So great to have come to the end of the first week in September. Here is the African Tech News Roundup for this week.
Xenophobic attack: Mtn, Multichoice, Others shutdown Nigerian and Zamibian Offices
In view of the latest Xenophobic attacks and retaliations across South Africa, Nigeria and Zamibia, some South African businesses decided to shutdown operations in both Nigeria and Zamibia. We also found that the Stock of MTN and other SA companies fell down considerably, as a result of these attacks. See full details here
Have you heard? Mastercard will provide 30 million Jobs in 2030
The Mastercard Foundation has launched an initiative that will provide jobs for 3 million Ghanian youth by 2030. The initiative is tagged Young Africa Work Initiative. Read more here
Are you aware of the World Economic forum?
It is a recent initiative formed by the coalition of the different business groups to create an enabling environment for African startups to thrive. The group was formed by the Alibaba Group, Dalberg, Zenith Bank, Export Trading Group and others. Check it out here.
Launch Gram Cryptocurrency or return our Investment! Investors threatens Telegram
Telegram, an instant messaging and voiceover platform is in a fix. The company is to either launch their Gram Cryptocurrency or return investor’s $1.7 billion funds for facilitating the crypto project. Get full gist here.
First Hybrid Power Plant to be Build in Kenya. Isn’t that Interesting?
The Kenyan government has partnered Australian and Japanese developers to build the first Hybrid Power Plant in Meru, Kenya. The power plant will make use of Wind, Solar PV and Battery to generate 80 megawatts of power. See details here
Japan to Train 3000 African for the next 6 years!
The Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe has promised to invest $20 billion in Africa over the next three years and also train 3000 youths in its human development program targeted at Africans. This and more are the aftermath of the TICAD7 conference held in Tokyo. See more here.
Saliva-based Malaria testing kit is set to be launched!
The malaria test kit called Salva! will be launched by 2020 after undergoing clinical testing. The kit makes use of saliva to diagnose malaria in humans. With the launch, days of testing malaria through blood-based tests will be bygone. Check more details here
Are you aware of the Microsoft- Agra partnership?
This partnership will provide locally-relevant tech solutions that will boost food security in Africa. It will also introduce digital training to farmers, and provide farm solutions through the use of Artificial Intelligence. Click here for details
Have you applied for AppsAfrica Innovation Awards?
AppsAfrica is calling top African startup to submit for the AppsAfrica Innovation Awards. The award celebrates African’s best mobile and tech startups, and also sponsor disruptive innovations in Africa. The application closes on the 11th of September. Click here for application details.
Six Healthtech startups emerged winners in the Johnson and Johnson Innovation challenge
Six African health-tech startups have emerged winners in the 2019 Johnson & Johnson Innovation Challenge. The six startups stood tall amidst the 900 contestants selected from 39 different countries. Each winner will go home with a huge sum of money. Click here to see the details.
That is it for the week. Thank you for reading.
Remember to keep tabs with our blog for scoops in the tech space.
Have a great weekend!
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