Africa Utilities 

Sudan warns against escalation in Nile dam dispute

Sudan has warned against escalation and urged further negotiations with Egypt and Ethiopia over the construction of a controversial dam on the Blue Nile river by Addis Ababa. Tensions are running high between the three countries after recent talks failed to produce a deal on the filling and operation of the $4.6bn Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. “We do not want escalation. Negotiations are the only solution,” Sudan’s Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Yasser Abbas told reporters on Sunday. “Signing an agreement is a prerequisite for us before filling the dam. Sudan has…

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Telecoms giant Orange looking at move into South Africa ‘within months’

French telecommunications company Orange says that it is considering further expansion in Africa, including entry into new markets such as Nigeria and South Africa In an interview with Les Echos business newspaper, chief executive officer Stephane Richard said that a move could happen within months. “It could make sense to be in economies such as Nigeria and South Africa,” Richard said. “If one considers there are things to do, the time frame I am considering is rather a few months than a few years.” He declined to comment on possible…

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Togo, Niger, Benin owe Nigeria N32.04 billion for electricity supplied in 2019

Togo, Niger, and Benin Republic did not pay their N32.04 billion bills for the electricity Nigeria supplied to them in 2019, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) said. According to data from the NERC, the three countries received a total invoice of N32.04 billion for the electricity supplied to them in 2019. The commission had earlier said the trio owe Nigeria N29.97 billion. Through its electricity transmission company, Nigeria supplies power to these countries, which are classified as international customers in the Nigerian power sector. Niger’s power firm, Societe Nigerienne…

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Ford has launched a compact utility Figo in South Africa

Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) says it is expanding its presence in the utility vehicle sector with the Figo Freestyle – a sub-B segment compact utility vehicle (CUV) based on the Figo hatchback. Doreen Mashinini, GM marketing at FMCSA, said that the new utility fulfils the growing demand from younger buyers for a vehicle that is more compact and affordable than the compact SUV offerings. Ford’s existing range of active lifestyle-oriented models includes its top-selling EcoSport, the Kuga and the Everest seven-seater SUV. “With bigger wheels, an increased…

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Nigeria: Investigation – Delta Residents Lament As Fully, Partially Funded NDDC Water Projects Are Abandoned

On Friday, October 11, 2019, this reporter turned her attention to Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State. Her first stopover was Okuno Community. On February 11, 2011, the NDDC awarded the contract for the construction a solar-powered water project in Okuno community to Philvianno Nig Ltd. The commission’s official records show that the project is ongoing. However, our findings show that the borehole was abandoned and overgrown with weeds. “This borehole has been this way for more than five years now,” Agorson Sunny, a community leader, said angrily.…

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