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Constant water cuts at the town of Rundu in Namibia are angering the town’s residents. So much so, they are forced to wake up in the middle of the night to fill up their water containers for use during the day. This is because taps run dry by morning and sometimes lasts all day. This is despite the fact the Kavango River from where the town sources water is within walking distance.
The water crisis in Rundu has lasted for several months now with no end in sight. Furthermore, it seems to be getting worse with each passing day. Understandably so, this situation has since stirred discord among residents as the water crisis affects their daily activities. This is because only a few households and some businesses can afford reservoir tanks.
NamWater water supply
Reports suggest that the town council is to blame for the situation. According to Daniel Langhart, the council is allegedly failing to buy enough prepaid units of water. Residents are now forced to flock to the river to bath or fetch water. This is even with the fact that they always paid their water utility bills with the town council.
Acting CEO of Rundu, Mathews Naironga, said that NamWater are to blame. He added that this is because the utility is apparently unable to meet the town’s water needs. According to him, the volume of purified water NamWater pumps to the town is small and only suburbs that are close to the reservoirs get most of the water. This means the rest of the locations that a re considerably far from the same suffer..
The acting CEO emphasized that the biggest problem is that NamWater is purifying very little water for the town while “the demand is too high”.

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South Sudan, is not considered to be a water-scarce country. However, civil war and hyperinflation have created a water crisis. To put things in perspective, the cost relative of water to income is six times greater than the internationally recognized five.
Tough logistics
Providing clean drinking water in the country is proving hard. Water is available, but facilities and resources to purify it for drinking are lacking. The pipe infrastructure serves just 17% of Juba’s permanent population of about 370,000. The same infrastructure is also in need of repair and upgrading. The rest of the city depends on supplies from almost 700 mostly privately owned water tankers. These have also increased their prices due to the current economic crisis.
According to aid agency Oxfam, in previous years tankers were operating on a profit margin of 45%. These profits have since turned to sharp losses. Oxfam’s water and sanitation adviser Mariana Matoso gives this as the reason why an increasing number of tankers pump water straight from the river. This is preferred to getting it from a treatment plant.
The businesses have since resorted to selling dirty water pumped for free in a bid to survive. Furthermore, the fighting that erupted in Juba last year halted the Japanese-funded project for the city’s water treatment plant.

Rivers and swamps
Many households in Juba have cut their purchases of clean water by half, said Oxfam. This leaves them with less than five litres per person per day. This is less than WHO’s minimum of 20l necessary for basic needs. On the other hand, the cutting back on water has increased the risk of contracting water borne diseases. This is according to Haile Gashaw, water and sanitation specialist for the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF.

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The Nigerian Association of Hydrogeologists (NAH), has warned of impeding water crisis by 2020. This, they have said, is owing to poor management of groundwater basins. The President of the association, Ehidiamhen Olumese, disclosed this on Sunday. He was in Ilorin while addressing journalists after the association’s National Executive Meeting.
According to him, the acquisition of both hydrological data and systematic study of basin aquifers could very well help avoid the crisis. He further stressed the importance of updating and full implementation of the National Water Resources Master Plan.
Mr. Olumese said the development also called to the state governments to support the River Basin Development Authorities (RBDA). This would thus necessitate a strong financial commitment and prudent management of available resources. The move will help the RBDA achieve their mandate based on set targets that could be evaluated periodically.

Groundwater mismanagement
He spoke about how the groundwater level is going down and the giving of water projects to quacks. Mr. Olumese also pointed out that indiscriminate sinking of boreholes is not helping the matter. He further noted that projects are executed without professional consultation. The NAH president gave an example of the Lake Chad’s shrinking saying it may soon cause unemployment.
He lamented that the government is inconsistent with its policy on River Basins. This, he said could be remedied with proper policies and commitment. The NAH President disclosed that the association’s 29th Annual Conference, tagged Ilorin 2017 will hold in Ilorin from Nov. 5 to Nov. 10. He said the conference has as its theme, “Strategies to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Water Resources”.
Mr. Olumese said that the conference would also focus on Climate Change and inter-basin water transfer. It will also touch on surface and groundwater resources management. Environmental monitoring and restoration is the sub-theme.

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Hyatt Hotels & Resorts is set to construct and open six new hotels in Africa by the year 2020; this is according to a news release from the company. The initiative will eventually lead to their business growth and international travel on the continent.
The company will open the first hotels in Cameroon, Algeria and Senegal. Additionally, it will open two more hotels in Morocco and Tanzania where it already has presence.
“We are looking for more opportunities to expand in East Africa with continued government investment in infrastructure. There is a growing middle class presence and an international recognition of the region’s stability,” said Hyatt.
Objectives
The hotels will create approximately 2 100 jobs and will double Hyatt’s presence in Africa. Potential countries for further expansion could include Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Ghana and Ivory Coast.
Moreover, there was 11% growth in the sub-Saharan African tourism in the past year; this is according to the UN World Tourism Organization. The firm also said that the first half of 2017 saw a 14% year-on-year increase in international arrivals in East Africa.
About Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts is one of the world’s top hospitality companies, Hyatt remains committed to caring for people so they can be their best.
This news comes after the opening of a new 19 storey hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. It  has tremendous reinforcement towards the city’s reputation as a world-class holiday destination. The owner of hotel- City Bowl is Tsogo Sun.

