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South Africa’s Professor Jonathan Jansen To Be Honored At Awards Gala In New York City, June 3, 2013

Posted on 18 May 2013 by Africa Business

NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Professor Jonathan Jansen , the Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State in South Africa who helped turn the university away from its apartheid legacy into an institution that is truly representative of what South Africa stands for, is set to receive the Education Africa Lifetime Achievement Award for Africa at a gala by the same name on Monday, June 3, 2013, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City.

South Africa's Professor Jonathan Jansen To Be Honored At Awards Gala In New York City, June 3, 2013. (PRNewsFoto/Education Africa)

Jansen is being recognized for the great strides he has taken in ensuring integration at a university that once threatened to implode with racial tension and for his continued work towards the transformation of education in South Africa. In 2010, just two short years after Jansen joined the institution as its Vice-Chancellor, it was awarded the World Universities Forum Award for Best Practice in Higher Education for the racial integration and harmonisation of the student community.

Oprah Winfrey , who was awarded an honorary doctorate by the university in 2011, said at the time: “What has happened here at Free State in terms of racial reconciliation, of peace, of harmony, of one heart understanding and opening itself to another heart is nothing short of a miracle. It is truly what the new South Africa is all about.”

South Africa's Professor Jonathan Jansen To Be Honored At Awards Gala In New York City, June 3, 2013. (PRNewsFoto/Education Africa)

Grammy Award winning Roberta Flack , who is best known for a string of hits like Killing Me Softly With His Song; Set the Night to Music and The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, inter alia, will give a special live performance at the event.

The awards are being hosted by Education Africa and Brand South Africa . Education Africa is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit tax exempt organization which is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa and has registered offices in the USA, Austria and the UK. Brand South Africa is a publicly funded trust with trustees appointed by South Africa’s president. It works with partners in and out of government to see that South Africa’s value proposition as a place to do business, invest in and visit – and from which to source products, ideas and inspiration – is fully appreciated.

For more information on this event and sponsorship opportunities, please visit:  http://www.educationafrica.org/documents/DIGITAL_INVITE_2013_June.pdf

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“World’s Best Service” Awarded To Crystal Cruises By Travel + Leisure

Posted on 18 May 2013 by Africa Business

Magazine Readers Vote Luxury Line #1 of All Large Ships

Waiters prepare the Crystal Dining Room for dinner. (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

LOS ANGELES /PRNewswire/ – Travel + Leisure magazine readers have voted Crystal Cruises as having the “World’s Best Service” of all large size cruise ships for 2013. With a #1 score of 95.41, this is the second year in a row the luxury cruise specialist has won the esteemed guest service award in its ship size category. A complete list of all hotel, resort, airline, and cruise line service winners is published in the periodical’s June issue.

Crystal has maintained exceptionally high service scores throughout its history, even after including gratuities as part of its all-inclusive enhancements a little over a year ago.

“We’re so pleased with the incredibly high-quality execution of our all-inclusive experience. Readers’ service scores mirror the ratings we’ve received from our own guest surveys,” says Crystal President Gregg Michel . “Our crew thrives on delivering the best Crystal Experience possible, down to the smallest detail, so it’s incredibly gratifying to see sophisticated travelers recognize that.”

Crystal is continually refining the guest experience and has made numerous enhancements to its Six-Star service over the past year. Gratuities, fine wines and premium spirits are now all included. Certified Master Sommeliers, Cheese Sommeliers, and Mixologists are always on hand to recommend perfect pairings. New Boutique Adventures and Private options have expanded onshore choices. New associations with Hollywood‘s Magic Castle and USC‘s School of Cinematic Arts offer additional learning and entertainment opportunities. New Fast Track Check-In has eased embarkation hassle. New VIP Airport Services simplify airline travel to and from ships. Maiden calls and new itineraries, including more local overnights and shorter voyages, have increased travelers’ cruise options. And, thanks to a five-year, $100 million investment in extreme makeovers of Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, guests always have a plethora of chic, yet comfortable, spaces in which to enjoy Crystal’s luxurious service.

Crystal’s passion for taking care of guests in an inviting environment of extraordinary space, quality and choices has earned the company more “World’s Best” awards than any other cruise line, resort, or hotel in history, including, over the past year, Travel + Leisure‘s World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line (17th consecutive year); Conde Nast Traveler‘s Best Mid-Sized Cruise Line (19th year) and Cruise Ships (#1 and 2); and eight Travel Weekly Magellan Awards.

