Uber raises fares in Kenya

Uber raises fares in Kenya

Uber has announced that in Kenya, where it is available in Nairobi and Mombasa, it is raising fares upwards to satisfy the demands by its drivers for a fair pricing model.

The full statement from Uber on Thursday reads as follows-:

“Uber works when both riders and driver-partners are benefiting. Riders need safe, reliable transport and drivers need to keep earning. We believe that riders and drivers should have transparency and certainty around our prices.

Prices are designed to encourage more riders on the road, to help increase trips for drivers, but equally, you want to make sure the basic economics of drivers are sustainable. We have always promised to closely monitor driver-partner’s economics, keeping cognisant of how inflation and fuel prices can affect drivers using our app. We continue to stand by that promise because Uber succeeds when our partners succeed.

That is why today we are raising our prices in Kenya. We believe driver-partners will earn more as a result of these changes and that riders will continue to enjoy access to a safe, affordable and reliable service.”

 

THE NEW uberX RATES – Nairobi

Old uberX New uberX
Base KES 100 KES 100
Per Minute KES 3 KES 3
Per KM KES 35 KES 42
Minimum KES 200 KES 300

 

THE NEW uberX RATES – Mombasa

Old uberX New uberX
Base KES 50 KES 70
Per Minute KES 3 KES 3
Per KM KES 35 KES 42
Minimum KES 150 KES 200
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How Kenya’s SGR compares to Ethiopia’s Electrified Railway

Kenya's SGR versus Ethiopia's Electrified Railway

Kenyans are naturally inquisitive, more so about projects that generate public interest. One such project is the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

A question that isn’t going away is why Ethiopia has managed to build an electrified Standard Gauge Railway for less money than Kenya, yet ours is not even electric?

Engineers that are part of the SGR Kenya team have taken to Facebook to address that question in detail by providing a detailed comparison that provides an overview of how different the two projects are.

A quick comparison is drawn to the difference in speed, “It’s good to note that electric does not always mean super-fast. The Ethiopian line is only 40km/h faster than the Kenyan line.”

The Facebook post goes further to cast a light upon Ethiopia’s ability to produce enough power to run an electric railway line. “Ethiopia’s electricity generation is about to explode with the construction of the 6,000mw Grand Renaissance Dam , which will give the train service stable power supply. (Kenya Power comes to mind)”

Another reason that has contributed to the hefty bill on the Kenyan line is social and cultural factor that has meant that the Kenya Railway Corporation has had to listen to voices of communities that will be affected by the railway line such as environmentalists who are vocal about the impact of the project on Kenya’s wildlife.

Other issues that have led to the huge cost include land acquisition, the construction of bridges and stations.

China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) was retained by Kenya Railways (KR) to undertake phase 1 of the Mombasa-Nairobi SGR Project while Third Railway Survey and Design Institute Group, Apec Consortium Limited and Edon Consultants International (TSDI/APEC/EDON Consortium) undertake design review and construction supervision of the contracts to ensure the quality standards are met.

A detailed analysis is given in the following pictures

Read the full post on Facebook. Learn more about what a Standard Gauge Railway is.

 

Poa, Liquid Telecom connect Kibera Slum with Internet

Poa & Liquid Telecom connect Kibera Slum with Internet

poa! Internet in partnership with Liquid Telecom Kenya has launched a new Internet model into the Kibera slums, drawing thousands of subscribers in just a few months.

Delivered using solar powered hotspots and company has also provided free Internet access to Kibera schools, health centres, churches, mosques and youth centres.

Established in August last year in Kenya, poa! Internet is now employing 25 staff, mostly young people, the majority of them from Kibera, selling Internet for as little as Sh10 for 25MB.

The company’s aim is to bring millions of East Africans online over the next years, using innovative technology and ‘kidogo’ product pricing.

“We are selling internet to individuals in Kibera at affordable prices, and have also provided free Internet to more than eight health centres, 20 schools, and 20 cyber cafes’ in the area” said Mr Andy Halsall, CEO of poa! internet.

poa! is using Liquid Telecom Kenya’s fibre infrastructure, known as a local loop, from a connection near Kibera, to supply the internet to residents of Africa’s second largest slum.

