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Competition in the remittance space has intensified with the entry of new players as the race for a share of the annual $95.6 billion in cross-border remittances flowing into Africa heats up. Airtel Africa has partnered with MasterCard to unveil a new service for cross-border remittances. Their deal will see customers in Kenya and 14 other African nations become the first beneficiaries of the service.

Airtel Africa and MasterCard will provide a seamless digital experience for consumers, connecting them with millions of peers worldwide. With a mushrooming diaspora community, remittances are now the largest source of forex in many African economies.…

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Green bond issuances promoting the use of renewables in Africa
  • PROPARCO and the IFC, are scaling up of renewable energy production in both Kenya and DRC. 
  • The two organisations will support Nuru, an early-stage company that provides decentralized and low-carbon power solutions in DRC. 
  • PROPARCO will invest in the first close of E3 Low Carbon Economy Fund I (LCEF), which based in Kenya.

Two renewable energy investments in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Kenya will receive financial backing to enhance their low-carbon power solutions.

The move comes after PROPARCO and IFC announced plans to support scale up of renewable energy in the two countries. PROPARCO and IFC are members of the Alliance for Entrepreneurship in Africa.

The two organizations declared support for Nuru, an early-stage startup that offers decentralized and low-carbon electricity solutions in the DRC, during the Paris summit for a new global funding agreement.

“Our support for Nuru, delivered with partners through the Alliance for Entrepreneurship …

Floods SA
  • Last year, about 90 percent of climate change-related disaster losses in Africa were not insured.
  • Global insurance broker Gallagher Re says affordability of premiums, quality of data, and technical capacity is hindering insurance uptake.
  • DRC has appointed Gallagher Re to find ways to enhance the country’s  insurance penetration rate in mining industry.

Climate change has led to an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as droughts, and floods in many parts of Africa. These extreme weather events are resulting in significant damage to property, infrastructure, and livelihoods.

Flooding induced by climate change

Last year, for instance, at least 2,000 people died in Africa as a result of unprecedented flooding, which was partly induced by climate change. South Africa (Durban) and Nigeria were particularly hit hard following above-average rains in the year under focus.

Storm Issa, which is now regarded as one of the greatest storms …

Mark Willcox fomer Mvela CEO dies

In 2005 Willcox’s 4.4% interest in the formerly JSE listed and now defunct Mvela Group was estimated to be worth in the region of ZAR 118 million. This was the mainstay of his wealth.

Mining MX reported that Willcox trained as a lawyer, obtaining an LLB from the University of Cape Town. After a stint in the US, he returned to South Africa, where he became involved in commercial law. While structuring a transaction in 1998 involving diamond assets near Kimberley, Willcox first met Sexwale.

Black Economic Empowerment is an emotive topic in South Africa and southern Africa. Countries on the African continent were historically colonized by largely European countries that assumed control over political and economic control over their colonies. The colonies were governed through a political system of white minority rule where the settlers as it was exercised political control and ruled over the entire population. The natives …

Cellulant Partners with Orange Money for Wallet Transfers in Botswana.

Customers can also buy airtime and access other mobile network operator services using their Visa or Mastercard debit and credit cards through Tingg, Cellulant’s digital payments platform.

Tingg by Cellulant is at the forefront of ensuring digital financial solutions are available across the continent. Tingg, which integrates 211 banks in Africa, is a one-stop payment aggregator for multinational corporations, mid-caps, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Tingg enables merchants to receive, view and reconcile all their payments through a single platform or their system by integrating Tingg’s Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), eliminating the need to subscribe to multiple providers’ payments and, in the case of mobile money, mobile network operators (MNOs) and banks.…

The informal sector in Zimbabwe must show will and readiness to formalize. Vendors selling in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe’s dual economy, the formal and informal sectors, have become two distinct economies in Zimbabwe. With the former vulnerable to complex tax regimes and inconsistent monetary policies, the latter has no regard for both.

In some circles, the informal sector has been referred to as the grey economy, shadow economy, underground economy, parallel sector, and the cash economy.

  • Econet Life, an EcoCash Holdings Zimbabwe insurance unit, has launched a unique micro-pension fund product that allows people in the informal sector to save for retirement
  • The new product, called Dura/Isiphala Pension Fund, was launched in Kariba at the weekend and is expected to drive the uptake of pensions by workers in the informal sector
  • Meanwhile, on March 27, 2019, President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari launched the Micro Pension Plan (MPP) as part of his administration’s efforts to ensure that Nigerians who worked hard during their active years in service of their
Liquid Intelligent Technologies completes acquisition of Telrad

Liquid can deliver connectivity on both a local and regional scale because of its open access, totally owned fibre network that spans 100,000 kilometres.

The terrestrial infrastructure is supplemented by an extensive network of undersea cables, which together make up the international connectivity footprint of Liquid.

In addition to networking, cloud voice, cloud applications, and cloud platforms, Liquid’s cloud solutions incorporate cyber security services such as cyber defence, secure access, and safe data in addition to networking, cloud voice, cloud applications, and cloud platforms.…

Investment income and higher net premiums contributed to Jubilee’s increased net profit of Sh6.8 billion for the year that ended in December, which was up 67% from the previous year.

As a result of the performance, the company has declared an extraordinary dividend of Sh5 for each share. In addition to its regular dividend of Sh9 per share, the company distributed this amount.

After reaching an agreement to purchase a majority stake in Jubilee’s general insurance businesses, Allianz negotiated a contract with Sanlam Limited of South Africa to establish a joint venture. This agreement may have repercussions for the Kenya-based subsidiaries of both of the aforementioned companies.…

Senditoo's partnership with Access Forex gives clients access to 200 payout points in Zimbabwe. Takwana Tyaranini (Left) and Shingai Koti, Chief Marketing Officer at Access Finance International Group (Right)
  • Senditoo and Access Forex partner to give clients hassle-free international transfers.
  • The partnership means that Senditoo’s services will be available at approximately 200 payout points across Zimbabwe.
  • As of June 30, 2022, total international remittances amounted to US$1.372 billion, an increase of 23 percent from the US$1.113 billion recorded during the same period in 2021. Of the total amount, diaspora remittances amounted to US$797 million, a 23 percent increase from US$650 million received during the same period in 2021.
  • International remittances comprise transfers by Zimbabweans in the Diaspora and International Organisations.

Senditoo, an international remittance company has partnered with Access Forex to implement an infrastructure that will enable it to process cross-border transactions. Senditoo has been on the move of late and the partnership with Access Forex marks another milestone in the company’s progression into being one of the big players in the remittance space.

The partnership means that Senditoo’s …