Tech News Of the Month: Mara Group
The multi-sector business company Mara Group has been very productive throughout Africa ever since the foundation in 1996 by the businessman Ashish J. Thakkar.
The sectors of the company include technology, finances, manufacturing and real estate.
Recently, the word Maraphone has been mentioned by the group. Maraphone – as the name suggests – is the latest project of Mara Group.
The project will involve construction and operation of cellphone factories in Rwanda and South Africa. The process will be financially supported by African Development Bank.
The first announcement was made by the KZN Ministry of Economic Development and Tourism Sihle Zikahala, with whom the Mara Group signed a lease during a summit organised by the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Zikahala stated that the company invested R1.5 billion for the smartphone factory to be opened at Dube Tradeport Special Economic Zone.
This will mark the first-ever smartphone factory in Africa, making Maraphone the first brand made in Africa.
Mara Group founder- CEO Ashish Thakkar has high hopes about the project. He believes that the project will prove how African countries can produce smartphones that can compete with the world-renowned smartphone brands.
And also stated that The CEO of Dube TradePort Hamish Erskine is also glad about the project, saying that it attracted other investments into the area.
Emphasising that the positive impact of the new factories on the society since they will create new job opportunities.
The target is to produce smartphones that are affordable to all the citizens with the aim of making the interface as simple as possible for first-time smartphone users.
The first smartphone currently being manufactures in Durban will be called the Mara X. Here is what we know about it so far:
64-bit Quad Core Processor with 1GB RAM, An Android 8.1 Oreo Operating system, 16 GB integrated storage unit, a 13 MP back camera and a fingerprint sensor.
Similarly, the product has a 5.5” HD Gorilla Glass screen that is damage-resistant. The camera will have filters for portrait and facial shots. The other product is called Mara Z that has similar features. Its screen is bigger with 5.7” and HD display.
The phone is expected to have a novel Android operating system called Android One. The 64-bit Octa-Core Processor will have 3 GB Ram and 32 GB Internal Memory.
Since April 2019, the construction of the second Maraphone factory in Rwanda has been ongoing under the supervision of Rwanda’s Minister of Information and Communications Paula Ingabire.
According to the Maraphone website, the price for the Mara X will be 177 USD and while Mara Z will cost 254 USD.
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Credit: South Africa News/Mara Phones