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Tanzania aims to set up oil trading hub in Tanga

By: John Muchira     2nd September 2016 Tanzania plans to establish oil trading hub in the coastal town of Tanga to supply petroleum products in East and Central Africa. Buoyed by Uganda’s decision to opt for the Tanzanian route for its crude oil export pipeline, the East Africa nation announced that plans are underway to transform... 

Kibaran testwork confirms quality of Tanzania project’s graphite

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st August 2016 Commercial-scale testwork at ASX-listed Kibaran Resources’ Tanzania-based Epanko project continues to confirm the high quality of the graphite. The testwork results will assist in determining processing routes and sales prices, while also helping to underpin studies to expand Epanko’s planned... 

SA to cease membership of SADC Troika on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation

By: African News Agency      29th August 2016 South Africa is to end its membership of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) troika on politics, defence and security, the Presidency has revealed. “South Africa will cease to be a Member of the Organ Troika on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation on 30 August 2016 when the... 

Tanzania’s rural electrification plan gets $470m boost

By: John Muchira     26th August 2016 Tanzania's plans to increase electricity connections in rural areas have been boosted by a $470-million loan that the East African country has secured from a consortium of development partners. The country has made efforts to tackle abject poverty in rural Tanzania, where electricity access has... 

Airliner purchase agreement signed by Tanzanian government

     26th August 2016 The government of Tanzania has signed a firm purchase agreement for two Q400 turboprop airliners, multinational aerospace and transport company Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced late in July. The aircraft will be delivered with a 76-seat, dual-lavatory configuration and will be used for... 

Megafertiliser manufacturing plant project, Tanzania

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 The project involves the construction of a fertiliser production plant in the Lidi region of southern Tanzania. 

Tanzania’s rural electrification plan gets $470m boost

By: John Muchira     26th August 2016 Tanzania's plans to increase electricity connections in rural areas have been boosted by a $470-million loan that the East African country has secured from a consortium of development partners. Efforts to tackle abject poverty in rural Tanzania, where electricity access has remained a pipe dream... 

Italtile increases FY turnover, expands retail footprint

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th August 2016 JSE-listed ceramic tiles retailer Italtile has reported a system-wide turnover increase of 14% to R5.96-billion for the year ended June 30, while like-for-like revenue at the retail store level also grew 14%. In expanding its retail footprint, Italtile opened 20 new stores during the reporting... 

Kibo, Sepco ink new contractual deal on Mbeya

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th August 2016 AltX- and Aim-listed Kibo Mining has signed a new, redefined agreement with China-based contractor Sepco III, which can now earn the right to become the sole bidder for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build the power plant component of Kibo’s Mbeya coal-to-power... 

Edenville appoints new chair

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th August 2016 Aim-listed Edenville Energy, which is developing the Rukwa coal-to-power project, in Tanzania, has appointed Dr Jeff Malaihollo nonexecutive chairperson, effective September 1. He succeeds former chairperson Sally Schofield who resigned in April, citing personal reasons. 

The need for women town planners

     22nd August 2016 Women are fast becoming valuable resources in the engineering industry, however, there is a need for more women to pursue town planning as a career. Statistics provided by the South African Council for Professional Planners indicate that there is a total of 1403 registered planners in the... 

Business Unusual Revolutionising Electrical Construction

     22nd August 2016 EnI Electrical, part of the Zest WEG Group, is not only on a drive to change the electrical contracting industry, but also the larger South Africa construction landscape. Its strategy is working considering that the electrical contractor enjoyed a record revenue year in 2015, while recording 404%... 

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.” 

Anaergia takes over as manager of SA’s first commercial biogas plant

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2016  The day-to-day management of South Africa’s first commercial biogas plant have shifted to biogas expert Anaergia Africa, part of the Anaergia international group of companies, as from July. Anaergia Africa will manage the plant in a two-year contract. 

New fire door in high demand

     19th August 2016 Fire and security doors producer Bitcon Industries has been contracted to supply doors to an array of new shopping centres throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Jet Park-based Bitcon director Bill Vollmer comments that the company is supplying its Rubidor fire doors for the upgrading and construction of... 

Rukwa coal-to-power project, Tanzania

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 Edenville Energy is mulling its options to leverage the opportunity that the Tanzanian government’s immediate ban on coal imports provides for its project. 

Rwanda plans $85m petroleum products depot

By: John Muchira     19th August 2016 Landlocked Rwanda plans to build a $85-million petroleum products depot as it seeks to increase the country’s strategic fuel reserve from 70-million litres to 150-million litres by 2018. “Maintaining adequate fuel reserves is one of the key measures towards safeguarding national security and... 

Singapore consultancy acquires SMEC in $400m deal as it seeks to have a global presence

By: Dylan Slater     19th August 2016 Singapore-based urban development consultancy Surbana Jurong acquired 100% of Australia-based major infrastructure consultancy firm SMEC on August 1, in an acquisition valued at about S$400-million.  

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.” 

AECOM offers total lifecycle solutions for oil, gas and chemical sectors

     18th August 2016 Clients in the oil, gas and chemicals sectors are on the lookout for smarter, more efficient ways to produce, process and deliver products to market, as well as assistance with environmental and sustainability considerations. AECOM is able to offer comprehensive services to these sectors over the... 

