Archive for August, 2014

Better roads for Nairobi to help reduce traffic jams

NAIROBI’S OUTER RING ROAD TO BECOME DUAL CARRIAGE HIGHWAY

(Posted 31st August 2014)

One of Nairobi’s remaining traffic bottlenecks, the Outer Ring Road, which allows to bypass the city centre and connect traffic coming from Central Kenya to the international airport and the main highway to Mombasa and the Tanzanian border at Namanga, is due to be upgraded from single lane to dual lane. The new Outer Ring Road will also link to at least two of the new bypasses which are being constructed, to further ease bypassing the city’s centre and main business hubs of CBD and Westlands.

It was learned late yesterday that the government has now signed a contract with a Chinese company which was also involved in building the superhighway to Thika and that construction of the widening and upgrading of the Outer Ring will take three years to complete.

Financed by the African Development Bank to the tune of nearly 116 million US Dollars – the Kenyan government is contributing over 11 million US Dollars to the construction – will the new highway design also create proper interchanges, dropping the bottleneck roundabouts where often traffic slows down to snail’s pace.

Added elements under the contract were named as the creation of a tree corridor along the new road, the construction of several health centres along the 13 kilometre road and the establishment of several small business hubs where the informal sector can find a ‘home’ after being displaced from the road reserves when construction goes underway.

Provided that losing bidders are not launching legal challenges, could construction start early next year, which would see the project completed by early 2018.

Kenya has stood out in the region with the construction of a series of new highways and bypasses around the capital Nairobi to battle perennial traffic congestion with improvements already benefitting commuters, unlike Dar es Salaam where similar measures are only now beginning to unfold to in particular decongest the main access from the city to the international airport. In Uganda, sections of the new highway from Kampala to Entebbe are now under construction but the relatively new Northern Bypass around the city, is already in need to be upgraded to dual carriage, while the option for a Southern Bypass is now all but buried after the route, proposed in the 1990’s but never gazetted, has now been developed with residential housing and commercial buildings.

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Newsletter: Lions Battle Crocodile, Working with Women, Climate Change

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August, 2014
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Lions and Crocodiles Battle Over Elephant Carcass

When an elephant died (of natural causes) in the Ewaso Nyiro River, it became a battleground between two top predators: the Ewaso lions and the crocodiles. For days, the two species competed over the huge new food source. Our team captured exciting photos of the toothsome showdown. And don’t miss the video.

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1aabda99-fb50-4d1c-aca9-10a57f882a8d.jpgSamburu Women Continue Clean-Up Campaign

Our Mama Simba program continues to engage, educate, and empower women through conservation. They organized a second litter clean-up campaign, removing over 2,000 pieces of trash from the village and surroundings. In exchange, we provided the women with 54 reusable shopping bags.

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2b080a83-28df-4dc8-afdb-a5ed0ca4f8d7.jpgEwaso Lions Adapts to Deal with Changing Climate

We are witnessing the real effects of climate change in northern Kenya. Increasing unpredictability in climate conditions – from severe droughts to record floods – have forced us to adjust our work. How are we adapting? And how do lions fare in these changing conditions?

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6f38966d-103c-451d-a100-2bd6123a6a7b.jpgCelebrating World Lion Day

August 10th marked the second World Lion Day. To celebrate, we hosted a gathering in Westgate Conservancy with Samburu warriors, elders, and women. We discussed lions, the importance of conservation, gave presentations on our community programs, played games, and much more.

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We join 19 of the world’s leading wildlife conservationists at the Wildlife Conservation Expo in San Francisco on October 11. Please come join us! Find out more and buy tickets now.

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Four Seasons Seychelles names winners of first Superchef contest

MEET SEYCHELLES’ FIRST SUPERCHEF WINNERS

(Posted 30th August 2014)

The Four Seasons Resort Seychelles was the venue where the archipelago’s first Superchef was to be selected from among nearly a dozen of contestants competing in the hot and cold dishes and the pastry categories.

At cook-off the seven kitchen chefs in the competition received a box with ingredients from which they had to produce a starter and a main course over the space of three and a half hours while the four pastry chef contestants had similar challenges to meet.

