[TechCrunch] Google has today launched TaskMate in Kenya, a crowdsourcing app that lets people use smartphones to do tasks and get paid, tapping the growing gig economy. The tech giant said it has rolled out the beta version after a year-long experiment in the East African country, and is preparing to introduce it to other countries across the continent. The app is available in India too, where it's also in the pilot stage.
[TechCrunch] Uber is testing Pool Chance, a feature that lets riders heading in the same direction share the cost of the journey, in Kenya, with plans to roll out the low-cost service to Ghana and Nigeria. TechCrunch discovered the option when booking a car in Nairobi, Kenya. An Uber spokesperson later confirmed it was part of a pilot (beta version) of the service that it plans to roll out more widely, pending the outcome of the smaller test.
[This Day] The federal government has said that it is planning to streamline and strengthen the regulation of road transportation and mass transit vehicle operations in the country, following complaints over the low quality of vehicles on Nigerian highways.
[TechCrunch] There is a lot of activity going on with social commerce in Nigeria. From Facebook-owned Instagram and WhatsApp holding the keys to the marketplace-facing side of things to fintech companies like Paystack and Flutterwave bringing value with their storefronts capabilities, small and medium-sized merchants have more reach to their customers than ever before.
[Namibia Economist] Speakers at the 'Pandenomics' webinar recently hosted by Nedbank Namibia CIB and Simonis Storm, and supported by Nedbank Business Banking and Nedbank Private Wealth, has called for more people to get vaccinated in order to help fuel economic growth after the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.
[Namibia Economist] FNB Namibia handed over financial support to the best performing Paralympic athletes at the 2020 Games, Ananias Shikongo, Johannes Nambala, Lahija Ishitele, as well as coach Letu Hamhola and guides, Sydney Kamuaruuma and Sem Shimanda.
[Namibia Economist] The Youth in Agriculture Organisation (YAO) is inviting all young farmers and producers, involved in value addition to registering themselves to become suppliers of their locally owned store.
[Radio Dabanga] Khartoum / Port Sudan -- Sudan's Ministry of Livestock has announced large losses due to the continued closure of ports, roads, and infrastructure in the east of the country, estimated at $83 million within one month.
[Dalsan Radio] Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) built a modern poultry farm with a total floor space of 198 sq. meters in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, as part of the "Project for Developing Layer Poultry Farming in Somalia," implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of the Republic of Turkey, IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, and Zamzam University.
[Ghanaian Times] Development Partners International (DPI), a premier investment firm with focus on Africa has called on growing and established Ghanaian companies to tap into its $ 900 million African Development Partners III Fund (ADP III) to raise funds for their operations.
[Ghanaian Times] The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, has lauded FeDems Limited for its positive contributions towards the development of the Ghanaian construction sector over the years.
[New Zimbabwe] The Africa Continental Free Trade Area has hailed President Emmerson Mnangagwa for introducing policy measures that boost local exports while also improving intra-trade within the continent.
[New Zimbabwe] Bulawayo teachers have written to the Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) notifying the union about their resolution to stop reporting for work until all their grievances are addressed.
[Namibian] In an opinion article published in the Washington Post, Britain's Prince Harry warned that the ongoing oil drilling in Namibia's Kavango regions would lead to irreversible and devastating damage to the environment which supports the livelihoods of more than one million people.
[Nation] The Treasury has agreed to inject cash into Kenya Power and Kenya Airways in the financial year starting July 2022, citing the role of the two struggling firms in supporting economic recovery from Covid knocks.
[Nation] Kenya has an opportunity to widen its tax base extensively, if the innovation of a new machine that enables automatic reporting of taxes by businesses to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) by a local technology firm, is adopted.