South Africa


Project Summary Note - SA Commuter Transit - South Africa

The Project entails funding of a mass transit financial solutions provider that on lends to small and medium enterprises (“SMEs”) that may otherwise not be able to access traditional financing. With the funding, SMEs will acquire fuel efficient, environmentally-friendly, quality vehicles (minibus taxis) to be used for mass transit across South Africa.

South Africa hosts first-ever Africa Continental Play-based Learning Conference

Ensuring that the children of Africa are adequately prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the 21stcentury, as defined by its fast-paced social, economic and technological change, requires the re-thinking and re-imagining of traditional approaches to learning. An education system that supports the development of skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and creativity will be crucial for success. A growing body of research is pointing to play-based learning as a key means of improving children’s academic performance and personal development. From infancy, children have a...

Mozambique making considerable economic and social progress, says African Development Bank Country report

Mozambique has made significant strides despite an economic slump over the past two years, according to the latest African Development Bank Country Result Brief. Between 2004 and 2015, Mozambique was one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies, but a drop in GDP growth poses a number of challenges for the Southern African coastal economy.   "This result brief highlights the country's efforts to achieve an inclusive and green development model that can effectively reduce poverty through structural transformation and industrialization, generating decent jobs and properly harnessing the...

PPM - South Africa - eThala Biomass to Power - eThala Management Systems

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Africa Investment Forum delegates underscore pathways to Africa’s rapid industrialisation

The industrialise Africa session at the Africa Investment Forum ran late into the evening on Thursday, with delegates focussing on how to drive investment, expand trade and industry and create African industrial champions. Among the panellists were  Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD); Emma Wade-Smith, British Trade Commissioner for Africa, and Geoffrey Qhena, CEO of South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). Wade-Smith says that the UK wants to become the leading investment and trading partner with Africa among the Group of...

2018 Africa investment forum Opening Video


Opening Speech by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina President, African Development Bank At the Inaugural Africa Investment Forum, Sandton Convention Center, Johannesburg, South Africa November 7, 2018

Thank you very much Premier of Gauteng province, Mr. Manemolla Makhura, for those very warm words of welcome to your beautiful and dynamic business city of Johannesburg, and also for the superb job that you and your team have done in planning this event in this impressive venue where the work is proudly by more than 90 percent local suppliers. Johannesburg means business, and business has come to Johannesburg. We are proud of South Africa! Your Excellency, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, Excellencies, President Macky Sall, President Paul Biya, President Alfa Conde, President...

PPM – South Africa - Enterprise Development Pilot Programme - EDPP

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PPM – South Africa - Mission ZA 1510 wrc Eastern Cape

PPM – South Africa - Mission ZA 1510 wrc Eastern Cape 

South Africa - Eskom Distributed Battery Storage Program – ESMF Summary

The Battery Program proposed to be implementing with financing from the African Development Bank and the World Bank will consist of supplying, installing and operating distributed battery storage infrastructure at Eskom sub-stations including sub-stations located at existing Variable Renewable Energy (VRE) plants operated by Eskom Renewables (including the Bank-funded 100 MW Sere wind farm), upcoming distributed solar PV to be implemented by Eskom Distribution, and the new REIPPP sites. The Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) will be used to assist peak shaving, frequency support and...

South Africa - Eskom Transmission Improvement Project – Loan - Appraisal Report

Eskom’s transmission development plan (2016–2025) prioritises the integration of power stations developed by Eskom and independent power producers (IPPs) to the network. The plan is further broken down into a five-year (2016–2020) strategic plan to construct 2,958km of power delivery lines and 29,240MVA of substations. Significant lengths of new transmission lines and associated substations and substation equipment are being added to the system necessitated by the major 765kV network reinforcements required for electricity supply to the Cape and KwaZulu-Natal regions. This project involves...

South Africa - Country Strategy Paper 2018-2022

This report proposes the Bank Group’s Country Strategy Paper (CSP) for South Africa for the period 2018-2022. The CSP has been prepared at a time when South Africa adopted its first Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2014-19 to implement its National Development Plan “Vision 2030”. The MTSF attaches top priority to economic transformation, rapid economic growth and job creation, and includes key measures such as crowding in productive investments through infrastructure development, enhancing competitiveness in the productive sectors of the economy, addressing spatial imbalances in...

South Africa - Medupi flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) retrofit project – ESIA Summary

Medupi Power Station is a greenfield coal-fired power station that forms part of the Eskom New Build Programme. Medupi Power Station has an installed generation capacity of 6 x 800 MW units and utilizes a supercritical boiler and turbine technology designed to operate at higher temperatures and pressures, which allows for better efficiency of the power station. The result is an improvement of approximately 2 percentage points on the plant efficiency which equates to a reduced coal consumption of approximately 1 million tons per annum. Electricity is generated in coal-fired power stations...

South Africa - Redstone 100mw Concentrated Solar Power (Csp) Project – ESMP Summary

This Construction Environmental and Social Management Plan (CESMP) and Operational Environmental and Social Management Plan (OESMP) has been compiled for the ACWA Power SolarReserve Redstone Solar Thermal Power Plant as per the Environmental Authorisation. The Project, situated on the Remaining Extent of the Farm No 469, involves the construction and operation of a 100 MWnet Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Plant that uses a central receiver technology with molten salts storage and its associated infrastructure. This ESMP also provides the final site layout for the project with its associated...

Africa Investment Forum: Official launch and press conference


Speech by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Group, at the media launch of the Africa Investment Forum, Johannesburg, May 8, 2018

Your Excellencies Distinguished Guests Ladies and Gentlemen Good morning and thank you all for coming today. I am delighted that the Premier of Gauteng Province, Mr. Malemolla Makhura, is here with us today with many leading CEOs of top African top businesses, many of them here in South Africa. I am also especially pleased that we have several media houses here. It’s time to hear the sound of our “vuvuzelas” for Africa! I would like to thank President Cyril Ramaphosa and his government for their strong support for the African Development Bank and commitment to the need for the...

South Africa - Sere Wind Farm Project - Project Completion Report

The Development Objective (DO) as stated in the RFL at appraisal/approval was to facilitate accelerated development of large scale renewable energy capacity in support of the long-term carbon mitigation strategy of South Africa. The DO was formulated to be relevant and consistent with the Government of South Africa’s strategic thrust of migrating to a low carbon growth economy as outlined in its long-term mitigation strategy. In 2010, the government launched the New Growth Path Framework, to respond to the severe economic downturn of the late 2008 and sought to accelerate technological change...

Southern Africa Economic Outlook 2018

The economic outlook for the Southern Africa region is cautious. Broad-based economic activity is expected to recover at a slow pace, but the outlook remains modest, given the diverging growth patterns for the region’s economies. Upper middle-income countries turned in low and declining rates of growth. Meanwhile, lower income transitioning economies recorded moderate and improved growth, albeit at reduced rates. Despite the improvement, economic performance remains below the regional target of 7 percent annual economic growth for all member states. The region’s economic outlook continues to...

EASSy: The Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System

.more_iteration {display: none;} Context Although Africa represents 14% of the world's population, it currently has less than 3% of the world's telephone lines. Africa remains the world's least developed continent in telecommunications. International telecommunications connectivity across Eastern and Southern Africa was almost exclusively delivered via satellites. At present, about 90% of intra-African voice and data traffic is routed through Europe and North America at a cost of about US$600 million per year. This was both unreliable and extremely expensive,...with the...

South Africa - Medupi Power Project - Request Register N° RQ2010/2

Register of Request, The Independent Review Mechanism