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Experts Considering Natural Gas Role In South Africa's Energy Mix

The Minister of Energy for South Africa, Mmamoloko Kubayi and international partners along the value chain will meet in Durban, from 9-11 October, at the International Gas Cooperation Summit (IGCS), to explore South Africa's aspirations to build an energy hub for gas cooperation.

The International Gas Cooperation Summit (IGCS) evolves from the 'South Africa: Gas Options' meetings held in Cape Town in 2015 & 2016.

The meeting will bring together principal government and public sector, gas developers, institutional investors and technology providers to explore how natural gas can play a greater role in South Africa's energy mix and support the industrial and economic development goals of the country.

EnergyNet's Anna Gorzkowska  explained that when IGCS was launched at the South Africa: Gas Options meeting last year in Cape Town, ‘we knew that the landscape was changing and the discussion going forward would be broader to include downstream gas utilisation.’

“We're therefore delighted to have got the timing of this meeting right - there is still so much interest not only in the gas for power programme, but the massive infrastructure and energy projects happening as a result of those anchor discussions."

Cheniere, KPMG and White & Case have confirmed as Lead Sponsors, with further private sector support from DBSA, ENGIE, Fieldstone Africa, Webber Wentzel, Nedbank, AIIM, Ansaldo Energia, Clarke Energy, Herbert Smith Freehills, Power Africa, Norton Rose Fulbright and Wärtsilä, demonstrating their central role in shaping the gas economy of South Africa.

IGCS will showcase gas procurement and utilisation projects and strategies, bringing together decision makers who can lay the cornerstone of the region's success and enable South Africa to become an energy hub to support industrial development across the region.

The agenda will focus on the global gas outlook for Southern Africa, case studies on modelling a gas economy, how to accelerate gas infrastructure and the cost of diving into downstream.

A special conference for the Black Industrialists Programme with its major stakeholders will take place alongside the broader meeting, drawing on partners from the last two Gas Options meetings to continue to support the crucial objectives for both international and national investors.

Tonya Oil Affected Residents Yet To Receive Compensation

By George Busiinge

Residents affected by oil activities in Tonya parish, Buseruka Sub County in Hoima district, western Uganda have expressed dismay over the failure by oil company Tullow Oil Uganda to compensate them for their land.

Government contracted Tullow Oil Uganda to undertake oil exploration and production activities in three Oil-wells Waraga one, Waraga two and Waraga three all in Tonya parish.

William Irumba the affected residents’ representative says they are seeking compensation because they have been blocked from accessing their land. Their crops have also been destroyed.

Irumba notes that residents used to engage in farming in the prohibited areas to earn a living but all is no more. He adds that his people need compensation before the company can resume exploration activities in their area.

This was revealed during a community dialogue organized by Uganda Consortium Cooperative Accountability at Buseruka Sub County headquarters on Friday.

David Lutalo, the organization programs officer has urged the affected residents to petition government demanding for their compensation.

Sick Omukama Directs Bunyoro Royal Commission To Run Kingdom

By George Busiinge

The Bunyoro Royal Commission will manage Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom affairs for one month while the Omukama is away for medical leave in Munich, Germany.

According to a letter dated 15th September 2017, Omukama Dr Solomon Iguru Gafabusa has directed the commission to provide an oversight function on all matters related to the Kingdom.

The Omukama has asked the commission to work in consultation with the Prime Minister and professor Kiiza of Makerere University in regard to the establishment of Bunyoro University, the commission will also meet Buhaguzi Elders and Leaders Forum on the creation of Kikube district.

The King has also noted that while he is away, there shall be no appointment, transfer of dismissal of any kingdom official adding that there shall be no borrowing or use of kingdom funds, lease/sale/survey of Kingdom land and singing of contracts with any third party without express authorization of the commission chaired by Dr. Fred Kabagambe Kaliisa.

Dr. Kabagambe Kaliisa has confirmed receipt of the Omukama’s orders.


Police Investigating Congolese Army Attack On Ugandan Fishermen

By George Busiinge

Police in the Albertine region are saying a group of about ten armed men dressed in army uniforms similar to those of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) invaded Ugandan waters.

The raid which occurred on Saturday at Nsonga landing site in Kyabngwali Sub-county Hoima district left one person dead and several items stolen at gun point including six boat engines, mobile phones and fishing gears.

Julius Allan Hakiiza, the Albertine Region police spokesperson confirmed the report and identified the deceased as only Omkirambe. By last evening, the body of the deceased had not yet been retrieved as a search was still underway by marine police. Hakiiza said

Some of the fishermen who lost property include Stephen Bagonza, Jackline Onziga, Ramathan Okumu, and Isa Okumu. Max Okumu, a surviver said Omirambe dived into the waters as he was trying to resist abduction.

This is not the first time such fatal raids are happening in the oil rich region. Many have happened in the past and attracted the attention of the heads of states for the countries. Uganda shares a porous border with DRC which has bred insecurity in the region.

Okumu wants government to engage DR Congo authorities to ensure the stolen properties are returned unconditionally.

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