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Financing energy projects in Africa: The traditional business model needs to change

Financing energy projects in Africa: The traditional business model needs to change
“Honestly, I think the business model for energy investment needs to change” says Penny Herbst, Director Strategy for Africa GreenCo. “There are far too many players that are comfortable with the same structures for investment, selling to an SOE (state-owned enterprise) with a government guarantee....

Why mini grids are the answer and why South Africa doesn’t have them yet

Why mini grids are the answer and why South Africa doesn’t have them yet
“Mini grids could very quickly sort out a lot of the biggest challenges that South Africa is having with its energy supply at the moment” says Dr Sam Duby, Africa Director for TFE Energy and mini grid expert. He adds: “deregulation would open a...

What happened to the much hyped Cross Rivers Superhighway in Nigeria?

What happened to the much hyped Cross Rivers Superhighway in Nigeria?
In 2015, a plan was hatched to construct the Cross Rivers Superhighway in Nigeria to connect a proposed deep seaport in Calabar with the cities of Ikom and Katsina Ala. Three years on, nothing much has been happening. "They came here, cleared our lands and farms and...

Why consumers need to research before undertaking construction projects

Consumers urged to research before undertaking construction projects
 A recent segment on South Africa’s institutional Sunday evening investigative television show, Carte Blanche, shed light on the financial and emotional devastation left in the wake of shoddy – and, by all accounts, illegal – timber frame building practices by a local contractor. The Institute...

Could these be the solutions to water problem in Africa?

Could these be the solutions to water problem in Africa?
The City of  Cape Town nearly reached Day Zero in April but was pushed to at least 2019 thanks to the rain and strict use of water.  Day Zero would have meant dry water taps in the seaside town and a major tourist destination, escalating...

How technology is changing work places

How technology is changing work places
The world of work has changed dramatically in recent years and is poised for even more drastic disruption over the next five to seven years as technology continues to blur the line between digital and physical. This will shape both the workplace of the future,...

Counting the cost of Kenya’s nullified elections

Counting the cost of Kenya’s nullified elections
The Kenya Association of manufacturers (KAM) recently announced that the ongoing political tension after elections annulment was badly hurting the economy. In particular, KAM said that the real estate sector was experiencing a major slowdown greatly affecting steel and cement business. These concerns are not far-fetched....

Turbulent times for South Africa’s construction industry

South Africa's construction industry | tough times as firms post loss
In the run-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, South Africa’s construction industry recorded an exponential growth that resulted in major job creation. However, the years that followed have witnessed little construction activities with construction companies facing several challenges. According to a 2015 report by Frost...

Downstream costs of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Africa: Downstream Costs of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
By Zachary Donnenfeld The government of Ethiopia is currently constructing the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Once complete, the GERD will be the largest hydropower facility in Africa (about 6 000 MW) - nearly triple the country's current electricity generation capacity - and represent a...
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