CPAfrica https://www.cp-africa.com Celebrating Progress Africa #AfricaRising Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:53:50 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 29978942 Egypt: AfriLabs & Facebook to Host Tech-Hub Network https://www.cp-africa.com/2017/09/26/egypt-afrilabs-facebook-host-tech-hub-network/ https://www.cp-africa.com/2017/09/26/egypt-afrilabs-facebook-host-tech-hub-network/#respond Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:53:50 +0000 https://www.cp-africa.com/?p=55896 Pan-African tech hub network AfriLabs has announced Facebook as the partner and sponsor of its Annual Gathering, with Facebook to host three free sessions for event participants. AfriLabs each year[...]

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Pan-African tech hub network AfriLabs has announced Facebook as the partner and sponsor of its Annual Gathering, with Facebook to host three free sessions for event participants. AfriLabs each year holds an Annual Gathering bringing together members of its 50-strong tech hub network, inviting delegates to share insights and best practices, as well as build new relationships between hubs. Disrupt Africa reported this year’s event is set for Cairo, Egypt on October 18-20.

The organisation recently announced it has joined forces with international development organisation Hivos’ Coworking Summit and will co-host both gatherings as a joint-event including delegates from both initiatives. The joint-event will take the theme of “Future of Cities: Innovation, Spaces and Collaboration”. Facebook has now joined the partnership and will host three sessions during the two-day event which will focus on Facebook Developer Circles, Facebook for Developer Platform and FbStart. These sessions will be free for all participants of the gathering to attend.

“We are thrilled to support the AfriLabs Annual Gathering in Egypt this year. With its success in building a community around the rapid expansion of tech hubs across Africa, AfriLabs is strongly poised to accelerate innovation by opening the dialogue to diverse ideas and experiences,” said Emeka Afigbo, Facebook head of the Middle East and Africa platform partnerships.

Emeka Afigbo, Facebook head of the Middle East and Africa platform partnerships

“We look forward to connecting with the AfriLabs community on a number of Facebook Africa focused initiatives including our Developer Circles, the FbStart program designed to help early-stage mobile startups build and grow their apps, as well as Facebook’s Developer Products.”

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Mozambique: All Districts to be Connected to Power Grid by 2018 https://www.cp-africa.com/2017/09/26/mozambique-districts-connected-power-grid-2018/ https://www.cp-africa.com/2017/09/26/mozambique-districts-connected-power-grid-2018/#respond Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:27:22 +0000 https://www.cp-africa.com/?p=55901 In Mozambique, the remaining four districts with no access to power will soon be connected to the national grid, by 2018. This was disclosed by the national power utility, Electricidade[...]

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In Mozambique, the remaining four districts with no access to power will soon be connected to the national grid, by 2018. This was disclosed by the national power utility, Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM). Regions concerned are Muleva, Luabo and Derre in the Zambezia districts, and also Doa in the Tete district. The estimated cost for related works is $18 million which will be provided by the central government.

Still, in order to boost national power output, EdM currently builds a gas-fired, combined cycle power station of a capacity of 106MW in the Maputo district in order to meet growing demand. The $180 million project will be financed in part ($167 million) by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Also, a 220kV transmission line linking Chibata to Dondo, in the central region, is being laid while works to lay another of 11kV linking Cuamba to Marrupa are expected to commence soon.

EDM as a State Enterprise was established on August 27, 1977, to establish and operate the public electricity production, transmission and distribution service. One of its first tasks was to aggregate all the production centres into a single body in order to improve the satisfaction of electricity needs for the development of agriculture, industry, services and domestic consumption under the difficult conditions of that time.

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Governments demand Increasing Social Network Users Data https://www.cp-africa.com/2017/09/22/governments-demand-increasing-social-network-users-data/ https://www.cp-africa.com/2017/09/22/governments-demand-increasing-social-network-users-data/#respond Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:49:44 +0000 https://www.cp-africa.com/?p=55850 A new report published in July indicates that African governments have requested for more user data from Facebook, Google and Twitter in 2016. The report released by CIPESA – a[...]

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A new report published in July indicates that African governments have requested for more user data from Facebook, Google and Twitter in 2016. The report released by CIPESA – a leading African ICT policy research center – says 18 African governments had requested for information on over a hundred people on Facebook alone.

African Countries and their requests.

The leading countries are Sudan which made 35 requests for information on 39 Facebook users between 2013 and 2016.
This is followed by Egypt and South Africa which both made 33 requests. However, the Nigerian government made only 16 requests but wanted information on 119 Facebook users. It was also high for Tunisia which made 5 requests for 52 user information.

These figures were aggregated by Facebook, and the numbers were much less in 2013. Facebook says it complied with some of the requests. It is a similar story for Google which had 10 African countries requesting information about online users.

