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Neopatrimonialism is merely ‘a huge embarrassment’

By: Riaan de Lange     20th October 2017 The dramatic decline to which a select few ‘South Africans’ are subjecting so many of us no longer considered a ‘crisis’. In essence, neopatrimonialism is not considered a crisis’ – it is merely a huge embarrassment. As I account for the latest narration, attributable to a senior politician, my... 

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,... 

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... 

Minister Davies to attend TFTA negotiations in Uganda

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th July 2017 A Tripartite Committee of Sectoral Ministers meeting, in Kampala, Uganda, set to start on Friday, will provide an update to the continent’s Ministers on the progress achieved in the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) negotiations. The TFTA marks an important step in promoting regional integration... 

Accelerating Innovative Finance, Development & Renewable Solutions for Smart Cities in Africa

     31st May 2017 The 3rd annual edition of the Urban & Infrastructure Development Conference (UIDC 2017) provides a powerful platform to unlock the growth potential of the African Smart Cities ecosystem and address the continent’s urban and infrastructure opportunities in the mobility & transport, ICT, power &... 

Two pipelines test economics of East Africa’s oil developments

By: Bloomberg     7th April 2017 A decade after its first big oil find, East Africa’s emergence as a crude exporter has been hindered by security and cost concerns that left the region building two pipelines instead of one. Uganda and Kenya are developing two new basins and originally agreed to build one line to connect the... 

Africa slump not grounds for ‘excessive pessimism’

By: Bloomberg     3rd March 2017 The student is halfway through her question to Christine Lagarde when the power cuts – a reminder of the obstacles facing Africa’s poorest nations. The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) doesn’t miss a beat. “As you can see, building better infrastructure – roads, the Internet,... 

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... 

Intercontinental hybrid air race raises awareness of unique technology, design

By: Dylan Slater     8th December 2016 Earlier this week Canada-based hybrid airship manufacturer Solar Ship challenged US aerospace, defence and security technologies company Lockheed Martin to undertake an intercontinental friendly air race to raise international awareness about hybrid aircraft and renewable-energy technologies in... 

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.” 

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.” 

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... 

East African Power Industry Convention announces platinum sponsorship by Lucy Electric

     20th June 2016 “This is a very exciting time for the electricity sector across East Africa and at Lucy Electric we hope to play a key part in helping to make this a reality” says Phil Dingle, Marketing Director, Lucy Electric, a global secondary distribution leader in the electricity sector and a platinum... 

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... 

East Africa moves to introduce electronic monitoring of goods in transit

By: John Muchira     8th April 2016 Three East African neighbouring countries are set to introduce an electronic system to monitor goods in transit as part of efforts to boost trade and plug tax evasion loopholes. Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have announced that, from  June, all cargo in transit from the port of Mombasa to the Ugandan... 

10 MW Uganda solar plant to begin producing in July

By: John Muchira     4th March 2016 Uganda is set to add 10 MW to the national grid in July, when a new solar plant to be built by Middle East and Spanish investors is expected to come on stream. Dubai-based Access Energy Group and Eren RE have awarded TSK Group of Spain the contract to construct the $19-million Soroti solar... 

Africa’s cement, concrete and construction industries are open for business

     18th February 2016 The African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo provides a unique gateway into doing construction business across the continent’s high growth and high risk markets. The subcontinent requires 40 million tonnes of new cement capacity alone in order to meet rising urbanisation and growth rates... 

African Potash meets with Ugandan President over creation of local fertiliser industry

By: Natalie Greve     22nd January 2016 Aim-listed African Potash chairperson Chris Cleverly has met with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and a delegation of officials in Kampala, Uganda, to discuss potential opportunities to develop a fertiliser industry in the country, the company confirmed on Friday.   “As part of our strategy to... 

East Africa oil, gas discoveries will lead to greater economic growth

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th July 2015 Not only were new oil and gas (O&G) discoveries in East Africa a catalyst for investment into road, rail and pipeline infrastructure, but they also contributed to the region’s economic growth, with growth of 5.5% projected for this year and an estimated 6% to 7% for 2016. Over the past ten years,... 

African cities highlighted as cities of opportunity, but Joburg will fall short 

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th July 2015 The emerging social order will see Africa build its megacities; however, South Africa’s economic powerhouse, Johannesburg, would likely fall to the wayside as other emerging cities on the continent take the stage as “cities of opportunity”. Africa was poised to unlock 12 megacities and 100 new... 

Another cement manufacturer set to enter Uganda market

By: John Muchira     24th April 2015 Another cement manufacturer is set to enter the Ugandan market, raising hopes that prices will come down and spur growth in the construction industry. National Cement, a Kenyan manufacturer, has unveiled plans to invest $195-million in a new manufacturing plant in Uganda. The plant will be... 

