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The Kenyan government plans to spend $960m every year over the next decade in an ambitious program to prevent water shortage. According to Water and Irrigation Principal Secretary Fred Segor the country currently has 124m cubic litres of water. This is a shortfall against the required 3.5Bn cubic litres. He added that the deficit needs to be resolved in the next 10 years.
He further added that the funds will go towards robust water projects in the country. This will be in a need to address the prevalent water shortage. Furthermore, it will also ease effects of drought and boost food security.

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Mozambique and Korea signed a cooperation agreement under which Seoul will disburse $700,000 earlier on this week to fund water supply system in the country.
The town of Xai-Xai, capital of the southern province of Gaza will profit from this.
General Manager of Water Supply Investment and Assets Fund (FIPAG) Pedro Paulino, and President of the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI) Nam Kwang Hee signed the agreement. The funds will also be used to finance feasibility studies for the towns of Nampula and Lichinga.

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A three judge bench at Kenyan Court has ruled that a geothermal power accessories tender to proceed.
Daily Nation reports that the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of Rentco East Africa. The firm led a group against Russian firm OJSC Power Machines Ltd’s led group.
Geothermal power accessories tender
The reports further stated that the  Rentco East Africa‘s proposal, from the technical and financial analysis presented had the highest megawatt output. Lantech Africa and Toshiba Corporation formed part of the group as well.
According to the judges, the group also presented the highest availability factor and tariff combination. Furthermore, through this Kenya Electricity Generating Company Ltd (KenGen) will be able to get the highest revenue of $785,000.

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The $533m Kariba South extension project began in November 2014. The dam is expected to add 300MW to the national grid upon completion.
According to the permanent secretary Mbiriri, the first part of the project has been completed. He also added that work is at about 91% complete. Completion is set for March 2018. He also said said water levels in Kariba had shored up. This is a good thing, since the Kariba hydro plant will be used during peak hours. According to him, this is to enable steady water supply as the water levels have not gone up of late. He also quelled those saying the installation of an additional 300 megawatts is not wise. He further added that as a hydro plant, Kariba should ideally be used as a peaking plant. This means operations will run during morning and evening peak hours.

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Approximately 11 million people in Burundi have limited access to electricity hence making it look into solar power so as to connect a larger population.
The solar initiative is the result of a partnership between Mayor Freddy Mbonimpa and Gigawatt Global, a founding member of United States Power Africa’s Beyond the Grid program.

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Early this week Mozambique’s Minister of Public Works, Carlos Bonete said restrictions on Maputo water supply must continue. This, he said, is until water production at the treatment and pumping station is back to normal.
He spoke during a session of the Coordinating Council of his Ministry at Mulotana in Maputo province. Bonete stated that the situation at the Pequenos Libombos dam, is still a matter for serious concern.
Low water levels
The Maputo Regional Water Company (AdeM) put in place a system of rationing. This was after the level of the reservoir fell to less than 13% in early January. This left water pumping for each neighborhood in Maputo and Matola cities and Boane district every other day.
In a bid to diversify water sources 46 new boreholes opened. On the other hand, 22 small scale water systems are being repaired and rehabilitated. According to Bonete, work has began on a pipeline that will carry water from the Corumana dam to the Machava distribution centre in Matola.

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A mineral processing plant is set to be constructed in Kabezi district, 10 km south of Bujumbura in Burundi.
Rainbow Rare Earths Ltd is the company contracted to construct the mineral processing plant which will cost approximately US$ 1.5m.
The mineral processing plant will be put up about 20 km from Gakara mine, which was set up by the London Stock Exchange-listed firm that raised approximately US$ 8m. This happened after it listed 65 million shares in order to fast-track production in fourth quarter of 2017. Rainbow Rare Earths confirmed that the processing site has an asphalt road that will ease collection of the rare earth concentrate by container trucks for export.
The export will either be shipped through the Mombasa or Dar es Salaam ports. Demand for rare earth elements in the global market is increasing due to rising usage of powerful magnets used for electric vehicles, motors and wind turbines
Highest concentration

