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South Africa’s Yoco to extend digital services to small businesses

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South African startup Yoco has raised $16 million in a new round of funding to expand its payment management and audit services for small and medium sized businesses as it angles to be one of Africa’s billion dollar businesses.



To get there the company that “builds tools and services to help SMEs get paid and manage their business” plans to tap $20 billion in commercial activity that the company’s co-founder and chief executive, Katlego Maphai estimates is waiting to move from cash payments to digital offerings.

Yoco’s already posted significant numbers for its business connecting small companies to digital payment and enterprise software products.

The company offers a point of sale card reader that links to its proprietary payment and performance software at an entry cost of 1799 South African Rand, or just over $100.

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Uganda Shilling Fares Well than past week.

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The Uganda Shilling was relatively stable, trading within range of 3747/57 as market demand was evenly matched by the inflows.




In the interbank money market, overnight funds traded at 6.50% while one week traded at 10%, a report by Alpha Capital Markets indicates.

The Shilling closed the week at around 3,744.88/3,754.88 to the US Dollar, up from 3,748/58 last week buying and selling.

In the fixed income market, a treasury bill auction with sh195bn on offer was held. Yields marginally declined across all the tenors and came out at 10.800%, 12.400% and 13.501%, for the 91, 182 and 364 days. The auction was hugely oversubscribed.

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In the regional currency markets, the report further indicates that the Kenya Shilling was quickly coming under pressure due to increased demand from importers of oil and other commodities as they close out payments for orders ahead of the festive season.

The Kenya and Tanzanian currencies traded at 36.77/36.87 and 1.63/1.64 buying and selling respectively.

Stephen Kaboyo the Alpha Capital Markets CEO, said that in international markets, the US Dollar gained against other major currencies as the Federal Reserve kept interest rates steady but reaffirmed its monetary tightening, setting the stage for a rate hike in December.

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On the other hand, Kaboyo added that the US midterm elections outcome that markets interpreted as a gridlock on Capitol Hill, came in support of the greenback with expectation that chances of further fiscal stimulus and tax cuts will be minimal.

“Outlook for the shilling indicate a range bound unit as mid-month market dynamics set in. It is likely that demand will remain at a low ebb,” he said.

Dealers attributed the performance of the Shilling to liquidity squeeze in the money markets.

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Zimbabwe’s Airline, Kenya’s Bond to Be Sold

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Kenya Central Bank has said the country will in November sell 20-year amortised infrastructure bond worth 50 billion shillings ($489 million) just as Zimbabwe pushes to privatise airline.



The the bond which will have an 11.95 per cent coupon will have its proceeds used for road, water and energy projects, it said.

It added that it would accept bids for the bond from Monday to Tuesday and auction it on Wednesday. ($1 = 102.1500 Kenyan shillings).

Also Zimbabwe has invited bids for the state-owned airline.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government is pushing ahead with a drive to privatise and end state funding to loss-making firms, Air Zimbabwe’s administrator said on Monday.

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Air Zimbabwe, which owes foreign and domestic creditors more than $300 million, was in October placed into administration to try and revive its fortunes.

The troubled airline is among dozens of state-owned firms, known locally as parastatals, that are set to be partially or fully privatised in the next nine months as the government seeks to cut its fiscal deficit seen at 11 per cent of GDP this year.

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Air Zimbabwe administrator Reggie Saruchera said in a notice published in media on Monday that potential investors should make their bids before November 23 after paying a non-refundable deposit of $20,000.

Saruchera did not indicate whether investors would be allowed to tender for partial or total shareholding in Air Zimbabwe. He was not immediately reachable for comment.

Only three of Air Zimbabwe’s planes are operational, with another three grounded, which has forced it to abandon international routes.(NAN).

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