International brands retails shops find business opportunity in Nairobi

East Africa retails sector has attracted international brands retails shops like The Foschini Group Carrefour and LC Waikiki. Betty Musyoki, Director of Portfolio Management and Client Services at Broll Kenya says despite slow growth of retail growth in the neighboring east African states Kenya continues to attract foreign investors.
She cite Citi Group report that says Kenya is the second most developed retails market in the sub-Saharan African and south Africa leads. “Apart from having a growing and stable economy, the biggest driver of retail in Kenya is the rapidly growing middle class that does not shy away from spending.” Betty added.

Betty Further said the real estate construction boom has witnessed introduction of modern retail space. This offers world class shopping experience and presents growth opportunities for local brands. It is also paving way for the entry of international brands such as Carrefour which is to open their first two outlets in Nairobi in the last quarter of 2015.

Broll is involved in a number of retail projects in East Africa. These projects include two Rivers, The Hub and garden City mall in Nairobi, as well as Market Shopping Centre in Kigali Rwanda and Penninsula Mall in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

The Hub is a mixed-use development measuring 31,000m2 and it opens in this year. Anchors include as Carrefour and Virgin Active. Broll is involved in the leasing and will manage Buffalo Mall that was opened in February this year with Tuskys as an anchor. The mall has a GLA of 8,000m2. The mall has an area of 8,000 meters square.

Garden City mall is situated along the Thika Superhighway is the mixed-use development under Broll leasing and management covering an area of 56,000 meter square. The mall is set to open on 28th may this year with Nakumatt, Game, Tile& carpet and Victoria Court.

Broll Kenya is now mandated to lease retail and office component of the development as well as manage the mall and the estate. Betty said. Two Rivers is a mixed-use development allocated along Limuru road covering an area of 94,500 meter with 65,000 meters set for retails shops. The remaining 25,000 meter square reserved for offices. Virgin Active is taking up to 4,500 for Gym.

The retail component opens for trade in October this year with Truworths, Mr.Price, LC Waikiki, The Foschini Group, Woolworths and KFC. Two Rivers along Limuru Road bordering the Northern Bypass is 14km from the CBD. It is close to the UN headquarters and a number of embassies. Its catchment area includes the neighboring affluent areas of Spring Runda and Gigiri.

“This is an important development because Nairobi is East Africa’s premium development destination and Two Rivers will provide a new state-of-the-art, sustainable and well managed mixed-use urban node set on 100 acres of prime land.” Betty said.

Betty Musyoki points out that the trend is growing trend in mixed-use developments in Kenya. Popularity stems from the fact that these developments offer retail, offices, residential, and entertainment all in one parcel of land. Mixed-use developments offer a sense of security, convenience and cater for the needs of the modern buyer or user. She added that from a retail perspective, residential and offices feed into retail and create a guaranteed footfall and customer base.

Broll is sponsor of the East Africa Property Investment (EAPI) Summit since its inception in 2014. It believes in the value, that an event of this nature provides for investors but also to real estate professionals.

