Movers & Shakers

MTN Rwanda redefines mobile internet

by PHYLLIS BIRORI KIGALI – MTN Rwanda has announced the introduction of Internet Irekure, a tailored internet prepaid pack. The mobile network provider said the move redefines mobile internet. The Irekure concept for voice calls which was launched in June was introduced to give customers a balance of choice, affordability and flexibility when calling on the MTN network. The offer ...

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Zimbabwe first lady sets social media ablaze

JOHANNESBURG – SOCIAL media in South Africa and beyond is abuzz as controversy trails Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe, who is accused of assaulting a South African beauty queen. She (Grace Mugabe) has caused a cyber-storm and diplomatic unease following the confrontation with 20-year model, Gabriella Engels in Sandton, Johannesburg. President Robert Mugabe’s temperamental wife dominated platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, ...

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SAP completes expansion to Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN – THE market leader in enterprise management software, Systems Applications Products (SAP), has strengthened its position in West Africa with the expansion to Ivory Coast. An office has been opened in the commercial capital Abidjan. SAP Sub-Saharan Africa Director, Jean Alain-Konan, said SAP aimed to empower people at the heart of business operations with technological solutions for trade. “We ...

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Internet of things shakes African oil & gas sector

Oil exploration using technology

by SAVIOUS KWINIKA JOHANNESBURG – A technology expert has encouraged oil and gas companies in the continent to make the most of the proliferation of software to overcome the upheavals afflicting the sector. Falling crude oil prices have put immense strain on the entire oil value chain, while the increasing availability and affordability of renewable energy sources means oil and gas ...

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Integrated mobility concept planned for Rwanda

Volkswagen

KIGALI – IN another step to develop market potential in Africa, Volkswagen is set to establish an environmentally compatible local vehicle production facility in Uganda. It will be set up in the capital city Kigali to cover vehicle demand for the integrated mobility concept. Francis Gatare, Director of the Rwanda Development Board, and Thomas Schäfer, Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Group ...

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Telcos drive Mobile Money growth

Rwanda Mobile money

by PHYLLIS BIRORI  TELECOMMUNICATIONS operators in the continent are seen recognising how interoperability is necessary to reap the full benefits of Mobile Money. This is according to WorldRemit, the international money transfer agency. The observation follows the launch of Mobile Money transfers between Rwanda and Uganda by MTN. “International remittances via Mobile Money are growing both in Africa and globally,” ...

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MTN appoints new CEO for South Africa

Mteto Nyati, MTN SA new CEO

JOHANNESBURG – THE MTN Group has announced the appointment of Mteto Nyati as MTN South Africa Chief Executive Officer. The appointment is with immediate effect. Mteto succeeds Ahmad Farroukh, who resigned earlier this month. A seasoned ICT executive and business leader, Nyati joined MTN as Group Chief Enterprise Officer in October last year. “He brings extensive knowledge of the local ...

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MTN South Africa CEO resigns

MTN SA CEO, Ahmad Farroukh

JOHANNESBURG – THE MTN Group has announced the resignation of Ahmad Farroukh, Chief Executive Officer of MTN South Africa. The resignation is effective July 31. “This was a difficult decision to take for Ahmad, but unavoidable due to personal and family reasons,” says MTN Group President and CEO, Sifiso Dabengwa. Dabengwa said a successor to Farroukh would be announced as ...

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SAP and Germany partner to digitise Africa

SAP

JOHANNESBURG – SYSTEMS Applications Products (SAP) Africa has partnered with the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in programme to explore how new technologies and innovative solutions will determine the future for Africa. The “Digital Africa” partnership sees digitisation as pivotal to development and growth. Through the scheme, BMZ is joining forces with the private sector to support the ...

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EXCLUSIVE: Rwanda’s first ICT publication takes off

His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda

by PHYLLIS BIRORI RWANDA’S first Information Communication Technology (ICT) online news publication has taken off. ItNewsRwanda, the new online publication is set to be officially launched in July, with the country’s President, His Excellence Paul Kagame, and Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, expected to commission it. An official from ItNews Rwanda, said preparations are at an advanced ...

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