MultiChoice has announced that it is relaunching its streaming service platform Showmax through a partnership with NBCUniversal and Sky.
The new version of Showmax will be powered by NBCUniversal’s Peacock technology platform and broadcast English Premier League matches.
Doubling down on streaming
MultiChoice has been doubling down on streaming for a while now as subscriber numbers for DStv, its flagship satellite television platform, have been tanking.
The partnership will be in the form of a holding group, EarthCo, which will be 70% owned by MultiChoice and 30% owned by NBCUniversal. In Nigeria, one of MultiChoice’s major markets, NBCUniversal will hold an indirect 23.7% stake in the local subsidiary.
Zoom out: NBCUniversal, on the other hand, seems to want to use the partnership to further expand its presence on the continent by leveraging MultiChoice’s 50-market footprint in sub-Saharan Africa, at a time when Africa is approaching an inflexion point in terms of broadband connectivity and affordability.
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Global flexible space provider WeWork has entered a partnership with SiSebenza, a pan-African real estate investor, to operate WeWork’s existing locations in South Africa.
The deal also grants SiSebenza exclusive rights to grow and operate the WeWork franchise in Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius and Nigeria. WeWork opened its first South Africa location in 2019 at WeWork The Link in Rosebank, Johannesburg, followed by WeWork 80 Strand in Cape Town, and WeWork 155 West Street in Sandton, Johannesburg.
WeWork claims to have seen strong demand from companies seeking flexible space solutions and will use the partnership to power growth and unlock the significant market opportunity in the region.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates our continued progress in pursuing asset-light growth where local capital and expertise strengthen our business. With its in-depth understanding of the market, SiSebenza will build on WeWork’s success in South Africa and power its growth across the continent. This partnership enables us to simultaneously meet the growing demand for more flexible space solutions whilst further strengthening our underlying business,” said Sandeep Mathrani, CEO and chairman of WeWork.
ULESSON AND SABI MAKE FAST COMPANY’S LIST OF MOST-INNOVATIVE STARTUP
Fast Company, the world’s leading business media brand, has released its 2023 list of most-innovative companies across the world.
Every year since 2010, Fast Company examines which startups across the world have survived despite all odds, and flourished.
For 2023’s list, the publication lists 540 companies across 54 categories, including artificial intelligence, edtech and virtual reality. While its top 50 most-innovative companies globally does not—curiously—include an African company, two African startups, Sabi and uLesson, thankfully made it to its list of top 10 companies across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
What’s innovative about them?
Well, according to Fast Company, uLesson is taking on the challenge of Africa’s underbanked underserved 61 million schoolchildren. The Nigerian-based edtech company, however, is helping many of these students across five countries access live lessons taught by expert tutors, a pre-recorded video library tailored to national curriculums, and test prep for key entrance examinations.
So far, uLesson has reached more than 3.5 million downloads and raised $22.5 million since its launch in 2019.
Sabi, on the other hand, is a B2B marketplace targeting Africa’s informal economy, where 41 million small businesses are still yet to be online. Since 2021, Sabi has raised $28 million to provide over 175,000 merchants across Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa with tools that help them manage their sales, track inventory, and connect with distributors or manufacturers.
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