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Transport: South Africa's Tshepo Lucky Montana rides the rails

Tshepo Lucky Montana CEO, Passenger Rail agency of South Africa/Photo©Robert Tshabalala/Gallo/GettyAs group CEO of the Passenger Rail agency of South Africa (PRASA), Tshepo Lucky Montana has embarked on a vast programme to invest in new rolling stock over the next 20 years.

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The Lamu project: Kenya's gateway to Africa

Presidents Salva Kiir, Mwai Kibaki and Meles Zenawi at the LAPSSET inauguration on 2 March/Photo/JOSEPH OKANGA/REUTERSA new transport corridor through northern Kenya would make many happy: South Sudan wants access to the Indian Ocean and the Nairobi government wants to develop large infrastructure projects. But there are many pitfalls along the way.

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Should Africa spend money on high-speed train lines?

French president Nicolas Sarkozy travelled to Morocco in late September as construction began on a new high-speed line linking Casablanca with Rabat and Tangiers. Businessmen and politicians want to know if it is a step in the right direction or a white elephant.

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Nigeria: Lagos installing world class rail system


Nigeria's economic capital, Lagos will now transport 300,000 passengers per day, with a state-of-the-art, Global Positioning Sytem (GPS) based train running every five minutes, the Eko Rail Company has announced.

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What’s the best way to get to Soccer City?

Take the bus. Photo: LOCGetting around during the World Cup is as easy as one, two, three. Read Kim Garner's handy guide, with tips on what you’ll need to bring with you on each of Johannesburg's transport options. 

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Interview: Professor Venansius Baryamureeba

 

The Africa Report: What has been missing in ICT education in Uganda and how have you addressed this at Makerere??

 

Professor Venansius Baryamureeba: Most universities in Africa produce graduates who are more orientated towards working in academic or research institutions than in the private sector. In Uganda, professional courses in computing and ICT were almost non-existent before 2001. What was missing, and what is still missing in most African universities, are curricula that meet both national and international standards. [At Makerere] we set up state of the art computing facilities. We recruit and train computing professionals, design good curricula for degree programmes that address private sector needs and run professional courses that are needed in the workplace and are accredited by Microsoft, Cisco Systems and Oracle.?

 

What impact has this had on Uganda’s ICT sector??

 

In 2001, most of the technical employees of the two existing telecoms companies [MTN-Uganda and Celtel (now Zain)] came from outside Uganda. Ugandans with a bachelor’s degree in computing were earning three times more than a university professor. Today our faculty has produced more than 1,000 degree-holders in computing and more than 10,000 certificate-holders in its professional programmes. As a result of well-qualified human resources, the sector has stabilised and today we have more than six telecoms companies operating in Uganda with more than 90% of their technical staff locally-trained. Because of this boom, other sectors like software development, business process outsourcing and e-commerce are picking up fast. ?

 

How can Africa provide more skills-driven curricula?

 

?We must train for the market, otherwise we shall have a situation where graduates have no jobs and at the same time companies are crying out for skilled graduates. Studies must be undertaken across Africa, and across the world, to document the skills needed for tomorrow’s private sector. As for spreading these courses across Africa, it has to be demand- and policy-driven. Countries must come up with policies that require their academic institutions to run such courses. At the same time, there has to be an organ or institution that ensures graduates from these courses find jobs, or are able to create jobs. 

 

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