O.R Tambo airport unveils phase 1 of Western Precinct developmentFeb 13, 2019: South Africa's biggest and busiest airport, O.R Tambo International has unveiled the first phase of a R4.5 billion mixed-use development. Pityi-Vokwana was joined at the ceremony by members of the Western Precinct Consortium, which won the bid for the first phase. The members of the Western Precinct Consortium are HERI Propco, mmqsmace Consultancy, and TiBER Construction. The Western Precinct development forms part of a strategy to expand our offering and to drive new sources of growth for the entire region," explained Pityi-Vokwana. "Together we bring exceptional engineering and construction skills and experience to the Western Precinct development."
February 13, 2019 06:45 UTC
Key ViewWe believe that the vehicle sales market in the North African sub-region will be a global outperformer in 2019 and 2020, expanding 8.1% and 6.0% respectively. Furthermore, we expect Morocco's vehicle sales market will remain strong and stable in the sub-region, which will further improve the North African vehicle sales market. We forecast vehicle sales growth of 8.1% in 2019 and 6.0% in 2020 in the North African sub-region, significantly outperforming the global averages of 1.5% and 2.0% respectively (see chart below). Egyptian Vehicle Sales' Recovery On TrackEgypt - Vehicle Sales By Segment, Units % y-o-ye/f = Fitch Solutions estimate/forecast. Morocco To Add Stability To The North African RegionMorocco - Vehicle Sales by segment, Units y-o-y %f = Fitch Solutions forecast.
February 13, 2019 00:22 UTC
Boeing projects the Middle East will require $745 billion in aviation services through 2037 to keep pace with growing passenger and freight traffic in the region, the aviation giant said in a press release Tuesday. The growing fleet requires aviation services, including supply chain support (parts and parts logistics), maintenance and engineering services, and aircraft modification. Boeing’s Services Market Outlook (SMO) 2018-2037 – Middle East Perspective forecasts growing need for services that increase fleet productivity and reduce operating costs. According to the report’s findings, the Middle East will drive more than 8 percent of global demand for aviation services, representing $745 billion, and growing at a projected 4.6 percent annually. “The Middle East is an unmatched location to connect the growing markets of Asia, Europe and Africa.
February 13, 2019 00:00 UTC
Shipping & Logistics Lamu abuzz with Sh2.7trn projectsConstruction of a berth at Lamu port. The bulk of this cost is taken up by the Sh2.5 trillion Lamu Port South-Sudan Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) Corridor Project. During his recent tour to the Lamu Port site, Lapsset Corridor Development Authority Chairman Titus Ibui said the first berths will be ready by June this year with first ship expected to dock in Lamu Port for the first time in November. The Sh2.5 billion road stretching from Gulf Petrol Station to link up with Lapsset road project is also underway. The Mokowe Customs Jetty in Lamu West will consume Sh599 million and the Mtangawanda Jetty in Lamu East will cost Sh72 million.
February 12, 2019 19:06 UTC
News Climate change biggest threat, say Kenyans in pollClimate change was rated a major threat by 71 percent of Kenyans polled. FILE PHOTO | NMGKenyans taking part in a newly released global poll have identified climate change as the biggest threat facing the country. North Korea’s nuclear programme was viewed as a major threat by 56 percent of Kenyans. Worries about climate change head the list of threats in half of the 26 countries included in the survey. In 10 of the surveyed countries, roughly half or more of respondents now see American power as a major threat to their nation.
February 12, 2019 19:02 UTC
Tunis, Feb 12, 2019 – Officials in Tunisia have been “dragging their feet” on efforts to repatriate Tunisian children of Islamic State group members from camps in Syria, Iraq and Libya, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. The rights group, quoting Tunisia’s ministry of women and children, said about 200 children and 100 women claiming Tunisian nationality were being held in “squalid” camps abroad. “Tunisian officials are dragging their feet on helping bring (them) home.” Hundreds of civilians, including IS-linked family members, have been fleeing a US-backed offensive against the jihadist group’s last holdout in eastern Syria. “Tunisian children are stuck in these camps with no education, no future, and no way out while their governments seems to barely lift a finger to help them,” Tayler said. In 2017, hundreds of Tunisians took to the streets to protest against the repatriation of IS-linked citizens.
February 12, 2019 18:45 UTC
Rabat, Feb 12, 2019 – Moroccan authorities said Tuesday they had arrested three French nationals suspected of links to the Islamic State jihadist group for alleged involvement in “financing terrorism”. Investigations have shown that the suspects have “succeeded in forging close ties with active fighters” within IS in Syria and Iraq, it said. The North African kingdom, which relies heavily on tourism, was shaken by the grisly murders of two Scandinavian hikers by suspected jihadists in the High Atlas mountains in December. In 2011, a bomb blast at a cafe in Marrakesh’s famed Jamaa El Fna Square killed 17 people, mostly European tourists. Jihadists of Moroccan origin have also been involved in numerous attacks abroad in recent years in France, Belgium and Spain.
