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Crop-eating armyworm marches on, UN says Angola now hit

By: Reuters     28th April 2017 The fall armyworm, which decimates fields as it marches ever forward - has spread to Angola as the caterpillar eats its way through Southern Africa, UN officials said on Thursday. With Angola the latest country affected, only Lesotho and island nations in the region have escaped the pest, which... 

AfDB approves $253m for Uganda–Kenya connecting road upgrades

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th April 2017 The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved $253-million in loans to the governments of Kenya and Uganda for the upgrading of a 118 km road section connecting the two countries and construction of the 32km Eldoret town bypass, in Kenya. Kenya will receive $147.3-million and Uganda... 

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,... 

DAFF pledges support for a game changing NWU food and energy security project

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th April 2017 The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has pledged its support for the SUNfarming Food & Energy project at the North-West University (NWU), in Potchefstroom, in the North West province, which promotes the growing of and provides an opportunity to grow affordable and... 

End to Eskom ‘stalemate’ will unleash wind market in 2017 – GWEC 

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2017 The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) expects a recovery in the deployment of wind projects in South Africa, following a hiatus in 2016 brought about by Eskom’s refusal to enter into power purchase agreements (PPAs) for renewable-energy projects procured in 2015. In its ‘Global Wind Report:... 

Africa urged to transform dependence on commodities

By: African News Agency      25th April 2017 Even as the world emerges from the worst of the global commodity price meltdown, African countries were urged on Tuesday to make the most of the next upward cycle to diversify and industrialise away from over-reliance on exports of raw materials. In a statement, Dr Martyn Davies, Deloitte... 

AfDB welcomes Zambia, Ghana to bond index

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th April 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has added Zambia and Ghana to its African Bond Index (ABI), expanding the index to the eight most liquid sovereign bond markets in Africa. The ABI provides investors with a tool with which to measure and track the performance of Africa’s bond markets. 

Interest in nuclear energy said to be rising across sub-Saharan Africa 

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 There is more interest in nuclear energy in sub-Saharan Africa than is generally realised. According to the World Nuclear Association (WNA), countries in the region which are individually planning or considering nuclear power are Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and... 

Integrated energy solutions Africa’s answer

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 While several large-scale energy projects in Africa are progressing positively, growing global interest in sustainability and renewable energy highlights the need to actively pursue other low-cost, fast-tracked integrated energy solutions that will benefit Africans without access to electricity,... 

Interest in nuclear energy said to be rising across sub-Saharan Africa

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 There is more interest in nuclear energy in sub-Saharan Africa than is generally realised. According to the World Nuclear Association (WNA), countries in the region which are individually planning or considering nuclear power are Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and... 

Plans unveiled for 300-m-tall Nairobi skyscraper

By: John Muchira     21st April 2017 Real estate company Hass Group has unveiled plans to build what will be Africa’s tallest skyscraper in Nairobi, Kenya. The $191-million Hass Tower will be built by China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCECC). It will be 300 m tall and will have 67 storeys. 

Africa50 appoints CEO

By: Anine Kilian     20th April 2017 The Pan-African infrastructure investment platform Africa50, which is funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), has appointed Kenyan-born Carole Wamuyu Wainaina as CEO. She will lead a multidisciplinary team on the noninvestment side of the organisation, including investor relations,... 

South Africa punching below its weight despite available opportunities – Frost & Sullivan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th April 2017 Despite the political turmoil and fiscal downgrades facing the country, South Africa’s economy is set to grow by 0.8% this year, research firm Frost & Sullivan said on Thursday. In a webinar on its Global Economic Outlook 2017, Frost & Sullivan senior economist Craig Parker noted that economic... 

Tanzania export ban weighs on Acacia’s Q1 cash flow

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th April 2017 The Tanzania Ministry of Energy and Minerals’ decision to introduce a general ban on the export of metallic mineral concentrates has had a $33-million negative impact on Acacia Mining’s cash flow for the first quarter, ended March 31. The Ministry announced the ban on March 3, following a... 

BMW Group SA to start X3 production in the first half of 2018

By: Irma Venter     18th April 2017 Production of the new X3 at the BMW plant in Rosslyn, outside Pretoria, for the local and export markets will start in the first half of 2018, says BMW Group South Africa (SA) and sub-Saharan Africa CEO Tim Abbott. The plant currently produces the 3 Series sedan, also for the local and export... 

Africa Climate Change Fund embraces new partner contributions

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th April 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) approved the conversion of the Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF) to a multidonor trust fund last month. This conversion brings two new partners to the fund, the governments of Italy and Flanders, Belgium, which are contributing €4.7-million and €2-million... 

Kenyan fabricator enters partnership with welding institute

     14th April 2017 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) facilitated a visit for Kenya-based stainless steel fabricator Desbro Engineering to several South African counterparts, resulting in a training partnership between Desbro and the South African Institute of Welding (SAIW).... 

KSB Pumps & Valves

     14th April 2017 East Rand-headquartered KSB Pumps & Valves is an original-equipment manufacturer of technologically advanced pumps, valves and related products for the water, sewage, chemicals, petrochemicals, mining and building services sectors, among others. Since its establishment in 1959, the company has... 

Baker McKenzie launches app to assist in case of antitrust dawn raids

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th April 2017 An application (app) that assists clients in navigating the coordinated dawn raids undertaken by competition authorities has been expanded to accommodate 44 countries, including South Africa. Multinational law firm Baker McKenzie’s Dawn Raid app delivers real-time step-by-step guidance on the... 