The 922-guest Crystal Symphony and the 1,070-guest Crystal Serenity sail to all seven continents, with voyages of 5-108 days in the Mediterranean, Western Europe, British Isles, Scandinavia/Baltic & Russia, North Cape & Arctic Circle, Africa, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific, South America, Antarctica, New England/Canada, Panama Canal, Caribbean, and a sumptuous annual World Cruise. Until June 28, all-inclusive, value-priced “Book Now” fares start at just $1,630/person.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.

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TeleCommunication Systems Technology Experts to Discuss International Trade Issues at the Maryland/DC Celebration of International Trade 2013

Posted on 17 May 2013 by Africa Business

 

About TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS) is a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology. TCS infrastructure forms the foundation for market leading solutions in E9-1-1, text messaging, commercial location and deployable wireless communications. TCS is at the forefront of new mobile cloud computing services providing wireless applications for navigation, hyper-local search, asset tracking, social applications and telematics. Millions of consumers around the world use TCS wireless apps as a fundamental part of their daily lives. Government agencies utilize TCS’ cyber security expertise, professional services, and highly secure deployable satellite solutions for mission-critical communications. Headquartered in Annapolis, MD, TCS maintains technical, service and sales offices around the world.

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md., May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology, today announced that TCS Fellow John Linwood Griffin and TCS Senior Customer Executive Victor Hernandez will be participating in panel discussions as part of the Maryland/DC Celebration of International Trade 2013 on Tuesday, May 21 at the Maritime Institute Conference Center in Linthicum, MD. Attendees will experience in-depth discussions with expert-level export executives, leaders, practitioners and government leaders.

  • “Threat Considerations and Risk Mitigation When Doing Business Internationally,” Tuesday, May 21, 8:30 a.m.10:00 a.m.

 

TCS Fellow Dr. John Linwood Griffin will discuss the risk associated with conducting business internationally from a technical security perspective. Risk itself often represents an opportunity – when you understand and interpret technical risks in the context of your business objectives, you are able to make more efficient and competitive decisions. The panelists will engage in a lively early-morning discussion on how to keep risk from always leading to the answer, “no.”

Dr. John Linwood Griffin leads research and engineering programs on computer and communications security at TCS. He has written and taught academic and industrial courses on computer storage, security and networking and has co-authored refereed conference, journal and workshop papers. Among the honors, grants and awards he has received include an invitation to participate in the U.S./Japan Experts’ Workshop on Critical Information Infrastructure Protection, an Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

  • “Selling into Emerging Markets – Africa, Middle East and Latin America Explored,” Tuesday, May 21, 10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.

 

TCS Senior Customer Executive Victor Hernandez will explore the nuances of conducting business in the emerging market of Latin America through the lens of several case studies. In addition, the ability to leverage government resources that are available to ease entrance into new markets from the Departments of Commerce and State will also be addressed by other panelists.

Victor Hernandez is responsible for promoting TCS’ products and services portfolio in the Caribbean and Latin American regions. He has more than 23 years of experience in the Latin American wireless industry and has worked with some of the wireless industry’s biggest names, helping them bridge the business gap between the Caribbean, Latin America and North America.

To learn more about emerging and innovative wireless technologies, visit www.telecomsys.com.

 

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Green business awards launched in Zimbabwe

Posted on 14 May 2013 by Wallace Mawire

Zimbabwe anticipates to ignite its green economic revolution with the recent launch of the green business awards expected to be presented to outstanding winners in November 2013, according to Sebastian Zuze, Chairman of the awards. The awards recently launched in Harare under the theme:Greening the economy for sustainable national prosperity are an initiative of Xhib-it Events company and are meant to celebrate excellence in green practice,strategy and products, complimenting the Ministry of Environment’s efforts on greening the economy.They seek to recognize the most innovative,ambitious and effective initiatives by Zimbabwean business and individuals for achieving environmental sustainability and implementing smart business practice.

Launching the award, Zuze said going green is the idea of making sure that in any activity that is conducted by individuals,communities and business,the environmental impacts are assessed and minimized to ensure sustainability.

He added that the effects of not managing the environment include loss of bio-diversity and long term damage to ecosystems,pollution of the atmosphere and the consequences of climate change,damage to aquatic ecosystems,land degradation,the impacts of chemicals use and disposal,waste production and depletion of non-renewable resources.

“On the other hand, good environmental practice ensures increased productivity in our factories,reduction of waste, improved efficiencies,enhanced national image,better utilization of resources and development of environmentally friendly technologies,” Zuze said.   Through the awards, Zimbabwe seeks to explore various approaches to attain sustainable growth in the global market place.

“Goals for the awards are simple, but bold, to fill heads with practical knowledge,ideas,new trends,helping transform business as usual by partnering with extraordinary visionaries,forward thinkers,creative industry leaders and companies committed to building profitable and sustainable enterprises while solving some of the world’s toughest problems,” Zuze said.

