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Ozwald Boateng Steps in as Guest Editor for a Leading Issue of New African

Posted on 18 May 2013 by Africa Business

Made In Africa Foundation

The Made In Africa Foundation is a charitable organisation, established to support strategic infrastructure projects and create sustainable solutions to some of Africa’s most pressing problems. It works to support technical feasibility studies, to kick start key infrastructure developments and to engage the African diaspora in innovative fund-raising activities. The Foundation was founded in 2011 by international designer Ozwald Boateng OBE, and Nigerian businessman Kola Aluko, and is supported by Atlantic Energy.

 

The leading pan-African current affairs magazine, New African, has just published its May edition, guest edited by the internationally renowned Ghanaian designer Ozwald Boateng , a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and founder of the Made in Africa Foundation.

This new issue looks at a Future Made in Africa and, in a 60 page supplement, celebrates the Organisation of African Unity’s (now the AU’s) golden jubilee. It has a strong focus on infrastructure, which reflects the work of the Made in Africa foundation – a $400m fund to finance feasibility studies to fast-track infrastructure investment throughout Africa.

Editorial contributors include Tony Blair , President Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson , Tony Elumelu, Mo Ibrahim , David Adjaye , Jay Naidoo , Omar Bongo Ondimba, Minna Salami, Swaady Martin-Leke, and Kandeh Yumkella and Babatunde Fashola .

In its “Trailblazers under 50″ feature, New African presents its selection of 50 Africans under the age of 50, who are breaking ground and raising hopes for Africa’s future.  The list includes Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Alex Wek , Didier Drogba, Hadeel Ibrahim , David Rudisha, Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, Juliana Totich, P-Square, Dambisa Moyo and its very own readers.

In his introductory article “Why our future should be made in Africa“. Boateng insists “If the world is to get beyond boom and bust, it requires African creators, farmers, workers, industrialists and leaders to be given the tools and opportunities to play their part for the good of all”.

Omar Ben Yedder , publisher of New African magazine, commented: “ Ozwald Boateng has done a fantastic job and this really is a collector’s item – one which we hope will be read and studied in schools and universities across Africa. It was a true learning experience working on this issue”.

The May 2013 issue is available on newsstands and local vendors now.

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Dubai Expo 2020 reports on two social initiatives in Africa that are helping foster sustainability on a local level

Posted on 01 May 2013 by Africa Business

DUBAI, UAE, May 1, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ Under the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, Dubai is building its Expo 2020 bid (http://www.expo2020dubai.ae) on three sub-themes representing the forces that inspire global development: sustainability (lasting sources of energy and water); mobility (smart systems of logistics and transportation); and opportunity (new paths to economic development). Dubai Expo 2020 (http://www.expo2020dubai.ae/en/) reports on two social initiatives in Africa that are helping foster sustainability on a local level.


Governments and large business are all looking at sustainability as a key issue in their bid to tackle climate change and water scarcity. But while global leaders and chief executives work on incorporating sustainability into policy-making and business models smaller enterprises are delivering at grassroots level.

In Ghana, Toyola Energy, founded by Suraj Wahab Ologburo, is one such enterprise. Toyola makes energy-efficient cooking stoves for ordinary Ghanaian consumers, who spend a large chunk of their incomes on fuel.

Ologburo’s “coal pot” stove uses one-third less charcoal than most existing stoves and sells for as little as US$8. Ologburo also offers credit, so consumers can pay US$2 up front and the remaining US$6 over two months using money saved on charcoal.

His company has produced 200,000 stoves and more than one million Ghanaians eat food cooked using Ologburo’s products every day. His business has reduced charcoal consumption in Ghana by 30,000 tonnes each year and carbon dioxide emissions by 150,000 tonnes a year.

Gina Garbon was one of Ologburo’s first customers. She liked the stove so much she ordered five for her market stall in Accra. Five became 100 and she sold every one, using the profits to buy land and build a new house. “Stoves changed my life,” she says.

Elsewhere, across Sub-Saharan Africa social enterprise Solar Sister is enabling rural women to start their own clean-tech cottage industries. The solar energy “business-in-a-bag” model provides funding, and inventory – including solar lamps and solar mobile phone chargers – that the women sell locally.

The scheme provides participants with an income and brings clean solar power to their communities. “My children need light to study so they can do well in school. If I have the opportunity to earn some money, I can give them a better future,” says one Solar Sister entrepreneur.

As the world ponders the climate change challenge, Solar Sister and Toyola Energy demonstrate how grassroots initiatives can effect change in ways that bring not just sustainability benefits but economic opportunities too.