“Liquid Telecom is our partner in ensuring that the less privileged population of Kibera access the same services and quality of Internet as their counterparts in other parts of the country, and at an affordable cost”, he said.

The partnership is making a swift and visible difference, he said.

“Internet has made life much better, with more youths engaging in businesses, such as cyber cafes, and shops where they are selling bundles. This has had a positive impact on these individuals and put great potential in their hands”, he said.

The cost of accessing the internet using poa! ranges from as low as Sh10 for 25 MB to Sh3,000 for 20 GB, in bundles that do not expire. “We have ensured that anybody in Kibera wanting to use high speed, high quality Internet can do so for just a few bob” said Andy.

poa! also provides its customers with free access to a wide range of digital content, including educational and healthcare and other socially beneficial materials as well as sports, entertainment and news. “We want to ensure that the people of Kibera can get access to the latest information even when they don’t have cash in their pocket”, he explained.

Andy raised seed funding in the UK to launch the business, on the basis that East Africa still holds huge potential for internet consumption.

“We are targeting millions of subscribers in this region, if our plans go as scheduled,” he said. “East Africa is highly educated but still not everybody  has access to internet.”

This vision has seen Liquid Telecom Kenya name poa! internet as an outstanding example of last mile development of the group’s East African infrastructure.

“The launch and rapid rise of poa! Internet in Kibera represents a fulfilment of our own purpose and vision too, after we invested heavily in the new Nairobi metro network so that it can provide up to 20 times more internet data across the city with high quality and reliability,” said Mr Ben Roberts, CEO of Liquid Telecom Kenya.

He said Liquid telecom was looking forwards to supporting poa! internet as their business expands and rolls out to other areas.

Steps for Starting a Business in Kenya

Steps for Starting a Business in Kenya

Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions and completing a series of legal activities. These 10 easy steps can help you plan, prepare and manage your business.

Step 1: Write a Business Plan

A business plan is an essential road-map for business success. This living document generally projects 3-5 years ahead and outlines the route a company intends to take to grow revenues. While there are various templates that can help you get started online, the best outcome would result from you personalizing your business plan to your needs. Read as many case studies online to get a better understanding of the challenges entrepreneurs face while coming up with a business plan

Step 2: Get Business Assistance and Training

You will find that learning and growth is something that that you will need to embrace throughout the life of your business. An important step in starting your business is to get as much training as you can get from local forums, government as well as formal education about starting and running a business.

Step 3: Choose a Business Location

Your probably thinking that modern day businesses are working virtually. Well, you are right but every serious business needs a location where they can physically serve their customers. Selecting a customer-friendly location should be your priority. In Kenya, especially in Nairobi, the choice for location has been made easier by Co-Working spaces that not only ease your hassle but offer a range of support services that will get you started in the shortest time possible. You can even rent boardroom space at an hourly rate, can you believe that?

Step 4: Finance Your Business

Government backed loans, venture capital and research grants can help get you started.

Step 5: Determine the Legal Structure of Your Business

Depending on the type of business you are operating: sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, nonprofit or cooperative, it is important to know the legal structure that can influence the way you do business in Kenya.

Step 6: Register a Business Name

Register your business name with the government. Depending on the type of business you choose to operate: sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, nonprofit or cooperative, you will need to register it under the laws of Kenya

Step 7: Register for Taxes

The Kenya Revenue Authority will have a few instructions for you on which taxes to pay and how to pay them once you choose to do business in Kenya

Step 8: Obtain Business Licenses and Permits

You business will be requires to have the necessary licences and permits which are issued county and municipal councils to regulate how business is conducted in their jurisdiction.

Step 9: Understand Employer Responsibilities

Now that you are an employer, learn the legal steps you need to take to hire employees lest you get into trouble. Some responsibilities govern how you treat, remunerate and even house you employees. Be in the know!

Step 10: Associate your Business with the Industry

Now that your business is operational, taking the next steps for sales and marketing geared towards growth should be top of your agenda. Depending on the sector or industry of business, you can join institutions that lobby on your behalf. Private sector aligned businesses might want to consider KEPSA and other organizations that can help you network and grow the reach of your business.