Some of the award categories include;the overall green business award,the green leader award,the green entrepreneur award,the green supply chain award,the green building award,the green residential building award,the green energy award,the green professional services award,the green travel initiatives award,the waste to business resource award,the green retailer award,the green school/college award,the green SME award,the green manufacturer award,the green product award,the green innovation award,the green local council award,the green community award,the green healthcare award,the green entertainment and leisure award,the green communications award, the green financial institution award,the green corporate citizen award, the Minister of Environment’s award for environmental excellence, the minister of tourism’s award for eco-tourism excellence and the ministry of mines green mining award of excellence.

Awards chairman Zuze says many factors are impacting on local, regional and international trade.”Managing the environmental impact of manufacturing,mining and the activities involved during the provision of services to markets is assuming significance of enormous proportions especially in Zimbabwe,” Zuze said.

Zimbabwe’s Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Management, Francis Nhema said threats to the environment in Zimbabwe are arising from the construction industry, infrastructure development, mineral resources exploration, waste disposal, packaging and branding, communications, natural resource consumption, energy and water consumption.

“The precautionary principle is therefore crucial to apply that business should operate in a way that does not threaten the future of our existence by continually seeking alternative means and ways of operations that are sustainable,” Nhema said.

Nhema added that his ministry envisions using platforms like the Green Business awards,the merging of business and the environment through behaviour change known as sustainable business or green business to present opportunities for new business that is future oriented.

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FOREX industry celebrates the JFEX 2013 awards winners

Posted on 13 May 2013 by Africa Business

Jordan, Amman, May 13th, 2013: JFEX awards, the most prestigious professional awards in the region announced on Monday honoring the best brokers and services providers in the FOREX industry. The 8th Annual JFEX Awards is celebrating the contributions to continue to develop the FOREX industry and reach achievements with great heights that will inspire the investors to pursue the many opportunities available in the industry.

It has been announced as the winners of the eight annual JFEX Awards, honored for their contributions to continue to develop the FOREX industry and reach achievements with great heights that will inspire the investors to pursue the many opportunities available in the industry.

JFEX’s mission, “Together, improve and adapt to the changing needs of the market.” recognizes that We need to keep pace with these rapid changes, we have to manage change so that we can still make a difference. and the awards, set up in 2013, aim to celebrate the hard work and dedication of the companies.

All winners were originally nominated by Filling the Award application , while the prestigious judging panel, who put experience and recognizes the winners in their categories.

Mr. Khaldoun Nusair, AFAQ GROUP chairman , said: “AFAQ GROUP is delighted to host these JFEX Awards to help highlighting the Obtaining of the qualifications, especially on this time basis it`s considered a huge accomplishment , improve and adapt to the changing needs of the market. And this evening, we have seen some of the best examples, from professionals and specialists, as to how this should be done.”

The JFEX Winners:

· FXSTREET: Best FOREX Forecast and Strategy Provider

FXStreet produces well-designed forecast strategy plans need to be desired outputs to required inputs) and provides the traders with market consulting and strategic forecasting supporting by strategic analysis service to emphasis analyzing and risk management.

· AFBFX: Most Innovative ECN Broker

AFBFX as ECN broker became the best who consolidates bank quotes and provides their clients the best bids and offers available. Providing their clients with FOREX scalping opportunities similar how it was originally done by floor traders.

· NOORCM: Most Transparent FOREX Broker

NoorCM is a service provider of Al Shams Investment one of the most respected Investment and financial companies in the region.  NoorCM offers their clients the best conditions, transparency and high level services that exceed all expectations.

· Money Experts : Best Educational FOREX Website

Money experts became the leader in day trading educational systems and strategies by providing online outstanding resources for quality articles, videos, news, analysis and opinions about the FOREX.

· ICM Capital : Fastest Growing Online FOREX Broker

ICM Capital is well-positioned to continue the company’s growth in MENA and is committed to be a dynamic and to provides their services and products in an efficient and innovative manner consistent with the needs of their client.

· FXCM: Best Retail FOREX Provider

FXCM, the best retail broker, who provides easy method to open an account with reasonable leverage, and their clients can demo trade with no limits on its platform until they learn.

· Banc De Binary: Best Binary options Broker in MENA

Banc De Binary , a top-notch binary options broker throughout MENA region and the world, provides traders with the opportunity to test out the platform and to gain trading skills that they can use to have a long, profitable binary options trading experience.

