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Umba, a digital bank for emerging markets, raises $2M Seed funding to expand across Africa image
Umba, a digital bank for emerging markets, raises $2M Seed funding to expand across Africa image
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Umba, a digital bank for emerging markets and aiming first at Africa, has secured a $2 million seed funding round from new investors including Lachy Groom, ex-Head of Issuing at Stripe; Ludlow Ventures; Frontline Ventures and Act Venture. Currently o...



Coronavirus live news: half of Americans would take vaccine, poll shows; second wave arrives in South Africa | World news image
Coronavirus live news: half of Americans would take vaccine, poll shows; second wave arrives in South Africa | World news image
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11.22pm EST23:22 India recorded 31,521 new coronavirus cases, data from the health ministry showed on Thursday. The country has a total of 9.77 million infections, the second-highest in the world after the United States, but the daily tally has been...



COVID-19 in Africa — pandemic could be far more deadly than thought – National image
COVID-19 in Africa — pandemic could be far more deadly than thought – National image
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A study of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum suggests that only two to five per cent of the total number of coronavirus deaths have been officially reported. The report, led by the Imperial College London (ICL) COVID-19 Re...



SunCulture wants to turn Africa into the world’s next bread basket, one solar water pump at a time image
SunCulture wants to turn Africa into the world’s next bread basket, one solar water pump at a time image
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The world’s food supply must double by the year 2050 to meet the demands from a growing population, according to a report from the United Nations. And as pressure mounts to find new crop land to support the growth, the world’s eyes are increasingly t...



Loon’s stratospheric balloons are now teaching themselves to fly better thanks to Google AI image
Loon’s stratospheric balloons are now teaching themselves to fly better thanks to Google AI image
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Alphabet’s Loon has been using algorithmic processes to optimize the flight of its stratospheric balloons for years now – and setting records for time spent aloft as a result. But the company is now deploying a new navigation system that has the pote...



South Africa v England: third men’s T20 international – live! | Sport image
South Africa v England: third men’s T20 international – live! | Sport image
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10.59am EST10:59 Dead rubber? Yes and no The series may be decided, but it turns out there is something riding on this game. If England win, they will go to No.1 in the world T20 rankings, knocking Australia off their pedestal. Which always feels goo...



South Africa v England: second men’s T20 international – live! | Sport image
South Africa v England: second men’s T20 international – live! | Sport image
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8.36am EST08:36 14th over: South Africa 97-5 (Linde 2, van der Dussen 12) Things slip-slipping away here for South Africa, with just the bowlers left to have a bat. A much better afternoon for Tom Curran here. 8.33am EST08:33 WICKET! Klaasen c Stokes...



South Africa v England: first men’s Twenty20 international – live! | Sport image
South Africa v England: first men’s Twenty20 international – live! | Sport image
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11.33am EST11:33 6th over: South Africa 57-1 (de Kock 29, du Plessis 23) It’s de Kock’s turn, starting the final over of the power play by thumping Sam Curran dead straight, nearly taking out du Plessis at the non-strikers’ end! You get four for that...



As Ethiopia’s army declares daily victories, its people are being plunged into violence | Global development image
As Ethiopia’s army declares daily victories, its people are being plunged into violence | Global development image
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Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed has promised military victory in Tigray. He says he will capture the capital, Mekelle, and the leadership of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which he calls a criminal junta. If he succeeds, it will be...



Libya interior minister campaigns to lead country as fragile peace holds | World news image
Libya interior minister campaigns to lead country as fragile peace holds | World news image
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Libya’s interior minister has completed a three-day charm offensive in France, as a tentative ceasefire in the war-torn country holds and diplomatic jostling for its leadership roles intensifies. Fathi Bashagha, who hopes to become Libya’s interim pr...