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Africa: Dar, Lusaka Review Legal Hitches to Revitalise Tazara

 Tanzania and Zambia governments are reviewing Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) Act of 1995 to allow private investments in the joint-owned railway and make it run commercially.   Addressing stakeholders of TAZARA in Dar es Salaam yesterday during a trilateral cooperation of Zambia, Tanzania and China to mark 40th Anniversary of the authority, Assistant Director in the Department of Monitoring and Evaluation from the.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 26th August 2016

State pledges free medical cover for Kenya's elderly from age 55 and above

 All Kenyans aged 55 and above will be put on free medical insurance cover, Deputy President William Ruto said.   The DP also said all babies delivered in hospitals will enjoy free medical cover for one year in a move aimed at  reducing post-natal deaths in the first phase of a programme by the government to offer free medical services for all.   Ruto, however, did not specify when the medical schemes will be rolled out,.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 26th August 2016

Kenya: India PM Appoints Kenyan-Born Patel to Head the Reserve Bank

 New Delhi — The Indian government on Saturday named insider Urjit Patel as the new governor of the Reserve Bank of India, to replace popular central banker Raghuram Rajan when his term ends in September.   "Dr. Urjit R Patel new Governor of RBI," Frank Noronha, principal spokesperson, Government of India posted on Twitter.   The appointment of Patel, currently the RBI's deputy governor, ends weeks of feverish.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 26th August 2016

Kenyan innovators urged to enter $1 million healthcare award

 Organisations with Kenyan innovations that are helping reduce child deaths should apply for this year’s Healthcare Innovation Award.   The annual $1 million award by GSK and Save the Children, recognises innovations that are helping reduce child deaths in developing countries.   This year’s award gives special attention to innovations that focus on the hardest-to-reach children.   The innovations must also.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 26th August 2016

Kenya new Mining Act positions the country for great mining growth

 In an exclusive interview with Mining Review Africa, editor Laura Cornish spoke with Kenya’s new Mining Cabinet Secretary/Minister of Mines Hon. Dan Kazungu, who highlighted his passion and vision to see the country’s mining sector grow substantially over the next 10 years. And he is confident of success following the introduction of a new Mining Act in May this year aimed at providing investor confidence through transparent.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 25th August 2016

Tanzania: NHC Rolls Out Big Dodoma Housing Plan

 Civil servants and employees from the private sector have been assured of adequate accommodation in the designated administrative city of Dodoma, as the National Housing Corporation (NHC) seeks to raise 60bn/- to put up between 300 and 500 houses in the capital.   Even with the envisaged development in Dodoma, the corporation maintained that it will continue undertaking projects in Dar es Salaam, given its strategic location,.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 25th August 2016

Sh60b Soroti solar project nears completion

 The solar project destined to generate 10MW is in the final stages ahead of its commissioning after major works have been completed. Access Uganda Solar Ltd, East Africa's largest solar IPP launched the project in March in Opuyo Parish in Soroti district.   The project worth sh60b shall produce power that will be added to the main power grid will help end load shedding.    "We have done 95% of the work here and by.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 25th August 2016

East Africa: EAC Officials Say Science, Technology Should Be Priority for the Bloc

 Maximising use of science and technology is part of the government's agenda to increase products value addition, Education minister Papias Musafiri has said.   The minister was speaking, yesterday, as experts met to devise regional priorities in science, technology, and innovation funding workshop in Kigali. The workshop convened regional scientific bodies and commissions, under the East African Science and Technology Commission.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 25th August 2016

Architect David Adjaye Tells Us About Washington D.C.s National Museum of African American History and Culture

 British architect David Adjaye, born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents, was already in his 20s when he visited the U.S. for the first time. But he now has a key role in conveying the American story. On September 24 in Washington, D.C., he will unveil his highly anticipated addition to the National Mall—the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). On a recent tour of the building he noted.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 25th August 2016

Kenyans divided on William Ruto lighting thatched huts

Deputy President William Ruto is in the coast region for a tour that includes launching of various projects including his trademark last mile project and opening the Law Society of Kenya conference.   Fresh from a trip to Rio de Janeiro where he cheered Team Kenya, the DP travelled down at the Coast as he lays the groundwork for President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is expected to start a tour of the region from Saturday, August.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 25th August 2016

Dodging costs and power cuts, Tanzanian firms profit from solar drive

 With the help of government tax cuts, solar energy for manufacturing is taking off in Tanzania.   Mkarima Tarimo, managing director of Tarimo Industries, a Tanzanian company producing ice cream, yoghurt and fruit juice for export to Europe, is a happy man.   Since January, the firm, based in the northern town of Arusha, has relied purely on solar power to drive its machines.   The result is a healthier profit margin.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 25th August 2016

Students promote oral health to homeless

 A student at the University of Glasgow’s Dental School has created a society encouraging the city’s homeless to care for their teeth.   Claudia Wasige, 22, who is originally from Kenya, was first inspired to help vulnerable communities after visiting the Everlasting Food Bank, in Dennistoun, east Glasgow, with her church in 2013.   Initially working as a befriender, she met a man who was struggling to eat without.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 25th August 2016

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