Rwanda set to become Africa’s most connected country

Updated on 1 March 2017

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Today's top entrepreneurship and business stories (1 March)Entrepreneurs encouraged to enter the Entrepreneur of the Year competition
Entries are now open for the Entrepreneur of the Year competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS.

The competition is a platform to reward and acknowledge the ongoing hard work of these entrepreneurs. With five categories, entrepreneurs from emerging to small and medium businesses can enter.

Prizes valued at over R 2 million can be won, which include cash prizes of R60 000 for each main category winner, and R160 000 for the overall winner. Competition winners will also receive valuable mentorship support, networking opportunities and national media exposure.

“Entrepreneurship can be a lonely endeavor, but also one of the most rewarding. Through the competition, we want to share the successes of these inspirational individuals who are making a difference, as well as create an environment in which entrepreneurs can engage, network and learn from each other.”

Last year the title was taken by agri-preneur Johan Eksteen.

Eksteen is the founder of Agricon, a company that designs and manufactures cost-effective and eco-friendly pellets for animal feed, fertilizer and bio mass used by the farming industry.

Entrepreneurs interested in entering the competition can download entry forms online at as well as interact with fellow entrepreneurs and entrants on the competition’s social media platforms and The closing date for the competition is 31 May 2017.

Rwanda set to become Africa’s most connected country
The lack of access to telecommunication services among Rwandans in the rural areas is soon set to be a thing of the past with the launch of a project providing remote populations with the same level of connectivity enjoyed by citizens in developed markets.

Vanu Rwanda, a subsidiary of a United States-based company in cellular networks, to date has ten sites on air and by the end of this year there will be a total of 376 sites, covering approximately one million people in previously unserved areas of rural Rwanda.

The project should make Rwanda the most connected country in Africa.

Vanu has licensed spectrum from the Rwanda Utilities and Regulatory Organisation to provide mobile network operators with solar-enabled services aimed at hard-to-reach consumers.

Airtel Rwanda is the first operator to use this service. Vanu intends to take the project further than Rwanda. (African News Agency)

Cape Town airport sees 10 million passengers in a year
Cape Town Air Access and the Airports Company of South Africa are celebrating a record-breaking year in 2016, when the Cape Town International Airport reached an unprecedented 10 million passengers, Wesgro said on Tuesday.

The Western Cape’s tourism, trade and investment promotion authority said this milestone was achieved thanks to Cape Town Air Access having landed six new routes and facilitating eight route expansions.

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