To know more about UAE’s bid to host the World Expo in 2020, please visit: http://www.expo2020dubai.ae

 

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Kenya’s Newest Payments Innovation: Equity and Google launch Electronic Payments

Posted on 30 April 2013 by Africa Business

Consumers can enjoy quick and easy cashless bus ticketing with BebaPay: convenient for

passengers and operators

www.beba.co.ke

About BebaCard

BebaPay is an Equity product regulated by CBK, powered using technology by Google, a global leader in technology who bring their expertise in mobile and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.

About Equity Bank

Equity Bank commenced business in Kenya on registration in 1984.It has evolved from a small Building Society, a Microfinance Institution; to currently the all-inclusive financial services provider which is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange and Uganda Securities Exchange.

Equity Bank Group is one of the region’s leading banks whose purpose is to transform the lives and livelihoods of the people of Africa socially and economically by availing them modern, inclusive financial services that maximize their opportunities. While the Equity brand is associated with empowerment of un-banked & the poorly banked segment of population, the Bank has evolved to become an all-inclusive bank for all. With nearly 8 million accounts, Equity Bank is the largest bank in the region in terms of customer base. The Bank has operations in Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, and Tanzania. www.equitybankgroup.com

About Google Inc.

Google’s innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin,Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google’s targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more information, visit http://www.google.com/africa and our Google Africa Blog: google-africa.blogspot.com.  You can also follow Google’s Africa team on Twitter: twitter.com/googleafrica

 

 

Nairobi, 30th May 2013: Equity and Google today announced BebaPay, Kenya’s newest cashless innovation to make payments easy and more convenient for consumers and merchants. With BebaPay, bus passengers can sign up for a card and top up for free at Equity agents. Customers can also top up their cards via mobile money. BebaPay helps to overcome the problem of using cash and receiving the correct change when paying for public transport on the bus or “matatu”.  BebaPay is the first payments system of its kind for Kenya.

BebaPay makes it easy to pay for your bus fare and helps you budget and track your spending.  All you do is swipe your card on the card reader in order to pay. You also get free SMS receipts and the BebaPay website makes it easy to budget and manage your expenses on your mobile or computer.  You can get a BebaPay card for yourself, family members or co-workers.  Bus conductors can use BebaPay on a Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled Android phone to accept payments from BebaPay smart cards.

Dr James Mwangi, CEO, Equity Bank, says that “The BebaPay card is a first for Kenya and will change the transport industry when it comes to payment. It is a convenient local payment solution that makes it easy to budget and manage one’s expenses on a mobile phone or computer”.

“Research showed that technology could help bus operators and passengers to ease the process of ticketing, so we’re pleased that Nairobi commuters can now enjoy the advantages of BebaPay”, says Joe Mucheru, Google Kenya Country Manager.  “Using NFC is part of Google’s efforts to improve transactions for both businesses and consumers. NFC makes it easier for people to pay for goods and services, and gives merchants extra ways to connect with their customers using technology and the Internet”.

Lucia Atieno, a daily commuter who has been using BebaPay card for over 6 months, said “I now spend less on bus fares, since I can plan in advance how much money I need for a particular period of time. The conductors never leave with my change, which used to happen a lot if I forgot to as ask for it.  Greatest of all, no more chunks of paper in my handbag in the name of receipts!

Equity Bank and Google will be using affordable NFC-enabled Android devices that are available in Kenya and can be used for BebaPay.  Currently BebaPay is only available at key bus stops such as Kencom House. Equity Bank is working on rolling out BebaPay to more locations over time.

Note: Android is a trademark of Google Inc.

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Innovation Prize for Africa Announces 2013 Finalists

Posted on 25 April 2013 by Africa Business

Experts from across Africa develop market-oriented solutions to address sanitation, malaria, energy and other challenges while driving economic growth on the continent

About IPA

The Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) is an award founded by the African Innovation Foundation (http://www.africaninnovation.org) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (http://www.uneca.org). It mobilizes African innovators and entrepreneurs by providing a total of USD 150 000 to winners who deliver market-oriented solutions for African-led development. The IPA honours and encourages innovative achievements that contribute toward developing new products, increasing efficiency or cost savings in Africa. The prize also encourages private equity investors, government and development leaders to invest across sectors and build a climate that fuels Africa’s economic growth. For more information visit http://www.InnovationPrizeforAfrica.org. For additional media background visit http://www.AfricanInnovationNews.org.

 

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, April 25, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ Ten African innovators have developed practical solutions to some of the continent’s most intractable problems. Chosen from more than 900 applications from 45 countries, the finalists for the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) (http://www.innovationprizeforafrica.org) 2013 provide practical examples of Africa’s investment potential.

