Year 8 | Edition 17 | 17 December 2021

DPO Group partners with Amadeus to offer mobile money payments for international airline customers across Africa

Amadeus, a global player in travel technology, has partnered with pan-African digital payments company, DPO Group, to enable digital payments for regional and international airlines.

Amadeus's airline customers will be able to accept local payments, including via mobile money and card payments, allowing international airlines to operate locally and African airlines to expand globally. DPO is connected to multiple regional and international airlines via Amadeus's airline...

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Nigeria Startup Bill poised to unlock digital potential

Nigeria has moved a step closer to rolling out its landmark Nigeria Startup Bill (NSB) that will further deepen the country’s technology ecosystem and enable a sector on the cusp of exponential growth.

The Presidency and leaders of the Nigerian technology industry have worked on the bill which has now been approved by the Federal Executive Council and is being sent to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Federal Executive Council approved the bill on Wednesday...

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ATI provides liquidity guarantee for 20 MW Golomoti solar plant in Malawi

In line with its strategy to address the gap in Africa’s renewable energy sector, the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI) has supported the financing of the Golomoti solar PV, a 20 MW solar power plant in Malawi.

This is the fourth project to benefit from the Regional Liquidity Support Facility (RLSF) since the launch of the facility. RLSF, an initiative launched in 2017 by ATI and KfW Development Bank, was created to help tackle climate change and attract additional investments by supporting renewable energy...

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Writer Information, Morphisec partner to deliver unified cyber threat prevention platform in Africa

Writer Information Management Services (Writer Information), a unit of Writer Business Services and India's comprehensive information management company, announced its cyber security services partnership with Morphisec, to offer its cyber threat-prevention platform in the GCC region.

This partnership aims at offering Morphisec’s patented Moving Target Defense technology across advanced endpoints, virtual desktops, cloud workload and servers. Morphisec is the latest entrant into Writer Information’s compelling and...

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[Kenya] Telkom and Britam partner on mobile and insurance product

Telkom Kenya, and the financial services group Britam Holding, have partnered to launch a mobile-based insurance product.

Known as Life Bila Noma bundle, the product will see customers benefit from a bespoke mobile and insurance bundle that includes mobile data, voice minutes, SMS, personal accident and last-expense insurance. It will be available in two options, Life 200 and Life 300. Life 200 at a monthly cost of only KES 200 will provide monthly insurance...

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Cassava Technologies and ITC Secure announce joint venture to expand Microsoft cloud security expertise in Africa

ITC Secure (ITC), a leading advisory-led cyber security services company and a Microsoft Gold cyber security partner, and Cassava Technologies, the pan-African technology leader, announced today that they have entered into a Joint Venture (JV) to build and launch an extensive portfolio of cyber security services, powered by Microsoft Azure cloud technologies in Africa.

Hardy Pemhiwa, the CEO of Cassava Technologies said: “Digital transformation in Africa is accelerating the adoption of cloud services which is creating an urgent need to better...

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IBM appoints Julia Carvalho as General Manager for IBM Growth Markets in Africa

IBM has announced the appointment of Julia Carvalho as General Manager for IBM Growth Markets, Africa. 

Ms. Carvalho will be responsible for IBM’s business operations, growing our partner ecosystem and driving client satisfaction across multiple regions in Africa. With an increased focus on the partner ecosystem in Africa, Ms. Carvalho will lead the drive to strengthen the IBM business on the continent through a deeper level of technical expertise and industry experience to build growth for our company, clients..

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APOC appoints Pete Allwood as Vice President, Business Development, EMEA

APOC has appointed industry specialist, Pete Allwood as Vice President, Business Development, to guide and focus its expansion programme throughout the EMEA region. 

His primary responsibilities will be the development and execution of sales and programme initiatives designed to maximise APOC’s growing specialism in narrowbody aircraft and engine support. Previously regional head for Europe, Middle-East, Africa (EMEA) at Killick Aerospace, Allwood will build upon his business development experience gained in...

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[South Africa] SAA signs interline agreement with CemAir to extend route network reach

South African Airways (SAA) has signed a co-operation agreement with local and regional carrier CemAir, to extend the route network reach of both operators and offer customers using both airlines on a multi-destination voyage a seamless check-in experience.

Thomas Kgokolo, SAA’s Interim Chief Executive Officer said, ''Airlines the world over constantly strive for efficiency and the benefit for the customer is that this agreement is convenient and lowers the cost of booking one ticket instead of two...

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African mobility fintech Moove enters Kenyan market, broadens vehicle financing to bikes and trucks

Moove, an African mobility fintech, has launched operations in Nairobi, its first city in East Africa and sixth on the continent.

To expand their vehicle and product offerings to customers, the revenue-based vehicle financing company has partnered with Uber to allow ride-hailing and delivery drivers to purchase motorcycles for Uber Connect, UberEats deliveries and UberBoda trips. In addition, following its recent partnership with pan-African e-logistics platform Lori Systems, Moove...

