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The new owners of locally manufactured Mara smartphones are in talks to export the soon-to-be-rebranded devices to five countries as they try to revive a business that was shut down a year ago.

Hailed as the first smartphone fully made in Africa when the manufacturing plant was first opened at the Dube Trade Port Special Economic Zone in KwaZulu-Natal, the operation came to a halt after the parent company was beset by financial problems and went into business rescue. ..

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