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The Namibia Roads Authority (RA) has confirmed US$30.5m spending on the upgrade of the Windhoek-Okahandja road dual carriageway.
The project kicked off with the construction of section 3(a) of the huge project, covering the road from Brakwater to the Dobra River. The construction section started in January 2014 and was completed in December 2016.
The project sections
Besides, Road Authority is expected to announce the cost of section 4(b) once a contractor is appointed. However, section 4(a) involves the rehabilitation and upgrading of the dual carriageway. The restoration begins from Dobra River to the Omakunde switch. Meanwhile, the project is currently at 38 percent. The project is scheduled for completion in January 2019.
The upgrade continues from the Omakunde interchange all the way to Okahandja interchange. The project connects at a T-junction with roads leading to Okahandja, Swakopmund and Otjiwarongo.

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Madagascar airports are all set for improvement and expansion with the help of the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF). The $245m project is expected to create opportunities and promote changes across the continent.
The upgrade construction work is ongoing on the runways, passenger terminal facilities and related infrastructure of the Ivato international airport in Antananarivo and the Fascene international airport in Nosy Be.
Funding issue resolved
EAIF Chairman David White commented that the Madagascar airports projects represent a step change for the country’s economic development drive. He also referred to the same as important employers in their own right and promoters of growth.
The big names supporting the project

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In a bid to improve access to quality affordable housing market, Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC) and Alpha Mead Development Company (AMDC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The MoU will allow the two to work together on housing finance, training, research, advisory and project structuring to increase the stock of affordable housing in the country. It will also provide relevant technical support to Alpha Mead. This is in relation to the residential Real Estate market in Nigeria.
Furthermore, the partnership between both parties will now make it easier and faster for customers pre-qualified by AMDC. They will access mortgage from the member financial institutions of the NMRC. Managing Director/CEO of NMRC Prof. Charles Inyangete described the MoU as a remarkable move.

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 Mr Kwasi Amoako-Atta, the Minister of Roads and Highway said Ghana, on June 30, ratified the treaty for the implementation of the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Highway Development Programme. He said government was awaiting parliamentary approval for the one million Euros loan needed as counterpart funding for the project. He expressed the hope that Parliament would approve the loan upon resumption from recess.
He said the Memorandum of Understanding on the project was at the Cabinet level and indicated that Ghana was on course in ensuring a successful take-off.
Mr Amoako-Atta made the disclosure at the Eighth ECOWAS Ministerial Steering Committee Meeting for Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Highway Development Programme, in Accra, on Friday.
A total of 1,028 kilometres dual carriage highways would be constructed to link the major commercial cities of five ECOWAS countries including; Ghana, La Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, Benin and Nigeria to enhance trade facilitation and regional integration.
The Minister said the meeting would deliberate on the progress made so far on the procurement process, consultancy services and detailed engineering studies as well as management organisation on the project.
He said the Ministerial Steering Committee had made a lot of progress in its previous meetings and at the point of taking crucial decisions on the Corridor Management Authority and modalities in ensuring a fair representation and contributions of the countries involved.
Dr Antoinette G. Weeks, the Commissioner in charge of Infrastructure for ECOWAS Commission, said in February 2014, the ECOWAS Head of States tasked the Commission to facilitate the implementation of the Abidjan-Lagos highways infrastructure of six lane dual carriage ways to facilitate regional trade and integration for socio-economic development of the sub-region.
She said the Commission had worked closely with the Ministerial Steering Committee, the Ministers of State in charge of Roads, Infrastructure and Works of the five countries involved, and had made some key recommendations for consideration and approval.
She said the Commission would count on the valuable diligence and guidance of the ministers in considering the recommendations and help to ensure that they collaboratively and jointly craft the most effective way forward.

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