http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.49Change: 0.10
R/$ = 10.50Change: 0.05
Au 1294.90 $/ozChange: -0.67
Pt 1407.50 $/ozChange: -21.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Nelson Mandela 1918 - 2013   Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science & Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Aug 24, 2012

$7bn Konza City the latest in a slew of mega-scale Kenyan projects

Back
Nairobi|HR & A|Africa|Egypt|Finland|India|Kenya|Mauritius|South Korea|Sudan|Sweden|United States|USD|Building Of BPO/information|Lamu Port|Energy Efficiency Consulting|Real Estate|Transport|Valley Of Kenya|Bitange Ndemo|Kalonzo Musyoka|Mugo Kibati|East Africa|South Sudan|Information Technology
nairobi|hr-a|africa|egypt|finland|india|kenya|mauritius|south-korea|sudan|sweden|united-states|usd|building-of-bpoinformation|lamu-port|energy-efficiency-consulting|real-estate|transport-industry-term|valley-of-kenya|bitange-ndemo|kalonzo-musyoka|mugo-kibati|east-africa|south-sudan-region|information-technology
© Reuse this



Over the past decade, Kenya has unveiled an array of infrastructure projects and in October the East African country will commission the first super highway built by Chinese companies at a cost of $350-million.

The Nairobi–Thika super highway, a 50 km 12-lane project, seemed far-fetched when the Kenya government contracted three Chinese contractors to construct it five years ago. But its completion has left many Kenyans marvelling from not only its design but also the impact it is having in terms of connecting the country’s capital, Nairobi, with the economically rich eastern part of the country.

Other mega projects have since been unveiled. Two of them, the $24.6-billion Lamu Port–South Sudan–Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) corridor project and the $1.2-billion 280 MW geothermal power projects, are the largest infrastructure projects of their kind ever undertaken in Africa.

Despite the enormity of the two projects and the resources required to actualise them, Kenya has not shied away from conceptualising other projects that just a decade ago would have seemed far- fetched.

One such project is the Konza Technology City. Dubbed the Silicon Valley of Kenya or the African Silicon Savannah, the $7- billion project seeks to put Kenya on the global map in as far as developing futuristic cities is concerned.

“Konza Techno City is a strategic opportunity for Kenya to spur the growth of economic activities that fuel higher- value employment generation and growth. This is one of the key Vision 2030 flagship projects,” Information and Communications permanent secretary Bitange Ndemo tells Engineering News in an interview.

He adds that the project aims to trans- form Kenya into a knowledge-based economy that can compete with countries like India, particularly in terms of business process outsourcing (BPOs).

The project is part of East Africa’s leading economy’s push to create special economic zones (SEZs), which will be central in enabling Kenya to attain middle-economy status by 2030.

Earlier this month, Kenya organised an investors conference whose aim was to showcase the investment opportunities in the gigantic project to both foreign and local investors.

The conference came soon after government had awarded the contract to manage and develop the project to US firm HR & A Advisors, an industry- leading real estate, economic develop- ment and energy efficiency consulting firm that shrugged off competition from the likes of AECOM International Devel- opment, of Finland; Sweden’s Sweco International; Dohwa Consulting Engin- eers, of South Korea; and the US’s SHoP Architects.

During the conference, potential investors got a feel of what exactly Konzo Techno City will be. Sitting on a 5 000 acre piece of land some 50 km from Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, the city is expected to be a technology and knowledge hub that will also encompass economic activities like finance, commerce, tourism and conferencing, and real estate, besides others.

Konza Techno City will be akin to Egypt’s Smart Village or Mauritius’ Ebene Cyber City.

“This project will be critical in trans- forming Kenya into a knowledge-based economy able to produce high-quality jobs for Kenyans,” says Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Board director-general Mugo Kibati.

Already government has secured the land where the project will be built in four phases over the next 18 years.

The first phase involves the building of BPO/information technology-enabled services (BPO/ITES) facilities, commer- cial office space and hotels, residential properties and large-scale shopping malls. There will also be recreation and entertainment venues, a film and media centre, a financial district, a university, a research and convention centre, information and communication technology infrastructure – including fibre-optic networks – transportation infrastructure and a hospital.

Phase 2 to Phase 4 will entail the con- struction of BPO/ ITES parks and commercial and residential buildings, besides others.

“The city is masterplanned as one of the most sought-after international com- mercial investment opportunities,” says Ndemo, adding that ground-breaking is slated to take place before end-year.

To ensure the project is implemented, government has requested the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation to be in charge of the tendering process for the various projects, a move that is intended to foster investor confidence.

