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Building Energy celebrates start of production at Uganda solar PV plant

By: Anine Kilian     16th October 2017 Independent power producer Building Energy recently inaugurated the 10 MW Tororo solar plant – its first photovoltaic (PV) system in Uganda and one of the largest solar PV plants in Eastern Africa. Building Energy was responsible for the development of the project, arranging the financing, as... 

Kariba South Extension Project reaches 85% completion milestone

     9th October 2017 The Kariba South Extension Project on the Zambezi River is 85% complete, and is on track for completion in March 2018, reports Hatch, the Owner’s Engineer on the massive project. This flagship infrastructure project was initiated by the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) due to an acute power shortfall... 

MTN appoints new Seagha region VP

By: Anine Kilian     6th October 2017 MTN has appointed Ebenezer Asante VP of its expanded Southern, East Africa and Ghana (Seagha) region. The new Seagha region will comprise the mobile operations in Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, South Sudan, Botswana and Swaziland, as well as the MTN Internet service providers in Kenya, Namibia... 

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... 

AB InBev completes $3.15bn Coca-Cola Beverages Africa transition

By: African News Agency      5th October 2017 The world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) on Thursday announced that it has completed the transition of its 54.5% equity stake in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) for $3.15-billion after customary adjustments. This comes after AB InBev last year acquired SABMiller for... 

Hyatt to double its Africa presence, open six hotels by 2020

By: Reuters     3rd October 2017 Hyatt Hotels & Resorts will open six new hotels in Africa by 2020, the company said in a news release on Tuesday, underscoring the growth of business and international travel on the continent. The company will open its first hotels in Algeria, Cameroon, Ethiopia, and Senegal and open new hotels... 

GoldStone appoints new chairperson

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd October 2017 West and Central Africa-focused gold exploration company GoldStone Resources has appointed William (Bill) Trew nonexecutive chairperson with immediate effect. He takes over from Neil Gardyne, who resigns from GoldStone’s board with immediate effect. 

African ports define development roadmap for 2018 and beyond

     22nd September 2017 Over 20 African ports authorities, terminal operators and Ministries of Transport convene in Durban, South Africa this October for strategic think-tank discussions around port optimisation and modernisation across the region.  The African Ports Evolution initiative sets the backdrop for the... 

Africa to get state-of-art HIV drugs for $75 per patient a year

By: Reuters     21st September 2017 Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help... 

Black Mountain divests of silver assets to focus on vermiculite

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th September 2017 ASX-listed junior Black Mountain Resources has divested of its non-core US silver assets, in a bid to focus its attention on its Namakara vermiculite mine, in Uganda. The company on Monday told shareholders that it had divested of its 70% stake in two prospective US silver mines in Montana and... 

TFTA negotiations to conclude by end 2017

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Facilitated by the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA), market-access negotiations between the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) and the East African Community (EAC) will conclude by the end of 2017, enabling the regions to benefit from intra-regional trade as soon as possible. The primary aim... 

Volvo Car SA expecting big change in EV perceptions in coming years

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2017 Volvo Car South Africa (VCSA) MD Greg Maruszewski is confident the local arm of the Swedish group will be able to thrive under its parent company’s new powertrain policy. Volvo announced last month that all new cars launched globally from 2019 onwards will be partially or completely... 

Poultry industry challenges, drought negatively impact on RCL Foods’ FY17 profit

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th August 2017 The widely reported challenges facing the local poultry industry and the performance of JSE-listed RCL Foods’ chicken business unit decimated the company’s profits in the financial year ended June 30, with the company reporting a 0.8% decrease in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and... 

SEW-EURODRIVE builds on its East African presence with new offices in Tanzania, Kenya

     30th August 2017 SEW-EURODRIVE is building on its presence in Tanzania, its main hub in Eastern Africa, by opening a new office in Kenya, and commencing with a recruitment drive for Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). East Africa represents a major growth area for the drive and automation... 

DTI to assist black industrialists find a market in Uganda

By: Anine Kilian     28th August 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will take a group of black industrialists on an outward trade mission to Uganda from September 18 to 23 to assist them in the search for a market for their products.   The mission will include export-ready black industrialists operating in the economic... 

SA has a role to play in the Middle East - Zuma

By: News24Wire      25th August 2017 South Africa can play a role in the Middle East and will help resolve conflicts there if given the opportunity, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. “This world must be at peace with itself and I hope there will be more time to discuss the solutions,” he said while receiving letters of credence... 

Infrastructure initiative garners support from nine African presidents

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2017 Spearheaded by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, the Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative (PICI), aimed at accelerating regional trade and unlocking the economic potential of the continent, now has nine African presidents on board, with ten projects in the spotlight as Africa... 

African conference strives to boost bioenergy industries

     18th August 2017 Global conference organiser Centre for Management Technology (CMT) notes that its Biomass Trade & Bioenergy Africa conference will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton on September 28 and 29. CMT hopes that the conference will further development of the African biomass and bioenergy... 

US Embassy welcomes new Consul General to Cape Town

     11th August 2017 Consul General Virginia Blaser has been appointed to lead the Consulate General in Cape Town. “Consul General Blaser brings extensive experience from across the continent, where she led key US embassies, promoting trade and investment, empowering women and young leaders, and supporting... 

Volvo Car SA ready for hybrid, electric vehicle rollout post-2019, says MD

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2017 Volvo Car South Africa (VCSA) MD Greg Maruszewski is confident the local arm of the Swedish group will be able to thrive under its parent company’s new powertrain policy. Volvo announced last month that all new cars launched globally from 2019 onwards will be partially or completely... 

