Zambia https://www.constructafrica.com/ en Radisson Hotel Group announces hotel expansion record year in Africa https://www.constructafrica.com/news/radisson-hotel-group-announces-hotel-expansion-record-year-africa <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Radisson Hotel Group announces hotel expansion record year in Africa</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/4" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Staff Writer</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 09/27/2021 - 15:45</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/news_image_full_width/public/2021-09/176078_resize.jpg?itok=qkSOZR83" width="730" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-news-image-full-width" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Radisson Hotel Group has announced a hotel expansion record in Africa with 13 signings year, translating to a new hotel signed every 20 days.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-news-contents field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Group’s expansion drive, adding 2,500 rooms to its African portfolio, includes the announcement of nine hotels in Morocco, the Group’s debut in Djibouti and the introduction of the Radisson Individuals brand in Africa. </p> <p>Adding to this expansion milestone, the Group has also opened five hotels to date this year, including Africa’s second Radisson RED in South Africa and four Radisson Blu resort offerings in Morocco.<br /> With additional hotel signings and a further three openings in Africa expected before year end, Radisson Hotel Group remains prudently optimistic regarding the business recovery within the last quarter of 2021. </p> <p>The Group’s aggressive expansion places them firmly on track to boost the current African portfolio of almost 100 hotels currently in operation and under development to its ambition of 150 hotels by 2025. As part of the expansion strategy, the Group has put forward growth priorities across key markets such as Morocco, Egypt and South Africa.</p> <p>From a single hotel in Africa 20 years ago, Radisson Hotel Group’s current African portfolio of almost 100 hotels in operation and under development is located in more than 30 countries across the continent, cementing the Group’s leading position as the hotel company with the largest active presence in the most countries across Africa.</p> <p>The 13 signings, reinforcing the Group’s expansion strategy, have secured a record growth in Morocco with an additional nine hotels, comprising of two hotels in Casablanca, including the debut of the Radisson brand with the Radisson Hotel Casablanca Gauthier La Citadelle and the recent partnership established with Madaëf which translates to seven additional hotels across key leisure destinations in the country. </p> <p>The group has also announced the launch of their first project, the Earl Heights Suite Hotel, a member of Radisson Individuals in Accra, Ghana joining their new affiliation brand; their market entry in Victory Falls with the introduction of Radisson Blu Resort Mosi-Oa-Tunya Livingstone as well as another new entry with Radisson Hotel Djibouti. The most recent announcement was the Radisson Hotel Middleburg which further complements the Group’s presence across South Africa.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img align-center"> <img alt="Radisson Blu Resort, Mosi-oa-Tunya, Livingstone, Zambia - Aerial" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="97d4c4fa-34bd-463b-a982-3fbbed75e06d" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/176078%20%283%29_resize_0.jpg" /> <figcaption><em>Aerial View of Radisson Blu Resort, Mosi-oa-Tunya, Livingstone, Zambia</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>These hotel signings equate to almost 2,500 rooms, most of which are in the Group’s core focus countries, especially across Morocco, with the remainder reinforcing their presence in cluster markets or entering into new territories.</p> <p>Ramsay Rankoussi, Vice President, Development, Africa &amp; Turkey at Radisson Hotel Group, said: “For the remainder of the year, we will continue to build on the success and momentum we’ve had thus far, with a continued focus on our identified key markets, specifically Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa.” </p> <p>“We aim to further accelerate our presence across the continent through both new build and conversions, especially post-pandemic, as there is less liquidity for newer developments. We therefore seek to form wider partnerships and strategic ventures with local or regional chains and forge ahead with our city scale and critical mass strategy.“</p> <p>“The execution of our strategy with clear priorities will equally support in achieving positive economic efficiencies and synergies operationally across all our existing and future hotels, further unlocking value to our owners.” </p> <p>“We have also demonstrated the relevant flexibility in addressing the current investment climate by providing not only tailored solutions to every project but also rationalizing our relationships with our investors to assess the best timings in terms of openings and the right budget allocation in terms of segment, space program and development cost.”</p> <p>“Africa is mainly led by business hotels, but with the recent signings, we have expanded our leisure offerings and serviced apartments which has not only proven resilient during COVID-19 but is also fueling a faster recovery. Our ambitions are driven by creating critical mass in each of our identified focus markets but also ensuring market proximity. These regions are sub divided based on priorities, focus and potential scale.”</p> <p>“Despite the current situation and supporting our robust expansion strategy, our teams are working tirelessly to realize the pipeline, with eight hotel openings in Africa this year. We have already opened five hotels, consisting of four of the seven hotels we’ve just announced in Morocco, which consist of resorts and residences as well the opening of Africa’s second Radisson RED hotel in Rosebank. The remaining three hotels, all due to open before year-end, represent our debut in Madagascar with a portfolio of three hotels.”