Sweet Sugar Triggers Cancer: Broadways Bakery Survey Reveals




A Kenyan Bakery firm has revealed in a survey, that sugar causes cancer.  Broadway Bakery Ltd released a survey of scientific studies showing that sugar is causing cancer. Sugar in hot beverages is linked to increased incidences of colonic and rectal cancer. And sugar recently found to trigger, and accelerator for breast cancer. The company, Broadway Bakery, issued the survey at a time; Kenyans are among the highest consumers of sugar in the developing world. Cancer kills up to 28,000 Kenyans a year.
 “Kenyans are becoming more aware of the high risk of diabetes caused by extreme sugar consumption, but we believe that few have yet to realize that sugar is, itself, directly carcinogenic,” said Mr. Bimal Shah, Managing Director of Broadway Bakery.
 The firm launched its own privately funded public education campaign to raise awareness in an effort to slow the soaring death toll being caused by too much sugar consumption in Kenya. This claim is reinforced by a number of credible published research papers.
Noble Laureate Otto Warburg first discovered that cancer cells do not need oxygen to survive like other cells do. He stated the cancer cells feed, and grow directly from pure, un-metabolized sugar. History tells us that human beings only absorbed metabolized sugar from fruits vegetables, and other natural sources. Takeoff in confectionary and added sugar leads to arrival of large amounts of un-metabolized sugar in consumers’ blood streams.
How sugar accelerates the growth of cancer cells has since been known as the Warburg Effect. Doctors do advise cancer sufferers to immediately stop consuming sugar, with a 2011 review of Warburg’s work reporting that cancer cells use up to 10 times, much sugar to grow as ordinary cells. This means that the body requires extra sugar to fuel the growth of cancer.
In 2013, scientists in Singapore and Denmark found that “immature sugar molecules aid in the growth properties of cancer cells.” In 2015, research published by the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) in the journal Cancer Research was one of many more studies again that reported that, their data provides strong evidence, that added sugar (sucrose) accelerates the development of breast cancer.
Studies on sugar and cancer have delivered mounting evidence, that sugar does not only accelerate cancer growth, but also acts as a trigger in causing cancer.
In 1993 study in Northern Italy, it found that people, who took sugar in their coffee, or hot beverages, were more likely to develop colon, and rectal cancer than those who did not.
Catherina Steentoft, a scientist in the 2013 AACR study, commented that understanding the link with sugar might eventually help in developing better cancer treatment.
 “This is part of how we will proceed in the battle against cancer. When you know a certain process is important for the development of cancer you can start to consider ways to affect this process in a way that stops the cancer cell from taking advantage of it,” she said.
Since, it has seen scientists turn to anti-sugar drugs as possible cures for cancer.
Once such drug is metformin.
 Normally used to treat type 2 diabetes, by decreasing the amount of glucose released into the bloodstream. This age-old drug is now being tested as a viable treatment for cancer.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is now sponsoring trials of the drug as a cancer treatment, as is the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the US.
“With now high prevalence of cancer in Kenya at an estimated 39,000 new cases, and more than 28,000 deaths a year, Kenyans should be aware that there is a close link between high sugar consumption and the risk of developing certain types of cancer,” said Dr. Kirtida Acharya, chairperson of Diabetes Kenya.
“We have seen sugar taxes introduced across the world to deter consumers from sugar and pay for the ballooning healthcare costs caused by lifestyle diseases that are the result of excessive sugar consumption. But we believe that consumers are not deliberately exposing themselves to cancer. They simply do not know that cancer cells feed off un-metabolized sugar, which is why we are seeking to raise awareness and put people back in control of their health, especially as almost everyone is affected by cancer either directly or indirectly,” said Mr. Bimal Shah.

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Business Chart and Reporting

 

Today’s management teams must rely heavily on business charts and business reports to make decisions and run their business efficiently. Management teams are especially crunched for time and need quick easy ways to analyze large amounts of data and information and make informed decisions. Without the support of their employees these management teams would be unable to perform their responsibilities and drive the business in the right direction. Fortunately management does have the support of their employees and are able to take advantage of informational documents, such as a business chart and a business report.

Because supplemental tools like business charts and business reports are so vital to the success of a company, let’s take a minute to review how management can use these documents as they seek to identify key performance indicators and make decisions that will ultimately drive the success of their business.

A business chart can provide management with a wealth of information. In addition to the valuable information a business chart provides, it also presents information in a manner that is easy to view, analyze and interpret. The value a business chart offers can not be overstated. To begin with a business chart saves the management team time. Think about the difficulties involved in sifting through page after page of data and trying to make meaningful decisions based on what you gathered from that data. Now think about the ease of viewing that same information on one single page that offers a graphical representation, like a business chart does, and how much easier it is to not only understand what the data is telling you but also to make decisions based off of the information present by the business chart. As you can see, making use of a business chart allows management to cut down on their time spent analyzing and interpreting information and spend more time making decisions that will drive the company to future success.