· ADS SECURITIES: Most trusted FOREX Broker

ADS SECURITIES the first and the only FOREX broker is regulated by Central Bank of the UAE. ADS SECURITIES became genuine Middle East brokerage, and it`s the most reliable FOREX broker provides  regional services are designed for use by Middle East customers and the high capitalization of the company means that they can invest in new technology and services.

· FXDD: Best Islamic FOREX Broker

FXDD, the leading Islamic FOREX broker, who strives to always respect the requirements of the Islamic Sharia, the moral code and religious law of Islam.

· DGCX :Best Middle East FX Exchange

DGCX commenced trading in November 2005 as the regions first commodity derivatives exchange and has become today, the leading derivatives exchange in the Middle East. DGCX offers huge advantages to existing participants in physical commodities markets in the region previously unable to hedge their price exposures as well as opportunities to the region’s burgeoning investment community.

· AFB: Best White Label Solution Provider

Arab Financial Brokers (AFB), the closed shareholding corporation registered under the Kuwait commercial law. AFB provides White Label program for individuals and institutions that want to establish a brand name and a presence in the FOREX industry. AFB white label partner are provided with a platform that reflects the partner brand or logo. AFB has been continued dedication to offer global benchmark White Label solutions.

· Activtrades: Best FOREX Customer Services

ActivTrades offers the security and peace of mind of insuring its clients’ funds above the threshold provided by the (FSCS) by providing insurance policy underwritten by Lloyd’s of London. Clients of ActivTrades are individually covered up to £500,000 as Excess of FSCS Insurance.

· FxSolutions: Best Affiliate Program

FxSolutions has the Best Affiliate Program to work with and promote offering the best tools, commissions and overall offerings. FxSolutions ` Affiliate Program has become increasingly popular and as a result there’s a lot more in way of their clients.

· Fxstat: Best Social Trading Networks

FXSTAT has become one of the largest social trading networks. It now serves as an Autotrading (copy trade) service provider as well as a FOREX social network platform to aid traders in their trading. FXSTAT autotrading platform is the image of its innovative approach to technology.

· Market Trader Academy: Best educational trading academy

Market Trader Academy serves their students by offering the best in financial education . Market Trader Academy has been committed to teaching the skills needed to trade with the confidence of the pros using risk management and technical analysis strategies.

The JFEX 2013 Honorees:

· PalFX: JFEX 2013 advisory

The high profile information and consultation services providers in the region, made its contribution to the conference and the award by providing high skills of consultation to JFEX 2013, also sharing its experience in the JFEX Award judging panel.

· Banc De Binary: Most Innovative Stand

· Optimized sense: Participant

· FXBORSSA: Participant

· FX Arabia: Participant

· Bareed Wared: Participant

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MITSUMI wins IT Distribution Company of the year award at BoICT Awards Nigeria

Posted on 30 April 2013 by Africa Business

About MITSUMI Distribution:

www.mitsumidistribution.com

MITSUMI was formed in Nairobi, Kenya in the year 1996 with the aim of introducing appropriate and affordable technologies to Africa and now 17 years on, we are a largest IT & CE distributor.

We are authorized distributors for leading global IT brands. Our growing brand portfolio includes HP, Dell, Acer, Lenovo, Toshiba, Samsung, Microsoft, Sandisk, Western Digital, BenQ, Tripplite and Huawei.

As one of the Africa’s largest IT distributors, MITSUMI is the conduit through which the power of technology flows to 19 Countries in Africa. MITSUMI is a leading and fast growing technology distributor in Africa because of its Pan Africa distribution strategy/vision, aggressive expansion, regional geographical coverage and extensive customer base. MITSUMI has its head office in Kenya and presence in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, DRC, South Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Benin, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia, Mauritius and Madagascar including strategic mother hub in Jebel Ali (U.A.E).

MITSUMI has 15 warehouses and 8 service centers in Africa. These capabilities help us reduce turnaround time in distributing products to the African markets. MITSUMI’s credit facilities to partners also consolidated its leadership advantage in Africa.

 

 

Nigeria, West Africa – The 4th Annual Beacon of ICT Awards 2013, the annual industry wide celebration of deserving talents, contributions and commitments to the growth of the ICT industry was held on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Lagos, Nigeria.

 

MITSUMI Distribution, one of the Africa’s largest IT & CE distributors wins ICT Distribution Company of the year award. A constellation of leading players in ICT and financial space were gathered for this year’s Beacon of ICT Awards.

The Beacon of ICT Awards is the annual industry wide celebration of deserving talents, contributions and commitments to the growth of the ICT industry. Over 55,000 Nigerians have voted in unionism for MITSUMI in this year’s edition of Beacon of ICT Awards.