The winners of the IPA 2013 will be announced at a gala dinner on 7 May in Cape Town, South Africa hosted by the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business and the Sekunjalo Development Foundation. The winner will receive USD 100 000 for the best innovation based on marketability, originality, scalability, social impact and clear business potential. A runner up will receive USD 25 000 for the best commercial potential and another finalist will receive USD 25 000 as a special prize for social innovation.

“As global leaders gather for the World Economic Forum on Africa to discuss approaches to deliver on Africa’s promise, these innovators demonstrate that the best way to build Africa’s capacity is to invest in local innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais, a co-founder of the African Innovation Foundation and the IPA.

From Tunisa to South Africa, the IPA 2013 finalists are leaders in the areas of agriculture, environment, health, ICT and manufacturing. They include:

•    Zero-Blade Wind Convertor (Tunisia) – Innovators Hassine Labaied and Anis Aouini from Saphon Energy, a Tunisian R&D start up, developed a wind turbine with no blades that does not rotate – it uses sailboat technology to create cost-effective energy through a back-and-forth 3D motion.

•    SavvyLoo (South Africa) – Innovator Dr. Dudley Jackson developed a waterless toilet for rural areas and temporary settlements that separates liquids from solids to improve environmental impact, decrease the potential for disease, reduce odour and ensure easier removal.

•    The TBag Water Filter (South Africa) – Innovator Prof. Eugene Cloete created a water filter that uses electrospun tea bag material to ensure one litre of the most polluted water is 100 percent safe to drink.

•    The Malaria pf/PAN (pLDH) Test Kit (South Africa) –Innovator Ashley Uys created a new rapid malaria test that indicates within 30 minutes if treatment is effective. The test kit is one of only nine developed globally and is the only test of its kind fully-owned by an African company.

•    The Fonia Husker Machine (Senegal) – Innovator Sanoussi Diakite developed an electric and thermal powered machine that husks 5 kilograms of fonia – a West African cereal – in just 8 minutes.

•    Novatech Construction Systems (Cameroon) – Innovator Njokikang Faustinus created an efficient construction process. Its flagship product is a manual brick press that more easily produces 3,000 interlocking bricks per day.

•    Mobenzi (South Africa) – Innovator Andi Friedman and his team has developed a software that provides mobile data collection and field research solution, allowing sophisticated forms of research to be conducted across Africa online or via mobile phones.

•    Mimosa for Solar Powered Production (Nigeria) – Innovator Justus Nwaoga developed a new way to collect renewable solar energy by using the mimosa pudica weed, an organic African medicinal plant.

•    Agroforestry Model Farm (Sudan) – Innovator Muna Majoud Mahoamed Ahmed created an agro-foresty model farm in Khartoum that produces innovative sources of income from moringa leaves, seeds and jatrofa seeds.

•    AgriProtein (South Africa) – An innovative team of researchers from AgriProtien Technologies developed a new source of animal feed protein that lowers the cost of feed for African producers and farmers.

“We see a strong trend emerging of innovations that have significant social impact for Africa,” said Dr.Francois Bonnici, Director Bertha Centre for Social Innovation at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business.

The prize encourages Africans to develop creative ways to overcome everyday challenges.

The IPA selection committee represents private equity investors, seed funders, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and development leaders who are looking for ideas that move Africa forward.

The call for applications for IPA 2014 will be announced in July 2013. For detailed information of competition categories, conditions of entry, and submission details, please visit: InnovationPrizeForAfrica.org (http://www.innovationprizeforafrica.org). For highlights and more information, follow the IPA on Twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/IPAprize) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/InnovationPrizeforAfrica).

 

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A new platform and new ways of thinking for the development of quantum measurement technology, nanotechnology, biomedical technology

