Starlink is now available in South Africa through its Roaming plan if you import the kit and pay a monthly subscription fee of more than R3,600 ($191.66).
You can reserve the kit with a deposit using a South African address, but it won’t be delivered until the service is officially launched. For now, its launch date is unknown.
The availability of Roaming is subject to regulatory approval as SpaceX would require several licences to conduct business in South Africa.
However, if it does not meet South Africa’s 30% black ownership requirement for Internet service providers, it is uncertain whether it could obtain all of these.
Here’s what I’ve got for you today:
- OnePipe raises $4.8m, lays off 20% of its staff
- MTN Nigeria to merge its finance subsidiaries
- Africa Data Centres partners TechAccess
OnePipe raises $4.8m, lays off 20% of its staff
Nigerian fintech startup, OnePipe, has secured a $4.8 million credit line from TLG Capital to drive the company’s inventory finance solution for small businesses.
OnePipe, a company that drives digital financial services, offers several solutions, including embedded payment and reconciliation services.
According to Ope Adeoye, the company’s CEO, OnePipe will now focus on particular embedded finance use cases, such as inventory finance.
The company plans to grow its business and establish itself as a leading supplier of financial services to Nigeria’s informal sector.
This is coming as the company laid off about 20% of its workforce to cut back on projects due to microeconomic factors.
Affected staff will receive two months of severance pay, and executive team salaries will be reduced.
MTN Nigeria to merge its finance subsidiaries
MTN Nigeria has proposed merging its two finance subsidiaries — Momo Payment Service Bank Limited and Yello Digital Financial Services (YDFS) Limited — into one.
Per the company, the merger will allow the telco to perform super-agent services, other legal activities, and hold the Payment Service Bank licence granted by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Additionally, it claims that the merger will boost the company’s and its shareholder’s value.
According to MTN Nigeria CEO, Karl Toriola, Momo PSB supports the federal government’s “drive towards financial inclusion in Nigeria,” while YDFS is the company’s primary foothold in Nigeria’s financial ecosystem.
At their upcoming annual general meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, MTN Nigeria will be seeking stakeholders consent to the merger.
Africa Data Centres partners TechAccess
Africa Data Centres (ADC) has partnered with TechAccess to execute Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solutions throughout its facilities.
According to Tesh Durvasula, CEO of Africa Data Centres, implementing the DCIM will provide site administrators with a comprehensive picture of each facility’s performance, allowing them to use all resources, including energy, machinery, and floor space.
He also claims that having real-time data at their fingertips will enable ADC and its partners to gain critical insights into their business processes.
Besides, its customers will save time and money, and see an increase in productivity when it combines insights with analytics.
ADC will use the DCIM software to measure, monitor, and manage all its IT equipment and supporting infrastructure.
TechAccess, on the other hand, will handle the software, hardware, integrations, project management, and expert services that improve the DCIM platform’s functionality.
What’s more, Africa Data Centres at Johannesburg and its facilities in Cape Town, Nairobi, and Lagos will use the solution.
Last week on Techpoint Africa
- One of Nigerian tech’s pioneers launches Collate Africa, a platform to improve election transparency
- Obtaining health insurance is mandatory in Nigeria; here is how to get it
- Fejiro Hanu Agboje, Dr. Olusola Sayeed Ayoola, Senator Ihenyen, Emmanuel Paul, others to speak at 1st edition of Privacy and Data Protection Conference tagged ‘PrivCon Nigeria 2023’
- Naspers shuts down its $77m investment fund, Foundry, the largest in South Africa
- SVB closure: 5 answers to startup employee’s questions
- One week after the Supreme Court ruling, Nigerians remain stranded as the CBN is yet to issue a statement
- Dream VC launches its third talent accelerator programme to train Africans aspiring to be startup investors and VC professionals.
- Lagos Startup Expo is 10 weeks away! Have you saved your spot?
- FairMoney acquires PayForce to extend digital banking services to merchants
- A different view of entrepreneurship: The Gerald Black story
- Y Combinator lays off 20% of its workforce, to reduce late-stage investments
- SVB-backed Chipper Cash is reportedly considering a sale
- How African startups raised venture capital funding in February 2023
- Google introduces generative AI features to Workspace apps to challenge Microsoft
- Building custom PCs might not be common in Nigeria, but here’s how Fope Davies made ₦252m from it in 2022
- Nigerian dating app, Trueflutter, is addressing loneliness in Africa
What I’m reading and watching
- Kuda is looking for a Frontend Engineer (Web). Apply here.
- Andela is hiring an Engineering Matching Specialist. Apply here.
- Think It is hiring a Software Engineer (DevOps & Cloud). Apply here.
- RebelMouse is looking for a Project Manager to work remotely. Apply here.
- Magic Eden (US) is hiring a Product Designer. Apply here for the remote job.
- Paga is hiring a Sales Manager (Doroki), an Accountant, a Senior Accountant, and a Fraud Management Analyst. Check out this website to apply.
- Genies is looking for a product designer and several engineers, including Data Infrastructure Engineer and Lead iOS Engineer. Check out this website to apply.
- If you’re an African in the diaspora or are willing to relocate, Notion is hiring for several roles in Sales, Engineering, Marketing, Customer Experience, Data Science, Product, Communications, and likes, outside the continent. Check out this website to apply.
- Google has announced that the Google for Startups Black Founders Fund is now accepting applications from Black founders across the African continent. Applications are open now and will close on March 26. Appy here.
- If you are a software engineer, creative designer, product manager, design researcher, or a techie looking for an internship role, please, check out this website.
Have a productive week.
Victoria Fakiya for Techpoint Africa.