Kenya Power says technical fault causes blackout

Kenya Power said on Monday a technical fault at one of its substations in the north of the capital has caused an electricity outage that was affecting Nairobi, Mount Kenya and Coast regions. Kenya Power said its technicians were working to restore the supply as soon as possible. "A technical fault occurred at a Kenya Power substation in Ndenderu (Nairobi North Substation) this morning cutting off supplies from Olkaria geothermal fields to the City and causing a power outage ..." it said in a statement. Many firms in Kenya run stand-by generators to address frequent power interruptions, adding to their costs. Businesses say unreliable power supplies are a major obstacle to investment.

January 09, 2017 08:02 UTC

Businesses in Nairobi, Mount Kenya and Coast region hit by power outage

Politics and policyA Kenya Power sub-station: The power utility firm has blamed a fault at one of its substation for the blackout. PHOTO | FILEKenyans in Nairobi, Mount Kenya and the Coast have been hit by a power blackout, with Kenya Power blaming a technical fault at one of its substations for the interruption. “A technical fault occurred at a Kenya Power substation in Ndenderu (Nairobi North Substation) this morning cutting off supplies from Olkaria geothermal fields to the City and causing a power outage affecting Nairobi, Coast and Mount Kenya regions,” the company said in a statement Monday morning. Frequent power blackouts have seen many businesses install standby generators that come on during supply cut-offs, raising their operating costs. Update:Kenya Power has restored supply to parts of Nairobi and Mount Kenya regions, with Eng Tare saying efforts were being made to restore supply to the Coast region.

January 09, 2017 07:35 UTC

Beyond the bombs: The fate of small businesses in the birthplace of Boko Haram

Many of those in the camp patronise the tailoring services of the oft-smiling senior citizen, who became a refugee after a 2014 attack in his hometown Gwoza by Boko Haram. In Maiduguri and other parts of Borno state, similar tales of frustration are legion. I even sold one duplex worth 15 million naira in Pompomari for just 3.5 million naira because the owner was desperate.”During the crisis, he, his partner and their seven employees abandoned the office out of fear for their lives. The Comeback KingsLate in 2014 and early the next year, the military began a renewed onslaught against Boko Haram, in conjunction with the Civilian Joint Task Force (cJTF), the local vigilante group. Before Boko Haram, Maiduguri was a happening place.

January 09, 2017 07:02 UTC

ISIS Violence Fuels Culture Wars

By attacking a nightclub in Turkey, the Islamic State’s strategy may have backfired. The Islamic State’s (IS) bombing of an upscale nightclub in Istanbul on New Year’s has fueled culture wars in Turkey and Israel, and laid bare aspirations among youth in socially restrictive Muslim societies for more liberal lifestyles. To be sure, the Islamic State’s multiple attacks in Turkey intend to primarily raise the cost of Turkish intervention in neighboring Syria’s civil war. To be fair, Islamist groups in Turkey have a long history of opposition to celebrations of Christmas and New Year without resorting to violence. All in all, the Islamic State’s strategy may have backfired by attacking Reina.

January 08, 2017 18:58 UTC

How Boko Haram makes its cash from stolen cattle

“They (Boko Haram militants) have just one destination which is the cattle market in Maiduguri (the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria),” a security official said. “They have their own traders and butchers who sell and make returns.”The massively depleted Boko Haram sect needs money to stay afloat. Many of the ranchers who were forced by Boko Haram militants to travel hundreds of kilometers with their cattle to Nigeria never returned. But even those with the duty to fight Boko Haram, have also aided the jihadists in carrying out the cattle business. But all that did not completely stop Boko Haram from finding buyers for its cattle.

January 05, 2017 10:46 UTC

Putin may be having Turkey for Christmas

Seven years afterwards and both presidents in their respective countries, the relationship between Turkey and Russia is a symbiotic one. However, Karlov’s death is unlikely to change the course of events in Turkey, Russia or Syria. All over SyriaThis isn’t exactly a sign of festivities; Russia and Turkey have been parties to a ceasefire agreement in Aleppo over the past few weeks. There were also reports that Russian was involved in state-sponsored terrorism in Turkey – as it stands there is a call to avoid going to Turkey by Russians. There is the suspicion that Putin’s real attraction to the actions in Turkey may go beyond the non-smiling stance his puts for the situation.

December 21, 2016 17:51 UTC

Index North Africa Opens Morocco to a World of Design

Rabat – The Index North Africa exhibition kicked off on Monday and will run until Wednesday in Morocco’s economic capital, Casablanca. Mohammed Khalid Alami, President of the Fédération des Entreprises d’Artisanat (FEA), opened the event by welcoming guests and cutting the inauguration ribbon.. The three-day event is aimed at uniting local designers with international furniture and decor suppliers. Lamia Benhida, an interior designer with Creativ’Interiors, said, “INDEX North Africa is the first major exhibition focusing on interior design in Morocco. I am enthusiastic about seeing events that want to be at the forefront in terms of trends and technicalities taking place at home.

December 05, 2016 22:51 UTC

Morocco-Africa: King Mohammed VI Clinches another Diplomatic Win

King Mohammed VI’s diplomatic tactic is winning. The Moroccan Monarch’s state visit to Abuja has given additional evidence that King Mohammed VI is a genius strategist capable of turning his country’s enemies into close friends and partners. King Mohammed VI has, thanks to his brilliant and farsighted strategy, imposed his country on the continent, from Senegal to Ethiopia and in several eastern and central African countries. The January summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa to decide over Morocco’s membership in the Union will not suffer any hesitation. Posted by North Africa Post North Africa Post's news desk is composed of journalists and editors, who are constantly working to provide new and accurate stories to NAP readers.

