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Konexa wins AfDB “African Utility of the Future” Competition

Konexa was named the winner of the AfDB “African Utility of the Future” Competition during the final panel of the recent Africa Energy Forum online on 13th November 2020, receiving a prize of USD $5,000. The competition was meant to inspire team-building and innovative ideas to transform current utilities into Advanced, Futuristic, SMART, Sustainable, and Agile African Power Utilities.

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Central Africa Investing Top Stories 

African Energy Chamber pushes BEAC to postpone Forex regulations

The African Energy Chamber, which represents nearly every segment of the energy sector in Africa, is pleased to announce the extension on the implementation of the BEAC (Banque des États de l’Afrique Centrale) Forex Regulation from January 1st to December 1st, 2021. This is based on the decision on November 5th, 2020 made by H.E. Abbas Mahamat Tolli, Governor of BEAC, to delay the implementation.

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Innovations Southern Africa Top Stories 

Minister Mantashe hands over IeC to the Qamata community

The South African Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Mr Gwede Mantashe handed over the Integrated Energy Centre (IeC) to the Thembisile Hani IeC Co-operative in the Qamata community of the Eastern Cape Province. The department, in partnership with PetroSA, has established the IeC to enhance access to affordable and sustainable energy services, job creation and stimulate rural enterprise development.

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Innovations Southern Africa Top Stories 

Sandton Central on the cutting edge of green building practices

Sandton Central which, in 2010, saw Nedbank complete its headquarters which became South Africa’s first Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) Green Star-certified building, has remained on the cutting edge of green building practices on the African continent. This has seen the business district staying firmly in line with the very latest international real estate developments.

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Innovations Investing Southern Africa Top Stories 

Nedbank leads in renewable energy finance in South Africa

A brief search through the headlines across the world leaves no doubt that the threat posed by climate change has morphed from a focus of only climate activists to a global concern points out Mark Boshoff, head of Strategic Initiatives for Nedbank Business Banking. Writing in an opinion piece, Mark also adds that the climate emergency is now being recognised at board level, and contributing towards meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has become a requirement in any responsible multinational or major company.

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East Africa Investing Top Stories 

Kenya launches private sector financing for solar solutions

The Kenyan government recently launched a USD 47 million financial facility under the Kenya-Off-Grid Solar Access Project (KOSAP) aimed at spurring the private sector to provide viable solar and clean cooking solutions to about 1.1 million people in the 14 marginalized counties of West Pokot, Turkana, Marsabit, Samburu, Isiolo, Mandera, Wajir, Garrisa, Tana River, Lamu, Kilifi, Kwale, Taita Taveta and Narok.

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