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The Adaptation Fund (AF) has approved a US $4.3m four year project last week. The project is situated at the Grünau settlement and the Bethanie village, located south of the country. The project aims to assist the treatment of poor quality local groundwater.
The funds will come in handy as a trial as well as means to utilize renewable power and membrane technology; bringing it to a level that complies with the national standards for drinking water, through the use of reverse osmosis. The project proposal developed by NamWater as the executing entity was approved during the Adaptation Fund’s 30th board meeting. The Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN) is in charge of implementing the project.
Community development
Endorsed by the Environment Commissioner of Namibia, Teofilus Nghitila, the project also aims to see improved resilience of vulnerable communities. This is with a view to enhance climate change impact. More so specifically to a decrease in water quality of existing groundwater sources.
The project will provide benefits to vulnerable communities in the target areas. It will also serve to increase the capacity to integrate climate change adaptation considerations into water supply planning and policy processes.
It is important to try out two plants in a rural setting. This is because on most cases the water demand of the communities differs in magnitude. This would allow the opportunity to establish how plant size affected aspects such as operation, management and maintenance requirements, the unit cost of water produced, the involvement of beneficiaries; and the interest of stakeholders.
Furthermore, the execution of the project aims to yield a wide range of information and knowledge on both technical and social aspects of establishing and operating such treatment and power plants.

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About US $15.6bn will be required to provide stable electricity in Nigeria. This is according to the President of the Nigerian Association for Energy Economics (NAEE), Prof. Wumi  Iledare. According to Prof. Iledare, the Federal government and private sector can mobilize the resources if the right policies are put in place.
He also urged for both state and local councils to participate in the power sector development. According to him this can take place with  the provision of an enabling framework.
Lamentations from the NAEE
The NAEE had lamentations about the inability of Nigeria to turn her huge renewable and non-renewable energy potential into a realized dream.  Additionally this would support rapid economic growth, job creation and poverty reduction.
Prof. Iledare urged for change in the country by developing a long-term plan. Of course this plan will be useful in promoting and deepening the role of green energy solution for a sustainable future.  Additionally he says  that a combination of breakthrough in technology, improved batteries and huge private investments  in energy efficiency was forcing a new consensus among energy users and producers.
According to him some oil-rich countries like Saudi Arabia and Norway were already planning for a post-oil era. This is inorder to adopt the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model to run the sector.
Dr. Tim Okon who is an oil and gas expert, is  blaming the adoption of flat tariffs for every segment of the society for the inability to generate steady electricity. According to Mr. Okon the government must prioritize energy to exit recession and sustain development though there are competitive demands for scarce resources.
He also adds that according to an estimate the Nigerian government will need over US$ 1.6 billion to develop or complete critical infrastructure in generation, distribution and transmission of power. Additionally it would also need  US $14bn to start and complete critical projects in the oil and gas sectors.


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This project is the first step in a long-term initiative of going green in the Island. Discussions are already underway on the implementation of a range of additional energy efficiency projects.
The integrated system carries the entire daytime electricity load and prioritises solar PV energy generation. This is by an 828 kilo Watt hours (kWh) battery storage – enabling the use solar energy on cloudy days and at night.
The solar PV mini-grid has the capacity of generating 666.4 kilo Watt peak (kWp) of clean energy. As a result, reducing the island’s reliance on diesel generating system. The PV mini-grid is going to save 235 000 litres of diesel per annum or 50% of previous usage.
“What we are therefore looking at is that this project will save the fiscal an estimated amount of almost R5 million per annum. Therefore, this means that the project will pay itself within five years,” she said.
Robben Island solar mini-grid designers
The micro-grid solar project was designed and constructed by Sola Future Energy. This is the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) partner of the department of tourism, using CS6U- 340M Canadian Solar modules.
According to Dom Wills, CEO of SOLA Future Energy, “the microgrid on Robben Island is the largest solar and lithium-ion storage microgrid system in South Africa.”
He further added that, “for Robben Island, we have chosen our partners carefully. This is mainly because we wanted to ensure highest quality, safety and sustainability. As a result, Canadian Solar as a module supplier, the natural fit, making a difference in lighting up Africa and Robben Island together. After this PV installation, a reduction of the Island’s carbon emission by at least 820 tons is achievable.
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Nigerian cities are becoming new homes to rural migrants every day. As such, experts are now questioning the 17m estimated housing deficit in the country. Nigeria is also expected to overtake the United States to become the third most populous country in the world by 2050. This is according to a United Nations report.
Furthermore, the revised National Housing Policy shows that the cumulative effect of the inability to meet the targets set for the housing provision over the years is the gross housing deficit in the country. According to the President of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS), Mrs. Mercy Torkwase Iyortyer, the main challenge is addressing the situation as it is. This is more so since there is no reliable data for the correct figure.
Lack of standardized figures
The National President of Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Mr. Luka Bunus Achi further echoed those sentiments. He added that this discourages investors due to lack of clear statistics on the deficits in the housing sector. Additionally, Mr. Achi expressed regrets on lack of concerned parties’ ability to produce a standardized figure that could stand for review overtime. Achi noted that the people’s tendency to move from unaffordable areas to remote areas with affordable rent but poor amenities further worsens the problems of housing in Nigeria.
The Dean, Faculty of Environmental Sciences and member of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Prof. Timothy Nubi faulted the figure. According to him, most houses without basic facilities in rural areas were not included in the housing deficit. Nubi urged the government to concentrate on urban regeneration in the next two decades. This, he said, is cheaper and faster.
President of the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), Kenneth Nnabuife Nduka faulted unverified nation statistics for the false figures. The solution to this, he said is channeling funds to addressing the issue of mass housing.

