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The U.S. Dollar Loses Its Pace, While Euro Rebounds

The U.S. Dollar Loses Its Pace, While Euro Rebounds
Investors were concerned that an oil crisis in the area would lead to a recession, since the euro rallied from a 20-year low and almost equaled to the US dollar. The euro has fallen to its lowest level versus the US dollar since the beginning...

New transport infrastructure rollout set to boost trade in Kenya

New transport infrastructure rollout set to boost trade in Kenya
In mid-July the government launched tenders for the construction of a KSh33bn ($319.6m) highway through central Kenya. The 84-km dual carriageway, the country’s second-most-expensive road project after the Thika Superhighway, will connect the town of Kenol in Murang’a County with Marua in Nyeri County, via...

Solar and wind power could break the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam deadlock

Solar and wind power could break the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam deadlock
Sebastian Sterl, Vrije Universiteit Brussel For several years, political tensions between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt have been escalating in a conflict over the near-complete Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The GERD is Africa’s largest hydropower plant. It dams the Blue Nile river coming from Ethiopia’s highlands...

7 most hazardous construction materials you need to know

7 most hazardous construction materials you need to know
Before starting a construction project it is important to be aware of hazardous construction materials that could negatively affect your health. Some of the toxic construction materials have been banned, but are still in use. We look at the 7 most toxic construction materials you...

Construction sites of the future set to be clean, green and people-free

Construction sites of the future set to be clean, green and people-free
The construction sector is on the cusp of a technological transformation which will drive sustainability considerations to the forefront of decision-making, according to experts who will be debating key challenges associated with construction megatrends at an event this month. Robots are predicted to replace humans...

The effects of the global energy transition in Africa: Disruption and opportunity

The effects of the global energy transition in Africa: Disruption and opportunity
Leo Holtz and Chris Heitzig, According to a recent World Bank publication, “Africa’s Resource Export Opportunities and the Global Energy Transition,” the world’s shift toward renewable energy and clean energy technologies will provoke a precipitous reduction in global demand for hydrocarbon fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural...

Ghana’s construction industry is lively but needs regulation

Ghana’s construction industry is lively but needs regulation
Divine Kwaku Ahadzie, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Over the past two decades, Ghana’s construction sector has both contributed to and benefited from a rapidly growing economy. The government is investing in rail, road and property projects across the country amid strong...

The ultimate list of leading construction companies in South Africa

The ultimate list of leading construction companies in South Africa
South Africa is home to biggest and smallest construction companies spread across the country. Majority of the construction companies in South Africa are domicile in Gauteng, Pretoria and Johannesburg. Construction industry in South Africa is a major contributor to employment and economic growth. However, in...

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...

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...

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