SBI Motor Japan establishes its first office in Dar es Salaam

TANZANIA – BSMO Company Ltd and SBI Africa Company Ltd have established the SBI Motor Tanzania office in Dar es Salaam, making it their first office in Africa. The group has also partnered with Saint Parts Company LTD to provide a free repair service for cars purchased from the SBI Motor website. This new service, according to a press release on March 24, 2021, aims at providing support for customers who are now required to inspect their vehicles locally. The new development comes as a result of the recent change…

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Azuri Technologies, MultiChoice partner to launch DStv on PayGo solar TV in Kenya

KENYA – Azuri Technologies, the first company to launch a complete pay-as-you-go solar TV package in Kenya, and MultiChoice Kenya have announced a partnership to bring DStv content to off-grid households in Kenya. The partnership bundles Azuri’s recently announced TV400 product, the 32″ solar powered TV and household energy solution, with the DStv HD decoder to offer customers access to leading world class entertainment, local and international news, documentaries, and educational content. Simon Bransfield-Garth, CEO of Azuri said, “We are delighted to partner with Multichoice to bring the world-leading DStv content to…

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New hostel brand Student Factory enters Kenyan market

KENYA – Student Factory Africa, a consortium of architects, has partnered with a Dutch-based private equity firm EPC to launch student hostel project in Kenya worth US$50million to address the gap in the sector The project will be located in Karen, next to Catholic University of Africa in Nairobi. According to data from Kenya’s Ministry of Education, available student housing in Kenya stood at 300,000 compared to a university enrolment of 520,900 in 2019, excluding technical and vocational education and training colleges. “We are excited to partner with Kenya Conference…

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Architectural firm FBW and Fusion Capital partner to develop large-scale affordable housing strategy

KENYA – FBW Group, planning, design, architecture, and engineering team, is partnering with Fusion Capital, a real estate developer, to create a low-cost, affordable housing strategy in Kenya. FBW has been appointed as consultant to help develop the plan. The group, which is celebrating 25 years in East Africa, has a strong track record in the planning, design, and delivery of volume housing projects. Fusion Capital is a private firm which started operations in 2006 and has grown to be one of the largest and most successful real estate developers…

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AFR-IX telecom in pact with Asteroid Mombasa IXP to boost connectivity in Africa

KENYA – Global broadband connectivity provider AFR-IX telecom has signed a peering deal with Asteroid Mombasa IXP to boost its network in Africa. Asteroid Mombasa IXP is a major gateway for submarine fibre optic cables and is on the verge of becoming one of the main hubs for Internet traffic in East Africa. “Today, we have added Mombasa-based Asteroid IXP to our already growing peering community across the continent as part of our extensive resilient and robust African network coverage, we can provide a global ICT offering, focusing on the…

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Fintech Ukheshe, Infobip partner to create South Africa’s first WhatsApp payment gateway

SOUTH AFRICA – Transaction platform Ukheshe, in collaboration with a global cloud communications platform Infobip, has developed a WhatsApp payment gateway for use by Telkom South Africa customers. The companies say in addition to being South Africa’s first digital wallet platform, the solution is the first WhatsApp channel to enable payments using QR codes. In a statement, Ukheshe says the solution allows Telkom customers to send money quickly and securely to anyone with a mobile number, with no need for another app or additional software. The digital wallet platform’s service offering will…

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DHL and Formula 1® renew their multi-year partnership ahead of the new season

WORLD – DHL and Formula 1® have announced the extension of their long-standing global partnership, which spans across a number of decades. DHL thus remains the Official Logistics Partner of Formula 1® for further years and will continue to be responsible for shipping world-class motorsport around the world. The year 2021 sees 23 destinations on the Formula 1® racing calendar, the largest number in the sport’s history, with DHL transporting race cars, fuel and oil, equipment for the racing teams and transmission technology. DHL has been the official logistics partner…

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Jirogasy inks deal with Aceleron for solar powered computers in Madagascar

MADAGASCAR – Jirogasy, a Madagasy company which designs and manufactures solar-powered computers, has signed a partnership with Aceleron, a supplier of batteries made from the waste of solar lanterns and lithium-ion batteries to equip rural schools in East Africa with solar-powered computers. The two companies aims to improve digital access and literacy in schools and rural areas in Africa. Jirogasy will bring Jirodesk 2, a computer that was designed and produced by the young company in Madagascar to this partnership. Running entirely on solar energy, Jirodesk 2 is designed mainly…

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Construction equipment manufacturer JCB appoints new dealer for South African market

SOUTH AFRICA – JCB, a manufacturer of construction, agriculture waste handling and demolitions, has appointed Bell Equipment Sales South Africa (BESSA) to be its distributor in the key South African market for the full range of JCB construction equipment effective May 1, 2021. JCB general manager for Africa, Andrew Boyers, said, “BESSA has more than 20 branches strategically located throughout the country, highly skilled staff, strong training and development programmes and a market leading position in a number of applications and sectors. Combine that with Bell Equipment’s renowned focus on customers and deep roots…

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Hyundai Construction Equipment makes forays into East Africa with NEFC deal

EAST AFRICA – Hyundai Construction Equipment (HCE), an affiliate of the Hyundai Heavy Industries Group, has signed a distributorship agreement with construction equipment dealer NEFC, a move that is set to accelerate its forays into the East African market including Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Somaliland, and South Sudan. NEFC, which operates many businesses, such as construction, mining, hospitality, aviation, and aviation, is owned by Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi, Ethiopian- Saudi billionaire businessman who is said to be one of the richest businessmen in the world. As such, NEFC is considered the most influential construction…

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