“Government is focusing on policies to remove constraints to fast-track eco- nomic growth and create an enabling environment for stronger private-sector participation,” says Kenya VP Kalonzo Musyoka.

The Kenya government also plans to construct a dual-carriage road to link the techno city with Jomo Kenyatta Inter- national Airport as well as a mega dam to supply the city with water.

A public site development authority, the Konza Technopolis Development Authority, is also being established to oversee the planning, infrastructure development and land allocation in areas surrounding the city.

A 10 km buffer zone has been imposed to regulate development and land use around the city. The buffer zone will not only protect the investments envisaged but will also provide for orderly and progressive development of human settlements to promote sustainability.

At least 200 international companies have expressed interest in investing in the project.

Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other News This Week News
The Electronic Systems Laboratory (ESL) of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University is strongly reaffirming its position as one of South Africa’s leading centres for satellite technology and expertise. It is currently...
MORE IN SA Phase 2 should see local content on the mainline locomotive increase from 65% to 80% by the end of 2014
The world’s lowest-cost diesel-electric locomotive is not made in China, but in Pretoria, at RRL Grindrod Locomotives’ newly upgraded 30 000 m2 plant. The company’s locomotive pricing is “more competitive than any other original-equipment manufacturer (OEM)...
The South African Defence Review 2012, released to the public at the end of last month (despite the year given in its title) recommends the creation of the post of Chief Defence Scientist. This official would be responsible for the management of defence technology...
More
 
 
Latest News
Few would argue with the notion that unemployment, which stands at around 25% on the narrow definition as reported by Statistics South Africa, remains one of the country’s most pressing challenges. Fewer still could contest the view that South Africa’s education...
Renewable-energy projects, such as this Northern Cape solar farm, seen as key to low‐carbon energy supply.
Upfront investment costs will and should remain a critical consideration as South Africa moves to upscale and accelerate its infrastructure programmes. But one of the lead authors of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) argues that the...
The barrier to efficient water service delivery in South Africa was not of a technological nature but rather related to legal and Constitutional challenges, Water Research Commission (WRC) CEO Dhesigen Naidoo said on Thursday. Opening a WRC debate under the theme...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2014: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2014 report provides an overview of the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon steel and stainless...
Projects in Progress 2014 - First Edition (PDF Report)
This publication contains insight into progress at the delayed Medupi and Kusile coal-fired projects, in Mpumalanga and Limpopo respectively, as well as at the Ingula pumped-storage scheme, which is under construction on the border between the Free State and...
Automotive 2014: A review of South Africa's automotive sector (PDF Report)
The report provides insight into the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local construction demand, geographic diversification, competition within the sector, corporate activity, skills, safety, environmental considerations and the challenges...
Construction 2014: A review of South Africa's construction sector (PDF Report)
Construction data released during 2013 hints at a halt to the decline in the industry during the last few years, with some commentators averring that the industry could be poised for recovery. However, others have urged caution, noting that the prospects for a...
Electricity 2014: A Review of South Africa's Electricity Sector (PDF Report)
This report provides an overview of the state of electricity generation and transmission in South Africa and examines electricity planning, investment in generation capacity, electricity tariffs, the role of independent power producers and demand-focused initiatives,...
Defence 2013: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2013 Defence Report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key players in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the defence sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial...
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
The Electronic Systems Laboratory (ESL) of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University is strongly reaffirming its position as one of South Africa’s leading centres for satellite technology and expertise. It is currently...
MORE IN SA Phase 2 should see local content on the mainline locomotive increase from 65% to 80% by the end of 2014
The world’s lowest-cost diesel-electric locomotive is not made in China, but in Pretoria, at RRL Grindrod Locomotives’ newly upgraded 30 000 m2 plant. The company’s locomotive pricing is “more competitive than any other original-equipment manufacturer (OEM)...
The South African Defence Review 2012, released to the public at the end of last month (despite the year given in its title) recommends the creation of the post of Chief Defence Scientist. This official would be responsible for the management of defence technology...
AltX-listed engineering technology company Ansys has been awarded an R188-million contract by Transnet to supply integrated dashboard display systems to the freight rail utility’s locomotives. Black-owned and controlled Ansys developed the bespoke integrated system...
South Africa’s sole nuclear power station Koeberg, which is located in the Western Cape, breached a major operations milestone on April 4, which marked the thirtieth anniversary of Unit 1 having been connected to the grid. Eskom, which operates the two-unit plant,...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks