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Petroleum conference renewed for a third year

By: Paige Müller     15th June 2018 The West African International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (Waipec) will be renewed for a third consecutive year, following an overwhelmingly successful reception from regional and international participants at this year’s second annual conference in Lagos, Nigeria.   Petroleum Technology... 

History to be more equal than other subjects?

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     15th June 2018 Some associate professor was an in-studio guest on one of our television channels the other night. To mangle a famous quotation in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, he was on about why history should be more equal than other subjects at high school level in South Africa. He and other dons who... 

Italy top court rejects appeal to stymie Shell, Eni corruption trial

By: Reuters     14th June 2018 Italy's Supreme Court threw out an appeal from Shell and four former Shell managers to stymie a trial on alleged corruption in Nigeria, which also sees Eni's chief on the bench, legal sources said on Wednesday. The long-running graft case revolves around the 2011 purchase by Eni and Shell of... 

Nissan announces expansion plans in Africa, Middle East & India

14th June 2018 Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. unveiled a major expansion strategy in the Africa, the Middle East and India region today as part of the company’s six-year midterm plan, Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022. Nissan aims to build on its strengths in markets including South Africa, India, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt... 

Nissan announces Africa, Middle East and India expansion plans

By: Nadine James     13th June 2018 Nissan on Wednesday unveiled a major expansion strategy in the Africa, the Middle East and India region as part of the company’s six-year midterm plan. The automotive manufacturer aims to build on its strengths and “solid profit margins” in markets including South Africa, India, the United Arab... 

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... 

MTN aims to launch mobile service in Namibia around August

By: Reuters     13th June 2018 MTN Group, Africa's biggest mobile telecoms firm, is aiming to launch a mobile service in Namibia around the end of August, a company executive told Reuters. Currently state-owned operator MTC dominates in Namibia, a country of two-million people. 

Indaba will create intra-Africa trade opportunities

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 With the 2018 Manufacturing Indaba’s focus being on the development of intra-Africa trade, event organiser Siyenza Management MD Liz Hart says the event will bring key stakeholders together to create opportunities for engagement and dialogue. She tells Engineering News that Africa has many of... 

Industry pursuing better management of energy use

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 There has been a growing trend among South African manufacturing plants to pursue energy reduction and manage its use better, says energy training services provider the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) training manager Yolanda de Lange. She explains that significant hikes in electricity rates... 

Google launches first Impact Challenge for Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th June 2018 Twelve South African nonprofit organisations (NPOs) and social enterprises are set to receive a share of $2-million in grants as Google realises the first step of a $20-million funding commitment for African NPOs over the next five years. The first Google Impact Challenge on the African continent... 

African Open Skies plan putting cart before horse – Nigerian airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th June 2018 Nigerian airlines are not enthusiastic about any rapid implementation of the Single African Air Traffic Market (SAATM). This was made clear at the recent 27th Annual African Aviation Summit (Air Finance Africa) by national industry association Airline Operators of Nigeria CEO Noggie Meggasin.  

Open letter to Safa president

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     8th June 2018 Dear Dr Danny Jordaan Congratulations on your recent election for another term at the pinnacle of South African football administration. If there had been any doubt that you are a darling of our football-loving nation, it would have evaporated in the wake of your landslide victory – 234 out of... 

Cummins, Komatsu launch technical education programme at college

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th June 2018 Engine, filtration and genset manufacturer Cummins Africa Middle East and earthmoving, mining, construction and utility equipment manufacturer Komatsu Africa have teamed up to bring the first Technical Education for Communities (TEC) programme to South Africa. Inaugurated within the Sedibeng... 

Siemens CEO urges more countries to participate in China’s Belt and Road Initiative

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th June 2018 China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) represents a “new world trade order”, says Siemens global president and CEO Joe Kaeser. In a keynote address at the first Belt and Road International Summit, in Beijing, China, this week, he urged more countries to get actively involved in the BRI. 

UN, CSIR Africa Waste Management Outlook considers African context

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th June 2018 The starting point for the ‘Africa Waste Management Outlook’, which was launched by the United Nations (UN) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Resources (CSIR) on Tuesday, was the global waste management outlook that was published by the UN in 2015.  

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... 

South African precious metals recycling innovation reaches Africa Prize finals

By: Anine Kilian     1st June 2018 An innovation that uses a cheap and sustainable recycling method to recover precious metals has made it into the finals of the 2018 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.    

Infrastructure development key to meeting consumer demand in megacities – economist

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2018 There are rapidly growing megacities, including Accra, Cairo, Lagos, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Kinshasa, in Africa, and it is important to ensure infrastructure development grows at a pace that will meet the increasing consumer demand that will come out of these megacities, said Imara Africa... 

Summit discusses built environment trends, considerations for thriving Africa development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2018 It has been a tumultuous period for the African continent, as since 2014 there have been many pressures affecting the macroeconomic environment – commodity prices took a significant knock, some economies dipped into a recession and the pressure was on from a number of credit ratings agencies.  

Nampak H1 profit up 10% y/y

By: Anine Kilian     30th May 2018 JSE-listed Nampak’s headline earnings and headline earnings a share for continuing operations increased by 11% and 10% to R849-million and 132c, respectively, for the six months ended March 31. Presenting the company’s results, on Thursday, CEO André de Ruyter said the performance from continuing... 