Beacon of ICT Awards is one of the biggest red carpet events in Nigeria and has hosted most of the greats from Ernest Ndukwe, the father of Nigeria modern telecom; Engr. Yomi Bolarinwa, the exemplary public servant; among others.

Ernest Ndukwe, former boss of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), was the special guest of honour.

 

Mr. Rajiv Patel - Country Manager at MITSUMI Distribution has received the award


Mitesh Shah – Managing Director at MITSUMI Distribution saidwe are delighted that Nigerians have recognized us and we are proud to receive this honour. MITSUMI has a long history in the Africa market and we always demonstrated our ability to diversify our business model and add value to partners.”

MITSUMI IT Distribution has a first-mover advantage in Africa since the company was the first to establish a chain of in-country presence in these markets ranging from facilities like warehousing, stocking points and support service centers in 1996.

MITSUMI’s regional geographical coverage and extensive customer base has made the group the largest and fastest growing distributor in Emerging Africa.


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MTN Uganda successfully launches 4G LTE Network in Uganda making it the first in East Africa

Posted on 27 April 2013 by Africa Business

MTN has become the first operator in Uganda, and one of the very first in the region and on the African continent to successfully launch its 4G LTE network.

Long Term Evolution technology (LTE) is the latest technology in the world with the fastest internet speeds of up to 100Mbps, giving customers the most seamless experience in data services.

Popularly known as 4G, LTE is a ‘standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for data terminals and mobile phones.’ 4G LTE Data Networks provide mobile ultra-broadband internet access.


“We are happy to claim another first in Uganda with this momentous announcement as MTN Uganda successfully launches its 4GLTE network offering World-class internet services to our customers. What is even more pleasing is that we’ve done this ahead of many other advanced economies around the world,” said Ernst Fonternel, MTN Uganda’s Chief Marketing Officer.

The launch of LTE represents a major stride in mobile connectivity capabilities in Uganda. The service offers almost triple the speed of any existing mobile connection available commercially in Uganda and in the region.

“This launch further emphasizes MTN’s commitment in not just transforming its own network but also the businesses of its Corporate and SME customers while contributing positively to the overall development of the ICT sector in Uganda,” Fonternel added.

For the customer this means you can download large files in no time, stream music videos and HD movies without buffering and upload pictures without delay. These services will significantly transform the way you interact with the world.

“The higher LTE speeds will give our customers lower latency which translates into a much more stable user experience. The technology’s impressive speeds create endless possibilities for the user including instantaneous music and picture downloads,” said Fonternel.

“Our challenge isn’t keeping ahead of the other operators. It’s keeping ahead of the tidal wave of data demand both in our country and in the region. Last year we launched our 21.6Mbps Data Network and last month we rolled out our 42Mbps Data Network and now LTE. In all these innovations, we have been the first, and our intention is to continue pushing boundaries so that our customers enjoy World-class internet.”

MTN’s LTE service will initially be available in greater Kampala, with other towns to follow in the very near future. There are currently 20 locations fully integrated onto the LTE network. Furthermore LTE capable dongles will be on sale at selected MTN outlets.

Fonternel said that the commercial launch of LTE is part of a bigger network transformation plan that MTN has been undertaking over the past few years in order to give its customers World-class services.

Over the last two years, MTN has made major investments to its data infrastructure in Uganda, expanded the mobile distribution foot print, and greatly enhanced the mobile core, radio capacity and Network infrastructure.

MTN Uganda launched the first Mobile Money service in Uganda with tremendous success and was recently ranked 2nd in the world-wide sample for the number of active Mobile Money accounts as per GSM Association’s 2012 Survey.

MTN Uganda was also recently named Uganda Number 1 Leading Superbrand and was voted as the Best Mobile Telephone Service provider of the year in the Uganda Responsible Investment Awards 2013. MTN was voted for by the people of Uganda in appreciation and recognition of its contribution towards the promotion of international best practices and standards.

“MTN’s vision is to lead the delivery of a bold, new Digital World to our customers. MTN Uganda is embracing this vision through constant enhancements to our Data Network to deliver World-class Internet and make our customers’ lives a whole lot brighter,” added Fonternel.

Since MTN was launched in Uganda in 1998, it has made major investments in the country. In 2012 alone, its CAPEX investments exceeded USD 80 million. This investment was mainly in expanding the network infrastructure to support the mobile subscriber growth as well as the rollout of new innovative products and digital solutions. MTN Uganda plans to invest an additional USD 70 million in 2013 towards further infrastructure development.

