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Too soon to despair

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     15th December 2017 Question marks have been hanging over the Africa Rising narrative in recent times, with sceptics pointing to faltering gross domestic product (GDP) growth in many countries on the continent. But is this sweet dream dead in the water? For the uninitiated, this snappy appellation was coined to... 

Demand for ICT skills outstripping supply, survey shows

By: Schalk Burger     15th December 2017 Delays in information and communication technology (ICT) policy implementation, as well as a lack of improvement in basic education and current, coordinated data, are reducing the potential economic contribution of the ICT sector, according to the University of the Witwatersrand-based... 

Rainbow ships first rare earths from Burundi mine

By: Anine Kilian     5th December 2017 LSE-listed exploration and development company Rainbow Rare Earths has exported its first shipment of rare earth concentrate from its Gakara project, in Burundi, making it Africa’s only rare earths producer. Gakara is one of the highest-grade rare earth element mining projects globally, with an... 

Vivo to gain 300 stations in 9 African countries in Engen share transaction

By: Schalk Burger     5th December 2017 Petroleum and energy company Vivo Energy, which represents oil multinational Shell’s brand of fuels and lubricants in Africa, will gain 300 service stations across nine African countries after it agreed to buys shares in oil multinational Engen International Holdings from Engen Holdings in... 

Africans must drive African trade – Zuma

By: African News Agency      5th December 2017 President Jacob Zuma has said that Africa needs to develop its manufacturing capabilities, achieve industrialisation and drive intra-African trade to reverse the continental trend of exporting raw materials and importing finished goods. Zuma was speaking at the inaugural African Terminal... 

Large companies driving increase in land contamination assessments

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 With there being an increase in land-contamination assessments among large companies owing to recently promulgated environmental legislation, sustainability services and consultancy Environmental Resources Management (ERM) partner Steve McKeown says this will hold companies accountable for the... 

Thwake multipurpose water development programme, Kenya

By: Sheila Barradas     1st December 2017 The Makueni and Kitui county governments have respectively signed a contract to build the Thwake multipurpose dam.  

Kenya set to build coast-to-centre highway to boost Africa trade

By: Reuters     30th November 2017 Kenya on Wednesday signed a $620-million agreement to build a 530 km highway from its east coast to the centre of the country, part of a campaign to boost its role as a regional trade hub. A consortium including a unit of South Africa's Group Five and the Development Bank of Southern Africa with... 

AfDB approves $160m loan for second Nairobi runway

By: Reuters     29th November 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $160-million loan to Kenya for building a second runway at the main airport in the capital Nairobi, the bank said on Wednesday. The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) has a single runway and plans for a second one were first announced in... 

Africa Energy Indaba announces a strategic partnership

     29th November 2017 The Africa Energy Indaba is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with the South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC) to grow and develop the African Energy Sector with the SAEEC Member Companies.   The South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC) is a Public Private... 

Power underpins wave of African industrialisation

     24th November 2017 Power is closely tied to a surge of new infrastructure projects and rapid industrialisation across Africa, with significant opportunities still open to the power sector, delegates heard at a briefing for key power sector stakeholders in Sandton this week. Infrastructure spend across Africa will... 

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 The launch of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid on Robben Island – the World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town, which, until recently, relied on diesel to generate electricity – not only showcases the versatile advantages of microgrid technology, but also... 

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 The launch of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid on Robben Island – the World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town, which, until recently, relied on diesel to generate electricity – not only showcases the versatile advantages of microgrid technology, but also... 

Epic 3 190 km Uber trip a sub-Saharan Africa record

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2017 The longest Uber trip on record in sub-Saharan Africa was recorded in South Africa this year – 3 190 km from Cape to Durban, via Bloemfontein. The electronic ride hailing service does not disclose why the journey was made. The Uber app does, however, provide an estimated cost for the journey, at... 

Africa specialist punts local presence as key to capitalising as infrastructure spend set to boom

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd November 2017 Through innovation in the energy sphere, Africa is slowly starting to overcome historical blockages that have prevented the continent from achieving economic growth and creating sustainable jobs, according to energy consultancy Africa House director Duncan Bonnett. Speaking at a PowerGen and... 

Robben Island inaugurates solar PV microgrid  

     23rd November 2017 Robben Island, a World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town has gone green with the installation of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid. Mia Breytenbach has the details. 

Paragon sponsors UJ’s Graduate School of Architecture

     17th November 2017 The main sponsor of the Summer Show 2017 at the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Graduate School of Architecture (GSA) in November is leading architecture, interior design, and space-planning practice Paragon of Sandton, Johannesburg. Paragon has a long association with UJ’s Graduate School of... 

Outlook for vehicle market hinges on political landscape – bank

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 It is impossible to accurately forecast where the new-vehicle market will end the year, or what the 2018 market will look like, says Standard Bank Vehicle and Asset Finance (VAF) group head Simphiwe Nghona. “Everything hinges on the political landscape. Anything can happen in the last quarter.... 

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport runway project, Kenya

By: Sheila Barradas     17th November 2017 Kenya Airports Authority is planning to build a second runway at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. 

Global wind power continues to propel forward in 2017

By: Kim Cloete     16th November 2017 China is surging ahead in wind power, blowing away the US – the world’s second-largest wind power market – by a long margin, while African countries are making more inroads despite facing challenges, delegates attending the yearly Windaba conference and exhibition, in Cape Town, have heard.... 

