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Nigeria’s Acting President Orders Reopening of Job Portal

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Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has ordered the reopening of online jobs portal N-Power, to allow more unemployed Nigerians apply for jobs.

Zainab Ahmed, Minister of State, Budget and National Planning who made this announcement said that the government would scale up the National Social Investment Programme (N-SIP) to accommodate more beneficiaries, and advised youth to apply for the Federal Government’s N-SIP.

So far N-SIP takes credit for empowering over 1.6 million Nigerians through its four components: N-Power, National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, Conditional Cash Transfer, as well as the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme.

“There is opportunity in the N-Power Programme for employment. There is an opportunity in the GEEP for you to get finances to be able to start businesses. Please, this is real, it is working, join the process and be a beneficiary.’’

Mrs. Ahmed said that the process was initially delayed due to government efforts to eliminate fraudulent applicants and to render the process transparent. She said the program had not reached its set target because of delays in the initiation of its implementation.

“We want to make sure that the programme is planned properly. We want to make sure that each beneficiary has a bank account linked to the BVN,’’ said the minister, adding that the program is intended for specific people who are in need of employment, and not individuals who are “nominated” by people of influence.

“It took a lot of time but we thank God that the programme is going on well and it is now easier to upscale it,’’ stated Mrs. Ahmed.

Spazasparks to create 1000’s of digital jobs for unemployed youth

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 A Durban tech team’s innovative mobile application, Spazapp, has now joined forces with the likes of big corporates Microsoft, Hollard, Barloworld, and Coca-Cola in signing the Tshepo 1 Million pledge led by Premier David Makhura, Gauteng Provincial Government.

The Tshepo 1 Million project is an expansion of the Tshepo 500 000 initiative, launched in 2014, which now aims to provide 1 million unemployed youth opportunities through skills training, job placement and entrepreneurship by 2019.

Beyond the App

Recently dubbed the David in the “Goliath world of retail”, Spazapp continues to prove that relevant, ambitious technology can shake up industries and unlock the potential to radically shift the depressing status quo on youth unemployment.

Spazapp, a freely downloaded Android app aimed at spaza store owners, aims to bridge the divide between the formal and informal markets by providing informal traders access to bulk buying benefits via an easy to use mobile ordering app. It has been hugely successful since launch and continues to garner big corporate support with the likes of Unilever and Tiger.

Beyond the technology, the sustainable social enterprise amplifies its impact by running Spazasparks, an upliftment division that train youth on using the app for mobile trading and rendering support to other spaza store owners.

“Being first to market with this type of app, we’ve built our success on working from the ground up. Through partnerships with government and employment accelerators like Harambee, we will be supporting 5000 youths to become self-employed from the moment they complete their Spazapp development course,” shares Tim Strang, Spazapp CEO.

“We aren’t an outside force that come in and try to change things. We support the Sparks, who in turn then support business owners and members in their community, earning a percentage of all sales,” continues Strang. “Spazasparks is an opportunity that offers self-starting youth a cost-effective, scalable income source to support their growth into formal employment. The best is that we can roll this out anywhere with any partner.”

Innovation critical to giving hope of a job

 New data released by StatsSA reveal that South Africa’s jobless rate is now at a 14-year high, at a time when the country is in a technical recession.

“Unemployed youth are often exploited and excluded from opportunities to grow out of survivalist enterprises and develop into viable businesses. By taking “app technology” a step further through innovative initiatives like Spazasparks, we can create real-time jobs and enable informal enterprise in the most impoverished areas so that our youth don’t have an inheritance of poverty,” explains Byron Verreyne, Spazapp’s CTO.

The feature allows youth wanting to make a difference in their own life the opportunity to generate income, experience, and skills from the sales of airtime, life insurance policies, electricity and conducting incentivized tasks such as surveys and brand training.

“It’s not just about hope for the youth, it’s about hope for us all, for government, private sector and civil society,” comments Premier Makhura on the Tshepo 1 Million project.

