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Tecno’s Response to This Week’s Malware PR Crisis: “Keep Calm and Carry On”

The news that Chinese-owned African mobile phone giant Tecno sold tens of thousands of phones infected with malicious viruses between 2018 and 2019 is now a major international story. CNN, the BBC and dozens of African news outlets have been ...

Africa Braces for the Arrival of the Wuhan Coronavirus

A number of governments across the continent are proactively ramping up temperature screenings at ports of entry and proactively starting to issue public communications to reassure their publics that, so far, the virus has not made landfall. The glaring exception, though, ...

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Opens Twitter Account Ushering in New Era of “Twitplomacy”

Following the lead of a number of its ambassadors and embassies in Africa, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched a new Twitter account on Monday as part of a more assertive effort by Beijing to "re-shape the narrative" as to how Chinese ...

The Year of the Mobile Phone is Transforming China-Africa Relations

In the history of China-Africa relations, 2019 may come to be known as the year of the mobile phone. It was a year when phones took on an outsized commercial and political importance. Selling its Tecno phones in Africa carried Transsion, a relatively ...

Can a Phone “Made in Rwanda” Compete with Those “Made in China”? We’re About to Find Out.

The first truly African-made smartphone is now available for sale. And when they say "African made" they aren't kidding. While other phones have been assembled in Africa with components imported from Asia, the Mara Phone is made entirely of parts manufactured in Rwanda and elsewhere in Africa. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Reading the Smoke

As things slowly settle down in South Africa after the last ruinous week, the debates about who’s really to blame are catching fire. It’s now being called an insurrection attempt, and President Ramaphosa has referred to those responsible for fueling the protests as ‘enemies of democracy.’ One of the problems underlying the current crisis is that he’s both right and wrong. South Africa is indeed, as Ramaphosa called it, a ‘hard-fought-for democracy.’ ...

China Mobile Reportedly in Talks to Buy One of South Africa’s Largest Mobile Operators

Cell C has been in distress for quite some time and now there are reports that state-owned China Mobile is considering buying the embattled South African mobile operator. South African tech news site Tech Central quoted a source familiar with the negotiations who ...