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Liberia: LEC Increases Power Supply, Campaigns Against Power Theft

By Omari Jackson

The management of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has announced the beginning of a campaign to engage in robust exercises that will ensure the provision of affordable electricity to the Liberian public and the prevention of power theft.

According to a press release, the current campaign is pursuant to the LEC’s mandate to provide affordable electricity to the Liberian public and to safeguard its use, so as to, among other things, maintain such affordability.

“The corporation in conjunction with the relevant Liberian authorities is engaged in a robust exercise to ensure the provision of these services and the prevention of the theft of the services,” the release said. In this regard, the LEC said a team has been established to conduct regular inspections; and in the event of suspicion, to allow and permit the relevant authorities of the government to take the necessary action(s) in keeping with statutory responsibility.

The release said, “In this regard, the Liberia National Police, in January 2017 arrested several customers and alleged customers of the LEC, on suspicion of theft of electricity, including the Mamba Point Hotel and its General Manager, Mr. Chawki Bsaibes.”

After a thorough investigation, the Liberia National Police issued its report in which it concluded that the Mamba Point Hotel was registered with the LEC as a customer, paying for power usage, but was supplying the electricity services to its subsidiary under the sole name of “Mamba Point Hotel,” instead of in the name of the subsidiary, Ocean View Residence.

The LEC said it recognizes the consumption capacity of electricity services of Mamba Point Hotel and its subsidiary, together with all of its large power consumption customers, who are paying and have the capacity to make huge payments to the LEC, both of its operations and to provide affordable electricity to the consuming public.

In view of the LNP findings, the LEC said it regrets any inconvenience caused to the Mamba Point Hotel and its General Manager, growing out of the incident of the arrest and handcuff of Mr. Chawki Bsaibes in January 2017, and therefore encourages the Mamba Point Hotel, Mr. Bsaibes and all other large consuming and other potential consuming customers to continue to be engaged with the LEC for the appropriate registration and utilization of its services in order to maintain cordiality between the LEC and the consuming public.

In a related development, the LEC has announced that new customers will no longer be required to pay the US$55 service connection fee as a perquisite for connection. The service connection fee would now be deducted after connection over a period and during the purchase of recharge tokens.

The decision was reached after a careful review of the customers’ connection procedures, and it will afford all regardless of status to access LEC services at an accelerated pace. The LEC said it is committed to increasing access to reliable and affordable electricity.

Managing Director Ernest R. Hughes said the overhaul of the recruitment procedures is a clear manifestation of government’s commitment to providing affordable electricity and giving more people access to the national electricity grid. “In order to increase access to electricity, we are taking this major step by canceling the down payment of service connection fees, which was a major bottleneck in our recruitment drive. The overarching objective of this policy is to reduce customers’ wait time for connection and to increase the number of customers,” said Mr. Hughes.

Meanwhile, the LEC has reiterated that inventories (wires, meters, light poles, streetlights, etc) are absolutely not for sale and anyone encountering any individual selling these inventories is encouraged to report to the management of the corporation, or the Liberia National Police.

Cameroon: Renewable Energy – Cameroonian Youth Wins International Competition

By Raissa Fakeh

Monique Ntumngia emerged first at the Kigali Green Girls Monafrick Energy competition on August 17, 2017.

Monique Ntumgia, the Cameroonian youth who won the international competition on renewable energy dubbed “Innovating Project of Renewable Energy” has been described as get way into youth entrepreneurship. The laureat was received in audience on August 17, 2017, by the Minister of Small and Meduim Sized Enterprises, Social Economy and Handicraft, Laurent Serge Etoundi Ngoa. Speaking during the ceremony, the minister said the award won in Kigali was one that brought Cameroon joy and that government is in support for such a project. He revealed that he was delighted to welcome the young winner of the Africa youth connect for renewable energy, Monique Ntumngia. He urged Cameroonian youths to be engaged in entrepreneurship in order to be self-employed. Monique Ntumngia,said: ” I am very happy to have emerged the winner amongst the over 100 projects presented by entrepreneurs during the competition. I wish the government will finance my project and set up the incubator in the area of renewable energy in order to make Cameroon the focal point in the world.”


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Africa: Frost & Sullivan – Africa Still Has Ample Opportunity for Growth, Despite Current Challenges

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Cape Town, South Africa — It has been noted that, despite local challenges and global volatility, Africa still presents ample opportunity for growth. The digital sphere continues to shape and disrupt a number of industry sectors and, as a result, organisations are continually striving to improve and implement strategies that not only bring about change, but sustainable long-term growth. This was one of the key messages from Frost & Sullivan’s GIL 2017: Africa – The Global Community of Growth, Innovation and Leadership annual summit attended by over 200 industry leaders on Thursday, 17 August, in Cape Town.

