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Studying an MBA In CAIRO The ancient city is Egypt’s premier financial hub and stands at the gateway between Africa and the Middle East Written by: Nye Longman


LEADERSHIP The Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport: AASTMT offers an MBA tailor made to suit the prior experience of the student; one route is specifically geared to someone with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, whilst the other option offers a more general route to candidates with more eclectic backgrounds. Modules range from marketing and operations management to finance and organisational

development, with opportunities to research and compile a thesis. Across its various campuses the Arab Academy boasts a range of sports, health and fitness facilities and is also particularly notable for its sports camps. AASTMT is notable for having partnerships with dozens of universities across the globe, and particularly for its partnership with the University of Cardiff in Wales which will be offering a range of business courses at the Cairo campus.

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‘In addition to academic affiliations, RITI is notable for its partnership with the London Stock Exchange (LSE) which puts it at the financial heart of the world’ Maastricht School of Management / Regional IT Institute: Through its partnership with the globally renowned Maastricht School of Management (MSM) the Regional IT Institute (RITI) delivers an MBA program consistent with at least 20 other institutions across the world. In addition to academic affiliations, RITI is notable for its

partnership with the London Stock Exchange (LSE) which puts it at the financial heart of the world. Alongside the core management and finance modules, students can specialise in either banking and finance, marketing management or globalisation. In addition, students will also undertake a self-directed research thesis based on a topic of their choice. The program has been 11

LEADERSHIP accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) the Association of Collegiate Business Schools (ACBSP) as well as the Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) which gives the RITI MBA international accreditation. Ecole Supérieure Libre Des Sciences Commerciales Appliquées: The School of Applied Commercial Sciences (bearing the French acronym ESLSCA) is part of a global education initiative that offers students the

opportunity to gain qualifications that have been accredited by the French board of education. The institution has partnerships with a wide range of globally effective business including PepsiCo, Vodafone, citi, and GlaxoSmithKline, amongst many others. Perhaps one of the most innovative aspects of the ESLSCA MBA is the option to study the course bilingually; if an Arabic speaker has weak English, they can begin the course in Arabic and will, with


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‘If four or more individuals apply together from the same company, ESLSCA offers a tuition fee discount of up to 30 percent’

assistance from the university, complete the MBA in English. In addition to management, accounting and economics modules, students can chose to specialise in global marketing, HR, global business or finance and banking. There are also a wide range of elective modules that allow for further niche specialisation. These include courses from a wide variety of disciplines including Islamic finance, human capital management and cross cultural communication.

If four or more individuals apply together from the same company, ESLSCA offers a tuition fee discount of up to 30 percent. German University in Cairo: The German University in Cairo (GUC) was founded in 2003 and brings together the German universities of Mannheim and Ulm alongside a consortium of Egyptian businesses and state bodies. Its vision is to provide a centre for international 13

LEADERSHIP excellence which also promotes the strong partnership between the two nations. This has enabled a healthy partnership between GUC and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Their MBA course delivers traditional modules in the form of finance, marketing and operations management but also offers the opportunity study modules in entrepreneurship, technological innovation or even novel products. In addition to the traditional

syllabus, GUC students also have the opportunity to specialise and study a field-specific Media MBA. This option will allow students to gain first-hand experience of print, online, TV or radio journalism, backed up by studies in media economics. American University in Cairo: The American University in Cairo (AUC) is a well-respected institution, and is able to award American degrees as part of a mandate by the state of Delaware. The university

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‘The AUC course is approved by the internationally renowned Association of MBAs (AMBA) as well the European improvement directives through EQUIS’ has links to many top Egyptian NGOs, as well as the Vodafone and Sawiris Foundations. The University offers its students the opportunity to learn Arabic as a foreign language and given that Egypt is an Arabic speaking nation, there is no better chance to develop fluency. Studying an MBA at AUC will provide you with a highly accredited qualification; their course is approved by the internationally renowned

Association of MBAs (AMBA) as well the European improvement directives through EQUIS. Core topics in the syllabus include financial and marketing management as well as economics. Once these have been covered the student can choose from a wealth of modules which include HR, IT and Marketing; or even the opportunity to specialise in the nuances of the construction industry. 15


A smartphone for EVERY

OCCASION A list that covers the best camera, best value for money, most durable and the best overall smartphones Written by: Nye Longman

Africa presents smartphone designers with the unique challenge of delivering the most recent technology into environments where pressures such as data, cost, and security are especially pressing. Our categories reflect the diverse requirements of the continent: tech availability is being rolled out to never before reached areas, whilst an increasingly growing middle class demands the latest trends.



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APPLE IPHONE 6 Starting price 8900 Rand

The Apple iPhone 6 is widely regarded to be at the cutting edge of smartphone technology; larger than its predecessors yet more energy efficient. The company has built up a solid reputation with customers for producing smartphones that are not only high tech and pretty to look at, but that are well supported by meticulously designed software. The 6 comes with an 8MP camera that has the ability to take 1080p HD quality pictures 18

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and can also record slow motion videos. Storage capacity increases from 16GB, to 64GB and up to 128GB for the serious photo junky; the phone comes with 1GB of RAM. This iPhone is powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, alongside quad-core graphics. Users will certainly be impressed with all the additional features that will make this phone characteristically an Apple phone; from the fingerprint touch scanner to the now famous siri voice detector.


NOKIA LUMIA 1020 Starting price 9000 Rand

The Nokia Lumia 1020 has the highest resolution of any 4G smartphone. At 41MP, there is not a single competitor that comes close to matching this level of detail and quality; what is perhaps most impressive about this is the fact that Nokia have designed this camera to fit into an ultra-thin, highly ergonomic body. The camera is supported by a range of specifically designed apps created in order to deepen the photographic experience. For example, the Nokia Pro Camera app allows users to

adjust their camera settings and provides new users with in-depth tutorial support. The Smart Cam app boasts a host of different camera effects, including the ability to remove unwanted photo bombers via the Remove Moving Objects function. Aside from its unbeatable camera, the Nokia Lumia 1020 has 32BG of internal storage space, alongside 15GB of free cloud storage, and 2GB of RAM. The smartphone also has a 1500MHz dual core processor and a shell made from sculpted glass.

Behind the lens of a 41MP Nokia Lumia 1020




Starting price 5,700 Rand

The CAT S50 brings together high performing smartphone technology and a set of rugged design features. The S50 is IP67 certified, meaning that the phone is completely protected against dust intrusion and against the effects of immersion in water between 15 centimetres and 1 metre. The phone also meets with the US Military 810G ‘shock and drop’ standards which ensure that the phone can survive a drop from 1.2 metres. The S50 can operate in temperatures between -25⁰C and 55⁰C. CAT S50 Ruggedised 4G Smartphone


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It is hard to believe that underneath the tough exterior of the S50 are all the technological trappings that make up a modern smartphone. The phone sports a 1.2 GHz Quad-core processor, with 8GB of internal storage, 2GB of ram, supporting a memory card with up to 64GB of storage space. Furthermore, the S50 also boasts an 8MP camera that supports video recording; users can take quality photos whilst resting assured that their precious memories will not be lost if their phone accidentally gets wet or is dropped.


ZTE BLADE Q MINI Starting price 1,000 Rand

Affordability weighs even heavier on the African smartphone market, and has prompted rumblings in recent years of tech companies delivering smartphones that are produced and sold at a fraction of the cost of their higherend contemporaries. The ZTE Blade Q Mini retails at around 1000 Rand and is perhaps one of the cheapest commercial smartphones on today’s market. The phone has a 5MP camera that includes an LED flash and also has autofocus, with the added option of geo-tagging. It also has a 1.3MHz Dual-core processor alongside 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, which can be supplemented with a memory card of up to 32GB. What also makes this phone highly usable is its size – at a mere 4 inches, the Blade Q is not only easy to handle, but is also conveniently pocket-sized. As you would expect, the smartphone has a host of on-board apps which allow for voice recording, as well as image and document viewing. Overall the ZTE Blade Q Mini is a

very affordable phone that offers users a range of helpful apps and features; if the trend in falling tech and airtime costs continues, this phone and others like it could be crucial for connecting Africa to the rest of the world. 21

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Top AFRICAN Employers of 2015 As investment pours into the continent, businesses are realising the benefits of having a motivated and well-rewarded talent pool.


