Thursday, March 30


Africa has been hailed as the next frontier in the provision of global oil and natural gas resources, especially now in the wake of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.

This crisis has not only altered the global energy landscape, but also instigated an inflation in gas prices, given the former’s position in the hierarchy of major global producers. As sanctions continue to soar, Europe has embarked on a quest to find contingency energy supplies, as it seeks to minimize its dependency on Russia; which has already cut off gas supplies to countries like Finland, Poland and Bulgaria, over energy payment disputes.

Consequently, Africa’s gas resources have gained a newly found prominence, pertinently by the European Union (EU); owing to the continent’s rich endowment of oil and deep gas reserves. The mounting global demand for gas, has been pushing international energy companies to reconsider African projects. The numerous ongoing and upcoming oil …

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However, all efforts have been directed in that sector to try and make it greener and cleaner. Among consumers, a major shift is now being witnessed with most of the industries investing in clean energy sources that are both affordable and sustainable.

Such initiatives have made Kenya be rated among the top countries that are implementing their nationally determined contributions that seek to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the country by 32 per cent by 2030.

The latest industry to have made noted efforts to transit to clean Energy is Bamburi Cement Factory situated in Bamburi Mombasa.…



  • Varun Beverages has become one of the country’s biggest beverage firms in Zimbabwe
  • Delta has had a firm grip on the Zimbabwean drinks market and is home to international brands of soft drinks and beers
  • Varun is on an aggressive urban assault to capture more market share and challenge the drinks giant.


Varun Beverages has become one of the country’s bigger soft drinks firms in Zimbabwe within a relatively short period.

Bottlers of Pepsi, 7up and Mirinda brands, Varun has established itself as one of the soft drinks companies to reckon with in the soft drinks market.

This is an impressive achievement given it is going toe-to-toe with long-established Delta, Zimbabwe’s most prominent beverage firm with big brands such as Coca-Cola, Fanta and Sprite.

Since the colonial era, Delta has had a firm grip on the Zimbabwean drinks market and is home to international brands of soft …

Bamburi Cement

Bamburi Cement has launched an innovative and green construction project in Kenya dubbed “Houses of Tomorrow’ (HoT) in a bid to fulfil its sustainable construction agenda through low-carbon based building solutions.

The projects seek to achieve very low embodied CO2 footprint buildings using low carbon cement-based materials and locally available resources.

The project involves careful selection, design and use of materials which leverage low carbon standards in the overall construction, and especially application of near zero embodied energy concrete designed by incorporating low carbon content cement. Some of the cement products to be used for this construction project feature a mix of Bamburi Cement’s products Powermax and Nguvu pozzolanic cements for concrete works. Fundi masonry cement, a low carbon cement, will also be used for mortar and plaster works.

The project launched by Bamburi’s parent company LafargeHolcim, is ongoing in several countries on each continent.

Commenting on the new building …

Women in manufacturing

When Mucai Kunyiha Chair, Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) was speaking on women’s representation in the manufacturing sector, he noted an important factor in the growth of the sector. 

When we think of successful manufacturing companies, we probably think of industries that have optimized their efficiency, development of quality products, and focused on service delivery. Whilst this is true, it is also worth noting the role of inclusivity and diversity in these businesses. The participation of women is critical in driving industrial growth.” He said.  

Any conversations around increasing our competitiveness as a country without looking at women’s involvement are echoes in a hollow chamber. This is no longer a ‘good conversation to have’; it is an urgent measure that needs to be taken.  

In a recently released report by the KAM, dubbed ‘Women in Manufacturing Mainstreaming Gender and Inclusion’, while women make up over 55% of

Enforcement Inspection- KRA

Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) in conjunction with the multi-agency team charged with combating illicit trade on Friday impounded more than 1,600 cartons of alcoholic products bearing fake excise stamps.

The products, which have a market value of Sh12 million ($110,518.94), were seized at a Thika-based plant in Kiambu County. The products branded Fiesta Special Ice, were packed in 10-litre bottles.

Also Read: This is what alcohol manufacturers in Kenya want

Earlier last week, the multi-agency team had received intelligence alert that a six-wheeler lorry was ferrying spirituous drinks affixed with suspected fake excise stamps. The lorry was intercepted and upon verification, it was confirmed that indeed the products were bearing counterfeit excise stamps.

The lorry was driven to the factory alleged to be manufacturing the drinks where more casks were seized with counterfeit excise stamps.

A statement from the taxman noted that a verification exercise was carried out at the …

Bamburi Cement

Bamburi cement parent company, LafargeHolchim has become the first global building materials company to sign the ‘Business Ambition for 1.5°C’ pledge with intermediate targets approved by the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) in alignment with a net-zero pathway.

The commitment builds on LafargeHolcim’s leadership in Green construction with its low-carbon and carbon-neutral products such as ECOPact, green concrete, and Susteno.

In its 2030 goals, LafargeHolcim has committed to operating its first net-zero CO2 cement production facility, lower its target for CO2 intensity in cement to 475kg net CO2 per ton of cementitious material (net CO2/t.cem.), recycle 100m tons of waste and byproducts for energy and raw materials, double waste-derived fuels in production to reach 37% as well as scale up the use of calcined clay and develop novel cement with new binders. The company has also committed to reducing its transportation and fuel-related emissions by 20%.

Commenting on the …

Bamburi Cement

Bamburi Cement Group has defied COVID 19 adverse impact on the economy to post an improved pre-tax profit.

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According to a statement from the firm the cement, the manufacturer has recorded a pre-tax profit of KSh 213 million ($1.96 million) for the first half ending June 30, 2020, up from KSh 23 million ($$212,431) in the corresponding period last year.

The growth in Profit before Tax has been attributed to the swift implementation of the “Health, Cost and Cash” action plan adopted by the Group at the onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic, to help mitigate the adverse impact of the crisis.

“The performance of the Group in the first half of 2020 is a testament that all of us; our employees, our customers, our stakeholders, and our communities, we can overcome adversity if we espouse the spirit of caring for one another.” Said Dr. John Simba – Chairman of the …

Just one day before Kenya announced its first coronavirus case on the 12th of March a company that specialises in the processing of quality fish leather, was incorporated in Kenya. 

Named Newton Fish Leather, the company is a Kenyan tannery leading in the manufacturing of exotic leather from fish skin. Newton Fish Leather is stationed in Kisumu, in the north-eastern coast of Lake Victoria. 

Kisumu’s fishing economy has been firmly established since the very beginning of the twentieth century when the railway from the coastal Kenyan town of Mombasa to the Ugandan capital Kampala, was completed. Running through Kisumu it enabled the transport of fresh catch to Nairobi markets making it the most important inland fishing town in Kenya. 

“We use skin from Nile Perch, which largely populates the iconic Lake Victoria, chief reservoir of the Nile River,” says the company’s CEO and co-director,