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Construction of a commercial property in Nairobi, Kenya is set to commence soon. Mauritius-based real estate investor Gateway Delta Development Holdings is planning to acquire a five acre piece of land for the development.
Construction will take place along Mombasa Road and will cost a whopping US$ 3m for the project to be complete. South Africa’s Grit, formerly Mara Delta Property Holdings is the company selling the piece of land to Gateway.
Grit, which is one of the institutional investors in Gateway, confirmed the reports and said that they will also lease the new development to Imperial. In terms of the negotiations, Grit will provide Imperial with a license to occupy the newly developed property for a period of two years with an option to acquire the development.
Additionally, the new mega property is among other upcoming developments by Gateway which recently raised US$ 175m for investment in Kenya and other African countries.

About Gateway Delta Development Holdings
Gateway Delta is a private real estate development company resident in Mauritius. The Company holds a Mauritian Category 1 Global Business License and has recently been established as a private company with a permanent capital structure to develop and invest in several real estate classes across the African continent (excluding South Africa)
About Grit Real Estate Income Group
Grit Real Estate Income Group is a listed property income group operating in carefully selected African countries. The Company optimizes its structural investments underpinned by solid property fundamentals to achieve superior US$ and EURO(€) based returns.
GRIT’s strong management team has over 45 years’ experience on the continent and is supported by in-country asset and property managers. Key executives are significantly invested in the Company on a no free carry basis, ensuring alignment with shareholders.


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Namibia Minister of Works and Transport Alpheus Naruseb has officially opened the road connecting the town of Rosh Pinah to Oranjemund.
According to Minister Naruseb the opening of the US $53.1m road is by far the biggest infrastructure project in the southern region and is evidence that government is committed to bringing development to all parts of the country.
He said construction of the road was part of government’s policy to expand and modernize the country’s road infrastructure in all parts of the country, adding that government recognizes that transportation is one of the best investments that can expand opportunities for the local people.

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Enel Green Power South Africa (EGP RSA) celebrates its Tom Burke solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant, located on a site declared a National Key Point in Limpopo Province.
According to a company statement, the project marks the IPPs’ first large-scale solar project and first thin film photovoltaic (PV) panels in the country.
The power plant, with an installed capacity of 66MW, reached early generation and commercial operation date in August 2016.
Tom Burke solar power plant in strategic position
The location of the site where the solar plant is was a National Key Point. The declaration of this Key Point was in line with South Africa’s National Key Point Act (1980).
Furthermore, it is in acknowledgement of its strategic importance of feeding 122GWh per year into the national grid. It will also provide electricity supply to nine villages in the Lephalale region.
Also read:Enel Green Power celebrates its Tom Burke solar plant in South Africa
The company statement highlighted that Tom Burke occupying 202 hectares. It can avoid the emission of over 1,11000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere each year.
After reaching COD the plant moved into its operations and maintenance (O&M) phase, producing an average energy output of 350 to 360MWh per day, enough to power approximately 200,000 rural households daily.
O&M phase
During the O&M phase, the solar plant was closely monitored via an on-site control room, as well as the company’s 24-hour centralized control room in Sandton, north of Johannesburg.
The monitoring allows for an analysis of the solar power plant’s performance at inverter level. This allows the plant’s staff to immediately address potential issues and maximize efficiencies wherever possible.
Cleaning of the solar panels is twice yearly to maximize output.
Country manager in South Africa, William Price, said that South Africa is a resource-rich country. “We are also proud to provide an increasingly integrated offering and a strong renewable energy generation base.”
He further added, “We firmly believe that by taking advantage of renewable energies we can improve electrification in Southern Africa.  Additionally, we will incorporate current and available technologies to bridge the gap between supply and demand for energy.”

