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August 20, 2019

Mobile phones are replacing bank accounts in Africa

It doesn’t look like the hub of an online bank. But that’s what the yellow and blue metal kiosk becomes when Albert Agane locks himself behind the metal bars every day at 6am.

From his perch along a dusty suburban thoroughfare in Accra, the 28-year-old helps fellow Ghanaians withdraw or deposit cash for accounts they operate from their mobile phones. All they need do is text.

Mobile money is the fastest-growing source of income for wireless-network operators like MTN and Vodafone’s Safaricom unit, outpacing data since many Africans don’t have the latest smartphones. They need agents like Agane because ATMs and bank branches are out of reach, or too costly.

“In a [...]

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August 6, 2019

Ghanaian inventors develop device to rid Ghana of mosquitoes forever

Two Ghanaian female graduates, Mavis Kusi and Sharon Aforo Acheampong, have developed a device capable of warding off mosquitoes, has learnt. The aim is to prevent the insects from biting humans so as to help eradicate mosquitoes from Ghana. The device is composed of IoT technology and is capable of repelling as well as collecting data on mosquitoes that come within two metres in specific areas.

Per a report, Kusi and Acheampong were motivated by the apparent non-impact of mosquito repellents in Ghana.

Kusi argues that the product comes at a reduced cost and would help people go about their activities with little fear for [...]

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July 31, 2019

Bafana Bafana Afcon 2021 qualifying fixtures confirmed

Bafana Bafana are set to kick off their Afcon 2021 qualifiers with a tough away fixture.

Bafana Bafana will kick off their bid for a second consecutive appearance in the continent’s premier soccer competition with a trip to Ghana later this year.

Stuart Baxter’s men begin their Afcon 2021 in November, and have been drawn in Group C alongside the Black Stars, Sudan and one of Mauritius and Sao Tome e Principe, who are set to square off for the final spot in the pool.

They jet off to the West African nation first up, with the opening fixture taking place on Friday, 15 November.

This is followed by a home game, where they will be squaring off against Sudan [...]

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July 25, 2019

SA student Wandile Msomi wins excellence award at Africa diplomacy conference

In the age of keyboard rage and populist loudhailers, university student Wandile Msomi has been quietly honing his diplomacy skills to show there is another way – through the subtle art of debate.

At the recent International Youth Diplomacy Conference in Ghana, he was awarded a certificate of excellence for his presentation on child marriages in Africa – and is hoping to be one step closer to realising his dream of becoming the youngest secretary-general of the UN.

“It’s an ambitious goal, but that’s my main aim,” said the 21-year-old student who hails from Mariannhill in KwaZulu-Natal and attends Nelson Mandela University in the [...]

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