SA to manufacture Africa’s first affordable, quality smartphone
In the world of smartphones, China has Huawei, Korea has Samsung, while the United States of America has Apple. Long-time dark horse Africa is now taking centre stage with the announcement of the Mara phone project that is touted to take the smartphone business by storm. Developed by Rwandan businessman and billionaire Ashish Thakkar, the Mara group at the Africa Investment Forum announced ambitious plans to develop manufacturing plants in Rwanda and in South Africa. At a media briefing at the Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg, Thakkar said there were further plans to develop the phone in plants across the continent’s five regions. The phones will also be exported and sold in Europe. The project is in partnership with Google.