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MTN Nigeria bids for 3.5GHz spectrum license to enable 5G rollout

MTN Nigeria has announced that it has been successful in its bid to acquire one of the two 100MHZ spectrum licenses in the 3.5GHz spectrum band auctioned by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

This is a significant step towards achieving the goals of the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (2020-25). Acquisition of the spectrum will enable the rollout of 5G services to MTN Nigeria’s customers. Fifth generation (5G) mobile network technology offers faster data speeds and lower latency...

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IFC partners with Bank of Africa to expand SMEs lending in Kenya

IFC has partnered with Bank of Africa Kenya (BOA Kenya) to spur private sector growth and promote access to finance in Kenya, including for women-owned businesses and businesses focused on addressing climate change.

Through the partnership, IFC will enter a risk-sharing facility with BOA Kenya that will help the bank scale up lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The facility will cover 50 percent of losses on all eligible loans that BOA Kenya extends to SMEs, up to the equivalent of $5 million in local...

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[Nigeria] Online learning platform Edukoya announces $3.5M pre-seed led by Target Global

Lagos- and London-based startup online learning platform, Edukoya has raised $3.5 million in a pre-seed round led by Target Global.

Other participating angel investors in the round included European and African founders such as Shola Akinlade - CEO and co-founder of Paystack (acquired by Stripe), Babs Ogundeyi and Musty Mustapha - founders of Kuda, Brandon Krieg and Ed Robinson - founders of Fintech Stash and Raffael Johnen - CEO of Aux Money among others. Launched in...

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[Kenya] Wowzi raises $3.2 million seed funding to expand across Africa

Kenyan startup Wowzi has raised $2 million in seed funding to expand its digital marketplace across Africa. The round was led by 4DX Ventures with participation from, Golden Palm Investments, LoftyInc Capital, Afropreneur Angels, and Future Africa.

Other participants in the round included Andela co-founder Christina Sass, and former Andela executives Jessica Chervin, Justin Ziegler, as well as Johnny Falla, who currently serves as chief development and growth officer at Wowzi. This round...

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Four Nigerian tech start-ups shaking up the global tech ecosystem

Helium Health was founded in 2016 by three incredible young Nigerians The technology start-up ecosystem in Nigeria is one of the fiercest on the continent falling short to South Africa and Kenya. On a daily basis, young Nigerians look for various ways to add value to themselves for survival.

Through the hustle and bustle of some of Nigeria’s biggest cities, tech-labs that educate young Nigerians on how to code and make efficient use of the internet spring up regularly. To validate how the system has grown in a short space of time...

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GhanaWeb Reporter presented to bloggers and citizen journalists

AfricaWeb Editor-in-Chief, Ismail Akwei, presenting the GhanaWeb Reporter at the Bloggers Summit Scores of bloggers and citizen journalists at the 2021 Ghana Bloggers Summit in Accra, Ghana, were introduced to the innovative GhanaWeb Reporter platform built by AfricaWeb to democratise journalism and support content creators to make a living.

Editor-in-Chief of AfricaWeb, Ismail Akwei, took the participants through the features and benefits of the GhanaWeb Reporter in a presentation under the topic: the future of digital publishing and the promotion of citizen...

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[Nigeria Business Week] Andrea Ayemoba: The 'ember' months performance review

The end of year (fondly referred to as ‘ember months’) tends to bring about anxieties of different sorts among Nigerians – prices run higher, certain goods get scarce, long lines form at gas stations, the dry season affects food production and availability, and on and on it goes.

This does take away from the natural joy that Nigerians feel as they see another year roll by – Christmas and New Year are a big deal. Running parallel with the celebrations is the inevitable reflection of the year’s performance in economic...

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[Africa Cloud Review] Simon Ngunjiri: Digital Marketers and now taking full advantage of cloud

Most African organizations are turning to the cloud to help them succeed in the face of the growing demand for flexible workplaces. As we mentioned in our previous column in countries like South Africa, although only around 5% of the South African enterprise market is fully on the cloud, many more are now considering this option

Hybrid work scenarios, e-commerce modernization, distance learning, and online religious services, formerly unthinkable worldwide, are now commonplace thanks to cloud computing. This is according to a recent whitepaper published by Pawa...

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[Interview] Janek Winand, Managing Director, Siemens Gamesa, South Africa

Janek Winand is the Managing Director of Siemens Gamesa South Africa,  a leader in the renewable energy industry, working to provide the world's best offshore and onshore wind turbines and services. He joined Siemens Gamesa in 2008 and has been the Managing Director since 2015. 

You offer a wide range of products across the energy value chain in Africa. Tell us about this

Siemens Gamesa has been pioneering wind energy onshore projects in Africa for 33 years. Installations total 4 GW in countries such as Egypt, South Africa and Morocco, where we have offices and a blade factory, as well as in Kenya...

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[Column] Leon Kiptum: Kenya’s economy could benefit from fintech growth and innovation

Financial technology (Fintech) has been a key driver of growth in the financial services sector in the face of the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As countries around the world move past the economic downturn brought about by the pandemic, with governments mooting strategies to jumpstart frail economies, fintechs have improved access to financial services to the unbanked and underbanked populations. The pandemic exposed and perhaps exacerbated the financial inclusion gaps among the...