December 05, 2016 15:33 UTC

Algeria’s African Business Forum Turns into Fiasco

The big PR African business & investment forum which Algerian authorities organized lately in a bid to improve the country’s image that is losing luster in the continent has turned into a fiasco. From the outset, the shaking start of the event was marred by protocol errors showing lack of experience, irking Algerian officials who drew from the conference hall and boycotted the speech of Head of the Algerian Employers’ Union. This act left all African and foreign guests gob smacked. Besides these internal frictions eroding the North African country which was pinning high hopes on this African forum to sell the image of a country as stable and thriving as its neighbor Morocco, only few African countries attended the gathering. Furthermore, the Algerian forum was held at a time when the country’s economy is deteriorating due the sharp fall in energy earnings caused by global drop in crude oil prices.

December 05, 2016 15:33 UTC

Meet Adebayo Ogunlesi, the Nigerian billionaire set to join Trump’s cabinet

Meet Adebayo Ogunlesi, the new diversity hire of President-elect of the United States, Donald Trump. Born in Sagamu, Ogun state, Nigeria, in 1953, he is the son of Theophilus Ogunlesi, Nigeria’s first professor of medicine. He is a Non-Executive Chairman of the Africa Finance Corporation and is said to informally advise the Nigerian government on privatisation. For all stated purposes, Adebayo Ogunlesi is black, Nigerian and African. Well, Adebayo Ogunlesi is set to “make America great” again, the much-reverberated campaign promise of Donald Trump.

December 05, 2016 15:17 UTC

Growing Economies: Project Finance Forum

Growing Economies: Project Finance ForumMap UnavailableDate/TimeDate(s) - 23/01/2017 - 24/01/2017All DayPowering Africa: Finance Options comes to Dubai for 10th anniversaryGrowing Economies: Project Finance Forum, formerly known as the hugely successful Powering Africa: Finance Options will evolve into a high level dialogue focusing on the opportunities to finance energy & infrastructure projects across some of the world’s most exciting emerging markets. Hosted in Dubai from 23-24 January 2017, the meeting will bring together heads of utilities and project developers from across North, East and Southern Africa to present live energy and infrastructure projects seeking partners and investors. Moving the meeting from Cape Town to Dubai will for the first time bring a truly global delegation of the biggest investors and project partners from the GCC, Europe and USA in interactive discussions with project developers on financing structures to move projects forward. This meeting forms part of EnergyNet’s Growing Economies’ portfolio, which takes a closer look at the rapidly developing opportunities for project developers in new energy markets across the globe. Some of the topics to be discussed at this year’s Forum include:

December 05, 2016 13:34 UTC

Cameroon teachers, lawyers strike in battle for English

Thousands of teachers and lawyers in English-speaking regions of Cameroon are on strike because they think the government is trying to marginalise them by imposing the French language in their schools and courtrooms. Teachers in the English-speaking regions of the country are now on strike to help their students. Lawyers in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions are also on strike. The country’s legal system is largely based on French civil law, but English-speaking regions still operate under the English common law. Like teachers, Cameroonian lawyers say that the government is sending French-educated civil law judges who do not understand English common law to their courts.

December 05, 2016 12:33 UTC

From women in tech to patents: Nine areas where Middle East is winning, and losing

Image: Getty Images/iStockphotoFrom space exploration to renewable energy sources, the Middle East and North Africa region has big tech ambitions. Although this one percent figure is disappointing, R&D spend in the Arab world is up from 0.8 percent in 2007. These areas includes the low level of patents originating from the Arab World. A recent UNESCO article revealed "the Arab world contributed just 0.2 percent of the patents submitted to the US Patents and Trademark Office in 2013". They are the top Arab nations in their Networked Readiness Index, closely followed by Saudi Arabia in 33rd spot.

December 05, 2016 11:20 UTC

Investment up 12% in African infrastructure development

Investment up 12% in African infrastructure developmentThe African Development Bank (AfDB) announced last week that financial commitments to Africa’s infrastructure development in 2015 totalled $83.4 billion, a 12% increase from the previous year. These stats were highlighted in a report by the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa’s (ICA) titled, Infrastructure Financing Trends in Africa 2015 report, which noted that the previous year's investment stood at $74.5 billion in 2014. “This comprised nearly $28.4bn of identified African national budget allocations, commitments from ICA members of $19.8bn, identifiable private sector investment of $7.4 billion, and $27.7 billion from non-ICA bilateral and multilateral financiers,” the report noted. "In contrast, 2015 saw reduced identifiable infrastructure allocations of $28.4 billion by 44 African national governments compared with $34.5 billion based on 42 countries in 2014. But the increase is centred on North Africa and Southern Africa," the report explained.

December 05, 2016 07:30 UTC

Focus on client needs and satisfaction, not sales, is key to success of brands

Philips’ energy-efficient light bulb introduced in 1994 failed to sell and was pulled out of the market because it did not satify customer needs. Instead companies need to meet consumers’ needs by adapting to their expectations and anticipating their future desires. The company, however, did not take into consideration the consumer’s needs, that they would benefit from using such a bulb. The bulb was incompatible with most conventional lamps, leading to a plunge in sales and seeing it pulled from the market. The vast majority of consumers, however, asked, ‘If I use ‘green’ products, what is in it for me?’’’ said Jacquelyn A. Ottman in her article, Avoiding Green Marketing Myopia.

December 04, 2016 18:02 UTC

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