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Employees: 4000+ Revenue: 9.8bn Kenyan Schillings (2013) Kenya Airways has a reputation for delivering outstanding results for its customers, and has won STATT Magazine’s African Cargo Airline of the Year award for the second year in a row. It has the foresight to see the potential in new graduates, training them from scratch to achieve their pilot’s license. In addition, Kenya Airways has its own KQ Pride hospitality facility dedicated to providing its workers with high standard qualifications. 24

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Employees: 46,624 Revenue: R129bn (2013) Demand for talented workers at ESKOM is high, as the stateoperated energy firm seeks to expand its supply capacity in the wake of recent power outages. Jobseekers therefore see ESKOM as a safe investment. The company offer skilled applicants an extensive bursary package, covering everything from fees, accommodation, food and even extra spending money.



Employees: 27,000 (2014) Revenue: $14.93bn (2011) The continent has seen much investment in telecommunications infrastructure and MTN has followed this growth, recording over 210 million subscribers in 2014. Its employees enjoy the opportunity to hone their skills across the 21 different countries that the group operates in; they are continuously supported with the MTN Performance Development Plan (PDP) and can also access the company performancebased rewards package. 25

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Employees:Â 7,442 (2013) Revenue:Â $6.2bn (2014) In order to grow the skills of its workforce, Vodacom is partnered with several accredited educational institutions including the University of South Africa, the Gordon Institute, and Wits Business School. In addition to this, Vodacom offers flexible working, wellbeing, medical and corporate volunteer opportunities as part of its expansive employee benefits package. Successful deployment of its talent has enabled the company to gain 55 million subscribers.


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Employees: 3000 Revenue: $51.2bn (2013) Aside from a competitive graduate scheme, Unilever offers employees discounts on its extensive range of brands. Alongside its remunerative ‘refer a friend’ scheme, the company provides employees with the opportunity to make its mark on a global scale, across their worldwide brands platform. It also offers graduates a very competitive starting salary to supplement its intensive 2-3 year company placement.



Employees: 53,600 Revenue: $16.52bn (2014) Not only has the search engine juggernaut invested in many technology projects throughout Africa, it has also opened an impressive amount of centres across the continent. This includes offices in Lagos, Casablanca, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Dakar. Google is well known for providing its employees with a fantastic working environment, as well as free legal advice and a full reimbursement for any career enhancing studies that its employees undertake.

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Employees: 56,812 (2015) Revenue: R276.4bn Old Mutual invests over 200 million rand per year on developing its staff through a variety of projects, including the Old Mutual Business School. As a reward for their loyal service, Old Mutual employees receive a raft of benefits including retirement funds, pensions, and annuities. To supplement their competitive salaries, employees have the opportunity to earn performance related bonuses, and can also opt into a staff share scheme. The Old Mutual Office in Cape Town is well known for its facilities that include a crèche, playschool, supermarket, post office, and even a hairdressers.


Employees: 3000 Revenue: R47.2bn (2011) In addition to medical cover, low interest car loans and an employee share scheme, South African Breweries keeps hold of its talent by fostering its loyalty to their brands – by providing discounts to a host of their beer and soft drinks products. 28

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Employees:Â 3,000 Revenue:Â $24.82 bn (2014) KPMG pays as much careful attention to the growth of its employees as it does to the accounts of its global clients, which helps to maintain its place as one of the largest auditors in the world. Its competitive salaries are reviewed every six months, so employees can be sure that their efforts will be well rewarded. In addition to medical provision and a 24-hour support service, employees are assigned mentors within the company to ensure that their needs and aspirations are approached holistically.


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Employees: 2,671 Revenue: Non Profit Organisation Legal Aid South Africa is a public entity that delivers the country’s constitutional guarantee to provide its citizens with legal representation. It is a combination of this social mission as well as the security of a taxpayer-funded career which makes Legal Aid so attractive to work for. In addition to the usual provisions for healthcare, wellness and retirement, Legal Aid lays down a structured career pathway for its staff by providing opportunities to specialise or work towards management level. The firm recognises the best way to develop its talent is through education so it provides a bursary scheme to support the continued learning of its teams. The company’s Annual Achiever Awards ceremony is what truly sets Legal Aid South Africa apart and allows the company to reward its most dedicated staff. Legal Aid SA Human Resources Executive, Amanda Clark said: “The Achiever Awards forms part of Legal Aid SA’s recognition programme, which is rooted in performance excellence, commitment and integrity.”



West Africa’s Leading Oil & Gas Services Company Written by: Sam Jermy Produced by: Richard Deane


NIGERDOCK The company, which is strategically located on Snake Island Integrated Free Zone in Lagos, focuses on upstream oil and gas services (EPC- Green&Brownfield Projects); Marine Services (Ship Repair & maintenance); Base Support services (Logistics, accommodation, catering, Real estate); Training and Development services (Welding, Fabrication, Machining, HSE, etc).


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igerdock is West Africa’s leading indigenous upstream oil and gas services company focused on Oil & Gas construction and marine services including offshore fabrication, ship building and repair, industrial training and specialised Oil & Gas and Maritime support. It is strategically located on Snake Island Integrated Free Zone, in Lagos, with immediate access to the open seas. Snake Island Integrated Free Zone is a leading West African industrial development. Focused on Maritime and Oil & Gas Services and Operations, it offers tremendous opportunities for International Businesses to participate in Nigerian and West African Deepwater Projects. The company said: “We lead the development of Nigerian content in our industries, achieve operational excellence and growth by


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continuously training our workforce and investing in technological resources enabling us to deliver value to our shareholders, customers, employees and the nation. “Nigerdock adds value to the Nigerian Oil and Gas and Maritime Industries and the Nigerian Economy by providing products and services to world class standards of safety quality and on-schedule delivery.” Company Vision Nigerdock plans to create and operate a fully functional support centre to the Deepwater Oil and Gas Industry in Nigeria, through the active attraction of investment and creation of employment opportunities resulting from the progressive development of an efficient, secure,

“Nigerdock adds value to the Nigerian Oil and Gas and Mariitime Industries” -Nigerdock

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THE WELLMANN GROUP The Wellmann Group evolved in 1991 as a result of successful completion of high profile projects in the Oil and Gas industry, utilizing the resources and expertise of local and international companies. This evolution has resulted in the current group capacity to undertake major projects in Fronts end engineering, Heavy lift, Marine movement, Modular Jacking and Weighing System. Other members of the group are Pritod Construction, Brazerville International and limelight Entrepreneurs. She owns and operates a vast fleet of self propelled modular trailers, offshore Barges, synchronized Jacking/Weighing System, Mooring Winches and Ballast pumps. The Wellmann Group have delivered on the following projects, to mention but a few are ; Chevron Agbami FPSO Project, Snepco Bonga FPSO Project, Chevron EGTL Project, Total Ofon Project, Chevron EGP3 Project, Total Usan FPSO Project, Shell Ovhor Concrete Barge Towage, ExxonMobil Satellite Field Project, Chevron Didbi & Olero Concerte Barge Towage and Total OWL Module Loadout etc. CEO/Founder Chris iyovwaye is a graduate of international studies and diplomacy from university of Benin Nigeria. He hails from Delta State Nigeria and speaks English fluently.




commercially effective support infrastructure, and its continued cost-efficient operation. The organisation’s training school offers world class training of personnel in the fields of Welding, Pipefitting, Plating and Machining. The Training School has been selected as a centre in Nigeria for the training and certification of welders to International Standards. This programme is being coordinated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and actively supported by stakeholders in the Industry. It is part of the Federal Government’s Nigerian Content Development Policy for the Oil and Gas Industry. “The Training School has fully equipped classrooms which can be utilised for most training requirements including Rigging, Safety,

“Nigerdock adds value to the Nigerian Oil and Gas and Maritime Industries and the Nigerian Economy by providing products and services to world class standards of safety quality and on-schedule delivery” – Nigerdock

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Core Values The ITL Brand is unique because we are a God-fearing people willing to go the extra mile any time, any day. We are resilient and adaptable to the needs of our client and show transparency with moral ethics in our business dealings. Above all we always put ourselves in our client’s shoes to better understand and meet his or her needs.

