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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... 

KPMG to take the lead with industry solutions at African Utility Week

     15th March 2017 Generating value and creating agility in the evolving business landscape of power and utilities With the firm’s goal to focus on ‘future proofing’ in an effort to prepare for both foreseeable and  unforeseeable forces that are fundamentally changing the power and utilities industry, KPMG has... 

Dangote Group planning $100m vehicle assembly plant for Lagos

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 The Dangote Group plans to establish a $100-million vehicle assembly plant project, in Lagos, Nigeria. The Dangote Group is a Nigerian multinational industrial conglomerate. 

EES – new horizons

     10th February 2017 We are currently experiencing a global technological revolution due to the phenomenal progress in technology which is taking place at breakneck speed throughout the world.  This revolution is profoundly transforming client interactions and the way we do business.  “To keep pace with this digital... 

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... 

Dangote, Sinotruk to build $100m truck assembly plant in Nigeria

     6th February 2017 The Dangote Group plans to establish a $100-million vehicle assembly plant project, in Lagos, Nigeria. The Dangote Group is a Nigerian multinational industrial conglomerate. 

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... 

Africa’s rapid urbanisation a boon for ICT sector – Siemens

By: Schalk Burger     27th January 2017 African governments and the private sector have an opportunity to roll out services for digital access and use as a utility, which will extend information and communication technology (ICT), improve digital maturity, and help to develop Africa and its cities to deal with urbanisation, says... 

Why the future need not be so bleak

By: Saliem Fakir     27th January 2017 Sometimes environmental dystopia can obscure progress. As the global climate negotiation process moves along, it is interesting to see how the climate change and fossil fuel debate is beginning to reshape our world. Change may happen faster and more disruptively than we may think. Here is a... 

Regional airlines flock to Zim as it opens its skies

By: News24Wire      24th January 2017 RwandAir and Ethiopian Airlines are the newest airlines to fly to Zimbabwe, as the government opens up its skies to other players after years of state protectionism for the country’s ailing flag carrier Air Zimbabwe. The two airlines will start flights to Zimbabwe this year and are banking on the... 

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,... 

New Leadership announced at BASF West Africa Limited

     10th October 2016 The world’s leading chemical company, BASF recently announced that Dr. Jean-Marc Ricca has been appointed as its new Country Cluster Head for BASF in West Africa Limited. Dr. Jean-Marc Ricca joins BASF West Africa Ltd. after more than 26-years in the chemical industry and six years with BASF... 

SKA South Africa makes the cut as finalist for Bentley Systems’ awards

By: Ilan Solomons     21st September 2016 Global infrastructure software manufacturer Bentley Systems has announced the project finalists for its 2016 Be Inspired Awards. The annual awards honour the “extraordinary work” of Bentley users advancing infrastructure design, construction and operations worldwide. Ten independent jury panels... 

Opportunities for bitumen producers increased in Africa

     2nd September 2016 With there being various commitments to improve infrastructure made by African countries, bitumen producers will be assured of significant work in future, says oil industry company Royal Dutch Shell. According to figures stated in the Roads and Highways overview compiled by international... 

Woodlands’ First Choice UHT Flavoured Milk in Tetra Pak a medallist for APO AfriStar Award

     30th August 2016 First Choice UHT Flavoured Milk from Woodlands Dairy in Tetra Pak’s Tetra Brik Aseptic 250ml Edge is a Medal Winner for Best Paper Board or Board Pack in the overall APO AfriStar Awards 2016.   Woodlands in Tetra Pak is one of only 15 African medallists of the awards. First Choice UHT Flavoured... 

South Africa's credit rating to be cut to junk this year – poll

By: Reuters     26th August 2016 South Africa's credit rating is set to be cut to junk status this year, according to a Reuters poll taken just days after police summoned Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan over an investigation into a suspected rogue unit of the tax service. A police unit known as the Hawks is probing a... 

Thor completes transformational acquisition of Nigerian gold project

By: Henry Lazenby     19th August 2016 Vancouver-based exploration junior Thor Explorations has closed a transformational acquisition of the Segilola gold project, considered the most advanced gold project in Nigeria. According to the TSX-V-listed company, the project holds a compliant indicated mineral resource of 555 000 oz at a... 

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.” 

