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Development plans for the Garden Route Dam Capacity Increase project will begin later this month. This is after  the George Municipality issued a call for tenders late last week. The advertised tender for the newly designed project will close on 9th next month. The project’s re-visitation is in favor of a more viable solution.
In 2009 George Municipality in the Western Cape Province of South Africa applied for Environmental Authorization to raise the Garden Route Dam spillway to 3m in height. They would also install a Fuse Gate System (FGS) at the point of overflow.
Finally, the activity got a go-ahead in March three years later in 2012. On the other hand, the alternative issued at the time could not come into incorporation. This is because the Water Affairs permit was issued in December 2014.



The newly designed plan
According to the George Municipality, the construction of a side-channel will serve to extend the flood overflow length. This is while minimizing any future damages risks caused by higher order floods. The risks are inclusive of those with 1:200 year return periods.
This design requires a 2.5m and 1.8m raising of the dam wall overflow  and the crest respectively. According to the department the height will help provide sufficient freeboard. It will also prevent overtopping of the embankment by wave action. The projected increase to the dam capacity is 25% while the yield increase to the George water supply system would be in the region of 11%.
 

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Phanes Group  a Dubai based solar provider  has launched its first solar power incubator programme. According to the company, the development aims at partnering with African developers. This is by identifying potential PV projects in Sub-Saharan Africa by providing access to funding. And also commercial and technical knowledge.
The initiative will be in partnership with Solarplaza, RINA Consulting, responsAbility, Proparco and Hogan Lovells.
Invitations to PV developers
Phanes Group extended invitations to PV developers to submit proposals for Corporate Social Responsibility projects based in sub-Saharan Africa. This is  to further develop other initiatives in the solar power sector.

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In Zimbabwe, the energy and power development Minister, Dr Samuel Undenge, has made a confirmation that work on the Kariba South Extension Project is progressing well.
“We are happy with the progress and we know that the Kariba South Extension Project is now 92% complete. Everything is on course for its commissioning on 24 December, 2017,” Undenge said.
“We appreciate the work and effort that is the contractor is doing (Sinohydro) and Zesa management,” he further added.
In 1997, the hydro plant was refurbished. It was then followed by an up-rating process in 2003. The upgrades have enabled the plant to increase its generation capacity to 750MW.
Kariba South Extension Project challenges

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The water network project is part of the efforts to address the persistent water shortage in different suburbs of the capital. According to CEO of Water and Sanitation Corporation (WASAC), Aimé Muzola there is a three-year project to upgrade and rehabilitate water networks in Kigali.
He said that there currently are different projects for the purpose of increasing water volume. This will also go hand in hand with upgrading and expanding water networks. Muzola further clarified that the first phase of upgrading and rehabilitating old water networks will cover 502 kilometres. Meanwhile, they are also working on setting up new networks in a project. This will extend to over 1,000 with projected completion in the next three years.
The WASAC CEO explained that procurement process for the project has started. Nzove Water Treatment Plant is projected to add 15,000 cubic metres of water to Kigali city in the next two months. Currently Kigali gets 90,000 cubic meters per day. However, this is a shortfall of 30,000 cubic metres to the required amount.

Secondary cities
Muzola added that upgrading, rehabilitating and expanding water networks will continue in six secondary cities apart from Kigali. The project extension to secondary cities could also see the rehabilitation of about 393 (38%) dysfunctional water supply systems.  According to WASAC this will require US $14.4m.
The Minister for Infrastructure James Musoni said that more projects are in the pipeline to curtail water shortage in the country. He also called for coordination between branches and the utility headquarters for efficiency.
 

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The construction of Tshwane Regional Mall in South Africa might be stopped. This is due to disagreements between the local traders and the developers.
Some local traders apparently refused to relocate from the land assigned for its construction. The traders have constantly refused to make way for the project in spite of a court order obtained by developers in February this year instructing them to do so. The US$ 100m state-of-the-art mall has so far lost in the region of US$ 2.6m to US$ 3m.
 “We are eight months behind schedule since October is the completion date,” Project head Shadrack Mthethwa said.
90% complete
However, the concrete work on the eastern side of the mall is over 90% complete. There is currently a growing anticipation among shoppers and the local community.
As a result of a partnership between the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and Isibonelo Property Services, the mall will provide convenient shopping experience in Mamelodi and the surrounding areas.
Tshwane Regional Mall
The regional mall embraces inclusive growth from its provision for 600 informal trader stalls and a taxi rank to cater for seven taxi associations with 66 routes (areas within Mamelodi, surrounding and long distance such as Groblersdal).
Moreover, this inter-modal shopping mall includes Tshwane Rapid Transport (TRT) station and approximately 1,800 private car parking bays.
The site is located at Mamelodi’s main transport hub at the intersection of Stormvoël & Tsamaya Roads and Waltloo & Maphala Drive.


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The Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company PLC and the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on future cooperation. Both organizations have committed themselves to work to alleviate Nigeria’s housing issue.
The cooperation involves applying their knowledge to advance public and private initiatives to increase access to housing finance. This is more so the case especially to the lower and middle income housing market. They are also looking to improve the functioning of the housing market in Nigeria.