The programme is also designed to accelerate the use and adoption of Spazapp by store owners to close the gap where those who typically “have the least” are paying the most for basic goods because of inefficient supply chain processes.

“Spazapp’s mission is to uplift thousands of families and youth by empowering those trading in the informal sector with free, smart trading technology,” shares Strang. “We’ve found a niche tech-solution to real problems – through Spazapp, informal traders can now lower the cost of essential groceries sold by placing orders for free directly from large suppliers without having to shut down their store, pay for transport, or miss out on bulk buying savings because of cashflow constraints.”

SaaS recruitment platform Employfy expands across Anglophone Africa, eyes English speaking Asian markets

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Launched in Kenya in mid-2014 and into South Africa late last year, Employfy has expanded its reach to Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ghana and Egypt and a majority of all English speaking African countries to aid hiring executives make faster, objective decisions on applicants and subsequently build talent pools for the future.
and its operations in Africa:
Employfy, a platform which helps employers and recruiters to source candidates with easy-to-use tools that save time and money says it invested nearly 18 months of research in Kenya, along with the Institute of Human Resources and the Kenya Institute of Management to help refine the problem solving features of the product before expanding across Anglophone Africa.
“We are now embarking on communicating with specific English speaking Asian countries,” Ahmed Yusuf, founder and CEO Employfy told TechMoran. “As part of engagement with our audience, we have created a unique series of interviews with hiring executives and sharing the insights across the continent. We have begun this interview program in South Africa and Nigeria and are only just starting out in Kenya.”
Ahmed tells TechMoran Employfy has resonated with the market, especially in jobs that attract volumes of applicants and is in the proccess working to solve some of its new challenges such as payment difficulties.
“As a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform, our payment channels reflect that of most SaaS products e.g. credit card. Working to fine tune what works best for each country is a task that is not yet fully resolved,” he said. “Additionally, some countries owing to fiscal challenges have tightened foreign currency exchanges making it harder for consumers to make offshore purchases. Nigeria is a case in point.”
Ahmed says companies whose operations are centred in remote locations find that talent sourcing is best done offline. For instance in mining towns, where the lack of Internet or good Internet prohibits companies from using digital tools to engage with potential job applicants. The firm has therefore embarked on educating some markets on the full range of online recruitment tools i.e. the difference between a job listing site and an applicant tracking system.
Some recruiters don’t see the difference between Employfy which has smarter capabilities beyond an applicant tracking system i.e. video interviewing, skills testing capabilities from mere job listing platforms or job boards. Therefore there’s a huge need to educate the masses.
“What is certain, we have created a product uniquely placed for Africa which is characterised by having fewer jobs for a growing population of young people. It is in the making of fast, objective decisions in selecting the right candidates that Employfy stands out,” Ahmed concluded.

Andela opens doors to developers in Uganda

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Jeremy Johnson, CEO Andela Image credits:YouTube

 

The Andela Fellowship, a full-time employment opportunity that will enable you to own your learning as you hone the skills you need to become a global technology leader has opened doors to developers and would-be developers in Kampala, Uganda.
“We seek out exceptional people from a variety of backgrounds who are committed to unlocking their full potential and improving the world through technology,” announced the firm which already has operations in Kenya and Nigeria.
Through four years of intensive learning and real work experience on the world’s leading engineering teams, developers are expected to master professional and technical skills needed to make them global technology leaders.Applicants are asked to complete a free application and within two weeks of their application, they will receive an online evaluation that measures logical reasoning and personality fit.

They will then be required to complete an introduction to software development self-study course focused on Python, complete a Technical Skills Test and then be invited to a Slack Community called “Open Andela” to help guide and support them throughout the process.

Andela then will do Aptitude Assessment and Technical Skills Test and invite a select group of applicants for physical interviews. Successful applicants participate in a one-week immersive onsite training on product development and then the best are accepted into Andela’s four-year Technical Leadership Program.