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The City of Cape Town has been instructed to reduce overall water consumption by 40%. The Department of Water and Sanitation is the custodian of all national water resources. In a statement, mayoral committee member for waste services Xanthea Limberg said a reduction of 40% would equate to roughly 520 million litres of collective water usage per day. Since August, the city has been aiming to keep water consumption below 500 million litres per day.

According to Ms. Limberg, the city is moving ahead of the curve by already having a target in place that is even lower than the new restriction target. This is in an effort to act conservatively. The pro-activity will also help base solutions of the same on a worst-case scenario.

Three years of below-average rainfall

On Monday, citywide consumption stood at 618 million litres per day, a decrease of 4 million litres from the previous week.

Western Cape local government, environmental affairs and development planning MEC Anton Bredell said provincial dam levels currently stood at 35.88% compared to 62.2% in 2016. He has further attributed this to three years of below-average rainfall. According to him, the little rain has worsened the situation. Furthermore, proactive measures like the implementation of water restrictions and programs don’t seem to remedy the situation. Some of these include clearing the Berg River of alien vegetation.

Bredell further emphasized the need to work together. He said that all the three spheres of government as well as the public and business sector should come together.

 

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Maerua Mall in Windhoek, Namibia is currently undergoing refurbishment with the intentions of being more than just a shopping mall. They also intend to live up to their new motto ‘Be part of the family’.
Carel Fourie, CEO of Oryx Properties, the owner of the centre confirmed the reports. He says that the mall will offer a variety of stuff and will also keep shoppers entertained.
“Motivation of the refurbishment is due to the desire to create a place for Namibians to not only have a great shopping experience, but also have safe, fun activities to keep the whole family entertained,” Fourie explains.
Maerua Mall was built on 54 128 m2 to serve 750 000 monthly shoppers and over 9 million yearly shoppers. Recently, there was the addition of 518 new parking bays on the existing 1712. This will cater for the increasing volumes of shoppers on a regular basis.
Features of Maerua Mall
Built over two levels, the mall has a trampoline and climbing-wall centre. Moreover, it also has an indoor playpark, glow-in-the-dark mini-golf, a bowling alley and a gaming area.
Additionally, the mall also has a unique indoor mini-golf adventure with glowing under black lights. A first for Namibia, the 18-hole course with its sensors and interactive objects provides a fun, affordable and novel activity for family members of all ages.
Furthermore, a few new restaurants are present at Maerua Mall’s comprehensive array, including the first John Dory’s seafood outlet in Windhoek and the very popular Cappello. The main anchor stores include Checkers, Food Lovers Market, Edgars, Boardmans, House & Home, Hi Fi Corporation, Mr Price, Mr Price Home, Woolworths, Stuttafords and Virgin Active.

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In July 2017 Djibouti secured US$ 27m in funding from the Kuwait Development Fund for the development of the Gale-Le-Koma geothermal project in the Lake Assal region. The funding deal came on the back of a two-week technical and financial evaluation of the site.
The loan will help to underwrite the drilling of eight production boreholes as well as two re-injection boreholes for a new geothermal power plant, which is set to come on-line in 2021. The plant will have an initial capacity of 15 MW, with the potential for a total capacity of 50 MW following completion of the final phase in 2025.
The Gale-Le-Koma project is far from the only geothermal project in the small 900,000-person country. The Kuwait Development Fund loan came a month after state-owned utility Electricité de Djibouti (EDD) signed an exploration contract with Iceland Drilling Company for the drilling and testing of two 2500-metre geothermal exploration wells, and two optional wells in the Fiale Caldera area of Lake Assal.
The Fiale Caldera drilling is a component of the World Bank’s $27.8m Geothermal Power Generation project. It was launched in mid-2013 to assess the commercial viability of geothermal power production in Lake Assal. Several other development finance institutions are also participating in the financing. These include: the African Development Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the French Development Agency and the International Development Association.

