Liquid and Microsoft partner to launch a video conferencing platform

ZIMBABWE – Pan-African technology group, Liquid Intelligent Technology, has partnered with Microsoft Corporation to launch a videoconferencing platform, OneVoice, which will allow Microsoft Teams to dial a landline or mobile phone. The new product comes at a time internet-based calling is gaining in popularity as people conduct more of their business online through platforms like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, WhatsApp and FaceTime as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Through the OneVoice platform, Liquid will allow Microsoft customers around the world to integrate telephone plans in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, South Africa,…

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Pay@ and FinChatBot partner to launch a first of its kind payment solution in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Pay@, South Africa’s leading payment solutions provider, has announced its partnership with FinChatBot, a global technology company specializing in conversational Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions to develop a first-of-its-kind payment solution for the South African market. The payment solution will be launched in the last quarter of 2021, with plans to expand it to other territories in the future. By combining conversational AI with the ability to process payments via a number of channels (including in-store, mobile payment processing apps, EFT and bank card payments over USSD, and…

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DP World joins forces with CDC to invest US$1.7b in African ports

AFRICA –  DP World, a multinational logistics company based in Dubai, has partnered with the UK’s development finance institution and impact investor CDC Group to create a US$1.7 billion investment platform aimed at modernization and expansion of ports and inland logistics across Africa, starting in the ports of Dakar in Senegal, Sokhna in Egypt and Berbera in Somaliland. Trade enabled through the ongoing expansions is expected to create an additional 138,000 employment opportunities in the wider economy and by 2035, the ports are expected to support stable employment for around…

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Ukheshe Technologies partners with tech unicorn Chipper to accelerate rollout of digital payments

SOUTH AFRICA – Leading fintech enablement partner, Ukheshe Technologies has announced a new partnership with Chipper, one of Africa’s most valuable startups, to enhance and accelerate the rollout out of Chipper’s digital payment offerings. These include free and unlimited P2P payments across South Africa, value-added services such as airtime and data and the ability to legally buy, sell or transfer cryptocurrency and the partnership will also allow for more efficient transactions across Africa while fulfilling the lives of its customers on the back of the Ukheshe Eclipse API framework. The…

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Absa Kenya partners with Melanin Kapital to support startups

KENYA – Absa Bank Kenya has joined hands with Pan African impact investment platform Melanin Kapital, to launch an investor readiness program for startups, reports The Star. The initiative places startups driving social impact on the path to accessing up to Sh3 million (US$27,181) in unsecured lending. Dubbed Tuungane2x to See Her Empowered, it is expected to reach 1,000 women-focused startups and enhance financial inclusion by providing them with financial training, investment-readiness capacity building, structured mentorship, structured networking, and access to finance.  The partnership leverages Absa Bank’s expertise as a holistic…

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Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Unitas Global partner to create a network of interconnected data centers in Africa

AFRICA – Pan-African technology group, Liquid Intelligent Technologies has announced a strategic partnership with a global managed network provider, Unitas Global in a bid to meet the demands of rapid digital transformation across the continent. Through strategic interconnections, Liquid and Unitas are now better positioned to serve their customers in Africa and beyond, with this rapid response to the growing demand for secure, cost-effective, Cloud services. The partnership provides enormous expansion opportunities for both companies – Unitas Global further expands Unitas Reach™ with  Liquid’s extensive pan-African network (100,000km fibre backbone)…

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Micro-lender Letshego Africa elevates its customer experience with digital accounts

AFRICA – Panamax USA and Africa’s retail financial services provider Letshego Africa have partnered to bring the LetsGoPAY Digital Account to customers across Letshego’s regional footprint. Panamax and Letshego have created a comprehensive digital account to enable customers to send and receive money, save and borrow instantly, all without hassle, anytime, anywhere. With LetsGoPAY with Letshego expecting to reach 3 million enterprise, active customers, on the platform by 2025. Chipiliro Katundu, Chief Product Officer, Letshego Group said: “LetsGo digital is the future and LetsGoPay is an ideal mobile tool to enable customers…

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Econet taps into Ericsson’s learning services digital platform

ZIMBABWE – Econet Wireless Zimbabwe (Econet) and Ericsson have announced a partnership to implement Ericsson’s Learning Services Digital Platform for Econet’s employees. Econet will have access to Ericsson’s premium e-learning content service, All Access Plus. The partnership with Ericsson enables Econet to utilize the Learning Services Digital Platform ensuring unlimited and uninterrupted access to Ericsson’s e-Learning content available in the global Ericsson training library.   As a knowledge library, All Access Plus is updated regularly and includes more than 200 interactive training and videos, podcasts, and white papers. This partnership gives…

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MultiChoice and NamiGreen in e-waste disposal partnership

NAMIBIA – The Namibian subsidiary of MultiChoice, a satellite TV service provider, has chosen NamiGreen, an electronic waste management company to recycle its electronic waste in Namibia. The agreement between the two partners was concluded on August 13th, 2021. Satellite TV service provider MultiChoice is looking to reduce its environmental impact through the sustainable management of its electronic waste in Africa. The company based in the Namibian capital Windhoek will recycle MultiChoice’s e-waste.  “This includes their DStv and GOtv boxes and other electronic devices, such as phones, gadgets, etc.,” said NamiGreen.…

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Afreximbank and Portugal’s ANJE join hands to promote textile and manufacturing sector in Africa

AFRICA – The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has announced a three-year partnership with Portugal’s National Association of Young Entrepreneurs (ANJE – Associação Nacional de Jovens Empresários) to support Africa’s fashion apparel and textile manufacturing sector. The partnership is in line with Afreximbank’s Creative Africa Nexus (CANEX) program launched in 2020 to organize a series of events in the run-up to the Intra-African Trade Fair 2021, which will take place in Kigali, Rwanda. “We believe that the vast creative talent pool on the continent is an opportunity to accelerate Africa’s economic…

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