African auto industries not viable without policy support

By: Irma Venter     30th May 2018 If African governments do not develop sustainable, long-term automotive industry policies – including policy measures that address the issue of the sale of used vehicles – they will fail to develop automotive sectors within their economies, says African Association of Automotive Manufacturers... 

ExecuJet Nigeria bolsters services for West Africa with Izy Air alliance

By: Simone Liedtke     29th May 2018 International business aviation company ExecuJet, which is part of the Luxaviation Group, on Tuesday announced a strategic alliance for maintenance services between its Lagos-based maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility and Nigeria-based Izy Air. This forms part of ExecuJet’s ongoing... 

Africa50, Green Climate Fund, and AfDB to Develop Solar Projects in the Sahel through the Desert to Power Program

28th May 2018 On the margins of the African Development Bank annual meetings, the heads of Africa50, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and the African Development Bank (AfDB) signed an agreement to collaborate on the Desert to Power Program for solar projects in the Sahel. Alain Ebobisse, CEO of Africa50 stressed... 

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... 

African infrastructure projects on a par with global best practices

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2018 African infrastructure projects are meeting, and sometimes setting, global engineering best practices, says infrastructure and engineering multinational AECOM Africa civil infrastructure lead Darrin Green. Large-scale engineering projects worldwide require a range of technical, multidisciplinary... 

African Open Skies plan putting cart before horse – Nigerian airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th May 2018 Nigerian airlines are not enthusiastic about any rapid implementation of the Single African Air Traffic Market (SAATM). This was made clear at the 27th Annual African Aviation Summit (Air Finance Africa) by national industry association Airline Operators of Nigeria CEO Noggie Meggasin on... 

Nigeria's Bodo community claims win over Shell after latest UK court ruling

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 A British judge ruled on Thursday that Nigeria's Bodo community, which has been involved in a protracted legal battle with Shell over the clean-up of two 2008 oil spills, should retain the option of litigation for another year. Lawyers for Bodo had accused Shell of trying to kill off the legal... 

Shell's oil spill dispute with Nigeria's Bodo villagers back in UK court

By: Reuters     23rd May 2018 Lawyers for the Bodo community in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta, which was devastated by two major oil spills a decade ago, went to court in London on Tuesday to fend off what they said was an attempt by Shell to kill off their litigation. The Bodo oil spills have been the subject of years... 

African economies urged to take advantage of current global economic upturn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd May 2018 PricewaterhouseCoopers chief economist Lullu Krugel says South Africa and African countries have a three-year window to “move and shape” and take advantage of economic growth opportunities during a global economic upturn.  

Africa’s air traffic liberalisation journey continues, after 30 difficult years

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 In November 1988, the Ministers responsible for civil aviation in 40 African countries agreed a declaration on a new African air transport policy. This was immediately designated the Yamoussoukro Declaration, after the city in which it was adopted (the capital of Ivory Coast). Among other things,... 

Valves system ready for African oil production market

By: Donald Makhafola     18th May 2018 Netherlands-based valves manufacturer Mokveld’s new patented low shear technology, the Typhoon valve system for oil production system is available for the African commercial market through South Africa-based high-end and specialised equipment supplier Energas Technologies. “The low shear-force... 

Africa’s air traffic liberalisation journey continues, after 30 difficult years

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 In November 1988, the Ministers responsible for civil aviation in 40 African countries agreed a declaration on a new African air transport policy. This was immediately designated the Yamoussoukro Declaration, after the city in which it was adopted (the capital of Ivory Coast). Among other things,... 

The scramble for Somalia

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     18th May 2018 The Horn of Africa nation of Somalia is better known as the poorest country on earth, with a per capita gross domestic product of $400, and for lacking a coherent government since the 1991 ouster of Mohamed Siad Barre as President. What many do not remember is that it was one of the first newly... 

Strong first-quarter results delivered

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th May 2018 As telecommunications giant MTN Group continues to pursue its local listing ambition in Nigeria, the West African operation has shown positive momentum in the first quarter of the year. The group last week published MTN Nigeria’s first quarter financial results ahead of the planned initial public... 

Kenya banks on nuclear energy to sustain manufacturing, build the economy

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2018 Kenya hopes to grow its economy and boost manufacturing after building nuclear power plants, a Kenyan academic has told African Utility Week in Cape Town. "We envisage we will become a middle-income industrial country by 2030. With nuclear coming onboard, that will gave us baseload which will... 

Stefanutti Stocks’ FY operating loss widens on impairment

By: Simone Liedtke     17th May 2018 JSE-listed Stefanutti Stocks’ operating loss widened to R451-million for the financial year ended February 28, compared with the R106-million loss incurred in the prior financial year. The company on Thursday reported that goodwill and intangible assets of R667-million had been impaired,... 

Nigeria gives more oil purchase deals to local firms as vote looms

By: Reuters     16th May 2018 State oil firm NNPC has awarded 50 companies with contracts to buy Nigerian crude and more than half of them are local firms, foreign and Nigerian trading sources said. Of the total, 32 were local companies, doubling the number of awards to Nigerian firms compared to 2017. 

Nigeria awards $7bn rail project to Chinese state rail firm – Xinhua

By: Reuters     16th May 2018 Nigeria has awarded a $6.68-billion contract to the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) for work on a major segment of a railway linking the country's commercial hub Lagos, in the southwest, and Kano in the north, Xinhua reported. "The signing of the ... segment contract... 

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