Frost & Sullivan Senior Partner, Dorman Followwill, opened the day’s proceedings and delivered the keynote address on ‘Digital Disruption at the Human Level: Impacts on the Mind, Body, and Soul’ capturing the attention of the audience with his presentation. The discussion focused on leaders of today, whether we are creating those who are open- or closed-minded to the digital transformation that is taking place. “We have around 25 million leaders globally,” noted Followwill. “Of these leaders, only 15% are open to change. Are our leaders of today, including those in government, ignoring or embracing the digital transformational shift that is taking place?”

Highlights of the summit included the ‘360 Degree Digital Disruption across Industries’ Think Tanks, where digital developments and future predictions across a variety of industry sectors were discussed, like:

Chemicals Materials and Food: key participant – RCL and SABIC

Automotive and Transportation: co-facilitated by Uyilo

Public Sector: co-facilitated by City of Cape Town

Healthcare: co-facilitated by MediClinic International and Logbox

Power and Water sectors: co-facilitated by Kamstrup and LittleSun

Sneha S. Shah, Managing Director for Africa at Thomson Reuters, captivated the audience with her presentation on ‘Opportunity in Crisis: How Africa Benefits from Global Volatility.’ She emphasised that opportunity in Africa is most certainly not dead. Additionally she noted, as an example, that if Africa were to apply Blockchain to land registry, it could create an immutable, unhackable record of land ownership and transfer. As a result, we would see a significant rise in the middle class.

Dr. Ryan Noach, Deputy CEO of Discovery Health, delivered a fascinating presentation on how Africa’s largest health insurance group is using technology to drive innovation and efficiency. He noted that behaviour change is fundamental to the business model, especially within the healthcare space, and that technology is becoming a very powerful enabler of that behaviour change.

Adrian Gore, Founder and Group Chief Executive of Discovery Limited, and Nelisiwe Masango, Director of Bear Run Investments, were also the recipients of the prestigious 2017 Growth Innovation Leadership awards for the day, presented by Birgitta Cederstrom, Global Commercial Director for the GIL programme at Frost & Sullivan.

Frost & Sullivan’s 2017 Growth Excellence Awards Banquet followed on from the GIL 2017: Africa day event, celebrating superlative achievements amongst 20 companies who deliver excellence in best practices across a broad spectrum of industries.

For media partnership opportunities, or to attend next year’s Growth Innovation Leadership (GIL 2017 Africa) congress, please send an e-mail to Samantha James, Corporate Communications for Africa at

About Frost & Sullivan

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Mauritius: Enhancing Transport System Is Imperative for the Modernisation of the Country, Reiterates PM

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Government is investing massively in infrastructure projects in view of upgrading and redefining the transport system of the country. The New Access Road from Mare d’Albert to the airport bears testimony of Government’s effort in modernising the transport sector of which major infrastructural projects are prerequisites to better connect Mauritius.

The Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, made this statement yesterday, at the official opening of the New Airport Access road in Mare D’Albert. The Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, Mr Nandcoomar Bodha and other eminent personalities were also present at the event.

In his address, the Prime Minister highlighted that this road infrastructure project is responsive to the needs of the country which is entering in a new era of development. He underlined that the project to the tune of Rs602 million, did not have a budget overrun and commended Omnicane for providing the required land for its undertaking.

Prime Minister Jugnauth enumerated several key projects that will necessitate a modern and reliable transport system to ease connectivity and facilitate business activities. They are: the construction of a second passenger terminal; transforming the port into a regional maritime hub; the extended Mauritius Container Terminal berth which will be fully operational by October 2017; development of a quay for leisure crafts and fishing boats at Vieux Grand Port; a new Passenger Terminal Building at Les Salines to accommodate both Cruise and inter-island passenger traffic; and the Riche Terre Business and Industrial Park, amongst others. Speaking about the drug scourge and social ills in Mauritius, he reiterated his intent on addressing the problem and the mission of fostering a new environment safe and free from drugs.

For his part, the Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, Mr N. Bodha, reiterated that the three priorities of his ministry concerning the undertaking of the project were attained that is: no overrun of budget; completion of the project in due time; and quality work. He further underlined that the New Access Road has been constructed with innovative means and in the spirit of a new road design.