February 12, 2019 18:33 UTC
Strasbourg, France, Feb 12, 2019 (AFP) – The European Parliament on Tuesday adopted a new fishing agreement with Morocco that covers the adjacent waters of the disputed Western Sahara, angering the Algerian-backed Polisario Frontindependence movement. The authors of the agreement, which replaces one that expired last July, stressed its terms will not undermine efforts to settle the long-running conflict between Morocco and the Western Sahara. “A new agreement on the legal, environmental, economic and social governance of EU vessels’ fishing activities in Morocco and Western Sahara waters was approved on Tuesday,” the European Parliament said. With 415 votes in favour, 189 against and 49 abstentions, the deal was adopted by the European Parliament, one of the final hurdles in the 28-nation European Union. Before it was approved the parliament rejected a request to refer the agreement back to the European Court of Justice to see if it complies with EU treaties.
February 12, 2019 18:22 UTC
Three French nationals, including one of Algerian origin, were arrested Monday (Feb. 11) in Salé, Rabat’s twin city, for their alleged involvement in the financing of terrorism and for links with fighters operating in Syria and Iraq. The defendants are suspected of involvement in fundraising for the benefit of extremist circles that finance terrorist operations, the statement said. Last Wednesday, elements of the National brigade of the Judicial Police (BNPJ) arrested in Casablanca an Iraqi national also suspected of fund-raising for the benefit of jihadists operating in Syria and Iraq. A. M, was a company manager, who used intermediaries or messengers to smuggle large sums of foreign currency out of Morocco. Last month, US President announced the gradual withdrawal of American forces from Syria upon declaring the group defeated.
February 12, 2019 15:33 UTC
Also marking Abraham Lincoln’s birthday celebrations (Lincoln Day), Washington, in his speech encouraged African Americans to study and take up careers in the fields of industrial and agricultural sciences. Despite the curse of slavery, during those dark and bitter days, God was preparing the way for the solution of the race problem, along the line of industrial training. The Negro that has learned to respect a white man, is ten fold greater than a white man who hates a Negro. Industrial training will help to do it. Photo via the Library of CongressPhoto via the Library of CongressPhoto via the Library of CongressPhoto via the Library of Congress
February 12, 2019 15:00 UTC
Between December 2018 and January 2019, Siemens Mobility has commissioned three of the busiest railway stations in Africa, Johannesburg Park Station, Braamfontein station and the eastern portion of Pretoria Station with the Siemens Sicas S7 electronic interlocking system. Johannesburg Park Station consists of 114 sets of points, 129 signals and 16 operational platforms, making it one of the largest railway stations in Africa. Various training is provided to PRASA technical, operational and maintenance personnel in order to bridge the skills gap between the existing technologies to the electronic based signalling system. This new signalling system will help increase operational capacity, provide a higher level of flexibility and reduce train delays. The completion of the rail signalling project will see the Gauteng railway network aligned with modern rail networks across the world and Siemens is extremely proud to be involved in this significant project.
February 12, 2019 15:00 UTC
East-based Libyan National Army (LNA) opposed to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) headquartered in Tripoli, has confirmed its full control of the Sharara oilfield, thecountry’s largest. Spokesman of the LNA Monday on Twitter said the Sharara oilfield in the southern Libyan desert, which produces a third of Libya’s 1 million barrel per day, is now under the control of the army, led by Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar. “Peacefully with no resistance, LNA has full control over Sharara oilfield with all its facilities,” the spokesman said. The LNA fighters in pictures posted by the army were jubilating in front of one of the oilfield signposts, Reuters reports. Production at the Sharara oilfield is on hold.
February 12, 2019 14:37 UTC
As an internationally renowned climate activist and human rights defender, this South African Earth Warrior is no stranger to challenge and adventure. According to various estimates there are still between 5 – 10 Million landmines still in the Sahara, “Western Sahara is one of the most contaminated territories in the world,” the UN Mine Action Service says on its website. The Sahara Marathon is an international sport event hosted in the Sahara Desert every year. Her goal is to highlight the ‘ #StandInTheSand ’ solidarity movement which gives a voice and presence to the last colony in Africa, Western Sahara. The Sahara Marathon, includes the standard-distance marathon also includes a half marathon of 21km, 10km, 5km and a special children’s race which is aimed at promoting sport activity.
February 12, 2019 14:37 UTC
The Egyptian parliament will meet Wednesday instead of Feb.17 to vote on the proposed changes to the constitution that would allow incumbent leader Fattah al-Sisi to remain in power beyond his current last term that ends in 2022. The House last week approved the changes which include lifting the term limit, introduction of the Vice President position and re-instatement of the senate. If approved, the motion will be sent to the legislative committee and then submitted to national referendum. The former army commander rose to power in 2013 after overthrowing first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi who have been handed multiple jail sentences. The Egyptian leader is accused of human right abuses with heavy crackdown on freedom of speech.
February 12, 2019 14:26 UTC
The European Parliament adopted this Tuesday (Feb.12) by an overwhelming majority the Morocco-EU Fisheries Agreement. Under this new sustainable fisheries agreement, the two sides agreed on the content of the deal, the areas it covers and its implementation protocol. The number of boarding contracts for Moroccan sailors and fishermen aboard European fishing vessels will also increase. In order to preserve some species, octopus and shrimps are not included in the agreement. Also, the Mediterranean Sea is excluded from this perimeter in order to preserve its resources, which are overexploited.
February 12, 2019 13:30 UTC