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Samsung Electronics launches e-waste program in Kenya

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Samsung Electronics East Africa has entered into a partnership with Kenya’s home appliances store, Housewife’s Paradise, to commence the collection of e-waste for recycling aimed at providing a joint-effort on environmental conservation.

According to Samsung East African Head of Service Division, Ronald Mitei, the collection of e-waste would begin in Nairobi before scaling to the rest of the country by the end of the year.

Under the e-waste management program, Housewife’s Paradise will collect Samsung brand-only e-waste at a customer’s preferred time and date, with the waste delivered to WEEE Centre, the official Samsung recycling partner in Kenya and then be discarded.

“We have been dedicated to responsible e-waste management for the last few years and we now want to scale it up to ensure that we minimize any negative environmental impact of our products,” Mitei said.

“This includes taking responsibility for the end-of-life phase of our products to prevent environmental harm. Our e-waste program and recycling program are an important part of this commitment,” he added while addressing a press conference on Tuesday.

Samsung Electronics is strongly committed to proper e-waste disposal and we believe in safeguarding our environment through responsible disposal and recycling of electronic waste, transforming it from being hazardous to beneficial.

“Working together with our partners, we can ensure that waste is not just discarded, but transformed into reusable materials.

“This collaboration embodies our shared dedication to sustainable practices, conservation, and the health of our planet,” Mitei added.

Also speaking during the press conference, Managing Director of Housewife’s Paradise, Zul Jamal, said:

“As a responsible home appliance retailer, we understand the importance of proper e-waste disposal.

“It’s not just about selling new appliances; it is also about ensuring that the old ones are retired in a way that is safe for our environment.

“That is why we are devoted to providing our customers with easy access to responsible recycling options, and encouraging the sustainable disposal of electronic products.”

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Bio-Logical raises $1.3m to build climate resilience for Kenyan farmers

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Climate-tech company, Bio-Logical, has announced raising $1.3 million to build the climate resilience of Kenyan smallholder farmers.

The Nairobi-based firm which is a leading biochar carbon removal company in Kenya said the investment would expand their Mt. Kenya biochar facility to meet the increasing demand for carbon removal and support climate resilience for Kenyan smallholder farmers.

Co-CEO of Bio-Logical, Philip Hunter, in a statement, said the funding will enable the company to increase its carbon removal and fertiliser production capacity to become one of the largest biochar producers in the world, thereby boosting crop yields and climate resilience for thousands of smallholder farmers.

“Smallholder farmers, who are some of the worst affected people on earth when it comes to climate change, are currently suffering at the hands of a climate crisis they have played no part in,” Hunter said.

“At Bio-Logical, we use carbon removals to not only sequester carbon but also develop affordable soil regenerating fertiliser which boosts yields and improves the climate resilience of smallholder farmers throughout Kenya.”

The funding round, according to him, was led by a group of high net worths and other investors including CrossBoundary, Redshaw Advisors and existing investors the Steyn Group.

“This investment supports Bio-Logical’s goal of increasing its carbon removal capacity to 100,000 tonnes of CO2 annually over the next 18 months, with plans to establish three additional sites across Kenya.

“This funding round will play a pivotal role in scaling up our Mt.Kenya facility and building a tonnes blueprint for scale as we roll out three new sites throughout Kenya over the next 18 months,” Hunter added.

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Meta faces $220 million fine from Nigeria for breaking consumer, data rules

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Nigeria’s competition watchdog has fined Meta Platforms $220 million after findings that data-sharing on social media platforms breached regional consumer, privacy, and data protection rules.

According to the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) of Nigeria, Meta exploited its market dominance by forcing users to agree to exploitative privacy policies, appropriated the data of Nigerian users on its platforms without their consent, and treated Nigerians differently and discriminatorily than people in other jurisdictions with comparable laws.

Meta refrained from commenting right away, but the FCCPC stated in a statement that the business had given some papers and had hired attorneys who had interacted with the agency.

The investigations, which lasted more than 38 months, were conducted in tandem with Nigeria’s Data Protection Commission, according to FCCPC head Adamu Abdullahi. He also claimed that the investigations revealed that Meta policies do not give users the choice or chance to decide for themselves whether or not to provide consent for the collection, use, and sharing of personal data.

“The totality of the investigation has concluded that Meta over the protracted period has engaged in conduct that constituted multiple and repeated, as well as continuing infringements… particularly, but not limited to abusive, and invasive practices against data subjects in Nigeria,” Abdullahi said.

“Being satisfied with the significant evidence on the record, and that Meta has been provided every opportunity to articulate any position, representations, refutations, explanations or defences of their conduct, the Commission has now entered a final order and issued a penalty against Meta,” Abdullahi said.

 

According to Abdullahi, the final ruling specifies the procedures that Meta must follow in order to abide with local legislation.

Turkey’s Competition Board penalized Meta 1.2 billion lira in May after looking into data-sharing on the company’s WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, and Threads services.

Meta has encountered opposition in Europe and other regions due to purported violations of data privacy regulations. Europe has expressed disapproval of Meta’s proposal to develop its artificial intelligence algorithms using personal data without obtaining authorization.

In the meantime, intentions to look into whether digital platforms, like Meta, unfairly compete with news publishers by leveraging their content to earn ad revenue have been announced by South Africa’s competition authority.

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