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Friday, July 20, 2012

Google Launches Gmail Through SMS for African Customers


TABJ - July 19 - Today, Google announced the launch of an SMS version of its mail service Gmail. The service, targeted at users in Africa, will allow basic phones without the ability to access the internet to still receive emails. The African mobile market has grown exponentially in size, where even in the most rural parts of the continent, cellphones have dominated. The announcement came through a blog post from Geva Rechav, Google’s product manager for Emerging Markets. It should be noted that Google has been actively increasing its presence in Africa, where it recently launched the Computer Science for High School project, giving grants to 17 universities to expand their computer science programs. The SMS Gmail service has so far been offered in Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya. Users will be email to receive new emails for free and sending will be treated as a normal text message, subject to standard network fees.


China pledges $20 Billion in Credit for Africa

TABJ - July 19 - Chinese President Hu Jintao pledged $20 Billion in credit for Africa over the next three years. Speaking in Beijing at the China-Africa forum, a summit hosted for leaders from 50 African nations, Mr. Jintao announced that China promises the credit ...
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Google launches Gmail through SMS for African customers

TABJ - July 19 - Today, Google announced the launch of an SMS version of its mail service Gmail. The service, targeted at users in Africa, will allow basic phones without the ability to access the internet to still receive emails. The African mobile market ...
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State of emergency lifted in Egypt

TABJ - 1 June - After 31 years, the state of emergency has been lifted in Egypt. It had come into operation after President Anwar Sadat's assassination in 1981. Activists who led the uprising against President Hosni Mubarak last year made lifting the state of ...
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National Volunteer Week marks the rise of voluntourism

TABJ – 31 May – Tomorrow marks the beginning of National Volunteer Week (UK) in a year that has seen the rise of so-called ‘voluntourism’, where tourists combine international travel with volunteering. Two popular voluntourism destinations are Malawi and Swaziland in southern Africa, where it is ...
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BP returns to Libya exploration

TABJ – 30 May – Oil and gas company BP has decided to return to the drilling programme of an existing Kenya Exploration and Production Sharing Agreement (EPSA) contract with National Oil Corporation (NOC). The exploration programme was brought to a halt on 21 ...
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Algeria plans mega-mosque

TABJ - 28 May - Earlier this month the foundations were laid for the building of a 'mega-mosque' in Algiers. The $1.3 billion mosque will have the world's highest minaret at 270 metres tall. Its prayer room will be able to accommodate 120,000 worshippers. The ...
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Sugar output affects Illovo Sugar FY earnings

TABJ - 28 May - Illovo Sugar Ltd, the South African unit of international group Associated British Foods, posted an 18% rise in full-year earnings today. However, this was slightly lower than the expectations of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters. The company said diluted headline ...
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Egypt's next round of voting

TABJ - 25 May - The first round of Egypt's first free presidential elections has been completed, and early results have led to the speculation that the next round will be a fight between Ahmed Shafiq, deposed leader Hosni Mubarak's former prime minister, and Mohamed ...
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JSE adjusts 'incorrect' trades

TABJ - 25 May - The Johannesburg Stock Exchange said today that it had stopped "incorrect" trades from one of its members. The JSE released a statement saying it would reverse the trades and lower the session's total value after the close of trade."Until end ...
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Court case over Zuma painting

TABJ - 24 May - President Jacob Zuma has asked the South African High Court to issue an order preventing the display of a painting that depicts him with clearly visible genitals. The painting has since been defaced by an outraged sympathiser who described it ...
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