Posted on 22 April 2013 by Africa Business

On the basis of quantum optics and nano-materials’studying, Professor Zhu Kadi and Dr. Li Jinjin of Shanghai Jiaotong University proposed the plan that the nanometer spectrometer,which is commonly known in the industry ” light scales”, through high precision optical measurement of quality of biological DNA molecular and chromosome to detect cancer cells in the body firstly in the world.This proposed program is expected to provide a new platform and new ways of thinking for the development of quantum measurement technology, nanotechnology, biomedical technology.
To the results of this study, the American Physical Society commented: “this work is expected to lead the nano science into a new field of measurement.” And the top overview of the physics community internationally recognized journal “Physics Reports” also published Professor Zhu Kadi team’s outcome as a lengthy review paper.Since founded in 1971, the journal a total of only published nine review papers of the Chinese research institutions, including fours since 2000. And it is the first paper published in the Journal of Shanghai Jiaotong University.
The team of Professor Zhu Kadi by using the surface plasmon and the coupling system of nanometer material firstly proposed all-optical control method of measuring the particle mass.Now it can be predicted accurately to measure the quality of a single atom.This measurement method is to put an atom to be measured on the surface of a carbon nanotube,and then lighting on the carbon nanotubes at the same time with two different strength type, the detection of weak light absorption spectrum can be accurately obtained carbon the vibration frequency of the nanotubes.After two times the measured the vibration frequencies of carbon nanotube,get the variation of the vibration frequency of the carbon nanotube before and after loading atoms.The quality of the individual atoms on the carbon nanotube surface can be obtained by calculating.
According to reports, the carbon nanotubes, quantum dots and surface plasmon composite system will be combined to invent the first all-optical control of high sensitive nanometer optical spectrometer. Useing the all-optical control, the sensitivity and accuracy of the new spectrometer nearly three orders of magnitude higher than traditional electrical mass spectrometer. This research work on existing electrical mass spectrometer has done greatly upgrading and improvement, all-optical method instead of the traditional electrical measurements.
The research team is ongoing research to measure a single proton or neutron by “light weight”. The team also hopes “optical scale” applied to study of the biological DNA molecules, and a new method is proposed to detect cancer cell DNA molecule.According to the introduction, the quality of traditional Carcinogenesis DNA molecule with a normal DNA molecule is not completely the same. By measuring principle of it can detect the presence of cancer cells, and it is expected to promote the medical and clinical fields.

 

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Russian Railways Logistics to hold a series of talks at TransRussia 2013

Posted on 15 April 2013 by Africa Business

ABOUT Russian Railways Logistics

JSC Russian Railways Logistics was founded in 2010 for the purpose of development of logistics business within “Russian Railways” Holding. In cooperation with Russian Railways subsidiaries and leading global transportation companies RZD logistics offers high-quality delivery solutions for its customers all over the world.

In 2012 the company organized transportation of 3.3 mn tons of cargo against 1.5 mn tons in 2011. Net profit of the company of amounted to RUB97.2 mn in 2011.

Russian Railways Logistics offers rail, road and sea-freight, intermodal transportation, storage and terminal handling, customs and insurance services, supply chain management.

 

Russian Railways Logistics will hold a series of talks with the customers and the partners during the 18th Moscow International Transport & Logistics Exhibition and Conference «TransRussia».

The most established and leading exhibition for the transport and logistics market in Russia, CIS and Baltic states will be held on 23-26 April 2013 at VVC All-Russian Exhibition Centre. Russian Railways Logistics stand B203 will be located in the logistics Hall 75B.

Company representatives will hold a series of talks with Russian and foreign partners. The company offers its customers a range of logistics solutions and services including intermodal transportation across Russia, Europe and Asia combined with storage, terminal handling and international transit.

For the first time the joint ventures of RZDL will be exhibited at RZDL stand. Among them EuroRailTrans (Latvia), YuXinOu (Chongqing) Logistics Co., Ltd (China) and Far East Land Bridge, Ltd. (Austria), which specializes in transit containerized cargo transportation on Europe-Asia route.

For further information please go to www.rzdlog.ru

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Mervyn Goliath, Executive Vice President of Engineering and Operations, Clickatell:”Watch this space … we are geared up and energized!”

Posted on 13 April 2013 by Thandisizwe Mgudlwa

Mervyn Goliath has over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications, mobile banking, payment and transaction services industries and has held and excelled in executive roles at leading outfits, including ABSA (part of Barclays), MWeb (part of MIH) and Telkom.  Most recently, Mervyn was the Chief Operating Officer of Digital Banking Services for ABSA one of the largest financial services providers on the African continent, where his primary responsibility focused on transforming the bank’s digital channels. Before ABSA, Goliath served as CTO and General Manager of Technology and Operations at MWEB and as Group Head in National Telematics and Data Services at Telkom.

Founded in 2000, Clickatell is a global leader in providing the ability for its customers to alert, interact and transact with their customers, business partners and communities. Utilizing its global footprint, Clickatell can deliver short message services (SMS) through its Clickatell Mobile eXchange (CMX) to nearly every mobile phone user in the world. In addition, with Clickatell Transaction eXchange (CTX), the company is providing the essential link between the mobile consumer and their financial institution through such services as airtime top up. With its investment in Social Mobile Solutions, Clickatell is uniting customer communication, community creation and transaction services.

1) What is the nature of your business?

A: Clickatell is a global leader in mobile messaging and transaction service. We enable our customers to alert, connect, interact and transact with their business partners and communities on the mobile device.

We are the international pioneer for Business-2-Consumer mobile messaging. We have grown since the inception of the company in 2000 to our present global market position where we serve more than 65% of the top banks, insurance companies and retailers in South Africa as well as an impressive and diverse set of international clients.

2) Where did it all start?

