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There is room for more ride-hailing services, says Taxify country manager

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2018 Taxify believes there is room for another electronic ride-hailing service in South Africa. US-based Uber started operations in South Africa in 2013, with Estonia’s Taxify moving into the country in 2016. 

Luxembourg Protocol can reshape African rail industry

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2018 The adoption of the Luxembourg Protocol to the Cape Town Convention can be a solution to unlocking billions of dollars of investments from private investors into Africa’s rail industry. The new treaty, which will provide a Luxembourg-based central international registry of ownership of railway... 

Kenya mulling oil pipeline connecting it to Ethiopia, South Sudan

By: John Muchira     31st August 2018 Kenya is set to embark on a feasibility study for a 790 km crude oil pipeline connecting the country to Ethiopia and South Sudan. The Lamu–Isiolo–Moyale pipeline will be part of the Lamu Port–South Sudan–Ethiopia–Transport (Lapsset) Corridor project, which is aimed at not only facilitating the... 

Kenya expressway project hangs in the balance

By: John Muchira     24th August 2018 Construction of a $2.1-billion expressway between the Kenyan capital of Nairobi and the port city of  Mombasa hangs in the balance following a decision by President Ururu Kenyatta's government not to finance the project through debt. Instead, it has directed the contractor, US construction giant... 

Kenya charges top officials with fraud over new $3bn railway

By: Reuters     13th August 2018 A Kenyan court on Monday charged the heads of the agency that manages public land and of the state railway with fraud over land allocation for a new $3-billion train line linking the capital with East Africa's biggest port. The line between Nairobi and Mombasa, funded by China, is one of the... 

Kenya says Nairobi–Mombasa refined products pipeline ready for use

By: Reuters     11th July 2018 A refined products pipeline linking Kenya's capital Nairobi with the port city of Mombasa is complete and ready for use, state-run Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) said on Wednesday. The 450 km pipeline will eliminate an estimated 700 oil tanker trucks per day that transport fuel by road between... 

South Africa, Kenya commit to resolve outstanding bilateral issues ahead of Mombassa trade talks

By: African News Agency      7th May 2018 South Africa and Kenya have committed to resolve outstanding bilateral issues in preparation for the upcoming 6th session of the joint trade committee (JTC) to be held in Mombasa, Kenya in September, the trade and industry department (dti) said on Sunday. The commitment was agreed between dti... 

Investment in Africa’s ports, shipping sector can accelerate economic growth

By: African News Agency      12th April 2018 More strategic investment in Africa’s ports can accelerate growth and development by strengthening trade as these are gateways for 80% of merchandise trade by volume and 70% by value, globally. This is according to an analysis report of port development in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) issued by the... 

Commissioning under way on Kenya’s new multipurpose pipeline

By: John Muchira     6th April 2018 Kenya was last week set to commission a multipurpose pipeline from the coastal city of Mombasa to the capital, Nairobi, in a major milestone in its quest to enhance efficiency in the transport of petroleum products. Construction of the $470-million pipeline, implemented by the Kenya Pipeline... 

Nairobi– Mombasa expressway, Kenya

By: Sheila Barradas     6th April 2018 The Kenya National Highways Authority is building a toll road between Nairobi and Mombasa. 

Kenya plans to electrify Mombasa–Nairobi rail link

By: John Muchira     9th March 2018 Kenya plans to electrify its diesel-powered standard-gauge railway (SGR) line from the coastal city of Mombasa to the capital, Nairobi, as it seeks to cement its position as a regional transports hub. The East Africa nation has since secured $240-million from China Electric Power Equipment &... 

Smart city initiatives must be ‘part of long-term vision’ – Huawei

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 Using information and communication technologies, and more broadly digital technologies, in cities must be part of long-term, sustained transformative visions to ensure that a city and its systems improve over time, says Huawei Enterprise Government and Public Utility Sector VP Edwin Diender.... 

Tanzania moves to buy standard-gauge rail rolling stock

By: John Muchira     26th January 2018 Tanzania has set in motion the process to acquire rolling stock to be used on the standard-gauge railway (SGR) network that is currently under construction as it vies to become East Africa's transport hub. According to an international tender notice floated by State-run railway company Reli... 

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... 

Contract awarded for Kenya’s first expressway

By: John Muchira     8th September 2017 US company Bechtel International has been awarded the construction contract for Kenya’s first expressway, which has been dubbed one of the most important new pieces of infrastructure in the East African Community region. The 473 km high-speed expressway, connecting Nairobi, the country's capital,... 

Northern Mozambique Logistics Alliance Launched

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th September 2017 Subtech Mozambique, Alpha Logistics and LBH Mozambique have recently signed an MoU to enhance their suite of services in Mozambique to be able to offer a holistic logistics and services solution starting specifically with activities in and around the small but strategically located port of... 

Infrastructure initiative garners support from nine African presidents

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2017 Spearheaded by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, the Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative (PICI), aimed at accelerating regional trade and unlocking the economic potential of the continent, now has nine African presidents on board, with ten projects in the spotlight as 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... 

