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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...

Founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, announced world’s richest person

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Jeff Bezos, Amazon's founder, is now the richest person in the world. With a net worth of over $90 billion, Bezos has overtaken Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, by around...

Somalia government to take control of airspace after 26 years

Engineers are doing last minute system installation at one of Somalia's new airspace control centers - once the initial phase is completed, this will be the country's first modern air traffic control center -...

Ugandans of Asian origin contribute to 65% of tax revenue

New research shows that Ugandans of Asian origin are helping to drive the economy -- despite being forced out under President Idi Amin's regime. In 1972 Asians living in Uganda were given a ninety day...