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Solar power dealers face fines under new law

Players question UNBS’ ability to enforce standards | THE INDEPENDENT | Dealers in solar home systems that do not meet the newly completed standards face prosecution and fines under the amended law. The Uganda National Bureau of Standards recently released the new standards – US IEC TS 62257-9-8 and IEC …

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Bugolobi wastewater plant operational

The Bugolobi-Nakivubo wastewater treatment plant is now operational. The wastewater treatment plant, the largest in the country, takes care of the effluent from the capital Kampala. It is designed to reduce pollution of Lake Victoria. | THE INDEPENDENT | Seven years after the construction of the Bugolobi-Nakivubo wastewater treatment plant …

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Health and safety in forestry sector

Study shows that it can reduce business costs and improve productivity for Uganda’s small-scale sawmillers | ZAINABU KAKUNGULU | Over the past two decades, growing trees, mainly for timber and poles increasingly became a popular investment venture in Uganda. It is estimated that the area of forest plantations in Uganda …

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Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Why it’s a blessing for Nile Basin countries of Africa ANALYSIS | BELACHEW C TESFA, PhD | In 2011, Ethiopia began building the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Project (GERD) on the Blue Nile River, 60 kilometers from the Sudan border. The reservoir has a storage capacity of 74 billion cubic …

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World Press Freedom Day

  Uganda marks it amid brutal attacks on journalists ANALYSIS | THE INDEPENDENT | On April 28 Teddy Nakaliga and Amon Kayanja, both reporters for separate TV stations hit the road in Kayunga Village, Wakiso District, to cover a demonstration by residents protesting a two-week power blackout. As Nakaliga narrated …

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Levying taxes on sugary drinks

Why African countries need reliable local data on sugary drinks tax revenue, VAT, corporate tax and customs duty revenue COMMENT | AGNES ERZSE AND KAREN HOFMAN | Professor and Programme Director, SA MRC Centre for Health Economics and Decision Science – PRICELESS SA (Priority Cost Effective Lessons in Systems Strengthening …

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Museveni’s urgent role on Ethiopian Dam

He can intervene in controversy dam is causing between Egypt and some Nile river riparian countries COMMENT | SIMON KIMOYI | Faced with a current water scarcity and a Republic of Ethiopia determined to go ahead with its second filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) this July, Sudan …

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Beyond social-media wasteland

Social-media platforms today are entering their teenage years: they have a history but lack maturity COMMENT | MATT LOCKE | On May 9, 1961, then-Chair of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Newton Minow delivered a transformative speech to the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington, DC. Now known as …

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