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Who are we? Founded in 1997 by seasoned professionals, INSPECTION AND TESTS NIGERIA LIMITED (ITL), an ISO 9001-2008 Certified Company, has become a topmost local brand with both an international outlook and a multinational reach – Ghana & USA, and various Nigerian branches.

testing to above 20,000 Psi, Post Weld Heat Treatment as well as Training and Manpower development in Welding Inspection and other Engineering Supervision scopes such as AWS, API & PCN Schemes & Welder Training to IIW Schemes under NIW

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Our Destructive Testing Laboratory is in a class of its own and offers all that is needed to qualify both welder and procedure for any project scope and specification, manned by mature professionals operating up-to-date ultramodern equipment. Our personnel are trained to the best schemes and levels obtainable in the industry and we are proud of their tenacity of purpose and commitment to professionalism and ethics.

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INSPECTION AND TESTS NIGERIA LIMITED Inspection and Tests Nigeria Limited (ITL) is an ISO 9001- 2008 certified Company involved in Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Project Management, Technical Integrity Verification (TIV), As-Built Verification, Pre-Commissioning & Commissioning Inspection, Material Verification, Boroscopic Examination, Positive Metal Identification (PMI), Leak Testing, Tank Calibration & Measurements, Tank & Tank Floor Inspection, Valves inspection, Corrosion Mapping, Buried Lines identification, Pre & Post Weld Heat Treatment, Pressure Testing, Vacuum Box Inspection, as well as blasting/painting of facilities onshore/offshore. We also conduct Lifting Inspection for Offshore Containers/accessories and handle Tubular (OCTG) management and inspection to relevant specifications. We carry out basic Nondestructive & Destructive Testing for onshore/offshore operations. Our NDT capabilities include Ultrasonic Flaw Detection, Industrial Radiography, Magnetic Particle Inspection, Dye ! Penetrant Inspection, etc while our Destructive Testing covers Charpy V-Notch, Bend, Tensile, Compression, Hardness, Macro & Micrography, etc. COMPANY PROF We also conduct advanced inspection and testing services including AUT, PAUT, Eddy Current, etc. We also conduct various Training and Manpower Development for the Oil, Gas, Marine and Power industries, including QA/QC management, API & NDT Training and Certification, and in collaboration with our Joint Venture partners. Welding Institute of UK (TWI), we conduct welding inspection training to internationally recognised certification. (CSWIP)



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Quality and First Aid. It has the ability to train and test Welders in SMAW, MMAW, FCAW and TIG processes, in all positions and to any Client’s requirements whilst certifying to Lloyds, ABS and DNV standards. All trainees must attend a thorough induction program including basic safety and quality training.� the management commented. Pipefitters and platers are trained in practical and theoretical fabrication techniques including manual and machine burning and cutting, layouts and fit-ups, auto-levelling, measuring, preparation methods and tacking. Machinists are trained in manual and semiautomatic processes including detailed marking out, turning and screw threading on lathes, metal

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joining through processes, machining of intricate components, sinking dies, cutting of Gears and machining of bushings and eccentric turning. Atlantic Aviation Free Zone Enterprise is a Nigerian helicopter services company dedicated to providing safe and efficient aviation support by adhering to the highest standards of integrity and quality. It is dedicated to serving Nigeria’s offshore oil & gas industry to provide transportation to platforms and other offshore installations, helicopter maintenance repair & overhaul, and Search & Rescue (SAR) operations. Operations Nigerdock is the leading EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contractor,

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Energo Nigeria-Ltd. is a private, engineering & contracting company founded in 1990. Years of experience has taught us to be fast and agile, keen and smart to take chances and stand for what we believe in - Create value for all our stakeholders.Responding to the needs of electric-power providers, industries, Government and Public authorities in Nigeria and worldwide Address: Aminu Kano Crescent No.138, Wuse 2, Abuja Tel: +234 9 4611362 Fax: +234 9 4611364 Email:

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“We have the best Training School in the country constantly training the Offshore Welders, Grinders, Fitters, Blasters, Painters, Scaffold¬ers and Riggers to the highest levels” – Nigerdock 46

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specialised in the fabrication of topside mod¬ules, subsea manifolds, jackets, wellheads, satellites, process platforms, process piping, buoys, piles yokes, and double joints. It also specialised in offshore installa¬tions of pipe spools, supports, platforms and heat shielding including pipe coating and the installation of MOV’s, flowmeters, P&T transmitters, and F&G detection systems. Management said: “We have the best Training School in the country constantly training the


25,000DWT Offshore Welders, Grinders, Fitters, Blasters, Painters, Scaffolders and Riggers to the highest levels. This attains the best capability and expertise that are required to deliver in accordance with international quality and safety standards. Our team is sprinkled with National and International expertise and experience deliver projects safely, on time and within budget. “The Pressure Vessel Division has the resources to manufacture pressure vesÂŹsels, columns, drums and process plant packages for the

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Oil & Gas Industry and is ASME U & R Stamp Certified. Process modules and large skid packages are also manufactured in conjunction with the Offshore Fabrication Division. “The company as a whole is capable of producing design engineering to all international codes of construction and has recently invested in new plant & equipment including a CNC plate cutting machine, plate rolling to 100mm thick, columns & booms for semi-automatic welding techniques, rotators, a pipe profiling machine and more all in accordance with the latest technology.” Nigerdock’s Shipyard Division is the largest facility of its kind in West Africa with an out-

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standing history in the marine industry. It is specialised in the fields of ship building, ship repair, maintenance and refurbishment. It has a 25,000DWT graving dry dock, a 3,500DWT floating dock, quayside facilities and weather proof multipurpose workshops. Not satisfied with standing still, the company has impressive plans to develop and expand its Shipyard Division with the objective to improve its specialist and engineering capacity and carry out more complex operawtions including rig refurbishment and the ability to build larger vessels. The shipyard management is focused on offering its clients the highest level of service and to consistently improve on its quality and level of workmanship.


‘The company has impressive plans to develop and expand its Shipyard Division with the objective to improve its specialist and engineering capacity and carry out more complex operawtions including rig refurbishment and the ability to build larger vessels’


Baker Hughes Process and Pipeline Services (PPS) is the world’s leading service provider for process and pipeline pre-commissioning, maintenance and inspection applications. For over forty years, a staff of more than 1000 professionals, over forty bases worldwide, and the industry’s largest fleet of process and pipeline equipment has delivered a prompt, reliable response to our clients’ needs, combining expertise with advanced technologies for effective cleaning, drying, testing and inspecting process and pipeline systems. We have introduced many ground-breaking services to the process and pipeline industry: nitrogen/ helium leak testing, foam inerting and, more recently, hybrid cooldown technology for process plants.

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Then in December 2009, Transocean and Nigerdock along with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Content Division of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) collaborated to take on a project that was yet another first of its kind in Nigeria, the refurbishment and maintenance of the gigantic jack-up rig - the Adriatic VIII. The rig weighs 16,000 tonnes with each leg measuring 140 metres in height. The scope of work included steel repair and general maintenance. The rig was the first of its kind to be berthed alongside any facility within Nigeria. Nigerdock employees working onsite.