The judges, all experienced chefs and connoisseurs, the embarked on the calorie rich task of tasting the creations they were presented with, for blind judging of purely the taste, for presentation and for the Chefs’ verdict on both taste and presentation.

The winner in each category were Jeffery Antat and Diane dine in the hot dishes and pastry categories respectively with the two runner ups of Bertrand Payet and Fyza Bacco.

The two winners notably won entry into the Hotel Asia International Culinary Challenge next month which will take place in the Maldives, sponsored by Four Seasons Resorts and Etihad which combines with a stay at one of the Maldives top hotels.

Present at the award ceremony for the winners and runner ups was Minister Alain St. Ange, Minister for Tourism and Culture and Ms. Sherin Naiken, CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board.

The hospitality industry stakeholder, who passed the information, went on to suggest that in order to further nurture local talent among chefs and pastry chefs a wider contest under the auspices of the Seychelles Tourism Academy should be launched to annually determine a Superchef from among the local Seychellois chefs to equip them better for their future life in the kitchen and learn to aspire to bring Michelin stars to the islands one day. Not a bad idea at all adds this correspondent, to have a new breed of young Seychellois Superchefs come into their own.

For added information about the islands click on www.seychelles.travel

FDLR Generating U.S. $71 Million From Businesses With Wives of DRC Officers

The report shown below deserves to be more widely published, especially as I am regularly being accused, by what can only be described as genocide sympathizers, to be ‘a bought mouthpiece from the Kagame regime‘ while on other occasions I have been equally falsely accused by people of the same ilk to be ‘a blind, delusional believer of Kagame’s propaganda machine‘.

For one, Rwanda has an elected government and is therefore no regime.

Secondly, I have no apologies to make for anything I wrote in the past, especially when exposing the links between the killer militias camped in Eastern Congo, still sworn to return one day and finish what they started in 1994 and the regime in Kinshasa, and in part with sympathetic UN commanders who have tacitly, covertly and at times not so covertly been in league with the militias to get rich quick. Relevant documentaries in the past refer.

Finally, as to being bought, that is wishful thinking all round.

The report below makes stark reading and confirms what has been shrouded in secrecy in the past, leaving me to give but one Latin quote: ‘Quod erat demonstrandum

Subject: Rwanda: FDLR Generating U.S. $71 Million From Businesses With Wives of DRC Officers

Rwandan FDLR rebels are making millions of dollars annually with help from Congolese army units in the east of the massive country, says a classified MONUSCO document sent to New York.

The militia group calling itself the democratic forces for the liberation of Rwanda or FDLR maintains a large business empire managed by ICC fugitive SylvestreMudacumura and Defence Commissioner, AugustinNsengimana.

To operate without any problems, Congolese army officers provide safe passage for goods which have been supplied to wives of the Congolese officers by FDLR contacts. The Congolese military officers are on the battle-front, but their wives are managing booming businesses.

These never-before details have been compiled in a classified investigation sent to New York last month by the UN mission in DR Congo – or MONUSCO. The MONUSCO document was prepared by the ‘Joint Mission Analysis Cell’ (JMAC) and titled at top in red as "STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL".

For North Kivu, the FDLR team in charge of making money is called "Miroir" – now based in the Kasugho area (approx. 70 km West of Lubero-Centre), where gold mining is pursued. For South Kivu, unit in charge of money generation, previously known as "Lunette", was dissolved and was replaced by three liaison offices.

These are called Antennas, says the report.Apart from liaison functions, according to the MONUSCO document, those antennas also play a role in trafficking. The FDLR men responsible for these operations are Col Bonheur in Burhinyi (Mwenga), Lt Maurice in Mulenge (Uvira), and Adjutant Kidumu in Kanyantende (Mwenga).

In North Kivu province alone, the militia – whose members executed the genocide against Tutsis in Rwanda and fled to Congo, has a group in charge of business totalling about 200 combatants.

"A general estimate (of FDLR revenues) arrives at several millions of US dollars. Much of the income is generated through taxation," says the report.

