BUSINESS BRIEFS: AUGUST

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Uganda doubles down on hot social media tax

After a brief review period, Ugandan regulators have decided to double down on both the decision to charge citizens a daily levy for access to social media, and the controversial reasoning behind it. Since July 1, Ugandans have been paying 200 Uganda shillings ($0.05) a day to use social media. Whoever didn’t pay was blocked from accessing sites and apps; to get round the blockade, many people have been using virtual private networks rather than pay the social media tax. As a result of a recent meeting between Museveni and MPs, the tax is staying.

Rwanda’s capital is Africa’s new tourist hotspot

Rwanda’s capital is rapidly building a reputation as a tourist hot spot. With low crime, spotlessly clean streets and a friendly attitude, Kigali is pulling in travellers who used to only pass through on safari. After the shocking events of 1994, the aim is to exhibit another side to the country, and create a new legacy. By any and every estimation, it is succeeding profoundly in this regard.

MallforAfrica, DHL give Africa global e-commerce stage

Last month the online retailer and delivery giant launched MarketPlaceAfrica.com: an e-commerce site for select African artisans to sell wares to buyers in any of DHL’s 220 delivery countries. The site will prioritize fashion items — clothing, bags, jewellery, footwear and personal care — and crafts, such as pictures and carvings. Starting off in Nigeria, the retailer plans to expand to Kenya and Rwanda, before expanding to the rest of the continent. It is currently vetting sellers to verify made-in-Africa status and merchandise quality.

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