Likewise, a business report can offer similar value to the management team. As a manager one is asked to make decisions concerning a variety of aspects within the business. Management is expected to know the ins and outs of every portion of the business. Again, the management team’s time is valuable and they can hardly be expected to spend the time getting to know the business at every core level. Time simply does not permit this. Thus management must rely on business reports from its supporting cast to keep them up to date on the various departments and divisions within the business. A valuable business report will provide a concise yet detailed overview of the condition of the divisions. In this way a business report can keep a manager in tune with his subordinates and ensure he has a firm grasp on the direction the company as a whole needs to take.

If anything, the key to helping management make the right decisions is being able to provide them with valuable and accurate information, whether it be in the form of a business chart or a business report, so that they can make informed managerial decisions ensuring the firm is headed in the right direction.

Successful Study Habits When Completing Your Business Degree Online

Pursuing a business degree online can prepare you for an exciting job in the business world. However, many students find that business degrees, whether pursued through distance education or in the classroom, are very challenging. These courses are designed to be challenging, and programs in business often involve learning a great deal of information in a relatively short period of time. If you want all the benefits of a business program, you really don’t have to give up your entire life in order to get a better job. Consider these following tips from top students in order to make the most of your courses:

Tip # 1: Study by putting things into your own words and writing your ideas out. Don’t just read and highlight your textbooks. Instead, always study by re-writing information into your own words. Or, study by asking possible test questions and then answering them in full. Putting things into your own words helps you really understand what you are reading. If you are pursuing your business degree online, you may have access to online resources, such as multimedia presentations. These can be very handy in helping you understand your coursework.

Tip # 2: Use what you learn. Rather than just learning theories and ideas, consider applying what you learn. If you learn a new business concept, for example, look to see how that concept is used in your day job. Or, listen to the news and see whether you can see examples of what your instructors have been teaching you about in the actual business world. Using what you learn helps to reinforce what you’ve studied and by getting real life examples of the concepts you are learning, you can better remember what you have been taught.

Tip # 3: Read more than expected. If you are pursuing a business degree online, you may at first be daunted by the amount of reading you may have to do. Business programs require learning a great deal of information, including terms, concepts, and real-life applications. However, even though you have a lot of reading to do, you should do as much reading outside classes as you can. This will expand your knowledge and make you a better student overall. Understanding as much as possible about business helps you to understand what you’re learning in the virtual classroom even more thoroughly. If you’re having trouble keeping up with the amount of reading, consider audio books. These can allow you to cover material even while you’re driving the car, doing yard work, or taking care of errands.

Tip # 4: Keep up with the news. If you’ve decided to earn your business degree online, you probably already know that the business world changes very rapidly. While you’re pursuing a program, you will want to keep in touch with your local and national business news. This will help you see how the concepts you are learning are forever changing. Plus, keeping up with the news will allow you to ask your instructors about real-life business situations taking place in the world today. When you graduate and are applying for jobs, employers will likely ask you about current business news, so keeping in touch with what is going on in the business world is a must.

Tip # 5: Make use of every resource your school offers. As a student, you will have access to online libraries, resources, study resources, and much more. Make sure that you make use of all these to the fullest. Your tuition is paying for it, and many of these resources can help you get even more out of your program.

While a business degree online can help you land an excellent job, pursuing such a program can be challenging, especially if you are pursuing full-time work and other responsibilities at the same time. Follow the above tips to maximize your study time and get great results from your degree.

How to Get Your Own Supply of Free Electrical Power

The most important message you will ever read is that, solar powered generators are now available in the world market at low price. Then below is how to get one for very little money. Solar Generators provide “life-saving” electrical power when you need it most. Let’s compare it with fuel generators; a solar generator runs silently, emits no fumes, and produces an endless supply of electricity for free. Call it all environmental friendly. It’s like having an electric power plant running quietly in your own household.

Good news is that, Solar panels require little maintenance. It is just installing and optimizing it. They are very reliable because they actively create electricity in just a few millimeters. They do not require any type of mechanical parts that can fail anyhow.  Solar panels are a silent producer of energy, a necessity if dealing with demanding neighbors.