A: The Clickatell story is such an exciting and inspirational story. It is a large part of the reason that I decided to leave a corporate financial services conglomerate, despite the fact that my primary role, just two months ago, was to head up the digital transformation of the largest bank in South Africa.

Clickatell has grown from a cash-strapped startup operating out of Cape Town 12 years ago to become a leading US-based multinational with very impressive annual revenues.

De Villiers and his twin brother Casper founded Clickatell with Danie du Toit and Patrick Lawson in 2000. It was the time of the Internet boom and they wanted to build a dot-com business. They originally planned to capitalise on the proliferation of low-price airlines and set out to build an Internet business that would sell discounted flight tickets to students at short notice. They looked for a mechanism that would enable them to inform customers by SMS about last-minute airfare deals. They couldn’t find one. That’s when they recognised the potential for a service like Clickatell, which would provide an interface between the Internet and telecommunications services.

Initial capital of R180 000, raised by the four founders, was quickly consumed, but fortunately they managed to secure funding from two angel investors who injected R1.2 million into the business.

By 2005, Clickatell was performing well and generating healthy profits. One of its international rivals then made a bid to take over the company. Their angel investors were keen to sell but management wasn’t. Ethos Private Equity stepped in, bought out the angel investors and enabled them to stave off the takeover bid. They recognised then, that they had to expand and grow internationally.

Ethos and Internet Solutions co-founder David Frankel funded an acquisition in 2006 and helped facilitate the relocation of the firm’s headquarters from Cape Town to Redwood City in California.

Soon after Clickatell moved to the US, prominent venture capital firm Sequoia Capital invested $7 million in the company. Sequoia was an early investor in technology giants Apple, Google, Cisco, Oracle and LinkedIn. Together with fellow venture capital firm DAG Ventures, Sequoia stumped up a further $12 million for Clickatell last year in its second round of financing.

3) What are the most memorable moments in your career?

A: I am humbled and pleased to have been part of some of the best teams in the telecommunications industry, all the way back to where I started as a pupil technician at the then South African Post and Telecommunications.

I was part of its transition to what is now called Telkom, serving in the very exclusive Telematics division, which was run by the legendary Allan Knot-Craig before he started Vodacom.

A memorable first career highlight for me was running the national technical support call center for the first online banking service, in the form of a videotext service known as Beltel.

We were all so privileged to work inside the nucleus of the telecommunications industry at the time, at the very beginning of the internet.

My move to MWEB was a key career change for me and right at the inception of the company. During my 12-year career there, I transitioned through numerous roles in technology, which culminated in a marathon tenure as Chief Technology Officer and arguably the most exciting phase of my career so far.

I once again found myself in an environment where I was able to contribute to both changing South African telecommunications regulation and as part of one of the best executive and technology leadership teams, blazing a trail of innovation and excellence. This culminated for me personally in building the largest IP network in South Africa, initiating and establishing open peering for the first time in South Africa, becoming a very significant anchor tenant on the SEACOM undersea Internet cable and bringing uncapped Internet to the market. These were game changers that created excitement and energy and again made a real difference across South Africa.

4) Any bad moments you can recall?  If yes, how did you overcome them?

A: It hasn’t always been plain sailing. I will never forget the day that I was fired and re-hired by my CEO on the same day. The market was tough due to disruptive competition and nerves were frayed.

My CEO was extremely unhappy about the slow rate at which we were developing new value propositions. Our software engineering practices were no longer serving us effectively. Smaller players in the market were outsmarting us left and right and my tenure as CTO came to an abrupt end.

I took one last breath and re-organized my team to introduce an Agile / Scrum methodology into our software engineering. Just 6 months later we were the darlings of the boardroom, rolling out projects with high levels of precision, speed and agility.

It was the best thing that I ever did. It took months of focused effort and many weeks of sleep deprivation to get it right – but we did it. I have many people from my team then to thank for believing in me and helping me to turn a sinking ship around and we still talk about it today.

While the SA ISP industry is small and while people never forget about the bad times and the failures, they also don’t forget about the successes and great times. Success should never be about the triumphs of you as a leader on an individual level – its ultimately highly collaborative teams that create winning companies.

5) What is happening in the mobile finance industry in Africa?

A: I delivered a number of talks last year on my strongly held view that “the future is decidedly mobile”. In 2013, the message is still the same, but amplified in orders of magnitude that have exceeded even the most aggressive forecasts.

Africa is the region that is leading the charge in mobile transactions and payments. It is fastest growing mobile financial services market globally because of the technology’s ubiquity, cost-effectiveness and the sheer unmet demand for financial services.

6) And what about Cickatell?  What’s been happening?

