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South Africa views African integration as potential trade-war bulwark

By: Terence Creamer     15th May 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies reports that South Africa will be prioritising an acceleration of market integration across Africa as part of efforts to mitigate the risks associated with the prospect of trade wars, as well as what he describes as a growing disregard for the... 

Ramaphosa urges closer ties between South African businesses and other Commonwealth nations

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has encouraged South African businesses to reach out to their Commonwealth counterparts across the globe to forge closer ties and create avenues for greater trade and investment. In an address in London, on Wednesday, he said that the Commonwealth Business... 

Africa begins journey towards continentwide free-trade deal

By: Bloomberg     6th April 2018 African leaders signed accords setting up a continental free-trade area that’s expected to boost commerce within the 55-member African Union and eventually supplant a patchwork of existing agreements. More than 40 nations signed the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement, or AfCFTA, which... 

New study to assess electrification of Rwanda, Tanzania rail project

By: John Muchira     6th April 2018 Tanzania and Rwanda face the daunting tasking of mobilising funding for a standard-gauge railway (SGR) line connecting the two countries, following a decision to review the project's design so that electric, rather than diesel-powered, trains run on the line. The initial project cost was... 

Long way to go

By: Terence Creamer     6th April 2018 The signing, by 44 African countries, of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is encouraging, albeit that the development is at odds with the current global backlash against freer trade. It should be noted that South Africa did not sign the agreement in Kigali, Rwanda. However,... 

Increasing mining services in Africa key to industry's long-term sustainability

By: Anine Kilian     27th March 2018 Increasing the demand for mining goods and services is necessary to grow this industry in Africa, Southern African Development Community (SADC) industrialisation adviser Seth Akweshie said on Tuesday. Most inland developments in Africa have been established owing to nearby mining activities, he... 

South Africa ready to take over Brics Business Council chairmanship

By: African News Agency      23rd March 2018 Africa is set for a decade of "unbelievable growth and prosperity".  This is according to Dr Iqbal Survé, chairman of the SA chapter of the Brics Business Council, who will take up the annual rotating chairmanship of the overall Brics Business Council (BBC) at the mid-term meeting which takes... 

SA President Ramaphosa punts single African currency at crucial AU Summit

By: African News Agency      22nd March 2018 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday strongly punted the idea of creating a single homogeneous currency for African countries in a bid to attract infrastructure investment and enable ease of intra-African trade. Speaking as a panelist on financing intra-Africa trade at the African... 

Ramaphosa says SA needs consultation before signing the African free-trade deal

By: African News Agency      22nd March 2018 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday said that his government needed more time to consult relevant stakeholders about the continental free trade area treaty before signing it. Ramaphosa did not sign the crucial agreement at the African Union (AU) Extraordinary Summit in Rwanda's... 

AU ready to sign continental trade treaty without Nigeria

By: African News Agency      20th March 2018 African Union (AU) chairperson Paul Kagame on Tuesday gave a strong indication yet that member states will sign the treaty to create the continental free trade area even if the continent's most-populated country, Nigeria, withdraws from the meeting. At least 53 African Heads of States have... 

South Africa commits to new continental trade agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th March 2018 The African Ministers of Trade (Amot) last week considered and approved – for submission to the extraordinary summit of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government – an agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), as well as the protocols on trade in goods and... 

Rwanda to issue mining licences to boost investment by a fifth

By: Bloomberg     21st February 2018 Rwanda will issue 50 new licences to mine metals including gold, tin and tantalum this year that may help boost investment in the East African nation by a fifth, the Rwanda Development Board said. The state-run board expects to attract $2-billion of investment in 2018, compared with $1.67-billion... 

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund commits $200m in loans to fragile States

By: African News Agency      20th February 2018 The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), suppliers of debt finance to private sector infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa, said on Tuesday that it had ended 2017 on a high note with $200-million in loan commitments to fragile states. EAIF, a company of the Private Infrastructure... 

Multinational initiative stimulating intraregional East African trade

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd February 2018 The multinational TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) initiative has been bearing fruit and, with its first phase having proved a success, it is now moving into its second phase. TMEA involves Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, and is focused on promoting trade between the... 

Assembly plant included in VW’s roll-out of mobility solutions to Rwanda

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2018 German car maker Volkswagen has established Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda (VMSR), an integrated automotive mobility solutions company that is to be run under the auspices of Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA). VWSA is responsible for the sub-Saharan African region within the Volkswagen... 

VWSA launches assembly, ride-sharing, car-hailing business in Rwanda

By: Irma Venter     18th January 2018 German car maker Volkswagen has established Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda (VMSR), an integrated automotive mobility solutions company that is to be run under the auspices of Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA). VWSA is responsible for the sub-Saharan African region within the Volkswagen... 

Rwanda President sees growth accelerating on banking, mining

By: Bloomberg     3rd November 2017 Rwandan economic growth is expected to accelerate this year and next as the outlook for industries including financial services, tourism and mining improves, President Paul Kagame said. The pace of expansion is expected to increase to 7% next year from about 6% this year, Kagame said Thursday in... 

Improved African policy can harness industrial development – UN

By: African News Agency      20th October 2017 The right African policy framework, including industrial policies that will generate the skilled jobs and productivity gains needed for the structural transformation of economies, could harness the continent’s rapid urban transition to drive industrial development, the UN said. “African... 