"Profits are shared between FDLR, FARDC, and local Mayi-Mayi groups. ICCN estimates that illegal fishing and charcoal production annually generate around U$$32million and US$35 million respectively."

The ICCN is the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature – which is a government agency – also managing the virunga national park, whose director Emmanuel de Merode was ambushed in April by suspected FDLR rebels.

According to the MONUSCO document, an estimated 92% of charcoal used in North Kivu comes from the Virunga National Park supplied by the FDLR. Approximately two FUSO trucks drive down the Kikuku – Sake axis every day, carrying 300 charcoal bags per truck on average.

FDLR sells each bag at around US $15 to businessmen, who, once in Goma, sell them at US $25 to US $30 each. The gross selling price could be around US $9,000 per day. The detail price could be up to US $18,000. Two other trucks are also supplying the Rutshuru – Goma axis each day, generating between US $8 to US $10 for each bag on the FDLR side. The gross selling price could be around US $4,800 to US $9,600 per day.

The FDLR illicit trade involves timber, hemp, illegal fishing, poaching and gold mining.When combined with illegal taxation, the total revenue from these sectorstotals at least $71million annually.

Regarding the hemp (urumogi in Kinyarwanda) production, in the border area of Lubero-Walikaleand in Ruthsuru, enormous amounts of ‘chanvre’ – the local variety of cannabis – are cultivated.The FDLR rebels controls most of the production. The most important fields are situated in the villages of Ikobo, Lusamambo, Bukumbirwa, Buleusa, Miriki, LuofuLusoghaKanandavuko,Lueshe, Mirangi and Kateku.

Every harvest period approximately 10 tons of hemp is being produced. In a year, there are four production seasons. The biggest trade center is located in Miriki on the border of the Luberoand Walikale territories – eastern DRC.

"The principal buyers are wives of FARDC officers. (The FARDC controls the route to Goma via Rutshuru)," says the classified report obtained by News of Rwanda.

"The officers’ wives are the ‘négociants’ (traders) who buy the drugs; their husbands facilitate the transport. The FARDC has been involved in the drugs traffic for a long time."

The document adds: "The transport is organized during the night. Youngsters, escorted by FDLR elements, carry bags of 60 kilos of hemp on their backs from the villages to the road. The drugs are loaded on trucks and hidden beneath layers of manioc bags. The trucks leave from the towns of Kayna, Kanyabayonga or Kirumba."

FDLR resource mobilization also focuses on illegal taxation in some mining sites in Itombwe, Burhinyi, and Mukungwe, as well as on small-scale gold trade, the taxation of trade, charcoal, and the culture/exportation of hemp to Uvira – on to Burundi, and Tanzania through Mulenge, and Sange.

FDLR commanders in charge of business operations have reportedly established links with Butembo gold traders, which export their products through Kasindi border post, the third border post in North Kivu. FDLR money-making teams work with officers within FARDC 85th Military Sector hierarchy for obtaining weapons and ammunition supply.

Since November 2013, the ICCN has recorded the killing of five elephants in the general area of Kapopi (North West of Kiwanja) – several kilometres from Goma, the capital of North Kivu province. Poaching networks are involving local poachers, FDLR and FARDC officers.

The classified brief says: "For instance in Kagando area (12 km N of Tongo), the wife of a local FDLR officer receives weapons from FARDC Lt Col Zaire Ndarihoranya (ethnic Hutu from Tongo, ex RCD-G, 1003rd Regt Cmdr in Beni up to January 2014, then called to Kinshasa). Weapons are handed over to a poacher group. When this group has collected enough ivory, the product is sent to Tongo, then Sake, where it is secured and later exported."

http://allafrica.com/stories/201408290133.html

Pandathlon? Check out the Reunion Tourism website to find out what it is all about

REUNION PREPARES FOR 3RDPANDATHLON

(Posted 30th August 2014)

Three Ponds will be hosting the 3rd annual Pandathlon in Reunion on the 14th of September. Launched in 2012 is the event a focal point for eco sport lovers, organized by the Regional Council of Reunion in conjunction with the World Wide Fund for Nature, in short WWF.