“In terms of Network Infrastructure, MTN Uganda has deployed 2,800km of fibre backbones achieved with multiple layers and rings to protect customer experience across all national regions and provide dedicated business solutions to SMEs and Corporate Enterprises. Another 400km of Fibre is currently under deployment between Mutundwe in Kampala and Kyenjojo district in Western Uganda and should be completed within the coming months,” said Rami Farah, MTN Uganda Chief Technical Officer.

Furthermore, MTN Uganda extended the fibre network backbone and built five regional switching centres in the East, West, North and Central regions. MTN also built a fibre optic cable through Tanzania into Rwanda, providing an alternative data capacity route through Katuna into Uganda.

MTN Uganda has over the last 6 months rolled out approximately 100 new Base Transmission Sites to new coverage areas while commissioning another batch of capacity sites to enhance the quality of network services. MTN Uganda currently has more than 1,100 network sites across all regions in Uganda.

“The continuous CAPEX investment by MTN is aimed at providing our customers with the best possible user experience across the country. We would like to ensure consistent and reliable network quality for all existing customers and also to enable many more new customers to enjoy the best of what Mobile Technology has to offer,” concluded Farah.

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Posted on 18 April 2013 by Africa Business

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Aggreko et Shanduka récompensés pour la livraison du meilleur projet d’énergie à exécution rapide en Afrique

Posted on 11 April 2013 by Africa Business

Le projet a été récompensé à l’occasion du Prix africains de l’énergie


JOHANNESBURG, Afrique du Sud, 11 avril 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le projet de fourniture d’électricité transfrontalière d’Aggreko (http://www.aggreko.com) et Shanduka, situé à Ressano Garcia en Mozambique, a été récompensé par le prix du « Best Fast Track Power Project » (Meilleur projet d’énergie à exécution rapide) d’Afrique en 2012 à l’occasion des « Africa Energy Awards » (Prix africains de l’énergie). La cérémonie de remise des prix s’est déroulée au cours du dîner de gala de la conférence et exposition « Power and Electricity World Africa » qui s’est tenue du 8 au 11 avril à Johannesburg.

Commandé en juillet 2012, le projet de Ressano Garcia est considéré comme le premier projet fournisseur d’électricité indépendant (FEI) transfrontalier temporaire. Utilisant le gaz naturel extrait des champs gaziers de Temane au Mozambique, le rendement de l’installation est directement injecté sur place, dans le réseau national du Mozambique, depuis une sous-station construite à cet effet. Le projet a permis de générer et de fournir 110 MW d’électricité à l’Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), la société d’État de fourniture d’électricité du Mozambique et, au-delà des frontières du pays, à l’Eskom, la société d’État de fourniture d’électricité d’Afrique du Sud.

Outre le fait qu’il s’agisse d’un projet très novateur pour l’approvisionnement nécessaire de ces deux pays en électricité, les juges ont été impressionnés par l’exécution particulièrement rapide du projet. La livraison du projet, depuis les premiers forages jusqu’à ce que le projet soit pleinement opérationnel, a été complétée en moins de quatre mois. Cela inclut un important programme d’infrastructures civiles impliquant la construction de routes d’accès, d’un gazoduc à haute pression d’une longueur d’1,2 km, d’une infrastructure de traitement et de dépressurisation du gaz, d’une sous-station majeure et d’une ligne de transmission de 275 kV d’une longueur d’1,5 km.

Le projet est relié au Pool énergétique d’Afrique australe (SAPP – Southern African Power Pool) qui lie les réseaux électriques de neuf pays d’Afrique australe. Profitant de cette infrastructure de transmission exceptionnelle et de la souplesse de ses installations électriques, Aggreko a annoncé le 14 mars 2013 qu’elle étendrait l’installation de Ressano Garcia pour ajouter une capacité supplémentaire de 122 MW. Prochainement disponible au cours du second trimestre de 2013, cette énergie supplémentaire sera divisée entre l’EDM et NamPower, la société d’État de fourniture d’électricité de Namibie, élevant la capacité de génération totale de Ressano Garcia à 232 MW.

« Pour mener à bien un projet d’une telle ampleur, les ressources mondiales d’Aggreko ont été mobilisées afin de gérer le projet et de concevoir l’installation de Ressano Garcia. Cette capacité, ainsi que l’expertise conjuguée de nos sous-traitants et clients partenaires, a permis la livraison réussie de ce projet remarquable », a commenté Ron Sams, directeur de la technologie et des opérations mondiales d’Aggreko.

