DHL Global opens new transit warehouse in Mombasa, Kenya

KENYA – DHL Global Forwarding (DGF), an international air, ocean, and road freight specialist provider, has opened a new transit warehouse in Mombasa, Kenya. The new 7,500 square meter (m²) warehouse is designed to support DGF’s Regional distribution network in Kenya. Strategically located between the Mombasa Port and DGF’s regional facilities, the new warehouse will provide cost-effective in transit storage…

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Bollore Logistics awarded main logistics contract for crude oil pipeline

KENYA – TotalEnergies has awarded a contract for the main logistics contractor (MLC) services for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (Eacop) project, to French multinational, Bollore Logistics. Local firms in Uganda and Tanzania will, therefore, only play the support role. Bollore Logistics will deliver the services within the budget of US$133 million, which the company bid. EALS Ltd., a…

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Last-mile delivery start-up Mylerz closes US$9.6 million seed funding to scale operations

EGYPT – Egyptian last-mile delivery and fulfillment innovation company, Mylerz has secured US$9.6 million seed funding to scale and expand its operations in Egypt and North Africa. The latest seed funding round was led by Lorax Capital Partners, an Egypt-based private equity firm with participation from Fawry. The start-up will use the funds to fuel expansion plans in North Africa…

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Logistics startup GoMetro secures US$1m seed extension to accelerate its growth

SOUTH AFRICA – South African logistics startup, GoMetro, has secured a US$1 million (ZAR16.3 million) seed extension round to accelerate its growth, bolster its commercial team and rapidly expand into the South African, UK and American markets. The funds were received from Kalon Venture Partners, Hlayisani Capital, Tritech Global, 4Decades Capital, and E Squared Investments and would be used for…

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Bolloré Transport & Logistics to open new Abidjan airport logistics facility

CÔTE D’IVOIRE – International transport and logistics operator, Bolloré Transport & Logistics Cote d’Ivoire is set to open a new logistics facility close to Abidjan airport. Intended to strengthen its offer of services related to the import and export of goods by air, this new infrastructure will have required 18 months of work and an investment of 3.4 billion CFA…

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Egypt’s Swvl expands in Europe with acquisition of Turkey’s Volt Lines

EGYPT – Egypt-based ride-sharing start-up, Swvl has agreed to acquire the Turkish transportation-as-a-service mobility business Volt Lines, as it expands further in Europe. The acquisition, which will see Volt Lines’ team hired by Swvl, is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022. The deal, valued at around US$40 million, gives Swvl access both to Volt Lines’ tech as…

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Taxi-hailing platform Bolt partners Seed Balls Kenya in its mission of sustainable transport

KENYA – Taxi-hailing platform, Bolt has entered into a long-term partnership with Seed Balls Kenya to plant over 11 million indigenous trees and unique grass species in degraded areas across the country. The project will enable the production and distribution of 25 tons of indigenous seeds (an equivalent of 11.25 million trees) to sullied lands across Kenya, where natural reforestation…

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Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chixung ends its operation in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Chinese ride-hailing giant, Didi Chixung, has announced that it would be ending its operations in South Africa. This is coming only a year after it launched in the country, marking its entry into the continent. The ride-hailing company, which claims to have over 500 million customers, has operations in 16 countries, including Russia and Australia. “We have…

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Jumia partners with China’s 4PX Express to expand its delivery services in Africa

AFRICA – Jumia, a Pan-African technology company has partnered with 4PX, a Chinese global logistics company, to enable it to expand in Africa by utilizing Jumia’s last-mile capabilities. 4PX Express will leverage Jumia’s last-mile capabilities on the continent with deliveries first starting in Nigeria before gradually being expanded to Kenya, Egypt and Morocco over the coming months. The announcement comes…

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Uber appoints Imran Manji as head of East Africa, suspends operation in Tanzania

EAST AFRICA – Uber, a ride hailing company, has announced the appointment of Imran Manji as their new Head of East Africa. He will be responsible for Uber’s business strategy and growth across the region which includes Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Imran previously worked as co-CEO for TowerTech Africa, a leading manufacturer and supplier of towers in East Africa. He…

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