Depending on fitness levels are four power walk competitions available for participants to sign up to, from a modest 4 kilometres over the intermediate distances of 11 kilometres, 16 kilometres and then the champions distance of 27 kilometres. Participation is limited to 200, 800, 600 and 400 respectively in the four races. Elevation differences for the four categories also vary widely with the shortest distance only requiring 180 metres – hardly worth mentioning but then rising sharply to 910, 1.080 and finally 1.500 metres respectively, requiring well trained participants for that race to avoid exhaustion or worse.

Reunion is well known amongst her aficionados for excellent adventure holidays, hiking across hundreds of kilometres of marked trails into the rugged interior of the island and the Pandathlon idea was born by recognizing that there is strong demand for such sporting events both locally as well as internationally. While the organizers stress that it is not a competition, the participants will very likely see that in a different light as there are always records to be broken and personal best times to be accomplished.

Two journalists were invited at the initiative of the IRT, to cover the event. A reporter from the French website www.Planet.fr (6,000,000 visitors per month) will be on site to cover the event.

A comprehensive slideshow dedicated to the race, will be published online at the end of September. The online magazine Focus Online (788,674 visitors per day) will also cover the race for the German market, where interest in such sporting events is said to be growing in leaps and bounds.

Local Athletes Elvina Vidot and Raymond Tangatchy are the patrons of the 2014 edition of the Pandathlon. On this occasion, they will also be appointed honorary ambassadors by the IRT at the site of the event.

For additional information on Destination Reunion, a founder member of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Island Organization, click on www.reunion.fr

Coming soon to the Kenya Coast: The Inaugural Mombasa Hotel Show

MOMBASA HOTEL SHOW ON COURSE FOR NOVEMBER 13 – 15

(Posted 30th August 2014)

After two hugely successful hospitality trade shows in 2013 and 2014 in Nairobi, alongside the Hotel Summit East Africa, has Slujan Events now announced the inaugural edition of the Mombasa Hotel Show which is due to take place between the 13th and 15h of November this year.

Information just received from the organizers also confirms that the Mombasa County Government will be the event patron with the County Governor expected to launch the show at Wild Waters, Nyali, Mombasa.

Like in Nairobi is the Mombasa Hotel Show expected to become a prime time hospitality trade event for suppliers and hospitality businesses, more important at a time when the coast is struggling with low occupancies and many hoteliers will be keen to learn about the latest technologies helping them to keep operating cost down.

Also on board is the Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers Coast Branch, the leading country wide hospitality trade association.

Said Slujan Events in a media release just received said: ‘The show, themed “Getting Back on Track”, is aimed at increasing investor confidence in the Coast and country at large, and giving our local as well as international product suppliers an edge by providing a platform for them to engage and interact with the businesses, hotels and lodges that are based in the Coast region. This is also an opportunity for the business community to learn more about the business trends in the Coast, their needs, know how to close business deals with the entities in the Coast, and most importantly, increase their client base and make their products and services known.

The show intends to be the leading hospitality business to business event in the Coastal regions of East Africa and a prime reference point for any business owner or investor looking to grow their business. The show will present a holistic view of the hospitality industry with exhibitors being drawn from every sector of the industry.

Some of Kenya’s leading hospitality industry suppliers for equipment and consumables are, like at the Nairobi event, expected to sign up with sponsorships and the winning formula of cooking shows, mixing presentations, wine and whiskey tasting, among other complementary activities, are also expected to feature during the Mombasa event.

In a related development has Slujan Events also just released the report of the Kenya Hospitality Trade Show 2014 and the Hotel Summit East Africa 2014, with the summary and key data shown below to again highlight the importance this event has already claimed after only two editions:

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KENYA HOSPITALITY TRADE FAIR

14 – 16 MAY, 2014

KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE

NAIROBI, KENYA

“Re-Defining Hospitality Industry in East & Central Africa”

HOTEL SUMMIT EAST AFRICA

16 MAY, 2014

KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE

NAIROBI, KENYA

“Moving Forward With Confidence”

2014 POST SHOW REPORT

www.kenyahospitalitytradefair.com

SUMMARY

As we submit this post-show report of the 2nd Kenya Hospitality Trade Fair and the Hotel Summit East Africa, we take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors, partners, exhibitors and the hospitality industry at large for supporting the events and contributing to their success.

