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Namibia:Pet Owners Urged to Vaccinate Animals Against Rabies

By Alvine Kapitako

Windhoek — The Ministry of Health and Social Services has urged pet owners to vaccinate their animals against rabies. Public relations officer in the Health Ministry Manga Libita said there is a shortage of anti-rabies vaccine in the country at present and that is the case globally.

“We have got too many dog bites. Most of the dogs are not vaccinated against rabies and that is worrying,” said Libita. If a dog with rabies bites a human that person can contract rabies, which is potentially fatal, she explained. “We should avoid that by all means,” Libita stressed.

She said many pet owners do not care for their pets and stressed that owners should be more caring towards their animals.

Dr Annie Marggraff, a veterinarian at Windhoek Animal Hospital also stressed that animals should be vaccinated against rabies to prevent the pets from contracting the disease. She also explained that dogs and cats can contract the disease from bites from squirrels and wild animals, such as jackals.

Symptoms of rabies in dogs can vary, but in most cases the animal behaves strangely and salivates excessively, said Marggraff, who emphasised that prevention is always better than cure.

Rabies in animals can be fatal, Marggraff warned. She advised that if humans are bitten by a dog that is suspected to have rabies they should seek medical attention immediately.

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South Africa:Chamber Files for Review of ‘Disastrous’ Mining Charter

The Chamber of Mines filed an application in the North Gauteng High court on Tuesday to have a judicial review and setting aside of the Mining Charter.

According to the founding affidavit, the Charter released by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on June 15 had, and continues to have, a “disastrous effect” on the mining industry, including on investors and employees.

“The shock induced in all role players within the mining industry, including financial commentators, has been so profound that an amount in excess of R50bn was wiped off the market of shares in listed mining companies,” the affidavit reads.

The Chamber also made reference to the fact that ratings agency Moody’s characterised the Charter as “credit negative”.

“The 2017 Charter has been an unmitigated disaster, both for the mining industry as a whole and South Africa.”

The affidavit further unpacks the grounds of review, among these being that it is unconstitutional in that it usurps the functions of the legislature. The Chamber pointed out that the publication of the Charter was beyond Zwane’s powers.

“It is incomprehensible that he could honestly have believed that such publication constituted a legitimate exercise of power under section 100(2)(a) of the MPRDA.”

By publishing the power the minister exercised powers exclusively to Parliament, the Chamber claims.

The Chamber also criticised the Charter as being confusing and contradictory to its core provisions.

“Not only are the mining companies who are supposedly obliged to comply with the 2017 Charter perplexed as to what they are required to do, but legal experts themselves are confused and find themselves unable to (determine) the meaning and effect of the 2017 Charter.”

The Charter represents a “most egregious” case of regulatory over-reach, the Chamber said. Further, it has been harmful, not only because of its content, but also because it is a clear threat to the separation of powers.

The Chamber further reiterated its commitment to transformation in the industry and its contributions to policy reforms since 1992. It explained that it was against attempts to subvert the rule of law and the Mining Resources and Petroleum Development Act and its objectives by the unlawful publication of instruments like the Charter.

The Chamber warned that the Charter’s implementation would “destroy” the mining industry.

Previously CEO Roger Baxter said that the Chamber would conduct its engagement with the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) through the courts.

The DMR has said the minister is open to consultation. But in response to this, Baxter said that it was a “pity” that Zwane opened up his arms for engagement “after the horse had bolted”.

Source: Fin24

Nigeria:Mining Sector ‘Biggest Beneficiary’ of N1.2 Trillion Capital Allocation in 2017 Budget – Fashola

By Bassey Udo

A bulk of the over N1.2 trillion capital allocation from the 2017 budget was utilised in the mining sector, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said on Tuesday.

Mr. Fashola said the bulk of the materials required for the development of infrastructure, namely power plants, roads, bridges, houses, others come from operations of the mining industry.

The minister, who was speaking at the opening of the 2nd Nigeria Mining Week in Abuja, noted that most of the allocations for power, works and housing as well as transportation sectors in the 2017 budget indirectly ended in the mining sector.

He said the government and other players in the construction industry would not be able to build roads without granite, sand, laterite, cement, limestone and bitumen that came from the sector.

The government, the minister pointed out, decided to raise its budget for capital projects from almost 15 per cent of its total earnings in 2016 to 30 per cent in 2017 as part of a commitment to bridging the infrastructure gap in the country.

