Satellite operator Eutelsat, TelOne partner to roll out broadband connectivity in Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE – Eutelsat Communications, a European satellite operator and TelOne (Pvt) Limited, one of Zimbabwe’s Internet Service Providers, have signed a master service agreement to bring high quality satellite broadband to Zimbabwe. Under the terms of the multi-year agreement with Eutelsat’s broadband division, Konnect Africa, beginning in March 2021, TelOne (Pvt) Limited will leverage the operational flexibility and power of the Eutelsat Konnect satellite to bring connectivity to households and businesses located in remote and rural locations across Zimbabwe. Eutelsat Konnect is a new-generation, High Throughput Satellite offering unprecedented operational…

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Ford Motors invests US$1.06b to build next Ranger in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa Ltd has announced that it will invest US$1.0 billion to upgrade its Silverton plant in Gauteng, South Africa as it prepares to build the next-generation Ranger bakkie for both local and export markets. The announcement is another boost to South Africa’s motor manufacturing industry and comes after Toyota announced last week that it planned to build the Corolla Cross in South Africa from later this year. Ford says it expects the new Ranger to go into production in 2022, although no…

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Tunisia calls for 5th expressions of interest for construction of photovoltaic solar power plants

TUNISIA – The Tunisian authorities are launching a 5th call for expressions of interest for the construction of several 70 MWp photovoltaic solar power plants. Interested Independent Power Producers (IPPs) have until 21 March 2021 to express their interest. The governments objective is to increase the share of renewable energies in the electricity mix to 30% by 2030. The aim of this new call for tenders is to recruit companies capable of producing 70 MWp from several solar photovoltaic plants. Each of the six installations that the Tunisian Ministry of…

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Lesico to begin construction of water supply in Ghana after securing US$102m

GHANA – Lesico, one of the leading Israeli infrastructure companies, has announced that all the preconditions for the execution of the construction and upgrade of a water supply facility in Ghana for 85 million euro (US$102.30m) have been met.  The company received a down payment of approx. 13 million euro (US$15.65m). The project, one of few projects that the company have signed in the past through its subsidiary, includes planning and execution of an upgrade and construction of a water supply facility for the Ghana national water company, and includes…

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Private equity firm Eos Capital to buy stake in Erongo Medical Group

NAMIBIA – Private equity firm Eos Capital has announced it is in talks to acquire a minority stake in Erongo Medical Group (Pty) Ltd, the owners of the Welwitschia Hospital at Walvis Bay in Namibia. The transaction will cost several millions, and the deal is expected to be closed next week. The Namibian reported that the price and shareholding are yet to be made public. Erongo Medical Group (EMG) does not only run the Welwitschia Hospital, but also has Erongo Radiology, Ongwediva Medipark, and Medixx Occupational Health Services under its wings.…

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World Bank approves US$50m to improve electricity access in Sierra Leone

SIERRA LEONE – The World Bank board of executive directors has approved a US$50 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA) to improve access to electricity in Sierra Leone and enhance institutional capacity and commercial management of the sector. The project will also be co-financed with a US$2.7 million grant by the Japan Policy and Human Resources Development Fund. The Enhancing Sierra Leone Energy Access project will support the country’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery by providing electricity to households, businesses, health clinics and schools. This is a critical part of…

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RwandAir to launch Kigali – Bangui flights

RWANDA – Flag carrier of Rwanda, RwandAir is set to launch a new route into Central Africa with flights to Bangui. The launch of the new intra-African service to the Central African Republic is part of RwandAir’s recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic as it opens up new markets and destinations. The Kigali-based airline will fly to Bangui the capital of Central African Republic, twice a week from February 3, 2021, with flights operating on Wednesdays and Sundays. Tagged to the existing route to Douala in Cameroon, the…

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Portuguese Brave Generation Academy to open new educational hubs across Africa

AFRICA – The Brave Generation Academy, a disruptive approach to education that will change the course of schooling, is looking for people with the passion to make the difference to become partners in opening new educational hubs across Africa. With an online curriculum that is recognised by the world’s leading universities as the gold standard of international education, the Brave Generation Academy has a network of hubs that integrate with the community and democratise education for their learners.  Opening a Brave Hub is an opportunity to combine profit with purpose by having a ground-breaking business model…

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Angola enlists DP World to operate its Multipurpose Terminal at the Port of Luanda

ANGOLA – DP World, global provider of smart logistics solutions, has entered a 20-year concession agreement with the Angolan government to operate the multi-purpose terminal at the Port of Luanda.  The agreement was signed by chairman of Porto de Luanda, António Bengue, and group chairman and CEO of DP World, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem. The agreement follows an international process during which an evaluation committee selected DP World as the preferred bidder for the concession. The Multipurpose Terminal will be DP World’s first operational seaport terminal on the western coast of southern Africa.  DP World will…

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Morocco’s PR agency Brand & Image partners Israel based Kam Global to establish and build their image

MOROCCO – Brand & Image (B&I), a Moroccan marketing and PR agency, has announced a strategic partnership with Israel-based strategic communications firm, Kam Global Strategies, a the first ever between PR companies from the two countries. The companies will work together to help businesses and organizations establish and build their image through various channels including traditional and, social media, influencers, events, and specialized tours to each other’s countries. Fluent in English, French, Hebrew and Arabic, the partners will quickly and effortlessly advance communication to diverse audiences. “We are thrilled to…

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