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A total of 30,000 man hours of training was expended in the training of welders and fitters in a special training program conducted between October 2008 and March 2009. Also, an additional five trainee engineers were assigned by the NNPC’s Nigerian Content Division to Nigerdock for a special on-the-job capacity building program. Nigerdock and Snake Island Integrated Free Zone are also strategic partners to Snepco (Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company) who coordinated the entire operations, logistics


and support services for the Bonga project from Nigerdock’s support base in Lagos. Snepco had heliport operations that included 2 Super Puma Helicopters, crew boats, support vessels, a 2,000 square metre state-of-the-art office, housing and hostel facilities, restaurant and catering services. Snepco also awarded Nigerdock the topside structural steel and pipe works for final integration onto the Bonga FPSO. The package also included manpower services for onsite fabrication, construction and shop engineering, procurement of materials, blasting/painting, hydro testing of pipe spools, upgrading the living accommodation and load out. From a safety perspective Nigerdock achieved a distinct accomplishment as the only Nigerian fabrication yard on the Agbami project without a lost time incident. ExxonMobil’s Erha Deepwater Buoy is a catenary anchor leg mooring buoy and was awarded to Nigerdock in March 2004. The award package included fabrication, integration of the turn table platform, blasting/painting, full testing, pre-mechanical completion, load out and sea fastening. In addition, Nigerdock also provided all the required fabrication engineering. Additional investment in capacity building via training and certification programs were implemented (scaffolding, Rigging, Machining, Welding and Painting) to boost Nigerian content expectations and to support the project in terms of safety, quality, schedule and cost.

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To serve African airlines, promoting and protecting their common interests AFRAA mission statement


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he African Airlines Association (AFRAA) was established in April 1968 in Accra, Ghana as a trade organisation open to membership from airlines in African states. AFRAA is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya; it has a membership of 35 airlines which constitutes more than 80 percent of all African international air transport services. Its mission is: “To serve African airlines, promoting and protecting their common interests.� Since its inception, AFRAA has been instrumental in developing air transport policies and articulating the views and positions of its members on a number of issues. Through its activities, the Association has contributed significantly to the growth and development of African aviation. AFRAA maintains an international perspective and provides a unique African voice on behalf of its members. The Association maintains relationships with governments and other industry stakeholders on the continent and across the world, advocating on key industry issues. These relationships include the African Union Commission, as well as the African Development Bank (AfDB). It also has similar links with with industry organisations which include the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO), the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), and the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), as well as the Airports Council International (ACI). AFRAA has links to various governmental and


non-governmental bodies and Regional Economic Communities such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA). Associations also extend across to an assortment of manufacturers and service providers. This level of collaboration accords AFRAA much goodwill as well as a broad framework of resources and assistance which benefits members, protecting their common

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AFRAA deals with key industry priorities, chiefly helping airlines attain industry best practices in safety, security and operations

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interests and providing support for a better economic environment for their operations. AFRAA deals with key industry priorities, chiefly helping airlines attain industry best practices in safety, security and operations. This includes ensuring that all African airlines attain IOSA certification as an important component of AFRAA’s safety programme. AFRAA is actively working with IATA, AFCAC and ICAO to ensure that safety levels on the continent reach global standards. AFRAA is a leading campaigner for reducing


the industry costs which arise from high levels of taxation and charges on passengers, fuel and services, which are well above global levels. Fuel prices at some stations in Africa are over twice the world average which has an adverse impact on the competitiveness of African airlines. Higher costs translate into higher prices, which in turn stifles demand. At several African airports passenger charges range from $ 40-80 with some stations charging as high as $157, well above the world average. In contrast, Middle Eastern passenger charges

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are around $15-25. In Europe, apart from Heathrow Airport where passenger charges are just over $60, charges average below $33. The Association is also advocating for the industry to take its environmental responsibilities seriously and reduce the impact of aviation on the environment through modernising fleets and supporting initiatives towards carbon neutral growth to ensure a carbon free future. AFRAA is actively involved in driving industry change by advocating for fully open African skies for African operators. The recent African Heads of State Summit which took


place in Addis Ababa from the 30th-31st of January made a solemn commitment to delivering this initiative by January 2017. AFRAA is communicating the successes of its members through a monthly newsletter (AFRAA Bulletin), a quarterly Africa Wings Magazine, a bimonthly CEO’s brief, and a revamped website, in addition to using its social media presence. Participation in member conferences, committees, and task forces offers unprecedented access to a variety of airline and industry partners. The AFRAA Annual General Assembly brings together representatives from leading airlines, partners and stakeholders from around the world. To improve capacity and ensure that African carriers effectively compete in the fiercely competitive industry, AFRAA provides training in major fields such as safety, security, operations, commercial, and managerial areas. These programmes help to strengthen the capabilities of aviation industry professionals. Eleven states recently declared their commitment to fully open their skies in conformity with the Yamoussoukro Decision (YD). This is very exciting because with fully open skies, African airlines can more freely consolidate through joint ventures and mergers, cross-invest in each other, and adopt other marketing arrangements that will spur growth and competitiveness. This will provide consumers and economies with the benefits of greater connectivity.

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Air Botswana:

AFRICAN DEPARTURES Written by: John O’Hanlon Produced by: Daniel Pritchard



Africa is home to twelve percent of the world’s people, but it accounts for less than one percent of the global air service market: there is a huge opportunity crying out to be taken up, and Air Botswana is taking the lead


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Almost exactly a year ago Mr. Tozivazvipi Benster (Ben) Dahwa was appointed as CEO of Air Botswana (AB). He thought carefully before taking the job, but having done so he certainly threw himself into the task of formulating and delivering a five year plan to turn the country’s national carrier into a catalyst for economic development. Trained as an engineer, Ben Dahwa has over 30 years’ experience in aerospace, and sees his job as delivering culture change in an organisation hitherto cast in a traditional mould. To assess the current state, and to formulate change, AB brought in the USAbased consultancy ICF International. “The plan sets out a strategy based on structured rather than aggressive growth,” he said. “We need to consolidate and refine what we do.” The plan launched at the beginning of this year. Early targets such as on-time performance, cost containment and network rationalisation, however, were addressed right from the time of Dahwa’s appointment. For the travelling public the key metric is on-time performance: at the time of writing AB’s on time record (defined by IATA as within 15 minutes of scheduled time) stands at 86 percent. That is against a global industry average in the low to mid 70s, and represents a 16 percent improvement over the last ten months. Cause for satisfaction? Yes, agrees Ben Dahwa: “But we are a small airline. With new equipment and once the changes we are making take effect I see no reason why we


“We believe this plan will improve our profitability to a point where we will no longer be reliant on subsidies” – T ozivazvipi Benster Dahwa, CEO of Air Botswana

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“We believe this plan will improve our profitability to a point where we will no longer be reliant on subsidies” – Ben Dahwa

should not achieve on-time performance more than 90 percent of the time, consistently.” The plan addresses both restructuring the company operations and re-fleeting. “Our fleet is getting older so the cost of keeping the aircraft flying is getting steeper by the day. We need to be renewing the fleet so that we can enhance our product and provide services we can’t now.” There i s a growing demand, he says, for business class services for example, and the in-flight comforts and refinements that the latest jets incorporate. Re-fleeting will happen over the next four The lounge at Gaborone


years so that by 2020 all the planes will be new. “We expect to see our maintenance and fuel costs going down significantly. We’ll also have a more attractive product that will sell better and boost revenues,” he said. “We believe this plan will improve our profitability to a point where we will no longer be reliant on subsidies.” While he’d like to be able to purchase new aircraft that may not always be the best way to go. “In our current model we operate six aircraft,” he says. “We needn’t say that we will replace them all in the same financial year though. If market conditions are favourable an outright purchase might be the best mode of acquisition. If we are less sure about traffic growth we can go for an operating lease.” Botswana has the highest credit rating of any African country, so would have no trouble leasing on favourable terms. Addressing operational issues has to be done in partnership, he emphasises. The Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana (CAAB) manages the country’s airports, including Sir Seretse Khama International Airport at the capital Gaborone, and Francistown International Airport in the north east. A very close working relationship exists between these parastatals (government owned entities operating as commercial concerns), both reporting to the Minister of Transport. The government has every reason to support AB. In 2014 tourism contributed 6.4 billion Pula ($650 million) to the economy, said Dahwa. “Within that figure, about two billion is traceable

