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[BizTrends 2016] African mega-projects: opportunities and challenges for specialist insurers

Infrastructure development is booming across Africa, due in no small part to significant economic growth and foreign direct investment. Mega-infrastructure projects have massive price tags...

By Karl Bishop

World Bank pulls funding for Uganda transport project

The World Bank cancelled funding for a Uganda transport initiative, citing environmental concerns and allegations of sexual misconduct by contractors working on the project...

Kenya to build giant railway bridges over national park

Kenya is to build huge railway bridges over the unique national park in the capital Nairobi, a move conservationists welcomed as a positive step on Tuesday, 4 August...

SkyPower to invest $2bn in Kenyan solar projects

SkyPower has signed a $2.2bn agreement with Kenya for the development of 1GW of world-class solar projects to be built in four phases over the next five years...

The good and bad about Kenya's new Energy Bill

After two years of consideration a new working draft, known as the Energy Bill 2015, has now been released in Kenya...

By Rainbow Field

Africa strikes back

South African engineers working on mines and at a gas plant in Mozambique have been taken to secure camps after threats of reprisal xenophobic attacks...

By The Times Editorial Team

RICS examines future vision for African real estate

A key takeout at the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Africa 2015 Summit in Johannesburg last week is that Africa is taking its place on the world stage in terms of real estate, infrastructure and construction...

SKA African partner countries meet in Pretoria

Ministers from African member countries of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) mega project met in Pretoria on Wednesday to discuss future cooperation in radio astronomy...

AUIIF an opportunity to debate infrastructure development

Angola will host the Africa Urban Infrastructure Investment Forum (AUIIF) early next year...

PPC increases stake in Ethiopian-based cement company to 51%

PPC (PPC) on Wednesday, 5 November, announced that it had successfully acquired the Industrial Development Corporation's 20% stake in Ethiopian-based Habesha Cement Share Company (HCSCo) for a purchase consideration of $13m.

SA's borders closed to Ebola-affected countries

South Africa has imposed a total travel ban for all non-citizens traveling from identified high risk countries to prevent the spread of Ebola to the country.

Africa must look for partnerships

Africa needs to form partnerships with the developed nations in order to realise the continent's goal to industrialise, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said .

By Chris Bathembu

Renewable energy needs guarantees for investors

The slow pace with which renewable energy projects have been rolled out across Africa may prove to be an advantage in a few years.

By Charlotte Mathews

Grindrod, a boost for Africa

Shipping and logistics group Grindrod has been a big spender on infrastructure for some time. Growing its network of port and rail operations allows the group to diversify away from international shipping, a notoriously cyclical business.

SAB seeks African growth via larger maltings plant

The local arm of SABMiller (SAB)‚ South African Breweries' maltings division is looking to supply product to other African countries following its investments to expand capacity‚ according to the unit's general manager Thinus van Schoor.

By Nick Hedley

PPC looks to seal big Africa deals

PPC's chief executive, Ketso Gordhan says the group is looking at concluding one or two big deals in Africa in a bid to double earnings by 2018.

By Nick Hedley

Barloworld plans Africa expansion

Barloworld is targeting six sectors to boost the growth of its business and is busy positioning itself "o expand into west and east Africa‚ according to company chief executive Clive Thomson.

By Nick Hedley

Zuma calls for increased trade between SA, DRC

President Jacob Zuma says South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) must explore ways to stimulate trade and investment between the two countries.

Property listings on the move

The sell-off in property stocks over the past four months has made it less attractive for unlisted real estate companies and developers to bring their shopping centres, offices and warehouses to the JSE. Since May prices have dropped around 13% and yields have risen from an average 6,2% to 7%.

By Joan Muller

Africa fund heads for JSE

Three years ago only a handful of formal shopping centres exceeding 10,000m² were scattered across Africa north of SA's borders. And not a single JSE-listed property company had a presence on the continent.

By Joan Muller

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