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Southern Africa: Botswana-Namibia Coal rail link work to start 2012

By Servaas van den Bosch

WINDHOEK (Reuters) – Construction of a railway line connecting Botswana’s Mmamabula coal field with the Namibian port of Walvis Bay, pegged at up to $9 billion, is expected to start in 18 months, a government official said on recently.

Robert Kalomo, Namibia’s Director of Railway Affairs in the Ministry of Works said construction of the TransKalahari Railway would take five years, with costs expected to range between $5-9 billion.

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Sierra Leone: Geothermal Potential Estimated at 700 Megawatts

James Karuhanga

Kigali — Preliminary findings by the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), which was contracted last year to conduct a thorough surface exploration of geothermal energy, indicate that Rwanda’s potential is estimated to be more than 700 Megawatts.

A summarized document on geothermal development obtained from the Ministry of Infrastructure, reveals that the data acquired by KenGen has been reviewed by consultant and “used to estimate the geothermal potential in Rwanda.”

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Africa: Continent’s Rapid Technological Acquisition Indicates Emerging Industrial Base – UN

Africa’s rapid acquisition of industrial technologies is an indication that the continent is joining other developing regions in building a sound manufacturing base likely to support the production of value-added goods and services, including high-tech products, according to a study released today by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

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Nigeria: ATCON Outlines ICT Outlook for 2011

Titi Omo-Ettu

As part of the implementation of the 2011 business plan, the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria welcomes collaboration on initiatives which conform to its mission for the year. The framework and process of implementation to get endorsement and collaboration has been laid out and the areas of focus for industry development will include the following:

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