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Back on Track, Uganda’s Railways Signal Better Days Ahead

Kampala – Denis, a 38-year-old Ugandan bank worker, usually takes a packed minibus known as a matatu to and from his day job through the capital Kampala’s notorious potholed and gridlocked roads. But two weeks ago, he tried a new option: the city’s passenger train, relaunched for the first time in two decades.

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Africa Tech Trends: Taxi app wars

Africa’s taxi-hailing app industry is getting far too busy. Initially South Africa gained all the attention, with Uber taking on local incumbents Snappcab and Zapacab for customers. Uber won, Snappcab clung on, and Zapacab died. The taxi wars are now spreading across the continent. In Kenya, Uber has arrived to battle Easy Taxi, and the much-smaller Maramoja has picked the worst possible moment to join them. The same is happening in Nigeria. continue reading »

Cape Town unveils South Africa’s first ‘green’ taxi rank

Cape Town – The City of Cape Town has unveiled the first ‘green’ transport facility in South Africa that generates its own electricity, enabling it to operate off the electricity grid. Furthermore, all the water used at this facility, besides drinking water, is provided for through rooftop rainwater harvesting and recycling.

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Africa needs to stop fighting and invest in infrastructure

War is an expensive affair and less of it will bring more development to the continent.

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View on Poverty: Uganda’s cheap bike problem

The Nano is a small, cheap car manufactured by Indian multinational Tata. At a cost equivalent to US$2,000, it promised to offer personal transport to Indians who previously couldn’t afford it.

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Africa awaits an energy revolution

Addis Ababa – Africa is on the verge of a “revolution” in the energy sector to benefit millions of people on the continent currently not connected to electricity.

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