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Nigerian’s Dangote Cement partners with online shopping giant Jumia

By: African News Agency      5th December 2017 Nigerian based Dangote Cement has signed a deal with the e-commerce platform Jumia Nigeria to sell its cement to online. According to the group, the move was designed to reduce price and ease logistics inherent in the purchase of its products. 

Nigeria seeks to boost mining reserves to lure investors

By: Bloomberg     20th October 2017 Nigeria plans to spend 15-billion naira ($42-million) over the next year to explore for minerals and attract investors into mining and reduce its dependence on oil, Solid Minerals Development Minister Kayode Fayemi said. “Because we are starting from a low base, we want to have a portfolio of... 

Infrastructure Africa encourages African unity through regional projects

     14th August 2017 Intra-African trade sits at around 11% and if Africa could boost its regional integration levels, it would boost its economic growth plans. There is power in numbers and collaboration on infrastructure projects between African nations would be to the benefit of Africa as a whole, whilst also... 

Dotafrica (.Africa) Roadshow Launches At The African Union Headquarters

     10th July 2017 The roadshow to officially launch the new .africa (dotAfrica) geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD) kicked off at the 29th African Union (AU) Summit held at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week. During the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the AU, the Chairperson of... 

Nigerian university expansion project receives AfDB loan

By: David Oliveira     7th July 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) last month signed agreements for a corporate loan to finance the expansion of Afe Babalola University (ABUAD) in Ado Ekiti, Nigeria. The expansion project consists of the construction of new facilities – including a 400-bed teaching hospital, an industrial... 

Nigerian statistician-general says economy on way out of recession

By: Bloomberg     5th May 2017 Nigeria’s economy, which contracted in 2016, performed better in the first three months of this year than during the previous three quarters on improved oil production and factory output, according to statistician-general Yemi Kale. “From the numbers we are seeing, certainly things are improving,... 

Nigerian minister asks builders to construct better after spate of collapsing buildings

By: African News Agency      24th April 2017 Nigeria is concerned after a spate of collapsing buildings, which a government minister blamed on a lack of commitment to quality by some builders. In 2014, some 84 South Africans were killed during one of these collapses, at a church in Lagos run by prominent pastor TB Joshua. The pastor denied... 

Dotafrica Launch Dates Approved By ICANN

     29th March 2017 It's all systems go for Africa's new home on the web as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) has approved the launch plan and dates for dotAfrica.    "Final and confirmed," is how the CEO of dotAfrica gTLD (generic Top Level Domain) administrator ZACR (ZA Central... 

Solar energy may get boost from Africa’s biggest oil exporter 

By: Bloomberg     24th March 2017 Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil exporter, may be about to turn sunward to generate more of its power. Senators in the capital of Abuja are debating an allocation of $30-million to solar projects in this year’s Budget, according to the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN). They are... 

SAA cancels flights to Nigeria airport 

By: African News Agency      8th February 2017 South African Airways (SAA) and a number of other airlines have cancelled flights to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the Nigerian capital Abuja due to the dangers posed by the state of disrepair of the runway. SAA cancelled flights for six weeks, as repairs on the runway began on... 

Africa’s premier professional bootcamp to grace SA this February

     6th February 2017 Launched in 2016 by She Leads Africa, a social enterprise that encourages African women to build the businesses and careers of their dreams, SheHive is gearing up for a South African take over like no other this February. SheHive, an innovative professional bootcamp, which has been hosted in key... 

Nigeria plan to link mines to steel mill seen as Buhari test

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2017 Nigeria’s plan to build a railway to supply iron-ore to its idle Ajaokuta steel plant could be the biggest sign yet that President Muhammadu Buhari is implementing his policy to diversify away from oil. The project began in 1979 with what the World Bank in 2002 called obsolete Soviet technology,... 

Fourteen airport rail links planned in Africa, including two more in SA

By: Irma Venter     16th December 2016 There are more than 7 000 airports indexed at the International Air Transport Association (Iata), with 600 of those handling more than 1-million passengers a year. Around 150 of these 600 airports have rail access directly to the terminals, with only 23 of the 150 featuring dedicated,... 

