Gebeya transitions into a talent cloud provider

February 22, 2024
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(left) Dawit Anbesu, Business Developer Associate at Gebeya

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  • Gebeya transitions into a talent cloud provider
  • CBN might shut down crypto websites in Nigeria
  • Teraco plans to build $106 million solar facility  

Gebeya transitions into a talent cloud provider 

(left) Dawit Anbesu, Business Developer Associate at Gebeya

Gebeya, a SaaS-enabled tech talent marketplace, has transitioned into an all-in-one talent cloud provider.

The company, founded in 2017 as an edtech startup, has evolved into a multi-sided marketplace that now provides Software-as-a-Service solutions via Gebeya 3.0, which includes the Gebeya Talent Cloud (G-TC) platform.

The AI-powered platform provides scalable solutions, addressing many organisational requirements, including public, private, strategic, and sourcing talent clouds.

Through Gebeya's talent cloud solutions, professionals across various sectors can access opportunities aligned with their skills and interests. For instance, software developers can join Talent Clouds offered by partners like Microsoft, gaining access to skills, jobs, and networking opportunities within specific ecosystems.

According to the company, this evolution reflects its seven-year journey of empowering thousands of talented individuals and forming partnerships with industry leaders, including Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, and the Mastercard Foundation.

For instance, the company partnered with Microsoft to launch a 300,000-strong African Talent Cloud focused on Microsoft Azure and AI skills in December 2023. This platform aims to facilitate digital transformation efforts by connecting businesses and professionals within the Microsoft ecosystem.

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Looking ahead, Gebeya aims to elevate Africa's potential and global competitiveness through its innovative Talent Cloud technology, fostering collaboration and empowerment within the African tech ecosystem.

CBN might shut down crypto websites in Nigeria

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) might consider blocking Nigerians from accessing crypto websites to counter the weakening of the naira.

Though unconfirmed, a source familiar with the matter suggested that the central bank could use telecommunications companies to block access to these websites and apps in Nigeria.

This move comes after Binance suspended peer-to-peer (P2P) activities on February 20, 2024. Users expressed concern about the absence of USDT buy ads on the platform.

Binance responded with a statement emphasising its commitment to providing a market-driven, fraud-free platform, but did not specify the reason for suspending crypto activities.

Binance stated that it’s collaborating with local authorities, lawmakers, and regulators to ensure compliance.

However, a user named Brother Bernard claimed that the CBN, the National Security Agency (NSA), and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are collaborating with Binance to set a cap for USDT traders.

On February 21, 2024, Binance issued another statement explaining the suspension of peer-to-peer trading on its platform. It stated that its system automatically pauses during significant currency movements to prevent abuse and that a temporary suppression exceeded system limits, necessitating adjustments.

Users expressed scepticism despite Binance's explanations, seeing the move as a joint effort with the CBN to regulate trading and resulting in a decline in platform trust. Several platforms listed alternatives to Binance, with users complaining that the platform is unreliable.

What's more, a few hours later, Binance resumed P2P trading with 1 USDT trading at over ₦1,840.

Teraco plans to build $106 million solar facility

Teraco's team

Teraco, a player in the African colocation scene, plans to build a massive 120-megawatt solar power plant in South Africa's Free State province to power up its data centres and give Eskom, the country's electric company, a run for its money.

Teraco's CEO, Jan Hnizdo, revealed that the company has finally secured some grid space from Eskom. It will cost the company R2 billion (roughly $106 million) to get the solar project up and running within the next 18 months.

The company figures that by connecting to the national power grid through Eskom's grid connection, it will be able to send its solar power across the nation, keeping Teraco's data centres operational.

Once operational, the company expects to churn out over 338,000 MWh of power each year.

With Eskom constantly dropping the ball on power, companies in South Africa are looking for other options. Eskom's infamous load shedding has caused business disruptions, so with this new move, people can avoid them like hot potatoes.

CEO Hnizdo reckons this grid allocation is a game-changer, bringing them one step closer to their green energy dreams. It’s been chasing these approvals for ages, and now it's all about making it happen, pronto.

Teraco collaborated with Subsolar and Juwi Renewable Energies South Africa to bring this solar show to life. Juwi is in charge of the design and construction, while Subsolar is responsible for the installation. 

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Victoria Fakiya for Techpoint Africa.

She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.
She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.
She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.

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