Tuesday News Roundup: 2016 – The Year of Interswitch’s IPO

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The Nigerian payments company, Interswitch who recently launched a $10,000,000 e-payment fund for African fintech startups is also planning to launch an IPO in London and Lagos. And in Tunisia, the government is using an app to collect reports on environmental abuse. Here are the stories that made the rounds in the African technology space today.

Interswitch may launch IPO in the UK and Nigeria
Nigerian electronic transaction switching and payment processing company, Interswitch Ltd, is planning to expand into new African markets and may launch its initial public offerings (IPO) in London and Lagos by 2016.

New app, Zoomi, will help Tunisians report environmental abuse in realtime
The government of Tunisia has launched a mobile application to enable citizens communicate realtime environmental abuse and violation to the country’s ministry of environment and local municipality.

Windows 10 is coming on PC and Tablets in July
Microsoft will roll out its latest OS, Windows 10 on PC and tablet on July 29th, 2015. Existing customers can upgrade at any retail store and by following the prompt on their windows 8 PCs.

Uganda government plans to provide innovation funding for technology startups
John Nasasira, ICT minister said the ministry plans to deploy a five-year ICT sector strategy and investment plan.

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Jekalo’s Lagos carpooling app is exactly what I wished someone would have built three years ago
Remember the Jekalo app? Yes? Turns out Bankole had the same idea three years ago. You guessed right. He did nothing about it. Now he has an interesting story.

Nowwegive builds website in exchange for charity donations
Nowwegive is a charity initiative that will build a wordpress website for a donation, every cent of which will go to a Lagos based charity organization, Hearts of Gold Children’s Hospice (HOG Hospice).

Twelve ways to teach yourself how to code
Becoming a programmer is hard, but somehow, we are headed to a future where to code will be inevitable. There are possibly a thousand resources online to help learn to code, here are twelve of those.

Elsewhere on the web:

Mobile money operations ruled as illegal in Uganda
Mobile Money has become an extremely popular service within Africa; however, the service has taken a heavy blow and been declared illegal within the borders of Uganda.

GOtv slaps FTA users with an annual admin fee of Ksh 1,800
GOtv has secretly introduced an annual fee on all its FTA subscribers by repacking FTA channels under a new bouquet dubbed GOtv Lite.

MTN donates internet-connected computer lab to second school in South Sudan
MTN South Sudan donated an internet-connected computer lab to Comboni secondary school the second in a public elementary school, as part of the Group’s flagship volunteer event, 21 Days of Y’ello Care.

Worldremit launches low cost money transfer to Rwanda
Online and mobile money transfer service WorldRemit has launched in Rwanda providing users with a quick, convenient, and low-cost way for people to send money to friends and family abroad.

Safaricom spark venture fund receives 75 applications for funding in 4 months
Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom has received 75 applications for funding over the last four months under its recently launched Spark Venture Fund, bringing the total number of applications received to 200.

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