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Tanzanian start-up turns urban waste into 'plastic lumber'

 A young Tanzanian entrepreneur is turning the country’s mounting plastic waste into "lumber" to help meet demand for housing in its growing cities, in an effort to reduce depletion of forests.   Christian Mwijage decided he could tackle those problems in one go - by turning discarded plastic bottles into building materials that can be used instead of wood.   His year-old company, EcoAct Tanzania, has transformed nearly 1 million kilograms (3.27 mln.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 19th July 2017

Catalyst buys stake in regional printing firm

 Private equity firm Catalyst Principal Partners has acquired a minority stake in regional printing and packaging family business Kensta Group.   Catalyst Managing Director Rajal Upadhyaya Monday said the funds received would be used to expand Kensta’s subsidiaries in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia and Tanzania.   Mr Rajal did not however disclose the amount paid for the stake.   Kensta Group of companies consist of Transpaper (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania,.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 19th July 2017

UIA rewards best investors

 The Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) has for the last 24 years been recognising outstanding investors in the country.   The winners, over the years have included Rwenzori Highland Tea Co. Ltd, Ngege Ltd, Kabojja Secondary School, Hotel Africana, Van Zanten Uganda Ltd, MTN (U) Ltd, Century Bottling Company Ltd, Rene Industries and Kasese Cobalt Co. Ltd.   During the awards, investors who have successfully implemented and commissioned their business projects within.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 19th July 2017

Tanzania: Revival of Kilimanjaro Machine Tools Underway

 THE government through its industrial development and promotion organization National Development Corporation (NDC) has started to revive the once defunct Kilimanjaro Machine Tools Company (KMT) for the manufacture of machines.   The KMT General Manager, Eng Adrian Nyaluke, said at the ongoing Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF) manufacturing activities started this year accounting to 10 per cent of the total industry capacity..... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 19th July 2017

Kansai Paint agrees to buy African businesses

 Japan’s Kansai Paint has agreed to buy three east African paint companies to tap into one of the world’s fastest-growing regions as part of its global expansion.   The company’s South African subsidiary Kansai Plascon Africa is to acquire Sadolin Kenya, Sadolin Uganda and Sadolin Tanzania, although it would not reveal how much the deal would be worth. But people with knowledge of the purchases said it was the largest corporate acquisition in east Africa.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 19th July 2017

Solar power to treat water for 200 thousand refugees in Tanzania

 SolarWorld Americas Inc is providing 1.2 megawatts of high-performance solar panels to power the world's largest solar-powered, safe-water treatment project. The project's systems will serve more than 250,000 Congolese and Burundian people living in three refugee settlements in Western Tanzania.   The project is proceeding under the management of Water Mission and the funding of the Poul Due Jensen Foundation (Grundfos Foundation). Water Mission is an engineering.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 19th July 2017

Tanzania to open renewable energy technology training centre

 The director of the Innovative Technology and Energy Centre (ITEC), Dr Herb Rhee, has announced plans to open a training centre for renewable energy technology in Arusha, Tanzania.   According to local media, Tanzania Standard, Dr Rhee said the renewable energy technology centre will open doors in August this year, and will have the capacity to train 1,000 students per year.   Renewable energy technology training centre   According to media, Dr Rhee stated.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 19th July 2017

Narendra Modi interacts with ‘Solar Mamas’ of Africa in Tanzania

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday interacted with ‘Solar Mamas’, a group of nearly 30 rural women solar engineers from six African countries who have been trained under India’s developmental support for harnessing solar energy.   “Celebrating the Solar Mamas!PM interacts with women trained in vocational skills under India’s developmental support,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.   The.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 19th July 2017

Solar Energy Is Lighting Up Women’s Businesses in Africa

 Elizabeth Julius worked sunrise to sunset to make ends meet as a seamstress. Supporting her husband and two kids in a village in Tanzania, Julius was forced to put down her needle and thread each day once darkness fell.   That all changed three years ago when she was introduced to Energy 4 Impact, a London-based organization that works in Africa to ensure energy access and foster entrepreneurship for impoverished women.   With guidance from Energy 4 Impact, Julius.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 19th July 2017

Solar Energy Powers Clean Water, Business Opportunities For Refugees In Tanzania

 Sadick Thenest remembers how his 8-year-old daughter had a narrow brush with death two years ago, when she contracted cholera after drinking contaminated water.   "She was so gaunt, weak and had terrible diarrhoea," said the refugee from Burundi. "A slight delay in rushing her to hospital would have meant something else - but with God's grace she survived."   The father of four, aged 35, is among thousands of refugees grappling with frequent.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 19th July 2017

Tanzania: 5,000 Homes Get Solar Power

 The number of Tanzanian households connected to Mobisol's solar systems has gone up by close to 10 per cent during the past two months as the German company expands its footprints across the country.   A Mobisol representative in Dar es Salaam, Mr Allan Rwechungura said at the weekend that the company currently covers a total of 60,000 households, businesses and institutions in Tanzania, thanks to its just concluded 'Hamasika na Masika' promotional drive. Solar remains a.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 19th July 2017

Tanzania: Form Six Student Invents Solar Powered Robot

 Arusha-based Ilboru High School's Form Six student Gracious Ephraim has created a solar energy powered human Robot that can walk, turn its head, speak and perform a number of tasks.   Gracious who pursues Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM) combination said he started working on the prototype multitasking human robot about 12 months ago, using locally available materials as well as simple memory chips for the 'brain' The components include an entire Geometrical Set.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 19th July 2017



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