</p> <p>Building on the success of the Group’s five-year expansion and transformation plan, Radisson Hotel Group is ready for the rebound of travel and remains firmly committed to becoming the brand of choice for owners, partners, and guests.</p> <p><em>Top Photo: Radisson Hotel Casablanca Gauthier La Citadelle</em></p> <p><em>Article provided by APO Group on behalf of Radisson Hotel Group.</em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4" hreflang="en">Main News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/business" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/companies" hreflang="en">Companies</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-news field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Related News</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/radisson-hotel-group-announces-six-new-hotels-africa" hreflang="en">Radisson Hotel Group announces six new hotels in Africa</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/radisson-blu-unveils-design-new-hotel-harare-zimbabwe" hreflang="en">Radisson Blu unveils design of new hotel in Harare Zimbabwe</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/radisson-hotel-group-constructs-144-room-new-build-hotel-djibouti" hreflang="en">Radisson Hotel Group constructs 144-room new-build hotel in Djibouti</a></div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add a comment</h2> <p class="comment-tagline">ConstructAfrica welcomes lively debate, but will not publish comments that are threatening, libellous or abusive.</p> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=452&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="6_7xxe8fO462vMsyohoXXWqe4QF6qg48loG1zeB4x0A"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 27 Sep 2021 11:45:15 +0000 Staff Writer 452 at https://www.constructafrica.com https://www.constructafrica.com/news/radisson-hotel-group-announces-hotel-expansion-record-year-africa#comments US$259m Kazungula Bridge linking Botswana and Zambia launched https://www.constructafrica.com/news/us259m-kazungula-bridge-linking-botswana-and-zambia-launched <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">US$259m Kazungula Bridge linking Botswana and Zambia launched</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/4" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Staff Writer</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 05/17/2021 - 11:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/news_image_full_width/public/2021-05/Kazungula%20Bridge.jpg?itok=Hm5UCKqX" width="730" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-news-image-full-width" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Zambia and Botswana have commissioned the newly constructed Kazungula road and rail bridge linking both countries across the Zambezi river.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-news-contents field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The bridge was opened for traffic on 10 May 2021.</p> <p>The Kazungula Bridge construction project is reported to have cost US$259.3 million, and includes international border facilities in Zambia and Botswana. </p> <p>The 923-metre-long by 18.5-metre-wide bridge has a longest span of 129 metres and links the town of Kazungula in Zambia with Botswana. The bridge is curved to avoid the border area in the Zambezi waters between Botswana and Zimbabwe, and features a single-line railway track between two traffic lanes and pavements for pedestrians.</p> <p>According to a press release by the Botswana government, “The bridge and its associated works is expected to ease access to international markets through connectivity with major seaports as well as contribute to maximizing the operational efficiency of the SADC north-south corridor and enhance regional economic integration.”</p> <p>The bridge will provide a transport corridor from the port of Durban in South Africa right up to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. In particular, the new Kazungula bridge will allow trucks to bypass the perennially congested Beitbridge border post between Zimbabwe and South Africa, where vehicles typically spend hours and sometimes days queueing to cross.</p> <p>The Botswana government posted a video of the Kazungula Bridge project on their Facebook page (see below). </p> <p><iframe allow="autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; picture-in-picture; web-share" allowfullscreen="true" frameborder="0" height="314" scrolling="no" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?height=314&amp;href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FBotswanaGovernment%2Fvideos%2F305492377829132%2F&amp;show_text=false&amp;width=560" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>According to the project profile described in the press release of the Botswana government, the Kazungula bridge project consisted of three components - Package 1, Package 2 and Package 3 respectively.</p> <p>Package 1 is the bridge, which is designed as an extra-dosed road-rail bridge to accommodate a future railway line which will link Mosetse-Kazungula in Botswana to Kazungula-Livingstone in Zambia.</p> <p>Packages 2 and 3 are the One-Stop-Border Post (OSBP) facilities on the Botswana and Zambia side respectively. Each of the OSBP packages consists of among others, a passenger terminal, vehicle inspection building, freight inspection building, truck transit offices (entry and exit), health inspection building and veterinary offices.</p> <p>The construction supervision for the entire project was awarded to the Kazungula Bridge Consultants-Joint Venture comprising of Nippon Koei Co. Ltd., Chodai Co. Ltd., Gibb (Pty) Ltd, Bothakga Burrow Botswana (Pty) Ltd, CPP Botswana (Pty) Ltd and Zulu Burrow Development Consultants Ltd at a cost of US$15,726,755.00 funded by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency).</p> <p>Package 1, construction of the bridge structure across the Zambezi river, was funded by both Governments of Botswana and Zambia on 50%/50% basis. The construction contract for Package 1 was awarded to Daewoo Engineering and Construction at an original sum of US$161,961,304.84 which was revised to US$174,184,799.54 to incorporate a 16% VAT component from the Government of the Republic of Zambia.