Tag: Urbanism/Cities

Launch of Fashionomics Africa Webinar Series

Download logoWhat does the COVID-19 disruption mean for Africa’s Fashion Industry? Opportunities and Threats for Fashionpreneurs and Investors What: Launch of Fashionomics Africa Webinar Series Who: Gender, Women & Civil Society (AHGC) When: Tuesday, 2 June 2020: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon Where: Online The Gender, Women and Civil Society Department of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) Group will launch the Fashionomics Africa Webinar Series of its flagship Fashionomics Af

Zimbabwe: African Development Bank approves $13.7 million to strengthen health system, boost anti-COVID-19 efforts

Download logoThe Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) has approved a $13.7 million grant to finance the COVID-19 response in Zimbabwe. The funds will provide an immediate lifeline for targeted frontline responders and health personnel and boost the country’s Global Health Security Index in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Approval for the grant was made on May 13, after a request from the Zimbabwe Government. The funds, from the African Developm

2Africa: A transformative subsea cable for future internet connectivity in Africa announced by global and African partners

China Mobile International, Facebook (www.Facebook.com), MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, stc, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone and WIOCC announced today that they will partner to build 2Africa, which will be the most comprehensive subsea cable to serve the African continent and Middle East region. The parties have appointed Alcatel Submarine Networks (“ASN”) to build the cable in a fully funded project which will greatly enhance connectivity across Africa and the Middle East. At 37,000km long,

Coronavirus – South Africa: Address by Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, on the occasion of the Media Briefing on COVID-19 Transport Level 4 Directions

Download logoBy Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Transport We have always been mindful that Transport is not only an enabler of economic activity and access to social amenities, but also a potent instrument, capable of spreading the COVID-19 virus far and wide.  After all, it was the aviation sector that enabled the virus to reach our shores.  Ours is to ensure that the mobility of the virus through our transport system is stopped dead on its tracks. Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma ha

South Africa: African Development Bank, SA Taxi sign $100 million loan agreement to boost industrialization, enhance transport sector

Download logoThe African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) and SA Taxi Development Finance Proprietary Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of SA Taxi Holdings Proprietary Limited (“SA Taxi”), have signed a $100 million loan agreement to support the firm’s growing strategy to empower taxi operators with limited access to finance from traditional financiers. The loan agreement, which carries an eight-year tenor and includes a six-month grace period, was signed on Monday, 1

Events Industry retools to build hospitals in Africa

A Cape Town-based exhibition builder, together with an event organizer, offer to work with governments and private sectors across Africa to rapidly build hospital infrastructures and shelters in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Afrika Umoja, an initiative initiated by Cape Town temporary architecture specialists, HOTT3D with pan-African energy event organizer Africa Oil & Power (AOP) (www.AfricaOilAndPower.com), is tackling the COVID-19 threat in its home city and across Africa. Afrika Umo

Trading thrives as new highway financed by the African Development Bank opens up northern Togo

Every Tuesday, Alemondji market in northern Togo swarms with people. Amid the throng, Burkinabe and Ghanaian traders offer clothes and kitchen utensils for sale. Others, calling out their wares, come from the nearby towns of Lawagnon, Moreta and Issati. Their stalls overflow with peanuts, millet, sorghum, sesame and beans.

"Just a few years ago, it was no easy matter to travel to this market. It was open for three days in succession, Tuesday to Thursday, and then again on Sun

XinaBox – Reaching for the Stars

From collecting data in sub-zero Antarctica to rapid circuit prototyping on the International Space Station (ISS), XinaBox (https://XinaBox.cc), a South African company with humble beginnings is reinventing the way we approach IoT while inspiring students to follow STEM careers.

In 2008 Bjarke Gotfredsen and Judi Sandrock founded Meta Economic Development Organisation (MEDO) – a South African non-profit development organization implementing bespoke entrepreneurship and