South Africa companies in the BigFive orbit have been applying their resources and technological expertise to develop solutions to help combat the coronavirus. Telkom Group, for example, has developed a track and trace system to help monitor infected persons and make it easier for health authorities to do the contract tracing essential to virus mitigation…

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A more aggressive expansion appears in store for M-Pesa now that Vodacom and its subsidiary Safaricom have announced their expected acquisition of the mobile payments platform from the UK’s Vodafone, (the part-owner of Vodacom). Ths deal places M-Pesa firmly under African control, stirring hopes of a substantial boost to Africa’s already hot fintech sector. The…

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