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Old January 18th, 2013, 01:59 AM   #121
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Garden City | Approved
Thika Road, Nairobi

Renders of the mixed-use Garden City development (residential + commercial + shopping mall), developed by UK company Actis:

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Old January 18th, 2013, 02:06 AM   #122
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A104 | JKIA-Rironi Highway

The JKIA-Rironi Highway (passing through Nairobi) has been approved. It will include a flyover section:

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Old January 18th, 2013, 08:56 PM   #123
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Tatu City | Approved
Riuru, Kiambu County, Kenya

The $2.5 billion Tatu City development is set to start:


Tatu City project now set to kick off
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18 January 2013


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Construction of Tatu City, a multi-million dollar satellite town planned on the outskirts of Nairobi is now on full gear following the conclusion of a winding up petition that has held back the development for two years.

On Friday, Commercial Court Judge Justice Daniel Musinga, refused to allow the petitions filed by Tatu City’s minority shareholders to have the company wound up or they be bought out by the majority shareholders.

In his ruling, Justice Musinga said minority shareholders had acted unreasonably in petitioning the court to wind up the company when there was an alternative remedy available to them, through sale of their stake to the other shareholders.

“We are grateful that the High Court has finally heard and determined the winding up petitions. We are even more grateful that justice has been served and this ruling will assist in restoring investors’ confidence in the judicial system in Kenya,” the acting CEO Tatu City Arnold Meyer said.

The minority shareholders including Rosemary Wanja and Stephen Mwagiru had accused the directors and the majority shareholders of excluding them from the affairs of Tatu City.

They filed the petition in 2010 seeking to dissolve Tatu City Ltd.

The projects targets to attract residents, companies and retailers who wish to live, work and play in a modern, well-planned urban development in East Africa.

It covers over 1,000 hectares and will comprise over 22,000 residential units and approximately 2 million square metres of office, retail, light industrial spaces as well as community facilities including, public service transport interchanges, health facilities and recreational parks.

With the conclusion of the court case, the actual construction work is set to move with speed including the installation of services for the city along with the road finishes, pavements and landscaping.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 09:20 PM   #124
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Old January 19th, 2013, 11:33 PM   #125
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nice!! but it would be better if they have thought in bicycles :/
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Old January 20th, 2013, 11:13 AM   #126
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tatu city is really nice
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Old January 21st, 2013, 09:41 PM   #127
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nice!! but it would be better if they have thought in bicycles :/
It would be nice to see cycle lanes. Kenya is already a very pedestrian-oriented society.
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 08:25 PM   #128
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Konza Technology City | U/C

The $14.5 billion Konza Technology City broke ground today:


Kenya begins construction of 'silicon' city Konza
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23 January 2013


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Kenya's president has launched a $14.5bn (£9.1bn) project to build a new city intended to be an IT business hub and dubbed "Africa's Silicon Savannah".

It will take 20 years to build Konza Technology City about 60km (37 miles) from the capital, Nairobi.

It is hoped that more than 20,000 IT jobs will be created in Konza by 2015, and more than 200,000 jobs by 2030.

Despite Kenya's usually divisive politics, the project has the backing of all political parties.

Konza is part of the government's ambitious Vision 2030 initiative to improve much-neglected infrastructure over the next 18 years.

Correspondents say the government also wants to take advantage of the growing number of software developers in the East African nation.

'Tremendous opportunities'

"It is expected to spur massive trade and investment as well as create thousands of employment opportunities for young Kenyans in the ICT [information communications technology] sector," President Mwai Kibaki said at the ceremony to launch the construction, adding it would be a "game-changer" for the country's development.

He called on domestic and foreign investors to take advantage of Konza's "tremendous opportunities".

The 5,000-acre (2,011-hectare) site was a ranch to the south-east of Nairobi on the way to the port city of Mombasa.

When the plan was announced after the last elections property prices in the area soared, reporters say.

According to the Konza information website, the city wants to attract business process outsourcing, software development, data centres, disaster recovery centres, call centres and light assembly manufacturing industries.

A university campus focused on research and technology as well as hotels, residential areas, schools and hospitals will also be built.

The government has appointed the Konza Technopolis Development Authority to oversee the building of the IT hub, which will be built in four phases - starting with the technology centres first.
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Old January 26th, 2013, 03:18 PM   #129
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A new $50 million neighbourhood named 'Evergreen City' has been proposed for the Konza area:



Developer plans Sh4bn estate near Konza site
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23 January 2013
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A property investments firm has lined up a mixed-use development near the planned Konza City, positioning it as a suburb that will match the needs of the technocity.

The development, dubbed Evergreen City-Konza, is 11km from the Konza City site and sits on 75 acres. It is expected to gobble up an estimated Sh4 billion in cumulative investments in residential, commercial and hospitality properties, and social amenities.

The estate is hoped to be up by 2015, with actual build set to begin in the second half of 2013. Petu Property Group, the developer, is hinging it on “high technology, modern living and environmental-friendliness.”
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Konza Technology City | U/C

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Konza City | U/C

New Konza City visual released:

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Mazingira Park | Proposed

Nairobi forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1577234

A new office park by Nairobi River has been proposed:



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Old February 4th, 2013, 01:13 AM   #134
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TheCityUK are seeking partners to develop Nairobi as the continental financial hub:


Plans to turn Nairobi into international financial hub heat up
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3 February 2013
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Nairobi’s vision of following the footsteps of London, and becoming a global financial centre, has started taking shape with a financial firm appointed to deliver the work — TheCityUK — seeking partners to participate in the development of the project.