Run sump pumps, short-wave radios, computers, let’s generally say, all your home appliances, and even keep food is preserved from going bad; Lots and lots of applications for self-reliance you can depend on. It can be hurricanes, ice storms, brownouts or blackouts, with your own, a Solar Generator you will never have you to suffer through painful power outages.
Coal industry for example generates a HUGE chunk of our electricity, and new initiatives are already forcing rates higher than any time in history of the world we live in. Even Worse:  ignoring dangers of an EMP event, and is doing nothing to protect the power grid from attack!  Are you advised you can generate you own cost effective power in your own home? The fact is, producing your own free electricity from the sun with a solar generator is a great way to be much more independent and to care for our environment for example your naughty neighbors.

 One single brand, and “never-been-out-of-the-box” solar generator is about $150.00 plus shipping and handling. After meeting cost of buying one, then you continue generated electricity for free whole your life, utilizing and tapping energy from the sun!

Solar energy is a resource that is not only sustainable for energy use, but it is indefinitely renewable one.  Solar power can be used to generate electricity, it is used in relatively simple technology to heat water, which is solar water heaters. Solar power is the conversion of the energy from the sun to useful electricity.

 The most common source of solar power utilizes photo-voltaic cells in converting sunlight into electricity. Photo-voltaic utilize a semi-conductor in absorbing radiation from the sun. The semi-conductor absorbs this radiation, it emits electrons, which are harnessed as electricity.

Solar power has only one disadvantage, it cannot be created during the night, rainy and cold days of the week. Most efficient solar cells only convert just over 20% of the sun’s rays to electricity. Increased advances in solar cell technology is likely to increase this efficiency. Low conversion efficiency, solar panels is a substantial initial investment and the cost of solar panels incurred is only the initial cost. Buying and installing only create free energy for use.

Jongla Enters Africa’s Market with a Reduced Data usage


Jongla social messenger ready to skate on African soil


Following successful April launch of its social messaging app, Jongla has finally found a space in African market. An innovative Finnish-based company Jongla has announced a host of exciting new features, and detailing how users, mainly in Africa, how they can save money, and reduce data requirements, with options to switching from WhatsApp and other IM apps to Jongla.
Jongla is social messaging service that has been specifically developed, for people living and working in Africa. It is currently the cheapest than other emerging and existing social media application in the market, where data costs are high. Jongla is designed, for most data-light IM app in the world.
It can help people to save and economize data usage.  With only $1, Jongla takes only 3.4MB to download on Android phones compared to WhatsApp (23.7MB), Facebook’s Messenger (30.2MB) and for other social media APPs, more than20MB.
Once downloaded, Jongla uses only 10% of the handset’s memory compared other messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp. Jongla users do not have to uninstall any apps to make space for Jongla. Its unique data compression techniques means, it does not consume as much mobile data.  It enables users to share thumbnails of photos, so friends only download when they want, saving valuable data and money. Jongla is now inviting WhatsApp users in Africa to switch to Jongla Social Messenger to save money, reducing their data usage.
Riku Salminen, CEO of Jongla, said “Jongla remains very economical in terms of data usage and the cost related to it. From download to daily use, Jongla saves people money. According to our studies, Jongla uses 80% less data compared to Viber and 25% less data compared to Facebook Messenger when you use it. It is benefit for people living in countries where data is expensive according to Salminen
 Though Jongla is similar to WhatsApp and other IM apps, most importantly, people sign up using existing mobile numbers, and the apps work across diverse platforms. They are all free to download and use and for people already using WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber and other messaging apps in Africa, find Jongla use saving on data and money.
Users send and receive unlimited free text messages, videos, stickers, photos, and voice messages over the Internet using low-speed Wi-Fi networks as well as 4G, 3G, EDGE or GPRS.
Jongla is fun and gives people lots of ways to communicate and express their emotions. The release of Social Messenger – Jongla’s most noteworthy, feature upgrade, revolutionizing how people can discover new friends using Jongla.
 Jongla users can now discover and interact with new friends based on their location with a built-in community feature called ‘People’. The feature is designed to make users to discover interesting new people around them.  Interns of privacy user’s only an approximate location is provided, but the feature is optional to use.
Jongla Social Messenger has ability to engage with user profiles with a choice of reaction and reactions can be exchanged between people in Jongla’s community to express emotions from a simple thumbs-up, smile or even a virtual flirtation with a heart.
“We are continuing to make Jongla more social without sacrificing the essence of it all – private messaging”, added Salminen. “For those who want to broaden their horizons to discover and interact with new friends, the community of nearby people is only one tap away.”
Jongla is already localised to 33[RS2] languages. It can be downloaded for free by people living and working across Africa from the App Store, Google Play, Windows Phone Store, and Firefox Marketplace
 Jongla has received a total of €11M in funding and been selected as a winner of Red Herring’s Top 100 Global Award 2013.  A prestigious list honoring the most promising private technology ventures from around the world technology ventures from around the world.
Jongla is Finnish-based company, specialising in operator-, device- and platform-independent instant messaging.  Established in 2009, Jongla was founded by entrepreneur Arto Boman. The company is owned by a group of private investors and management. To date, Jongla has received a total of €11M in funding and been selected as a winner of Red Herring’s Top 100 Global Award 2013 – a prestigious list honoring the most promising private 