Kenya made the highest number requests to Google followed by South Africa and Nigeria. Out of Kenya’s 21 requests related to 32 user accounts, Google says it rejected all but eight requests made relating to 11 user accounts. For Twitter, only five African countries made requests including Egypt, South Sudan, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.

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Celebrating 20 years of Africa’s Telecoms & Technology Journey https://www.cp-africa.com/2017/09/22/celebrating-20-years-africas-telecoms-technology-journey/ https://www.cp-africa.com/2017/09/22/celebrating-20-years-africas-telecoms-technology-journey/#respond Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:17:54 +0000 https://www.cp-africa.com/?p=55852 THE 2017 edition of AfricaCom, the continent’s largest technology, telecoms and media event, will be a milestone as it celebrates its 20th anniversary in November. Taking place from November 7-9[...]

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THE 2017 edition of AfricaCom, the continent’s largest technology, telecoms and media event, will be a milestone as it celebrates its 20th anniversary in November. Taking place from November 7-9 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in South Africa, the event has over the past two decades grown from being a purely telecommunications-focused event, to a broader, digital communications show now hosting the foremost group of influencers involved in every aspect of the African digital ecosystem.

“2017 is a landmark for AfricaCom,” explained Tom Cuthell, Portfolio Director of KNect365, the organiser of the event, “As the digi-sphere continues to expand and impact every aspect of our personal and professional lives, AfricaCom has grown in scope to create a broad platform for everybody involved in powering the digital economy in Africa.”

Tom Cuthell, Portfolio Director of event organisers, KNect365

Some notable Tech landmarks in the continent are:-

1997

The 1st AfricaCom was launched in Cape Town as GSM Africa.
The 1st proposal for a regional internet registry for Africa was launched.

2001

The 1st major sub-sea cable connecting Africa was launched.

2002

SAT3/WASC/SAFE cable system was inaugurated in Senegal.

2007

Mpesa, the mobile phone-based money transfer, financing and micro-financing service, was launched in Kenya and Tanzania and now reaches over 25 million customers.

Wireless broadband subscribers overtook that of fixed-line broadband subscribers in South Africa.

2008

The 1st mobile payment linked to a credit card, performed by the WIGROUP in South Africa.

2009

The 1st iPhone was launched on the continent.

2012

AfricaCom welcomed 8,000 delegates through its doors.

2014

Namibia became the first African country to terminate analogue TV signals, with more than
3.8 million jobs being directly or indirectly attributed to the mobile industry by 2015.

2017

Over 167-million Africans have access to the internet with around 300 technology hubs on
the continent and AfricaCom prepares to welcome over 13 000 delegates from all corners of
the world.

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STEM and its Growing Influence on African Students https://www.cp-africa.com/2017/09/22/stem-growing-influence-african-students/ https://www.cp-africa.com/2017/09/22/stem-growing-influence-african-students/#respond Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:08:29 +0000 https://www.cp-africa.com/?p=55854 STEM and STEAM are applied educational initiatives that have a foundation in the scientific models but integrate hands-on learning, teamwork, building leadership skills and incorporate higher order and critical thinking[...]

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STEM and STEAM are applied educational initiatives that have a foundation in the scientific models but integrate hands-on learning, teamwork, building leadership skills and incorporate higher order and critical thinking skills.

Africa is increasing its STEM and STEAM opportunities to increase generational opportunities to contribute to the growth in economics, commerce, education and global trade that will benefit and increase Africa’s influence globally. The more African’s are involved in STEM and STEAM the more they can assure they will have a stake in how their nations and continent are growing and influential in the diverse markets and even foreign investments by outside nations.

“I believe more women should be in STEM roles because of the message it sends to younger girls. Some of the girls think they can’t because they haven’t really seen a lot of women who do the jobs they want to do.” Leticia Oppong shares her journey from being an intern to a field engineer at GE Africa. Statements made by Leticia Oppong ring a new bell of change for girls that in the past have not been included in the educational engagement and empowerment of STEM that requires hands-on learning, experimentation, and even mentorship. There are growing numbers of African women that are role models and mentors ready to share their knowledge and experiences to build future “Agents of STEM.”

The growing news reports from Africa are showing that STEM and STEAM are being celebrated to inspire boys and girls that they can be whatever they dream. The resources and people are available to help them move from dreams to reality to the implementation of their developing skills and talents.

The key parts of STEM and STEAM are solving real-world problems that help to build the continent and build the confidence of rising youth, teens and young adults who are excited about the ability to create change. The building of critical thinkers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and inventors in Africa will build the continent’s economic structure to engage more individuals that have the knowledge and understanding to attack the challenges that have plagued Africa and meet future challenges. STEM, STEAM, STREAM, STEM2 and other related initiatives are empowering, Africans with the platforms and tools needed to make their dreams realities and to be the future employers that create wealth and economic, educational and generational progress and stability.

