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Jumia and Solar Taxi partner to provide eco friendly and affordable deliveries to Ghanaian online shoppers

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Africa’s leading e-Commerce platform, Jumia has partnered with modern eco-friendly mobility facilities company Solartaxi to provide affordable and eco-friendly delivery of online orders to consumers. This partnership further speaks to Jumia’s commitment of going green. With a shared vision of ensuring a clean and sustainable environment using renewable energy, coupled with the need to keep consumers safe especially during the many waves of the COVID-19-, Consumers who order food, groceries and other essential items on Jumia can get their orders delivered conveniently and environmentally friendly to their homes or offices by SolarTaxi riders. 

Speaking about the celebration, CEO of Jumia Ghana ,Tolulope George-Yanwah said ‘’ Partnering with Solar Taxi Ghana Limited helps us to play our part in keeping our environment safe. The use of solar driven vehicles and motorbikes for online deliveries keeps all our stakeholders safe from fuel emissions. The health and safety of our consumers as well as delivery agents is a priority. The use of solar Taxi bikes and vehicles also ensures affordability to our consumers who now have reduced shipping fees.

Because solar-powered vehicles have electric motors, they burn no fuel and produce no emissions. This helps to preserve Natural Resources, eliminates the high fuel costs and provides driving comfort for all riders.

In today’s world, health is a major concern to everybody, especially diseases related to the respiratory system.In view of this, we have partnered with Jumia Ghana to provide eco friendly and affordable transportation to Ghanaians through its online delivery service.It is good to note that electric vehicles help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions in the system. As a result of this, Ghanaians will stay safe in this covid-19 era. We are so happy to help Ghanaians stay safe and together with Jumia Ghana, WE GO GREEN!!! ” said Mr Jorge Appiah, CEO of Solar Taxi Ghana Limited.

The first phase of this partnership sees over 20 solar powered motorcycles being used for online deliveries on Jumia with plans already in place to scale to over 100 by the end of the year. Both companies have pledged to expand this service to other parts of the country in the coming months.

Jumia is a leading e-Commerce platform in Africa. Jumia is built around a marketplace, Jumia Logistics, and JumiaPay. The marketplace helps millions of consumers and thousands of sellers to connect and transact. Jumia Logistics enables the delivery of millions of packages through our network of local partners. JumiaPay facilitates the payments of online transactions within the Jumia’s ecosystem. With over 1 billion people and 500 million internet users in Africa, Jumia believes that e-commerce is making people’s lives easier by helping them shop and pay for millions of products at the best prices wherever they live. E-commerce is also creating new opportunities for SMEs to grow, and job opportunities for a new generation to thrive.

SolarTaxi provides modern eco-friendly mobility facilities to the new African, inspiring them in achieving their aspiration. The main objective is to offer the African middle-class Electric vehicle (EV) as the best mobility option, which is eco-friendly at an affordable cost to meet the growing mobility demand and accessibility.

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Big Brother Mzansi: Meet the colourful housemates

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2022 brought with it the revival of a reality television fan-favourite in the form of Big Brother Mzansi (BBMzansi) and the show seems to be a smash hit on social media.

The show began trending from the second the premiere episode aired on Sunday evening and it continued trending well into Monday.

The show’s new host, Lawrence Maleka, also seems to be part of the reason fans are so enamoured with the show. Maleka was recently unveiled as the show’s host, taking over from Lungile Radu.

Big Brother Mzansi is the modern version of Big Brother South Africa, which first aired in South Africa in 2001. The live shows back then were hosted by TV legends Mark Pilgrim, Gerry Rantseli (now Gerry Elsdon) and Zuraida Jardine.

After 13 years, the show rebranded as Big Brother Mzansi, with Radu in the driver’s seat as the show’s host.

Maleka is the new face billed to usher in a new era of Big Brother, which unveiled an interesting set of housemates on Sunday evening.

Meet the Big Brother Mzansi housemates:

Gugu Refiloe Bonga, aka Terry Treasure, is a 26-year-old from Johannesburg. Terry says she is honest almost to her own detriment. The OnlyFans adult content creator says she has a very big personality and stands for acceptance and non-judgment. She doesn’t like fake people and considers herself to be very open.

