UK AIMS TO DRIVE RENEWABLE ENERGY INVESTMENT IN KENYA __________ The British High Commission, in conjunction with Barclays Bank of Kenya held an event in Nairobi bringing together leading players in the local renewable energy sector with investors from the United Kingdom. The UK-Kenya Renewable Energy Conference (REC 100) aimed to secure investment into Kenya’s growing renewable energy sector, building a strong pipeline of deals to accelerate the nation’s pace of affordable…
Huawei Kathea Partnership Set to Change VC Landscape. __________ Kathea and Huawei have aligned to form a strategic partnership which will see Kathea become a specialised distributor of Huawei video conferencing (VC) and unified communications (UC) products. This will be the first time in 20 years that Kathea will adopt a multi-vendor strategy for VC. “Kathea believes that this partnership will prove to be a game changer and Kathea is really excited about it.
SA GOVERNMENT PARTNERS GLOBAL INNOVATION FUND TO SUPPORT HEALTH & SOCIAL INNOVATIONS. __________ The South African Government, through the Department of Science and Technology (DST), has signed an agreement with UK-based Global Innovation Fund (GIF) to support innovations dealing with major health and social issues. The agreement, which will last three years, will both partners co-invest in GIF-selected innovations that are in line with key strategic priorities for the country.
Growing numbers of visitors to SA choosing to ride with Uber. _________________ Uber is fast becoming a significant role player in the global tourism industry. This is especially true in South Africa where, in the relatively short space of two and a half years, Uber has established a strong presence in five major cities, creating over 4 000 economic opportunities and moving more than 500 000 people affordably and conveniently to their desired destinations. ________________
Ericsson, Galaxy Backbone partner to transform public services in Nigeria. _________________ A partnership to design and deploy ICT based solutions and services supporting the delivery of efficient public services in the country. This partnership is in keeping with the Nigerian Government’s commitment to leverage ICT for job creation, improved security, economic diversification and social inclusion. It also supports the Minister of Communication’s vision to deploy e-Government as a tool
Etisalat raises bar, launches digital education platform, Cliqlite for Nigerian students. _________ Etisalat Nigeria has once again raised the bar of innovation as it unveiled a technologically driven product called Cliqlite World Portal. The platform will help students in Primary and Secondary schools as well as parents and teachers in Nigeria gain access to an unlimited range of educational materials not just on the tablet but also on any internet enabled-device
Samsung set to empower female technicians in South Africa. _________________ In the electronics repair industry, a field where 99% of employees are men, Samsung Electronics South Africa has begun making inroads into these numbers with its Samsung Women Technical Programme. The first 16 graduates of what will be an ongoing programme have recently begun working at Samsung’s various service centres. The Samsung Women Technical Programme is an initiative which started in November 2015
Huawei launches its first innovation and experience centre in Africa. _________________ Leading global ICT solutions provider Huawei, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) Science and Technology Park, in Sandton, South Africa on 19 July at the unveiling of Huawei’s first Innovation and Experience Centre, built in Africa. This partnership forms part of the agreements between the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services.
South Africans will soon be able to withdraw medicines from ‘ATMs. _________________ The South African Ministry of Health has announced that South Africans will soon be able to get their medicines from self-service “ATM-style” machines. Reports have it that the machines, known as the Pharmacy Dispensing Units (PDUs), are currently being piloted at Thembalethu clinic in Johannesburg. Just as they would withdraw cash from bank ATMs, patients can get their medications from the PDUs.
Streaming service, BlackBOX TV wins Seedstars Maputo. _________________ BlackBOX TV, a service which allows anyone to stream content without Internet via its digital broadcast, has emerged winner of Seedstars Maputo, a competition to find the best startup in Mozambique. Following calls for applications, 10 startups were selected to pitch in front of a panel of judges at the finals of the event for a chance to emerge winner. After the pitch session at the finals, BlackBOX TV emerged…
CNN to launch ‘digital-first’ platform in Nigeria. __________ CNN is launching a new, multi-platform operation designed to give the international news network a digital-first presence in Lagos, Nigeria. Leading the operation will be Stephanie Busari, who takes on the role of Supervising Producer, Africa. Busari will work across CNN’s newsgathering and digital operations, and will be the network’s first responder for all platforms.
SA online shopping platform, Shopstar secures investment to build marketplace software. _________________ Shopstar, a South Africa based online shopping platform, has announced it has secured investments from two investors to help it build a marketplace software. Although loads of small and medium sized businesses are running an online shop on Shopstar, the startup realised that smaller brands are still finding it difficult to sell online, requiring extra marketing clout.
DELIVERY MANAGEMENT APP, TOOKAN NOW HAS OFFLINE PAYMENT CAPABILITY. __________ Tookan, a delivery management app for field workforce, now has an offline payment capability, allowing delivery businesses to process payments without Internet connection. The new feature lets service providers to proceed with their next task, creating a more seamless experience for both businesses and customers. With offline payment capabilities, businesses with a mobile workforce will no longer depend on…
Africa Internet Group, Alongside Its Subsidiaries, Rebrands To Jumia. __________ In a move that can best be described as unexpected, Africa Internet Group, a leading Internet platform in Africa, together with its other subsidiaries, has been rebranded to Jumia. The rebrand, which will leverage Jumia’s massive success on the continent, will ensure the group operates under the same brand name that will be trusted and loved by its customers across Africa.