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Tanzania set to proceed with Dar port expansion

By: John Muchira     10th February 2017 Tanzania is set to proceed with the long-stalled expansion of the Dar es Salaam port, after securing funding from the World Bank. Two years after breaking ground, the project has been in doubt until recently, when the Bretton Woods institution approved a $305-million loan for the project. 

Africa must connect on global scale for economies to keep up and compete

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th February 2017 To grow their economies in line with their growing size, Africa’s cities must open their doors and connect to the world to ensure that investments in these cities’ infrastructure, industrial and commercial structures keep pace with its concentration of people. A new World Bank report, released on... 

Tanzania said to pick Mota, Yapi to build $1.1bn rail

By: Bloomberg     3rd February 2017 Tanzania chose Turkish construction company Yapi Merkezi Insaat VE Sanayi As and Portuguese building firm Mota-Engil SGPS SA to build a railway at a cost of more than €1-billion ($1.1-billion) to connect the East African country with landlocked neighbors, people familiar with the matter said. The... 

AIIM acquires stake in DCG

By: Anine Kilian     2nd February 2017 African infrastructure equity investment manager African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) has acquired a 60% interest in dry bulk terminal operator DSM Corridor Group Tanzania (DCG), in the Port of Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania. “The port and surrounding infrastructure is set to be... 

World Bank approves $225m loan for Tanzania's water sector

By: Reuters     27th January 2017 The World Bank's board of executive directors has approved a $225-million loan to Tanzania to improve water supply in the African nation's commercial capital Dar es Salaam, the bank said.     Tanzania plans to raise $900-million in fiscal year 2016/17 to fund public investment projects in the... 

Solar opportunities raised at exhibition

     27th January 2017 After the success of Solar Africa 2015, at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya, organiser of trade events Expogroup announced the return of Solar Africa 2017 from June 10 to 12. Expogroup highlights that one of the major challenges in the renewable energy... 

Tanzania says to receive $305m World Bank loan for Dar es Salaam port expansion

By: Reuters     26th January 2017 Tanzania will receive a $305-million loan from the World Bank to expand its main port in it main commercial city Dar es Salaam, where congestion and inefficiencies are hampering ambitions to transform the east African nation into a regional transport hub. The port, whose main rival is the bigger... 

Tanzania opening $290m bus network in commercial capital

By: Reuters     26th January 2017 Tanzania opened a new public transport system in its commercial capital on Wednesday, in an effort to ease the journeys of-millions of commuters.    A city of four-million people, Dar es Salaam until now has had only a haphazard transport system, based on mostly private mini-buses. The new... 

WorleyParsons Acknowledged by Tanzanian Government for Natural Gas Project

     9th January 2017 Following the handover of the Mtwara to Dar es Salaam Pipeline Project in August 2016, a project close-out ceremony was held in October 2016 in celebration of the tremendous success of the project, attended by Tanzanian Government officials, client Board Members, other project stakeholders, as... 

Randgold CEO Bristow ‘super excited’ about Africa as ‘next China’ 

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2016 Africa needs investments coupled with aggressive growth and if correctly managed, will be the world’s "next China", says Randgold Resources CEO Dr Mark Bristow, who has developed half a dozen highly successful gold mines on the continent besides traversing its length and breadth on his motor... 

African cities study aims to stimulate conversation on urbanisation

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th September 2016 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy Arup held the first in a series of workshops on African cities at their Johannesburg offices last week. The workshop presented recently completed research by the Cities group at Arup that focuses on the unique challenges facing African cities and aims to... 

The need for women town planners

     22nd August 2016 Women are fast becoming valuable resources in the engineering industry, however, there is a need for more women to pursue town planning as a career. Statistics provided by the South African Council for Professional Planners indicate that there is a total of 1403 registered planners in the... 

Business Unusual Revolutionising Electrical Construction

     22nd August 2016 EnI Electrical, part of the Zest WEG Group, is not only on a drive to change the electrical contracting industry, but also the larger South Africa construction landscape. Its strategy is working considering that the electrical contractor enjoyed a record revenue year in 2015, while recording 404%... 

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.” 

New fire door in high demand

     19th August 2016 Fire and security doors producer Bitcon Industries has been contracted to supply doors to an array of new shopping centres throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Jet Park-based Bitcon director Bill Vollmer comments that the company is supplying its Rubidor fire doors for the upgrading and construction of... 

Rwanda plans $85m petroleum products depot

By: John Muchira     19th August 2016 Landlocked Rwanda plans to build a $85-million petroleum products depot as it seeks to increase the country’s strategic fuel reserve from 70-million litres to 150-million litres by 2018. “Maintaining adequate fuel reserves is one of the key measures towards safeguarding national security and... 

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.” 

Tanzania signs loan deal with China for crossborder rail project

By: John Muchira     12th August 2016 Tanzania has signed a $7.6-billion concessional loan agreement with Export-Import Bank (Exim) of China to finance the construction of the standard-gauge railway line project connecting it with Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The 2 561 km line will run from Dar es... 

Gas master plan needs to be finalised so investment can follow – Gibb

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th August 2016 If South Africa is looking to incorporate more gas into its energy mix, while moving away from carbon-intensive coal, hurdles such as policy uncertainty and legislation need to be resolved in the short-term, according to multidisciplinary engineering consultancy Gibb. This includes government’s... 

Transport costs undermining African farmers

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2016 A study shows that agricultural fertiliser can land at the Kenyan Port of Mombasa at $350/t, and then sell for 300% to 400% more 1 000 km inland, says Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa CEO Argent Chuula. “The same is... 