Fourteen airport rail links planned in Africa, including two more in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2016 There are more than 7 000 airports indexed at the International Air Transport Association (Iata), with 600 of those hand- ling more than one-million passengers a year. Around 150 of these 600 airports have rail access directly to the terminals, with only 23 of the 150 featuring dedicated,... 

The 8th Africa Public Private Partnership Conference and Showcase

     6th October 2016 Organised by AME Trade, the event will take place from the 24 – 26 October 2016 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, London, UK building on the success of the previous editions. 

Old Mutual to increase agriculture, real estate investment through Nigerian partnership

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th September 2016 Asset management group Old Mutual Investment Group (OMIG) plans to expand its commercial real estate and agriculture footprints in Africa through a partnership with wealth fund the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA). The partnership, signed in Abuja, Nigeria, last month, will allow... 

Nigeria, Spain to strengthen bilateral trade relationship

     2nd September 2016 Nigeria and Spain, last month expressed their readiness to strengthen their bilateral trade relationship for mutual benefit across the spectrum in the oil and gas industry. State-owned oil development corporation Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) group MD Dr Maikanti Kachalla Baru... 

African auto association initiates talks with Nigeria on policy support

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2016 A delegation from the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM), led by chairperson Jeff Nemeth, has visited the Nigerian capital, Abuja, with the aim of creating a framework for policy development that will support the growth of the Nigerian automotive industry. Nemeth is also the... 

Uber mulls new South African services as it expands African footprint 

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2016 There is “huge scope” for Uber to grow in South Africa, says Uber sub-Saharan Africa GM Alon Lits. “My wife and I have one car. I Uber to work every morning and I always drive past all of these cars in traffic with single occupants. I want each and every one of these drivers to switch to Uber.” 

Uber mulls new South African services as it expands African footprint

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2016 There is “huge scope” for Uber to grow in South Africa, says Uber sub-Saharan Africa GM Alon Lits. “My wife and I have one car. I Uber to work every morning and I always drive past all of these cars in traffic with single occupants. I want each and every one of these drivers to switch to Uber.” 

African auto body lobbies Nigeria on industry development

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2016 A delegation from the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM), led by chairperson Jeff Nemeth, is visiting the Nigerian capital, Abuja, with the aim of creating a framework for policy development that will support the growth of the Nigerian automotive industry. Nemeth is also the... 

MTN Nigeria wins 2.6 GHz auction, commits to continued investments in Nigeria’s broadband infrastructure

     20th July 2016 The Nigerian Communications Commission has declared MTN as winner of its latest auction for a ten-year frequency spectrum licence for the 2.6GHz band, which guarantees superior performance for wireless networks, especially 4G LTE services. The NCC had earlier confirmed that ‎MTN's bid was in full... 

Pan Macmillan South Africa is delighted to announce that as of July 2016 the company will represent Cassava Republic Press in South Africa.

     29th June 2016 Cassava Republic Press is a leading African publishing house and their list comprises an eclectic list of quality literary fiction, non-fiction, crime, young adult fiction, children’s books, and romantic fiction under the Ankara Press imprint. The publisher aims to spotlight the vibrancy and... 

LED lighting solution for Nigeria’s commercial airports

     8th June 2016 BEKA Schréder has supplied an LED lighting solution to illuminate the aprons of six out of sixteen commercial airports in Nigeria currently being upgraded to international lighting standards. The other ten will be completed before the end of this year. Nigeria’s commercial airports have come... 

SA’s relative economic decline undermines its diplomatic ambitions 

By: Keith Campbell     27th May 2016 The news, released earlier this month, that Egypt had become Africa’s second largest economy, pushing South Africa into third place, did not create all that much of a stir. There were two good reason for this. The huge shock had been to lose first place to Nigeria, back in 2014, whose economy was... 

