Vivo Energy Morocco opens first ‘Shell Helix Service Center’ in Casablanca

MOROCCO – The petroleum company Vivo Energy Morocco has inaugurated its first “Shell Helix Service Center” in Casablanca, an innovative center that allows drivers to equip, maintain, or repair their vehicles without prior appointment. The local automotive center, which is the first project of its kind in the kingdom, is located within the Shell petrol station “Les Stades” on the…

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Egypt’s e-commerce platform Appetito set to acquire Lamma for US$10M

EGYPT – Appetito, the Egyptian platform that delivers groceries and family items to buyers from 11 dark stores across three cities in the North African nation, is acquiring Lamma, an identical startup with operations in the Maghreb locations of Tunisia and Morocco. Appetito did not specify the size of the deal in its announcement. According to insiders familiar with the…

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Huawei launches academy ambassador program to empower youth into digital future

EGYPT – Huawei Technologies, a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, has launched “Huawei Ambassadors program,” to empower young people into digital future. The program aims to build up ICT talents to become Huawei’s ambassadors, sharing acquired knowledge and raising awareness among their peers about Huawei’s activities and training programs inside and outside…

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U.S. Completes US$316m investment in Ghana’s energy infrastructure

GHANA – With the inauguration of the Kasoa Bulk Supply Point (BSP), the United States has completed its nearly six-year US$316 million investment in Ghana’s energy infrastructure. The program has supported more reliable power for hundreds of thousands of schools, hospitals, offices, and homes in Ghana. The Kasoa BSP will reduce outages in the power system, help stabilize voltages, and…

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International calling app Talk360 secures US$4m funds to launch new payments platform

SOUTH AFRICA – International calling app Talk360, which enables people around the world to make reliable and affordable calls to any landline or mobile phone worldwide, has secured US$4 million in funding as it prepares to launch a new pan-African payment platform in mid-2022. The seed round of funding was led by leading African venture capital investor HAVAÍC, 4Di Capital…

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IHS Towers receives regulatory approval to acquire tower assets from MTN

SOUTH AFRICA – IHS Towers, a telecommunications infrastructure provider in Africa, has completed the acquisition of over 5 000 MTN towers in SA, in a deal that will see the New York Stock Exchange-listed tower company fork out R6.4 billion (US$411.94m). MTN announced the completion of the transaction, saying it received the necessary regulatory approval from anti-trust authorities. IHS Towers…

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Equipment supplier Davis & Shirtliff appoints George Mbugua as its new CEO

KENYA – Davis & Shirtliff, a supplier of water related equipment in the East African region, has appointed its long-serving finance director George Mbugua as the new CEO, taking over from David Gatende who retires after 36 years with the company. The change of guard comes as the water and energy solutions provider is redefining its distribution strategy to capture…

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