Big Brother Mzansi 2022 housemates: Terry Treasure | Picture: Supplied
Adindu Asuzu, aka Zino, is a 21-year-old from Johannesburg who is self-confessed mommy’s boy. This season’s youngest housemate describes himself as both bubbly and mellow. He reckons he won’t start drama – but will be the one to end it. He says his Nigerian side won’t let people take advantage of him.

Keamogetswe Motlhale, aka QV, is a 23-year-old from Mahikeng. Self-described as easy-going, Keamogetswe is a sharp-shooter and straight talker. She says she has no interest in keeping her annoyance to herself when someone gets on her wrong side. She describes herself as a tomboy.

Libo Njomba, aka Libo, is a 32-year-old from Johannesburg. Born in Uitenhage, Libo says he is an avid lover of life who enjoys the outdoors. He says people are his weakness and, as a result, he tends to befriend “strange characters” – but also considers himself a loner.

Gashwan Brandon Mthombeni, aka Gash1, is a 28-year-old from Pretoria. Having overcome a troubled past, Gashwan describes himself as a deep thinker with varied interests and talents. He’s deeply spiritual and enjoys giving people advice and motivation.

Luthando Mthembu, aka B.U, is a 31-year-old from Johannesburg. The aspiring musician says one of the highlights of his life was quitting his high-flying corporate job to follow his artistic dreams. A vegan, he is focused on centering himself.

Mvelo Ntuli, aka Mvelo, is a 28-year-old from Johannesburg. Describing himself as loud and lovable, Mvelo is a lover of people and passionate about education. Bubbly and candid, he hides a more complex side behind his infectious humour.

Naledi Mogadime, aka Nale, is a 24-year-old from Pretoria. A self-described “fine gyal, not a sad gyal”, the model is as much a firecracker as she is calm and zen. She considers her ability to understand and analyse people her strength. Naledi predicts that she might not be everyone’s cup of tea in the beginning of her time at the Big Brother Mzansi house.

Michelle Dimpho Mvundla, aka Mphowabadimo, is a 27-year-old from Daveyton. The sangoma describes herself as outgoing and kind, but says she has “zero tolerance for nonsense”. She is also a doting mom who considers herself to be a nurturer who loves cheering people up when they’re not feeling their best.

Norman Nhlapo is a 24-year-old from Johannesburg. The daycare worker says he has an adaptable personality and is a sporty person. Despite a tough upbringing, he says his life has been a “bundle of blessings”. He runs a non-profit organisation and daycare with his mother.

Rethabile Potsane, aka Dinkybliss, is a 29-year-old from Johannesburg. Rethabile describes herself as “loud and proud” and says she can transform people’s moods and lift spirits when she is around. More of a boys’ girl than a girls’ girl, she enjoys socialising and loves fashion.

Thando Mcopela, aka Acacia, is a 30-year-old Soweto resident who is family orientated and describes herself as a free spirit and a risk-taker. She also says she is a foodie who loves community and togetherness. She considers herself relatable and is as comfortable ekasi as she is in upmarket suburbs.

Tulani Madala, aka Tulz, is a 28-year-old radio DJ from Johannesburg. The velvet-voiced straight-shooter says he has a softness beneath his tough exterior. He also says he is currently single because he was “badly behaved” in the heyday of his career.

Thato Mokoena is a 28-year-old from the Vaal who says she is not one to limit herself. Thato is an accountant and TikToker who describes herself as a “world within worlds”. Bubbly and energetic, she’s bluntly honest and is comfortable with her transparent nature.

Themba Karabo Mabaso is a 30-year-old heavily-inked tattoo artist from Johannesburg. He describes himself as “simple”, “basic” and “normal”, and says despite his attention-grabbing looks, he doesn’t actively seek the spotlight. And yet he is a housemate on Big Brother Mzansi…

Thobeka Mtshali, aka Venus, is a 25-year-old from Richards Bay. In her own words, when it comes to her “you just never know what you’re gonna get”. She says she embodies creativity as she writes music, makes beats and plays the piano. She considers herself to be a layered person.

