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The power of mobile apps: Human services from the citizen’s perspective

Mobile technology can make interacting with government easier for the general population, deliver essential services […]

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West Africa’s 3 up-and-coming investment cities

Accounting Considerations for Independent Power Producers and their Investors

The South African energy industry is being transformed by the Department of Energy’s (DoE) Independent […]

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Empowering our communities

Increasingly over the past decade, and now with the adoption of the UN’s Sustainable Development […]

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Power Sector slows down Africa’s Growth

There is no doubt that the African continent is growing but the snail-speed development in […]

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West Africa’s 3 up-and-coming investment cities

Power [electricity] in Africa: current state of Africa’s Power sector

Africa’s largest economies produce significantly more energy than other African peers. Also, the oil-producing nations […]

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Raw materials could unlock Zambian development

Powering Growth: How can African economies overcome the paradox of resource rich and access poor?

Africa is blessed with a young and growing population, abundant resources, and large tracts of arable land, but it has many challenges. The main challenge is to leverage Africa’s natural endowments to grow the economy in a way that improves efficiency and creates employment and growth opportunities for the poor.

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The dividends of empowering Africa’s female workforce

According to an International Labour Organisation (ILO) report sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s highest proportion (40%) of women who are just contributing family workers and are only supportive of the primary income earner. Only 15% of sub-Saharan African women are salaried (in developed countries it’s around 90%), and for most a job is not about building a career but about survival. In spite of the fact that women play such a key role in the home, and economy, they are not properly recognised and rewarded for their contribution.

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Nairobi to test drive Kenya Power’s smart meters project

Nairobi to test drive Kenya Power’s smart meters project

Kenya Power is embracing innovative technologies and rolling out a new scheme: the installation of 5,000 smart meters in select parts of Nairobi. The move is part of a two-year, Sh150-million pilot scheme to evaluate the efficacy of the meters, which enable customers to track their own electricity consumption in real time while also allowing Kenya Power employees to remotely obtain meter readings.

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2014 Sub-Saharan Africa Power Outlook

It is our pleasure to introduce to you the 2nd edition of the Sub-Saharan Africa Power Outlook, which has been prepared by our Infrastructure & Major Projects Group. The high growth of Sub-Saharan countries and the current developments in the power sector provide a broad range of new topics since the first edition of this report was launched in 2011.

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Africa Brief: Local banks join power plant deal in Ghana and more…

South African banks and con­struction companies have been expanding activities in the rest of Africa, where energy is one of the fastest-growing sectors. The $900m of debt and equity project finance for the Kpone Independent Power Plant and associated infrastruc­ture in Ghana was closed by financiers and industrialists, including several South African banks.

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Nairobi to test drive Kenya Power’s smart meters project

Citi pledges $2.5 billion to Power Africa

Citi, the multinational bank headquartered in Manhattan, has pledged $2.5 billion in incremental capital to fund the Power Africa initiative, which aims to bring electricity to millions in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Africa Focus: Mozambique discovers its way to being Africa’s power house

Mozambique has experienced growth rates of 7% in recent years, combine that with its political stability and recently discovered vast gas and coal resources, the country is destined to become Africa’s leading player in the power sector.

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African Potential: 
unleashed or unfulfilled?

Morocco’s solar power story is just beginning

Traditionally the frequency and intensity of North Africa’s sunlit days has been seen as a handicap, robbing much of the region of agricultural potential. With the development of solar power generation however that high rate of solar insolation is now considered a possible asset, one that could not only solve national power issues but also contribute towards the global movement for cleaner power production and offer local economies a notable boost through trade with energy-hungry Europe.

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The Power of Collaboration- 5 steps for closing the “expectation gap” around Africa’s resources

The Power of Collaboration – 5 steps for closing the “expectation gap” around Africa’s resources

Resource-based industries are not entirely about resources. They are, very largely, about people, and how effectively people from all sectors work together. In this article I will outline why collaboration is vital to growing our African resource industries.

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Nigeria’s power sector charged for growth

With daily blackouts and crumbling power infrastructure that has until recently seen little or no investment in over three decades, Nigeria has been christened the Generator Republic. Most households and virtually all serious businesses have resorted to self – help, investing heavily in generators and other back-up power systems to meet their daily electricity needs.

