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Trade between Zimbabwe and South Africa declining

Ministers representing the 15-member Southern Africa Development Community are currently meeting in Pretoria. The gathering will serve as preparation for the 37th SADC heads of state summit. Zimbabwe's import ban on a number of consumable...

Egypt, China ink deal to build fast tram around Cairo

The Egyptian Ministry of Transport and a coalition of Chinese firms signed on Tuesday an agreement worth $1.24 billion to build a light rail transit in new districts around Cairo. The aspired light rail is...

South African designer braves the highly competitive jewelry market

In South Africa, as youth unemployment rates remain stubbornly high, many young people are forced to think creatively to earn a living. One entrepreneur has founded his own jewelry business and capitalises on social...

New polystyrene technology expected to lower construction costs

Laying the foundations of an attempt to solve Uganda's housing problem,  polystyrene panels are fixed together with wire mesh, then reinforced with concrete to create affordable homes. Real estate developer Wolfgang Enderlie is the brains...

Powering Angola: Chinese firm contracted to build Angola’s largest power plant

Angola has commissioned the construction of its largest hydro-power station. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has described the construction of the Cakulo Cabasa Plant as crucial to the economic growth of the country. Located in...

#KenyaDecides: Businesses in Uganda worry Kenya polls may affect movement of goods

There is growing concern in Uganda about imports through the Mombasa port ahead of Kenya's presidential elections next week. Many Ugandans suffered losses worth millions of dollars when their trucks were attacked during the 2007...

Africa Science Week Forum targets young people, tech innovators in Kenya

Kenya is set to host an Africa Science Week in the capital, Nairobi. The forum aims to raise awareness of the importance of science and technology especially among young people and will also serve as...

Kenya Election Expenses: Public & private spending at an all time high

Kenya heads to the polls in just over a week, and it's a hotly contested and very expensive election. Public and private spending are at an all-time high, while government and presidential candidates have put...

Bountiful harvest makes Zimbabwe self-sufficient

Zimbabwe's government intervention and bountiful rains have produced a bumper harvest that's turned the Southern African nation from import dependent to self-sufficient. The recovery is so great - a three fold increase in all grains...

Kenyan goods face hurdles, after fresh deal with Tanzania

A trade spat between Kenya and Tanzania that seemed to have been resolved remains. The East African neighbours inked a fresh pact last Sunday in a deal that was supposed to lift restrictions Kenya had...