A: I joined Clickatell because it was particularly appealing for me to take on the challenge of leading a Clickatell team of engineering and financial services experts charged with growing the Clickatell enterprise business in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Clickatell’s deep enterprise and financial services experience in Africa positions us well to continue to be a technology innovator in this region. Expansion of the necessary intellectual capital and skills capability has already entered its second phase, with some key talent additions to our enterprise and engineering teams.

7) What is going to happen next?

A: We are entering Africa in a more determined fashion. Although Africa is the place where everyone wants to be, it’s not for everyone. There are enough failed mobile financial services starts in our industry to necessitate caution.

That said, we have already and will continue to expand our mobile financial services footprint into the rest of Africa, with the assistance of partners that complement our plans and capability. The partnership opportunities and benefits abound and the right time is now.

8 ) Do you think you are on the right track insofar as reaching your goals?

A: With the Clickatell team and partners behind our goals, absolutely YES.

9) Where to from here?

A: Pieter and the rest of the team have an incredible story to tell of tenacity, skill, and the courage and will to succeed. The strong Clickatell company culture that embraces these traits will see us charge into the next chapter of Clickatell’s growth and success.

Expansion into West and East Africa with Mobile Transactional services, are just some of the big plans for the business. We will continue to be an integral player where mobile, Internet and the consumer come together.

10) Is there anything you would like to add?

A: Watch this space … we are geared up and energized!

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Aggreko and Shanduka Recognised for Delivering Africa’s Best Fast Track Power Project

Posted on 11 April 2013 by Africa Business

The power project has been awarded at the Africa Energy Awards

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, April 11, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Aggreko Shanduka cross-border power project, located at Ressano Garcia in Mozambique has been awarded Africa’s Best Fast Track Power Project in 2012 at the Africa Energy Awards. The award ceremony took place during the gala dinner of the Power and Electricity World Africa conference and exhibition being held from the 8th to 11th of April in Johannesburg.

Commissioned in July 2012, the Ressano Garcia project is recognised as the world’s first interim cross-border IPP (Independent Power Provider) project. Utilising natural gas from Mozambique’s Temane gas fields, the output of the plant is being injected directly into the national grid of Mozambique on site via a purpose built substation. The project saw the generation and supply of 110 MW of power to Electricidade de Mocambique (EDM), the national utility of Mozambique and cross-border to Eskom, the South African national utility.

While being a highly innovative project in terms of delivering much needed power to both countries, the judges were impressed by the truly fast-track nature of the project. Commissioning the project, from first breaking ground to being fully operational, took less than four months. This included a substantial civil infrastructure programme involving the building of access roads, a 1.2 km high pressure gas pipeline, gas processing and de-pressurising infrastructure, a major substation and 1.5 kilometres of 275 kV transmission line.

The project is connected to the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) which links the power grids of nine Southern African countries. Taking advantage of this exceptional transmission infrastructure and the flexible nature of Aggreko’s power installations, on March 14th 2013 Aggreko (http://www.aggreko.com) announced that it would extend the Ressano Garcia facility to add an additional 122 MW. Coming on-line within the second quarter of 2013, this additional power will be shared between EDM and NamPower, the Namibian national utility and bring the total generating capacity of Ressano Garcia to 232 MW.

“To realise a project of this scale and complexity, the global resources of Aggreko were mobilised to project manage and engineer the installation of Ressano Garcia. This capability coupled with the expertise of our partnering contractors and customers, working together as one team resulted in the successful delivery of this remarkable project,” commented Ron Sams, Global Operations and Technology Director, Aggreko.

“We are thrilled to receive this award in conjunction with our partner Aggreko,” commented Phuti Mahanyele, CEO, Shanduka Group. “Access to sufficient and stable power supplies creates tremendous value for the development of the region. This project has also brought significant benefits to the local population, providing increased employment opportunities, stimulating wider economic activity and, through Shanduka’s Adopt-a-School Foundation, assisting in the development of a local primary school, Escola Primaria Completa De Ressano Garcia.”

Commenting on the award James Shepherd, Managing Director, Aggreko Southern and East Africa, “I’m delighted that what is indeed a unique and ground-breaking project has been recognised as such by our industry peers. Building a power plant of such size and complexity, on a completely greenfield site, in less than four months is truly remarkable. This award recognises the vision and hard work of the project team from Aggreko and Shanduka, our customers EDM and Eskom and all the partners that made this project such a resounding success.”

