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25 Kenyan students complete Huawei digital tech immersion in China

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Twenty five Kenyan students under the “Huawei Seeds for Future” programme have completed a one-week digital technology immersion skills during an ICT study tour in Shanghai, China.

A statement from Huawei said the programme which coincided with MWC Shanghai 2024 only admits students from selected countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and equips them with digital skills to innovate and create technological solutions for their communities and for the job markets.

“As part of the tour, the students worked on a group project dubbed Tech4Good aimed at leveraging technology to address current social and environmental issues,” the statement said.

“Sylvia Jebet of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology emerged second place during the 2024 Leadership Employability Advancement Possibility (LEAP) Summit, out of over 50 students from various Sub-Saharan Africa countries that participated. Kenya had four (4) participants.

“Jebet was feted for her outstanding performance in Digital Content creation that featured various sites during the tour including Huawei Watt Exhibition Hall, a visit to the DJI R&D centre in Shenzhen, and a tour of the Huawei Songshan Lake visit, among others.”

At the end of the training, Huawei announced a new plan to train an additional 150,000 talent in Sub-Saharan Africa over the next three years.

“The plan comes on top of the Company’s initial goal to equip over 100,000 people in the region with digital skills by 2025. Huawei has already exceeded its initial goal by 120%, 10 months ahead of schedule, training over 120,000 individuals over the past 26 months,” the statement added.

So far, Huawei has trained over 18,000 young African techies from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, and other African countries.

Hover Gao, President of Sub-Saharan Africa, Huawei, who spoke during the graduation ceremony of the Kenyan students said:

“We have made much positive progress in talent development across African countries, but this would not have been possible without the joint efforts of government agencies, academia, and industry.

“Under the LEAP framework, Huawei trains its partners in the digital power and cloud ecosystem, hosts training and incubations for teachers and also hosts job fairs,” he added.

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SA’s e-health startup RecoMed partners Discovery Vitality to simplify flu vaccinations

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South African e-health startup, RecoMed, has struck a partnership with Discovery Vitality to simplify bookings for flu vaccines and Vitality Health Checks.

RecoMed is a technology-driven online healthcare marketplace and booking platform that seamlessly connects practitioners, patients, and other stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem.

According to its profile, patients can easily book appointments with a diverse selection of healthcare practitioners in their area quickly and privately from a phone, tablet, or PC, 24/7.

Vitality, on the other hand, is the largest global platform for behaviour change, underpinning the insurance products of leading insurers worldwide, impacting 30 million lives in over 40 markets.

Sheraan Amod, CEO at RecoMed who issued a statement on the partnership, said the collaboration between Discovery Vitality and RecoMed has reimagined bookings and efficiencies for independent members and corporates.

“This collaboration showcases Discovery Vitality’s commitment to supporting and empowering their members,” Amod said.

“Members can easily manage their family’s health within a simple system that allows them to stay ahead of their Vitality Health Checks, and the benefits this delivers, as well as to protect themselves ahead of flu season.

“As South Africa has entered the flu season, it’s important that we make it as easy as possible for our members to find an approved Discovery Vitality partner at a convenient location for their flu vaccine and Vitality Health Check.

“Moving the booking journey onto this accessible, digital platform has allowed our members to simply click and book vaccines and Vitality Health Checks without waiting in a queue or spending time navigating long lists.

“The collaboration has allowed for Discovery Vitality to radically modernise and speed up access to healthcare providers for these essential services while transforming member experiences,” he added.

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d.light closes $176 securitized financing for off-grid solar in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

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Global provider of household products and affordable finance for low-income households, d.light, has announced closing $176 million in securitized financing for off-grid solar in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

According to the CEO of the firm, Nedjip Tozun, the new financing was provided by social impact-focused asset management company, African Frontier Capital.

Tozun, in a statement, said the will use the facility “to scale up its PayGo consumer finance offering to make solar-powered products available to more low-income households and communities without access to electricity.”

He stated that the facility is multi-currency and will enable access to reliable, renewable energy for an estimated six million people across the three countries over the next three years.

“With this new facility, d.light has now closed securitized financing with a total combined purchasing value of USD$718 million across five separate facilities since 2020,” the CEO said.

“This new facility is another landmark step in d.light’s mission to provide people with affordable energy that is also clean, safe and sustainable.

“It lets us expand our reach so that millions of off-grid families across Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda can experience the benefits of solar energy.

“Facilities like this make possible our pioneering PayGo consumer financing model with which we are able to offer solar home systems and high efficiency appliances to the people that need them most in a way that is affordable and sustainable.”

“With this new facility, d.light has for the first time in its history receivables-based financing facilities in each of our PayGo markets – Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Nigeria.

“These facilities allow d.light to remain consistently cash flow positive and remove the requirement for further external equity fundraising to fund our growth.”

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