Category: Africa

Uber Africa launches Uber Cash with Flutterwave and explores EVs
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Uber Africa launches Uber Cash with Flutterwave and explores EVs

Uber is launching its Uber Cash digital wallet feature in Sub-Saharan Africa through a partnership with San Francisco based — Nigerian founded — fintech firm Flutterwave. The arrangement will allow riders to top up Uber wallets using the dozens of remittance partners active on Flutterwave’s Pan-African network. Flutterwave operates as a B2B payments gateway network…

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Africa Roundup: DHL invests in MallforAfrica, Zipline launches in US, Novastar raises $200M
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Africa Roundup: DHL invests in MallforAfrica, Zipline launches in US, Novastar raises $200M

Events in May offered support to the thesis that Africa can incubate tech with global application. Two startups that developed their business models on the continent — MallforAfrica and Zipline — were tapped by international interests. DHL acquired a minority stake in Link Commerce, a turn-key e-commerce company that grew out of MallforAfrica.com — a…

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Vaya Africa launches electric ride-hail taxi network
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Vaya Africa launches electric ride-hail taxi network

Vaya Africa, a ride-hail mobility venture founded by Zimbabwean mogul Strive Masiyiwa, has launched an electric taxi service and charging network in Zimbabwe with plans to expand across the continent. The South Africa headquartered company has acquired a fleet of Nissan Leaf EVs and developed its own solar powered charging stations. The program goes live…

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WHO Africa hosts hackathons, offers seed funds to fight COVID-19
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WHO Africa hosts hackathons, offers seed funds to fight COVID-19

The World Health Organization in Africa is holding virtual hackathons and offering up to $20,000 in seed-funds to finalists with digital solutions to stem COVID-19. The regional office of the UN agency completed its first challenge earlier this month and will host a second, for French speaking Africa, in coming weeks, WHO’s Technical Officer Moredeck…

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Africa Faces Coronavirus Catastrophe as Tourists Deliver Deadly Infection
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Africa Faces Coronavirus Catastrophe as Tourists Deliver Deadly Infection

The WHO advises against travel restrictions amid the coronavirus outbreak. But many countries are ignoring its advice. Coronavirus cases are growing in Africa as international travelers bring the disease to Nigeria and other ill-prepared countries. African leaders need to ignore the WHO’s guidelines and restrict foreign travel before they import a coronavirus catastrophe. African leaders…

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Africa May be Spared from Coronavirus – No Thanks to its Leaders
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Africa May be Spared from Coronavirus – No Thanks to its Leaders

Africa isn’t ready for a massive coronavirus outbreak, but its largest airline is still running flights from hard-hit China. African healthcare systems and leadership are not developed enough for modern challenges. The continent’s hot and humid weather may protect it from the coronavirus more than its governments ever could. As the deadly Wuhan coronavirus spreads…

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Africa Roundup: Trump’s Nigeria ban, Paga’s acquisition and raises — Fluterwave $35m, Sendy $20M
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Africa Roundup: Trump’s Nigeria ban, Paga’s acquisition and raises — Fluterwave $35m, Sendy $20M

The first month of the new-year saw Africa enter the fray of U.S. politics. The Trump administration announced last week it would halt immigration from Nigeria — Africa’s most populous nation with the continent’s largest economy and leading tech sector. The presidential proclamation stops short of a full travel ban on the country of 200…

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