Africa in the news – June 2018

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Every month, Africa HR Solutions summarizes the latest high-impact news for you. We aim to provide you with accurate and non biased news from the African continent. This month, we take a look at Electricity, Mining and Social Media in Africa.

Solar energy for Togo

Togo has an access rate to electricity of only 28%. Even so, those 28% struggle with low voltage, both in rural and urban areas. On the other hand, around 40% of West African countries have access to electricity, and Togo currently relies on Ghana to supply part of its power.

Recently, the government of Togo has embarked on a highly ambitious project to produce and provide electricity to 50% of the country’s 7.5 million population, by 2020. The long-term objective is to reach 75% by 2025 and be able to provide national access by 2030.

The latest Togolese action plan involves partnering with private investors to build 300 small solar plants, which would reach communities where electric grids cannot. In a recent study, the World Bank estimated that sub-Sahara Africa will require $50 billion of investment, every year, to achieve this objective.

Mining: a greater share for Africa

Africa is home to 99% of the world’s remaining chrome, 85% of its platinum, 70% of its tantalite and 54% of its gold. Mineral-blessed African countries benefit from a healthy GDP boost thanks to mining. The Democratic Republic of Congo has recently revised the mining code from 2002 to bank on this ever-profitable industry.

After taking a dip in 2015, the mining sector has been seen a boom in recent years. Changing consumer trends have caused the price of some commodities to skyrocket; for example, with more automobile manufacturers turning to electric cars, the price of cobalt has drastically increased. Cobalt is used in the production of batteries, and it is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after metals.

Many countries are currently re-evaluating their position towards the mining industry. Rising commodity prices and greater market demand for base metals have increased the profit of the mining sector. Many African governments are now looking for a higher percentage of returns, while keeping investors satisfied.

Uganda implements a tax on social media

As of the 1st July 2018, a social media tax is now in effect for several social platforms. Those who must pay the new tax will find services such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, etc…, to be inaccessible. The World Bank reports that currently only 22% of Uganda has access to the internet.

Back in 2016, telecom operators in African had already blocked the internet during the elections, pointing to security issues. This time, the government looks to curb online gossip, while raking in millions of shillings for the country’s economy.

With the new social media tax, users will be charged 200 shillings (~ $0.053) per day. This amounts to around $19 per year. The government however promised to exempt those using it for educational purposes.

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Grant Geraghty is the longest-serving member of the Africa HR team. This resident subject matter expert and client champion is responsible for gaining a deep understanding of our clients’ unique HR needs in Africa and providing tailored solutions that align with their business objectives. Grant collaborates closely with our clients to ensure that their requirements are properly implemented, providing ongoing support and guidance throughout the process.

Grant brings a wealth of experience to his role, having served as Africa HR’s longest-serving employee. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with a major in Economics and Business Finance, from the University of Natal in South Africa. Additionally, he has completed a certification program in Payroll and Tax Administration from the University of Cape Town, further enhancing his expertise in HR operations and compliance.

His commitment to delivering exceptional service and his extensive knowledge of HR in Africa make him an invaluable member of the Africa HR team.




Kevina Takoordyal has a BA Hons Business Management from the University of Glamorgan, UK, with MBA in leadership and Innovation, MBA General, PMP Certified, and Agile Scrum Master. She currently works as the Head of Operations at Africa HR Solutions Ltd with more than 20 years of proven leadership capabilities in Operations, Business Development, People Management, Process Optimization, and Project Management in the Financial Services, BPO, Banking Industry, and Heath Care Industry. In Senior leadership roles with an international footprint across Europe working and extensive Pan- African experience from a compliance, finance, and operations angle, Kevina comes across with a panoply of cross-functional skills. Kevina also serves on a few Boards, Non-Independent Executive at MioD and for NGOs on a voluntary basis, a coach and mentor to aspiring female leaders across Africa and Mauritius.

Kevina is a firm believer in Servant Leadership with a strong focus and commitment to uplifting others, with the ability to deliver through a highly engaged – diverse team, and works towards consistently synergistic value creation. While being a focused and adaptive thinker and Kevina is actively participating in panel discussions on Innovation, CX, Digital transformation.

Kevina serves as Project Assessor for the National Youth upskilling program. She has been recognized as Global Talent in a few companies, Ceridian, and International SOS Ltd whereby she has been awarded a few scholarships and had the opportunity to be mentored by Senior Vice President in the US. Award Winner in various fields and at a national level and recognized including Super Achiever Leader Award in Africa in 2016, Awarded Africa Women Leader 2018.



Head of Finance & Business Support

Viloshna is an experienced finance professional with 18 years of expertise in strategic financial planning, financial analysis, cash flow management, systems and controls implementation, financial reporting, and continuous process improvements. She currently serves as Head of Finance & Business Support, where she has successfully automated and leveraged the financial reporting system capabilities to ensure efficient company operations.

Viloshna’s background includes senior roles in a multinational pharmaceutical company and a large listed Mauritian conglomerate. Her meticulous attention to detail and strategic thinking have streamlined financial processes, making her a valuable addition to any finance team. Viloshna is a qualified finance professional with an FCCA qualification and an MBA, bringing valuable expertise to any organization.

In her current role, Viloshna leads the company’s Treasury and Payments function, including the fulfillment of the company’s cross-border payments into Africa. With her strong educational background and extensive experience, Viloshna consistently demonstrates her ability to optimize financial operations, minimize risks, and improve profitability. Her expertise in financial reporting and process improvements make her a valuable asset to any organization.



Head of Legal & Compliance

A qualified lawyer who joined Africa HR Solutions in July 2020, Mark Du Preez has experience working in private practice for a reputable law firm in South Africa. He also played commercially focused roles at a leading private bank, wealth management company, and outsourcing firm in South Africa and Mauritius.

Mark has played a pivotal role in Africa HR Solution’s risk mitigation strategy, which positively impacted P&L performance over the years.

He currently leads the Partnerships function of the company including relationships and oversight with in-country partners (ICPs) across Africa.

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Head of Commercial

Alex has more than 15 years of experience in the global, strategic development of both enterprise and consumer brands in categories including technology, transport, enterprise software, entertainment, and travel.

With experience in roles on both agency and corporate side, he has worked across international brands and has led the development and execution of multi-discipline campaigns across EMEA, NORAM and Asia Pacific.

His focus is on driving meaningful business impact through brand differentiation and building high-functioning, digitally oriented, and analytically driven capabilities. He is motivated by working with, and developing dynamic people, teams, and organizations.

He leads, manages, develops and mentors the Key Account Management department, including line management responsibility for the team of Key Account Managers and Key Account Administrator who represent the Company as the primary communication link between all relevant stakeholders, including clients, third party in-country partners and internal functions.

Originally from Mauritius, he holds bachelor’s degrees in International Business, Finance and Management from the University of Nevada, Reno.