August 10th 2021
Vodacom Business Africa Expands to South America
In endeavors to expand its worldwide impression, Vodacom Business Africa has moved into Brazil, South America, in this way expanding its fixed-network inclusion to five mainlands across the globe.
Safaricom Customers can now buy Stock Exchange shares with Loyalty Points.
Customers of Kenya’s eminent telco Safaricom can now buy shares listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange using their Bonga Points. This marks the first investment option for redeeming the Bonga Points loyalty reward, which can be used for a multitude of other options in the past.
Egyptian B2B e-commerce platform MaxAB rasies $40M Series A
MaxAB, the largest Egyptian B2B e-commerce platform that serves food and grocery retailers, has secured $40M in a Series A round, led by RMBV, a prominent impact investor in North Africa.
August 3rd 2021
Ghana’s DigiExt Introduces Data-Driven Farming for Smallholders.
Ghanaian agri-tech startup DigiExt is helping farm cooperatives grow via a variety of tech-based platforms and then assisting them in selling their produce to processing companies and export agencies.
The startup gathers data by satellites and drones, weather information and soil sensors to disseminate relevant production information to smallholder farmers at the right time in a cost-effective manner.
African DeFi Start-up set to deliver banking to 2.5billion underbanked people globally.
A new African DeFi start-up will deliver blockchain banking to the 2.3 billion underbanked adults in the world. Bora Finance is developing an online banking environment that will include a saving and investment platform, a loan and collateralization segment, insurance, and payment/POS platforms. The Bora Finance solution will give access to secure and cost-effective banking services to billions right through their mobile devices.
Nigeria Finally Ready to Deploy 5G
All is now set for the rollout of 5G services across Nigeria, according to Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). The announcement was made during a public inquiry on the draft frequency spectrum held recently at the nation’s capital, where the NCC boss noted that the Commission had finally completed its preparations – “crossed all the T’s and dotted all the I’s” – and is currently awaiting approval from the Federal Government to begin rolling out 5G services.
July 27th 2021
Africa becomes first continent to complete collection of digital land use data.
Africa has become the first continent in the world to complete the collection of accurate, comprehensive and harmonised digital land use and land use change data under the Africa Open DEAL initiative. DEAL stands for Data for the Environment, Agriculture and Land Initiative.
The data collection and analysis initiative is led by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the African Union Commission (AUC).
Unwaste.io Launches Data-Driven Collection of Single-use Plastic in East-Africa.
Single-use plastic management will now be data-driven in Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia thanks to Wastebase. The app has just been launched by unwaste.io, a company founded in 2020 by software engineers Cameron Smith (based in Maputo, Mozambique) and Martin Pllu (based in Edinburgh, UK).