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Surbana International Consultants expanding presence in Africa

It will provide its master planning expertise for the Solar City project in Zimbabwe, which aims to provide low-cost housing and sustainable energy solutions.

SINGAPORE: Surbana International Consultants is expanding its presence in Africa. It will provide its master planning expertise for the Solar City project in the area of Juru in Zimbabwe, which aims to provide low-cost housing and sustainable energy solutions.

This is Surbana's first project in Zimbabwe, increasing its presence in Africa to nine countries.

The Solar City project will span 63 hectares in land space, and Surbana's master planning works will constitute the housing, commercial, tourism and education clusters. The Solar City will see installations of various energy-saving equipment, including bio-latrines, with possible generation of energy and fertiliser, and solar traffic lights.

Mr Pang Yee Ean, CEO of Surbana, said: "Africa is a long-term engagement. The development will take time, but it is an opportune time that we go in now because they are planning their cities, they are growing at a rate that is very fast at 3-4 per cent urbanisation per year, so this is the kind of pace we should be very excited about."

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