Uganda delays refinery bid winner announcement to Feb

By: Reuters     11th December 2014 Uganda delayed on Wednesday the target date for announcing a lead investor in its planned crude oil refinery to February next year after bidders requested incentives for the project. The east African nation plansned to build the refinery to process its hydrocarbon reserves, which were discovered... 

Four firms to build 20 MW solar power plants in Uganda

By: Reuters     11th December 2014 Uganda said on Wednesday four foreign and domestic firms would build two solar power plants, with a total capacity of 20 MW as it seeks to develop its renewable energy potential. Keen on expanding its small electricity generation capacity to support an industrialisation drive, the east African... 

Parker Hannifin signs distribution agreement for Africa with Oilserv Group

     4th November 2014 Parker Hannifin signs distribution agreement for Africa with Oilserv Group Etoy, 24. October 2014 – Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies has just signed a strategic agreement with Oilserv Group, which will ensure the distribution of Parker products for the Oil and... 

136 projects to be pitched to investors at inaugural Global African Investment Summit

By: Leandi Kolver     17th October 2014 The Global African Investment Summit (TGAIS) will be presented with 136 bankable projects, worth a combined total of $246-billion, in the natural resources, agribusiness, power and critical infrastructure sectors, when it takes place in London next week. The summit, which will be chaired by the... 

BASF opens concrete admixture production facility in Nairobi, Kenya

     1st September 2014 BASF yesterday inaugurated its new production plant for concrete admixtures in Nairobi. The production  site  will  allow  BASF  to  better  meet  the  increasing demand for construction chemicals of customers in Eastern Africa. There, BASF produces standard and custom-made performance admixtures... 

The Energy Access Practitioner Network Celebrates its 3rd Anniversary

     22nd July 2014 On the occasion of the third anniversary of the launch of the United Nations Foundation’s Energy Access Practitioner Network, more than 100 members of the network and other invited guests met today in Kampala to showcase the work of the off-grid clean energy sector to deliver the ecosystem of... 

Kenya revives steel manufacturing plans

By: John Muchira     4th July 2014 Kenya has revived plans to set up an integrated iron and steel manufacturing plant to fuel an industrial explosion as part of ambitions to transform itself into a middle-income economy. After several false starts, government has set in motion the process to establish the plant, which is touted as... 

SA could benefit from strengthened ties with South Korea

By: Anine Kilian     20th June 2014 South Africa may be missing out on opportunities to attract well known and internationally reputable South Korean engineering and construction companies, says law firm ENSafrica projects and project finance department senior associate Neil Coertse. “If we consider the projects that various South... 

African Cities as Emerging Hubs and Drivers of Innovation and Growth

     7th February 2014 Frontier Advisory is pleased to announce the hosting of the next Africa Frontiers Forum on the 19th February at the Industrial Development Corporation in Sandton. Rapid urbanization is fast becoming the key driver of economic change in Africa.  The African continent is the fastest urbanising... 

East African countries weighing superhighway investment

By: John Muchira     29th November 2013 Three East African countries are contemplating investing in a superhighway as part of efforts to boost trade and deepen integration. The governments of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda say they are looking into the construction of a six-lane superhighway from Mombasa to Kampala and onwards to Kigali. The... 

Uganda refinery project

By: Sheila Barradas     11th October 2013 Uganda is seeking a lead investor for the construction of its 60 000 bl/d oil refinery and its associated infrastructure in Hoima, in western Uganda. 

Uganda seeks lead investor for $2.5bn oil refinery

By: Leandi Kolver     8th October 2013 Uganda is seeking a lead investor for the construction of a $2.5-billion, 60 000 bl/d oil refinery and its associated infrastructure in Hoima, in western Uganda, Uganda Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development Robert Kasande said on Tuesday.  He noted that Uganda’s Petroleum Exploration and... 

Uganda finally embarks on 700 MW Karuma hydropower construction

By: John Muchira     6th September 2013 After years of delays and controversies, Uganda has finally embarked on the construction of the 700 MW Karuma hydropower project. Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni, officiated at the ground-breaking ceremony, where he warned local professionals, who have largely been responsible for... 

Uganda finally embarks on 700 MW Karuma hydropower construction 

By: John Muchira     6th September 2013 After years of delays and controversies, Uganda has finally embarked on the construction of the 700 MW Karuma hydropower project. 

Mombasa-Kampala railway refurbishment project, Kenya and Uganda

By: Sheila Barradas     30th August 2013 The project aims to refurbish the railway system between Mombasa, in Kenya, and Kampala, in Uganda.  

Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda approach China on funding for rail project

By: John Muchira     9th August 2013 In what is bound to tighten China's grip on the region’s major infrastructure projects in East Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have agreed to approach China to fund and build a $13.4-bllion standard-gauge railway line connecting the three countries. The decision to work with China and lock out... 

Karuma hydropower project, Uganda

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2013 The government of Uganda and China are to provide joint funding for the construction of the Karuma hydroelectric project. 

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