Apart from the economy coming out of recession, Mr. Fashola said the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS reported that the solid minerals sector, which had nine consecutive quarters of negative growths since 2014, also ended on a positive note in the second quarter 2017.

The NBS said limestone, granite and sand, used in the construction industry, for the first time constituted 90 per cent of the mining activities that took place in the mining industry in 2016, with the other minerals accounting for only 10 per cent.

“There was growth in the basic metal, iron and steel industry during this period. The construction industry, which has been in negative growth, started picking up as a result of the implementation of the budget,” Mr. Fashola said.

“We have come out of recession. For those still saying what coming out of recession means, I think they should visit the mining sites and see what is happening there,” he said.

He said the government was preparing to collect data with the disbursement of part of the N100 billion Sukuk funds issued recently, to observe the impact of the money in the mining sector and see what would happen if more was spent on capital projects in future.

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Kayode Fayemi, said the Nigeria Mining Week sought to help prioritise government agenda to reposition the mining sector as one of the frontiers of economic diversification agenda.

He said since the launch of the roadmap for the development of the mining sector last year, some of the challenges have been resolved and the sector de-risked for sustainable growth.

With the recent World Risk Report by the Mining Journal indicating Nigeria recorded remarkable improvements in both hard and perceived risk factors, Mr. Fayemi said government seeks to rebuild market confidence its minerals and mining sectors and win over domestic users of industrial minerals to achieve import substitution.

On access to finance, he said the Bank of Industry, BOI, and the Nigerian Solid Minerals Development Fund launched a N5 billion fund to provide single digit interest loans to mining projects in Nigeria.

Besides, he said, about N30 billion has been approved from the Natural Resources Intervention Fund for the promotion of the exploration of new minerals to strengthen the regulatory capacity of the ministry.

In addition, the government also secured a $150 million World Bank loan for the Mindiver Project to fund strategic interventions in the sector.

Another $600 million investment fund, the minister said, was being arranged by some entities, including the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, NSIA and the Nigerian Stock Exchange and others.

“Already, the mining sector has begun to record very impressive results. We achieved a 300 per cent increase in revenue (royalties and fees) between 2015 and 2016, and as at July of this year, the sector had already surpassed the entire revenue of N2 billion generated for the whole of 2016,” he said.

The Nigeria Mining Week was organised by the Miners Association of Nigeria, in partnership with IPAD Nigeria, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Spintelligent.

The Attah of Ebiraland in Okene, Kogi State, Ibrahim Atta, decried the non-reactivation of the Nigerian Iron Ore Mining Company, NIOMCO and the Ajaokuta Steel Complex for over 30 years, describing it as a big shame on government.

“I am happy the ‎government has moved to right the wrong in the sector. The two companies must be reactivated and operated to the benefit of the people and the country’s economy. That has to be done. If it is not done, that will be a real big shame to the government.”

The monarch also spoke of official connivance in illegal mining.

“Those involved in illegal mining are known. Those in government may be beneficiaries of the illegal mining. Does the minister say he does not know they are there? What has he done? They kill people. The government knows this. If the government wants to stop illegal mining I will be available to help free of charge,” he said.

Exempt Renewable Energy From Tax – Call

By Rosemary Mirondo

Dar es Salaam — The Ministry of Energy is currently in talks with Ministry of Finance and Planning to seek a tax exemption on renewable energy (RE) as a way of encouraging more investments in the sector whose infrastructure set up is expensive.

This is according to the Energy engineer from the ministry of Energy, Ms Nyaso Makwaya, during a conference themed: “Towards 100 Per cent RE for Tanzania.”

According to a report on 100 per cent Renewable Energy for Tanzania, approximately $160 billion in investments is required for the renewable energy sector to become a reality, including investments in replacements after the economic lifetime of plants expire, totalling around $5 billion annually.

The total amount required for advanced investment to 2050 is $310 billion, averaging $9 billion annually.

Tanzania would shift almost 99 per cent of the entire investment towards renewables and cogeneration. In view of this, she said that the ministry wanted to create a favourable environment for the sector, including having appropriate strategies, policies and special tax preferences for REs.

“We have had a number of investors coming into the country to invest in renewable energy, but there have been a number of challenges including community misunderstandings with the investors,” she said, adding that such hindrances wer setting back plans for feasibility studies, investments and acquisition of grants for the project.

Currently, sources of renewable energy in the country include solar energy, geothermal, wind and bio-energies that are yet to come to their full potential as currently it only constituted 2 per cent of the power generation.