Trials on Kenya’s new standard-gauge railway network to start this month

By: John Muchira     6th October 2017 Kenya is gearing up to start transporting cargo on the country's new standard-gauge railway (SGR) network, signalling the beginning of a new era for East Africa’s freight logistics sector, which has been dominated by road hauliers. Cargo transport trial runs on the SGR network start at the end of... 

Automotive industry to phase out environmentally-unsafe refrigerants

5th October 2017 In line with the latest legislation in Europe, which came into effect at the beginning of the year, the automotive industry is required to phase out current environment-damaging refrigerants being used, and replace these with green alternatives. Automotive air-conditioning systems currently run... 

Industries should prepare for increased use of HFO gases

By: Nadine James     22nd September 2017 As a result of the Kigali Agreement, countries will gradually start phasing out the use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases, replacing them with hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) gases and natural refrigerants like ammonia, carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons, says industrial gases supplier A-Gas South Africa.... 

Harmful gas phase-out plan on track

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2017 The Department of Environmental Affairs has drafted a phase-out plan for the use of hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) across industries to be down to 2.5% by 2030, with the refrigerants industry already achieving results of 2 556 t in 2016, compared with 3 163 t in 2013.  

Largest supplier of fire-suppression solutions in Africa boasts 80% local content

21st August 2017 Fire & Security Techniques of Centurion is Africa’s largest supplier of fire-suppression solutions. It also boasts 80% local content in its extensive product range, which complies with the relevant pressure equipment regulations, as well as SANS 347:2012 and SAN14520. In addition, the company... 

Crystal Events Africa

18th August 2017 Crystal Events Africa, formerly Crystal Events & Incentives, is a leading conference, incentive travel and corporate meeting organiser in South Africa. Its recent expansion into Africa has increased its business capacity to successfully drive intercontinental business through in-bound incentive... 

Crystal Events Africa increases its continental footprint.

1st August 2017 Formerly known as Crystal Events and Incentives, a leading conference, incentive travel and corporate meeting organizer in South Africa is proud to announce its expansion into Africa through strategic business partnerships within Harare and Kigali, as well as rebranding to Crystal Events Africa.... 

Nigerian Society of Engineers on how private sector can be incentivised to build infrastructure

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2017 The public sector in Africa should understand and nurture the idea that increased private sector investment in infrastructure is the best way to achieve “intense job creation”, and to incentivise funding and skills transfer, says Nigerian Society of Engineers infrastructure and public-private... 

Africa should embrace private sector infrastructure investment

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2017 The public sector in Africa should understand and nurture the idea that increased private sector investment in infrastructure is the best way to achieve “intense job creation”, and to incentivise funding and skills transfer, says Nigerian Society of Engineers infrastructure and public-private... 

South Africa, Rwanda sign environmental cooperation agreement

By: African News Agency      19th June 2017 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and Rwandan Natural Resources Minister Vincent Biruta have signed a cooperation agreement on environmental protection and sustainable development, the environmental affairs department said on Sunday. Molewa and Biruta met in Kigali, Rwanda, on Thursday... 

Rezidor opens first Park Inn by Radisson in Rwanda

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th May 2017 The Rezidor Hotel Group has continued its African growth momentum with the unveiling of its first Park Inn by Radisson in Kigali, Rwanda, which is its fifth in East Africa. The newest four-star hotel, which is the second to be opened in the region this year, brings the hotel group’s African and... 

SA 'working on scrapping visas for all African citizens'

By: News24Wire      15th May 2017 South Africa is working towards allowing all African citizens to enter the country without visas – but at first “trusted travellers” like diplomats, officials, academics, business people and students will be the only ones to benefit. The Department of Home Affairs outlines the steps that will be... 

Mali ratifies Kigali Amendment on phasing out greenhouse-gas emissions 

By: African News Agency      5th April 2017 Mali has ratified the Kigali Amendment, a ground-breaking amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase out hydro-fluorocarbons, a major source of greenhouse-gas emissions, the United Nations environment agency has announced. “We urge more countries to follow suit in order to protect our climate,”... 

Volkswagen restructures to fill sub-Saharan Africa gaps

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2017 German car manufacturer Volkswagen has established Volkswagen Sub-Saharan Africa as a regional operation, in a move aimed at developing and strengthening the African market. The new region joins the existing regions of North America, South America and China, and forms part of Volkswagen’s... 

VWSA MD takes on regional responsibility; Rwanda to open VW plant

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2017 German car manufacturer Volkswagen has established Volkswagen Sub-Saharan Africa as a regional operation, in a move aimed at developing and strengthening the African market. The new region joins the existing regions of North America, South America and China, and forms part of Volkswagen’s... 

Automotive industry to achieve international standards with new gas

10th February 2017 Honouring its commitment to the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, specialty chemicals and gas company A-Gas South Africa will be phasing out commonly used high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants in its product range. 

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... 

Agreement significant in phasing down ozone depleting substances

3rd February 2017 Specialty chemicals and gas company A-Gas South Africa (SA) has hailed the signing of the Kigali Amendment on October 15, 2016 as an “historic international agreement” for the phasedown of commonly used, high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants. 

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... 

MTN partners with Engen to allow Rwandans to buy fuel using MTN Mobile Money

15th December 2016 Engen customers in Rwanda can now purchase fuel, lubricants and other goods using MTN Mobile Money. With this launch, MTN Mobile Money customers will be able to make transactions at all 10 Engen service stations in Kigali, with an expected rollout to up-country service stations by early 2017.... 

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