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2014/07/07 President Kiir launches renewed upgrade work on Juba airport, accusing former ministers of embezzling funds previously allocated for the purpose. The current work is to be carried out by the Chinese Harbour Engineering Company. Snippet: President Kiir launches renewed upgrade work on Juba airport, accusing....
2014/06 Eden money transfer business has been hard hit by lack of business following widespread non-payment of government salaries during the recent civil conflict. Snippet: Eden money transfer business has been hard hit by lack of business fol....
2014/06/03 An emergency call centre - dial 777 - is to start operation on 9th July, announce the police and interior ministry. Snippet: An emergency call centre - dial 777 - is to start operation on 9th Jul....
2014/05/31 Work is going ahead in WES on USAID’s Feeder and Trunk Roads Program, implemented by Tetra Tech. Snippet: Work is going ahead in WES on USAID’s Feeder and Trunk Roads Program....
2014/05 Employees of AKC (Africa Kongdai Company, a roads contractor) complain at non-payment of salaries and harassment. Snippet: Employees of AKC (Africa Kongdai Company, a roads contractor) complain....
2014/05 Financiers do not allow work to resume on one [?or both] of the oil refineries being built in Unity and Upper Nile. The construction company is Vintech Engineering of Texas, contracted by Frontier group (Hong Kong/Dubai) with Africano (managed by Obac William Olawo, an economic advisor to President Kiir, who also runs the Toyota dealership Crown Auto Trade Ltd and is said to be 'one of South Sudan's richest men'). Snippet: Financiers do not allow work to resume on one [?or both] of the oil re....
2014/05 Bank charges are high in South Sudan because the economy does not let them make much money out of commercial lending, says the Director of Equity Bank. Also, the commercial banks' biggest customer is the government, which often fails to fulfill commitments. Snippet: Bank charges are high in South Sudan because the economy does not let ....
2014/05/11 The East African Standard Gauge Railway protocol is signed by the presidents of Kenya and Uganda. The project is expected to link South Sudan to Uganda via Nimule and to Kenya via Nadapal. Work is due to start in October and take three years. The contractor is the China Communications Construction Company. Snippet: The East African Standard Gauge Railway protocol is signed by the pres....
2014/05 MTN is investing heavily in the mobile phone network with the aim of becoming the biggest network in South Sudan by the end of 2014. Snippet: MTN is investing heavily in the mobile phone network with the aim of b....
2014/04 Nile Commercial Bank plays a big role in a trade delegation to China (led by presidential legal affairs advisor, Telar Deng). Snippet
2014/04 Chi'ang Wei company is starting industrial pig farming, based at Luri [?Lainya County] in CES. Snippet
2014/04 ZTE Corporation (a Chinese-based multinational specializing in telecommunications equipment) supports various social projects, such as beauty pageants, Alatbara football team, and providing 50,000 school bags in districts of CES. Snippet 1815
2014/04/15 Employees of Safinat Caspian Oil Refining Company, building a refinery about 25km from Bentiu, come under attack (presumably by rebel forces) are extracted by UN peacekeepers to Bentiu. Five of them are wounded, two critically. Snippet
2014/04/10 Timber companies operating in Kagelu National Forest agree to help build a new primary school in the area. This comes in a meeting at the headquarters of Yei River County chaired by the county commissioner after complaints from the local people that they were not gaining enough benefit from the government-licensed activities. The commissioner also suspends teak logging in the area until further measures are in place to ensure community benefits. Snippet 1797
2014/04 Equity Bank lays off more than 20 staff because rebellion-related insecurity has destroyed some of its branches and disrupted work in others. Snippet 1770
2014/04 Körgulu people in Yei River County block teak company operations for two days, complaining that the local community is not getting fair benefits from the resource harvesting. Some are reportedly beaten up by employees of Gambo and Sons Timber Company. Snippet 1748
2014/03/24 CfC Stanbic Bank (which began operations in Juba in 2012) gives a donation of KSH 10m (about USD 115,000) to the Office of the President for helping internally displaced people. Snippet
2014/03/31 The first official gold-mining exploration is being started in the three counties of Greater Kapoeta, by New Kush Exploration and Mining Limited together with the EES government. Snippet 1720
2014/03 A private company - Yei Water, Sanitation and Public Utility Company - is expecting to expand the underground piped water system in Yei town. (But the process suffers from delays in government demarcation of roads.) Snippet 1704
2013/06/27 to 2013/06/28 Member of the NLA take part in a workshop 'to better understand how CDF funds have been used in the past, identify deficiencies in the current system from the legislation to the process of accounting for expenditures, and finally to make recommendations on how to improve the use of the CDF in the future'. This is organized by SUNY/CID and Deloitte with the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and the Constituency Fund Committee of the NLA. Snippet
2014/03 Unpaid road workers employed by Africa Kongdai in NBGS are on strike over unpaid salaries. Some say they have not been paid for seven months. Snippet