Vodacom’s M-Pesa ambitions heat up post Safaricom transaction

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th November 2017 Following the R35-billion acquisition of a 34.94% stake in Kenya’s largest telecoms group Safaricom, JSE-listed telecommunications giant Vodacom plans to drive the development of its newly revamped M-Pesa platform. Speaking at Vodacom’s interim results, in Midrand, on Monday, CEO Shameel Joosub... 

Second runway to be built at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

By: John Muchira     10th November 2017 A second runway is to be built at Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in an effort to transform the airport into a world-class facility. The new runway, to be built at a cost of $351.8-million, is designed to ease pressure on the exiting runway and to nearly double the aircraft... 

Petrochemicals product supplier launches ball valve

     10th November 2017 Last month, multinational oil and gas product supplier Schlumberger announced the release of the GROVE IST integrated seat technology ball valve. The company, which has an Angolan office that services the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and... 

Uber reaches almost 1-million users in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     9th November 2017 The longest Uber trip on record in sub-Saharan Africa happened in South Africa this year – 3 190 km from Cape Town to Durban, via Bloemfontein. The electronic ride hailing service does not disclose why the journey was made. The Uber app does, however, provide an estimated cost for the journey, at... 

The new age of digitalisation and the impact on the African energy sector

     9th November 2017 The role of digitalisation within the African energy sector is growing rapidly and will result in demand for innovation, adaptation to new market technologies as well as the development of a new skill set within companies.African countries can add a value of R4 trillion ($300billion) to the... 

Aon now trading as Minet

By: Anine Kilian     8th November 2017 Professional risk consultancy firm Aon has started trading as Minet, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. The company recently announced its decision to change the ownership structure of its operations across several sub-Saharan African countries. 

Bristow, Friedland may go head-to-head in on-stage copper-gold debate

By: Martin Creamer     7th November 2017 Dr Mark Bristow of Randgold Resources and Robert Friedland of Ivanhoe Mines may go head-to-head in a live on-stage gold-versus-copper debate at the Investing in African Mining Indaba event at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8, Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose disclosed... 

Uranium-endowed South Africa stands to benefit from ambitions to improve electricity access in Africa

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 In tandem with growing ambitions to increase access to electricity for many African citizens who currently have limited or no access to electricity comes the call for new large-scale power stations to be built. This has prompted a keen interest in nuclear power stations and, consequently, a... 

Suitable solution for African road conditions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd November 2017 Geosynthetic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex says its Fibertex AM-2 is the ideal product for road construction and road maintenance projects in Africa, owing to its being highly durable and resistant to all natural soil alkalis and acids. “The Fibertex AM-2 is a flexible... 

Sub-Saharan Africa sets another record for number of business reforms

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st October 2017 Sub-Saharan African countries have set a new record, for the second consecutive year, for the number of business reforms undertaken during 2016/17, a new World Bank report shows. The ‘Doing Business 2018: Reforming to Create Jobs’ report, now in its fifteenth year, reported that 83 business... 

Transnet looking abroad for growth as it again pares back South Africa capex 

By: Terence Creamer     30th October 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet continues to pare back its investment portfolio in the South African, which is expected to grow by less than 1% in 2017. The group, which operates rail, port and pipelines businesses, expects to invest R229.2-billion over the coming seven years,... 

CTL beneficial as a synfuel

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th October 2017 Depending on market forces and subsequent regulations, coal-to-liquids (CTL) as a fuel alternative could be beneficial for the synfuels industry, especially for companies that diversify outside of conversion processes to include other capabilities, says synfuel company Synfuels Americas.  

Steady demand for customisable stainless steel products

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th October 2017 Owing to its strong reputation for customisable turnkey solutions, there is steady and strong demand for stainless steel processing equipment manufacturer Anderson Engineering’s products throughout the African markets that it serves, says Anderson Engineering deputy MD David Nienaber. 

Company mitigates refinery industry challenges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th October 2017 Amid the weak demand and low prices that have hampered strategic decision-making and stalled planning for the oil and gas industry globally, specialised engineering company RTS Africa Engineering says improved technologies facilitating the understanding of process variables allow for cautious... 

Rotor blade manufacturing facility officially opens in Tangier

     27th October 2017 Wind turbine components manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) officially inaugurated its new rotor blade factory in Tangier, Morocco, earlier this month, at an event chaired by Moroccan Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, Moulay Hafid El Alamy, and Siemens... 

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia

By: Sheila Barradas     27th October 2017 The project is 60% complete. 

Goldplat increases gold sales in Sept quarter

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2017 Aim-listed gold producer Goldplat has achieved a 95% year-on-year increase in gold sales to 14 374 oz for the quarter ended September 30. "With operational profitability achieved at all operations and good progress being made on our strategic objectives, I am very pleased with the results for the... 

Politics muddying new-vehicle market forecasts

By: Irma Venter     24th October 2017 It is impossible to accurately forecast where the new-vehicle market will end the year, or what the 2018 market will look like, says Standard Bank Vehicle and Asset Finance (VAF) group head Simphiwe Nghona. “Everything hinges on the political landscape. Anything can happen in the last quarter.... 

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