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SA govt launches DigiTech "app store" for SMMEs

South African Communications and Digital Technologies Minister, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, has introduced a new tech platform aimed at selling South African digital apps.

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SA agri-tech Nile gets $2.5M investment from Naspers

Naspers, through its early-stage tech investment vehicle Naspers Foundry, has invested in agri-tech company, Nile, that connects farmers to buyers of fresh produce across Southern Africa.

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Hot startup of the month: Kenya's Shamba Pride

This month's hot startup, Shamba Pride, wants to revolutionize the rural agricultural trade ecosystem in Kenya by transforming agro-dealers into franchised 'DigiShops.'

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East Africa Com: Rwanda to be living laboratory for 4IR

Rwanda Information Society Authority's CEO told East Africa Com 2022 that the country is becoming 'a living laboratory of emerging technologies' by leveraging its new Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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Nigerian regulator wants 5G launched by August

The Nigerian telecoms regulator is urging 5G spectrum winners to accelerate deployment of their networks to make the country more digitized.

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Mobile tech helping Africa's farmers face climate change

A new report from the United Nations Capital Development Fund, Vodacom, Vodafone and Safaricom highlights how mobile-based tech can help Africa's agricultural sector mitigate the impact of climate change.

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OkHi brings digital address verification to Nigeria

Smart addressing startup OkHi has come up with a unique way to provide Africans with verifiable addresses, a problem that impacts half the people in the world.

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Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's Scrapays

Scrapays, a Nigerian waste management platform, connects waste producers to localized collectors, saving them time and helping them earn money from recycling.

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Africa's developer pool strong and growing – Google

A new report from Google and Accenture shows that Africa's pool of professional developers rose by 3.8% in 2021 and local developers are getting paid more.

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Research Bites: Lack of 4IR knowledge a cause for concern

This article – published in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development – explores the levels of knowledge of South African citizens about the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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Super-app Gozem raises $5M for expansion plans

Gozem, the Francophone African super-app, has raised $5 million in a Series A round to help fund its expansion plans.

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African startups raise almost $4B in 2021

Africa's startup ecosystem raised almost $4 billion in 2021 according to startups deals database Africa: The Big Deal – with Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt and Kenya taking the lion's share.

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Moya super app takes aim at SA fintech market

Super app Moya's fintech platform, MoyaPay, aims to be South Africa's most widely used mobile money payments platform.

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Hot startup of the month: Kenya's Shamba Pride

This month's hot startup, Shamba Pride, wants to revolutionize the rural agricultural trade ecosystem in Kenya by transforming agro-dealers into franchised 'DigiShops.'

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Omdia View: April 2022

By Omdia Analysts

This month's Omdia View highlights indicate a shift to digital transformation and operational consolidation to maximize return on investments.

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Omdia View: March 2022

By Omdia Analysts

This month's Omdia summary of the biggest stories in the Middle East and Africa focuses on SA's spectrum auction and new submarine cables landing in Kenya and Togo.

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Digital inclusion as a catalyst for economic empowerment: Mastercard's Imelda Ngunzu

Mastercard's Imelda Ngunzu talks to Connecting Africa about how digital payment solutions and mobile money are transforming the lives of small business owners, women and marginalized groups in East Africa.

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Accelerating women in STEM: In conversation with GirlCode's Tinyiko Simbine

GirlCode co-founder and CFO Tinyiko Simbine talks about why it's important to help girls and young women excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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How Poa Internet is unlocking meaningful connectivity in East Africa

Poa Internet's CEO Andy Halsall shares his views on what it takes to develop last-mile connectivity and get Africans online in a meaningful way.

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