Vivek has launched locally manufactured Ezee brands to compete dominance of international brand in the locally market

Vivek-managing Director- Right

Vivek launches  home cleaning products manufactured locally to break international dominance. Vivek Investments Ltd  announced  this week the launch of a new, Kenyan manufactured range of premium home cleaning products.

Vivek Group was started in 1994, with the launch of Vivek Investment Ltd and now spans Vivek Investment Ltd, Vivek Industries (U) Ltd, Marvel Lifestyle Ltd and Rose Jewellery Co.The company has now moved to manufacturing its own line of household supplies under the brand name Ezee.


The Ezee brand provides a full range of cleaning products of a higher quality, beating most of the existing competitor products. These products includes:  scouring powder, bleach,  toilet cleaner,  spanning dishwashing liquid and paste,  and all purpose washing liquid.


 The range has been launched at a  price lower than its competitors. It is offering more concentrated products. This  mean ViVek products  cleans more and  with lasting results.The Ezee brand is challenging  the dominance of international brands in the local market.


“Importing goods is a simple case of exporting jobs, making the rise of manufacturing in Kenya,  central to our future as a middle income nation, and to tackling our now severe unemployment,” said Mr Chintan Thacker, Vivek Group Managing Director.


According to a 2016 Euromonitor International report, international brands continue to dominate Kenya’s home care products market.  Most of the products are imported despite the country’s heavy trade imbalance which has put pressure on the country’s, currency, interest rates, inflation, and unemployment.


Vivek has been named by KPMG as one of Kenya’s Top 100 small and mid sized companies in  the last two years. This was based on its pace of manufacturing growth it has  built already. It has strongly based in contract manufacturing in areas such as pharmaceutical products. The launch of its own Ezee brand marks a new bid by the company to assert the position of homegrown Kenyan brands in local growth markets.


The range according to  Mr Thacker  has dominated by liquid cleaning products, rapidly gaining ground in the local market.  He said, Liquid detergents are more versatile and multipurpose, in that they can be used for all sorts of tasks, across washing dishes,  floors, windows, cars, clothes,and almost all other uses.

 Local chains of supper markets , have already signed up to stock the new and locally manufactured Ezee brand products.

consumers are expected to welcomed by the lower price point, which is  a relief.  With the 2014 Kenya National Bureau of Statistics showing rising producer prices for chemical products as a result of increased prices for soap and detergents, cleaning and polishing preparations.

The manufacturer is offering consumers complimentary gifts with some of the Ezee products, which have all been pretested and proven to be the best for the market.
“We’ll be targeting distributors, wholesalers and retailers for the Ezee brand, as well as supermarkets,” said Mr Chintan.
 

Product range is manufactured in Kenyan’s capital  Nairobi, the Vivek’s manufacturing operation base on Mombasa Road.

 “Our manufacturing plant employs world class quality control systems that won us the Company of The Year Award in 2015 for productivity and quality by the Kenya Institute of Management,” said MrChintan. 