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A I R B O T S WA N A to high value tourists – the ones that would use air transport to come into Botswana, and who also use internal flights. We can thus claim to be facilitating a P2 billion impact on GDP. Even if the government subsidises our operations to the tune of say P100 million, that would be hardly five percent of our net contribution to the national economy! I think this is how a national airline should be measured.” Dahwa favours partnership with private operators in developing short routes that would not be operable using AB’s larger aircraft. A good example is the link between the popular tourist destinations Maun and Kasane. The hour long

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flight is operated twice weekly by local operator Kalahari Air Services (KAS). AB underwrites the operating costs, and KAS maintains the route using its own aircraft. That is a model he would like to see replicated widely, as a way of bringing such places as the mining town of Orapa and the desert community of Ghanzi into the network. Such small operators need to be as strict in compliance and safety as AB itself, which is IOSA (IATA’s International Operational Safety Audit) checked every two years. A vital component in AB’s modernisation plan is the introduction of new ICT systems. “The present system is too manual. We lack world

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class automation tools.” To address this an ERP solution will be implemented, linking every activity from operations, commercials, finance, maintenance, tracking of paperwork such as airworthiness certification and all customer facing processes. This is a critical phase, Ben Dahwa emphasised. Over the coming three to four years, in the same timeframe as fleet renewal, expenditure of P30 million ($3.5 million) has been budgeted for ICT alone, as the new system is implemented, module by module. “It is a big step so we need a transformational culture change,” he said. “My management team is driving that forward. We want to see efficiency and productivity going up and wastage, whether performance or equipment related, going down!” Downsizing will be minimal. Certainly fewer people will be needed to maintain existing levels


of work, but this should not mean involuntary redundancy. AB is in expansion mode and this will absorb most of the core workforce. Retraining and multiskilling will be needed: older workers will be retained to pass on their knowledge, then perhaps offered early retirement. It’s national policy to bring long-haul flights into Gaborone, though AB will itself stick to regional flights up to 2020, extending its network though code sharing arrangements with global carriers. “We are part of the national team that is working on attracting international flights into the country, in partnership with private business.” He said. “Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) Botswana Development Corporation (BDC); The Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM); Public Enterprises Evaluation and Privatisation Agency (PEEPA) Botswana Tourist Authority (BTA) - we all need long haul into Gaborone!” Additionally to becoming a passenger hub, providing feeder flights to the region, AB want to become a cargo hub for southern Africa. After all Gaborone is nearer to the industries of Gauteng than Cape Town or Durban. As the assigned ground handler, occupying the cargo terminal at Sir Seretse Khama Airport the company has invested P43 million ($4.36 million) in the latest cargo handling equipment. Once the final items have been delivered, AB will be able to handle the largest aircraft in the skies.

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Air Botswana operates and maintains a fleet of BAE 146 as well as ATR42-500 and ATR72-500 advanced turbo propeller aircrafts which operate daily domestic and regional scheduled flights

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The infrastructure of success: Transnet investment supports growing South African economy Written by: Nye Longman Produced by: Dennis Morales



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ransnet in some form or other has provided infrastructure support to South Africa and the neighbouring region for well over a century. The company has always followed market trends, laying tracks northwards in the late nineteenth century after gold deposits were discovered in the Transvaal Republic. Since then the company has remained under state ownership and supervision, gaining control of oil pipelines and port authorities while retaining its control of freight rail. Supply Chain Director, Garry Pita


explained the company played “a vital role not only in everyday life, but in the national economy and economics of several other African states that use the networks and harbours within South Africa to transfer their imports and exports.�

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Operations: With such a wide remit, Transnet has its work cut out in securing results for users, meeting government targets and keeping its own employees happy. In order to coordinate this

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vast and sometimes convoluted network of operations, Transnet adheres to directives issued by the Department of State Enterprises, including the New Growth Path (NGP) and the National Development Plan (NDP) These initiatives seek to restructure the South African economy in order to reduce inequality and poverty through the promotion of quality work opportunities. The backbone of this economic driver will be supported a strong infrastructure system of rail, ports, and pipelines, so the support Transnet provides is absolutely vital. Through its commitment to these government initiatives, Transnet is looking to create new jobs across the South African economy and reduce the total cost of doing business

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Transnet offers a broad range of job opportunities for its workforce

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across the country by 0.5 percent, a small but nonetheless significant figure. The company also has much potential to boost the skills profile of the communities it operates in through its dedicated localisation programme. In recognition of this need for increased capacity, Garry Pita said: “It is our intention to strengthen our partnerships to derive greater value from our freight logistics system. We intend to play a positive role in achieving economic growth in South Africa.” Investments: Demand for Transnet’s services is increasing continuously and is set to continue for a long time. This is because economic growth on a national scale must be supported by reliable, cost-effective infrastructure if it is to be lasting. Its responsibility to the well-being of the country is reflected through its implementation of Market Demand Strategy (MDS) which focuses on a seven year capital investment, with a projected total spend of R312 billion Pita is keen to inform us that this “excludes at least R500 billion of operational expenditure, including personnel

“We intend to play a positive role in achieving economic growth in South Africa.”

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SAMSA The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) was established under the SAMSA Act 5 of 1998. It is the authority charged with the promotion of South Africa’s maritime interests. These interests, rights and obligations are covered under international conventions to which South Africa is party, such as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS), the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and other maritime related conventions, which SAMSA must protect and promote. These international conventions are administered by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). The articulation of the maritime policy imperatives and goals are as follows: • Developing maritime awareness; • Assisting in the creation and fostering of an economic environment for the Maritime Transport Industry which will allow it to compete with other nations; • Contributing to the release of the full potential of the maritime industry in South Africa and to the modernisation of the shipping administration; • Ensuring fair labour practices such as employee rights, job creation and security with acceptable standards of employee health, welfare and safety in the maritime industry. As a result of articulations in the Transport Policy the founding legislation of SAMSA identified three core mandate of the entity as: • To ensure safety of life and property at sea • To prevent and combat pollution from ships in the marine environment • To promote South Africa’s maritime interests Website:



costs.� Aside from developing modern, sustainable infrastructure the MDS aims to create almost 600,000 new jobs by supporting the growth of local businesses. This enthusiasm for investment breaks away from the prerogatives of previous management teams, which Pita described as conservative. Most capital investments are planned to be completed in the next five years, which will be across the company’s freight and freight rail operations. Perhaps the most important of these is to increase rail capacity growth to meet growth in market demand volumes which will see capacity soar from 79.7 megatonnes to 170.2 megatonnes. Increases in coal, iron ore and manganese exports are planned as global demand for these resources increases, especially from China.

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They currently have 480 voice channels and plan further expansion into South Africa and Africa through the Neotel network.


NEOTEL Neotel challenges the status quo and makes ICT simpler. Since August 2006, Neotel has helped thousands of businesses - large and small, reduce their communication costs, increase their productivity and grow their revenues. As South Africa’s first converged telecommunications network operator, Neotel provides innovative and cost savings solutions to its customers. We welcome businesses wanting to explore options with Neotel. Neotel enables business and consumers to communicate and collaborate within South Africa and connects South Africa to the world – developed and emerging to enable commerce. Over the 8+ years with over R6 billion investment in infrastructure, Neotel prides itself by being a level 3 business with its ~1000 passionate staff that help the business ‘inspire possibilities’ through innovative technologies and leveraging access to over 16,500 kms of national long distance fibre, over 9,000 kms of metro fibre and access to all 5 submarine cable systems that connect South Africa to the world. Neotel provides the most superior and reliable communications services in the country to its customers and deploys innovative technology in its Converged Services and Voice, Internet and Internet Services. Thank you Transnet for your support!