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African Union passport to increase Africa travel spend by 24 percent

African Union passport to increase Africa travel spend by 24 percent

New research released by global travel technology provider, Sabre Corporation, has revealed that African air travel spend is expected to rise 24% with the introduction of the pan-African passport in 2018.

The new African Union passport will enable African travellers to visit other countries on the continent without a visa.

The comprehensive survey by Sabre aimed to uncover the opportunities and challenges faced by African travellers today, in a bid to help airlines address these to support their own growth and provide travellers a better journey. Travellers from four countries – South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Egypt were surveyed, with those having flown in the past 24 months saying they would spend 24 percent more with the introduction of the passport (from $1,100 to $1,500 annually).

But despite a willingness among travellers to spend more on flights, travel in Africa still remains inaccessible to the majority, with only 23 percent of those surveyed having travelled abroad at all in the last two years. When asked what prevents them from travelling more, the top reasons were:

  • 32% said travel is too expensive
  • 31% said it is difficult obtaining VISAs
  • 30% said it is too difficult to book travel
  • 28% said there are no flights to their chosen destination

Travellers also expressed a number of gripes about their current experiences when travelling:

  • 27% said the check-in process takes too long
  • 22% said the check-in procedure is confusing
  • 20% don’t like the food on aircrafts
  • 19% think there is not enough to do at the airport

“The results suggest that while travel is inaccessible to many and is difficult for those that do travel, there is a still a strong desire to travel more,” said Dino Gelmetti, vice president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Airline Solutions, Sabre.  “Additionally, most of the pain points can be addressed by airlines, and these tweaks could make all the difference to travellers.  African carriers currently face tough competition from international rivals that control 88 percent of African airspace but, as demand for travel increases, African airlines have a real opportunity to win the lion’s share of bookings by addressing the pain points of travellers and going the extra mile to improve their experience.”

Like many other travellers globally, Africans also expressed a strong interest in experiencing a travel journey that was more personalised and tailored towards them.  Respondents said that they would be willing to spend up to $104 per trip on an airline’s extra products and services – such as excess baggage, cabin class upgrades, and special food and beverage – if it improved and personalised their journey.

“Airlines globally currently pocket an average of just $16 per passenger on ancillaries, so the fact that African travellers are prepared to spend six times more than that represents a significant retail opportunity for carriers on the continent,” said Gelmetti.  “Airlines will flourish if they invest in technology that can make sense of customer data and use it to offer passengers the right product in the right context at the right time.  This technology, which empowers airlines to mirror the personalised shopping tactics already mastered by the online retail industry has been proven to increase ancillary revenue by an average of 10 percent, and is being used by some of the world’s most forward-thinking carriers.”

As further encouragement for African carriers, Sabre’s survey respondents stated a number of reasons why people would choose to fly with their local carrier over a foreign airline; the top three reasons were:
  • It offered cheaper tickets
  • It offered the latest technology on board
  • It offered greater comfort on board.

The survey reveals significant growth opportunity for African airlines willing to address travellers’ current pain points

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When and Where? – The Maasai Market, Nairobi, Kenya

The Maasai Market, Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya’s Maasai Market is arguably the best places for first-time visitors looking to experience authentic Kenyan culture.

Offering an array of apparel, handicrafts, accessories and jewellery at excellent prices, these lively day markets are great for local and international guests. The concept of the market is borrowed from the culture of one of Kenya’s most endeared communities, the Maasai.

Depicted in various international Movies and TV shows, the Maasai are among the best known local populations due to their residence near the many game parks of the African Great Lakes, and their distinctive customs and dress.

Next time you are in Kenya, here’s the when and where of the Maasai Market -:

When

Where

Monday No market on this day.
Tuesday Prestige Plaza along Ngong Road and Kijabe Street Park next to Nairobi River
Wednesday Capital Center along Mombasa rd
Thursday The Junction Mall & along Ngong road
Friday The Village market along Limuru road & Lavington Mall
Saturday The High court parking in the city Center opposite Re-Insurance Plaza & Prestige Plaza along Ngong road
Sunday Yaya Center along Valley Road in Hurlingham

Jimnah Mbaru honoured for development of African capital markets

Jimnah Mbaru honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award for development of African capital markets

Think Business Africa’s Investment Awards has honoured Dyer and Blair Investment Bank’s Chairman Jimnah Mbaru with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to the securities exchange and investment sector in Kenya and the region.

