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Staff, 12:19 pm
Bitcoin remittances in Africa have not really taken off. The slowness of blockchain-based digital currency has been compared to the internet’s slow start, and how web use eventually became mainstream. Few consumer friendly applications have been created yet. Merchant adoption has been sluggish and there has been a lot of negative press regarding scams, money laundering and underground markets. Bitcoin growth is set to become exponential, especially in Africa. There are a number of reasons.
Dana Sanchez, 11:22 am
The Silicon Valley based Zipline team tested its drone delivery system for months in Rwanda to make sure it worked prior to launch, usually with an audience of locals. “Every day, we have hundreds of Rwandans lining up along the fence of the distribution center to watch operations,” said Zipline’s CEO. “The whole crowd cheers for every single takeoff and landing throughout the day. Some people show up at 6 a.m. to get good seats.” Some aid workers say drones have a bad reputation in Africa. People think they’re weapons.
Kevin Mwanza, 10:46 am
Algeria has opened the first ever internet addiction rehab facility in Africa earmarking the downside of an increase in internet use across the continent. The clinic aims to cure internet fanatics in the North African nation where only 23.8 percent of its 40 million people have access to the internet and has more than 10 million Facebook users. The clinic in Constantine, east of the capital, attends to patients as young as 14 years
Dana Sanchez, 4:47 pm
Siemens, the largest engineering firm in Europe, says it is well positioned to be South Africa’s gas-to-power partner. It has skin in the game. Government-owned utility Eskom’s two major open-cycle gas turbine plants were built by Siemens. Having the original equipment manufacturer as a partner offers advantages, Siemens said. “South Africa is ready for foreign direct investment,” said a Siemens executive. Bidding deadline is February.
Dana Sanchez, 9:52 am
South Africa is pioneering renewable energy in tourism. Solar power-run airports are planned in Port Elizabeth, East London and Bloemfontein. In an effort to step off the grid, South African attractions will be converting to solar power. Installing renewable energy has environmental and cost benefits and it’s in line with South Africa’s Tourism Incentive Program.
Staff, 11:59 am
Nigerian bloggers are canvassing the creation of a union that could defend the interests of its members, after the arrests of several bloggers and journalists by the government. Federal and state agents have arrested more than a dozen bloggers and journalists deemed critical by political authorities in the last three months. The latest arrest involved a blogger, Jamil Mabai, arrested in Kaduna more than two weeks ago.
Dana Sanchez, 8:33 pm
Kenya is the second country in Africa where Ford Mustangs will be available now that there’s a right-hand-drive factory version. Ford’s 2014 overhaul of the Mustang included opening sales in new countries. Mustang is the top-selling sports car this year in South Africa. Despite the price tag there — $51,463 to $67,467 — Mustang has a massive pre-order backlog. Its waiting list could extend into 2018.
Dana Sanchez, 5:34 pm AFKI Original
Tokyo Sexwale’s story needs to be made into a Hollywood movie. He’s a anti-apartheid activist who did time with Nelson Mandela, a billionaire diamond magnate worth $200 million at one point, a TV host, former housing minister, soccer activist and a peacemaker. Now he’s being investigated in the U.S. as one of three South Africans who “enriched themselves” using millions of dollars of U.S. investor funds.
Dana Sanchez, 9:54 pm
Tesla recently announced several huge Powerpack projects, but all were tied to the grid. The Singita project in South Africa’s Kruger Park is a rare off-grid installation for Tesla. It’s an opportunity to showcase the potential of Powerpacks for off-grid systems with solar in remote areas. Tesla’s rechargeable Powerpack battery systems are designed to store energy for large off-grid and grid-tied power systems. They’re adapted from the technology used in Tesla’s electric cars.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:51 am AFKI Original
The Ingula pumped storage scheme in South Africa is the largest hydro power scheme in Africa while it is the 14th largest in the world. It recently turned on the first of its units to begin generating electricity. Here are the 12 things you probably didn’t know about Africa’s largest hydro power scheme.
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