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Doing good while doing business

Bigen Africa, a leading infrastructure development company with a strong presence in southern Africa and a growing African footprint, has been appointed infrastructure developer of the Luano City project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a 200ha development adjacent to the Lubumbashi International Airport.

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Luano City is a multi-use concept including commercial, industrial, residential and community facilities. Bigen Africa is providing master planning, detail design, construction supervision, tender and contract administration as well as various ad hoc municipal infrastructure support services on the following infrastructure components:

• Roads and access;

• Storm water management (reticulation and retention);

• Water (bulk storage and reticulation);

• Sanitation (reticulation and bulk collection); and

• Structural services.

“As a provider of engineering, management consulting, development financing and advisory services, Bigen Africa has full capability to deliver this project,” says Deon Fabel, Bigen Africa Executive Director Africa. “The company has already successfully delivered cost-effective, sustainable infrastructure projects in South Africa and several other African countries, including Botswana, Namibia, Ghana and Zambia.”

Bigen Africa is designing the development to incorporate the local context and constraints while meeting the client’s expectation of a development of international quality. Progress will be according to several stages, with the first stage to commence in the latter part of 2014.

“This project is also a welcome opportunity to put the company’s creed of ‘doing good while doing business’ into practice, which will involve channelling some of the employment and procurement opportunities to the local community, providing a welcome means to an income for it,” says Fabel.