As part  quality control processes, Vivek retains one of every batch of product it manufactures. It is kept until after it’s expiry date. This is  so  for the manufacturer can continue to be sure of its continuing quality.

Ezee Brands available in Kenyan market


Launching Ezee is a realization of years of preparation and development within Vivek, creating new local jobs, and fulfilling the next step in our vision of expanding and promoting manufacturing in Kenya as our nation’s next level of development according to said MrChintan.


The group markets a range of middle class oriented household products. It is  the sole East African distributor of the Vinod stainless steel and glassware. It imports and sells of PVC flooring. Its Rose Jewellery Co. sells mid-market jewellery as the only jewellery sold in Kenyan supermarkets, which is offering a unique and high traffic marketing outlet.

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Uganda cancer institute receives a new cancer treatment machine

Cancer patients in Uganda, can now be treated quickly than before, as Uganda Cancer

Institute in Kampala installs an advanced new Flexitron Cobalt-60 High Dose Rate brachytherapy system from Elekta.

 “After the staff being trained at the beginning of March, the treatments of the first two patients with Flexitron were completed in only five hours – a significant improvement in treatment time,”

says Elekta application specialist Jeroen Singelenberg. “In addition, the new system enables far more accurate dose distribution, with minimal impact on healthy tissue.”

 Mulago Hospital, is the largest hospital in Uganda. It is site of Uganda’s only Cancer Institute and radiotherapy Department. It had been using an ageing Low Dose Rate caesium after-loader model. This required up to 10-14hours per treatment to deliver 20-30 Gy and meant only one patient per day could be treated.

The new and advanced system has been installed as part of the hospital’s two-year, US$49 million renovation. It will allow oncology staff at the hospital to significantly shorten treatment times and treat more patients. Dr. Kavuma Awusi, a medical physicist at the Uganda cancer institute comments: Said, by the second week after initiation, they were treating an average of 5 cervical patients per day. He added that cervical cancer is the most common cancer, accounting for about 40% of the nearly 2000, new cancer patients seen in their department a year.

 According Dr.Awusi, the new unit will reduce the brachytherapy waiting time and improve both treatment response and survival rates. Brachytherapy, or, internal radiotherapy, is commonly used to treat cervical, bladder, prostate, and breast, and skin cancer.

 Through the temporary or permanent placement of a short range radiation, source close to the tumor inside the body, positioning the radioactive pellet through a technique known as after-loading. After-loading may be done manually by an operator, or remotely, using a controlled delivery treatment plan.

 Flexitron’s advanced remote after- loading platform helps the clinical team work safely, and efficiently, and, ensures accuracy in treatment delivery, reducing the likelihood of human error. Typically brachytherapy is linked with low toxicity rates, and a favorable side effect profile.

 Brachytherapy improves clinical outcomes, this is by combining a boost with external beam radiation therapy, first, second, third fourth and fifth effective as a monotherapy modality. Uganda, a nation of over 40 million people, where cancer rates are on the increase, faster, more accurate treatment modalities are well-thought-out as important factors.

 Though Elekta’s Flexitron brachytherapy system typically uses advanced imaging to assist in treatment planning and dose placement, Uganda Cancer Institute had faced a challenge because it has no suitable imaging systems in place.

 “Due to budget constraints, the hospital currently has no MRI and CT scanners or a working radiotherapy simulator. Without imaging capabilities, there was a risk of delivering incorrect treatment, so our team created a solution using standardized plans for each applicator, which they use in conjunction with their fluoroscopy C-arm, to deliver accurate treatment,”

 says Singelenberg. Elekta’s managing director, Erik Leksell, says, Cancer is becoming a great challenge for Africa and he is pleased that Mulago Hospital has selected our Flexitron brachytherapy solution.

 Radiotherapy, and especially brachytherapy is by far the most cost-effective opportunity and fundamental pillar for both curative and palliative cancer care.

He said as a company, they are committed to support the clinicians at Mulago Hospital to enable them provide the best clinical care going forward.

 Elekta’s Flexitron brachytherapy system with Oncentra Brachy allows for faster, more accurate treatment delivery and dose distribution.