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BitPesa: Kenya’s million dollar bitcoin startup is taking over Africa

Africa’s reputation as a gigantic incubator for experiments in cryptocurrency got another boost this week when Kenyan startup BitPesa announced that it is expanding into neighbouring Tanzania, just one year after its launch. The mobile-friendly digital currency exchange has already raised $1.8 million from international investors and is expected to continue to spread across Africa into the […]

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8 visions for Africa: African Development Bank presidential hopefuls unveil their aims

The African Development Bank is electing a new president. Current leader Donald Kaberuka is stepping down after a decade at the helm, a time in which the outgoing president has been credited with steering the bank through the chaos of the 2008 crash and driving up infrastructure lending. Eight candidates are in the running to take charge […]

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Is Sub-Saharan Africa on the cusp of a Green Revolution?

Côte d’Ivoire could soon become known as Côte d’Verde, after a recent discovery that shows the Sub-Saharan African nation is on the cusp of a ‘Green Revolution’ in agricultural farming. The discovery was made by an analyst researching crop yield data from back in 2013. John McArthur from the Brookings think tank broke the story, writing: “I realised […]

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Crucial antibiotic advance wins African innovation prize

The Innovation Prize for Africa has been awarded to a Moroccan researcher for developing a natural alternative to antibiotics that could revolutionise the way the world treats its livestock. Biotechnology professor Adnane Remmal took home the $100,000 cash prize after judges recognised his remarkable work. The professor’s new treatment can be added to either an animal’s feed […]

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Firefox OS smartphones launch in Africa

Firefox have launched their first mobile operating system on a device released in Africa. The smartphones, made in conjunction with mobile operator Orange, went on sale in Senegal and Madagascar this week. The news follows a joint Mozilla-Orange announcement at Mobile World Congress 2015 that smartphones with a Firefox-branded operating system would be available in […]

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Conservationists are planning to fly 1,000 orphaned white rhinos from South Africa to Texas

A Texas-based conservation organisation is proposing a radical rescue effort that could see 1,000 orphaned white rhinos transported over 9,000 miles from South Africa to South Texas. The Exotic Wildlife Association (EWA) and Groupelephant.com are currently negotiating the plans with RSA officials, as they look to ease the threat of extinction currently being caused by the killings of three […]

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Welcome to Ponte City: the former slum skyscraper at the heart of Johannesburg’s renaissance

In just 40 years Ponte has gone from being an audacious experiment in skyscraper homes, to a crime-riddled de facto prison, to its current life as a trendy living location for South Africa’s ever-swelling middle classes. Featured in newspaper articles, photography exhibitions, documentaries and movies, Ponte symbolises the rise and fall and rise again of South […]

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Tesla’s renewable home battery could help Africa become the global centre for green energy

At the end of April, Tesla launched two batteries that could revolutionise Africa’s energy supply. Able to generate electricity from either the grid or renewable energy sources like solar power, Tesla’s batteries have been hailed for storing renewable energy for longer and at half the cost of current technologies. They even have enough energy holding capacity to power a […]

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