HTA achieves OSHAS 18001 milestone in DRC, completing clean sweep in all its markets – an industry first

Helios Towers Africa (HTA), the leading, independent telecoms towers company in Africa, with operations in Ghana, Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo (“DRC”), has achieved the internationally recognised OSHAS 18001 standard in the DRC. This achievement completes a clean sweep for HTA making it the first and only OSHAS 18001 certified tower company in each of its existing markets. This milestone demonstrates HTA’s commitment to customer service and quality in delivery. All operations have earned the right to display the coveted OSHAS 18001 certification mark to demonstrate its conformance to the standard following the certification of both Helios Towers Tanzania... Continue Reading

Publish Date: Thursday, March 27th 2014 | Read Comments

Backlash fears after “Islamist” attacks in eastern DRC

BENI, 17 October 2013 (IRIN) – “Eight months ago no one had heard of Al-Shabab,” said Henri Ladyi, a Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) expert and director of the Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC) in Beni, a town and territory in North Kivu Province in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Ladyi is concerned that rumours about the influence of Somalia-based Islamists in Beni, whether true or not, are unravelling gains made by the CRC in recent years. The UN, Congolese and Ugandan authorities have drawn links between the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan rebel group operating in the Ruwenzori... Continue Reading

Publish Date: Sunday, October 20th 2013 | Read Comments

DRC multiple displacements making people more vulnerable

Since 2012 an estimated one million people have been displaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) eastern provinces of South and North Kivu, major ethnic and political flashpoints in the country. However, for many of DRC’s over two million internally displaced persons (IDPs), it is not the first time they are being uprooted from their homes. Multiple displacements have become a feature of the past two decades in DRC and, as the violence escalates, things do not look like improving any time soon. “Multiple displacements are a significant problem in the DRC. Most of the IDPs we spoke to... Continue Reading

Publish Date: Sunday, August 4th 2013 | Read Comments

Zambia, Tanzania and DRC seal railway deal

By Nawa Mutumweno – Three national railways firms from Zambia, Tanzania and the DRC have signed a tripartite agreement to harmonise operations for smooth transportation of goods and passengers among the three countries. Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA), Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) and Societe Nationale Des Chemins De Fer Du Congo Sarl (SNCC) signed the agreement in Lubumbashi last week, according to a media statement issued by TAZARA head of public relations Conrad Simuchile. TAZARA acting managing director Damas Ndumbaro, ZRL CEO Clive Chirwa and SNCC acting director general Vincent Tsiongo Ngalula met on Thursday, March 7. 2013 last week... Continue Reading

Publish Date: Sunday, March 17th 2013 | Read Comments

Prisons chief admits shortcomings in wake of damning report

BRAZZAVILLE, 17 January 2013 (IRIN) – The director-general of Congo’s prison service, Paul Morossa, has admitted serious overcrowding in prisons, but does not think imminent improvements are possible. Prisons built 70 years ago – one in Brazzaville, meant to accommodate 150 inmates, and one in Pointe Noire, meant accommodate 75 – currently house 700 and 300 inmates respectively, he told IRIN. “The difficulties we face are due to the fact that our prison system is old. New structures have not been built to match the growing number of prisoners. Management and funding issues will be difficult to address in the... Continue Reading

Publish Date: Thursday, January 17th 2013 | Read Comments