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Barclays sponsors Training for selected Africa’s Financial Journalists https://www.cp-africa.com/2017/09/21/barclays-sponsors-training-selected-aficas-financial-journalists/ https://www.cp-africa.com/2017/09/21/barclays-sponsors-training-selected-aficas-financial-journalists/#respond Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:51:19 +0000 https://www.cp-africa.com/?p=55856 Barclays Africa has sponsored twenty financial journalists in its annual data journalism training in South Africa. The program which is an annual event is in collaboration with Rhodes University. It[...]

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Barclays Africa has sponsored twenty financial journalists in its annual data journalism training in South Africa. The program which is an annual event is in collaboration with Rhodes University. It forms part of the university’s Highway Africa Conference and was concluded earlier this month. The Data Journalism Master Class provides business journalists with a high-level refresher course on how to report on complex financial matters.

As part of this year’s sponsorship, twenty participants from Ghana, Botswana, Mauritius, Mozambique, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Seychelles are being trained in capital markets, sovereign debt, as well as cleaning and visualizing data. The participants include; Jessica Ayorkor Aryee of Citi Fm’s as well as Richard Abbey and Ama Amankwah Baafi from Business & Financial Times and Graphics Business respectively. The annual Highway Africa conference brings together over 300 media professionals from across Africa. This year’s theme – Media, Accountability, and Local Governance, explores the role that journalism plays in holding local government officials accountable.

The Head of Communications at Barclays Africa Group, Songezo Zibi said, “Financial journalism is very important because it enables ordinary people to make sense of what is happening in the economy, and to take considered decisions.”

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East Africa: Telecoms Provider appoints former Safaricom Executive https://www.cp-africa.com/2017/09/21/east-africa-telecoms-provider-appoints-former-safaricom-executive/ https://www.cp-africa.com/2017/09/21/east-africa-telecoms-provider-appoints-former-safaricom-executive/#respond Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:33:20 +0000 https://www.cp-africa.com/?p=55858 Pan-African telecommunications enabler, SEACOM, has appointed seasoned executive, Tonny Tugee, to head its newly launched business in Kenya and its service provider segment for East Africa. Tugee will lead an[...]

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Pan-African telecommunications enabler, SEACOM, has appointed seasoned executive, Tonny Tugee, to head its newly launched business in Kenya and its service provider segment for East Africa. Tugee will lead an experienced team of ICT professionals with the mandate of driving uptake of connectivity and cloud services across the region.

Byron Clatterbuck, SEACOM’s chief executive officer, said Tugee’s appointment is in line with SEACOM’s commitment to appoint world-class talent with local market expertise to drive its expansion across Africa.“SEACOM Business will deliver fast, reliable connectivity and high-quality cloud services to Kenyan organizations,” he added, “Tugee has the intimate knowledge of the Kenyan telecom market and the leadership skills we require to deliver the exceptional customer experience that East African enterprises deserve from their telecom partners.”

As regional Head of Sales for Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, Tugee will have strategic and operational sales oversight over SEACOM’s business across East Africa. He joins SEACOM from Safaricom where he held the role of Head of Enterprise Sales and Retention, leading the team charged with growing and retaining revenues in the business-to-business, business-to-government and wholesale/carrier environment.

Tonny Tugee, Regional Head of Sales. East Africa

SEACOM is a submarine cable operator with a network of the submarine and terrestrial high-speed fiber-optic cable that serves the East and West coasts of Africa, which reach extends into Europe and the Asia-Pacific via India. The Pan-African network uses bundled backhaul, open access PoP’s (Points of Presence) and global partnerships to provide end-to-end wholesale and enterprise connectivity around the world for African and international network and content operators

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Mozambique: Proposed Railway Construction receives Bidders https://www.cp-africa.com/2017/09/18/mozambique-proposed-railway-construction-receives-bidders/ https://www.cp-africa.com/2017/09/18/mozambique-proposed-railway-construction-receives-bidders/#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:51:01 +0000 https://www.cp-africa.com/?p=55783 The Mozambican government has identified two companies interested in building the railway line that will connect the north to the south of the country, over a distance of 3,800 kilometers,[...]

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The Mozambican government has identified two companies interested in building the railway line that will connect the north to the south of the country, over a distance of 3,800 kilometers, said Transport and Communications Minister Carlos Mesquita. He made the announcement at the Fifth Engineering Congress of Mozambique, held in Maputo from 4 to 6 September.

Mozambique’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Carlos Mesquita

The minister did not disclose the companies’ names but gave assurances that the economic viability study for the railway will be presented later this year. At the same time as the presentation of the economic feasibility studies carried out by each of the applicant companies to carry out the works, the details of the start date of construction and costs will also be announced.

Some reports said previously announced figures on the amount to be paid for the construction of the railway line between the north and the south of Mozambique and to connect with the existing lines between the interior and the coastline are around US$20 billion. The project also provides for links to existing ports and those in preparation for construction in the coming years.

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