2013/11 to 2014/03 Loggers associated with Dot Company are in dispute with the government of WES. They say the Governor threatened and locked them up. The government says they did not get the right permissions before felling teak trees in Embe plantation for transport to Uganda, and that protecting the law is done by the police, not the Governor. Snippet
2014/03 A South Korean overseas investment company, Make Group, is to revise and renew its MOU with the telecommunications ministry. Snippet
2013/11 MTM, a South Africa-based multinational mobile telecoms company, claims it is a dominant brand in South Sudan, with coverage in all ten states. Currently in has a USD 70 million investment programme to improve coverage in rural areas. Snippet
2013/12/15 to 2014/03 Oil production by GPOC and SPOC in Unity State was closed down when the SPLA 4th Division defected to rebels in December 2013 (although the DPOC production in Upper Nile continued). By March 2014 GPOC is sending some staff back, and hopes production may resume in 1-2 months. Snippet
2014/03/05 A new UNMISS IDP camp is announced for Tongpiny, to be built by the Zhonghao Overseas Construction Engineering Company Limited, with Chinese aid funding. Snippet 1541
2013 Kenya Commercial Bank reports that its South Sudan subsidiary in 2013 contributed 9.4% of its $164 million group earnings: about $15 million. However, since the rebellion it has closed its branches in Bentiu, Bor and Malakal. Snippet
2014/02 CES governor Clement Wani Konga visits China and reaches understandings with the China Communications and Construction Company on various infrastructure and commercial projects, largely to be paid for (and presumably owned) by the Chinese. But few details are as yet provided by the governor. Snippet 1464
2013/10 KCB (Kenya Commercial Bank) now has over 20 branches in South Sudan. Snippet
2013/10 Warrior Security says it is emphasizing the recruitment of women. Warrior (a pan-African company) says it currently employs 2000 guards in South Sudan. Snippet
2013/10 The Commissioner of Melut County highlights adverse effects of oil production in his county. He seeks implementation of an environmental and social audit as provided for in the Petroleum Act, with a view to compensation of the affected communities by DPOC (the oil consortium implicated). Snippet
2013/09 Unity State backs plans for the relocation of residents presently living around an oil installation in Rubkotna County. State officials say that GPOC will 'reimburse' those forced to move. Snippet
2013/08/08 A report in the name of the 'National Advocacy Group' (membership unknown) published in SouthSudanNation.com, alleges large-scale corruption under the former commerce minister, Garang Diing Akuang. It details the modality, which involves getting a permit from the ministry to buy USD at the official government rate in order to import something, but selling the dollars at a black-market price. A branch of the Qatar National Bank is accused of collusion. The NAG says it provided the report privately to the President and Anti-Corruption Commission in late 2012, but saw no action. Snippet 1129
2013/08 AMREF announces that it is a USD 50,000 donation to provide water and sanitation facilities benefiting 6,000 people in Mangala Payam, Juba County. Snippet
2012 CNPC's 2012 global report on corporate social responsibility devotes one sentence specifically to South Sudan. 'We worked with the Embassy of China in South Sudan to build two basketball courts for Juba City, and funded two colleague students to study at Suzhou University and China University of Petroleum respectively.' Snippet 1115
2012/11/01 111 South Sudanese embark on a two year course as production operations and technicians, at Petronas' training institute in Malaysia, INSTEP. Snippet
2013/03/01 Joseph Podtung (from Petronas) is appointed President of the Dar Petroleum Operating Company (DPOC) in succession to Sun Xian Sheng. Snippet 1111
2011/11/07 President Kiir orders the transfer of the shares of Sudan's state oil company, Sudapet, to South Sudan's company, Nilepet. The claim of nationalization is backdated to Independence Day (2011/07/09). Snippet 1101
2013/05 The dike to reduce flooding in Bor and Twic East Counties is being repaired by ASCOM, a Moldova-based oil company, which has a production-sharing agreement with South Sudan. Snippet
2013/07/14 South Sudan News Agency publishes leaked documents which it says show that Deng Alor and Kosti Manibe - ministers suspended on suspicion of corruption in June 2013 - were not the culprits. The documents appear to refer to a purchase by GOSS of fireproof safes valued at nearly USD 8 million, through companies called DAFF Supplies International Ltd and Daffy Investments Group Ltd. Snippet 996
2012/10 Tristar Energy Ltd (India/Dubai) pays school fees of poor students, supplies ambulances (Gurtong 15 Oct 2012) Snippet 570
2012/08 TOTAL supports women’s co-op in Rumbek East, (CRN 25 Aug 2012) Snippet 569
2012/09 NPA is doing natural resource impact monitoring (e.g. in relation to TOTAL) (Miraya 21 Sep 2012) Snippet 566
2012 Diar for Rehabilitation and Development Association identifies and implements community projects funded by TOTAL in Block 3 (Miraya 21 Sept) Snippet 550
2012/08 AECOM organises conference in Wanyjok on cattle theft (The Niles, 16 Aug 2012) Snippet 544
Reference Mini-review
Luke Patey, 2014/03/31. India’s Kings of Crude Troubled by Oil Investments in Africa [Article] African Arguments. Accessed online.

