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Rise Capital leads round for on-demand motorcycle taxi app to “dominate” Nigeria’s estimated Billion Dollar “okada”-riding market 24 May, 2019. Lagos, Nigeria. Gokada, the Lagos-based on-demand motorcycle taxi app, has secured a Series A fundraise of $5.3 million. Led by Rise Capital with participation from Adventure Capital, First MidWest Group, IC Global Partners and several local investors, Gokada will deploy its investment to expand its driver fleet, increase daily rides by 10 fold  and acquire...

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Andela, the company building distributed engineering teams with Africa’s top software engineers, is recruiting mid and senior level developers in 2019, as part of a new Power of ‘X’ campaign, as it looks to scale its operations and meet growing demand. This comes as more companies seek to enhance their technology teams via distributed workforces. Since its launch in 2014, Andela has received over 140,000+ applications to it’s Technical Leadership Program and has trained 1,000+...

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Financial technology company Riby yesterday held its inaguaral cooperative conference, tagged Coop 1.0. The event was a meeting point for all sectors of the economy involved in the cooperative ecosystem to come and discuss different ways that the cooperative model could be improved to provide basic life needs like food and shelter. Over 100 cooperative administrators were present at the event, who came out to listen and learn from the event’s wide lineup of speakers....

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The Direct Marketing Association of South Africa (DMASA) has launched a new online training portal, DMASA Academy. David Dickens, CEO of DMASA, says the new portal will offer both direct marketers and consumers an easy, convenient way to enhance their understanding of direct marketing. “We are living in a digital age, and that opens up huge new opportunities for direct marketers—but they need to ensure their skills are current to keep up with all the issues...

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries in Uganda (MAAIF) has partnered with M/S Alvan Blanch and Colas Ltd to improve post-harvest processing systems in Uganda. The joint venture between M/S Alvan Blanch Development Company and Colas Limited will manufacture, supply, install and commission multiple post-harvest processing systems. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) will also include delivery of related training and construction of associated infrastructure. This will supplement other already initiated partnerships created by...

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[the_ad id=”7214″]The State Information Technology Agency (SITA) has announced plans to launch a ‘School of Software Engineering’ programme for high schools in South Africa. SITA has developed a curriculum to include ICT initiatives such as coding, software development and other digital skills. The programme forms part of a national initiative and will be implemented in one province at a time – starting in the Free State on 25 April. Five schools have been chosen to...

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Google has announced that it is launching its Google News Initiative (GNI) Innovation Challenge in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey in June. The GNI Innovation Challenge is inviting proposals for projects from news organisations of every size to address increasing engagement with readers and/or exploring new business models in any form such as subscriptions, membership programs, and so on. Traditional publishers, news startups and associations that aim to build innovative digital media projects are all eligible to...

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Telkom Kenya has introduced a new cloud-based fixed voice service dubbed “Omniconnect”, allowing SMEs and corporates to outsource for robust and secure cutting-edge technology.  Telkom Hosted PBX service will deliver a world-class end-to-end software and hardware system, powered by global technology company Avaya.  Besides making and receiving calls, the service will also offer other features such as conference calls and the ability to integrate with email and the mobile phone.  The subscription-based service will eliminate...

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Facebook is working closely with key non-profit and research partners to use artificial intelligence (AI) and big data to address large-scale social, health and infrastructure challenges in sub Saharan Africa. These efforts range from rural electrification in Tanzania to vaccinating people in remote corners of Malawi. Facebook is applying the processing muscle of its compute power, its extensive data science skills and its expertise in AI and machine learning to create the world’s most detailed...

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One of the main drivers of cloud adoption is the multitude of business benefits offered by cloud services such as Microsoft’s Office 365. Organisations are attracted to the accessibility, flexibility, and ‘pay-per-user’ license offerings of cloud packages, as well as myriad of business boosting applications which traditional platforms are unable to provide. At least, not without significant capital investment.  However, some businesses find themselves struggling to use or access the full scope of benefits from...

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