$1bn Nigeria power plan delayed on scarce gas

By: Bloomberg     19th August 2016 Transnational Corporation (Transcorp) of Nigeria has suspended plans to build one of the nation’s biggest power plants as a local gas shortage makes it difficult to obtain fuel and a downturn in Africa’s largest economy hinders efforts to raise funds for the project. The company in 2014 said it... 

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.” 

First secretary-general appointed for African research body

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th August 2016 Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana professor Ernest Aryeetey has been appointed as secretary-general of the African Research Universities Alliance (Arua) to drive a collaborative initiative formed by research-intensive universities to strengthen research and postgraduate training on the... 

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... 

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... 

Ethiopia receives the first Airbus A350XWB in Africa 

By: African News Agency      30th June 2016 Ethiopian airlines this week took delivery of the first Airbus A350XWB in the French aeronautics city of Toulouse, becoming the first African carrier to own the new-generation wide-body aircraft and the first airliner in the world to fly the airplane with the capacity of carrying 343 passengers... 

Could your smartphone store your ID, passport and licence?

By: Schalk Burger     24th June 2016 Identity documents (IDs) can be securely stored and carried on smartphones, which also allows for providing IDs for citizens through mobile networks, says identity systems multinational HiD Global Government ID (GoID) Solutions sales director Joby Mathew. The HiD GoID platform for mobile IDs also... 

Joburg slips in Networked Society rankings

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd June 2016 Johannesburg has slipped a number of spots in the latest Networked Society City Index; however, some progress is still being made and there are signs of improvements. The 2016 edition of the report, compiled by Ericsson and released on Wednesday, ranked Johannesburg at 35, down from the 29... 

‘Oil impact’ on West African hospitality sector places emphasis on quality offerings

     15th June 2016 “The impact of current oil prices on hospitality in African economies is undoubtedly dependent on various factors,” says Wayne Troughton, CEO of international hospitality and tourism specialists, HTI Consulting, who recently issued a market snapshot on the topic. “The level of economic diversity,... 

Trends Driving the African Automotive Industry in 2016 and 2017

     14th June 2016 The global automotive business is in its most disruptive era since the advent of the industry over a century ago, creating an abundance of opportunities for new and established companies in the global automotive market. Frost & Sullivan anticipates the market to grow by 2%, reaching 91 million... 

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... 

Cape Town welcomed into 100 Resilient Cities programme

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st May 2016 The City of Cape Town has been given a shot in the arm in tackling the social, economic and physical challenges inherent in urban environments with its selection as a member of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) programme. The city was now one of 100 cities worldwide set to... 

Sarco and Aurora wind farm projects, Chile

By: Sheila Barradas     27th May 2016 The project involves the construction of two wind power projects with a combined capacity of 300 MW. 

BASF increases its footprint in Ivory Coast

     11th May 2016 BASF, the world's leading chemical company, establishes a legal entity in Ivory Coast to enable future growth opportunities. BASF is looking at Ivory Coast as the hub country for West Africa French Speaking countries and has expanded its capabilities considerably to continue innovating in this... 

South African architecture set for significant changes

     3rd May 2016 THE South African architectural industry is changing so radically and with such speed that current business practices will be virtually unrecognisable a decade from now. This is according to leading architectural firm SVA International, which has been a major industry player for the past 73... 

Dangote to nearly double production capacity across Africa in next three years

By: Reuters     26th April 2016 Dangote Cement, Nigeria's biggest listed company, said it aims to nearly double its production capacity over the next three years and half of its output by the end of 2019 will come from African plants outside its home market. The company, majority owned by billionaire Aliko Dangote and Africa's... 

FESPA Africa Forum Reinforces Profit For Purpose in East and West Africa

     25th April 2016 FESPA, in association with its partners Practical Publishing hosted the FESPA Africa Forum in Nigeria and Kenya on the 12 and 14 April 2016 respectively, as part of its Profit for Purpose reinvestment programme and educational commitment to the global print community. Overall 176 delegates... 

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... 

Iata urges African States to adopt a global carbon standard

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th March 2016 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) is urging African governments to support the adoption of a global offsetting scheme for carbon emissions at the thirty-ninth tri-annual assembly of the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organisation (Icao) in Montreal, Canada, later... 

Hyprop posts 13.4% H1 distribution growth

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd March 2016 Hyprop’s strategy of investing in shopping centres that dominate catchment areas has seen the real estate investment trust declare a dividend of 297.8c a share for the six months ended December 31 – up 13.4% from the comparative period. “We maintained robust growth in all key indicators,”... 

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