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18 - 02 - 2019

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Eskom, the South African power company, wants to cut down the number of skilled engineers and managers that are white to meet its affirmative action targets. This is according to a News24 article stating that the company needs to reduce its qualified white workforce over the next year based on new government requirements to reflect South Africa's current demographics.

Kenya’s largest telco Safaricom has appointed Rose Ogega, managing director of Bloom Consultancy limited, to its board of directors as an independent non-executive director. This appointment comes after Susan Mudhune, who had a similar role at the telco left in August 2018 after a nine-year term.

OneBio, a specialised biotech incubator in Cape Town, will launch its first incubation programme for early-stage Southern African and Zimbabwean biotech entrepreneurs in May 2019. Applications are open till March 10, 2019. The incubation programme will run over six months, delivering three boot camps, virtual workshops, expert coaching sessions and tailored online content. The boot camps will take place in Cape Town, with accommodation and flights sponsored for selected startups needing to travel.

TechMoran reports that MTN has confirmed that Wim Vanhelleputte, the CEO of MTN Uganda was deported from Uganda. MTN says it has not been notified of the grounds for the deportation and "is working hard to establish precise reasons for the deportation".

The Anzisha Prize program is calling for applications for Africa’s most innovative entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22. The program is a partnership between the African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation with a $100,000 shared monetary prize. Interested persons can apply here.

Celltel Networks, Roberta Annan Consulting (RAC), and Chinese government’s international cooperation company (CEIEC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate in the execution of the $300 million Ghana Smart Cities project. Under the brand name ArisCel, the project is designed to provide affordable nationwide Wifi network in partnership with the local government institutions and other government agencies.
FBC Bank in Zimbabwe has released a statement dismissing claims that its system has been compromised. This comes in response to fake news making the rounds that the bank's system has been hacked.
The Guardian reports that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has fined the four major network operators in the country a total of N74m for various infractions. The fines are "basically for SIM registration infractions, unapproved promos and advertisements, and failure to provide information on collapsed towers".
The Africa Fintech Foundry has called for pitch submissions ahead of the second edition of its annual conference themed; “Digital Goldrush; Building a Sustainable Tech Economy”. Interested participants are required to send in a pitch of no more than a 5-page slide here. The winner will get $10,000 at the end of the pitch competition.

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