Transnet rail freight equates to 80 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s total freight

Freight Rail: Rail Operations is by far Transnet’s oldest and largest division, and the network has snaked across the Southern half of the African continent for well over a century. With so many decades of growth and innovation behind it, Transnet’s freight rail accounts for almost 80 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s total freight infrastructure, which helps to explain why the country retains its place as one of the most developed countries on the continent. Past investment and foresight has ensured that the company has the capacity to transport freight from all of the country’s key industries including minerals, automotive, coal and agriculture. Beyond its extensive coverage of South Africa, the company oversees a web of operations which spans 17 other countries in

Transnet supports the country’s key industries including automotive, coal and agriculture.

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TRANSNET Africa, employing 25,000 people. As part of Transnet’s Socio-Economic Infrastructure Development (SEID) portfolio the company donates old freight trailers to under-resourced communities and transforms them into usable facilities. So far over 30 such structures have been completed, enhancing the lives of over 100,000 citizens. This project has been particularly successful in delivering security to remote areas, in

Transnet’s Socio-Economic Infrastructure Development (SEID) portfolio has reaching benefits, supporting local communities and their growing infrastructures.


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terms of both policing and healthcare. Transnet Foundation Head, Cynthia Mgijima said: “We have invested over R27 million into the programme since 2001 and have built 19 satellite police stations and 14 multi-purpose centres. Added to this, 27,000 jobs have been created. We aim to meet the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.�


Capital investment increased by 15.6 percent to R31.8 billion in Q4 of 2014.

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About Us

KHULA Fleet Solutions (pty) LTD was established in 2012 in an Industry dominated by large business. The founders vision was to form a truly black empowered Fleet Management Company in the South African market and was of the opinion that the industry would be receptive for a small business entrant, who would be

able to be nimble and unique in its customis product offerings, focusing on the customer’ unique needs as its key priority. KHULA Flee mission is to be a premier, growing compan that provides innovative, cost effective and focused, fleet management solutions and services which are strategically suited to its clients’ operational requirements.

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KHULA Fleet in-turn delivered +-2500 vehicles nationally and expensed a capex value of +-R400 million. In 2013, KHULA Fleet was awarded in part for the light commercial and passenger fleet amounting to +-3500 vehicles. KHULA Fleet has fought the odds and remains in a strong business position going forward. We believe that through our innovation, embracement to technology based solutions and customer focused deliverables, KHULA Fleet can and will differentiate its identity in the industry. Management: POOVANDEREN PILLAY Tel: 011 460 0764 Fax: 086 568 4602 Email: 53 Brunton Circle Founders New South Modderfontin



The coal and minerals bulk terminal at Richards Bay

Ports: Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) operates container terminals at Durban, Richards Bay, Ngqura, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town. In 2007 redevelopment on Durban Container Terminal Pier 1 facility finished, the port becoming South Africa’s first ever rubber tyred gantry operator. Ngqura Container Terminal has also recently been launched, servicing traffic from the East, South America and West African markets. Recently,

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Ngqura was earmarked to receive an additional R2 billion in funding to deepen several ship berths and procure a raft of technical equipment in order to expand operational capacity. Equipment procured included 18 rubber tyred gantries, 48 bathtub trailers, two megamax ship-to shore cranes and 48 haulers. The coal and minerals bulk terminal at Richards Bay has received numerous funding packages across its four decades of service, and now has capacity to process 20 million tonnes per annum, with a berth capacity of 13. Billions of rand have been set aside to fund further capacity which will see growth in this area between 2013 and 2019 to keep up with increased demand. In January, it was announced that the Transnet port at Saldanha Bay would receive R9.65 billion

(above and below) The coal and mine bulk terminal at Richards bay

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fueling service continuity WHO WE ARE NRW’s Trading and Logistics PTY (Ltd) is a leading South African supplier of bulk wholesale fuel, including gas and lubricants. Based in Gauteng, we are wholesale licensed, level 2 BBBEE contributor that is 100% black woman owned. We are ISO compliant and help you to comply and practice ISO OHSAS 18001: 2007, ISO EMS 14001:2004, QMS ISO 2001:2008. Operational since 2009, NRW is committed to a partnership with clients to keep their performance powered on a continuous basis.

WHAT WE DO We source, supply and store refined petroleum products, primarily liquid petroleum gas, lubricants and greases, petrol, diesel and fuel oil, for all industrial and automotive applications. We supply nationally with accounts across a wide spectrum of refineries including Sasol Oil, Total SA, PetroSA, Totalgaz and Engen. Our supply is therefore unrestricted and unlimited.

WHO WE SUPPORT Through our collaborative effort with the company Food and Trees for Africa, “The Trees for Homes” programme contributes to climate change mitigation action and is registered internationally through the Verified Emission Reductions under the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS).



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The ro ro (Roll-on, Roll-off) port at Durban

to boost its ability to provide crucial services to the nation’s oil and gas industry. This spend is part of President Zuma’s blue economy drive targeting infrastructure inefficiencies in order to streamline the South African economy for future growth. A completely new rig repair quay will be constructed alongside the building of an offshore supply base. The ro ro (roll-on, roll-off) port at Durban also received funding to the tune of R438 million, in order to increase its Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) handling capacity to 230,000. Earlier this year it was announced that German crane operator Liebherr would be opening a dedicated

R438m The amount of funding received by the Port at Durban

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TRANSNET hub in cooperation with Transnet at Durban, to ensure that the company’s African customers received a level of quality service worthy of their global standards. The hub will contain a specialised spare parts service alongside sales and customer service departments. It will meet the specific needs entailed by the mining industry; namely specially trained personnel and dedicated infrastructure.


‘Earlier this year, it was announced that German crane operator Liebherr would be opening a dedicated hub, in cooperation with Transnet’

Liebherr is opening a dedicated hub in cooperation with Transnet

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Turning challenges into opportunities

At PwC, we understand that every business is unique. Working with our clients, we first gain an understanding of their industry, and then bring value-adding solutions to the table. Our Advisory practice is proud to be working alongside Transnet to identify opportunities in the following areas: • Strategy support • Capital project and programme assurance • HR change management • Private sector participation • IT effectiveness • Protecting against fraud and corruption To see how we can help your business, visit 112

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Pipelines: Transnet’s pipeline operations have been fuelling the growth of the economy since 1965 by supplying crude oil in addition to petrol, diesel, and aviation fuels; in total, they process 100 percent of South Africa’s bulk petroleum products. Their pipelines handle an annual average throughput of roughly 16 billion litres of liquid fuel and upwards of 450 million cubic metres of gases. The division facilitates many of the major oil companies in South Africa including Shell, Chevron, British Petroleum and Sasol. The most recent project in the pipelines division has been the construction of the R11.2 billion New Multi-Product Pipeline (NMPP) that spans 715 kilometres between Durban and Gauteng and has been recognised as the

Transnet pipelines handle an annual average throughput of roughly 16 billion litres of liquid fuel and upwards of 450 million cubic metres of gases

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“Every day our employees, contractors, suppliers and customers have an impact on the natural environment and depend on it for their livelihoods” – Garry Pita

largest of its kind in the world. It will play a crucial role providing fuel for countless businesses, and is also responsible for lowering emissions through decreasing the number of freight trucks on the road by up to 60 percent. The NMPP can transport over a thousand cubic metres of fuel per hour which means that domestic and commercial demands can be swiftly met. Constructing the pipeline represents a massive logistical achievement for Transnet and its partners, who delivered it on time and on budget. The project facilities will support a 4.2 percent annual growth in refined products along the Transnet Pipelines delivery region which will

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Transnet developed its Energy Security and Carbon Mitigation Strategy which looks at operations across a 25 year period

inevitably have a knock-on effect on the local and national economies. The project employed over 12,000 people, drawing significant numbers from the local areas it passed through, evidencing Transnet’s commitment to improving the lot of the communities it affects. Perhaps the greatest challenge that the Transnet team overcame was safely constructing the pipeline across almost 100 kilometres of wetland, without causing any environmental damage. Corporate Social Responsibility: Pita admits: “Every day, our employees, contractors, suppliers and customers have an impact on the natural environment and depend on it for their livelihoods.� In an effort to reduce the effects of an energy hungry industry, Transnet w w w. t r a n s n e t . n e t


Railway Axle Manufacturers Swasap is a proudly South African owned level 3 BBBEE manufacturing company commited to the railway industry which it serves and to its clients. Swasap has been manufacturing railway axles for Transnet Engineering and other railroad operators, rolling stock builders and refurbishment workshops worldwide for the last 65 years.

