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Ex-Uber executive reveals how driver earnings were slashed in Kenya

New details have emerged showing that Uber was planning to further reduce commuter charges in Kenya, months after the 35% cut of 2016, which is the subject-matter of a civil suit filed by drivers agai

Autochek expands to North Africa after acquiring Morocco’s Kifal Auto

Digital automotive commerce company Autochek has acquired Morocco’s KIFAL Auto for an undisclosed amount, marking the entry of the vehicle marketplace into North Africa. The deal comes barely a year

CarePoint raises $10M to spread healthcare tech across Africa

CarePoint, a technology-driven healthcare startup, has raised a $10 million bridge round to accelerate its growth across Africa as it seeks to make healthcare accessible to the masses. The startup rec

Twiga starts commercial farming, looking to guarantee quality, sustain supply

Twiga, a B2B e-commerce food distribution platform, has today announced the launch of its new subsidiary, Twiga Fresh, through which it will farm and distribute its own agricultural produce to traders

TopUp Mama looking to solve sourcing challenges for restaurants

Stock-outs, unpredictable prices of farm produce and a lack of working capital are among the challenges that plague small restaurants and food vendors in emerging markets. These are some of the pain-p

Interswitch receives $110M investment from LeapFrog and Tana Africa Capital

African payments company Interswitch has secured a $110 million joint investment from LeapFrog Investments and Tana Africa Capital to scale its digital payment services across the continent, the two p

Egypt’s Mylerz raises $9.6M for its e-commerce fulfillment service, eyes Africa-wide growth

Mylerz, a Cairo-based e-commerce fulfillment startup, plans to enter three new markets in North Africa and expand across Egypt over the next three months against the backdrop of the $9.6 million fundi

Meta sued in Kenya over claims of exploitation and union busting

A suit was filed today against American social media giant Meta and Sama, its main subcontractor for content moderation in Africa, over claims of exploitation and union busting. A law firm, representi

Uber seeks to resolve dispute with Kenyan drivers out of court

Uber has opted for arbitration to solve a dispute it has with drivers in Kenya over the reduction of commuter fares. The ride-hailing firm asked Kenya’s Supreme Court, in an application, to allow it

Manara gets $3M to grow tech talent pool in the Middle East and North Africa

Edtech startup Manara has raised $3 million in pre-seed funding for its cohort-based training ­­platform geared toward growing the tech-talent pool in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

‘Desist from facilitating trade in crypto assets’ Uganda warns banks, fintechs

Uganda’s financial regulator has warned payment service providers from enabling cryptocurrency transactions in the East African country. The Bank of Uganda, in a letter, said it had not licensed any

Pangea to unlock diaspora remittances as funding source for African startups

Pangea Trust, through its equity crowdfunding platform Connect, is unlocking diaspora remittance inflows as funding source for early and growth-stage startups in Africa. Remittances to sub-Saharan Afr

Sun King raises $260M to widen clean energy access in Africa, Asia

One of the largest solar companies in Africa and Asia, Sun King, has raised $260 million in series D funding to deliver off-grid energy technologies to more people across the two continents. Sun King

Meta disputes allegations of poor work conditions at its contractor’s hub in Kenya

A few weeks ago, a law firm threatened to sue American social-media giant Meta and its main subcontractor for content moderation in Africa, Sama, over alleged unsafe and unfair work conditions at the

Ghanaian agtech Farmerline to use new funding to strengthen its infrastructure, help farmers create wealth

A McKinsey and Co. study suggests that while sub-Saharan Africa has the potential to increase (even triple) its agricultural output and overall contribution to the economy, the sector remains untapped

Zenda gets $9.4M to streamline school fee payment and management

Zenda, a UAE-based startup looking to change how parents pay school bills, and the way educational institutions manage fee collection, is eyeing Africa as its next frontier for growth. Zenda (formerly

Bolt’s future in Tanzania uncertain after 15% service fee order

The future of Bolt, the Estonia-based ride-hailing company, in Tanzania is hanging in the balance following a new 15% service fee order that went into effect Friday last week. Bolt, Uber’s main riva

Google opens product development center in Nairobi, its first in Africa

Google has today announced the launch of a product development center in Nairobi, its first in the continent, to build “transformative” products and services for the African market and the world.

Nigeria’s Etap gets $1.5M pre-seed to make buying car insurance easier

Only 21% of the 12 million registered vehicles on Nigerian roads have genuine motor insurance, as the rest either have fake certificates (owners are mostly unaware) or are not covered at all. This rep

Uber cites tough regulations as it suspends Tanzania operations

Uber suspended its operations in Tanzania today, citing a tough regulatory environment that has made it difficult for the ride-hailing company to continue running in the East African country. In a sta
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