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Ethiopia switched off the internet last week, Benin repeals social media tax

Last week, Ethiopia switched off the internet in the Addis Ababa areas. That is according to Chinese News Agency, Xinhua, and Berhan Taye - who leads Access Now's #KeepItOn campaign against...
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The Funding Brief: A total of $160M was raised this week, and more

This week registered the highest round of funding raised across the continent since the year began when Naspers invested in Webuycars. Several other investments were made including the $54 million in...
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In Brief: Uber is finally expanding to Rwanda

Earlier this week, we reported that Uber was expanding to Mauritius after finding out that the company was hiring for a country lead position. However, a few days later, the ride-hailing...
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Naspers has invested $94M in SA’s Webuycars through OLX Group

Naspers has today announced that it made a $94 million (1.4 billion Rand) investment in South Africa Webuycars, a specialized car buying service. The investment was through Naspers' Classifieds business, OLX...
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Uber apparently wants to acquire Careem for around $2B to $2.5B

Rumors of Uber acquisition of Careem won't go away, even when the Egyptian Competition Authorities warned them against any mergers. Bloomberg first reported in July that Uber was looking to merge...
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Uber continues with expansion across Africa. Next stop is Mauritius

Uber is expanding to Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island nation known for its beaches, lagoons, and reefs. That is according to a job advert on the company's website. Uber is looking...
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Cape Town based Jumo closes $52M from Goldman Sachs

Jumo, a company that offers loans to the unbanked in Africa, has closed $52 million in a venture round according to TechCrunch. Goldman Sachs led the round, though, there was participation from...
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The Carlyle Group has completed the acquisition of Uganda’s Abacus

The Carlyle Group has announced its acquisition of Uganda's Abacus, a pharmaceutical company. "The Carlyle Group announces that it has completed the acquisition of a majority stake in AK Life Sciences...
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Egypt’s A15 sells its 76% stake in Dubai’s TPAY to Helios

A15, a tech investment fund, has sold a 76% stake in U.A.E. based fintech company TPAY to Helios Investment Partners. There were no specific monetary details revealed. According to A15, the sale...
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Uber re-brands with new and simpler logo

Last week, Uber unveiled its new identity with a new and simpler logo. The company dropped their previous all-caps logo and opted to go with a custom typeface that has only...