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Ghana Wants To Bring Back Road Tolls And Make Collection Electronic
MEST Africa announces winner of its challenge and DPO launches revamped app
What’s happened this Week:
OneOrder Secures $3 Million Seed Round for digitising African restaurants
DPO Group Launches “DPO Pay Mobile” app
Stop us if you’ve heard this before: “Ghana Government to make road tolls electronic”
Doing a complete 180, Ghana’s Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwesi Amoako-Atta has announced that government intends to remove all human interactions from the collections of road tolls and make the collection of tolls electronic.
Effectively, the Minister is saying that road tolls will be back in the coming year.
This is a complete about face when last year, Ghana’s Finance Minister abolished all road tolls.
Ghana has been pushing the implementation of electronic road tolls since the late 2000s but with nothing to show.
The question: Will they actually implement it this time and what kind of electronic payment will be used. Mobile Money? RFD cards? Bank Cards?
We’ll just have to wait and see.
In The News This Week
DPO Group Launches New Payment App, “DPO Pay Mobile”
African digital payments company, DPO group has launched a new version of their payment app, the DPO Pay Mobile.
Restaurant Management Platform OneOrder Secures $3 Million Seed Round
OneOrder, the MENA-based fintech-enabled restaurant management platform providing food supplies to hotels, restaurants and cafes, has today announced the close of a $3m Seed round.
VENCO Raises $670,000 In Pre-Seed To Deliver Digital Solutions For Residential And Commercial Properties in Africa
VENCO, a technology company that provides solutions to enhance living experiences in residential and commercial communities in Africa, has secured $670,000 in an oversubscribed pre-seed funding round to scale its all-in-one technology platform
Senegal’s Kwely Announced As Winner Of 2022 Mest Africa Challenge
MEST Africa has announced Senegalese tech startup Kwely as the winner of the 2022 edition of the MEST Africa Challenge (MAC); a pan-African tech startup pitch competition
Kwely is a digital made-in-Africa products distribution platform founded by Birame Sock, a Senegalese entrepreneur.
Can Elon Musk’s Starlink Be The “Disruption” African Internet Service Providers Need?
Starlink, the internet satellite company, is currently available in three African countries: Malawi, Mozambique and Nigeria with more African countries in the process of licensing the service.
With the promise of delivering speeds of up to 100+ Mbps, could Starlink be a disruptive competitor for local internet service providers in Africa?
Africa Ecosystem Funding Activity
Kenyan skincare startup Uncover raises $1m, eyes expansion across Africa - Disrupt Africa
SA data automation startup Synatic raises $2.5m seed extension round- Disrupt Africa
Kenya’s BasiGo raises $6.6m funding to begin commercial delivery of electric buses - Disrupt Africa
Egyptian e-commerce startup SIDEUP raises $1.2m seed round for Saudi expansion - Disrupt Africa
Podcast: What’s Your Story
In the latest episode of "What's Your Story", we spoke to Julian Owusu, founder and CEO of Zuberi, a startup that helps employees access their earned wages.
Julian was an experienced football player at 16 years old and played in leagues in the UK, Ghana, and Amsterdam. He decided to not fully pursue a career in football and instead went into business and became a Product Manager after spending time at various digital agencies in London. He also took lead on the development of various products for new startups in the U.K.
Before long, he was back in Ghana co-founding Zuberi to help solve the problem of employees getting early access to their salaries.