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Projects boding well for geotechnical contractor

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th February 2018 Specialist geotechnical contractor and subsidiary of Keller Group, Franki Africa, is providing 46 000 Columns with Mixed Moduli (CMM) for the 350 000 m2 Clairwood logistics park construction site project.  

Newly expanded Joburg data centre to serve cloud demand in SA

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Africa Data Centres, part of pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, has expanded its Midrand-based data centre to a 7 MW, 3 000 m2 carrier-neutral facility to better serve demand for cloud and co-location services in Southern Africa, says Liquid Telecom group CTO Ben Roberts. It has also... 

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.... 

Continent has potential to gain the most from Industry 4.0, says Paramount head

By: Dylan Slater     9th February 2018 Africa is not alone in its unpreparedness for shifting into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, but it has the potential to gain the most out of such a development by finding new ways of manufacturing, says aerospace and defence company Paramount group executive chairperson Ivor... 

Turner & Townsend’s Kenyan business to merge with Nairobi-based firm

By: Dylan Slater     6th February 2018 Global project management consultancy Turner & Townsend’s Kenyan business will merge with Nairobi-based project management firm Mentor Management Limited (MML), after Turner & Townsend acquired a majority stake in MML from growth markets investor Actis.  

De Beers eyes Zimbabwe, Congo after gaining South African permits

By: Bloomberg     6th February 2018 De Beers may follow its resumption of exploration for diamonds in South Africa’s Northern Cape by looking in the longer term at opportunities in countries like Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo. "I’m excited about what I’m seeing in Zimbabwe," said Phillip Barton, chief executive... 

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... 

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... 

Investments accumulated to catalyse off-grid energy development

By: Dylan Slater     26th January 2018 Multilateral development bank African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) board approved a $30-million investment in the Facility for Energy Inclusion Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (FEI OGEF) last month.  

A strong rand is ruining the gold rally for South African mines

By: Bloomberg     25th January 2018 For South African gold miners, it’s both the best and worst of times. The metal started the year with a bang, rising 4% so far and trading near the highest since August 2016. But an equally impressive rally in the rand means that South Africa-focused producers are likely to miss out on the party. 

Paragon sees in 2018 with major new projects across Africa

     16th January 2018 Paragon has confirmed its standing as a leading architecture, interior design, and space-planning practice with the completion of several major projects in 2017. “These were long in the making and large in scale, and have once more provided a new perspective on our capability,” according to... 

New JV to develop small-scale Zambian hydropower projects

By: Schalk Burger     12th December 2017 The New Africa Power joint venture (JV) plans to develop a 65 MW portfolio of small-scale, run-of-the-river hydropower projects in Zambia. The JV, established by Nairobi-based energy holding company responsAbility Renewable Energy, international finance institution Norfund and investment company... 

Mine fatalities in South Africa rise first time in decade 

By: Bloomberg     8th December 2017 For the first time in almost a decade, more people are dying in South African mines, the world’s deepest and among the most dangerous. There were 81 fatalities from January through November, according to data from the Chamber of Mines, an industry lobby group. Harmony Gold Mining Co. reported a... 

Mnangagwa's task to rebuild Zimbabwe economy

By: Bloomberg     23rd November 2017 When Emmerson Mnangagwa takes over from Robert Mugabe as Zimbabwe’s President on Friday, he’ll inherit an economic wasteland that will take years and a complete reversal of some of the government’s signature policies to set right. Among Mnangagwa’s key challenges will be to revive an... 

Company expands African footprint to pursue major projects

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th October 2017 Despite slowing economic growth, political challenges and associated declining investor confidence in many parts of Africa, global project management consultancy Turner & Townsend continues to strengthen its network on the continent as it pursues major projects in mining, oil and gas,... 

Africa urged to set the trends in digital innovation

By: Kim Cloete     13th October 2017 African countries have the potential to set trends rather than follow them in a world dominated by hurtling changes in information technology (IT), delegates attending the Thomson Reuters Africa Summit have heard. Digital and technology transfer expert Lee Naik said over 300-million customers... 

Johannesburg ranked most visited city in Africa

By: African News Agency      10th October 2017 South Africa’s most-populated city, Johannesburg, has emerged as the most popular destination city in Africa in 2016 followed by Cape Town, according to the annual Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index released on Tuesday. The Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index showed that... 

Eaton aiming to grow share in African utility market

By: Schalk Burger     6th October 2017 Electrical components and systems company Eaton aims to grow in the utility, commercial buildings and mining sectors in Africa by replicating the success of its power quality business, says Eaton Africa Sales Director Malvin Naicker. Eaton is focused on providing high-quality technical support... 

