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R5 Billion Solar Plant Opens in South Africa

Pretoria — The R5 billion Bokpoort concentrated solar plant (CSP) has officially been launched in Groblershoop, Northern Cape.   Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies welcomed the major investment by ACWA Power, a Saudi Arabian company.   "[The] project instils confidence in government's long term infrastructure roll out, providing energy access, contributing to economic, community and sustainable development," he.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 16th March 2016

Kenya: Design for New Mombasa Bridge Construction Begins

Nairobi — The government through the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure has kicked off the design for the construction of the Mombasa Gate Bridge.   The Ministry says the Survey team arrived on Monday to start their work, of which the first phase will be conducted until July this year while the second phase will go up to February 2017.   "The design study commences on 14th March, 2016 and the final report and.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 16th March 2016

Zimbabwe to Focus on Solar Energy As Drought Hits Hydropower

Mutare, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe is pushing forward with plans to build four new solar power plants, amid a drought that has battered its ability to generate hydroelectricity.   Severe dry conditions - linked to the El Niño weather phenomenon bringing extreme weather around the world - are affecting big and small producers of hydropower alike.   Phillip Muwungani of Chipendeke village, 70 km southeast of Mutare city, said.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 15th March 2016

Kinshasa: Congo Shelves New Mining Tax Law

AFRICA's largest copper producer, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has reportedly suspended consideration for a new mining tax law until the prices of the metal improve.   According to international media, the DRC government says it suspended the consideration of the mining code awaiting recovery of the prices on the international market.   "We have said that reform is suspended and we are going to continue when the.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 15th March 2016

Switzerland, Italy and Denmark to Assist Malawi On Energy and Food Security

Lilongwe — New Switzerland Ambassador to Malawi, Ruth Huber Thursday said her focus to the country will be to assist the nation to have improved energy sector and be food secured.   After presenting letters of credence to President Prof. Peter Mutharika, Huber said Switzerland and Malawi have had a mutual bilateral relationship for about 15 years now.   She said as one way of strengthening the friendship, she will also join.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 15th March 2016

Oil Firm Puma Energy Expands Operations in Zimbabwe

GLOBAL oil company Puma Energy, which has over the past few years aggresively pushed into the competitive Zimbabwean fuel market, plans to expand its operations further into sub-Saharan Africa as it seeks growth opportunities in the region.   Having entered the African market in 2002, Puma is now recognised as the fastest growing midstream and downstream oil provider on the continent.   Since then, Puma has invested over US$2.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 15th March 2016

Six New Solar Power Plants to be Commissioned in Algeria

Adrar — Six new solar power plants with a total capacity of 48 megawatts (MW) have been commissioned in the province of Adrar (1543-km south of Algiers), said Thursday the provincial director of the national electricity and gas company (SONELGAZ), Abdelhak Chaabane.   These facilities comprise a central power plant in the city of Adrar (20 MW), three power plants south of the province, in the communes of Zaouiet Kounta (6 MW),.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 15th March 2016

Kenya Maritime Authority: Maritime Policy To Boost Trade

Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) is implementing a maritime policy to boost investment in the sector. KMA, which regulates the maritime sector, noted that the policy would enable the agency address the recent discoveries and expected exploitation of offshore oil and gas. With the discoveries, this is expected to raise the volumes of cargo and put pressure on the development of ports and auxiliary infrastructure.   KMA Acting Director.... Read more »

Posted on : Monday , 14th March 2016


Construction of the long-awaited Tanzania-Uganda crude oil pipeline is expected to start in August this year, and will be completed in 2019.   James Mataragio, Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) Executive Director said last week the $4 billion project will speed up the socioeconomic development between the two East African nations.   Sources say theTanzanian and Ugandan Presidents approved the project ahead of the.... Read more »

Posted on : Monday , 14th March 2016

9000 Kenyan Farmers Sign Deal with Bidco to Supply Soya Beans

Edible fats and oils manufacturer Bidco Africa has signed a contract with 9,000 small-scale farmers in Meru County for the supply of soya beans and sunflower seeds as it seeks to boost its production.   Under the terms of the agreement Bidco said it will promptly pay upon delivery the farmers' produce at competitive prices.   Bidco CEO Vimal Shah described the deal as momentous as it bolstered Bidco's mission of inclusive growth.... Read more »

Posted on : Monday , 14th March 2016

Packaging Shortage Faced by Ethiopia's Agro-Processing Sector

The fast growing agro-processing industry in Ethiopia is facing a major packaging shortage, a government official said last week.   "Even though agro-processing has been growing rapidly in the past few years, the packaging industry is lagging behind," said Mebratu Meles, State Minister of Industry, while speaking to delegates from German companies that specialise in foodstuff packaging.   The government has been promoting.... Read more »

Posted on : Monday , 14th March 2016

U.S.$4.5 Million Donated by GNPC for Construction of Sickle Cell Center in Ghana

The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), has presented a cheque of $4.5 million to the Sickle Cell Foundation, towards the construction of a Centre of Excellence for Sickle Cell Treatment and Research at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.   Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a chronic disease with frequent attacks of debilitating pain ('crisis'), with many complications, including anaemia, stroke,.... Read more »

Posted on : Monday , 14th March 2016

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