« Nous sommes ravis de recevoir ce prix aux côtés de notre partenaire Aggreko », a déclaré Phuti Mahanyele, PDG de Shanduka Group. « L’accès à une alimentation électrique suffisante et stable crée une valeur incroyable pour le développement de la région. Ce projet a également apporté des avantages importants à la population locale, fournissant des possibilités d’emploi, stimulant l’activité économique en général et, par le biais de la fondation Adopt-a-School de Shanduka, contribuant au développement d’une école primaire locale, Escola Primaria Completa De Ressano Garcia. »

À propos du prix, James Shepherd, directeur général d’Aggreko en Afrique australe et orientale, a commenté : « Je suis ravi que le caractère réellement unique et révolutionnaire de ce projet ait été distingué par nos pairs de l’industrie. Construire une centrale électrique de cette taille et de cette complexité en moins de quatre mois, sur un site auparavant inexploité, est tout à fait remarquable. Ce prix récompense la vision et le travail acharné de l’équipe de projet d’Aggreko et Shanduka, nos clients l’EDM et l’Eskom et l’ensemble des partenaires qui ont fait de ce projet un succès aussi retentissant. »

Distribué par l’Organisation de la Presse Africain pour Aggreko plc.

Aggreko

Aggreko plc (http://www.aggreko.com) est le leader mondial des solutions d’énergie temporaire et de régulation de température. Aggreko emploie plus de 5,700 personnes opérant à partir de 194 sites. En 2012 nous avons servi des clients dans plus de 100 pays et nous avons réalisé un chiffre d’affaires de près de 1.6 milliards d’Euros (2.5 milliards de Dollars ou 2.0 milliards de Livres Sterling). Aggreko plc est inscrit au London Stock Exchange (AGK.L), est membre de l’index FTSE-100, et a son siège social en Ecosse. Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez consulter le site Internet de la société à l’adresse http://www.aggreko.com.

Aggreko apporte des solutions pour la fourniture temporaire d’énergie et le froid & climatisation à des clients qui en ont un besoin particulièrement urgent ou pour une période courte. Par exemple, la fourniture d’énergie à un site industriel qui avait besoin d’entretenir son système permanent de production d’électricité, en fournissant en énergie une ville entière en période de pénurie, ou en fournissant les systèmes de production d’électricité et de refroidissement pour un événement sportif majeur. Nous répondons nos clients soit à partir de nos 194 centres de service, que nous appelons « Local Business », soit sur le plan mondial, grâce à notre entité « International Power Projects ».

Dans le cadre du Local business, qui constitue environ la moitié de notre chiffre d’affaires, nous louons notre équipement aux clients qui les exploitent alors par eux-mêmes, bien que nous conservions la responsabilité de son entretien et de sa maintenance. Dans le cadre de « International Power Projects » (http://www.aggreko.com/industries/case-study-library), qui représente environ la moitié de notre chiffre d’affaires, nous agissons comme producteur d’électricité. Nous installons et exploitons des unités de production d’électricité et nous facturons à nos clients à la fois la fourniture de la capacité de production et l’électricité que nous produisons. Nous concevons et fabriquons notre équipement de manière spécifique en fonction de ces exigences dans notre usine de Dumbarton, en Écosse.

Parmi nos clients récents on retrouve les Jeux Olympiques et Paralympiques de Londres 2012 (http://www.aggreko.com/media-centre/press-releases/aggreko-supports-a-powerful-london-2012), les Jeux Olympiques d’hiver de Vancouver de 2010 (http://www.aggreko.com/events/the-olympics/vancouver-2010) et les compagnies publiques d’électricité dans plus de 50 pays parmi lesquels le Royaume-Uni (http://www.aggreko.co.uk) la France (http://www.aggreko.fr), l’Angola, le Kenya (http://africa.aggreko.com), l’Indonésie, le Bangladesh, le Venezuela, le Chili (http://www.aggreko.cl), le Brésil (http://www.aggreko.com.br) et les États-Unis (http://us.aggreko.com).

En 2012 nous avons reçu près de 45,000 retours à nos enquêtes de satisfaction Clients et 70 % des personnes interrogées dans le cadre de notre recherche nous ont donné une recommandation de 9 ou 10 sur 10.

Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez consulter le site Internet de la société à l’adresse : http://www.aggreko.com.

Shanduka Group

Shanduka Group a été constitué en 2001 en tant que société de portefeuille détenue par des Noirs. Elle investit dans un portefeuille divers de sociétés cotées et non cotées, avec des actifs majeurs dans les industries des ressources et des produits alimentaires et des boissons. Shanduka investit également dans les secteurs des services financiers, de l’énergie, des télécommunications, de l’immobilier et de l’industrie. Le groupe détient des investissements en Afrique du Sud, au Mozambique, à Maurice, au Ghana et au Nigeria.