Zambia’s offgrid homes to be equipped with pay-to-own solar home systems

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2017 Energy and financial services firm Fenix International is working to deploy pay-to-own solar home systems in Zambia leveraging telecommunications giant MTN’s mobile money platform. In partnership with the Swedish Embassy in Zambia, which committed nearly $3-million to the project up to 2020,... 

The mountains are high and the emperor is far away

     24th July 2017 In a time before emails, global social media and instant communication, local officials in the vast Chinese empire, could easily disregard the policies and wishes of the capital on the basis that “the mountains are high and the emperor is far away”. One could scarcely think that such an insular... 

Russian nuclear giant in MoU with Africa’s young nuclear professionals

     19th July 2017 Russian energy group Rosatom today signed a Memorandum of Understanding on support and cooperation with the African Young Generation in Nuclear organisation, at the POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa conference and exhibition in Sandton. Rosatom, participating in a one-day Nuclear Forum at POWER-GEN... 

SAP Skills for Africa launches first East African chapter with participation from Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia

     19th July 2017 First true East African class as group includes graduates from Uganda and Ethiopia. All 55 graduates will be placed at partner and customer organisations who have already committed to graduate intake. SAP Skills for Africa today launched its first-ever East African programme at an event held in... 

Opinion: Hybrid energy solutions can boost viability of African mines

     18th July 2017 In this opinion article, juwi Renewable Energies MD Greg Austin reflects on prospects in Africa for bilateral power purchase agreements for both grid-connected and behind-the-meter hybrid energy solutions 

South Africa signs tripartite free trade agreement

By: Anine Kilian     10th July 2017 South Africa last week signed the agreement establishing the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) during a meeting of the tripartite Sectoral Ministers Committee in Kampala, Uganda. The meeting was attended by the trade Ministers and officials from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa... 

Women of AECOM help to champion its presence in Africa

     7th July 2017 AECOM’s executive committee has five female members out of 13, a record in terms of female representation at this management level for most companies in Africa, says Rashree Maharaj, the Marketing and Communications Director for AECOM Africa, who is helping to spearhead the company’s presence on... 

Britain to keep preferential access for poor countries, post-Brexit

By: Keith Campbell     7th July 2017 The British Government has publicly committed itself to maintaining duty-free access to British markets for the world’s least-developed countries (LDCs, as defined by the United Nations) following the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU). London further expressed a desire to increase trade... 

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... 

Economic chaos fuels gold mining rush in war-torn South Sudan

By: Bloomberg     5th July 2017 After South Sudan’s peace deal collapsed, gun battles rocked the capital and soldiers ransacked his clothing store, Ahmed al-Nur faced the economic crisis in a trade that’s had an unexpected boost from the new wave of violence: gold. With inflation soaring and the currency collapsing, the... 

South Africa, Canada partnership awards C$1m to new research initiatives

By: Anine Kilian     4th July 2017 The South Africa–Canada Research Chairs Trilateral Partnership Initiative announced on Tuesday that it would award C$1-million to two new trilateral research chairs, including a South Africa-Canada-Kenya collaboration and a South Africa-Canada-Uganda collaboration. In addition, the South... 

4th Africa LPG Summit 2017

     3rd July 2017 You are invited to join over 500 pan-African energy stakeholders who will participate in the largest conference around LPG and CNG in the region. The fourth edition of the Africa LPG Summit, co-located with CNG-NGV Africa will be staged from 11 - 12 July at Emperor's Palace, Johannesburg. Limited... 

Summit to outline African LPG market growth potential

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th June 2017 While Africa – the fastest-growing liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) market in the world today – is rich with potential for LPG industry players, distribution challenges, affordability and safety issues need to be addressed to capitalise on this potential, according to industry experts. This emerged... 

Moving to LPG: summit focuses on LPG in Africa

     27th June 2017 You are invited to join over 500 pan-African energy stakeholders who will participate in the largest conference around LPG and CNG in the region. The fourth edition of the Africa LPG Summit, co-located with CNG-NGV Africa will be staged from 11 - 12 July at Emperor's Palace, Johannesburg. Limited... 

Competition winner gets ‘life-changing’ trip to SAPICS 2017

     27th June 2017 Winning a trip to the continent’s leading supply chain management event, SAPICS 2017, in Cape Town this month was a lucky break that will put Zimbabwean Elvis Mushayavanhu on a new career path.   The competition – run by SAPICS and SA Tourism – attracted entries from Kenya, Zimbabwe, Lesotho,... 

Automakers eye fast-growing East Africa as they set up shop in Kenya

By: John Muchira     23rd June 2017 Global automakers have, in recent years, established assembly plants in Kenya as they seek to increase sales in East Africa, sub-Saharan Africa's fastest-growing region. East Africa, of which Kenya is the biggest economy, is projected by the World Bank to grow by 5.4% in 2017, compared with... 

Drive supplier remains committed to continent

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 German drive engineering group SEW Eurodrive remains committed to Africa despite political and economic instability in parts of the continent, says local subsidiary SEW Eurodrive South Africa (SA). SEW Eurodrive SA MD Raymond Obermeyer says while the political upheaval and economic uncertainty... 

Uganda–Kenya road upgrade project.

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd June 2017 The project will upgrade the Kapchorwa–Kitale road section, which will foster regional trade and unlock the agricultural potential of the project area. 

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