Automakers eye fast-growing East Africa as they set up shop in Kenya

By: John Muchira     23rd June 2017 Global automakers have, in recent years, established assembly plants in Kenya as they seek to increase sales in East Africa, sub-Saharan Africa's fastest-growing region. East Africa, of which Kenya is the biggest economy, is projected by the World Bank to grow by 5.4% in 2017, compared with... 

Kenya joins Africa Finance Corporation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st June 2017 Kenya is the latest country to become a member of Pan-African multilateral development finance institution, the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC).   Kenya is the AFC’s fifteenth member and its third East African member after Rwanda and Uganda. The other members are Cabo Verde, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire,... 

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... 

TEA FROM AFRICA

9th June 2017 Sacks containing tea from Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya sit stacked at the Mitchell Cotts storage warehouse in Mombasa, Kenya, last month. Bloomberg reports that Kenya’s crop production has declined as a result of drought conditions, which that resulted in most areas of the country receiving less than... 

Mombasa-to-Nairobi rail line set for commissioning

By: John Muchira     12th May 2017 Kenya is gearing up for a new era in railway transport with the impending commissioning of a standard-gauge railway (SGR) system on June 1. The East African nation has depended on a dilapidated metre-gauge railway line for more than a century, but that is about to change, following the completion... 

Secret of the Kibali mine – flying people in and gold bars out

By: Bloomberg     6th March 2017 Randgold Resources had to haul heavy equipment more than 1 000 miles to build the roads and hydropower plants needed to construct its Kibali gold mine, the biggest in Democratic Republic of Congo. The sprawling facility in a remote corner of a country the size of Western Europe is a high-tech... 

Uganda says funding secured for new standard-gauge railway line

By: John Muchira     3rd February 2017 As Kenya gears up to commission the first phase of a standard-gauge railway (SGR) line running from the coastal city of Mombasa to Nairobi, the capital city, in June, neighbouring Uganda has closed financial agreements with Exim Bank of China for the construction of its own SGR line, which will... 

Kenya outlines plan for LPG import storage facility in Mombasa

By: John Muchira     27th January 2017 Kenya is to build a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) import storage facility in the coastal city of Mombasa as part of an elaborate LPG masterplan that will also include the establishment of at least five storage facilities in various parts of the country to ensure easy access and affordability.... 

Concern raised over Kenyan plan to run portion of rail through national park

By: John Muchira     21st October 2016 Plans by Kenya to construct the last kilometres of a 472 km standard-gauge railway (SGR) line across a major national park in the capital city, Nairobi, have met with stiff opposition from environmentalists. Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC), which is constructing the line, which stretches from... 

Safe city systems to support smart city development in Africa – Huawei

By: Schalk Burger     14th October 2016 Safe and smart city systems initially take the form of effectively integrated existing systems, already deployed by various departments and organisations, to provide new capabilities, such as video sharing among emergency responders and providing geographic information systems maps to improve... 

Kenya gears up to award contract for new Mombasa oil import facility

By: John Muchira     19th August 2016 After a delay of more than three years, Kenya is finally set to start constructing a modern oil importing facility in the coastal city of Mombasa. The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) announced earlier this month that it is in the process of identifying a contractor to $116.3-million terminal.  The... 

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... 

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... 

African trade corridors have potential to spur development, drive transformation

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2016 The role of business in the successful and sustainable operation of trade corridors is being recognised by researchers and national governments, says a range of African trade and investment professionals. Trade corridors spur development and drive the transformation of economic sectors and even... 

African trade corridors have potential to spur development, drive transformation

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2016 The role of business in the successful and sustainable operation of trade corridors is being recognised by researchers and national governments, says a range of African trade and investment professionals. Trade corridors spur development and drive the transformation of economic sectors and even... 

Process to hire operator for new Kenyan railway line gets under way

By: John Muchira     15th April 2016 Kenya has set in motion the process to appoint an operator for a new standard-gauge railway (SGR) line that is poised for completion in May next year. The State-owned Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) has already advertised for a transaction adviser to assist in the process of procuring the... 

Calls for more free Internet services in African cities

By: Kim Cloete     24th February 2016 Those countries in Africa that are moving ahead with better broadband are helping boost their economies and bringing more people into the Internet economy, said Project Isizwe founder and CEO Alan Knott-Craig at the Bloomberg African Business and Economic Summit on Wednesday. Knott-Craig said... 

Swedish motorcycle brand launches 701 bike range in SA

By: Simon Sonnekus     19th February 2016 Swedish motorcycle manufacturer Husqvarna launched its 701 Enduro and Supermoto models at wholesaler Puzey’s Biker’s Warehouse, in Gauteng, last month. The range will spearhead the new range of Husqvarna road motorcycles. The company, which was acquired by Austrian motorcycle company KTM from... 

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. 

UK, Norway conclude Globeleq Africa acquisition

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2015 The UK’s State-owned development finance institution CDC and Norwegian investment fund Norfund’s joint buyout of power generation platform Globeleq Africa from emerging market investor Actis has been concluded, the parties announced on Monday. Norfund, which injected $227-million for a 30% stake... 

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