La philosophie d’investissement de la société consiste à s’associer avec des sociétés qui ont un bilan éprouvé dans la fourniture de recettes rentables et des équipes de direction qui soutiennent la transformation.

Le régime de propriété varié de Shanduka reflète son engagement envers la responsabilisation et la transformation. Une partie de sa participation est détenue par des fiducies qui investissent dans le développement de l’éducation et des petites entreprises. La propriété totale par des Noirs s’élève à 51 %, dont une participation de 18 % est détenue par des fiducies variées.

Pour tout complément d’information sur Shanduka, veuillez consulter notre site Web à l’adresse : www.shanduka.co.za

Pour toute demande, veuillez contacter :

Nicholas van Santen

Directeur des RP, Aggreko EMEA

Tél. : +971 56 682 5978

E-mail : nicholas.vansanten@aggreko.ae

Steyn Speed

Shanduka Group

Tél. : +27 11 305 8900

E-mail : sspeed@shanduka.co.za

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MTN Uganda Voted as the best Mobile Telephone Service provider of the year

Posted on 08 April 2013 by Africa Business

About MTN Uganda

Launched in 1998, MTN Uganda is the leading telecommunications firm in country with more than 7.7 million customers as of 31 December 2012.

 

About the MTN Group

Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a leading emerging market operator, connecting subscribers in 22 countries in Africa and the Middle East. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code: “MTN.” As of 31 December 2012, MTN recorded almost 190 million subscribers across its operations in Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia.

 

MTN Uganda has been awarded the Best Mobile Telecom provider of the year(2012) at the just concluded the 2013 Uganda Responsible Investment (URI) awards ceremony held at the Imperial Royal Hotel in Kampala.

According to Public Opinions the organizer of the Uganda Responsible Investment awards, MTN was voted for by the people of Uganda in appreciation and recognition of its contribution towards the promotion of international best practices and standards in their day to days operations such as; respect for internationally proclaimed rights of workers, elimination of discrimination in respect of occupation and employment, work against all forms of corruption including extortion and bribery, respect of public procurement guidelines, delivery of quality products and services, involvement in productive Corporate Social investment and environmental protection and payment of Taxes.

MTN Uganda is the largest telecom player in Uganda with close to 8million subscribers and the most robust mobile money service in Uganda with transactions in excess of 20 million per month. MTN is also the largest data provider in Uganda currently providing the fastest internet with the 42mbps, and LTE very close to going live. In a highly competitive environment, with seven network operators, MTN Uganda has maintained its leading position in subscriber numbers and market share. By year end 2012, MTN Uganda had 7.7 million subscribers and total 3.5 million Mobile Money users.

“MTN as a good corporate citizen in Uganda has vowed to invest in the country and contribute to the growth of the economy. MTN’s investment in Uganda spans over 14 years of its existence and has reached innovation, capacity building, education, health and many other national priority areas. Our products and services, too, has been growing steadily, and our efforts will continue to be just as persistent as ever at ensuring that we lead the delivery of a bold, new digital world to our customers,” said Mazen Mroué, the MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Mroué reiterated that MTN has been providing best mobile network communication services, world class internet access, and high range of innovative products with wide footprint covering all regions and focus on giving back to the community through sustainable Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) are some of the key success factors that have endeared the public to the telecom giant.

“We continue to invest in Uganda so as to make our customer’s lives even better. In 2012, we invested in excess of $80million in upgrading infrastructure and reaching areas that were hitherto uncovered. This year, we plan to invest another $70million. All this is meant to create convenience and universal access for our customers and this is not just to communication, but to other fundamental human needs,” said Mroue.

In 2012 alone MTN Uganda paid more than UGX 360 billion shillings in taxes to the Ugandan government. With a current workforce of 1,250 staff, the continuous investment by MTN in Uganda has enabled job creation with direct and indirect support for over 500,000 Ugandans which has largely contributed to the overall economic growth.

Also, in 2012 MTN Uganda invested close to UGX1.5 billion shillings in training and development of its employees. The company is also committed to exporting talent and currently has more than 10 Ugandan employees working as expatriates for other MTN Operations in other countries holding senior positions, sharing knowledge and transferring skills across the MTN Group.

Public Opinions is a civil society organization (CSO) which was founded by the late Brig. Noble Mayombo, former permanent secretary in the Ministry of Defense at Makerere University in 2003 as a students’ forum for advocacy, research and study group on key issues of national and global concern. In partnership with Uganda Investment Authority (UIA), the CSO’s objective led to the formation of the Uganda Responsible Investment awards.

Websites: www.mtn.com and www.mtnfootball.com.

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