The 8th Annual Investment Awards 2016 dinner gala, held on Friday 11th November 2016 at the Radisson Blu Nairobi, feted Mbaru for achievements that have spanned the founding of stock exchanges in six African nations; the founding of the African Stock Exchanges Association; and his long-term leadership of Dyer and Blair Investment Bank, which also won the Think Business Africa Investment Award for Best Investment Bank.

With more than 30 years’ experience in investment banking, Mbaru has led many landmark transactions since first becoming chairman of Dyer & Blair in 1983, including the Safaricom IPO, KenGen Rights Issue, Kenya Power Rights Issue and the Centum Bond. Under his leadership, Dyer and Blair has brought to market more transactions that any other firm in Kenya.

Mbaru is also the current chairman of the Kenya Association of Stock Brokers and Investment Banks (KASIB), which he played an instrumental role in creating, and represents KASIB as a board member of the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE), where he previously served as the chairman twice, between 1992 – 2001 and 2006 -2008.

While serving as Chairman of the NSE, Mbaru oversaw the move from the Open Outcry trading system to electronic trading, and also helped set up the Uganda Securities Exchange (USE) and Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE). He additionally wrote the blueprint for the establishment of the Rwanda Stock Exchange (RSE) and worked with Ghana, Namibia and Botswana on the establishment of their exchanges.

Dyer & Blair Investment Bank was also named in the awards as the Best Investment Bank, Best Lead Transaction Advisor, the Best Bonds Dealer of the Year, and won the overall investment industry Customer Service Award. In addition, it won three runners up awards, for Best Stock Broker, Best Equities Dealer, and Best Research Team.

“These awards, and our position as the country’s Best Investment Bank, alongside all the associated awards that go into securing that accolade, represent the fruit of our ongoing innovation and leadership, technologically and in the calibre of our teams,” said Mr Jimnah Mbaru, Chairman of Dyer & Blair Investment Bank.

Among many recent milestones, the bank was the first in Kenya to introduce a mobile share trading app. The Dyer & Blair Edge, which allows users to trade shares from their phones, has already drawn more than 1000 downloads, and additionally enables investors to track their investment portfolios, develop a watch list, and receive research information. The app is available in both Android and IoS for Apple on Google Play and Apple Store.
 
Dyer & Blair was also the first bank to launch an Online Share Trading platform and integrate MPESA as a payment method.
 
The Think Business Africa awards recognise and confer merit on companies leading the dynamic and fast-paced changes in the securities exchange and investments sectors in Kenya. The judging process involves research into key areas of performance, including corporate governance, financial soundness, product and systems innovation, and customer services.

For Dyer & Blair, the new awards follow from being named in the EMEA Finance African Banking Awards 2016 as the Best Broker In Kenya and Best Equity House, while in the Bankers Africa 2016 awards, Dyer & Blair was named as the Best Investment Bank in Kenya.

Safaricom Connects Eldoret SMEs with Affordable Internet

Safaricom Connects Eldoret SMEs with Affordable Internet

Small and Medium Enterprises in Eldoret are set to benefit from high speed affordable internet connectivity from as low as Shs 5,000 per month.

This is after Safaricom, through its Enterprise Business Division, kicked off its second phase of fibre optic network rollout.

The rollout follows successful deployment of fibre in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa with the current focus now on other major towns in the country.

Fiber technology provides unlimited bandwidth capabilities and offers the fastest high-speed data connectivity.

Businesses that sign up by 31st of December will get one month free connectivity.

Speaking during the launch of the second phase in Eldoret town Safaricom’s Head of Enterprise Product and Innovation, Geoffrey Wandeto said that the network would offer businesses connectivity at affordable and flexible rates, enabling them to grow and thrive.

“Safaricom wants to offer a solution that will open up businesses into a new digital world. It is our hope that we will be your partner in this space,” said Mr Wandetto.