Emergency improvement of electricity supply facilities project, Nigeria

By: Sheila Barradas     11th March 2016 The project involves the installation of power capacitor banks at two substations, in the stated of Abuja and Nasarawa. 

Nigerian mining earmarked for growth, but GDP contribution in last five years a measly 0.15%

By: Ilan Solomons     4th March 2016 Nigeria’s attempt to revitalise its solid minerals sector as part of a broad strategy to lessen its dependence on oil and gas is yet to produce substantial results, with the sector contributing less than 0.15% to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in the past five years. The mining of... 

SAA strengthens ties with Nigeria with addition of Jhb–Abuja route 

By: Natalie Greve     28th January 2016 National carrier South African Airways (SAA) has launched flights between Johannesburg and Abuja, Nigeria, creating a second air connection between South Africa and the West African country. SAA said the introduction of a second entry point to Nigeria, alongside the long-established daily flights... 

First Ranger bakkie rolls off Nigerian assembly line

By: Irma Venter     11th December 2015 The first Ranger bakkie produced at Ford Motor Company’s new Nigerian plant has rolled off the assembly line. Ford in August announced that it would produce the Ranger in the West African country, from kits supplied by its South African plant. 

Ford begins assembly of Ranger pickups in Nigeria

By: Irma Venter     18th November 2015 The first Ranger bakkie produced at Ford Motor Company’s new Nigerian plant has rolled off the assembly line. Ford in August announced that it would produce the Ranger in the West African country, from kits supplied by its South African plant. 

Access to invest in $100m Nigerian solar project

By: African News Agency      10th November 2015 Access Infra Africa on Tuesday signed a joint development agreement with Quaint Global Energy Solutions to invest in the $100-million Abiba Solar Project, a 50 MW solar power plant being developed in Nigeria’s Kaduna state. Access, a Pan-African developer, owner and operator of power assets, said... 

Monsanto says GMOs will meet future food demands  

By: Tracy Hancock     8th October 2015 Although honourable, Monsanto South Africa MD Kobus Steenkamp does not see organic farming reaching a stage where it will provide 100% food security, highlighting the ability of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to increase the yield of every hectare. “Our main focus is on increasing... 

Ford to begin Ranger assembly in Nigeria from October

By: Irma Venter     28th August 2015 US vehicle manufacturer Ford has announced that it will assemble its Ranger pickup in Nigeria, starting in October. The plant will be Ford’s first African production location outside South Africa, says Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa president and CEO Jeff Nemeth. 

Ford to start Ranger assembly in Nigeria

By: Irma Venter     12th August 2015 US vehicle manufacturer Ford on Tuesday announced that it would assemble its Ranger pickup in Nigeria, starting in October. The plant would be Ford’s first African production location outside South Africa, noted Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa president and CEO Jeff Nemeth. 

Alcatel-Lucent Technology Week in Nigeria showcases the benefits of ultra-broadband and IP networking technologies.

     17th July 2015 Alcatel-Lucent has organized in early July its Technology week in Nigeria. The Alcatel-Lucent Technology Week took place at a three-day event in both Lagos and Abuja. The event was well attended by over a hundred professionals from Nigeria ICT ecosystem. Communications service providers, with the... 

African aviation safety improving but more needs to be done

By: Keith Campbell     15th May 2015 While there have been undoubted improvements in aviation safety in Africa, much remains to be done. This was highlighted on Thursday by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) regional director Eastern and Southern Africa Office Barry Kashambo at the recent Fourth Aviation Stakeholders... 

Air freight helping to change and grow Africa

By: Keith Campbell     8th May 2015 Largely unnoticed, air freight has come to have a pervasive influence on the lives of people, the prosperity of enterprises and the growth of nations. “Look around any household and you will see the influence of air cargo,” International Air Transport Association (Iata) director-general and CEO... 

Air freight helping to change and grow Africa

By: Keith Campbell     8th May 2015 Largely unnoticed, air freight has come to have a pervasive influence on the lives of people, the prosperity of enterprises and the growth of nations. “Look around any household and you will see the influence of air cargo,” International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General and CEO... 

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