Infrastructure News - Year: 2012 - Month: October

The Sleeping Giants Of African Mobile Payments

29/10/2012

TechCrunch - Kenya’s M-PESA is the poster child for mobile money services in Africa, but it is also increasingly gaining attention further abroad. It is, however, only one of the mobile payment systems on the continent that...

Categories: ICT

South Africa: Global recognition for SA-linked water innovation

29/10/2012

Creamer Media's Engineering News - A South African-linked innovation, which is able to turn seawater into an alternative water, energy and fertiliser resource, has won the Global Grand Honour Award of Applied Research at the...

Categories: Water

South Africa: All systems go for first R47bn in renewables investments

29/10/2012

Creamer Media's Engineering News - Following several delays, government confirmed on Monday that the framework is now in place for the first 28 wind and solar projects, identified as preferred bidders under South Africa’s...

Categories: Energy

Uganda: Kenya-China Rail to Aid Coal Imports to Uganda

25/10/2012

AllAfrica.com - The new railway line Kenya and Chinese authorities are planning on will transport coal from Tanzania to Uganda for steel making.

The rail deal worth $2.6 billion is one of those infrastructure components that...

Categories: Transport

Removing barriers to Nigeria’s ICT growth

25/10/2012

The Guardian (Nigeria) - At the just concluded International Telecommunications Union Telecoms World conference in Dubai, UAE, global leaders in ICT asked governments to soften on taxation , if growth must be evenly spread. ...

Categories: ICT

Lifting barriers could unlock Africa food trade: World Bank

25/10/2012

(Reuters) - Africa could avoid food shortages if it reduces the tangled web of rules, fees and high costs strangling regional food trade and by putting large swathes of uncultivated land to productive use, a World Bank report...

Categories: Transport

Liberia: Germany Gives Six Million to Transport Sector

24/10/2012

AllAfrica.com - A six-million euro joint implementation agreement for technical cooperation projects has been concluded between the governments of Liberia and Germany for capacity building in the transport sector.

The...

Categories: Transport

Lesotho Water Project Expansion Costs May Increase by 15%

24/10/2012

Bloomberg - The cost to extend a project that brings water to South Africa’s industrial hub from Lesotho has risen about 15 percent to 9 billion rand ($1.02 billion) from a December 2010 estimate, a South African official said....

Categories: Water

South Africa’s $40 Billion Water Gap Threatens Economy

24/10/2012

Bloomberg - Concrete patches on the canals snaking through Nico Greeff’s vineyards betray constant repairs to an outmoded irrigation system that’s the lifeblood of farming in South Africa’s arid west.

“The water infrastructure...

Categories: Water, Energy

Why investors are into Africa

24/10/2012

Independent Online (South Africa) - Increasingly, the case for investing in Africa is made on the basis that this “last frontier” is now in a strong position to develop, to urbanise its growing and relatively young population,...

Categories: General

Sustainable urban infrastructure key as African cities grow

24/10/2012

Creamer Media's Engineering News - African cities would grow nearly three times faster than the global average over the next three-and-a-half decades, highlighting the need for efficient, effective and environmentally...

Categories: General

IMF warns African oil producers to avoid "white elephants"

23/10/2012

(Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund has urged African oil and gas producing nations to direct their revenue in infrastructure and education rather than on "white elephants".

Exploration in east and southern...

Categories: Transport, General

East African energy development could raise future maritime security concerns

23/10/2012

Offshore - Somali pirates no longer benefit from the easy pickings available in years past. Naval operations are increasingly successful, and for the most part, ships transiting the High Risk Area (HRA) are a more difficult...

Categories: Transport

Rwanda: Kagame Rallies Support for Clean Energy

23/10/2012

AllAfrica.com - President Paul Kagame has said investing in green energy will promote sustainable economic growth globally.

He made the remarks yesterday while addressing the third World Energy Forum 2012 currently underway in...

Categories: Energy

DBSA approves R9.6bn for renewable energy projects

23/10/2012

Creamer Media's Engineering News - The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has approved loans amounting to R9.6-billion for 14 renewable-energy projects with a combined capacity of 896.5 MW, the development finance...

Categories: Energy

Angola launches $5bn sovereign wealth fund

19/10/2012

Creamer Media's Engineering News - Angola launched a $5-billion sovereign wealth fund to invest in domestic and overseas assets, funnelling the African country's vast oil wealth into infrastructure, hotels and other high-growth...

Categories: General

Zambia to lift ban on new mobile phone firms

17/10/2012

Reuters - Zambia plans to lift a ban on the entry of new mobile phone companies to increase competition and improve cellular service, a minister said on Tuesday.

The southern African country of over 13 million people in 2009...

Categories: ICT

Experts Weigh Measures to Up Africa's Maritime

17/10/2012

AllAfrica.com (East African Business Week) - Maritime experts meeting in Mombasa have unveiled a raft of measures aimed at transforming Africa's Maritime industry to international standards.

The first ever Heads of African...

Categories: Transport

Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Project Delayed Again by Lending Talks

17/10/2012

Bloomberg Business Week - Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Power Ltd. said financing talks will again delay the start of construction of a 611 million-euro ($795 million) wind farm, billed as sub- Saharan Africa’s largest.

The...

Categories: Energy

Tanzania: Dar es Salaam to Spend U.S.$ 247.6 Million On Development Projects

17/10/2012

AllAfrica.com (East African Business Week) - DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania is expected to spend $247.6m grant in development projects for three-year, thanks to the excellent bilateral cooperation with the Germany government.

Both...

Categories: Energy, Water, General

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