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[Africa Tech Review] Duncan Mochama: Safaricom expands its smartphone financing plan

Kenya’s leading telco Safaricom has launched a number of interesting products this week. Safaricom partnered with Google and Transsion, the company behind TECNO, Infinix and itel to add new devices under its Lipa Mdogo Mdogo smartphone financing plan. 

It also announced the expansion of its Baze platform to include music, enabling its customers to enjoy a mobile-first, ad-free, music streaming experience from as little as KES 10 per day. Earlier in the week, the telco also partnered with...

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[East Africa Business Week] Bob Koigi: East Africa positions itself as investment destination of choice

The East African community continues to live up to its billing as a prime investment destination for investors going by the flurry of activities and developments that have been witnessed lately featuring multinationals, venture capitalists and game changing deals.

The region’s businesses and startups continue to grow their foothold beyond East Africa, buoyed by demand for their services and competitiveness of their offerings.  Numerous studies posit that the East African economic growth is poised...

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News Headlines

26-01-2022 | 15:13:00
Sodexo appoints Colm O'Mahony CEO of Africa & Middle East
Before joining Sodexo, O'Mahony held various roles in the catering and events industry in the UK and has been at the helm of managing numerous iconic events across the country’s sports and leisure industries.

26-01-2022 | 13:20:43
[Nigeria] Air Peace takes delivery of new A320 fleet
Nigerian-based airline, Air Peace, has taken delivery of two Airbus A320 aircraft, bringing the carrier’s Airbus fleet to four A320 aircraft.

26-01-2022 | 12:57:00
Homes & Villas by Marriott International launches in South Africa
Homes & Villas by Marriott International announced that almost 300 exclusive Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban homes have been added to the platform.

26-01-2022 | 10:54:06
Paramount group appoints Steve Griessel as Group CEO
South African-born Griessel, a global business executive who served as CEO of several companies in South Africa and the United States, including two public companies, brings more than 30 years of business leadership and senior management experience to the group.

26-01-2022 | 09:42:00
NAS renews ISAGO certification in Cote d’Ivoire to enhance safety and quality
National Aviation Services (NAS), the aviation services provider in emerging markets, successfully renewed its IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) certification in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire for the third time.

26-01-2022 | 09:19:00
DHL Express SSA certifié top employer 2022 en Afrique
DHL Express, le leader mondial du transport express international, a été une nouvelle fois désigné « Top Employer » du continent africain par le Top Employer Institute.

26-01-2022 | 09:18:40
Boeing, Injaz al-Arab, and JA Africa partner to empower over 5,000 young African entrepreneurs
INJAZ Al-Arab, a member of Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide, the world’s largest non-profit business education organization, has announced the strengthening of its partnership with Boeing.

26-01-2022 | 08:47:42
DHL Express SSA certified as top employer Africa 2022
DHL Express, the world’s leading international express provider, has once again been recognized as a Top Employer on the African continent by the Top Employer Institute.

25-01-2022 | 14:01:54
Orange Corners South Africa and AstraZeneca South Africa join forces to support for young entrepreneurs
Orange Corners South Africa (OC) and AstraZeneca South Africa have officially announced a new partnership to support Orange Corner’s programme in South Africa focused on creating an enabling environment for young entrepreneurs.

24-01-2022 | 12:54:54
South African Airways resumes flights to Durban
South African Airways (SAA) is to resume flights to Durban with three times daily return service effective 4th March 2022.

21-01-2022 | 15:23:06
GhanaWeb TV garners nearly 5 million views in first month of launch
Ghana’s first Advertising-based Video on Demand (AVoD) and free streaming news channel, GhanaWeb TV, has recorded 4.6 million views in the first month of its launch in November 2021.

20-01-2022 | 13:39:34
Netflix commits $1 million towards scholarships in Africa
The scholarship fund forms part of Netflix’s global Netflix Creative Equity Fund launched in 2021 to be allocated to various initiatives over the next 5 years with the goal of developing a strong, diverse pipeline of creatives around the world.

19-01-2022 | 10:33:35
Africa50 and Power Grid Corporation of India partner to pioneer Africa's first transmission PPP project in Kenya
Africa50, the pan-African infrastructure investment platform and Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID) signed a Joint Development Agreement to continue to develop the Kenya Transmission Project on a public-private partnership basis.

19-01-2022 | 09:41:00
Mastercard builds on its diversity commitment by joining pledge to accelerate gender balance in the UAE private sector
As part of its ongoing commitment to advance diversity and gender balance across its own operations, the technology industry, and the wider ecosystem, Mastercard has jointly signed an official pledge to meaningfully advance gender balance in the UAE.

18-01-2022 | 15:31:46
Dangote advocates unity, cooperation among Africans to get global recognition
President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has charged African leaders and citizens to be united in the promotion of the continent’s intrinsic greatness through improved trade relations amongst African countries.


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