Management systems at Swasap conform to the highest international quality, safety and environmental standards. • • • • • • •

SABS ISO 9001 – Quality standard ISO 14001 – Environmental standard American Association of Railways (AAR) – Axle manufacturer approval certification RISAS Approved – UK quality certification IRIS – International Railway Industry standard OHSAS 18001 – International safety standard EN 13261 (Europe)

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Transnet works closely with local communities

developed its Energy Security and Carbon Mitigation Strategy which looks at operations across a 25 year period. The initiative is currently being implemented throughout the organisation, aiming to minimise security of energy supply risks, energy costs and emissions from energy use. This will be harmonised with the overarching business strategy and will be included in the Supply Chain Management Strategy, which incorporates the Procurement, Governance and Enterprise and Development Strategies. Transnet recognises that its remit extends far beyond simply providing a service, and has to embrace responsibility for the development of the communities it comes into contact

‘Transnet recognises that its remit extends far beyond simply providing a service, and has to embrace responsibility for the development of the communities it comes into contact with.’

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Royal IHC (IHC) is the world’s number one shipbuilder for the dredging, deep sea and alluvial mining industries offering unrivalled expertise and vast experience in these fields, accumulated over four centuries. IHC has been active on the African continent for decades. Besides offering a number of consultancy and advisory services throughout the various stages of mining, IHC has supplied many dredgers to various clients, varying from trailing suction hopper dredgers to cutter suction dredgers. These dredging tools provide high efficiency and ultimate reliability on a wide variety of dredging projects in Africa. This is ensured by providing unrivalled life-cycle support with our local support office in Africa. This impressive package results in a lower total cost of ownership.

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with. The Transnet Foundation (which has so far received R160 million of funding) is the realisation of the company’s commitment to communities with the goal of: “Uplifting and empowering communities through health interventions, promoting education, enabling effective asset utilisation to provide much needed infrastructure solutions, developing rural sports and deploying its employees’ skills.” Over the past 20 years, the Transnet Foundation has taken the noble challenge of “nation building” to the core of its operations, using a plethora of initiatives. Perhaps the best-known is the Phelophepa health train, which, since its inception in 1994 has reached almost 24 million people. The

24m people have been reached by the Phelophepa health train since 1994

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name ‘Phelophepa’ combines elements of Sotho and Tswana dialects and means ‘good, clean health’ which is the precise purpose of using the train network to deliver healthcare. The ‘train of hope’ offers medical and psychological aid to the most needy, in addition to education programmes. It also won the United Nations Public Service Award in the ‘Improving Service Delivery’ category in 2008 in recognition of the beneficial effect it has on the communities it serves. The Transnet Foundation also supports education and sport in rural schools, in addition to the allocation of various funds and grants for those most in need.

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The Phelophepha health service utilises the train network to provided much needed healthcare to regional communities.

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Transnet is seeking to lead the way in exporting both thermal coal and manganese, as well as retaining important iron ore supply links with China

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Planning a successful future for all: Transnet is ambitious about its role in the future of South Africa and, given that it holds a critically influential position as a state-run entity, these objectives seem highly feasible. Transnet is seeking to lead the way in exporting both thermal coal and manganese, as well as retaining important iron ore supply links with China. Committing to developing the best business possible, it is looking to become the leading logistics hub in sub-Saharan Africa, while leading the field globally by becoming an internationally recognised benchmark for container and heavy haul operations. Transnet has recognised that, alongside

‘Transnet is ambitious about its role in the future of South Africa and, given that it holds a critically influential position as a state-run entity, these objectives seem highly feasible’

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its ability to facilitate large-scale growth in the South African economy, it also has the potential to use technology and financial power to lift citizens out of poverty and develop communities using education and training. The scale of investments the company has made and has earmarked for the future is substantial. It is increasingly showing that economic growth can improve the lot of society through developing communities and investing in projects that will contribute to social as well as economic well-being.

• Transnet freight rail (formerly Spoornet – the freight rail division) • Transnet rail engineering (formerly Transwerk - the rolling stock maintenance business) • Transnet national ports authority (formerly the NPA fulfils the landlord function for South Africa’s port system) • Transnet port terminals (formerly SAPO - managing port and cargo terminal operations in the nation’s leading ports), and • Transnet pipelines (formerly Petronet - the fuel and gas pipeline business, pumps and manages the storage of petroleum and gas products through its network of highpressure, long distance pipelines)

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Vodacom Business Africa

Enabling continentwide growth Written by: Sam Jermy Produced by: Kevin Holmes



The ICT subsidiary of Vodacom Group offers an unprecedented scope of enterprise communications services in over 40 African countries


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frica has some of the fastest growing GDP (Gross Domestic Product) rates in the world, with some countries growing between 7-9 percent each year on average. With a population of more than 1 billion people, fast moving businesses are taking advantage of the opportunities on offer and Vodacom Business Africa (VBA) facilitates growth through its ICT services. Vodacom Business Africa prides itself on being able to assist a range of multinational and medium-sized corporations, to expand across the different countries throughout the continent. Companies used to grow in small numbers but have now gained the confidence to expand to more than 10 countries at a time, which is where they are able to assist with connectivity. Douglas Craigie Stevenson, Group Managing Director at Vodacom Business Africa (VBA) says: “We’re a total communications provider for multinationals, and that means we offer the full suite of ICT Services. CIOs (Chief Information Officers) expanding their businesses into Africa are able to get all their enterprise communication needs from VBA as a single service provider.” Network stability and uptime are very important to running operations smoothly. VBA has a 24/7 Customer Service Operations Centre which monitors all aspects of the network. “We can tell you exactly where and when your network has a fault and resolve it. International customers accustomed to world


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class service, tend to expect the same when expanding into Africa. Our business model is such that we enable business without borders, by offering connectivity across the continent. Where we are unable to lay down infrastructure, we have partnerships that ensure seamless connectivity from one point to the next.� Service Capability As a world-class strategic partner connecting businesses to the African continent, VBA is a key ICT enabler for enterprises across the globe. With points of presence (PoPs) in more than 27 countries across Africa, Europe and Asia, the VBA enterprise communication network connects businesses to more than 42 countries s in Africa.

40 Number of African countries accessible with Vodacom’s MPLS networks

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Networking that is geared for growth

“The sheer geographical size of Africa brings its own challenges but we work to mitigate them. I think the whole digital landscape will be vastly different five years from now and so we strive to be ahead of the industry curve.” said Douglas Craigie Stevenson. “We describe ourselves as a pan-African total communications service provider and have on the ground presence, with Operating Companies in 16 countries including Nigeria, Zambia, Kenya, Ghana and Cameroon amongst others. This is why we believe we can offer our customers whatever they need.” This has proven to be positive for VBA, since it has won 130

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industry awards for ICT Infrastructure as well as Cloud Service Provider of the year in Nigeria’s Beacon of ICT Awards for the last three years. The company’s unique selling point centres on its heightened ability to offer a value added layer through services such as video conferencing, cloud computing and machine to machine (M2M) technology. Because of its network footprint, VBA offers scalability that many others do not. Continuing growth “Looking at the exponential rate of growth in bandwidth and the way networks are laying down fibre, we decided to invest in more data

“We describe ourselves as a pan-African total communications service provider and have on the ground presence, with Operating Companies in 16 countries including Nigeria, Zambia, Kenya, Ghana and Cameroon amongst others.” – Douglas CraigieStevenson, Group MD at Vodacom Business Africa

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A Ready Business communicates across borders without compromising on quality. Network – Multi-Protocol Label Switching A Ready Business has a competitive edge over rivals with crystal clear voice and video calls. It can really hear what clients are asking for and respond. A Ready Business can feel certain that it’s connected around the world over a single, secure network that delivers data transfer at the speed of light. Our MPLS network supports our enterprise customers with quality, high-speed connections. Are you Ready?