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Kenyans are rushing to beat the November 30 deadline for the installation of solar water heating systems. This is bringing more opportunities for suppliers of such products, an energy company has said.
According to the Energy Regulations of 2012, all industrial, commercial and large residential buildings in urban centers are required to install solar water heating systems.
The deadline was May 25 but saw an extension to Nov 30 by the Energy Regulatory Commission. This was to give Kenyans more time to implement the rule. Property owners who fail to comply with the law risk fines of up to 10,000 U.S. dollars.
Karanja Njoroge, General Manager of Chloride Exide, a solar solutions and emerging renewable energy products firm, said the law has increased demand for solar products in the country.  “We have therefore increased out personnel in order to assist Kenyans to conform to the regulations,” he added. The East African nation enacted the Solar Water Heating Regulations in 2012. Further more, it gave building owners a five-year grace period to implement the order.

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Tanzania is planning to upgrade the 14.2km dual carriageway stretch of the Arusha-Holili road. However, Tanzania is looking to get the project funds from development partners to upgrade the remaining part of the road.
Moreover, the government has made a step of approaching the government of Japan. This is to secure funds for road upgrading towards Moshi. Negotiations are ongoing on how best to extend the road from Tengeru to Usa River; also the rehabilitation of the Kikafu Bridge near Moshi.
Upgrading cost
Arusha-Holili Road is part of the 240km regional road that extends to Voi in Kenya. The road is currently undergoing upgrad within the framework of the East African Road Project (EARP) at a cost of US$400mn.
Besides, the project is part of the vast network of major roads agenda for massive rehabilitation throughout the East African Community (EAC) bloc to facilitate cross-border trade and movement of people.

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In 2015, The World Bank headed to Tanzania where it teamed up with Drone Adventures, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap and the Tanzanian Commission of Science and Technology (COSTECH) to conduct urban mapping projects using senseFly eBee drones.
In Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city, The World Bank (TWB) is working with government departments on a range of development projects. These include: transportation projects, flood mitigation schemes, and other preparedness and assessment projects.
A dearth of data
The challenge the organization faces on the ground is a lack of accurate, up-to-date geographic data of the city.
TWB’s team wants to improve its understanding and identification of flood risk areas, largely driven by the devastating effect floods can have on the city’s informal settlements.
The problem is that satellite imagery of the region is expensive and doesn’t offer full coverage. The cost of using a manned aircraft is also extremely high.  This is why, in 2015, TWB decided to look into how drones could help – the idea being to use them to collect high-resolution geospatial data, cost effectively. Thus TWB turned to Drone Adventures, a non-profit group that uses senseFly eBee mapping drones, and the team at Humanitarian OpenStreetMap (HOSM).

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BAM international is being investigated for laxity that caused serious injuries to one of the Occupational Safety and Health Authority’s workers. The workers are working on Terminal 3 building site at Julius Nyerere International Airport.
BAM International is the operating company of Royal BAM Group. It is one of Europe’s largest contracting companies. It is currently  constructing Terminal 3 building site at Julius Nyerere International Airport. OSHA  is accusing them of failing to adhere to safety regulations, consequently causing an accident.
The accident
The accident involving the truck driver took place on the 7th of September. This is after he got an electric shock at the Terminal 3 construction site. Apparently workers have complained to BAM management in vain about a live, lose electric cables at the site. Martin Otieno  who is the Airport Police Commander gave confirmation about  the accident.
According to (OSHA) 48 hours after the incident had taken place, BAM had not reported the incident within 24 hours.  This is also  a requirement  by the construction safety regulations.
Eleuter Mbilinyi is the Osha Public Relations Manager. According to him an investigation about the incident was ongoing. He also added  that the authority would be in a position to offer details when the inquiry was complete.
Eric van Zuthem is the  BAM International Director Area for Africa. He confirmed that the accident had taken place but ,declined to give details asking The Citizen to wait until the company investigates what had happened.
However he denied that the incident was not reported to Osha. He confirms that the victim was in  Muhimbili National Hospital and was doing fine.
According to sources the construction firm did not take any safety precautions  before the accident. They also did not put any spotters that enable workers to avoid danger at the site.

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