Mwabu and Onyx Connect partner in bringing E-learning tablets to the education space in South Africa

Fri, 31.03.2017
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Mwabu (AppsAfrica Education Innovation Award Winner 2016) and Onyx Connect have joined forces to locally produce the Mwabu e-learning tablet. Mwabu, an education technology company focused on improving the educational space in Africa through their groundbreaking content for teachers and pupils, have joined forces with Onyx Connect, a privately backed start-up that aims to be the first company ever to manufacture smartphone devices in Africa.


Mwabu creates modern interactive e-learning content and resources, covering national primary school curriculums. Mwabu’s goal is to enable children from all backgrounds to realise their right to high-quality education and to equip them to access new opportunities that will drive the development of the continent.




The incorporation of e-learning in the African education space has seen fundamental impact in transforming and improving learning outcomes among pupils in Africa. Mwabu, which was first implemented in Zambia, has been subject to rigorous impact evaluations comparing improvements between Mwabu and similar schools selected for control purposes.

Results have shown that Mwabu schools consistently show significantly higher improvements in learning outcomes.


Onyx Connect plans to tap into China’s strengths by sourcing circuit-board designs and raw components from China, but designing the rest of the phones and building them from the circuit board up. The plastic cases will also be produced locally, and Onyx has its own research and development capability.


“We are talking to companies to manufacture handsets, laptops and Android TV boxes,” said Andre Van der Merwe, sales director of Onyx Connect, in an interview at the time when Onyx Connect was launched.


Onyx Connect is licensed to load Google software, like Android and Chrome, onto devices sold under its own brand or products it makes for others. The partnership will allow Mwabu to locally produce e-learning tablets which will enable easy distribution of their e-learning content and aid them in actively entering the e-learning space in South Africa.


For more information on Mwabu or Onyx Connect, please do not hesitate to contact:



Oliver Nudds


M: +27 (0) 82 463 1112

Skype: olivernudds



Elsabe Booyens


M: +27 (0) 76 406 2001

Skype: elsabe.booyens

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