This month will mark another chapter where top UK City businesses and officials are expected to receive a high-level Kenyan delegation to London to discuss plans to transform Nairobi into a world-class financial centre or destination.

The bodies appointed to deliver the work, under the sponsorship of the Lord Mayor of the City of London and the Ministry of Finance in Kenya, are TheCityUK and the Kenyan Capital Markets Authority (CMA).

TheCityUK — an independent membership body for promoting the UK-based financial and professional services industry — said in a statement that the focus of the Nairobi international financial centre (IFC) work is to be embodied in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kenya.

To demonstrate its readiness and using London’s financial infrastructure as a road map, TheCityUK has now asked UK practitioners to express interest to be involved in the project’s proposed areas of development. It has identified these as, alternative dispute resolution, derivative securities, securities market and regulatory and administrative environment. Other areas are public private partnerships, experience exchange between financial and related professional services, training and education, branding, marketing and promoting and diaspora initiatives.

Areas of interest

“If you are interested in being included in this opportunity and would like to help influence its direction, please highlight your areas of interest at the link below and we will provide further information,” it says in a notice posted on its Website.

President Kibaki expressed the desire to build relationships with the UK to help develop Nairobi as an international financial centre to serve the East African region during a visit to London in July last year.

Speaking during a gala dinner he hosted jointly with The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman David Wooton, Kibaki said Kenya’s economy was growing impressively and invited UK investors to be part of country’s success.

The Mayor said he looked forward to the successful conclusion of negotiations between TheCityUK, and CMA, in support of Nairobi’s plans to develop as an International Financial Centre.

“I am delighted by this important milestone in the partnership between the TheCityUK and our partners in Kenya. Developing Nairobi’s capacity as a financial service centre will mean it is well placed to support the creation of jobs and growth for the people of Kenya and across East Africa,” he stated.

Experts say the success of the project — aligned to objectives of Vision 2030 of positioning Kenya to attract fund flows into the country to support productive economic activities — depends on the proposed 5,000-acre Konza Technology City in Machakos County that would provide the vital high speed Internet infrastructure.

Under the economic pillar in Vision 2030, the blueprint recognises six priority sectors that will help the country become a middle-income economy by 2030. Under the financial services category, the sector is expected to become globally competitive to enable it promote high levels of savings to finance the various Vision 2030 projects.
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I have several pictures I need to post. However, for some reasons I can't find the manage attachments icon. All I get is insert image which only gives the URL options. Any help?
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Old February 4th, 2013, 05:55 PM   #136
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I have several pictures I need to post. However, for some reasons I can't find the manage attachments icon. All I get is insert image which only gives the URL options. Any help?
Use one of these image hosting websites to upload your image, then link the image URL here directly:

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I have several pictures I need to post. However, for some reasons I can't find the manage attachments icon. All I get is insert image which only gives the URL options. Any help?
You need to host the image first, at photobucket or flicr for instance.


Edit, nvm, SE9 was quicker
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Thanks SE9. Will make an attempt. The post will be under Nairobi thread.
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Old February 4th, 2013, 06:20 PM   #139
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Unep to upgrade Nairobi to world's 'environment capital'
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4 February 2013
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A decision by world leaders to strengthen the UN Environment Program (Unep) is expected to boost the status of Nairobi as the environmental capital of the world, a UN official said on Friday.

Nick Nuttall, director of Unep's division of Communications and Public Information, told journalists in Nairobi that the upgrade means that in many ways Nairobi is now truly the environmental capital of the world.

To celebrate the achievement, Unep is organising a 21-kilometre race supported by top former a current Kenyan marathon athletes.

"There is no more fitting way to demonstrate the unity of purpose that UN member states are now showing towards Unep than a run that brings together Kenyans and peoples from all backgrounds and parts of the world in a display of solidarity for peace and the environment," Nuttall said when he announced that Unep will host half-marathon to celebrate Nairobi as World's "Environment Capital".

The race will be graced by some of Kenya's top up-and-coming long-distance runners and will take place through the streets of Nairobi alongside the public, UN staff and the diplomatic community to celebrate universal membership of Unep.

Organised together with the Paul Tergat Foundation, Athletics Kenya, and with the support of the International Olympic Committee, the 21-km run on February 24 will be a celebration of the agreement by heads of state and government meeting at the Rio+20 summit in Brazil last year to "strengthen and upgrade" Unep in its Nairobi home.

They also decided to transform its annual Governing Council from a membership of 58 nations to one of universal membership of more than 190 member states.

"The decision to strengthen Unep at its headquarters in Kenya underlines how nations are increasingly recognising that climate change [contributes] to the loss of fertile lands and is now challenging the lives and livelihood of increasing numbers of people world-wide....It also signals a fresh, determination to realize a more sustainable, Green Economy path," Nuttall said.

Unep's Clean Air Campaigns Patron Patrick Makau, whose time of 2:03:38 at the 2011 Berlin Marathon is the current world record, is supporting the run, as are Catherine Ndereba, former marathon World Champion, and Tegla Loroupe, former half-marathon World Champion.
Unep recently revamped its Nairobi headquarters:

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