering solutions that have the potential to address local challenges with a focus on health tech. As part of its commitment to building international partnerships and...

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Ooredoo Group selects Ericsson as Digital and Business Support Systems transformation partner

The Ooredoo Group, a major multinational communications service provider with operations spanning the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has selected Ericsson as its next-generation digital transformation partner for Business Support Systems (BSS) solutions.

The companies have signed a five-year group frame agreement spanning the deployment of the latest Ericsson BSS solutions across several Ooredoo Group operating companies. The deployment will give Ooredoo a new set of...

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Sendy and partners acquire a significant stake in West African logistics startup Kamtar

Kenyan tech-logistics startup Sendy has completed a strategic equity investment in West African logistics platform Kamtar. 

On the heels of a recent funding round, Sendy partnered with Mobility 54 Investment SAS, Toyota Tsusho Corporation and CFAO’s corporate venture capital arm, to acquire the stake in the logistics company. Due to the strategic investment, Sendy will be able to accelerate its next phase of business growth by launching operations in West Africa and expanding its...

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MTN Uganda announces intention to float 20% of its shares on the Uganda Securities Exchange

MTN Uganda is pleased to announce their intention to proceed with an initial public offer (IPO) and subsequently list on the Uganda Securities Exchange (USE). 

This follows the requisite approval by the Capital Markets Authority and Uganda Securities Exchange for MTN Group to sell 20% of its shareholding in MTN Uganda to the public. MTN Group owns 96% of MTN Uganda. The listing is in line with the Group’s strategic priority to create shared value, partly through ensuring broad-based ownership in its operating...

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Google Cloud: Government and Education Summit | 3-4 November 2021

Today’s leaders must provide their teams with the knowledge and tools they need to compete in the digital economy. Incentro Africa helps organisations do just that through a series of solutions and services as Africa's only Google premier partner.

Join your peers and leading experts shaping the future of government and education. Leaders from across the globe will share how they are opening doors to transform government and education with the help of Google Cloud. This...

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[Startup Interview] Femi Apesin, OnePipe Growth & Marketing Lead, Nigeria

Femi Apesin is the Head of Growth and Marketing at OnePipe, a Nigerian startup that has raised almost US$1 million in a pre-seed round with a plan to make API integration seamless for banks and fintech companies.

OnePipe's basic service involves aggregating APIs from multiple entities into one gateway, simplifying the process of integrating APIs from multiple business partners on a one-by-one basis. It is already providing banking information to more than 20 banks and fintech companies in Nigeria...

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[Column] Todd Schoeman: Why co-sourcing is a smart choice for cybersecurity now

In 2020, tactical IT decisions had to be taken at breakneck speed to enable work-from-home and keep businesses going. Inevitably and understandably, some of these decisions have led to increased risk when it comes to security controls.

Now, security teams are striving to regain visibility and control of their estate and security posture while shifting their focus to supporting hybrid work models over the long-term. One of the side-effects of the move away from the controlled environment of the office has been an increase in the threat landscape...

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[Africa Tech Review] Duncan Mochama: Teraco completes first phase of its Cape Town hyperscale data centre campus

There is a growing demand by enterprises and cloud providers for data centre capacity in Africa. Teraco Data Environments Proprietary Limited, Africa’s vendor-neutral data centre and interconnection services provider has been trying to address this by unveiling a number of data centers in the region.

This week, the firm announced the completion of Phase 1 of CT2, its new hyperscale data centre in Brackenfell, Cape Town – the largest data centre in the Western Cape.  This comes a month after it also completed the JB3 data centre...

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News Headlines

03-12-2021 | 09:32:50
Africa Data Centres selects DPT to provide renewable energy for its data centres in South Africa
Africa Data Centres has selected Distributed Power Technologies (DPT) to provide renewable energy and storage solutions for its data centres across South Africa.

