‘Made in Africa’ smartphone plant opens in South Africa




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Johannesburg – Mara technology company Thursday opened South Africa’s first smartphone manufacturing plant where it produce its “Made in Africa“ phones along with a facility in Rwanda.

Mara founder, Ashish Thakkar, said at the inauguration the smartphone manufacturing plant in the South African coastal city of Durban that, “today proves that we Africans do dare to dream, and also deliver our dreams.“

The South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, acknowledged that country was the move toward greatness.

“The facility not only assemble smartphone components, but also develop them,“ he said.

Meanwhile, the Mara Group said that it would sell its Mara X and Mara Z smartphones across Africa for affordable prices.

However, annual was expected to reach around 1.2 million devices, with Google’s Android as their operating system.

South Africa’s smartphone market has so far been dominated by manufacturers from Asia and the U.S.

The Headquarter Mara Group is located in Dubai with about 11,000 workers, and specialises in technology and financial services.

(dpa/NAN)