Argues that India needs stronger diplomatic involvement in South Sudan in order to protect the commercial interests of ONGC Videsh Ltd. (OVL), whose oil production has been hit by the recent crisis of rebellion.

HSBA, 2014/03/18. The Conflict in Unity State [Article] Human Security Baseline Assessment for Sudan and South Sudan, Small Arms Survey. Accessed online.

1,400-word article narrating the fighting in Unity State associated with the rebellion since December 2013.

Aly Verjee, 2013/03/14. Is all well in the teak forests of South Sudan? [Article] African Arguments. Accessed online.

Good-quality piece of investigative journalism, centering on the ethical standards of the Equatoria Teak Company, the Central Equatoria Teak Company, and their majority owner, Maris Capital. It uncovers a faulty claim by ETC to being certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and also explains some of the practical difficulties of certification processes. But it concludes that the fostering of transparency and responsibility in forestry companies is the best way forward for the teak logging sector, in view of the widespread alternative of illegal and highly wasteful logging.

John A. Akec, 2012/11. Oil industry labour practices in South Sudan [Report] Academics and Researchers' Forum for Development. Accessed online.

Report in the form of a slide presentation, which opens up an important field of concern. The abuses it finds are not startling, but mean there is plenty of room for improvement both by oil companies and government authorities, particularly regarding the abuse of short-term contracts, poor health-and-safety training, and a lack of systematic monitoring by government labour offices.

GOSS, 2012. The Petroleum Revenue Management Bill, 2012 [Operating document] Ministry of Justice. Accessed online.
Oakland Institute, 2011/06. NILE TRADING AND DEVELOPMENT, INC. IN SOUTH SUDAN [Report] The Oakland Institute. Accessed online.

Three-page briefing on a large land deal in which it is suggested a community interest in land in Lainya County was sold by a chief and others to private interests in a way which brought poor reward to the community.

EJAtlas, 2011-2014. Citadel Capital/Concord Irrigated Crops in Unity State, South Sudan [Web page] Environmental Justice Atlas. Accessed online.

A web-page case-file on a 25-year lease of 105,000 hectares in Unity State by an Egyptian-owned agriculture company.

EJAtlas, 2011-2014. Jarch Management Land Deal in Mayom County, South Sudan [Web page] Environmental Justice Atlas. Accessed online.

Web-page case-file on use of 800,000 hectares in Mayom County acquired by Jarch through the Leac for Agriculture and Investment Company from de facto rulers in the area in 2009-2010.

EJAtlas, 2011-2014. Teak forest exploitation, South Sudan [Web page] Environmental Justice Atlas. Accessed online.

Web-page case-file on the teak concession at Nzara operated by the Equatoria Teak Company.

EJAtlas, 2011-2014. Nile Trading and Development / Kinyeti Mysterious Land Deals in Mukaya Payam, Central Equatoria State, South Sudan [Article] Environmental Justice Atlas. Accessed online.

Web-page case-file on a 49-year lease of 600 hectares in Lainya County to Texan business people, sold by an elusive 'Mukaya Payam Cooperative'.

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