 

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LG’s V20 Military-grade impact resistance phone guarantees less cracked screens

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Chances are that you have experienced that unfortunate moment when your phone slips out of your hand and the screen is smashed to pieces. Not only is that unsightly, it can potentially make your phone impossible to use.

We have in the recent past seen many people opting to use cases for their devices, ensuring that the screen and other durability features are further reinforced, but some argue that cases take away from the smartphone experience.

Worry about that no more, LG’s forward thinking V20 that has features to effectively prevent breaking.

Experts estimate that nearly half of all active smartphones are currently broken, meaning that cracked screens or waterlogged phones are extremely common.

 

The new LG V20 however shows that the phone is intended for extended use with features that effectively resist breaking, even by accident. Through this model, LG has been successful in keeping a phone sleek, lightweight and still durable.

 

This innovative phone was constructed using premium materials that can commonly be found on aircraft, sail boats and mountain bikes.

 

It passed drop tests conducted by an independent lab that conforms to US military standards, the results of which show that the phone can survive repeated drops landing in a variety of positions.

 

Another test by Android Authority was able to crack the screen only after dropping it on screen from about eight feet in the air.
“Once in a while our smartphones slip through our fingers and fall, when that happens, your phone had better be LG V20. This trendsetting phone’s chassis uses the military grade material made for aircraft. Drop tests have shown that LG V20 is tough and unbreakable, it is designed to handle fairly standard drop heights,” said Moses Marji, General Manager Marketing LG Electronics.

Apart from being unbreakable, the phone has a wide-angle lens making it capable of capturing wonderful selfies. Additionally, it has an HD audio recorder that picks only prominent voices and cancels background noise. The recorder uses sophisticated microphones which empower users to create studio quality recordings.

 

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Mobile learning service Funzi partners Jobberman to deliver vocational skills to job seekers

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Mobile learning service Funzi and Nigeria’s recruitment website Jobberman partnered to launch a mobile vocational training program in Nigeria in a move to raise the skill level of talents in Nigeria, addressing the mismatch between job seekers’ skills and the job market’s requirements.

The two firms said the this and future training programs aim to standardize many of the informal and certification-based job market sectors in Nigeria.

“Workcenta by Jobberman is very happy to have established this great partnership with Funzi. We are confident that through this partnership we can change the future of the blue-collar workspace, especially drivers. We are creating professionalism in a field that is otherwise considered mediocre. We look forward to working together with Funzi in creating success stories in Nigeria”, comments Iyeke Angela, Manager of Workcenta by Jobberman.

The two says the first program is Driver training with an initial goal to train 3 000 certified premium drivers.

The newly-launched “Driver for the future” training program attracts and trains new talents to become premium drivers. The program focuses on building skills in the areas of safe and lawful driving, communication management as well as general car safety and maintenance – alongside developing an attitude of trust and integrity.

14938321_1301330739909125_856115147520167020_nLearners go through a blended learning model where taking and passing of an online course on the Funzi mobile learning service. After that they join a one-day group session at the Jobberman of ce. After passing the certi cation the learner is awarded with a certi cate on successful completion of the program.

“We are very excited about the partnership with Jobberman that provides training for the upskilling of the workforce and standardization of the job requirements in the Nigerian labor market”, adds Tero Salonen, CEO of Funzi and continues: “Our partnership with Jobberman is at the very core of what we want to achieve at Funzi, and we have great plans for the future. Both parties aim to enhance recruitment opportunities and enhance today’s labor market by upskilling talents and standardizing informal sector skill requirements.”

In June 2015, Funzi launched its Swahili language version of their second major learning deck, ‘Get That Job’ in Tanzania to give the youth the skills required to find suitable job openings and prepare for employment are timeless and important in all stages of professional life.