She said the ministry had now come up with a new plan where all investors in energy were invited to apply for projects through tenders and not individually as initially done. She stressed that the new plan ensured the investors competed at favorable interest rates that ensured the government benefited.

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Tanzania:Exempt Renewable Energy From Tax – Call

By Rosemary Mirondo

Dar es Salaam — The Ministry of Energy is currently in talks with Ministry of Finance and Planning to seek a tax exemption on renewable energy (RE) as a way of encouraging more investments in the sector whose infrastructure set up is expensive.

This is according to the Energy engineer from the ministry of Energy, Ms Nyaso Makwaya, during a conference themed: “Towards 100 Per cent RE for Tanzania.”

According to a report on 100 per cent Renewable Energy for Tanzania, approximately $160 billion in investments is required for the renewable energy sector to become a reality, including investments in replacements after the economic lifetime of plants expire, totalling around $5 billion annually.

The total amount required for advanced investment to 2050 is $310 billion, averaging $9 billion annually.

Tanzania would shift almost 99 per cent of the entire investment towards renewables and cogeneration. In view of this, she said that the ministry wanted to create a favourable environment for the sector, including having appropriate strategies, policies and special tax preferences for REs.

“We have had a number of investors coming into the country to invest in renewable energy, but there have been a number of challenges including community misunderstandings with the investors,” she said, adding that such hindrances wer setting back plans for feasibility studies, investments and acquisition of grants for the project.

Currently, sources of renewable energy in the country include solar energy, geothermal, wind and bio-energies that are yet to come to their full potential as currently it only constituted 2 per cent of the power generation.

She said the ministry had now come up with a new plan where all investors in energy were invited to apply for projects through tenders and not individually as initially done. She stressed that the new plan ensured the investors competed at favorable interest rates that ensured the government benefited.

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Nigeria:Senate Urges Buhari to Appoint Separate Power Minister

The Senate has urged the federal government to appoint a separate minister for the Ministry of Power to ensure optimal performance.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that under the present administration, the Ministry of Power is merged with that of Works and Housing.

The Senate also urged the government to immediately incorporate Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) for the implementation of alternative energy projects.

The projects include the Hydro Power, Solar power and Wind power.

It also advised the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to use gas as the source of energy for the Kaduna project in accordance with the original concept of the project.

The call followed Senate’s resolution on a motion on “The Need to establish and delegate Special Purpose Vehicles to execute and Operate Major Power Sector Development Projects.”

The motion was sponsored by Mustapha Bukar (APC-Katsina).

Mr. Bukar noted that the federal government, in 2004, conceived of the idea of an Integrated Power Project which metamorphosed into Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC) incorporated in 2005.

“This was in government’s quest to bridge the power gap for sustained economic growth in Nigeria by adding significant new generation capacity to Nigeria’s electricity supply system.” he said.

He noted that the National Assembly enacted the Electric Power Sector Reform (EPSR) Act, 2005 on March 11, 2005, which kick-started the process of privatisation of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).

This he said was in a bid to develop a Competitive Electricity Market with the establishment of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

He said the function of NERC was to provide for the licensing and regulation of the entire value chain of the Nigerian Electricity Market (NEM).

“The privatisation became effective on November 1, 2013 when the unbundled Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) was sold and transferred to successful bidders of the 6 Generation Companies (GENCOs) and the 11 Distribution Companies (DISCOs).

“The ownership and control of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) was retained by the Federal Government for strategic reasons.”

The lawmaker further said that consequent upon the commencement of the privatisation and establishment of the Nigerian Electricity Market, the role of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works & Housing was restricted.

Contributing, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Power, Eyinnaya Abaribe, said the committee was already acting along its own mandate for oversight.

“We are working toward ensuring that these concerns that have been raised as a result of this motion were looked into.

“The Ministry of Power, today, is combined with Works and Housing and the thrust of the ministry is to give quality direction.

“But what we find is that the ministry continues to appropriate these jobs specifically meant to be done by agencies under it.

“We are taking measures to see whether we can bring the ministry back to what it ought to be.”

In his remarks, Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, said every talk about growing the economy would not work unless the power sector was repositioned.

“We need to create a situation where we have energy sufficiency.

“As long as the private sector depends on private arrangement for energy requirements, the cost of goods will continue to be high, especially the ones produced here.

“It is important that we all work toward ensuring power sufficiency in the country and ensure that it is sustained,” Mr. Ekweremadu said.