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The five-bedroom bungalow located in Ejigbo, a suburb of Lagos, is outside the national grid for the last one year. Concept Technologies built and managed the edifice. According to the Managing Director, Tokunbo Tonade, the idea of the off-grid solar house was borne from the need to use renewable energy to solve the epileptic power supply in Nigeria.
A 12.6KW solar Off-grid system powers the home is a 5-bedroom bungalow. The system runs 94 % on the power of the sun and 6% on diesel during cloudy weather.

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Kenya has asked Spain to nominate a new firm to complete the much delayed Lake Turkana Wind transmission. This comes after its termination of an earlier contract awarded to a debt-ridden Spanish contractor.
Charles Keter, the Energy secretary said that since the power line receives funds from the Spanish government, Nairobi has asked Madrid to look out for a new contractor to complete works on the 428-kilometre high-voltage line started by Isolux. In July Isolux filed for bankruptcy in Spain.
Spanish Contractor
“We have asked Spain for a shortlist of competent companies. The project has to be under a Spanish contractor. This is because the credit is from the Spanish government,” Mr Keter said in an interview.
“We expect to hear from them and chart the way forward,” he further added.
The total cost of the Loiyangalani-Suswa line power line is $152.6. The line will evacuate electricity from the 300MWLake Turkana Wind Power, publicized as Africa’s largest wind farm.
Isolux last week moved to court to challenge the contract termination notice dated August 14 from the Kenya Transmission Company, which is overseeing the project.
The government is racing to boost works on the project set upon by multiple headwinds, and avoid paying a monthly fine of $7M for failure to complete the transmission line in time with the Lake Turkana wind farm.
Only 70 per cent of work was complete by the time Kenya pulled the plug on Isolux last week. The Madrid-based firm bagged the tender for the power line in 2011 and Isolux was initially to complete the job by end of 2013.
However, debt and liquidity challenges at Isolux parent firm have greatly affected delivery of the line. This has since seen the firm miss a revised completion date of October 2016. This inturn forced Kenyan taxpayers in March this year to bail out the cash-strapped Isolux


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Bidders in the renewable energy programme in South Africa are going over their bids. This is to see if their projects will still be viable at 77c per kilowatt hour. This comes after an announcement two weeks ago, that  Independent Power producers will have to renegotiate their previously agreed tariffs down to 77c per kilowatt-hour.
Ms. Mmamoloko Kubayi  made the announcement. She is the Energy Minister in South Africa. The renegotiation must happen, if they want Eskom to sign power purchase agreements with them. She said the new power purchase agreements would be signed by the end of October.
The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association(SAPVIA) has issued a warning. The preferred bidders will need to consider the various legal, financial and credit risk implications on their projects. This should happen before signing them.
Mr. Niveshen Govender is the Programme Manager for SAPVIA. He says that there were a number of issues that each of the IPPs need to consider before proceeding with a final close.


Issues that each of the IPPs need to consider before proceeding with a final close.
•    The overall legitimacy of the process
•    The risk of legal challenge after closure
•    Financial considerations of a lower price
According to Mr. Govender the decision will affect more than 70 bidders in the expedited round that followed round 4. He is also requesting the energy department leadership to communicate with projects which have not made progress in the past two years.  He says that if there is a decision to be made it needs to happen soon. This is because the validity of those bids expire at the end of September.
The association said it would continue to support the decisions of the individual Preferred Bidder IPPs. Also they would continue to do what is best for the PV industry. This is once they have evaluated their positions and made a decision as to whether they are willing to proceed under the new conditions.



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Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member on Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron termed the move of building of inclusive communities very imperative. The housing project, he said is to make things right with regards to apartheid effects in the country.
Councillor Herron said the city will this month commence with the development of affordable housing opportunities.  The scheme will benefit low-income earning residents.
The plots are located within the Voortrekker Road Corridor Integration Zone (VRCIZ). This is one of three integration zones where the City is considering pouring its capital budget on infrastructure. This will take place during its term of office. The VRCIZ will link the Bellville, Maitland, Parow, Goodwood and Salt River CBDs with the Cape Town CBD via Voortrekker Road.
Organisational Development and Transformation
According to the council, the announcement of the location of these City-owned sites is in line with the OTD commitment. He further added that the development of these sites will help create a new urban setting.  Apart from their proximity to CBDs these sites are also within walking distance of social amenities.
Mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille said the city established the Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) in a clear move to bring the functions of urban planning, formal housing and transport together. Furthermore the Authority’s implementation of the strategy aimed at creation of a compact and connected city will in turn aid towards the same efforts of spatial transformation.
According to her, they will bring people closer to economic development as well as providing affordable housing. The aim is further to build integrated communities where households have economic and operational flexibility


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The South African Wind Energy Association will partner with the Durban University of Technology and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. They will embark on an educational road trip with the EnergyDRIVE.
SAWEA explained in a statement that the custom-built truck is designed to teach rural learners about the benefits and uses of renewable energy technologies.  It will also engage with over 2,500 rural high school learners close to wind farms.
Energy DRIVE initiative
The project was launched by Durban University of Technology and Energy and Water Seta in November 2016. This initiative aims to raise awareness of renewable power resources and climate change.
Participating partners and sponsors include the South Africa Wind Energy Project Phase 2 (SAWEP 2) funded by the Global Environment Facility and the Department of Energy, the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), the Renewable Energy Centre of Research and Development (RECORD) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) South Africa Country Office.

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