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Road accidents: Blame road designers, not drivers, says new Report

Every time an accident happens on our roads, traffic police are quick to blame over-speeding, drink driving, reckless driving or carelessness on the part of the pedestrian/cyclist. That is, blame is always placed on human error. Now, a new report says humans make mistakes anyway, and so authorities need to move away from apportioning blame to the road users, and shifting it to the road makers-city planners and road designers. It argues further that if countries make this paradigm shift, road accidents will be considerably reduced.

Nairobi to get cable cars to beat traffic jam

By Jacob Okwii.

In a move to decongest the roads and beat the habitually excruciating traffic jams in Nairobi, the Kenyan government has signed a contract with an Austrian company to construct infrastructure for cable cars.

The works to be undertaken by Doppelmayr Group starting in May this year, is worth Ksh5.8 billion ($57.2 million).

Sadolin paints becomes Plascon

Many Ugandans are slowly waking up to the realisation that the household paint brand name “Sadolin Paints- Colour Your world” is no more. In its place is now “Plascon, colour your world.” This follows the acquisition of 100 per cent of Sadolin Paints by Kansai Plascon Africa Limited (KPAL), a subsidiary of Kansai Paint Co. Ltd (Kansai Paint) of Japan.

Works on Africa’s tallest building commissioned in Nairobi

Works for the construction of the tallest building on the African continent- the Pinnacle Towers in Nairobi, have been commissioned.  Standing at 900 feet (274 metres) the Tower will overtake the current holder of the title of the tallest building on the African continent- Johannesburg’s Carlton Centre. The Carlton Centre stands at 732 feet (223 metres), with 50 floors.

Uganda-Tanzania sign final agreement on Hoima-Tanga pipeline

Uganda and Tanzania have signed the final Inter Government Agreement (IGA) - the East African Crude Oil Pipe Line Agreement (EACOP)-for the construction of the Hoima- Tanga crude oil pipeline. The signing of the implementation agreement which is the final phase of negotiations between the two countries before implementation can begin, took place in Kampala on Friday May 26th.

Kenya leads East Africa in upmarket retail space

Out of South Africa, Kenya registered the biggest growth in volume of modern retail space in Sub- Saharan Africa in the last two years, and the Kenyan capital Nairobi continues to be a development hotspot for retail business real estate. 

According to the Knight Frank 2017 report, between 2015 and the first quarter of 2017 alone, of the 12 biggest retail space malls that opened their doors to business anywhere in Africa, three were in Nairobi. Moreover, all the three were among the biggest four.

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