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Can tech-savvy youthful migrants help end xenophobia in South Africa?

Can tech-savvy youthful migrants help end xenophobia in South Africa?

CONRAD ONYANGO, BIRD SOUTH Africa has begun pushing back against a cloud of xenophobia with a significant improvement in its visa openness and a quest to attract youthful, skilled workers from tech-focused countries across the continent. Some of those countries previously experienced frosty relations with the country that was for decades the continent's economic heavyweight. The Africa Visa Openness Index 2021 shows the country has moved up 19 positions over the last five years, with South Africa listed among 20 Africa countries that recorded the highest scores over the period. It now sits at position 30. “Close to half of…
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Nigerian informal retailers turn tech-savvy to stock up amid pandemic

Nigerian informal retailers turn tech-savvy to stock up amid pandemic

NNEKA CHILE and ABRAHAM ACHIRGA  WHEN the coronavirus outbreak forced shops to close in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos, kiosk store owner Funmilayo Akinola weighed up her safety against the need to make a living. After deciding that she couldn't afford to stop working, she faced the challenge of replenishing her stock as the pandemic has made it harder for informal traders to buy wholesale goods due to safety measures disrupting supply chains. The answer lay in a logistics firm that provides an online marketplace where manufacturers and retailers connect. Lagos-based Trade Depot delivered goods that she bought using the company's…
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