(NAN)

Renewable Energy Players Meet in Kigali This Week

By Collins Mwai

Local and international players in renewable energy will convene in Kigali on Thursday and Friday this week to map out potential opportunities in the sector.

The forum will serve as a platform to network, deliberate and showcase technology with an aim to scale up renewable energy.

According to the organisers, the forum, dubbed Renewable Energy for Sustainable Growth -Matchmaking conference & Exhibition, will also pay attention to small and medium hydropower project development in Rwanda and the region.

The event will venture into the Rwandan renewable energy market and provide an international business and partnerships platform by highlighting attractive investment opportunities.

“Expectations from the forum include engaging with financiers and investors interested in the Rwandan renewable energy market, and exchange know-how with counterparts. Updates will be shared on Government of Rwanda’s national priorities and associated business opportunities for the private sector. Engagement with pioneers in the off-grid sector and lessons about exciting innovations that are driving change on the ground in Rwanda will also be discussed,” a concept note by the organisers reads in part.

Currently, Rwanda’s energy generation capacity is at 210.9 MW with 48 per cent coming from hydropower, with thermal contributing 32 per cent, while methane-to-power adds about 14.3 per cent.

According to Rwanda Energy Group Report of August 2017, the country has achieved about 40.5 per cent access rate, of which on-grid access represents 29.5 per cent with off-grid access standing at 11 per cent.

REG recently announced that they had reviewed their energy rollout strategy to align them to the central government’s objectives.

The new strategy 7-5-2 Plan aims at connecting all the households in next 7 years (by 2024), connecting all the productive users by 2022, and ensuring that the entire capital is connected by in the next two years by 2019.

The new strategy is also dependent on power imports from neighbouring countries, an initiative which has been in the pipeline for years but has since stalled severally.

The Acting Managing Director of Energy Development Corporation Limited, Yves Nshuti, recently told The New Times that the power importation plan was still in the pipeline and is set to add about 100MW in the near future.

The plan also includes stepping up the use of off-grid solutions to about 48 per cent.

The event is organised by Energy Private Developers association in conjunction with Rwanda Development Board, among other partners.

editorial@newtimes.co.rw

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Rwanda:Renewable Energy Players Meet in Kigali This Week

By Collins Mwai

Local and international players in renewable energy will convene in Kigali on Thursday and Friday this week to map out potential opportunities in the sector.

The forum will serve as a platform to network, deliberate and showcase technology with an aim to scale up renewable energy.

According to the organisers, the forum, dubbed Renewable Energy for Sustainable Growth -Matchmaking conference & Exhibition, will also pay attention to small and medium hydropower project development in Rwanda and the region.

The event will venture into the Rwandan renewable energy market and provide an international business and partnerships platform by highlighting attractive investment opportunities.

“Expectations from the forum include engaging with financiers and investors interested in the Rwandan renewable energy market, and exchange know-how with counterparts. Updates will be shared on Government of Rwanda’s national priorities and associated business opportunities for the private sector. Engagement with pioneers in the off-grid sector and lessons about exciting innovations that are driving change on the ground in Rwanda will also be discussed,” a concept note by the organisers reads in part.

Currently, Rwanda’s energy generation capacity is at 210.9 MW with 48 per cent coming from hydropower, with thermal contributing 32 per cent, while methane-to-power adds about 14.3 per cent.

According to Rwanda Energy Group Report of August 2017, the country has achieved about 40.5 per cent access rate, of which on-grid access represents 29.5 per cent with off-grid access standing at 11 per cent.

REG recently announced that they had reviewed their energy rollout strategy to align them to the central government’s objectives.

The new strategy 7-5-2 Plan aims at connecting all the households in next 7 years (by 2024), connecting all the productive users by 2022, and ensuring that the entire capital is connected by in the next two years by 2019.

The new strategy is also dependent on power imports from neighbouring countries, an initiative which has been in the pipeline for years but has since stalled severally.

The Acting Managing Director of Energy Development Corporation Limited, Yves Nshuti, recently told The New Times that the power importation plan was still in the pipeline and is set to add about 100MW in the near future.

The plan also includes stepping up the use of off-grid solutions to about 48 per cent.

The event is organised by Energy Private Developers association in conjunction with Rwanda Development Board, among other partners.

editorial@newtimes.co.rw

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Nigeria:Nigeria Continues Power, Infrastructure Talks With Global Bodies

By Clara Nwachukwu and Chijioke Nelson

Washington DC — The quest for adequate and sustainable investments to boost the nation’s power sector and other infrastructure projects continued yesterday, with a bilateral meeting and talks with multilateral institutions by the Federal Government.

