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A look at African ICT News regionally

Kenya's job sector took a serious blow last year, having contracted for the first time in over 20 years. Overall, 737,500 jobs were lost as Kenya's economy shrunk for the first time since 1992 as a result of COVID-19 induced lockdowns and restrictions, reports Business Daily. Kenya Bleeds Jobs in 2020 According...
According to an announcement made by South African Health Minister Joe Phaahla, digital vaccination passes will be issued to all eligible vaccinated South Africans in less than a week. The country's Department of Health says that currently, the digital vaccine certificates are "under development." According to Mia Malan, editor-in-chief of Bhekisisa...
A collaborative project in Botswana is getting essential and emergency healthcare products to remote communities quicker than ever before through leveraging unmanned drones. The Drones for Health project sees a partnership between the country’s Ministry of Health and Wellness, the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), the United...
A few days ago, Bolt quietly launched a "Women Only" category for its Kenyan arm, where users can choose to be driven by women drivers in a move that is supposed to make female riders who use the service feel safer. Considering the dangers that women often have to push...
MTN today announced a new mobile money partnership with one of Africa’s leading payments technology companies and unicorn startup, Flutterwave. This partnership will allow businesses integrating Flutterwave in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia to receive payments via MTN Mobile Money (MoMo), the South African telecom behemoth said in...
Discovery Vitality announced today that it will be awarding members of its Vitality program aged 18 or older 2500 Vitality points for being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in 2021. According to a statement released by the South African health insurance provider, these points will be awarded retrospectively in October for...
South Africa's MTN Group is reportedly in talks with potential international buyers for its wireless business in Afghanistan. This is part of the company's plans to accelerate its exit from the Middle Eastern country. Techcentral reports that MTN, which is Africa's largest telecom company and currently the market leader in...
Wave, a Senegal-based mobile money provider have raised $200-million in a Series A round of funding, reports Tech Crunch. The investment marks the largest-ever Series A funding round for a fintech startup in Africa, and it values Wave at around $1.7-billion. No other startup company in Africa has managed to raise...
South Africa’s Department of Transport announced the implementation of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Act, which will introduce a new licence points demerit system geared towards imposing stricter penalties for road rule infringements. It’s estimated that between 15 and 20 million fines a year will be issued...
UK-based mobile tech firm Africell announced yesterday that it was ending its operations in Uganda, where it has been unable to supersede its competitors in the country, namely local units of massive telecom firms such as South Africa's MTN and India's Airtel. "Africell ... will end operations in Uganda on...
MTN Ghana has announced the appointment of Shaibu Haruna as its new Chief Sales and Distribution Officer. Amongst other responsibilities, Haruna will now be providing strategic direction for sales strategy, operating model, channels distribution, as well as digital sales infrastructure for the company's Ghanaian branch. According to Business Ghana, Haruna...
Pan-African technology group, Liquid Intelligent Technologies has announced a strategic partnership with global managed network provider, Unitas Global in a bid to meet the demands of rapid digital transformation across the continent. Through strategic interconnections, Liquid and Unitas are now better positioned to serve their customers in Africa and beyond,...
The mobile money service of Kenya's largest telco has officially reached 50-million active users across Africa, according to an announcement by Safaricom. M-PESA is now, by the sheer size of its active user base, the most popular mobile money platform on the continent and the largest financial technology in Africa,...
Samsung has announced that its newly launched Galaxy Z series is now available for pre-order in South Africa. The highly anticipated device series includes the foldable smartphones Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G. The South Korean tech juggernaut is also adding in some pre-order bonuses...
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), the country's communications regulator, has announced that it will not be publishing invitations to apply (ITA) to participate in the long-awaited auction of high-demand spectrum in South Africa. ICASA says that the move was made to avoid a lengthy court battle against...
Adapt IT has announced the appointment of Tiffany Dunsdon as the firm's permanent CEO, succeeding founder and former chief Sbu Shabalala who resigned from the position last month. This comes after an announcement made by the South Africa-based software services company which also confirmed the appointment of a new COO. “The...
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