 

Aggreko plc

Aggreko plc (http://www.aggreko.com) is the world leader in the supply of temporary power and temperature control solutions. Aggreko employs over 5,700 people operating from 194 locations. In 2012 we served customers in about 100 countries, and had revenues of approximately GBP 1.6bn (USD 2.5bn or Euros 2.0bn). Aggreko plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (AGK.L), is a member of the FTSE-100 index, and is headquartered in Scotland. For more information, please visit the company website at http://www.aggreko.com

Aggreko provides power and temperature control solutions to customers who need them either very quickly, or for a short or indeterminate length of time. Examples would be the supply of power to an industrial site which needs to service its permanent power supply, supplying a whole city in times of power shortage, or providing a major sporting event with power and cooling systems. We serve our customers either through our 194 service centres, which we call the Local business, or globally through our International Power Projects business.

In the Local business (http://www.aggreko.com/products-and-services), which accounts for about half of our revenues, we hire our equipment to customers, who then operate it for themselves, although we retain responsibility for servicing and maintaining it. In the International Power Projects business (http://www.aggreko.com/industries/case-study-library), which also accounts for about half of our revenues, we operate as a power producer. We install and operate power plants and we charge our customers both for providing the generating capacity, and for the electricity we produce. We design and manufacture equipment specifically for these requirements in our factory in Dumbarton, Scotland.

Recent customers include the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (http://www.aggreko.com/media-centre/press-releases/aggreko-supports-a-powerful-london-2012), the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games (http://www.aggreko.com/events/the-olympics/vancouver-2010) and the power utilities in over 50 countries including the UK (http://www.aggreko.co.uk), France (http://www.aggreko.fr), Angola, Kenya (http://africa.aggreko.com), Indonesia, Bangladesh, Venezuela, Chile (http://www.aggreko.cl), Brazil (http://www.aggreko.com.br) and the USA (http://us.aggreko.com).

In 2012 we fulfilled almost 45,000 customers’ assignments and 70% of those who responded to our research gave us a recommendation of 9 or 10 out of 10.

For more information, please visit our local website at: http://www.aggreko.co.za

Shanduka Group

Shanduka Group was founded in 2001 as a black-owned investment holding company. It is invested in a diverse portfolio of listed and unlisted companies, with key holdings in the resources and food and beverage industries. Shanduka is also invested in the financial services, energy, telecoms, property and industrial sectors. The group has investments in South Africa, Mozambique, Mauritius, Ghana and Nigeria.

The company’s investment philosophy rests on partnering with firms that have a history of delivering profitable earnings and capable management teams that embrace transformation.

Shanduka’s broad-based ownership demonstrates its commitment to empowerment and transformation. Part of its shareholding is held by trusts that invest in education and small business development. Total black ownership is 51%, of which an 18% shareholding is held by broad-based trusts.

For more information on Shanduka, please visit our website at: http://www.shanduka.co.za

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Aggreko plc

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“With over 600 hundred referenced sites across the globe Clean Power Africa offers us an opportunity to share our experiences.”

Posted on 08 April 2013 by Africa Business

“To help ordinary people in Africa have a better quality of life.”

Exclusive interview with Dean Pratt, MarelliMotori’s Regional Manager Africa.  MarelliMotori is a platinum sponsor for Clean Power Africa

 

1) What are you most excited about currently in terms of Marelli’s products and solutions?

The past year’s outstanding results.
The progress in both the Italian and Malaysian factory expansions.
Increasing our global presence.
Major focus on strategic products (renewable energies, large machines, machines for hazardous applications and bespoke solutions).
Focus on service points.

 

2) What is on the calendar for MarelliMotori for 2013?

Obviously Marelli Motori plans for further growth.
To achieve further growth Marelli Motori has invested in technology, R & D and product development.
Additional human resources have been hired despite the difficult international scenarios.
Being unchanged we offer the same levels of quality and integrity.
Being more visible at conferences/exhibitions etc (Middle East Electricity in Dubai, 3rd Energy Forum in China, Clean Power Africa) to name a few.

 

3) What opportunities do you see in Africa?

Africa is a giant continent with huge energy challenges but rich in natural resources. These natural resources could and should be utilised to improve the energy challenges which in turn would improve the quality of life for many people living on this continent.
Marelli Motori can assist with renewable energies (hydro, bio mass), oil and gas whenever energy and or power solutions are required.
Marelli Motori’s long lasting presence in Africa confirms our commitment to support the continent needs. The local office has been present in South Africa since 2001.

4) What do you think makes Marelli Motori competitive in this market?

Quality.
Service.
Commitment to meet customer requirements.
Offering a wide range of products (hydro power generators, large machines, machines for hazardous applications and bespoke solutions).

5) What do you think are the biggest challenges to the South African/African energy market?

Financing of projects.
Slow decision making.
Lack of planning.

6) Why does Marelli Motori keep returning to Clean Power Africa?

20% of Marelli Motori turnover is based on renewable energies (mini – micro power stations).
With over 600 hundred referenced sites across the globe this event offers us an opportunity to share our experiences.
To help ordinary people in Africa have a better quality of life.