Intra-African trade costs highest of all developing regions

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2016 A study shows that agricultural fertiliser can land at the Kenyan Port of Mombasa at $350/t, and then sell for 300% to 400% more 1 000 km inland, says Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa CEO Argent Chuula. “The same is... 

Summit brings governments, operators and investors together

     24th June 2016 Regional and international stakeholders for East and Central Africa's transport infrastructure sector will be gathering once again at the seventh East & Central Africa Roads & Rail Infrastructure Summit 2016 (Roads & Rail 2016) to be held on September 27 and 28 in Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania. 

Kibo to start EPC bidding process for Tanzania coal-to-power project

By: Anine Kilian     3rd June 2016 Tanzania-focused mineral exploration and development company Kibo Mining will soon start the formal engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) bid process for the power plant and coal mine components of its Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP). The company last month met with potential bidder... 

Peak appoints Tanzania Ambassor as special adviser

By: Samantha Herbst     2nd June 2016 ASX-listed rare earths hopeful Peak Resources announced on Thursday that it had appointed Ambassador Paul Rupia, an “internationally recognised and respected” Tanzania statesman, as special adviser to the Peak board. Rupia currently served as chairperson of DCB Commercial Bank and had held this... 

Fastjet gets South Africa flying

     31st May 2016 Fastjet, the low-cost pan-African airline, has been making travel dreams come true for over 2 million of its passengers across the African skies since launching in November 2012.   As an initiative to boost even more South Africans flying, fastjet has announced that any passengers purchasing... 

Tanzania aiming to become East Africa’s regional transport hub

By: John Muchira     13th May 2016 Tanzania is determined to implement transport infrastructure megaprojects in a bid to become East Africa's regional transport hub. The country, which is investing massively in port, airport and railway projects, has earmarked $445.6-million in the current financial year budget for the... 

Clarke Energy to supply GE gas engine tech to Tanzania plant

By: Samantha Herbst     25th April 2016 Securing its first project in Tanzania, privately owned gas-driven power plant specialist Clarke Energy has won a contract to supply one of GE’s high-efficiency Jenbacher gas engines to Bakhresa Group flagship company Said Salim Bakhresa for a combined heat and power (CHP) plant that would... 

East Africa moves to introduce electronic monitoring of goods in transit

By: John Muchira     8th April 2016 Three East African neighbouring countries are set to introduce an electronic system to monitor goods in transit as part of efforts to boost trade and plug tax evasion loopholes. Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have announced that, from  June, all cargo in transit from the port of Mombasa to the Ugandan... 

Best Western Hotels & Resorts Expands Global Footprint with 13 New Hotels in South Africa

     15th March 2016 As part of its dynamic development program in Southern Africa, Best Western® Hotels & Resorts is growing its portfolio from one to 14 total properties in the region over the next 12 months. The multi-phase signing agreement with Orion Hotels is integral to the brand’s expansion plans in Africa... 

Tanzania LNG project makes progress

     8th February 2016 Tanzania has opened 2016 as a serious contender to Mozambique Gas reserves, and the banter of 2015, pitting the two countries together in a race to come on stream first. Recent Tanzania market developments include: 

Rwanda plans inland clearing port to bolster trade

By: John Muchira     5th February 2016 Landlocked Rwanda plans to construct an inland clearing port to boost trade and accelerate economic growth. Trade and Industry Minister Francois Kanimba says the country's government has awarded a 25-year concession to Dubai Port World to build and operate the new Kigali Logistics Platform. 

National carrier strengthens regional relations

     22nd January 2016 South African carrier South African Airways (SAA) celebrated twenty years of flying between Johannesburg and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania last year.  

Fastjet announces new flights linking South Africa and Zimbabwe

     18th January 2016 Low-cost airline expands its pan-African network with direct international routes from Johannesburg to Harare and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe Fastjet has announced that its newest international routes will be from Johannesburg to Harare and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.The launch of these routes is... 

A story of guts...

     9th December 2015 A story of guts, determination, organizational flair, hard work and sheer refusal to be beaten ensured that South African printing and logistical giant, Uniprint was a key factor in ensuring that the recent Tanzanian elections were declared “free and fair “ The R100 million tender for this... 

Jasco and NewTelco SA facilitate new Point of Presence for Six Telecoms

     8th December 2015 Six Telecoms, a leading provider of voice and data access services in Tanzania, has partnered with NewTelco South Africa, a joint venture between the Jasco Group and NewTelco GMBH, to deliver an international Point of Presence (PoP) through NewTelco’s co-location hub in London. This PoP is... 

fastjet adds new Zanzibar to Joburg route

By: News24Wire      4th December 2015 Low cost pan-African airline fastjet has announced they will be operating daily flights to Zanzibar from Johannesburg from 11 January 2016, in response to strong passenger and tour operator demand from within the South African market. Return flight ticket prices to the Spice Island from... 

Megacities soon to become ‘gigacities’

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th November 2015 As megacities continue to develop across all corners of the globe, urbanisation is progressing ever faster, with the emergence of “gigacities” – supercities of more than 50-million inhabitants. A new report has revealed that gigacities could become a reality as soon as 2020, with Shanghai home to... 

Alcatel to deploy IP network infrastructure in CT

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th November 2015 Alcatel-Lucent, Bytes Systems Integration and the City of Cape Town have teamed up to deploy high-performance Internet protocol (IP) network infrastructure to reduce the cost of broadband in the Western Cape. Alcatel’s advanced IP core routing network technology would facilitate high-speed local... 

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