Ukho Samela, aka Sis Tamara, is a 25-year-old from Johannesburg. The multifaceted and bubbly Ukho goes by the pronouns he/ him/ she/ her/ they/ them. Known as “Sis Tamara”, they describe themselves as “a gender non-conforming experience”. They are also passionate about trans and queer representation.

Yolanda Glover, aka Yoli, is a 30-year-old from Durban who says she is outgoing and effervescent and describes herself as “Berocca without the medicine”. She loves being around people and says they are drawn to her infectious energy. She can sometimes be too honest and upfront and says she’s an open book.

There is also a daily highlight show on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161), Tuesdays to Fridays, starting on 25 January 2022 at 10:30pm.

Sunday eviction shows begin on 30 January at 6pm and will be broadcast on Mzansi Magic.

This season will also see the return of fan favourite segments such as Shower Hour at 10pm on Mondays to Thursdays on Mzansi Magic, Saturday night parties with Channel O (DStv channel 320) and Friday night games.

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What is the state of play with iGaming in South Africa?

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In September 2020, the iGB Africa Report revealed that some of the leading players in the African iGaming market were multi-market operators. South Africa attracted the likes of Powerbets and Betway to its country, with the latter operating its own ‘Betway Africa’ offshoot that spans the most influential nations for online gambling in the continent.

Mathew Symmonds of Web Analysis Solutions, described Africa’s iGaming industry as “not one of the priorities” for “many European bookmakers”. However, that may be because of a string of “local heroes” within each nation’s market, according to SB Betting’s chief operating officer Michal Glowacki. Glowacki believes that many intercontinental iGaming operators have mostly “failed” to resonate in sub-Saharan nations in the same way as the western world.

One of the biggest reasons that local operators continue to thrive ahead of more established overseas iGaming operators is the cultural divide. Every African nation has its own cultures and traditions and too many of the larger intercontinental brands overlook the importance of resonating directly with locals. Yellowbet’s managing director Neil Wilkie says that bettors in African nations “only know what’s going on in [their] own immediate vicinity”. Wilkie used the example of bettors in Tanzania not being fussed about playing a slot’s “jackpot being linked to other African countries”.

It’s a very similar story in South Africa, with many of the most popular and reputable online casinos being those founded within the nation’s borders rather than offshore arrivals. The flourishing nature of local casino operators is aided by the growing importance of online directories that help to pinpoint the positive traits of operators and rank them accordingly in lists of the best online casinos in South Africa. This not only gives consumers a good handle on the safest and most reputable platforms to play, but it also drives operational standards among the casinos themselves to strive to maintain their solid rankings.

There is plenty of time for iGaming technology to mature in South Africa

One of the main reasons that there is such optimism surrounding the iGaming scene in South Africa – and indeed elsewhere in the continent – is the growing percentage of the young generation. While this has developed in the news and over the last years, almost half of the entire African population is due to be under the age of 25 by 2050. This means that the concept of immersive, state-of-the-art iGaming technology will capture the imagination of bettors of legal age. Increased accessibility to iGaming platforms – through growing mobile penetration – also suggests that subsectors of iGaming are likely to flourish in South Africa and beyond too.

 

Online sports betting is sure to take flight, with established European online sportsbook Betway demonstrating how intercontinental operators can successfully onboard African customers across multiple gang verticals – online casino, sports betting and eSports betting too. According to Zimbabwesituation.com, almost a quarter (24%) of all iGaming revenue in South Africa is already generated from sports betting. The penetration of smartphone and tablet devices is also going to reap dividends for operators that deliver fully responsive gaming experiences across all platforms. By 2018, mobile penetration in the continent had hit 80%, so it’s clear that the appetite for mobile iGaming will continue. Particularly as the continent evolves into an increasingly younger, tech-savvy demographic.

Perhaps the biggest challenge awaiting the iGaming operators of South Africa and those elsewhere in Africa is delivering safe and responsible gambling experiences. Steering players away from ‘black market’ operators that offer unlicensed and unregulated games leaves too many people at risk of problem gambling and unfair gaming.

The likes of the Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board (WCGRB) are a prime example of a regulatory body that’s seeking to control and regulate online gambling within the Province of the Western Cape. The more regulatory bodies in South Africa, the better. It will be easier for legitimate sites to flush out those simply seeking to prey on the vulnerable.

