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Weekly Bitcoin News Roundup: VALR Raises $3.4 Million, Uganda to Put SIM Cards on the Blockchain

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In Bitcoin Africa’s Weekly News Roundup, we look at the most trending blockchain and cryptocurrency stories from Africa this week.

Here are our top picks!

SA’s VALR Raises $3.4 Million To Expand

VARL is the largest cryptocurrency exchange in South Africa by trading volume, above Luno, iCE3x and ChainEx has raised 57 million rand ($3.4 million) from 100X and 4DiCapital. The capital will go into creating new products for the South African market and entering new markets in Africa.

In a blogpost, Farzam Ehsani, VALR’S CEO and Co-Founder, said:

“I am very grateful that despite the challenging global COVID-19 pandemic that has adversely affected many businesses around the world, VALR has been able to grow at a phenomenal pace and we’ve been able to raise funds and partner with a set of world-class investors, adding to our already distinguished group of shareholders.”

Before receiving support from 100x (parent company of BitMex), VALR’s had a high profile list of investors. Global exchange powerhouse, Bittrex, Michael Jordaan, the former CEO of FirstRand Ltd.’s First National Bank are investors in VALR. 

At the time of writing, VALR has raised 79 million rand so far. Currently, VALR supports over 50 cryptocurrencies. New features rolling out soon include collateralised lending and derivative trading.

The Uganda Communications Commission is Deploying Blockchain to fix SIM Card Verification

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The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has partnered with FSD Uganda (FSDU) and CryptoSavannah to implement blockchain technology.

The implementation will be in the data-keeping sector of the commision’s work in registering SIM Cards. SIM Cards have always been an important form of identification. However, the need to have better verification systems is heightened by the popularity of mobile money on the continent.

Currently, the process for registering and verifying SIM cards in Uganda is slow, corrupted by fraud, and is inaccessible to many.

To further secure and enhance the management of SIM cards, UCC will be investigating the use of blockchain technology for SIM card registration and verification.

Conflux Network Launches A $50K Worth Grant

In a press release published by Conflux, the blockchain project announced a $50,000 grant. The grant intends to fund entrepreneurs, developers, and educators who can leverage the Conflux network to build innovative projects.

Conflux will provide support submissions with a focus on building infrastructure tools for developers. These tools will aid developers to build scalable products and DApps .

Finally, the cryptocurrency market has been bullish. The bitcoin price broke its stable price action into an uptrend that has seen a 5 percent rise. On the other hand, altcoins continue to see impressive gains as Ethereum breaks past $270.

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Join Us for a Live Telegram AMA with Cryptolocally on Monday, May 17

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Join us on Monday, May 17, at 2pm EAT (12pm WAT) for a Live Telegram AMA (Ask Me Anything) with Cryptolocally’s co-founder Hugo Campanella. 

Cryptolocally is a fast-growing peer-to-peer crypto exchange that has entered the African market with the intention to provide more crypto on- and off-ramps as well as DeFi earnings opportunities to Africa’s crypto community.

Join us in our Telegram Community to ask Cryptolocally any question you’d like on Monday! 

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Weekly Roundup: Bitcoin Drops Below $50,000, Paxful Billboards Hit Lagos

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In this week’s news roundup, we will cover the recent drop in the price of bitcoin, Paxful’s new advertising in Lagos, and the upcoming CryptoLocally AMA that we will host on our Telegram group.

Bitcoin Drops Below $50,000 After Elon Musk’s Energy Tweet

In an interesting twist of events, Tesla has stopped accepting bitcoin for car purchases. As a result of the announcement and the company’s reasoning, the price of bitcoin dropped below $50,000. Tesla’s stock also fell by about 1.3 percent in after-hours trading, according to an article on MarketWatch.

Bitcoin took a hit after Elon Musk tweeted his concerns over the effects of bitcoin mining on the environment. The tweet read: “Tesla has suspended vehicle purchases using bitcoin. We are concerned about rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels for bitcoin mining and transactions, especially coal, which has the worst emissions of any fuel.”

