With a 38% share of renewables in its electricity mix and a 50% target by 2030, Mauritania is a top regional performer in the race towards low carbon power. Not long ago, the nation only had a 35% renewables target for 2035— and yet amidst its further development potential of...
The government of Ghana has signed a grant agreement with the African Development Fund, and a financing agreement with the government of Switzerland, for the Ghana Mini-Grid and Solar Photovoltaic Net Metering project. The project will benefit schools, health centers, and communities across the country. The agreements, for the development of...
On Thursday a project team of companies and research institutions announced a research partnership to investigate and advance the feasibility of an electric minibus taxi in South African conditions by testing production vehicles in South Africa in 2023. As the fuel price hits historic highs, commuters are starting to feel...
Working for the government or a company comes with many benefits, like pension packages, building connections, travelling for vacation, and having money flowing into your account. However, after many years in service, the retirement year will surely draw near. It is an experience that is best when planned for...
South African online payment gateway firm PayFast has launched a 12-week development programme with Heavy Chef's entrepreneur education non-profit - the Heavy Chef Foundation. The new initiative is designed to empower aspiring business owners with the skills needed to set up their own e-commerce stores. According to Heavy Chef, more...
Paul Edwards, a former MTN Group CEO has secured series-A funding round for his new fintech startup called VantagePay. This funding comes from Crossfin Holdings, a Blue Garnet Ventures subsidiary, which according to TechCentral, has bought a "meaningful stake" at the company for an undisclosed amount.  VantagePay, formally known as Vantage...
When smart insurance is offered at the point of purchase, it can be the missing factor retail businesses need to thrive. By the same token, policyholders are benefiting from the associated efficiencies and cost savings. “Forward-thinking online retailers are adding insurance to their customer journeys. This not only increases their...
Woolworths, a South African retail company, says it will be rolling out electric delivery vehicles in partnership with DSV and Everlectric for their customers in Gauteng, Cape Town, and Durban. This comes after a 10-months trial, according to Broad Media. According to the figures from the trial, this will see...
African embedded finance enabler Ukheshe Technologies has announced the launch of the very first tap-on-phone payment solution that requires no certification via Eclipse Payment Service App (EPS) - which is set for public release on 1 July 2022. Though tap-on-phone payments have been available for a while, up until now...
Super apps, banking-as-a-service, behavioural banking and cyber security. These are just a few of the trends that promise to make the future of banking fast, frictionless, and personalised. The increasing prevalence of smartphones means that billions now have an entire banking system in their pockets. For the over 10.1 million people...
COVID-19 deaths in the African region are expected to decline by almost 94% in 2022, compared with 2021 which was the pandemic’s most lethal year, a new modelling by World Health Organization (WHO) finds. This comes while cases are estimated to drop by a little over a quarter this year. The...
American software company Autodesk is launching an initiative to help engineering graduates in South Africa take their First Step to a career in the manufacturing sector. The First Step in Your Career initiative is a volunteer programme which includes technical training, interview techniques, help with preparing a CV and one-on-one...
With the inauguration of the Kasoa Bulk Supply Point (BSP) today, the United States has completed its nearly six-year $316 million investment in Ghana’s energy infrastructure, supporting more reliable power for hundreds of thousands of schools, hospitals, offices, and homes in Ghana. Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy...
Sophos, a global leader in next-generation cybersecurity, has published a new sectoral survey report, “The State of Ransomware in Healthcare 2022.” The findings reveal a 94% increase in ransomware attacks on the organizations surveyed in this sector. In 2021, 66% of healthcare organizations were hit; 34% were hit the previous...
KnowBe4, provider of one of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platforms, today announced it has partnered with the Centre for Cyber Safety and Education to launch the KnowBe4 Women of Colour in Cybersecurity (South Africa) Scholarship. The recipient of this award will receive an R110,000 ($7,090.68)...
The Built With Bitcoin Foundation, a humanitarian organization powered by Bitcoin, announced that it has constructed two new schools in the Motherwell township, near Port Elizabeth, South Africa thanks to a generous donation of 1 BTC. Currently, 1 BTC, or Bitcoin, translates to R492,252.52 or $31,832.78, according to Coinbase. The foundation...
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