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Success of Africawide free trade area will partly rest on world-class infrastructure

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd August 2018 The construction industry - a key partner in the economic integration of the continent envisaged by the African Continental Free Trade Area By Mokate Ramafoko, PPC Managing Director: International Operations 

VW launches assembly, mobility operations in Rwanda; plant to be supplied from S Africa

By: Irma Venter     27th June 2018 German car manufacturer Volkswagen on Wednesday cut the ribbon on its new semi-knockdown (SKD) assembly facility in the Rwandan capital of Kigali. The group also kickstarted its mobility operations in the East African country. 

Renewables, decentralisation top energy trends in Africa – Aggreko

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2018 The pace of electrification in Africa has nearly tripled since 2012, relative to the previous decade, with electrification in sub-Saharan Africa surpassing population growth for the first time in 2014. However, there is a long way to go to realise continental electrification, says Aggreko CEO... 

Untapped opportunity in Africa’s emerging startup hubs

18th June 2018 African startups are in a unique position to leverage innovation to answer some of the continent’s most pressing challenges. To achieve this, an enabling environment is mission critical, according to Abu Cassim, founder and director of Jozi Angels, an angel network that invests in early stage... 

WSP celebrates 1 million m2 of Certified Green Space in Africa

18th June 2018 WSP in Africa, one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies on the continent, is celebrating a milestone million square meters (1 million m2) of Certified Green Space in Africa. WSP sustainability consultants and engineers have been hard at work for over a decade; setting... 

More airlines fly into Cape Town, connecting countries in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     13th June 2018 Two African airlines have launched flights to Cape Town over the past month, bringing more business and tourism opportunities to the Mother City. Kenya Airways launched a nonstop direct flight from Nairobi to Cape Town on June 6. The new service operates a Boeing 737-800. This is in addition to... 

African cities for sustainable future start with building for resilience

11th June 2018 Driving Agenda 2063 to connect communities and seize opportunities Rapid population growth and urbanisation of African cities will see nearly 350 million new city-dwellers by 2030, and a billion more by 20631. In response to meeting the expected demand of the future populous – and the standards... 

Rwanda says mineral export earnings rose to $373m last year

By: Reuters     5th June 2018 Earnings from Rwanda's mineral exports more than doubled to $373-million last year from the previous 12 months, supported by a rebound in global prices of commodities, a top official said. After meeting sector players in the capital Kigali on Tuesday, Francis Gatare, chief executive at Rwanda... 

The train has left the station for African countries which did not sign continental free-trade area agreement

By: African News Agency      1st June 2018 Negotiators of the African Continental Free-Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), the largest trade agreement in 40 years, have said that they will not halt the implementation of the trade deal because of those countries which did not sign the agreement in March. South Africa, Nigeria and nine other... 

Africa Day – 55 years on

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     25th May 2018 As you read this piece, I am probably putting together the next instalment or doing whatever else my job description demands I should be doing each weekday. But colleagues in countries such as Ghana, Lesotho, Mali, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe are probably braai-ing in their backyards or engaging... 

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... 

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