The ‘Get That Job’ Learning Deck provides youth, especially those in emerging markets, practical and actionable tips for self-discovery, finding suitable job openings, and securing their ideal job. Content in the learning deck covers the job application and interview process, as well as what to do in the first few days of a new job. The lessons taught will give Funzi users a comprehensive foundation to ‘Get That Job’ and put what they have learned into action, enabling them realise their true potential.

The Swahili language version of the course makes the content even more accessible and will initially be available to users in Tanzania and later in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Online photographer booking site PhotoMasters is raising a Series A round to expand across Africa

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PhotoMasters, an online photographer booking platform based in Kenya is starting a Series A funding round to raise additional capital to continue the growth and development of the platform.

With over 42,000,000 people within Kenya, with 20% converting into confirmed bookings, the firm aims to incorporate offline photographers meet-ups as avenues to cultivate quality customer service and once proven a success way of connecting customers to professional photographers, the firm intends to roll out within the remaining countries in East Africa, i.e Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. While considering a mobile App for the service.

Founded by Sonia John and Michael F David, the platform’s increasing registry of professional photographers in Kenya aims to grant access to individuals, companies and organizations to such professionals with just a touch of a button.

Prior to starting PhotoMasters, Sonia John, Co-founder & CEO was a marketing coordinator for MTN and holds a BSc Economics and Statistics student.

As a student, Sonia was freelancing as a  photographer and in the process fell in love with Photography and in July 2016, decided to start a business to benefit the society and professionals in the field she loved, photography.

The other co-founder and CTO, Michael F David has been a consulting associate at Visionary Arc where he designed business concepts and models that are focused on the gig economy and big data. With his interest in the shared economy and the way technology can be used to empower or connect people to professionals, PhotoMasters was the next best choice for him.

Speaking to TechMoran, Sonia said her inspiration started with a personal problem in the beginning.

”The only way I could get customers for my gigs was through referrals and social media,” she said. ”I was looking for a way to ease customer access to my services by creating a platform where direct connection was possible. I realized at the same time that several professionals were in my position. I decided to do something about that, with Michael we embarked on creating a platform that would fill this gap in the market.”

According to Sonia, while access to actual data on the performance of the creative industry in Kenya is difficult to come by, largely because of the public perception that the industry is not a commercially viable sector, obvious indications like the growth of creative spaces, tech hubs and art festivals tell a different story.

“The increase in number of people taking photography and videography as a profession has steadily increased over the years and so also has the customer demand for the provision of such services,” she told TechMoran. “PhotoMasters bridges the gap between increasing customer demands for professional services and freelancer professionals who offer such by creating a virtual marketplace for the exchange to occur.”

 The scope of the PhotoMasters market covers over 15 different industries including, but not limited to, the film industry, the advertising industry, the wedding industry, the fashion industry and several others. This is because, all the industries mentioned above are part of the many that require the services of top- notch professional photographers. As such, Sonia says PhotoMasters market is well over KES 50 Million worth.

PhotoMasters makes money from bookings fees, advertising and changing price dynamics including the season, duration of booking and location of events.

Sonia tells TechMoran that although the creative industry is growing, most people and governments do not see it as a commercially viable sector, as such, no policies have been put in place to continuous develop creatives. This has resulted in photographers and others in this industry concentrating more on their art as opposed to the massive business opportunities available in this space.

“PhotoMasters is the first online photographer booking service in Kenya. Our goal is to disrupt the current referral method by linking customers directly to the service providers,” Sonia concludes.

Kenyan job site Fuzu.com raises $1.9 million to expand across Africa & Asia

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Fuzu, a Finnish-Kenyan recruitment startup has raised 1.75 million EUR ($1.9 m) led by Finnfund, Barona and Polkuni to fuel its expansion in Africa and Asia.

The total funding raised is 1.75 million EUR. Finnfund’s contribution in the first phase will be 500,000 EUR with possibility for extending it to 1.5 million EUR. Barona will invest 150.000 EUR and Polkuni 100.000 EUR during this round.