03-12-2021 | 07:30:00
Mastercard Foundation and Light For The World Launch online platform for persons with disabilities
Light for the World Uganda, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, launched an online platform, Cap-Able, which will enable higher education institutions, primarily Scholars Program Partner Universities, to become more disability inclusive.

02-12-2021 | 13:13:00
[Africa Tech Review] Duncan Mochama: Africa Data Centres unveils 10MW data centre in Lagos, Nigeria
On Monday, Africa Data Centres officially opened its new 10MW data centre facility in Lagos, Nigeria. The new facility, the company says, will pave the way for Africa Data Centres hyperscale customers to deploy digitisation solutions to West Africa

02-12-2021 | 10:31:29
Kenyan team wins regional IBM award for developing solution to help reduce food waste
IBM and David Clark Cause have announced Mavuno Link as the Middle East and Africa Regional Winner of the 2021 Call for Code Global Challenge.

02-12-2021 | 10:20:00
Kaspersky reports on next-level gamechangers in ransomware distribution and monetisation in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria
Nigeria saw an unexpected 40% decrease in cyber threats with South Africa and Kenya seeing a growth in the attacks of 23% and 6,9% respectively

02-12-2021 | 10:10:00
Liquid Intelligent Technologies launches Microsoft Teams Essential platform for SMEs in Africa
Liquid Intelligent Technologies has announced that it's the launch partner for the new Microsoft Teams Essential offering platform targeting small, medium and micro-enterprises across the continent.

02-12-2021 | 08:03:13
[Tanzania] Tech Mahindra partners with TANESCO to drive digital transformation and improve efficiency
Tech Mahindra, a provider of digital transformation, consulting and business re-engineering services & solutions, has partnered with Tanzania Electric Supply Company Ltd. (TANESCO) for one of the biggest Utility Transformation deals.

02-12-2021 | 07:07:00
[Column] Gilbert Lungu: How seamless payment experiences make retail brands more valuable and relevant
As established brands in the retail sector aggressively compete to acquire, cultivate, and defend their share of the Zambian consumer’s spend, those that connect, engage, and transact in the most unified and frictionless ways will be best positioned.

02-12-2021 | 06:05:00
South African proptech firm e4 expands to the UK
After 21 successful years in the South African PropTech industry, digitalisation specialist e4 is expanding into European markets.

02-12-2021 | 05:56:00
[Kenya] Jumia launches electric bicycles for deliveries
Jumia Kenya has partnered with eBee Africa to launch a fleet of electric bicycles, to amplify Jumia’s logistics capacity for delivery.

02-12-2021 | 05:45:00
Mastercard and Meta join forces to support digitization of SMEs in MEA
The two plan to organize a training webinar that will provide SMEs insights from industry experts, and a masterclass on how to manage uncertainty from renowned author and academic Nathan Furr, Associate Professor of Strategy at INSEAD.

02-12-2021 | 05:40:00
[Kenya] 4G Capital partners with CGAP to develop financial stress early warning system
Financial technology credit provider, 4G Capital has developed a new tool that identifies financial stress and helps protect low-income consumers against over-indebtedness.

01-12-2021 | 11:00:00
UNICEF and Liquid Intelligent Technologies launch partnership to help Giga bridge the digital divide in Africa
UNICEF and Liquid Intelligent Technologies, a business of Cassava Technologies, a pan-African technology group, announced a partnership in support of Giga’s work to connect every school to the Internet and every young person to information, opportunity, and choice.

01-12-2021 | 08:26:21
Huawei and UNESCO to implement project in Africa for digital education systems
UNESCO and Huawei announced the launch of the implementations phase of the Technology-Enabled Open Schools for All (TeOSS) project in Ghana, Ethiopia, and Egypt.

01-12-2021 | 07:06:07
South African tech company e4 announces international expansion to the UK
As one of the pioneers of property digitalisation, in South Africa e4 has established a significant client base including major South African lenders and law firms and has identified a similar opportunity in the UK market.


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