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Emerging Trends in the Nigerian Power Sector

Emerging Trends in the Nigerian Power Sector

All is set for todays “lunch” with Segun Sowande, a power sector expert and partner in the Management Consulting unit of KPMG Nigeria. He will be providing insights and facts on the emerging trends in the power sector of Nigeria.

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Emerging Trends in the Nigerian Power Sector

A Guide to The Nigerian Power Sector

The Nigerian Power Sector Reform, which was set in motion in 2005 by the enactment of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act, has been regarded as Africa’s largest privatisation exercise to date.

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Africa Brief

Africa Brief: Africa must join hands in fighting red tape, Nigeria hands power to private buyers and more…

If African countries do not work together to resolve impediments such as bureaucratic red tape and lack of infrastructure, growth will continue to be constrained, Shoprite Holding’s chairman Christo Wiese said. The search for higher yield has consumer-facing players turning their attention to Africa as the next hot ticket.

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Emerging Trends in the Nigerian Power Sector

Africa Brief: Call for power grid investors, Egypt gets boost in Saudi Funding, Ethiopian dam raises concern, and more

Sierra Leone was seeking $3.5 billion (R34.5bn) of investment from the private sector to overhaul its creaking electricity industry with the aim of increasing output tenfold by 2017, Deputy Energy Minister Martin Bash-Kamara said at the weekend. Sierra Leone has one of Africa’s lowest power generation capacities, at just 100 megawatts for its 5.6 million people. Bash-Kamara said the government had signed memorandums of understanding with investors to develop power projects in the mineral-rich country

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Africa Brief: Nigeria reserves, Kenya power line, the World Economic Forum on Africa and more

Nigeria’s foreign currency reserves would probably keep expanding while facing risks from lower-than-projected oil output and falling prices. Oil production in Africa’s biggest producer fell to 1.81 million barrels a day in March, the lowest level since September 2009.

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Africa Brief: Commodity price drop, Stanbic Nigeria, Namibia power plant sale and more

Africa’s brisk economic growth over the past decade has been consumer driven, a much-hyped trend that masks the uncomfort­able fact that the continent is still far too reliant on commodi­ties. Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth rate has been second only to Asia’s and cracked along at 5.8 percent last year, if South Africa is excluded, according to a World Bank estimate. About two-thirds of growth in the past decade has been driven by domestic demand, which has been stoked by a number of factors including the continent’s fast-growing and young population.

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Power to the independent providers: Investing in South Africa’s energy sector

Given South Africa’s heavy reliance on energy-intensive industries such as mining and manufacturing, it should come as no surprise that the country now boasts Africa’s most comprehensive and transparent energy policy. Ensuring a secure source of power is central to the country’s growth. South Africa currently uses some 40 percent of the total electricity consumed on the continent and outside of a few peak periods where power is imported from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – the country is largely self-sufficient in power generation. With steadily climbing economic and demographic growth rates, it is clear that the country will require continuous capacity increases to keep pace with projected growth.

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Invest Africa: Power

This edition of Invest Africa takes an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities associated with the state of power across the continent. Rolling black-outs and unreliable energy supply are some the issues facing the sector right now.

Unreliable energy supply is one of the biggest challenges facing the African continent. A well-developed energy sector drives most other economic sectors within a country and is an essential tool in boosting investor confidence. Fast-growing industrialisation and a booming population are driving up the demand for electrification.

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Economic recovery after African coup d’états

A coup d’état (coup) is defined by the Cambridge English as a “sudden defeat of […]

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The link between tax morality and tax compliance

Namibia, like most developing countries, is faced with the challenge of having a small tax […]

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‘Professionalising’ the family business

There is nothing quite like the entrepreneurial spirit that sparks the launch – and spurs […]

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Infrastructure: the foundation for Africa’s adaption to 4th Industrial Revolution

The 4th industrial revolution ushers in the era of data & analytics (D&A), the Internet […]

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Technology set to drive job creation, innovation and skills into Africa

With a focus on encouraging intra-Africa business and the need to fast-track growth and development, […]

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Can the African lions meet expectations?

As in most parts of the world, football is the most popular sport across the […]

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National Budget 2017 (Nigeria)

Nigeria has been experiencing economic turbulence since late 2014. The country’s annual gross domestic product […]

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