The move which is part of Safaricom’s continuing strategy to be a leader in broadband provision aims to connect every part of the country in the coming years to deliver quality service to customers.

Earlier in the year, Safaricom launched Ready Business, a business solution aimed at making SMEs’ operations easier. The ‘Ready Business’ solution bundles together various technology and advisory services to empower entrepreneurs tackle challenges of a rapidly changing business landscape.

Safaricom Enterprise offers a variety of communication and connectivity services to its customers across Kenya. Key among these services is internet connections and telephone landlines. These services can in turn be delivered via different technologies like Fiber Optic cables as well as wireless technologies like microwaves, WiMax & Satellites.

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More Grownups relying on their Parents to Get By

More Grownups relying on their Parents to Get By

Society of Grownups, a financial advice firm in the US, has conducted a survey that answers how grownups are planning financially for their goals today.

The great revelation from the survey was that a good number of grownups (representing 35% of those polled)  still depend on their parents for upkeep beyond college.

While the survey was targeted at Americans, the results seem to reflect on the financial trends witnessed among young growups in developed and developing nations across the world.

According to the research which was conducted in partnership with Wakefield Research, most of grownups are seen to be going back to school, getting married, planning to pay off student debt, and they eventually want to buy houses and consider having kids. And those are in addition to other big goals, like taking a trip, pursuing freelance work, and purchasing a car.

In Kenya, like the world over, most parents especially those who are financially stable are seen to play a major role in the lives of their children beyond basic education. Paying for higher education and even expensive weddings for their children is not uncommon.

The research explains this trend as a necessary evil that is a as result of the Great Recession. Even grownups with families are also dipping into the pockets of their parents which means that the arrangement can last for decades. Companies such as Society of Grownups, based on the research are willing to provide education and tools to help individuals become independent.

The good news is that this group is willing to pay it forward, to the benefit of younger generations.

In case you are wondering about the classification of generations, the following table is precise-:

 

generation name

born (range, loosely)

characterizing features typically described (loosely)

The Lost Generation 1880-1900 The term reflects the unthinkable loss of human life in the First World War- approaching 16 million killed and over 20 million wounded. This happened in just four and five years (1914-1918). We cannot imagine this today.
The Interbellum Generation 1900-1913 Interbellum means ‘between wars’, referring to the fact that these people were too young to fight in the First World War and too old to fight in the Second.
The Greatest Generation (The Veterans) 1914-1930 These people are revered for having grown up during the Great Depression and then fought or stood alongside those who fought in the Second World War (1939-45). As for other generations of the early 1900s, life was truly hard compared to later times.
The Silent Generation 1930-1945 Characterized as fatalistic, accepting, having modest career and family aspirations, focused on security and safety. These people experienced the 1930s Great Depression and/or the 2nd World War in early life, and post-war austerity in young adulthood. They parented and provided a foundation for the easier lives of the Baby Boomers.
Baby Boomers 1946-1960 Equality, freedom, civil rights, environmental concern, peace, optimism, challenge to authority, protest. Baby Boomers mostly lived safe from war and serious hardship; grew up mostly in families, and enjoyed economic prosperity more often than not. Teenage/young adulthood years 1960-1980 – fashion and music: fun, happy, cheery, sexy, colourful, lively.
Generation Jones 1953-1968 Acquisitive, ambitious, achievement-oriented, cynical, materialistic (a reference to the expression ‘keeping up with the Joneses’). Generation Jones is predominantly a US concept, overlapping and representing a sub-group within the Baby Boomer and Gen-X generations.
Generation X (Gen-X) 1960-1980 Apathy, anarchy, reactionism, detachment, technophile, resentful, nomadic, struggling. Teenage/young adulthood years 1973-2000 – fashion and music: anarchic, bold, anti-establishment.
MTV Generation 1974-1983 MTV Generation is a lesser-used term for a group overlapping X and Y. Like Generation Jones is to Baby Boomers and Gen-X, so MTV Generation is a bridge between Gen-X and Y.
Generation Y
(Gen-Y or Millennials)
1980-2000 and beyond (?) Views vary as to when this range ends, basically because no-one knows. Generational categories tend to become established some years after the birth range has ended. Teenage/young adulthood years 1990s and the noughties – fashion and music: mainstream rather than niche, swarmingly popular effects, fuelled by social networking and referral technology. Also called Echo Boomers because this generation is of similar size to the Baby Boomers.
Generation Z (Gen-Z or perhaps Generation ADD) after Gen-Y Too soon to say much about this group. A name has yet to become established, let alone characterizing features. Generation Z is a logical name in the X-Y-sequence. Generation ADD is less likely to establish itself as a name for this cohort – it refers ironically to Attention Deficit Disorder and the supposed inability of young people in the late noughties (say 2005-2009) to be able to concentrate for longer than a few seconds on anything. Gen-Z is difficult to differentiate from Gen-Y, mainly because (as at 2009) it’s a little too soon to be seeing how people born after Gen-Y are actually behaving, unless the end of the Gen-Y range is deemed to be a few years earlier than the year 2000. Time will tell.

