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Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing

Kenyan agri-tech startup Twiga Foods has partnered IBM Research to extend access to microloans to 220 food stall retailers across Kenya using a blockchain-based financing system...

By Tom Jackson 2 days ago

Payment trends in Africa - driven by tech with an African twist

Technology developments will continue to revolutionise payment in both the real and virtual worlds across the globe. As always, though, local conditions will dictate exactly how global trends affect local markets...

By David Noel Lardin 13 Mar 2018

SA women remain underrepresented among the ranks of entrepreneurs

While South Africa has made progress in reducing the gender bias for women engaging in early stage entrepreneurial activities, the number of women business owners remains constrained...

8 Mar 2018

Mastercard to use Messenger to help SMEs leverage digital payments in Africa, Asia

Mastercard will use Facebook Messenger to provide technology to small businesses in Africa and Asia to drive affordable acceptance of electronic and mobile payments...

1 Mar 2018

SA's Airbuy launches e-commerce payment gateway

South African startup Airbuy has rolled out its alternative payment gateway that allows e-commerce sites to accept payments without their customers exposing their banking details...

By Tom Jackson 25 Jan 2018

NRD Capital acquires Mike's Kitchen restaurant chain

NRD Capital, a US-based private equity firm that specialises in franchise investments, has cemented its entry into the African market with its acquisition of Mike's Kitchen...

10 Jan 2018

PayU broadens online payments service in Nigeria with PayU Receive

PayU Nigeria Nigeria has launched PayU Receive, which enables businesses in the country to securely request and receive payments directly from customers...

13 Dec 2017

Less than 30% of Africa's e-commerce startups profitable

Less than 30% of African e-commerce startups are profitable, as ventures tackle issues such as lack of funding, shortage of trust and logistical difficulties...

By Gabriella Mulligan 8 Dec 2017

A mobile payments solution for Kenyan retailers

Mastercard launches Kionect for Nairobi's smallest shopkeepers - a mobile ordering and payments solution enables kiosk owners to access micro-loans...

6 Dec 2017

BBM Messenger's Adam Pattison on chat, dark social and the new mobile economy

On his visit to South Africa for the MMA (Mobile Marketing Association) Forum in Johannesburg on 2 November and Mobile Monday in Cape Town on 6 November, Adam Pattison, vice president, Americas & EMEA at BBM Messenger, shared insights into chat or dark social and how this is shaping the mobile economy...

By Jessica Tennant 20 Nov 2017

Mastercard-Spazapp collaboration brings cashless payments to informal retailers

Mastercard is collaborating with Durban-based tech company Spazapp, to bring secure and convenient mobile payments to thousands of informal traders...

15 Nov 2017

RMB Ventures, Investec Asset Management acquire stakes in Botswana-based retailer

Kamoso, a Botswana-based retailer and consumer goods company, was acquired by a consortium that includes Investec Asset Management Private Equity, RMB Ventures...

24 Oct 2017

The world of payments is changing fast

The services offered by traditional banks are too restrictive for what smaller retailers require and many of them are looking for alternative solutions...

By Paul Kent 20 Oct 2017

African tourism trends in the age of developing smart cities

Using data to understand travellers' spending behaviours, their habits as well as their preferences, has the power to increase the number of customers and the spend...

By Elias Aad 19 Oct 2017

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