The New Access Road

The new access road, with a length of 4.5 km, to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport connects the airport to the M1 motorway through a southern bypass of Plaine Magnien. The proposed route is a dual carriageway of 7.3 m wide and comprises three roundabouts and a grade separator interchange with a fly-over of 120m long. The project kicked-off on 23 March 2016.


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Mauritius: ‘Les Gestes Qui Sauvent’ Sensitisation Campaign Launched By Health Minister

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A sensitisation campaign on “les gestes qui sauvent”, organised at the initiative of the Mauritius Red Cross Society in collaboration with the Rose-Hill Transport Bus Services Ltd, was launched yesterday at Voila Bagatelle Hotel in presence of the Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Dr Anwar Husnoo.

The aim of this campaign is to raise awareness among members of the public on first aid tips that can save a person’s life until the latter is taken care of by paramedics and doctors. The campaign consists of descriptive photos showing the necessary actions to be taken in different situations in order to save someone’s life. These will be displayed on screens in several buses of the Rose-Hill Transport Bus Services Ltd.

On this occasion, Dr Husnoo highlighted that emphasis must be laid on prevention and on the right actions to be taken at the right time in order to save lives. He added that in many cases, accidents could have been avoided if proper care and attention were taken.

Furthermore, the Minister lauded the initiative of the Mauritius Red Cross Society and made an appeal to the organisation to extend the sensitisation campaign so to reach a greater number of persons.


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Lesotho: Nedbank Launches Premium Products

By Bereng Mpaki

Nedbank Lesotho has unveiled the Private Banking Bundle and Middle Market Bundle products to better respond to the personalised needs of its private and middle class clients.

The two products were unveiled to the media on Tuesday this week.

The Private Banking Bundle gives clients access to dedicated private relationship managers, free internet banking, payments and transfers, point of sale purchases, free ATM transactions and free SMS notifications.

The product which carries a monthly management fee of M219 is available to cheque account holders who earn M30 000 or more per month.

The Middle Market Bundle offering, also called Savvy Plus, is available to cheque account holders earning M3 000 per month or more.

It is designed for clients who perform most of their banking electronically including card-based transactions. It serves as an alternative to the current pay-as-you- use cheque account.

For a monthly fee of M109, clients will have access to internet subscription fees, payments and transfers, point of sale purchases, first 5 Nedbank ATM cash withdrawals and debit orders.

Speaking at the launch, Nedbank Lesotho’s Managing Director, PJ Bouwer, said the products were designed to ensure the bank remained competitive in the market.

He said the offerings came in the aftermath of the upgrades to the bank’s core system that were undertaken last year.

“We are pleased to bring these new bundled products that offer value for money for our clients while simplifying their banking by also providing alternative electronic and self-service banking solutions,” Mr Bouwer said.

“Many of the transactional needs of our customers such as ATM transactions, point of sale (POS) purchases, and internet banking are free within the bundles, for a one-monthly price/fee.

“The new Private Banking Bundle gives clients free unlimited electronic banking on Nedbank ATMs, internet banking, POS, and new Nedbank App, plus free debit orders, all for M219.00 per month.

“The Savvy Plus is an enhanced current account for middle market clients earning above M3 000 that gives them a number of free transactions that are aligned to their typical needs and usage in a month for a fixed fee of M109.”

He said Nedbank would unveil more products and “the year ahead is going to be an exciting one for our customers and the Lesotho market”.


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Ethiopian Airlines to Promote Tanzania

TANZANIA’S premiere tourist board is poised to enlist the support of three airlines — Ethiopian Airlines, Air Tanzania and Coastal Aviation – in a new partnership to promote tourism via an indoor venture known as Swahili International Tourism Expo, or SITE for short.

An agreement to that effect was signed in Dar es Salaam yesterday between TTB and the airlines, paving way for staging a three-day tourism expo in Dar es Salaam starting October 13, 2017.

Code-named SITE 2017, the ‘expo’ will be staged at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre.

Speaking at the agreement signing ceremony, TTB Managing Director Ms Devota Mdachi said the expo opens another practical avenue to sell the country’s tourism attractions across the world.

“… In this joint initiative… TTB will be working closely with the friendly airlines and explore how best we could take tourists to places neighbouring famous attractions … and where possible, inside the attractions,” she explained.

Ethiopian Airlines resident manager Dahlak Teferi said the airline was proud to be part of the sponsors of the expo, adding that “Ethiopian Airlines looks forward to participating as ‘a dependable’ stakeholder in making tourism attractions in East Africa and the Horn of Africa known across the globe.