Source: Generations nicknames and groupings theory (businessballs.com)

Panama Papers Link 25 Offshore Entities to Kenya

PANAMA PAPERS LINK 25 OFFSHORE ENTITIES TO KENYA

The Panama Papers are 11.5 million leaked documents that detail financial and attorney–client information for more than 214,488 offshore entities.

Incorporation Date Jurisdiction Linked to
AMAGER SYSTEMS ENGINEERING INC. 25-JAN-1993 Panama Kenya Panama Papers
ATHENA INTERNATIONAL CORP. 20-AUG-2007 British Anguilla Kenya Panama Papers
Ideas International Ltd. 06-FEB-2009 British Anguilla Kenya Panama Papers
Flexi-mobile Limited 07-JUL-2010 Seychelles Kenya Panama Papers
PETKINSON,S.A. 26-JUL-2006 Panama Kenya Panama Papers
SUN JOPKINS, S.A. 26-JUL-2006 Panama Kenya Panama Papers
DIGITAL BUSINESS SOLUTIONS GROUP Inc. 20-FEB-2008 Panama Kenya Panama Papers
BUSITEMA MINING CIE LTD. 13-SEP-1994 British Virgin Islands Kenya Panama Papers
DEREWAY DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED 24-SEP-1997 British Virgin Islands Kenya Panama Papers
CHESHOLM SERVICES LIMITED 15-JAN-1997 British Virgin Islands Kenya Panama Papers
ABERCORN INTERNATIONAL LIMITED 26-JAN-2000 British Virgin Islands Kenya Panama Papers
LINK FINANCIAL PLANNING INTERNATIONAL LIMITED 27-NOV-2000 British Virgin Islands Kenya Panama Papers
EXAMPLE LIMITED 05-JAN-2005 British Virgin Islands Kenya Panama Papers
DAVID COULSON & ASSOCIATES LTD 19-MAY-2005 British Virgin Islands Kenya Panama Papers
Triad Mid-Africa Limited 09-NOV-2006 British Virgin Islands Kenya Panama Papers
ROTISH INVESTMENTS LTD 27-MAY-2005 British Virgin Islands Kenya Panama Papers
MIBM LTD 29-AUG-2014 British Virgin Islands Kenya Panama Papers
TNT Resources Limited 18-OCT-2013 British Virgin Islands Kenya Panama Papers
CAPRICORN MARKETING LIMITED 23-JAN-1995 Bahamas Kenya Panama Papers
SAUCHER HOLDING CORPORATION 04-APR-1984 Panama Kenya Panama Papers
AFRICAN PETROLEUM LIMITED 28-MAR-1991 British Virgin Islands Kenya Panama Papers
PRESTIGE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION 22-JAN-1992 British Virgin Islands Kenya Panama Papers
SURAJ SHIPPING COMPANY INC. 15-APR-1985 Panama Kenya Panama Papers
WHITECROFT GLOBAL SERVICES LIMITED 21-AUG-2002 British Virgin Islands Kenya Panama Papers
TITAN WORLDWIDE LIMITED 12-JAN-1995 British Virgin Islands Kenya Panama Papers