7) What will be the main message that Marelli Motori has for the African Utility Week delegate and visitor?

With over 121 years of experience Marelli Motori is ready to advise on the best power solution for our customers’ application.
As part of its commitment to its customers Marelli Motori has in place a global support structure through the Marelli Motori sales, service and distribution offices located in: Italy, Great Britain, Germany, Malaysia, the USA and South Africa.
Worldwide, Marelli Motori designs, manufactures and supplies in excess of 200,000 synchronous and asynchronous generators and electric motors to the power generation, renewable power, petrochemical and marine industries annually.

8)   Anything you would like to add?
Marelli Motori has a tradition dating back to 1891 when Ercole Marelli founded the company. Today Marelli Motori is recognised internationally as a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of synchronous and asynchronous generators and electric motors to the power generation, renewable power, petrochemical and marine industries to name a few. These products are available up to 9,000 kVA for generators and 5,000 kW for electric motors from 400 V to 15,000 V.

 

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MTN Uganda Voted as the best Mobile Telephone Service provider of the year

Posted on 08 April 2013 by Africa Business

About MTN Uganda

Launched in 1998, MTN Uganda is the leading telecommunications firm in country with more than 7.7 million customers as of 31 December 2012.

 

About the MTN Group

Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a leading emerging market operator, connecting subscribers in 22 countries in Africa and the Middle East. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code: “MTN.” As of 31 December 2012, MTN recorded almost 190 million subscribers across its operations in Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia.

 

MTN Uganda has been awarded the Best Mobile Telecom provider of the year(2012) at the just concluded the 2013 Uganda Responsible Investment (URI) awards ceremony held at the Imperial Royal Hotel in Kampala.

According to Public Opinions the organizer of the Uganda Responsible Investment awards, MTN was voted for by the people of Uganda in appreciation and recognition of its contribution towards the promotion of international best practices and standards in their day to days operations such as; respect for internationally proclaimed rights of workers, elimination of discrimination in respect of occupation and employment, work against all forms of corruption including extortion and bribery, respect of public procurement guidelines, delivery of quality products and services, involvement in productive Corporate Social investment and environmental protection and payment of Taxes.

MTN Uganda is the largest telecom player in Uganda with close to 8million subscribers and the most robust mobile money service in Uganda with transactions in excess of 20 million per month. MTN is also the largest data provider in Uganda currently providing the fastest internet with the 42mbps, and LTE very close to going live. In a highly competitive environment, with seven network operators, MTN Uganda has maintained its leading position in subscriber numbers and market share. By year end 2012, MTN Uganda had 7.7 million subscribers and total 3.5 million Mobile Money users.

“MTN as a good corporate citizen in Uganda has vowed to invest in the country and contribute to the growth of the economy. MTN’s investment in Uganda spans over 14 years of its existence and has reached innovation, capacity building, education, health and many other national priority areas. Our products and services, too, has been growing steadily, and our efforts will continue to be just as persistent as ever at ensuring that we lead the delivery of a bold, new digital world to our customers,” said Mazen Mroué, the MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Mroué reiterated that MTN has been providing best mobile network communication services, world class internet access, and high range of innovative products with wide footprint covering all regions and focus on giving back to the community through sustainable Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) are some of the key success factors that have endeared the public to the telecom giant.

“We continue to invest in Uganda so as to make our customer’s lives even better. In 2012, we invested in excess of $80million in upgrading infrastructure and reaching areas that were hitherto uncovered. This year, we plan to invest another $70million. All this is meant to create convenience and universal access for our customers and this is not just to communication, but to other fundamental human needs,” said Mroue.

In 2012 alone MTN Uganda paid more than UGX 360 billion shillings in taxes to the Ugandan government. With a current workforce of 1,250 staff, the continuous investment by MTN in Uganda has enabled job creation with direct and indirect support for over 500,000 Ugandans which has largely contributed to the overall economic growth.

Also, in 2012 MTN Uganda invested close to UGX1.5 billion shillings in training and development of its employees. The company is also committed to exporting talent and currently has more than 10 Ugandan employees working as expatriates for other MTN Operations in other countries holding senior positions, sharing knowledge and transferring skills across the MTN Group.

Public Opinions is a civil society organization (CSO) which was founded by the late Brig. Noble Mayombo, former permanent secretary in the Ministry of Defense at Makerere University in 2003 as a students’ forum for advocacy, research and study group on key issues of national and global concern. In partnership with Uganda Investment Authority (UIA), the CSO’s objective led to the formation of the Uganda Responsible Investment awards.

Websites: www.mtn.com and www.mtnfootball.com.

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