Local unit of helicopter group introduces electronic aid for pilots, maintainers

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2017 Following authorisation by the South African Civil Aviation Authority, Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa (AHZA) has now released its Fleetkeeper product to the South African market. Fleetkeeper is an electronic flight folio and electronic technical logbook. South Africa is one of the the first... 

Engen launches innovative Pharmacy Concept in Kenya

     18th September 2017 Engen launched its first pharmacy in Kenya earlier this month at its highly-successful Hurlingham branch in Nairobi, in partnership with Payless Pharmacy.   Selling over-the-counter and prescription medication, the pharmacy is yet another source of convenience for consumers to choose Engen.... 

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,... 

Construction contract awarded for Kenya’s techno city

By: John Muchira     18th August 2017 Kenya has has awarded the construction contract for East Africa’s first smart city. The $390-million engineering, procurement, construction and financing contract – entailing the construction of roads, water and sewerage infrastructure within the 400 acre first phase of  Konza Techno City, about... 

Kenya strengthens competition regulation but leaves grey areas

     11th August 2017 Kenya is making good progress with its latest efforts to strengthen competition regulation but there are still question marks over some key areas. These include the rules that will govern the work of the newly established Competition Tribunal and, more controversially, a High Court ruling in... 

Russian nuclear giant in MoU with Africa’s young nuclear professionals

     19th July 2017 Russian energy group Rosatom today signed a Memorandum of Understanding on support and cooperation with the African Young Generation in Nuclear organisation, at the POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa conference and exhibition in Sandton. Rosatom, participating in a one-day Nuclear Forum at POWER-GEN... 

SAP Skills for Africa launches first East African chapter with participation from Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia

     19th July 2017 First true East African class as group includes graduates from Uganda and Ethiopia. All 55 graduates will be placed at partner and customer organisations who have already committed to graduate intake. SAP Skills for Africa today launched its first-ever East African programme at an event held in... 

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... 

Kenya set to build three industrial megaparks

By: John Muchira     7th July 2017 Kenya has embarked on the construction of three industrial megaparks in an effort to attract investors and spur growth in the struggling manufacturing sector. The East African nation, which has lost its manufacturing competitive edge to Ethiopia, plans to build the megaparks as part of the Kenya... 

AfDB approves $15m equity investment to support inclusive growth

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th July 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $15-million investment in multinational private equity fund Shore Capital Fund III (ShoreCap III), which promotes financial inclusion by supporting financial institutions serving Africa’s low-income and emerging middle-class communities. The... 

Kenya reviews mining laws as industry struggles to grow

By: Bloomberg     4th July 2017 Kenya is reviewing its mining code, a year after enacting new legislation, as it seeks to attract investment into an industry that’s barely grown over the past five years. The government is working with the UK Department for International Development-funded Extractives Hub to come up with a... 

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... 

Tanzania says Barrick agrees to pay money owed to government

By: Bloomberg     14th June 2017 Tanzania’s presidency said Barrick Gold Corp is willing to reimburse money that’s owed to the government, after President John Magufuli accused subsidiary Acacia Mining of failing to pay billions of dollars of taxes. Acacia surged as much as 11%. Barrick executive chairperson John Thornton met... 

Sub-Saharan Africa middle class represents R1.3tr a month market

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th May 2017 A University of Cape Town (UCT) Unilever Institute of Strategic Marketing initiative, the African Lions research project, has established that the sub-Saharan African middle class, comprising around 100-million people, represents a R1.3-trillion a month market and is growing. Carried out... 

UN sends troops to CAR diamond-mining town

By: Bloomberg     17th May 2017 The United Nations (UN) said it plans to deploy more peacekeeping forces in the Central African Republic (CAR) diamond-mining town of  Bangassou to stem a recent wave of violence. Almost three quarters of the 35 000 inhabitants of the southeastern town need humanitarian assistance following the... 

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... 

FAO to lead Africa’s intervention against fall armyworm

By: Anine Kilian     5th May 2017 The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has been tasked with coordinating control and management interventions to combat the fall armyworm infestation in Africa. Centre for Agricultural and Biosciences International sanitary and phytosanitary coordinator Dr Roger Day estimates... 

EIB provides €95m support for East African entrepreneurs

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th May 2017 The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed two new credit lines for East-Africa for €95-million, or about Kshs(Kenyan Shilings)10.45-billion, to be made available through financial institutions Equity Bank and HFC Limited to support smaller local projects in Kenya, Tanzania, the Democratic... 

Kenya’s Konza Techno City emerging as Africa’s smart-city frontrunner

By: Schalk Burger     28th April 2017 The Konza Techno City, in Kenya, being developed about 60 km south-east of Nairobi, will be a smart city to better serve citizens and manage city operations, says wireless connectivity firm Ruckus Wireless sub-Saharan Africa sales director Riaan Graham. The focus will be on service delivery,... 

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