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Douglas Craigie-Stevenson Group MD at Vodacom Business Africa

and customer service centres throughout Nigeria, South Africa and the wider continent.” There is a distinct opportunity that the high consumer population offers to inbound corporates. Data access enables consumers to generate content by telling their own stories which facilitates better customer engagement. Data and digital strategy will enable enterprises to gather enough information about their consumption patterns in order to address customer needs and grow. “To address the high volumes of social media usage by the same population, companies have a greater need for more bandwidth as a means to gather more data in the cloud,” said Craigie Stevenson. “So our ability to be flexible around bespoke solutions for businesses is quite simple for us as we understand how to operate on the

“Looking at the exponential rate of growth for bandwidth and the way networks are laying down fibre, we decided to invest in more data and customer service centres throughout Nigeria, South Africa and the wider continent” – Douglas CraigieStevenson

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VODACOM BUSINESS AFRICA We focus on building, managing and supporting our network, giving you the edge to focus on your core business.

“Our customers push us, and we have to anticipate needs and secure their data. It’s an incredibly exciting industry, and I’m full of optimism about Africa.” – Douglas Craigie-Stevenson


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continent and how to extend the footprint. We offer a capability layer, and can securely host data in the cloud - allowing our customers to be innovators in business,” he added. Strategic partnerships also help Vodacom Business Africa in its digital surge forward. One such partnership is with M2M firm X-Link, which pioneered the use of mobile networks to link card payment machines to banks. Through this partnership, they provide tailored mobile and fixed line machine-to-machine communication solutions, as well as devices and infrastructure for secure data processing and failover. With mobile technology group Mezzanine, VBA offers tailor-made M2M solutions for enterprises in the health, agriculture and education sectors. The convergence with innovative technology is just one example of how Vodacom Business Africa is continuing to bring a fresh, pioneering approach to ICT in Africa. Although Craigie Stevenson acknowledges challenges such as logistics and power outages, he believes these will be resolved. He said: “If you have a big enough problem, there is usually a plan to solve it, which drives innovation. “Our customers push us, and we have to anticipate needs and secure their data. It’s an incredibly exciting industry, and I’m full of optimism about Africa and Vodacom Business Africa as a company.”

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Integrating Renewables Through Battery Energy Storage Written by: Cleverson S. Takiguchi

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lectrical power utilities are working diligently to meet renewable energy mandates enacted by many governments around the world. This massive undertaking demands more widespread deployment of both grid-scale and distributed renewable resources. However, wind and solar energy generation poses significant integration challenges. Both resources can be intermittent and can cause serious power grid reliability and stability issues, while also impacting electric service quality for businesses and consumers. In Africa there is much potential for off-grid renewable generation, which has developed in response to the often poor coverage provided by national grids. It is here where intermittent generation can have the most far reaching


effects, since reverting back to the grid can often prove fruitless. In some cases connecting to weaker grids can also be problematic given the low inertia of this type of generation. Another concern that arises when generation surpasses demand is bi-directional power flow which can further impact grid stability and reliability. Today’s systems were built to handle a one-way flow of power from centralised generators, down transmission and distribution lines to loads. Distributed energy storage systems, particularly when located in close proximity to renewable resources, are well suited to address the key challenges associated with renewable energy supplies.

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In Africa there is much potential for off-grid renewable generation, which has developed in response to the often poor coverage provided by national grids


Variability in output from wind and solar energy generation can create rapid swings in local and feeder-level voltage, but distributed energy storage can provide fast response to help firm up voltage levels and effectively fill in gaps created by large voltage fluctuations. Co-locating storage and renewable energy resources gives utilities a particularly effective way of managing unwanted voltage changes, allowing them to maintain grid stability whilst meeting power quality requirements. Distributed energy storage systems also provide an easily deployed energy resource for utilities, allowing them to ensure renewable energy supplies are available to meet demand. Renewable energy generated when demand is low can then be stored to meet future demand. Energy storage can be deployed in smaller capacity sizes, which can help avoid establishing a completely new plant. Distributed energy storage also supports other useful grid functions. For example: peak shaving, which can provide further savings by reducing the need to maintain conventional generation, and maintaining grid capacity to meet peak demand. For more information on the latest battery storage technology, come to African Utility Week & Clean Power Conference. The Renewables: Wind & Solar track will have a dedicated session with presentations addressing uses for next generation energy storage on Wednesday 13 May 2015.

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Sub-Saharan Africa can be a renewables integration leapfrog “Change is on”. This was the response of one original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to DNV GL’s survey on a high renewables future. Supplied by: DNV GL



Earlier this year, more than 1,600 people from 71 countries provided their views on a scenario where renewables account for 70% of power-sector generation.


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he results shed light on the energy transition underway – and hint at sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSA) potential to carve its own pathway. It’s clear that change is coming. Our survey respondents were upbeat: when asked how quickly the transition could be made to a high renewables system in a secure and affordable manner, more than four fifths believed this could happen by 2050. And indeed, parts of the African continent are already making great headway: South Africa and Morocco lead the pack on wind and PV; Egypt is hot on their heels, whilst East Africa’s tasty wind speeds have been attracting interest. But the question is: how can higher penetrations of renewables be achieved? This is where the survey’s findings get interesting. Around two thirds of respondents identify energy storage in their topthree most important factors for integrating a high share of renewables, ranking well ahead of options such as smart grids and regulatory changes. SSA respondents clearly share in this global storage enthusiasm: one SSA government agency employee frankly stated that “The importance of energy storage to realizing a high level of renewable energy…cannot be overemphasized”. Meanwhile a manufacturer representative targeting the SSA market boldly asserted that a power system with 70% renewables was “science-fiction” without storage.


Low carbon leapfrog But this is where the similarities end. Whereas more mature markets have been adapting existing grid networks to new renewables, in SSA renewables and grid infrastructure are being pursued in tandem. Development is simultaneous, rather than sequential – opening up new possibilities. Taking storage as an example – our survey results show global agreement on storage’s importance, but this masks regional differences in its value proposition. In mature markets, energy storage is often discussed in the context of ancillary services, for instance frequency and

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voltage regulation. Meanwhile in SSA, where much of the population still lacks electricity access, the role is more fundamental. Storage can be combined with distributed renewables to offer an alternative to access to a (reliable) grid. Another example of SSA’s distinct approach to renewables grid integration lies in its emphasis on transmission. Our survey shows that North American and European professionals are particularly preoccupied by distribution challenges; in these markets, distribution network operators have to adjust from a ‘fit and forget’ mentality to more


active network management. But in SSA, it is transmission, rather than distribution, which is seen as more vital to a high renewables future, highlighting the urgency of building out a national and regional electricity backbone A current example in Kenya provides a particularly interesting holistic, in-tandem, approach to renewables and transmission. Lake Turkana wind project is being developed in conjunction with Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (Ketraco)’s 400kV transmission line to deliver the wind project’s electricity to load centres. Of course, significant institutional and infrastructural challenges remain. Our survey shows that lenders are particularly important to scaling-up renewables in SSA, yet the reality is that debt financing often remains an uphill battle due to high currency and political risk. Indigenous fossil fuels bring constraints – one survey respondent explained that “South Africa is a coal mining country, therefore coal generation is set to be an integral part of our power mix”. And low per capita incomes mean that cost reduction is imperative. Yet it’s hard not to be excited by the emerging role for SSA as a low carbon leapfrog, pioneering a new model of renewables integration. The forces are strong – one SSA respondent bluntly stated that “there is no option but to move to renewable energy sources, and the more we move over, the cheaper it will get”. Change is on. Let’s embrace it.

Sliman Abu Amara DNV GL’s Area Manager for Africa For more information: Learn more about our global industry study on the three dynamics reshaping renewables and the grid at: integration Visit to explore our proven renewable integration and energy storage services.

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