 

The announcement that the company was going to start accepting bitcoin payments in February affected the market positively. However, several critics did not support Tesla’s decision to embrace bitcoin, citing that the decision went against the company’s goal to safeguard the environment. This rising criticism could have pushed Tesla to its new decision.

“Cryptocurrency is a good idea on many levels, and we believe it has a promising future, but this cannot come at great cost to the environment,” Musk observed.

Tesla will, however, not sell the bitcoin it had invested. Also, the company will start accepting bitcoin as payment again when mining shifts to cleaner energy. 

Paxful Billboards and Bumper Stickers Hit Lagos

The rising adoption of bitcoin in Nigeria has motivated Paxful to deploy new advertising tools to attract new customers. These tools include bumper stickers and billboards.

According to the P2P platform, there are one million crypto users in Nigeria and 1.1 million monthly trades. Moreover, $100 is spent on each transaction on average, and about $65 million worth of trades are completed each month.

Paxful is also giving away $20 worth of bitcoin to lucky traders and their favourite trade partners this Eid Al-Fitr. To participate in this giveaway, you should have an ID verified account. Participants can enter the giveaway on any of the Paxful social media accounts. Simply enter both your usernames and tag a Paxful user in the comments section. The giveaway will close on May 14 at 11:59 PM EST. Paxful will announce the winners on the blog.

CryptoLocally to Hold AMA on Bitcoin Africa’s Telegram Group

CryptoLocallyCryptoLocally and BitcoinAfrica.io have partnered to hold a Telegram Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Monday at 2 PM East African Time (GMT +3 hours). The purpose of the AMA is to help crypto users and enthusiasts in Africa to learn more about CryptoLocally.

If you are looking for a P2P platform, join us on Monday for a friendly and informative session with CryptoLocally. Group members will have a chance to ask questions as well. Use this invite link https://t.me/BitcoinAfricaioCo to join our Telegram group ahead of the Monday AMA.

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Weekly Roundup: Bitzlato Adds Lemonade Finance, NFT Initiative AFEN Partners with Quidax

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In this week’s news roundup, we will cover the new partnership between Bitzlato and Lemonade Finance and other top crypto stories.

Bitzlato Adds Lemonade Finance

Bitzlato, a peer-to-peer (P2P) crypto exchange and a new entrant in the African market, has added Lemonade Finance as a payment method. The partnership will enable users to buy and sell crypto on the platform at zero fees.

Furthermore, Nigerian users can now send Naira to MPesa at zero cost. They can also send local currency to users in Ghana and other countries at no cost.

“This partnership will provide a much-needed gateway that enables the markets we serve to seamlessly interact with each other in a borderless and open environment. We seek to break the barriers that presently exist for cross-border transfers and enable our users to generate value through the opportunities that accrue from cryptocurrency trading,” said Mike Lunov, the CEO of Bitzlato.

Lemonade Finance is a payment platform that facilitates borderless payments within and outside Africa.

NFT Initiative AFEN Partners with Quidax

AFEN Partners with QuidaxThe first government-backed NFT initiative in Africa, AFEN, has partnered with crypto exchange Quidax. The collaboration will allow AFEN to list its token on the exchange.

The AFEN initiative wants to use blockchain technology to revolutionise opportunities in Africa with a focus on arts, education, and real estate. AFEN is using Binance Smart Chain (BSC) for its project.

“We will have the exclusive right to mint legacy African arts upon the launch of our NFT marketplace, adding value to Africa’s art. The $Afen token will be used for transactions on the NFT marketplace. We will release a new roadmap that will include the development stages of its NFT platform as well as extensive tokenomics,” the company recently said.

Crypto Demand on PayPal Exceeds Expectations

According to PayPal CEO Dan Schulman, the demand for crypto on the platform has exceeded their expectations. The payment platform announced the buy and sell crypto service in October 2020. The service became available in November 2020.

“Demand on the crypto side has been multiple-fold to what we initially expected. There is a lot of excitement,” he told TIME Magazine.

He also said that in ten years, the use of cash and credit cards will go down because financial transactions will be taking place through smartphones.

“When all of those things start to happen, then central banks need to rethink monetary policy as well because you cannot just issue more paper money into the system because people are not using paper money,” Schulman explained.

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