According to CEO of Fuzu Limited Jussi Hinkkanen,”We are truly excited about the confidence and courage demonstrated by Finnfund, Barona and Polkuni in investing in transformation of the job markets, thus improving the opportunities of millions of people in finding their place in the world.”

Fuzu, which has developed an intelligent career development, learning and recruitment platform for emerging markets aims to provide innovative solutions to challenges faced by millions of job seekers and employers across the emerging markets.

For employers the platform offers advanced search and recruitment solutions with competence evaluation and algorithm based ranking to identify the best fitting candidates. For job seekers the platform provides career counselling, learning solutions and information about open positions and industry updates, providing support and guidance at different stages of user’s career.

With over 180,000 users in Kenya and hundreds of companies that use the platform for finding talent, Fuzu’s main competition include Ringier One Africa Media’s BrighterMonday and Jobebrman, Duma Works, Rocket Internet’s Everjobs and offline recruitment agencies. The potential for growth is significant as there will be more than 120 million people entering the job market between 2010 and 2020 alone, making Africa the largest job market globally by 2040.

”If there is significant friction between supply and demand in the job markets, large amount of jobs fail to materialize and people are left unemployed. Fuzu eases this friction in places where poorly functioning job markets are a hindrance to development. For example in Kenya youth unemployment is a significant challenge. Fuzu provides job seekers with a possibility to demonstrate their skills and competencies and to find work that suits them,” says Finnfund CEO Jaakko Kangasniemi.

Fuzu will also gain from Barona’s extensive experience from job markets and development of work related technology solutions to improve the efficiency of job markets in Africa.

CEO of Barona Technologies Tuomas Mikkonen and Pasi Joronen from Polkuni Oy says youth need to have equal opportunities for educating themselves and for realizing their professional dreams and aspirations. The radical transformation of the job markets through using agile and mobile-first players like Fuzu will be at the forefront of solving global challenges.

 

Safaricom’s socio-economic & environmental impact valued at Ksh 414 nillion

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Safaricom’s value chain generates wealth ten times the amount the company earns in after tax profit according to report generated by KPMG which places Safaricom’s true value at KShs413.8 billion, which is 10.86 times bigger than the KShs38.1 billion net profit for year to March 2016.

“The greatest contribution the company makes to Kenya’s Social Value is through M-PESA, which this year has contributed KShs184.6 billion to the economy, excluding transaction fees,” Safaricom chief executive Bob Collymore said. “This is 4.45 times the total amount of transaction fees earned by Safaricom in the same period.”

KPMG’s “True Value” methodology identifies the socio-economic and environmental impacts of the company and quantifies them in financial terms. The net value of the monetized positive and negative externalities (both the supply and distribution value chain) gives an indication of the company’s contribution to the country’s wealth created for the Kenyan people.

Also released was the company’s 2016 Sustainability Report: Widening Our View, Sharpening Our Focus.  The Sustainability report looks at the business activities impact on the society and communities it operates viewed from an economic, environmental, social and governance impact perspective.

“Safaricom believes that we exist to Transform Lives. These two words capture our commitment to building a company that performs well, creating a tangible difference in the lives of our customers,” Collymore noted.

“But we know that we cannot continue to Transform Lives if we are not commercially sustainable and, equally, we are unlikely to be able to Transform Lives in a meaningful, lasting manner if we focus solely on profits and dividends.

The firm has heightened its ethics watch and as part of the drive for responsible business, at least 81 per cent, or 269 of its suppliers have signed up to the Code of Ethics for Business in Kenya.

“This minimizes the risk of corruption and fraud, which, in turn, bolsters the reputation and trust we enjoy, strengthens employee morale and engagement, and improves stakeholder sentiment and interest,” Collymore added.

As a result of robust our anti-corruption corrective measures the firm reports that it has let go of 18 employees in the 12 months to March 2016, an improvement from 58 sacked in similar circumstances in 2015.

