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Kenya’s power imports from Uganda up 281pc

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Kenya’s electricity imports from Uganda have grown 281 per cent in the six months to June as drought cut local generation of hydro-electric power by a third or 615.69 million kilowatt hours. Kenya imported 131.6 million kilowatt hours (kWh) from Uganda in the first half of this year compared to 34.5 million units in the same period last year — ...

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Nigeria to permanently seize ex-oil minister’s $37.5 million property

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Nigeria has been told by a court it can permanently seize a $37.5 million apartment block owned by a former oil minister who is wanted for money laundering. The property belongs to former petroleum minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, who was in office between 2011 and 2015. It had previously been seized temporarily. Alison-Madueke’s whereabouts are unclear, but she was last known ...

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South Africa’s business confidence climbs to 5-month high in July

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South Africa’s business confidence climbed to its highest level in five months in July helped by a firmer currency, falling inflation and an increase in vehicle sales, a survey showed on Tuesday. The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (SACCI) monthly business confidence index (BCI) accelerated to 95.3 in July from 94.9 in June. It was the highest level ...

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Political tension subdues trading at Nairobi bourse

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Trading at the Nairobi bourse on Wednesday plummeted to rock bottom as tension gripped the country in the wake of a contested outcome of Tuesday’s election, bringing economic activity across all sectors to a standstill. Turnover slumped to Sh166.6 million as investors largely kept away from the market hoping for a speedy resolution of the election impasse, cutting trading volumes ...

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Nigeria: 57 Streets Write Ikeja Electric – No Pre-Paid Metres, No Bill Payment

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“No Light No Bill,” “Total Darkness, Crazy Bills, Why?” “Don’t We Have the Right to Express Our Rights?” “We Want Prepaid Metres,” were some of the inscriptions displayed by protesting residents of Onipanu, Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye LCDA of Lagos State at the headquarters of Ikeja Electricity Plc, weekend. The residents of about 57 streets in the area, on the platform of Concerned ...

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South Africa: Alleged Uber Hijackers Could Be Linked to Other Robberies

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Two suspects arrested after a failed Uber hijacking, may be linked to other cases in which Uber drivers were either hijacked or robbed. On Sunday morning the two suspects requested an Uber from Roodepoort to take them to Pretoria. While on route to Pretoria, the suspects requested that the Uber driver pick up a third person at the Flora clinic. ...

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Sugar millers allowed to import 150,000 tonnes

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The Sugar Directorate has issued permits to nearly all private millers to import 150,000 tonnes of the commodity ahead of the expiry of the Common Market for Eastern and Central Africa (Comesa) duty-free window. Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) director-general Alfred Busolo said the millers will be operating below their installed capacity in the next 12 months and need to ...

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NSE share rally boosts pension fund returns

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Pension subscribers have begun reaping the benefits of a recovering equities market that has now boosted average returns for schemes above the rate of inflation. An industry survey by Actuarial Services East Africa (Actserv) for the quarter ending June shows that the average return for schemes rose to 8.1 per cent from 2.5 per cent in the first quarter, buoyed ...

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Nigeria’s Forte Oil in talks on refinery deal to boost capacity

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Nigeria’s Forte Oil said on Friday it was in talks with a major refinery to form a strategic partnership for local refining of petroleum products in Africa’s top oil exporter, its chief executive said. Nigeria has been pushing to refurbish its decrepit refineries, as the country is still mainly dependent on exporting crude oil for imports of refined products. It ...

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