Base lifts rutile output, but ilmenite and zircon fall

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th April 2017 Mineral sands miner Base Resources has posted record quarterly rutile production of 23 107 t during the three months to March, up from the 22 870 t produced in the three months to December. Ilmenite production from the Kwale mineral sands project, in Kenya, reduced to 112 368 t during the... 

New book on East African Community (EAC) law published

     11th April 2017 Written by leading experts including the president of the East African Community Court of Justice (EACJ), national judges, academics and law practitioners; East African Community Law discusses the nature of EAC law, free movement and competition law as well as the reception of EAC law in partner... 

Metair in multiyear deal to supply enhanced batteries to Germany’s Daimler

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 Manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components, Metair, has secured a multiyear supply agreement, from 2018 onwards, for the supply of enhanced flooded start/stop batteries to German car maker Daimler, in Europe, says MD Theo Loock. Speaking in... 

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... 

Renewables remain a priority for African economies – WEC

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th April 2017 Three critical uncertainties facing South Africa this year includes commodity prices, electric storage and exchange rates, the World Energy Council’s (WEC’s) ‘World Energy Issues Monitor 2017’ suggests. The report states that, given the strong linkage of the South African economy to commodity... 

Manufacturing East Africa opens doors for growing SA manufacturers

     3rd April 2017 The inaugural Manufacturing East Africa conference will be hosted in Nairobi, Kenya from the 19 – 20 April 2017 and has been developed to explore and address the growing need for intra-Africa trade across the continent.  The event will comprise a 1 day conference, manufacturing competitiveness... 

Africa needs nuclear energy – Rosatom 

By: Keith Campbell     30th March 2017 Sub-Saharan Africa has a real need for, and rapidly growing interest in, nuclear power. This was affirmed by Rosatom International Network Regional VP: Sub-Saharan Africa Viktor Polikarpov at the Nuclear Africa 2017 conference on Wednesday. Rusatom International Network is part of Russia's... 

Kenya adopts South Africa’s Green Star rating system

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th March 2017 The Kenya Green Building Society (KGBS) has signed a Green Star license agreement that will see it use the Green Building Council of South Africa’s (GBCSA’s) Green Star rating system and trademark in Kenya for certification of green buildings. The licence will also be used to train and accredit... 

EIB backs last-mile power connectivity in Kenya

By: Terence Creamer     27th March 2017 The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €60-million loan agreement with Kenya to support an ongoing project designed to connecg 300 000 Kenyan households to the national electricity grid. The loan for Kenya Power’s ‘Last Mile Connectivity’ project forms part of a “blended” €180-million... 

Cummins C&G Limited Targets Strong Growth In East Africa

     24th March 2017 The 50:50 joint venture partnership between Cummins and Car & General (C&G), to be known as Cummins C&G Limited, will be fully operational in April 2017. Cummins C&G Limited’s region of responsibility will cover Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea,... 

Opportunities from the Indian Ocean Rim

By: Riaan de Lange     24th March 2017 Indian Ocean Rim Association Well, this certainly is a blast from the past. It was a long time ago. I had just joined the then South African Chamber of Business (Sacob) – on March 1, 1995 – and, within a few days, I was jetting off to Mauritius. I thought that I had hit the big time, and yes, the... 

Peugeot vehicles to be assembled in Kenya

     24th March 2017 French multinational automotive manufacturer General Motors and Peugeot-Citroen (PSA Group) and motor dealer Urysia Limited Authorised Peugeot Dealers, will begin in June with supplying a yearly volume of over 1 000 Peugeot units in order to meet the expectations of the Kenyan market.  

Metair sees 7% drop in profit, signs supply agreement with Daimler

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2017 Manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components, Metair, has secured a multiyear supply agreement, from 2018 onwards, for the supply of enhanced flooded start/stop batteries to German car maker Daimler, in Europe, says MD Theo Loock. Speaking in... 

Endeavour, Acacia end merger talks

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd March 2017 Canadian gold miner Endeavour Mining has halted discussions with London-listed Acacia Mining regarding a potential merger. Endeavour, which operates a portfolio of gold mines in West Africa, has held talks with Acacia – which is majority owned by Canada's Barrick Gold – since mid-January. 

Goldplat secures funding for Kilimapesa processing plant expansion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th March 2017 Aim-listed Goldplat has, through its Gold Mineral Resources (GMR) subsidiary, entered into a $2-million uncommitted, on-demand, revolving pre-export loan facility with Scipion Active Trading Fund (SATF), arranged by Scipion Capital (Scipion). Goldplat is in the process of expanding the processing... 

DBSA backs key highway project in Kenya

By: John Muchira     17th March 2017 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has agreed to avail $572.8-million debt funding for a key highway project in Kenya. Kenya Transport principal secretary Irungu Nyakera says the funds are already available for the 580 km Lamu-Garissa–Isiolo highway, which forms part of the Lamu Port... 

Japanese consortium wins contract to build 140 MW Kenya geothermal plant

By: John Muchira     17th March 2017 A consortium led by Japan's Mitsubishi Corp has been awarded a $555-million contract to build a geothermal power plant in Kenya. Mitsubishi Corp will partner with Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS), also of Japan, and Kenyan firm H Young & Co (HY) to construct a 140 MW geothermal power plant... 

Microgrid powers Kruger Park lodge resort

     17th March 2017 American battery manufacturer Aquion Energy last month announced the completion of  a newly installed offgrid microgrid at a nature lodge resort in Kruger National Park in South Africa, which consists of a 55 kWh Aquion Aspen battery bank, paired with a 10 kW solar array. Aquion, which... 

Olkaria V geothermal power plant project, Kenya

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 The Olkaria V geothermal power plant will expand existing power plant facilities in the Olkaria geothermal field. 

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