</p> <p>Package 2, construction of the Botswana side One Stop Border Post, was funded by JICA exclusive of VAT while the Botswana Government funded the VAT component. The contract was awarded to Zhong Gan Engineering &amp; Construction at a cost of BWP440,116,275.30 (approx. US$41 million).</p> <p>Package 3, construction of the Zambia side One Stop Border Post, was funded by AfDB (African Development Bank). The contract was awarded to Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Group Co. Ltd at a cost of ZMW263,670,419.98 (approx. US$15 million).</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img align-center"> <img alt="Kazungula Bridge (Botswana Government Twitter Handle | @BWGovernment)" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="582b8dc8-33ff-4891-baa3-03558bbc65cb" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Kazungula%20Bridge2.jpg" /> <figcaption><em>Aerial View of Kazungula Bridge across the Zambezi River (Botswana Government Twitter Handle | @BWGovernment)</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>Speaking at the commissioning ceremony for the Kazungula Bridge, Zambian President Edgar Lungu said the bridge was a monumental effort linking Zambia internally and externally to ease the movement of goods and services. </p> <p>Also speaking during the commissioning ceremony, Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi said his country regarded Zambia as a key strategic partner in development, adding the iconic project was a demonstration of the continued growing relations. President Masisi added that the route was historic as it was used as a safe exit during the struggle for independence.</p> <p>The commissioning ceremony was also witnessed by African Union (AU) Chairperson and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Felix Tshisekedi, Southern African Development Community (SADC) Chairperson and Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Namibia Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba, Eswatini Acting Prime Minister Themba Masuku, and High Commissioner of South Africa to Botswana Ms Rosemary Mashaba.</p> <p>Zambia and the DRC are reported to be in the process of putting up a similar facility on their border.</p> <p><em>Top Photo: Kazungula Bridge (Botswana Government Twitter Handle | @BWGovernment)</em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" hreflang="en">Featured News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/construction" hreflang="en">Construction</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/government-policy" hreflang="en">Government Policy</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/transport" hreflang="en">Transport</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-news field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Related News</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/chinese-firm-cscec-wins-water-sanitation-construction-project-zambia" hreflang="en">Chinese firm, CSCEC, wins water &amp; 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sanitation construction project in Zambia</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/4" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Staff Writer</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 04/11/2021 - 15:18</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/news_image_full_width/public/2021-04/ZAMBIA2_resize-min.jpg?itok=IHYjMm9v" width="730" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-news-image-full-width" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) has been awarded a US$27 million contract for water and sanitation improvement project in the northern part of Zambia.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-news-contents field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The contract was signed on Wednesday, 7 April 2021.</p> <p>CSCEC&nbsp;has since engaged seven local firms as sub-contractors for the project which will improve water and sanitation services in Zambia's two Northern Province&nbsp;districts of Kasama and Mbala.</p> <p>During the contract signing ceremony, Northern Province Permanent Secretary Royd Chakaba&nbsp;is reported to have stated that the sub-contracting of the project was the fulfillment of the 20% sub-contracting policy in which foreign firms are expected to offer local ones.</p> <p>While saying that the government expects the Chinese contractor to transfer skills to local contractors as part of the capacity-building program, Chakaba stressed that the performance of the local contractors in the project will demonstrate their readiness to take up big projects and urged them to take the opportunity seriously.</p> <p>Chen Xiaobo, acting general manager of the CSCEC, pledged his company's commitment to share experiences with local contractors.</p> <p>Also speaking at the contract signing ceremony,&nbsp;Chambeshi Water Supply and Sanitation Company Board Chairperson Gabriel Kaunda&nbsp;asked the Main Contractor to be transparent in dealing with the local contractors.</p> <p>The project is being financed by the African Development Bank, and is expected to be completed in November this year.</p> <p><em>Photo:&nbsp;Political Map of Zambia (Peter Hermes Furian | Dreamstime)</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4" hreflang="en">Main News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/construction" hreflang="en">Construction</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/government-policy" hreflang="en">Government Policy</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/water-waste" hreflang="en">Water / Waste</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-news field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Related News</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/south-african-construction-firm-khato-civils-announces-africa-expansion" hreflang="en">South African construction firm Khato Civils announces Africa expansion</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/kenya-signs-eu70m-funding-agreements-water-sanitation-project-kisumu" hreflang="en">Kenya signs €70m funding agreements for Water &amp; 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