During this time when Kenya is dealing with security concerns, the tourism industry has been highly affected, the trade fair and conference provides a pivotal platform for stakeholders to network, interact and discuss solutions to the current state of the industry.

KHTF and HOSEA will continue to show the vast opportunities and interests in the business of hospitality and hotels within the region. We do this by creating platforms where businesses and brands can interact and engage with the consumers at a deeper level, learn the latest trends in the industry, source new products and gain new business contacts.

The trade fair, which ran from 14 – 16 May 2014, at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi-Kenya attracted over 3,800 industry professionals looking to gain inroads to the industry and learn from industry experts. This year the event attracted a high percentage of new exhibitors drawn from the food and beverage industry and hospitality supplies and equipment.

We were very proud to premier exciting event features in the exhibitions industry. These included The Chefs Corner, The Coffee Baristas Challenge, Wine Tasting Sessions and the Bartenders and Mixologists Pavilion.

I can confidently say that, even though we had our good share of challenges, KHTF and HOSEA 2014 were a success, and through all this, the Slujan Events team is working on making next year’s events even better. Our intention and reality is to make our events distinctively unique, continue to grow, bring in the right visitor profile and offer ROI.

As the largest and most influential hospitality supply show in the region, we will continue to support the industry on all levels – delivering business results and promoting exchange of knowledge.

We look forward to another successful show next year.

Kind Regards,

Lucy Gacheru

Director

Slujan Events Ltd.

Visitor feedback

3,100 visitors from 4 countries

73% of the visitors are involved in the purchasing decision within their company

86% of visitors were satisfied about finding the right products

77% of visitors were satisfied with the quality of exhibitors or brands

83% of visitors were satisfied that they obtained their objectives

Overall, 85% were satisfied with their visit to the show

Visitors by Level of Influence

· Decision maker (21.65%)

· Influencer (20.37%)

· Buyer (17.03%)

· End user (5.2%)

Visitors by Business Activity

· Publishing/Journalism (0.83%)

· Hotel/Resorts (21.2%)

· Special Event Services (1.35%)

· Property Developer (2.48%)

· Government/Public Sector (3.3%)

· Spa/Fitness Centre (4.01%)

· Facilities Mgmt (4.05%)

· Architectural Practice (4.81%)

· Restaurants/Bars/Fast Food (5.76%)

· Manufacturer (7.63%)

· Interior Designs/Decorators (10.20%)

· Distributor/Agent (10.46%)

See you in Mombasa in November then where this correspondent will again make an appearance as moderator and presenter as was the case during the past two Nairobi events.

Sheraton Kampala appoints new Director of Sales and Marketing

JENIFER MUSIIME JOINS SHERATON KAMPALA AS DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING

(Posted 30th August 2014)

The Sheraton Kampala Hotel has appointed Mrs. Jenifer Bamaturaki Musiime as their new Director of Sales and Marketing. Jenifer will be joining the hotel from here immediate past position as Head of Sales and Marketing at Air Uganda, Uganda’s quasi national airline until on the 17th of June this year a totally out of control Civil Aviation Authority pulled their AOC from them and other Ugandan airlines, halting all international flights by Ugandan carriers and effectively killing the airline to cover up their looming failure of an ICAO audit.

Well known in business, commercial and tourism circles in Kampala with her finger on the pulse of the industry will Jenifer no doubt add great value to the Sheraton, which has since the departure of James Rattos in November last year – he joined the Naivasha based Enashipai Resort & Spa as General Manager – been without a substantive office holder.

This latest appointment concludes the revamping of the senior management team under General Manager Ian Duncan who has during his time at the helm, supported by a new chef team, injected a new lease of life into the F&B department which has since then risen to reclaim market share and make the hotel once again a place where Kampala’s who is who can be seen to dine out.

All the best to Jenifer in her new appointment and for the challenges ahead.

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