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Staff, 9:51 pm
Morocco launched its first observation satellite in a move aimed at boosting intelligence-gathering capabilities.The Mohammed VI-A satellite launched from Kourou in French Guinea on a Vega rocket built by Airbus Defense and Space and Thales Alenia Space. The satellite can be used for civilian and security purposes, mapping and surveillance of borders and coastline. Rabat is expected to launch another in 2018.Morocco is the third African country to launch a satellite after Egypt and South Africa.
Staff, 9:34 pm
A collection of applications designed to provide farmers with timely information on climate change, crops, livestock and diseases affecting them for informed decision making have been tested for effectiveness. One of the applications will provide data on state of weather, amount of rain and soil humidity, and livestock performance to ensure better farm management and productivity, as well as market information on produce.The apps will reduce the effects of climate change, and diseases on crops,.
Staff, 10:00 am
How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Declan Walsh, The Times’s Cairo bureau chief, discussed the tech he’s using. What tech is most important for you to do your job as our correspondent in Egypt? A dented, screen-cracked iPhone is the center of my work. When I started out as a foreign correspondent 18 years ago, in Kenya, I carried a small satchel that held a tape recorder, a camera, an address book, a map and perhaps a shortwave radio.
Staff, 8:16 pm
The 15-member group named ‘Esteem Eagles Welfare Youth Group’ started farming together. Initially it was a merry-go round, before they decided to pool resources and venture into greenhouse farming. Hydroponics is a modern system of farming where plants are grown in liquid, sand, gravel with added nutrients but without use of soil. After deliberations the group approached the National Government’s Youth Fund for help. The members resorted to fetching soils from Kiraro, part of Mount Kenya forest.
Staff, 6:06 pm
African countries have worked hard to improve children’s access to basic education, but there’s still significant work to be done. Today, 32.6 million children of primary-school age and 25.7 million adolescents are not going to school in sub-Saharan Africa. The quality of education also remains a significant issue, but there’s a possibility the technology could be part of the solution. The digital revolution currently under way in the region has led to a boom in trials using ICT in education.
Staff, 7:10 am
Along a winding road down the edge of an airport near Pretoria, South Africa’s capital, is an aeronautical version of a Mad Max world. “Airheads” scrounge for parts to get their machines aloft again. Just around the corner is one of the most modern aircraft assembly plants anywhere in the world. In it stand two brand new prototypes of the AHRLAC, designed to fill a gap in the market for an aeroplane jam-packed with sensors that can patrol borders, look for poachers and drop guided weapons.
Tom Jackson, 12:16 pm AFKI Original
Every year, the great and the good of African tech converge on Cape Town to network and discuss the key trends within the sector. Until 2014, startups were barely featured at AfricaCom, but that all changed with the launch of the AHUB that year. This year’s event saw pitches from the 20 startups taking part in the World Bank’s XL Africa accelerator programme, and the chance to experience companies of such quality was refreshing.
Tom Jackson, 5:02 am AFKI Original
A number of African pay-as-you-go solar companies have attracted investment in recent times, and continue to grow at a fast pace. East African company M-KOPA Solar is amongst the best funded, and recently raised another $80 million to be used over the next three years to finance installations in one million homes, on top of the 500,000 already connected. But what makes solar companies in Africa so attractive to large-scale investors.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:06 am
A continental roadshow has been planned in order to create awareness of the new DotAfrica top-level internet domain, which was officially launched in July this year with the backing of the African Union and member states. The roadshow, which will begin early in the new year, will start off in Botwana and pass through numerous African countries in order to spread the word about DotAfrica, ending at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:43 am
South African fintech company JUMO has secured a $24 million loan facility which will be dedicated to the firm’s expansion into Africa and Asia. The substantial investment was provided by London-based Gemcorp Capital along with Finnish development finance company Finnfund, which contributed $6 million of the $24 million. The financial services platform for emerging markets, analyzes user data collected from mobile phones and offers tailored financial products based on that analysis.
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