This Week: Layoffs, taxes, bandits and memes

Plus: Hackers need ShopRite to pay for its clients’information.
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  • Week 31, 2022
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Sadly, the tech lay-offs proceed unabated. In the meantime, the Nigerian authorities plans to extend VAT on cellular providers. As you comply with these unpalatable tales, I hope they don’t dampen your weekend. Defend your peace. ❤

Kelechi Njoku,
Senior Editor, TechCabal.

Editor’s Picks

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Elevated value of calls, SMS, and information

What retains going up? The price of all the pieces. Calls, SMS, and information are about to get costlier in Nigeria. In a scramble to get extra non-oil income, the federal government is about to impose a further 5% tax on these.

Learn extra on TechCabal.

Sendy lays off 10% of its workers

Logistics startup Sendy has despatched 10% of its 300-strong workforce house. Following the footsteps of African startups like Vezeeta and Swvl, the corporate is thinning its operational workers to reply to the present financial downturn impacting tech corporations globally.

Be taught extra on TechCabal.

OpenServe splits from Telkom Group

In a “break-up” price celebrating, internet-providing subsidiary OpenServe is splitting from Telkom Group to turn into a standalone subsidiary. The newfound autonomy will give OpenServe extra market visibility and incomes potential.

Extra particulars are on TechCabal.

Instagram’s NFT assist involves Africa

NFTs are prepared for the world of social media. Are you prepared for it? Regardless of the web3 hacks and cryptocurrency dips, the social media companies are executing their plans to undertake NFTs. Instagram’s NFT Assist will likely be rolling out to about 100 international locations in a number of continents together with Africa.

Learn extra on TechCrunch.

MTN to slash 136 staff

MTN will nonetheless be in every single place you go however 136 staff shorter. The telecom firm will slash 136 staff because it begins the deliberate restructuring of its operations.

Full particulars are on MyBroadband.

Corporates warned about utilizing memes

Thoughts your memes— it could be another person’s enterprise. The Kenya Copyright Board has warned that memes are mental properties and shouldn’t be generated or used for business functions with out the permission of the copyright homeowners.

Be taught extra on Citizen Digital.

Amazon Prime will get its first Nigerian unique motion pictures.

Launching its first native advertising and marketing marketing campaign within the nation, Amazon Prime Video has revealed its first Nigerian originals. They’re a criminal offense thriller, Gangs Of Lagos; and a comedy collection, LOL: Final One Laughing.

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MultiChoice and others fined for airing BBC report on banditry

MultiChoice could also be regretting its option to air the current BBC report on banditry in Nigeria on DStv. Nigeria’s Nationwide Broadcasting Fee has fined MultiChoice and others for broadcasting the report. The nation’s regulators assume it glorifies bandits and undermines nationwide safety.

Extra particulars are on Reuters.

DStv ordered to reinstate axed eMedia TV channels

After a short-lived victory over eMedia within the Competitors Tribunal, DStv has misplaced the following court docket case on the competitors excessive court docket. Now it has to return 4 eMedia TV channels which it minimize off from its satellite tv for pc TV service.

Be taught extra on TechCentral.

The ANC requires shutdown of 2G and 3G

Out with the previous, in with the brand new! South Africa’s ruling celebration, African Nationwide Congress (ANC), is advising the authorities to close down 2G and 3G connectivity. That is in a bid to modernise South Africa’s cellular networks.

Be taught extra on MyBroadband.

13,000 Egyptians in cellular sports activities event

The English Premier League is on, however have you ever heard of a cellular sports activities event? It’s precisely what it appears like—a sports activities event performed completely on the telephone. It’s about to open in Egypt and 13,000 have already utilized.

Be taught extra on Ventureburn.

ANC to control Netflix and Disney+ in SA

Within the spirit of honest competitors, South Africa’s African Nationwide Congress (ANC) has proposed that the South African authorities regulate and tax streaming providers like Amazon, Disney+, Netflix, and so on . It will stage the enjoying subject for native streaming providers—and doubtless improve the price of utilizing the platforms.

Be taught extra on Cybera.

Airtel to roll out 5G community

Airtel will roll out 5G providers in August. The community is working with know-how companions Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung to start 5G deployment for it’s clients.

Learn the information on TechMoran.

Who introduced the cash this week?

  • This week, Homzmart, an internet retail startup primarily based in Egypt, raised $23 million in a pre-series B spherical.
  • Kenya-based insurtech startup Lami Applied sciences closed a $ 3.7 tens of millions seed extension in a spherical led by Harlem Capital.
  • Cape City-based gaming startup, Skrmiish, raised a $2.5 million seed spherical.
  • Youverify, an identification verification firm secured a $1 million seed spherical extension, bringing its complete seed elevate to $2.5 million.
  • South African auto restore platform Michanic secured $400k in debt capital from the MultiChoice Innovation Fund. 

Sport: Whose flag is that this?

What number of African international locations are you able to inform by their flags? We guessed Angola proper so now it’s your flip. Go
guessing and looking out!

High Tweets of the Week

What else to learn this weekend?

  • Phishing scams surge 234% in Africa.
  • WhatsApp refuses to scan messages for unlawful materials.
  • All On appoints ex-Rockefeller Basis director Caroline Eboumbou as new CEO.
  • Oui Capital’s plans for its new $30 million fund.
  • This Nigerian is creating software program to assist the world perceive infants’ cries.
  • OpenServe to turn into a standalone subsidiary after break up from Telkom Group.
  • South African digital financial institution TymeBank to amass fintech startup Retail Capital.
  • Digital Realty completes majority stake acquisition in Teraco.
  • A lot of the world’s costliest cellular information plans are in Africa

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