October 23, 2016

Kenyan online retailer Kilimall gives shoppers an option to buy goods overseas


Online retailer, Kilimall, has unveiled a service that enables customers to buy products from different markets across the world that would not previously ship to Kenya. Through the Global Shopping icon on its portal, customers in Kenya can make orders for items in foreign territories. Kilimall will source them from pre-qualified merchants then deliver directly to clients. Kilimall international operations director, Victor Ma, on Thursday said the new service will provide more variety for Kenyan shoppers, especially those in business, and save them the cost and inconvenience of travelling to those markets. “There is growing demand for various products from…

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[VIDEO] Dallas’ East African Chamber Does it Big! Again!


The EACC 2016 Annual conference held at the Sheraton Galleria in Dallas was a three day affair that brought together attendees and diplomats from the diaspora and East African regions. Bongapoa was there the entire time and highlighted all those moments that made this event its most successful yet!

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Penthouses for Nairobi’s affluent: For the love of rooftop privacy


In today’s luxury real estate market, where more is better, developers and architects are busy designing penthouses. ‘Near the cloud’ is turning into a new market for property developers, aiming to entice individuals who desire to stay in privacy, in rooms with 360 degrees views of the city and beyond— something most people might get to see only from an aeroplane. More lavish, exclusive and fit for millionaires as the price tags attest, penthouses are sprouting up fast in Nairobi’s upmarket areas in Westlands, Lavington, Muthaiga, Kileleshwa and Runda. And the target is not only the wealthy Kenyans, but also…

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Emirates says may cut Africa flights due to economic challenges


Emirates airline could reduce the frequency of its flights to African cities or cut routes completely if current economic and financial challenges on the continent continue, President Tim Clark told reporters on Tuesday. Foreign airlines flying to Nigeria have started to refuel abroad because jet fuel supplies there have become more expensive and scarce as the country battles a hard currency shortage. Emirates has started a detour to Accra, Ghana to refuel its daily Abuja-bound flight, a spokesman said last month; the airline had already cut its twice-daily flights to Lagos and Abuja to just one. “In certain African countries,…

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Kenyan farmer: What I give my cow to get 40 litres of milk a day


Clad in a green overcoat and carrying a milk bucket in his right hand, Charles Njoroge marches confidently to his cow pen. It’s about 4pm and the farmer just heard his cows’ loud moo — a sign that they should be milked. Njoroge puts down the bucket, moves one of the cows to the milking pen and occupies a stool beside it. He washes the cow’s udder with warm disinfected water followed by his hands, which he dries on a small towel. He starts milking the cow as nine others await their turn. “Today I am alone. I have to…

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KQ says could halt ticket sales over pilots’ planned strike


National carrier Kenya Airways has announced that its net loss for the six months to September stands at Sh5 billion, a 58.3 per cent improvement from the Sh12 billion that the airline reported in a similar period last year. KQ, as the airline is known by its international code, says its operating profit during the half-year improved by Sh2 billion boosted by an increase of 89,000 in passenger numbers to 2.23 million. The airline has released advance extracts of its financial results (before their official release on October 27) in an attempt to counter a strike threat issued by its…

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Kenya’s ABC Bank will be in Fortworth, TX on October 12 and 13, 2016


Due to many requests to return to Dallas, Texas, ABC Bank Kenya will be in Dallas on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. The team will be at Buffet D-afrique & Bar on Wednesday, October 12th at 7pm. Buffet D-afrique is located at 5250 North Tarrant Pkwy, Suite 130, Fort Worth, TX 76137. The trip is part of ABC Bank’s strategy on Diaspora engagement and partnership-building to harness the emerging opportunities both in the US and in Kenya that the Diaspora Community can take advantage of. The fair will provide an opportunity to the team to meet with over 3,000…

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A new Sh5 billion city coming up along Thika Road


HF Group has embarked on a Sh5 billion project to put up 1,520 apartments along Thika Road as the company ramps up its development portfolio. The apartments will be built at the former Clay Works off Thika Road in a joint venture with Clay Works Limited which owns the land. The project will sit on 24.5 acres and will be built in three phases. Phase one will be set on 8.6 acres, Phase two on 10.5 acres and Phase three on 5.4 acres. James Karanja, the Executive Director of HFDI, the property development and investment subsidiary of HF Group, said…

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16 new hotels planned for Kenya in next five years


A total of 16 hotels are expected to be built in Kenya in the next five years, adding 2,900 rooms and expanding capacity by 14 percent. This is according to the latest PwC Hotels Outlook 2016-2020 report focusing on Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritius, Nigeria and South Africa. International hotel companies which have expressed interest for Kenya include Marriott, Sheraton, Ramada, Hilton Garden Inn, Mövenpick Hotel and Four Points by Sheraton. The report says Kenya’s robust economic growth will play a key role in attracting new hotels and business travelers as well as domestic and foreign tourists. “Kenya’s economic growth trend is…

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Kenyans to pay instant fines for traffic offences soon after CS approval


Motorists in Nairobi who commit minor traffic offences such as talking on the phone while driving or exceeding speed limits will from Wednesday pay instant fines of between Sh500 and Sh10,000 after the Transport minister published penalties in the Kenya Gazette. The motorists will also no longer be arrested, have their vehicles towed to police stations or pay fines in cash in fresh efforts to reduce corruption and restore sanity on Kenyan roads. The list of minor violations and their corresponding fines published by Transport minister James Macharia includes speeding, motorcycle riding without protective gear, failure to fasten seat belts,…

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