UAE’s dnata announces major investment in Zanzibar aviation industry

ZANZIBAR – Dubai National Air Travel Agency commonly known as dnata, which provides aircraft ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services has signed a concession agreement with the government of Zanzibar, along with Emirates Leisure Retail and SEGAP, a joint venture between airport infrastructure and operations specialists Egis, and private equity fund manager AIIM. Under the partnership, dnata will oversee the operations of Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport’s (ZNZ) newly-built international terminal (T3), with SEGAP supporting the Zanzibar Airports Authority (ZAA) in a management capacity. Emirates Leisure Retail…

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Air Tanzania resumes Dar-es-Salaam – Nairobi flights

TANZANIA – Air Tanzania has resumed two daily flights between Dar es Salaam and Nairobi after 20 years since it ceased operations. The national carrier says it will operate an Airbus A220-300 aircraft on the new route as Nairobi becomes a strategic route in African plans. Air Tanzania Chief Executive Officer Ladislaus Matindi said the restart of the Dar-Nairobi route has been prompted by improved bilateral relations, increased trade between the two countries, inter-governmental relations, tourism, an extension of familial and friendly ties, and the need to connect the region…

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Delivery platform ShapShap secures investment from GreenTec Capital

NIGERIA – ShapShap, a delivery platform that specializes in deliveries in Africa’s fragmented logistics industry, has received an undisclosed investment sum from GreenTec Capital Partners, an Africa-focused venture capital firm. ShapShap is currently providing last-mile deliveries in Abuja and Lagos, Nigeria, using an all-in-one platform that connects customers, drivers, and merchants. GreenTec will help ShapShap through the VC’s Venture Building concept under the terms of the agreement. The startup’s significant traction drew GreenTec’s attention. More than 30,000 orders have been processed for more than 4,000 consumers on ShapShap platform, and…

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Transport company DKN Transport secures funding from Edge Growth for its expansion plans

SOUTH AFRICA – Edge Growth, through the Engen Convoy Fund, an Enterprise and Supplier Development Fund to promote broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE), has invested in DKN Transport, a level 1 B-BBEE contributor with a 30% black female shareholding. Through this funding, DKN will be able to expand their fleet size and market offering, with additional job creation as a result. Headquartered in Johannesburg since 2004, DKN Transport provides road freight logistics solutions across various industries, nationally and cross-border into Africa. “Traditional logistic companies are still critical enablers to achieving…

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Kenya Airways and South African Airways sign strategic partnership framework

SOUTH AFRICA – Kenya’s national carrier, Kenya Airways (KQ), has signed a Strategic Partnership Framework with South African Airways (SAA), a key milestone towards co-starting a Pan African Airline Group by 2023. The partnership framework follows the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) that the two airlines signed two months ago to foster the exchange of knowledge, expertise, innovation, digital technologies, and best practice between the two airlines. The signing of the Strategic Partnership Framework by the two African airlines will see both airlines work together to increase passenger traffic, cargo opportunities,…

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Fleet management startup, Fleeti, secures US$1.1m in seed funding

SIERRA LEONE – Fleeti, a start-up incubated at Estia and specializing in fleet management in Africa, has raised US$1.1 million from Newfund, Groupe Clim, Janngo, SkalePark, Mapinvest, and business angels. This funding will allow the company to speed up the technological development of their solutions and expand its reach into new markets. Founded in July 2020 by Iban Olçomendy and Gabriel Delerue (both EDHEC grads), Fleeti aims to help companies reduce their fuel consumption and improve the performance of their fleet. Its technology, which combines embedded sensors and SaaS software,…

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Tech-logistics startup Sendy launches a digital platform for online sellers in Kenya

KENYA -Sendy, a Kenyan tech-logistics startup, has set up a digital-enabled platform that relieves online sellers of logistics difficulties and their associated costs, reports KenyanWallstreet. The state-of-the-art Fulfilment Centre with multiple picking locations across Nairobi will serve as Sendy’s nerve center. This e-commerce platform is aimed at retailers that do not have storage or delivery systems, and it will pick, pack, and ship orders to customers for a fee of 13% of the product’s selling price. The price also includes picking up the shipment from the vendor’s location, three shipping…

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Delivery company Glovo spread its operations to Kumasi, the third city in Ghana

GHANA – Glovo, a worldwide multi-category delivery player, has spread its operations to Kumasi, the capital city of Ashanti Region in Ghana, in line with the company’s vision to give everyone easy access to anything in their cities. Kumasi is the third city in Ghana to enjoy Glovo’s multi-category delivery services since it started operations in March 2021. Speaking on the expansion in Ghana, General Manager of Glovo Ghana, Pearlyn Budu, said the extension to the Ashanti Region was aimed at providing the fastest and most convenient delivery service to…

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Mobilty startup Treepz closes seed round, acquires Uganda’s Ugabus

NIGERIA – Treepz, a Nigerian shared mobility startup, has closed out its seed round at US$2.8 million and expanded to Uganda with the acquisition of bus company Ugabus. The startup raised a further US$1.6 million in funding, closing its seed round at US$2.8 million, with additional funding coming from the Google for Startups Black Founders Fund Africa, Japanese VC firm Uncovered Fund and Dubai-based VCs including Blanford Capital and Jonomi Capital. Egypt-based fund Jedar Capital also participated in the round with follow-on investments from previous investors. The startup earlier this…

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Air Tanzania ups regional competition with order of four new planes

TANZANIA – Boeing and the government of Tanzania have announced an order for a 787-8 Dreamliner, a 767-300 freighter, and two 737 MAX jets at the 2021 Dubai Airshow to boost the national carrier’s capability in Africa and abroad. The airplanes will be operated by Air Tanzania, the national flag carrier of Tanzania, to expand service from the country to new markets across Africa, Asia, and Europe. The order, valued at more than US$726 million at list prices, was previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders and Deliveries website. Air Tanzania…

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