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06 – 09 – 2019

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TechCabal is bringing together the leading players in Africa’s transportation industry for the TC Townhall: Mobility. From regulators to companies and investors, the gathering will feature discussions and insights into the future of the continent’s transport and logistics sector. Early bird tickets are available here if you use the code TCMobility. This offer ends in four days.

Healthcare company, Johnson & Johnson has announced a $300,000 investment in the six African startups that won its Champions of Science Africa Innovation Challenge. The startups include Lifebank (Nigeria), Dreet (Botswana), Crib A’Glow (Nigeria), The Hope Initiative (Rwanda), Uganics (Uganda) and MScan (Uganda). The innovation challenge targets startups using technology to address Africa’s unresolved medical and environmental challenges. As winners, the six startups will receive $50,000 funding each as well as technical mentoring from Johnson & Johnson.

Rwanda will host the second edition of the African Drone Forum. The decision was announced on September 4 at the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF) holding in South Africa. The Forum will discuss the ideas, developments and best practices for drone technology in Africa. The choice of Rwanda, however, is down to the country’s growing support for drone development. The country developed the first drone regulations on the continent. It also has a partnership with US company, Zipline, to utilize the technology for medical delivery.

US-based Chipper Cash has expanded to Nigeria. Chipper Cash is a zero-fee cross border payment solution with offices in Ghana and Kenya. It was founded by Uganda’s Ham Serunjogi and Ghana’s Maijid Moujaled and fully kicked off operations in October 2018. According to TechCrunch, the startup now has 70,000 users and operates in six African countries. For its expansion to Nigeria, Chipper Cash has secured a partnership with Paystack. Also, the startup has hired former Gokada co-founder, Abiodun Animashuan, as its country manager for the West African country.

The African sports industry is taking its place in the tech space as the Africa Digital Sports Conference holds in Lagos on September 20 & 21 at the Four Points by Sheraton, Victoria Island. Organised by Lagos-based sports communication company, CampsBay Media, ADScon2019 will welcome Paul Rogers, Head of Strategy at Serie A club AS Roma; Mario Leo of RESULT Sports, Germany; Emeka Enyadike of Digital Sports Africa & Seun Methowe of DAZN as lead speakers. The biggest sports business event in West Africa will host federation chiefs, media executives, content creators, telcos and sportstech startups.

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Since the start of the week, the xenophobic attacks in South Africa have generated continental reactions, especially on social media. Although the attacks have been serious with at least 7 people confirmed dead, many of the viral videos and images circulating online are misleading. According to Africa Check, a fact-checking website, these content are unrelated to the recent incident or from attacks that happened years ago. However, it is not clear if this is a coordinated misinformation campaign.

I wrote on Tuesday that the recent xenophobic attacks have led to reactions from different countries. Nigeria pulled out of the World Economic Forum (WEF) holding in South Africa. Rwanda, Malawi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) equally pulled out at the last minute. Meanwhile, during the event, the United Nations condemned the attacks, calling it unjustifiable. Now Air Tanzania has suspended flights to Johannesburg. The country’s transport minister, Isack Kamwelwe said his country would not “transport passengers to the destination where their lives will be in jeopardy.”

Kenyan betting company, SportsPesa has reached an agreement with the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) over contested back taxes. SportsPesa was one of the 27 companies that had their licence cancelled in July by the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB). The BCLB claimed the companies failed to meet the government’s regulatory requirements for licence renewal, especially compliance with tax laws. However, after the cancellation of their licences, SportsPesa and others threatened to cancel sponsorship of tournaments like the Kenyan Premier League. But after nearly two months of negotiations, the KRA has reached a settlement with the betting company and around 13 others. They have now been cleared to re-apply for the gambling licence in Kenya.


Bye for now,

We’ll be back next week.
– Abubakar

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