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Vivo Energy to invest over $550 mln in South Africa, minister says

Vivo Energy to invest over $550 mln in South Africa, minister says

VIVO Energy, owned by global commodities trader Vitol, will invest an initial 10 billion rand ($550.79 million) in its South African operations following its merger with Engen, South Africa's trade minister Ebrahim Patel said. The investment is part of a range of public interest and competition commitments, designed to prevent job losses and continue supply contracts with local refineries, that domestic regulators sought when the merger was considered. "The company (Vivo) has committed to a minimum of about 10 billion rands over the next five years to be invested in areas like green energy, infrastructure and the upgrading of its…
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Kenya’s flood evictions may violate the law – scholar

Kenya’s flood evictions may violate the law – scholar

RECENT floods in Kenya have left at least 270 people dead, displaced more than 200,000 and destroyed property, infrastructure and livelihoods across the country. In Nairobi, hundreds of people in informal settlements were left homeless and thousands were displaced. And now, the government has been evicting people from flood-prone areas. Smith Ouma is a legal expert with a focus on urban governance. His research has covered land and tenure rights in Nairobi’s informal settlements. Moina Spooner, from The Conversation Africa, asked Ouma to share his thoughts on the government’s response to the flooding in Nairobi’s informal settlements and how it…
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Afghanistan floods devastate villages, killing 315

Afghanistan floods devastate villages, killing 315

FLASH floods caused by heavy rains have devastated villages in northern Afghanistan, killing 315 people and injuring more than 1,600, authorities said, as villagers buried their dead and aid agencies warned of widening havoc. Thousands of homes were damaged and livestock wiped out, the Taliban-run refugee ministry said, while aid groups warned of damage to health care facilities and vital infrastructure, such as water supply, with streets left coated in mud. In the Nahrin district of Baghlan province, people carried their shrouded dead to a gravesite. "We have no food, no drinking water, no shelter, no blankets, nothing at all,…
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Kenya’s weather outlook ‘dire’ as cyclone nears, president says

Kenya’s weather outlook ‘dire’ as cyclone nears, president says

TORRENTIAL rains that caused widespread flooding and landslides across Kenya in recent weeks, killing at least 210 people, are forecast to worsen over the rest of this month, President William Ruto said. The floods have wreaked havoc, destroying homes, roads, bridges and other infrastructure across Kenya, East Africa's largest economy. The death toll exceeds that from floods triggered by the El Nino weather phenomenon late last year. "Sadly, we have not seen the last of this perilous period, as the situation is expected to escalate. Meteorological reports paint a dire picture," Ruto said on Kenyan television. "Kenya may face its…
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Kenya flood toll rises to 181 as homes and roads are destroyed

Kenya flood toll rises to 181 as homes and roads are destroyed

FLOODS and landslides across Kenya have killed 181 people since March, with hundreds of thousands forced to leave their homes, the government and Red Cross said, as dozens more were killed in neighbouring Tanzania and Burundi. Torrential rain and floods have destroyed homes, roads, bridges and other infrastructure across the region. The death toll in Kenya exceeds that from floods triggered by the El Nino weather phenomenon late last year. In the central Kenyan town of Mai Mahiu, where at least 48 died in flash floods on Monday, two bodies were recovered from the debris on Wednesday, Kenya Red Cross South Rift…
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Undersea cables for Africa’s internet retrace history and leave digital gaps as they connect continents

Undersea cables for Africa’s internet retrace history and leave digital gaps as they connect continents

LARGE parts of west and central Africa, as well as some countries in the south of the continent, were left without internet services on 14 March because of failures on four of the fibre optic cables that run below the world’s oceans. Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Ghana, Burkina Faso and South Africa were among the worst affected. By midday on 15 March the problem had not been resolved. Microsoft warned its customers that there was a delay in repairing the cables. South Africa’s News24 reported that, while the cause of the damage had not been confirmed, it was believed that…
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Why are floods in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal so devastating? Urban planning expert explains

Why are floods in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal so devastating? Urban planning expert explains

THE devastation caused by the recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa demonstrates again that the country is not moving fast enough to adopt appropriate urban planning. It should integrate risk assessment and management in the design and development of cities. This is becoming more urgent as the frequency of floods increases. HOPE MAGIDIMISHA-CHIPUNGU, Full Professor, University of KwaZulu-Natal Most South African cities were built a long time ago before climate change was predicted. KwaZulu-Natal experienced flooding in July 2016, May 2017, October 2017, March 2019, April 2019, November 2019, November 2020, April 2023, June 2023, and now in January 2024.…
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Focus: South African food producers warn of higher prices as infrastructure crumbles

Focus: South African food producers warn of higher prices as infrastructure crumbles

SOUTH African food producers, among the biggest on the continent, are spending hundreds of millions of rand mitigating prolonged rolling power blackouts, water supply issues and crumbling infrastructure. This investment, sometimes at the cost of essential capital expenditure, will eventually be passed onto consumers, making food prices higher for longer, food companies, economists and lobby groups told Reuters. It comes at a time when South Africa is already struggling with acute unemployment, 14-year high-interest rates and ballooning inflation and complicates efforts of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) to ease interest rate hikes. "We are very aware of the struggles…
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Tight economy, big opportunity draws private sector investment in Africa’s infrastructure

Tight economy, big opportunity draws private sector investment in Africa’s infrastructure

A new World Bank report shows that the rise of private participation is driving infrastructural developments in Africa at a time when economic headwinds have strained national budgets meant for development. The report, ‘Private Participation in Infrastructure (PPI) 2022’, shows that the number of projects and countries benefitting from private participation in infrastructure has risen to a record high. “This can be attributed to the flow of investment levels surging in Africa during the pandemic when more popular investment regions such as East Asia and the Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean were facing the brunt of the crisis,”…
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Fighting rages in east Ukraine, Europe agrees extra military aid to Ukraine

Fighting rages in east Ukraine, Europe agrees extra military aid to Ukraine

NICK STARKOV and PAVEL POLITYUK RUSSIAN forces pounded targets in eastern and southern Ukraine with missiles, drones and artillery, Ukraine's General Staff said, while millions remained without power in subzero temperatures after further strikes on key infrastructure. European Union foreign ministers agreed to put another 2 billion euros ($2.1 billion) into a fund that has been used to pay for military support for Ukraine after it was largely depleted during almost 10 months of the war. The EU ministers were also due to discuss a ninth package of sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, while Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was set to…
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