The leader of the Nigerian delegation to the ongoing World Bank Group/International Monetary Fund (IMF) meetings in Washington DC, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, presented the country’s power and infrastructure projects, among others, to representatives of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

This followed an engagement with the World Bank Group and the IMF by the minister at the G24 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meetings, where the government asked the multilateral institutions to scale up their investment and support in the provision of and access to renewable energy for the country, to deliver development results and meet global climate goals.

Adeosun, described the call for scaling up renewable energy investment in Nigeria as win-win”, adding: “We have a major energy infrastructure gap to meet the needs of industrialisation. Providing access to energy to all parts of Nigeria, both urban and rural, is a priority. If we succeed, we estimate that this could unleash the development potentials of two-third of our population of 180 million.”

Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, who represented the Finance Minister, at the forum, commended JICA for strengthening the bilateral relations between Nigeria and Japan.

He assured that Nigeria and the agency would continue to work harmoniously towards the realisation of ongoing infrastructure projects in the power, water and road sectors as well as the rehabilitation of Jebbahydro power project.

The leader of JICA delegation, Hiroshi Kato, explained that the agency called for the Minister in order to review a proposal to support nutrition improvement in Nigeria, and also appraise ongoing infrastructure projects as well as some projects in the pipeline.

Kati, who is the Senior Vice President, said: “JICA is planning to implement the Technical Cooperation Project on capacity development for nutrition improvement in the Federal Capital Territory. This project has five years duration.

“The concept seeks to improve the nutrition situation of rural people in the FCT through dietary improvement and local production and local consumption of nutrition rich food,” Kato said.

He recalled that the Initiative for Food and Nutrition Security in Africa (IFNA), was launched in Nairobi in August 2016 during the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development.

The IFNA, he noted, was created to help African Governments accelerate the implementation of their nutrition policies, and also to ensure integration of agriculture into nutrition actions at the local level.

On the power transmission project, Kato said JICA is working towards signing a loan agreement for the project by March 2019.

He expressed the agency’s interest in implementing a master plan study on National Power System Development.

He assured that the National Power System Development project would be a technical cooperation between Nigeria and JICA.

Kenyatta Hits Out at Raila Odinga Over London Visit

By Grace Gitau and Ndung’u Gachane

President Uhuru Kenyatta has criticised National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga’s visit to the United Kingdom, accusing him of a plot to bring about a shared government.

While campaigning in Kenol, Murang’a County, the President Kenyatta said that the country does not need foreign mediators for it is not in crisis.

“We are not interested in mediation or being put together. Kofi Annan is not present in Kenya. He (Raila) should fly back to the country to mobilise voters,” he said.

GOVERNANCE

The President said that Mr Odinga was portraying the country’s democracy as rotten to attract attention from the international community that will then offer to mediate the election standoff.

He insisted that Kenya will only be governed by Kenyans, therefore the Nasa leader should return and campaign if he wants to be President.

“We told you before that he never wanted an election and he still does not want one, that’s why he is busy claiming that the country is at war,” he said.

VIOLENCE

Mr Odinga flew to London on Wednesday and on Friday gave a speech at Chatam House, decrying the deteriorating democracy in Africa.

The President and his Deputy William Ruto were accompanied by Murang’a leaders including Governor Mwangi wa Iria and Senator Irungu Kang’ata.

The Head of State further criticised Nasa leaders for leading anti-IEBC demos that ended in destruction of property.

“His work [has] been to call for demonstrations, inciting his supporters to attack police officers and steal from other Kenyans,” he said.

POWER-SHARING

Mr Kenyatta insisted that Mr Odinga was never prepared for election and resolved to fly to the UK after his attempts to push for a shared government fell through.

“We have been pleading with Kenyans to vote for us; but our counterpart, since the court delivered its ruling, his work has been to call for press conferences and demonstrations.”

ELECTION ON

Deputy President William Ruto said Kenya is not ready for a coalition government and that Kenyans have the final say on who becomes president.

“Let Raila Odinga know that there will be no power sharing negotiations in this country.

“The Constitution that was unanimously passed by the electorate in 2010 dictates that it is them who determine who will lead the country,” Mr Ruto said.

The Deputy President maintained that there will be an election on October 26 with or without the Nasa presidential candidate’s participation.

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