MTN, UCT unite to boost innovation in Africa

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South Africa’s MTN and the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) have announced a major new partnership to boost sustainable innovation in Africa, a press release issued by Rothko said on Monday. According to the release, MTN will invest R15 million over the next three years in the MTN Solution Space, an innovation hub at the UCT GSB.

“Each partner has complementary expertise and skills, so together, their impact on African innovation will be greater, and the solutions emerging as a result of their collaboration will reach further,� said professor Walter Baets, director of the UCT GSB.

“We are delighted that MTN has decided to make a commitment of this kind. It is an investment in solutions for Africa, by Africa, in Africa,� Baets said.

Paul Norman, chief human resources and corporate affairs officer: MTN Group said: “As Africa’s leading telecommunications brand, MTN is committed to leading the delivery of a bold new digital world, a world where technological development and mobile integration allow for new possibilities, not just for our own customers, but for people and communities across Africa.â€�

“MTN already has an extensive footprint in Africa and the GSB has a strong representation of African students at the business school, combined with a reputation for research and academic excellence. So we are combining our strengths for a common purpose-finding solutions to the biggest challenges facing our continent,� she said.

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