👨🏿‍🚀 TechCabal Each day – MTN is accelerating cell cash in Nigeria

12 APRIL, 2022


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In in the present day’s version

  • MTN is accelerating cell cash in Nigeria
  • Uber’s resolution for its South African drivers
  • Huawei plans to upskill 100,000 Africans
  • Occasion: Elev8 Abilities Discuss
  • Alternatives



MTN, Africa’s largest telecom, has been within the information this yr for all the best causes. 

First a rebrand to a tech firm, then buying land within the metaverse and paying 13.5% of the full quantity of tax collected by the Nigerian federal tax authority in 2021.

Maintain it coming.

Yesterday, MTN Nigeria obtained last approval from the Central Financial institution of Nigeria to run a fee service financial institution.

Huh, what does this imply?

MTN Nigeria can now present nearly all of the providers provided by typical industrial banks aside from granting credit score and processing international change transactions. 

For Nigerians, it means another [easier] type of fee impartial of information connection or smartphones. Whereas Nigeria already has a workable banking infrastructure that permits on the spot interbank transactions, cell cash will take that even additional by decreasing walk-in providers, and even card transactions. With MoMo, Nigerians will be capable of pay entry on-and-offline fee choices, from paying for foodstuffs at comfort shops to renewing DStv subscriptions from their MoMo wallets.  

Backstory: This announcement follows a earlier approval in precept granted in November 2021, to Airtel Africa Plc and MTN Nigeria Communications Plc to function a fee service financial institution within the nation. The ultimate approval was topic to the fulfilment of sure requirements of the circumstances inside six months. 

This hints that, whereas MTN has gotten its personal approval, Airtel Nigeria might be getting its personal quickly.

Zoom out: Regardless of being residence to Africa’s largest unbanked inhabitants, Nigeria has not witnessed the identical exponential development in cell cash adoption and lags behind its regional friends like Ghana and Kenya in the case of penetration. In January, MTN revealed that MTN Nigeria’s cell cash service had attracted 9.4 million lively customers since launching in August 2019. This approval is predicted to spur the adoption of cell cash in Nigeria because the use circumstances improve.


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Uber has raced to current its model of an answer for its drivers in South Africa.

What’s up in SA?

Drivers for e-hailing platforms in South Africa are elevating their voices [and standards].

Over the previous month, drivers from Bolt, Uber, InDriver and newly exited DiDi, have been protesting for improved working circumstances. Late final month, the drivers launched into a 3-day strike which ended with the presentation of a memorandum on the Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure company.

What do the drivers need?

The drivers need the federal government to control the e-hailing sector to be able to allow fairer working circumstances. 

Amongst their complaints, the drivers are protesting excessive fee charges from Uber and Bolt—who cost 25% and 20% respectively. 

South Africa can be experiencing rising gas costs, and the drivers are involved that the platforms haven’t addressed the problem. The associated fee for every journey has risen for drivers, however their earnings are stagnant. 

So what’s Uber’s resolution?

Nicely, they’re undoubtedly not decreasing their fee charges or growing costs. 

Uber’s resolution is 2 new choices: Uber Reserve and Uber Hourly. Uber Reserve permits customers to guide rides quarter-hour or 5 minutes early, whereas Uber Hourly—Black by the Hour—will enable customers to guide Uber rides by the hour, and have as many stops or places as they need for a base price. 

Kagiso Khaole, Head of Mobility Operations at Uber sub-Saharan Africa, defined that the brand new choices are focused at bettering revenue for drivers. “We’ll proceed to leverage our know-how to remain on the reducing fringe of innovation to permit us to shortly adapt and meet the altering wants of drivers and riders,” stated Khaole.

Massive image: Will these new choices assist the drivers although? There’s undoubtedly an attract to Uber Hourly but it surely seems Uber is perhaps overestimating simply what number of South Africans can afford to pay R258 ($18) per hour, and the way it will enhance the lives of its 35,000 + drivers in South Africa

A notable coincidence is that almost a yr in the past, an analogous protest occurred in Nigeria the place the Skilled E-Hailing Drivers and Companions Affiliation (PEDPA) led Uber and Bolt drivers in a protest in opposition to excessive fee charges. Each corporations, to guard their revenue margins, didn’t scale back the charges but it surely Nigerian lawmakers did launch an inquiry into its e-hailing sector in December 2021.


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Chinese language tech firm, Huawei, has launched a digital expertise improvement programme that it says will upskill 100,000 Africans in 3 years

The LEAP—Management, Employability, Development and Prospects Programme—programme was introduced final week at Huawei’s ICT Competitors Awards Ceremony in South Africa.

The programme will span throughout 3000 ICT programs together with primary ICT coaching and certification programs, to authorities digital capability constructing and ICT expertise competitions. Huawei can even have interaction about 1,200 instructors to assist it facilitate the programs, and construct coaching centres and innovation hubs throughout the continent. 

On the announcement, Len Chen, Huawei’s South Africa president, significance of ICT expertise switch and expertise improvement and underlined Huawei’s constant emphasis on it.

Huawei’s involvement in tech improvement on the continent has grown previously decade. The corporate presently has over 6,500 Africans underneath its employment. Its ICT Competitors has additionally helped 80,000 college students from a number of African nations achieve entry to ICT studying instruments and instructors. 

The corporate additionally introduced plans in 2021 to construct a analysis and innovation centre in Tunisia.

Huawei joins quite a few international tech corporations which are supplementing indigenous startups’ efforts in investing in expertise improvement on the continent. Microsoft not too long ago opened new places of work for its African Growth Centres in Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya whereas Cisco, Phillips and Visa are working innovation studios throughout the globe.


Elev8 is holding the following version of its quarterly webinar sequence, Abilities Discuss, tomorrow, April 13 at 10 AM WAT. 

This instalment of Abilities Discuss is themed “Price optimization utilizing cloud know-how” and can characteristic Okechukwu Nwoke, Chief Expertise and Operations Officer of Stanbic IBTC because the keynote speaker. 

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Written by – Timi Odueso & Daniel Adeyemi

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