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Executing Anti-Boils Battle Must Trickle to Lower Ranks


FOR those who are directly targeted, the process of lancing boils (kutumbua majipu), a medical analogy popularized by President John Magufuli, is very painful.

But for most of the people for whom the President styles himself the principal servant – courtesy of delivering victory to him in the 2015 General Election – the process is most delightful.

Delightful, because figuratively, the boils represent crimes, offences, tricks, misdeeds, tendencies, trends – you name it – of all kinds perpetrated by anti-social elements for personal gains, or the benefit of tiny groups such as families.

The President openly characterizes himself as the principal coordinator of the boils-lancing process, which is in essence a protracted battle, since the boils – of varying size and severity are widespread

. It is heartening that, by and by, individuals and institutions who hold critical leadership positions and handle sensitive operations, are summoning courage to lance boils at their specific levels.

This is as it should be, because it is not humanly possible for one individual to fight the battle solo; more so a Head of State for which there are many thorny issues competing for his attention, actions and decisions. The ongoing exercise by Dar es Salaam’s Ilala Municipal Council to close down illegal schools strikes a chord.

Their figure is initially put at 125, and if some pass the test during the verification exercise, they would be let off the hook. Various irregularities have been uncovered though, including some of them lacking registration documents, and others starting off as nursery schools and being clandestinely upgraded to primary level.

Previously, some higher level educational institutions were closed or put on notice over similar irregularities, as well as others, such as sub-standard curriculum, producing fake holders of fake degrees and diplomas.

The mess stems from the conversion, by super profit-driven individuals, of what are meant to be social services like educational and medical services, to commercial enterprises. The trend started off as a series of pimples that, due to being ignored, developed into almost unmanageable, gigantic boils over time.

Emerging signs of the battle being waged at levels below the presidency is encouraging and must be sustained.

Those who are weak-willed must conquer the weakness and summon courage to do what they are partly enjoined to do. Lancing boils is a battle on whose front there should be no room for cowardly soldiers!


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Businessman Manji Consumes Narcotic Drugs, Court Told

A SENIOR police officer, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ramadhani Kingai, told a Dar es Salaam Court yesterday that prominent businessman Yusuf Manji was medically tested in his urine at the Chief Government Laboratory and found with narcotic drug compounds.

He was giving evidence at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in the city when he told Principal Resident Magistrate Cyprian Mkeha that in February this year he was assigned to investigate on drugs abuse claims on some suspects that were mentioned by the Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner.

Led by Principal State Attorney Timon Vitalis, SSP Kingai, who is Deputy Zonal Crime Officer, told the court that among the suspects he was to investigate include Manji and the leader of Glory of Christ of Tanzania Church, Bishop Josephat Gwajima.

The first prosecution witness said Manji surrendered himself at the Central Police Station where he directed Corporal Sospiter to take him to the Chief Government Chemist Office for biological examination and it was revealed that the businessman is using narcotic drugs.

Following such report, the witness went on, he directed the opening of a case file, which was later forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for drafting of charges.

Cross-examined by advocate Hudson Ndusyepo, for the accused, on whether he had mandate of taking his client to be biologically tested without first obtaining leave of the court, the witness said there was no any law that compels him to do so.

The advocate referred the witness to provision of section 63 stressing on the need for the prosecution to secure court’s permission to take biological samples to the accused. The witness further admitted to have assisted the accused to get his medicine he was using while he was sick while in police custody.


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Kawempe Mayor Arrested for Obstructing KCCA Field Officials

By Amos Ngwomoya

Kampala — A section of Kawempe Division councillors have locked division offices protesting the Tuesday arrest of Mr Emmanuel Sserunjogi, the division mayor.

Mr Sserunjogi, was arrested for allegedly obstructing Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) operations.

Mr Rusoke Kituma, the head of KCCA operations said t Mr Sserunjogi blocked their crackdown on unlawful parking of vehicles on Mambule Road in Kawempe on Monday which compelled police to arrest him.

He spent the night at Kawempe Police station but was transferred to Kira Road Police Station on Wednesday.

“He is currently detained and Police is handling his matter. The general public must not defy the law because as police, we shall be left with no option but to arrest whoever breaks the law,” Mr Kituma said.

Mr Peter Kaujju, the KCCA spokesperson said Mr Sserunjogi’s conduct is uncalled for, saying that as a leader; he is supposed to ensure trade order in Kawempe Division instead of backing people to operate illegally.

“Blocking our work is totally unacceptable. We are always open to whoever has a complaint regarding our operations, and we have been attending to many people,” he said.


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