Although, more regulatory bodies and individual jurisdictions within South African Provinces also brings its own challenges. Sean Coleman, CEO of the South African Bookmakers Association, said that the jurisdictions in each South African Province have “their own status”, which means that for “suppliers of product” each game is tested and regulated differently within the country. Coleman believes that “national norms and standards” are imperative to create a unified approach to iGaming that can futureproof its industry and economic benefit.

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The Hilla Limann Foundation foundation commemorates 24 years of the passing of the Late Dr Hilla Limann.

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It has been 24 years since the untimely demise of the late Dr Hilla Limann, president of the 3rd Republic of Ghana. In a philanthropic move to mark the occasion, the Hilla Limann Foundation led by the daughter of the late former president, Dr Zilla Limann donated some items to the Tamale children’s home in the Northern region.

Speaking to reporters who covered the event, Dr Zilla Limann reiterated the resolve of the Hilla Limann Foundation to preserve the legacy of the late former president who was a philanthropist,  hence the decision of the foundation to embark on this donation exercise. It was her hope that the children’s home will benefit from the donation which she believes with alleviate some of their plight.

Dr Hilla Limann was the president of the 3rd Republic of Ghana from 1979 to 1981. He was unceremoniously toppled by a military junta led by the late Jerry John Rawlings.  The administration of the late Dr Hilla Limann is best remembered for being able to diffuse an economic blockade that devastated the economy of Ghana in 1979 and led the country back on track. Under the administration of the Late Dr Limann, the country gradually gained its respect back in the eyes of the international community and soon was able to attract in foreign investors into the country.

Dr Limann died on the 23rd of January, 1998. He left behind a wife and 7 children.

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The Hilla Limann Foundation donated to the Tamale children’s home to mark 24 years of the anniversary of the late president Hilla Limann’s death

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It is been 24 years since the untimely demise of the late Dr Hilla Limann, president of the 3rd Republic of Ghana. In a philanthropic move to mark the occasion on Sunday, 23rd January, the Hilla Limann Foundation led by the Daughter of the late former president, Dr Zilla Limann donated some house hold items to the Tamale children’s home in the Northern region. Madam Janet, received the items for the the children’s home.
Speaking to reporters who covered the event, Dr Zilla Limann reiterated the resolve of the Hilla Limann Foundation to preserve the legacy of the late former president who was a philanthropist, hence the decision of the foundation to embark on this donation exercise. It was her hope that the children’s home will benefit from the donation which she believes with alleviate some of their plight.
Dr Hilla Limann was the president of the 3rd Republic of Ghana from 1979 to 1981. He was unceremoniously toppled by a military junta led by the late Jerry John Rawlings. The administration of the late Dr Hilla Limann is best remembered for being able to diffuse an economic blockade that devastated the economy of Ghana in 1979 and led the country back on track. Under the administration of the Late Dr Limann, the country gradually gained its respect back in the eyes of the international community and soon was able to attract in foreign investors into the country.
Dr Limann died on the 23rd of January, 1998. He left behind a wife and 7 children.
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Countries do not expect to achieve 2030 global education targets

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A new report released today by UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics and the Global Education Monitoring Report finds that, according to their own benchmarks, countries will not achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) of ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030.This is a wakeup call for the world’s leaders as millions of children will continue to miss out on school and high-quality learning.

The report, National SDG 4 benchmarks: fulfilling our commitments, compiles the findings from the culmination of a two-year global process convened by UNESCO. Participating countries identified their targets for 2025 and 2030 relative to six key SDG 4 indicators on: early childhood education attendance; school attendance; completion; minimum proficiency in reading and mathematics; trained teachers; and public education expenditure. The commitment made was to accelerate progress between now and the deadline relative to the rate countries achieved from 2000-2015. The findings show that even if countries reach their benchmarks, the world will still fall short of the ambition set out in SDG 4. This is even before taking into account the potential consequences of COVID-19 on education development.

“It is a real step forward that some two-thirds of countries are realistically assessing their chances of achieving the SDG 4 goals. It is critical that nations hold themselves accountable to their commitments for their children. However, almost halfway to our deadline, the process has shown that, even by their own assessment, most countries are not expected to get close to the 2030 goal,” said Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. “The next step must be to encourage all countries to submit benchmarks and determine which policies to prioritise before 2030.”