In the year under review, Safaricom worked hard to minimize the negative impact of the network on the environment collecting 430 tonnes of electronic-waste, equivalent to 78 adult African elephants.

 

Inside Britecap, South Africa’s new blue collar jobs marketplace

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South Africa’s Britecap, a blue collar jobs marketplace won the SAP Startup Focus Forum competition last week Thursday beating five other companies that participated at the event organised by Barclays Rise Cape Town and SAP.

Britecap took home a Macbook Pro as well as 3 months free incubation space at Barclays Rise Cape Town, a move that will allow the company to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs, potential partners and mentors on a daily basis.

Speaking to TechMoran about the win, co-founder and CEO Jacomien Van der Merwe said, ”It is very valuable and encouraging to not only validate our company and the services we offer with our clients, but also in the public eye in front of industry experts.”

Jacomien added that the event at Barclays Rise enabled them to broaden their network, connected them to potential VC leads, but more importantly with prospective clients and partners.
TechMoran talked to Jacomien Van der Merwe to really understand more about Britecap and he is what she said;
So what is Britecap to someone on the street?
Britecap is a platform allowing low and medium skilled labour to be more discoverable by potential employers with the aim of integrating financial products and services e.g saving, micro-insurance and micro-loans which ultimately helps build financial resilience for low income communities in Africa.
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Who is the other co-founder and when did you start?

We started Britecap in June 2015. I am the CEO focusing on business development, finances and sales while Jonathan Van der Merwe is the technical co-founder.

 

What inspired you to focus on the low and mid-skilled market than any other segment?

We both have extensive experience working with BOP individuals, continuously seeking to understand the economics and needs within emerging markets. We are extremely passionate about the development of software that accelerates human achievement.

About a year ago, we realised that the barriers to enter the labour market for lower skilled individuals are extensive and that it was very hard for them to be discovered for new or better job opportunities.

How does the platform work?

• Job seekers create a professional online profile on Britecap showcasing their unique skills, making them more attractive and discoverable for the right employment opportunity.
• Employers can visit the Britecap platform and instantly screen through standardised, pre-vetted profiles. As soon as the employer has found an individual to employ, Britecap sends the candidate’s verified information automatically to the employer making them instantly labour compliant and ready to successfully run payroll.

• Britecap also aims to provide employers the option of adding Employer benefits such as life and funeral cover when on-boarding a new employee.

What is your revenue model?
Britecap’s revenue model is currently based on the on-boarding fee charged to the employer. For job seekers, it is free to register (and will always stay for free) and employers can also search for candidates for free.
We charge a placement fee and is an open platform which differentiates us from other online portals. When job seekers register on the Britecap platform, they receive a “Britecap magic link”. This is a URL to their online Britecap profile (works the same as LinkedIn).

They can email, SMS or send this link to any potential employer and that employer can view their full profile and contact them directly. This significantly reduces the cost for job seekers to print paper CVs or the need to have access to internet. It also significantly increases the quality of job responses to the employer.

Who is your competition and how different are you from them?
Our competitors are existing labour brokers, recruitment agents and online recruitment portals. We differentiate ourselves through our automated on-boarding features and integrated employer benefits platform

Any plans to expand to other markets?
Our main focus currently is within South Africa. However, in the longer term Britecap can scale easily to other emerging markets. We are bootstrapped to date but are currently fundraising to accelerate the growth of the business.

However, we like to keep it lean and focus on getting as many sales and individuals employed.

What is your biggest challenge?
Biggest challenge is still our user’s access to affordable internet. We are continuously looking at new ways to reach our users, such as through Facebook messenger and directing them to free wifi / internet spots such as heir local library.
How is it like working on a startup as a couple?
Working together as a couple is very exciting and efficient. We are both passionate about achieving the same goals and are lucky enough to have a complimentary set of skills to achieve this.