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Construction work on the suspended bridge in Maputo, Mozambique has commenced. The China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) is the project contractor.
However, the CRBC put into place the first of the 57 metallic modules. The modules will form the deck of the bridge. Moreover, the bridge links the centre of the city to the outlying municipal district of Katembe.
Besides, the deck weighs more than 7,000 tones. Each of the parts is 12m wide, 26m long and 3m thick. According to the Minister of Public Works, Carlos Bonete, it is possible to assemble the deck in 45 days, if the weather remains favourable.  “The first module is there, practically in the centre,” said Carlos Bonete. “The next stage is to assemble the other modules until we reach the extremities of the deck, where the main pillars are.”
Moreover, there is access to the interior of each of the modules, which will allow maintenance of the deck, without interfering in traffic moving across the bridge. In fact after assembling the deck all that remains is the soldering and the application of anti-corrosion paint. However, according to Bai Pengyu, of the CRBC, the corporation is committing to complete the bridge come end of 2017.
Project delays
Regarding, the project delays, it is possible for circumstances to happen, that can force changes in the construction calendar. Carlos Bonete, did note that, in June this year the Public Works Ministry did expect the Chinese ship carrying the deck modules to arrive in Maputo. Instead, the ship did arrive last week.
However, the main problem lies neither with the contractor, nor with the central government, but with Maputo Municipal Council. Incredibly, despite having years to prepare, the council has still not moved vendors from the informal Nwakakana street market, and they are blocking the northern access road to the bridge.
The bridge, and the associated roads, including the road from Katembe to the tourist resort of Ponta d’Ouro, on the border with the South African province of Kwazulu-Natal, are budgeted at 725 million US dollars. When complete, this will by the longest suspension bridge in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Rwanda Energy Group has reviewed its energy rollout strategy and aligned it with the Government’s seven-year programme, giving itself a target to ensure countrywide coverage in the next seven years.
Officials from the utility firm have confirmed that there are no plans to add additional power onto the grid before 2018. The new strategy comes amidst uncertainty over the feasibility of achieving previously set targets. This includes generation of 563MW by 2018.
Currently, REG has a generation capacity of 208 megawatts. This is less than half of the 2018 target while the connection rate is currently at about 32 per cent. The target also aims at ensuring that at least 70 per cent of households in Rwanda have power connection.
However, three months to the deadline, the utility firm has turned to a new strategy that, among others, aims at providing power to the entire Kigali city in the next two years and the entire country in the next seven years. The plan, dubbed “7-5-2,” also aims at ensuring all productive users in the country have access to power in the next five years.

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Astron Buildings S.A. has been chosen to design and supply 33,000m² bulk storage building at the new terminal harbor in Djibouti for long-term customer Vigan Engineering S.A.
This is however the third Astron project for Vigan; a growing Belgian company manufacturing a complete range of pneumatic and mechanical conveying systems for bulk products. Two previous similar projects were built several years ago in Djibouti and Pakistan.
The company is currently at the erection phase of 2 fertilizer buildings. Primary and secondary structures have been assembled despite the harsh climatic conditions being experienced in Djibouti.
About Astron and Vigan
Astron is the European leader in pre-engineered steel buildings for industrial applications, commercial and retail outlets, storage, logistics, sports and leisure. The complete steel buildings comprise the outer shell with the main structure, wall, roof and accessories.
In the three production plants in Luxembourg, the Czech Republic and Russia some 70 buildings are individually produced per week. The Astron group consists of 15 companies and employs approximately 800 people throughout Europe. The headquarters of Astron is located in Diekirch (Luxembourg).
Astron was acquired in 2005 by the Swedish Lindab Group that develops, manufactures, markets and distributes products and system solutions for simplified construction and improved indoor climate.
Vigan Engineering S.A manufactures a complete range of pneumatic & mechanical conveying systems for products in bulk not only to the supply machines but also by managing complete turnkey projects.

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Plans to build a second 330 kilovolt (kV) transmission line are ongoing in Benin. The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the West African Power Pool (WAPP) have initiated this plan. The aim is to boost electricity supply to the Republic of Benin by 2021.
Mr. Usman Gur Mohammed is the Interim Managing Director of TCN and Chairman. He revealed this plans at a meeting to kick-off the projects’s Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA).
According to him the transmission section of Nigeria’s power sector was also targeting 20000 megawatts(MW) transmission capacity within the next three years.
The transmission Company of Nigeria
He also explained that transmission was no longer the weakest link in the country’s electricity sector’s value chain. This because TCN now has a robust rehabilitation and expansion plan. The ministries of power and finance and development partners did the endorsing of these plans.
He added that the transmission rehabilitation and expansion programme seeks to expand the grid to about 20,000Mw in the next three years. The expansion programme in Benin intends to support the current institutional reform that will make TCN a 21st century compliant transmission firm.
TCN has also embarked on a nationwide installation of transmission transformers. Three transmission transformers were  installed in Lagos last week. There are also  two waiting  for  installation in the north and another three in the Port Harcourt region.
The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and African Development Bank(AfDB)  will support the WAPP project. The ESIA study will take place in six months after which the construction would take another 24 months and then ready by 2021.
Louis Edozien  is the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Power). According to him ,The ministry’s primary responsibility is to satisfy the electricity needs of Nigerians. He said they were committed to integrating the international electricity market.  But their  primary responsibility is to satisfy Nigerians.


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