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Sustainability in Ecommerce Deliveries

Recently Takealot has said that it will encourage environmentally friendly packaging it its packaging centres in SA. In Benin one of Africa’s few motorbike manufactures, M Auto, is looking eventually to convert most petrol-bikes to e-bikes. There are two Mauto models currently in the market in Benin: the smaller Chap Chap which costs around $1,500 per unit and the Commando at $1,900. At present Mauto still imports its bikes from China, but it is in the process of setting up an assembly plant in the special economic zone of Glo-Djigbé on the outskirts of Cotonou, which will be operational in the next few months. The parts will be shipped in from abroad and assembled in Benin. One of the main hurdles is convincing more motorbike drivers to make the switch. Another big hurdle is the lack of charging stations in Benin. Mauto is now operational in Togo and will expand to Rwanda this year. It is also looking at countries like Uganda and the DRC.

Alastair Tempest

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