Kibaran to progress Epanko project with $10.9m capital raise

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th August 2016 ASX-listed Kibaran Resources will start key development preparations and initiate expansion studies for its Epanko graphite project in Tanzania, after raising $10.9-million through a share placement. The placement was completed at 23c apiece, representing a 14.8% discount to Kibaran’s last... 

Armadale identifies extensive outcropping mineralisation in Tanzania

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2016 Geological mapping conducted at Aim-listed Armadale’s recently acquired high-grade Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in south-east Tanzania, has confirmed extensive areas of graphite mineralisation. This is coincident with the conductive targets identified by the recent electromagnetic (EM) survey... 

Edenville eyes possible near-term coal supply as Tanzania bans coal imports

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th August 2016 Aim-listed Edenville Energy is mulling its options to leverage the opportunity the Tanzanian government’s immediate ban on coal imports provides the Rukwa coal-to-power project developer. Last week, Tanzania’s Ministry of Energy and Minerals banned the import of coal to unlock the development... 

Edenville to restructure share capital

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th August 2016 Aim-listed Edenville Energy is planning to restructure its share capital to unlock the issue of further equity to continue the development of a coal-to-power project in south-west Tanzania. A general meeting will be held on August 30 to propose to shareholders the resolutions to subdivide and... 

Infrastructure development critical to the success of the oil, gas industry 

By: Anine Kilian     12th August 2016 Demand for oil and gas in Africa remains high but low crude prices combined with poor physical infrastructure, inadequate logistical solutions and onerous government regulations have stunted investment in oil- and gasfield development, says SacOil CEO Thabo Kgogo. He believes industry activity on... 

First secretary-general appointed for African research body

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th August 2016 Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana professor Ernest Aryeetey has been appointed as secretary-general of the African Research Universities Alliance (Arua) to drive a collaborative initiative formed by research-intensive universities to strengthen research and postgraduate training on the... 

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... 

Kibo, Lake Victoria Gold sign definitive agreement to consolidate projects

By: Anine Kilian     10th August 2016 Aim-listed Kibo Mining has signed a share purchase agreement with Lake Victoria Gold (LVG) to effect the consolidation of the companies’ Imweru and Imwelo projects, in Tanzania. Under the terms of the agreement, Kibo’s wholly owned subsidiary Sloane Investments will acquire LVG subsidiary Tanzoz... 

Bio2Watt appoints Anaergia to manage biogas plant, looks to expand

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2016 The day-to-day management of South Africa’s first commercial biogas plant have shifted to biogas expert Anaergia Africa, part of the Anaergia international group of companies, as from July. Anaergia Africa will manage the plant in a two-year contract. 

Toshiba and Djibouti's ODDEG Conclude Memorandum of Understanding on Geothermal Power Generation Business

     10th August 2016 Toshiba Corporatio has concluded a memorandum of understanding with Office Djiboutien de Développement de l'Energie Géothermique, the government organization responsible for developing Djibouti's geothermal power capabilities, that envisages a comprehensive collaboration in the geothermal power... 

Kibaran signs graphite supply agreement with Japanese major

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th August 2016 ASX-listed Kibaran Resources has signed a binding exclusivity agreement with Japanese commodities trading giant Sojitz for the supply of graphite concentrate produced at its Epanko project, in Tanzania. Under the agreement, Kibaran will be the sole supplier of Tanzanian graphite to Sojitz for... 

Multimillion Rand Africa Projects Offer Huge Potential For SA Stainless Steel Supply

     5th August 2016 Strategic trips by the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) to Tanzania, Senegal and Mozambique as part of the dti’s Export Marketing and Investment Assistance Scheme (EMIA) have yielded a number of exciting, ‘new market’ opportunities for local companies wishing to... 

Acacia expands Kenya exploration portfolio

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st August 2016 Tanzania-focused gold miner Acacia Mining is expanding its exploration portfolio in Kenya. It has entered into an agreement with AfriOre International to increase its ownership in two licences covering the majority of the West Kenya project area from 51% to 100% in exchange for $5-million. 

Cim Global Business opens office in Johannesburg

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th July 2016 Mauritius’s largest fund administrator Cim Global Business, which provides corporate and trust structuring and administration services, has opened a representative office at Nelson Mandela Square, in Sandton. The company, which currently employs about 250 people at its Mauritius office and ten... 

SacOil says DRC drilling may start in 2017 after positive exploration results

By: Terence Creamer     29th July 2016 South African oil and gas junior SacOil is optimistic that energy major Total could initiate a drilling campaign in 2017 on a resource in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), following positive geophysical exploration results. The French group is the operating partner over the 3... 

Clearing environmental hurdles to power supply growth

     29th July 2016 Environmental consultant SRK Consulting is developing an enabling framework that will help power projects in South Africa to streamline the process of acquiring environmental approvals, in order to avoid unnecessary delays in implementation. 

GB14 passenger Bo-Bo loco launched by Grindrod

     26th July 2016 Rail engineering solutions provider Grindrod Locomotives has implemented over 20 shunting solutions across Africa, including the latest delivery of six locomotives to the Cote d'Ivoire Sitarail operations since developing its shunting product range in 2012. This GS7 shunting product is a three... 

Electromagnetic survey defines multiple drill targets at Tanzania project

By: Anine Kilian     25th July 2016  Multiple conductive targets have been identified at Aim-listed Armadale’s Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in south-east Tanzania. This followed electromagnetic (EM) surveys conducted at the project as part of the company’s preparations for drilling, which is expected to get under way in six to... 

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