Daily Archives: November 7, 2016

APR Energy Wins 50MW Power Generation Project in Benin

JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — APR Energy, a global leader in fast-track power solutions, announces today that it has signed a contract for a 12-month project by the Ministry of Energy, Water and Mines in Benin to provide 50MW of power generation using its fuel-flexible aeroderivative turbines. The turbines will be fuelled by natural gas, with the ability to seamlessly switch to diesel based on cost and availability. The project is expected to come online in December.

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“We are honored to assist Benin in its effort to become self-reliant when it comes to power generation,” said APR Energy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Campion. “Benin currently imports a significant portion of its electricity from neighboring Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nigeria, and this project will allow Benin to grow its economy using domestically produced power. Another economic benefit will come from the fact that most of the employees who will install, operate and maintain our power plant will be hired and trained from the local workforce.”

With the 50MW in Benin, APR Energy will have installed more than 1,000MW of generating capacity in 11 African countries since 2008. “As a partner in the U.S. government’s Power Africa initiative, we are proud to be playing a significant role in bringing electricity to the people and businesses of Sub-Saharan Africa,” Campion said.

About APR Energy

APR Energy is the world’s leading provider of fast-track mobile turbine power. Our fast, flexible and full-service power solutions provide customers with rapid access to reliable electricity when and where they need it, for as long as they need it. Combining state-of-the-art, fuel-efficient technology with industry-leading expertise, our scalable turnkey plants help run cities, countries and industries around the world, in both developed and developing markets. For more information, visit the Company’s website at www.aprenergy.com.

KiKUU, Quietly Positioning Itself to Become Africa’s First Mobile Commerce Unicorn

BEIJING, Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Mobile commerce has truly become a global phenomenon with the advent of KiKUU, a China-based discovery commerce B2C marketplace App. Only one year after launching, this dark horse quietly but quickly became the largest China-Africa cross-border e-commerce platform, accumulating nearly 200,000 users and more than 20,000 daily orders across 6 African markets.

KiKUU saw opportunities in Africa when others saw pitfalls. First, with a population of 1.2 billion people, Africa is home to one-sixth of the world’s population yet it has been long overlooked and under-served. Recent developments, however, have propelled “The Lost Continent” onto the global mobile commerce stage. Secondly, figures from the GSM Association indicated that Africa is now the fastest-growing market for smartphones. This means African consumers by-passed the PC-Internet period and jumped straight into the mobile-Internet era with no burdened “PC-to-Mobile” transition. For the first time African consumers of all gender and age can directly participate in the explosive growth of global mobile commerce, putting it on-par with the developed nations. Thirdly one key factor that fueled KiKUU’s strong growth is the continents’ lack of selection of finished goods with consumers clamoring for quality and affordable products; from clothing, hardware, accessories, electronics, small appliances, the list goes on. KiKUU has smartly addressed consumers’ needs that traditional import commerce simply can not fulfill, providing a broad selection of products, availability, affordable pricing, door-to-door delivery, online payment, and mobility.

“We are a bold game-changing player with strategic advantages: selection, availability, and service. All of these add up to superior customer experience, as seen by our high Repeat Purchase Rate,” said KiKUU CEO Mr. Xu Zheng.

With presence across 6 African markets and access to over hundreds of local logistics personnel, KiKUU employs an agile yet quickly expandable business model able to complete the “heavy-lifting” based on its growth needs. This tested system has been successfully deployed across Congo, Cameroon, Tanzania, Ghana, Uganda, and Nigeria, making KiKUU the new leader of cross-border App commerce.

Gauteng Cooperative Governance hosts Fire Conference, 9 to 11 Nov

Gauteng CoGTA’s Fire and Rescue hosts the first ever Fire Conference in Africa

Gauteng Provincial Pier Working Group together with the COGTA: Gauteng Fire and Rescue Directorate will be hosting the first ever PIER Conference of the fire services in Africa. The three day conference will be held on 09 to 11 November 2016 in Kempton Park at the Aviator Hotel.

The aim of the conference is to share knowledge, practical experiences and to assist other provinces to establish PIER (Public Information Education Relations) units in their respective municipalities.

The conference will have the active participation of international and local professionals in and outside the fire services that will highlight the recent research and concepts of Emergency Services and the initiative will bring professionals together to a common platform in order to create awareness by sharing their practical experiences and knowledge.

The conference will also focus on the following:

” The need of Pier in the 21st century

” Identifying essential elements of a Pier program

” Learning techniques for the implementation of effective Pier programs

” The importance of Pier in the Fire Services or EMS

The Pier Working Group was established as a strategic thrust within the Provincial Directorate of Fire and Rescue Services with the primary objective to minimise the economic and social impact of fires, to reduce the risk and improve community safety programmes in order to:

” Reduce the number of fire incidents

” Reduce injury and loss of life from fire and accidents

” Reduce damage to the natural environment

” Provide value

The intention is to make sure that through effective planning of the Fire Services the Gauteng Province has well resources, coherent and coordinated approach to community protection. Furthermore that safety is delivered in accordance with the local needs and priorities, and is consistent with provincial and national aims and objectives.

The conference will take place as follows:

Date: 9 to 11 November 2016

Time: 8h00

Venue: Aviator Hotel, Kempton Park.

Source: South African Government

South Africa: Social Development Welcomes New Director-General, Zane Dangor

The Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini, welcomes the announcement by Cabinet of the new Director-General of the Department of Social Development, Mr. Zane Dangor.

Mr Dangor has been the Special Advisor to the Minister of Social Development since she was appointed in 2010. Before assuming that position, he previously served as Chief Operating Officer in the Department.

Before joining the Department, he managed the Development Resource Centre for 10 years, contributing to the South African Human Development Report and the UN Common Country Assessment for South Africa. He has consulted governments and civil society organisations (CSOs) in South Africa, the SADC Region and East Africa on key issues of Human and Social Development, especially advancing Gender Equality.

Mr Dangor has also worked with the International Human Rights Law Group on transitional justice in West Africa, developing advocacy strategies for civil society movements and uniting pro-democracy NGOs in Abacha’s Nigeria. He also secured partnerships between Palestinian NGOs and the then-newly formed Palestinian Authority.

Mr Dangor helped in the forming of the South African National NGO Coalition and established a learning network between South African and Philippine NGOs. He holds a Master’s in Public and Development Management and an LLM in International Law from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

“I want to welcome Mr Dangor to the department. I believe he will contribute immensely to the strategic direction and objectives of the department. We have been working together for a while and I believe his extensive experience in the department, the civil rights movement in and outside the country, will assist everyone to make sure that the department is able to achieve its mandate,” said Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

Source: Department of Social Development

Parliament notes Interim Fees Commission report

Committee wishes students well with exams, notes interim fees commission report

The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education has wished students sitting their end-of-year examinations well and urged students to make good use of what is left of the year.

The Chairperson of the Committee, Ms Connie September, said higher education is a precious gift any nation should not be ashamed to give to its children. “The Committee wishes the students well, while acknowledging the challenges they have experienced in the past two years. The struggle for fees is one that requires collaborative efforts from all those involved in the sector,” Ms September said.

Many universities last week confirmed finishing lectures and their readiness to begin examinations.

Ms September said the Committee also noted the handing over of the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training’s interim report to the President. “This is a good and encouraging move to establish whether or not the country can afford free education for all. We look forward to be apprised of the contents thereof and trust that this will take us towards a sustainable path for higher education and training,” she said.

Source: South African Government