The report shows that according to their own measures, Latin America and the Caribbean and Central and Southern Asia are on course to achieve universal early childhood education. Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and Western Asia will not achieve this goal, where it is estimated that roughly two in three children will be enrolled in early childhood education by 2030 (up from less than half currently).

According to their plans, all regions will meet or be very close to achieving universal primary education. Challenges will remain in sub-Saharan Africa where 8% of children of primary school age are still predicted to be out of school in 2030 (down from 19% currently).

By 2030, countries in sub-Saharan Africa expect to be able to achieve a reduction in the rate of out-of-school upper secondary age youth from 47% to 32%; those in Central and Southern Asia expect to reduce their rate from 32% to 17%. In North Africa and Western Asia, the benchmarks show that countries believe they can reduce the rate from 28% to 14% and from 19% to 11% in Latin America and the Caribbean. The process has delivered a reality check with regards to the goal of universal completion of secondary education by 2030, which no region is on track to achieve. Completion rates are expected to land at 89% at lower secondary and 72% at the upper secondary level by the deadline.

Countries are the least confident about the ability to accelerate progress in mathematics skills: by 2030, globally, benchmarks show that an expected 26% will still not be able to do basic mathematics in the early grades, 32% at the end of primary and 34% at the end of lower secondary.

The percentage of trained teachers is expected to increase between 2015 and 2030 to over 90% in each level of education. The fastest growth is expected at the pre-primary education level, from 70% to 94%. Still, by the deadline, countries in sub-Saharan Africa expect that, despite their best efforts, over a quarter of teachers at the pre-primary level will remain untrained.

“These nationally determined targets do not yet take into account the possible impact of COVID-19 on education which we know has significantly slowed down and may have even rolled back progress on education. It is also troubling that a fifth of countries do not have plans with targets, so there is still work to do before a full realistic picture of where we aim to be by 2030 is available,” added Manos Antoninis, Director of the Global Education Monitoring Report.

The current benchmarks will be reviewed in 2022 to see if countries deem a significant revision of expectations as a result of COVID-19 school closures is necessary.

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AFCON 2021: Ghanaian Creative Content Producer, Ekow Barnes, produces campaign for global sportswear brand, New Balance

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Ghanaian creative content producer and writer, Ekow Barnes, whose latest work is a campaign for global sportswear brand New Balance, is launching a new production company.

The company, called WB Group, brings together creatives across the African continent to meet the growing demand for high-quality production work.

Ekow Barnes, with years of production experience, has worked for many global brands including Mercedes Benz, Johnnie Walker, Away, Birkenstock and Facebook. Launching this new company with his co-partner, William Annoh is part of their vision to create a high-value team on the continent that can serve the global demand for creative production and services. ”Having so much creative talent on the continent, the launch of WB Group simply seeks to harness the wealth of African creativity through creative collaborations to produce for brands – data-backed and strategy-led visual stories that are nuanced with African values and exuberance” he says

“WB Group is a leading next-gen production studio that specializes in still and moving images and exists to champion the creative arts agenda by sharing relevant stories and brands that matter. We work in tandem with brands to create, produce, and distribute thought-provoking, purpose-driven content for ad editorial, cultural and other media projects. Working with teams of artsy photographers, artists, producers and crew, WB Group brings partner brand’s visions to life while averting stereotypes and re-representing marginalized communities through visuals and data-driven storytelling,” reads the newly formed company’s profile.

Setting the tone for the company’s excellence, the debuting campaign produced by WB Group for global streetwear brand: New Balance, features striking visuals of the New Balance ‘The Lion Roars’ boots designed for the Senegalese football player, Sadio Mané. Being an African focused production company, the visuals take a step from New Balance’s regular style and introduce new sceneries with African overtones that elevate the campaign and tell a compelling story. The campaign invites people to share in Sadio Mane’s vibrant and bright culture and his unrivalled drive to win.

Watch the full campaign visuals here follow WB Group on Instagram, and visit their website www.wbgrouprepresents.com to learn more

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