All That Garbage – Disgruntled Collectors Leave City on Edge


The beautiful ‘New Flower’ may have a stench. It comes from uncollected garbage which is being increasingly generated by Addis Abeba’s growing population. As MISAK WORKNEH, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER discovers, a new tariff is not helping either consumers or providers of solid waste disposal services.


Dangerous ‘Red Terror’ Still in Demand

Dump trucks are important in the construction industry and Sinotruk is a popular brand because of its price and other features. However, as DAWIT ENDESHAW, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, finds out, profits are declining and modifying the trucks has led to their taking first share in fatal accidents in the city.


Hospitality Withstands Crisis’ Punch

The jury is still out on the impact of the recent unrest in Oromia Region. Zooming in on hospitality and tourism, SOLIANA ALEMAYEHU, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER discovers that some hotels experienced damage to property as well as profits. However, the sector seems resilient, despite officially issued information discouraging travel in the affected region.


POINTS TAKEN, ROAD SAFETY YET TO COME

“The new policy, point system implementation was sprung on us” Kuru Tessema, president of Walta Taxi Drivers Association told Fortune on Thursday, three days after majority of the mini-bus drivers…


Beer Distribution’s Competitive Edge

Beer connoisseurs in Ethiopia can have a field day every day, with the diversity of beer brands competing to cover every nook and cranny. DAWIT ENDESHAW, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, sips only water as he explores with brewers, their distribution strategies to bring drinkers their favourite brands.


Red Light on Benzine Gauges, Fuel Prices Down

There is frustration at the pumps, sometimes spilling over into banging and slanging matches needing traffic police intervention. But why is there a shortage when gas prices are down everywhere? DAWIT ENDESHAW, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, joins the gas station lines (on foot) to talk with drivers, distributors and also representatives of the sole supplier to find out what has created the oily mess.


Staggering Food Aid Bleeds Businesses

Transporters are frustrated but distressed beneficiaries hardly want to wait for relief supplies to ameliorate their plight. Despite the multiplicity of authorities involved (or perhaps because of them), the drought relief effort seems marked by delay. DAWIT ENDESHAW, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER delves into the logistics of delivering food and fertilizers to vulnerable victims, exploring causes and solutions.


That Illusive US Investment

The recently concluded 10th US-Africa Business Summit provided much opportunity for dialogue and networking among counterparts but it was not characterised by investment deals that signal the winds of change in Ethiopia’s direction. The country’s potential as well as limited institutional capacities continue to be acknowledged but as SOLIANA ALEMAYHU FORTUNE STAFF WRITER reports, the investments of other countries continue to outstrip those of the US in Ethiopia.


Access’ Drama Continues

The name Ermias T. Amelga may have become a household word and as this report by SOLIANA ALEMAYEHU, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER indicates, angry stakeholders of Access Real Estate are seeking justice. But the troubles of Ermias seem symptomatic of a real estate sector in trouble.


Coordinating Wedding Bells

A wedding is not just the start of a lifelong family partnership, it is also an investment that may take a sizeable chunk of the couple and their family’s income. SOLIANA ALEMAYEHU, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, checks out the business of the wedding protocol, the range of services provided and the cost of a well-organised wedding ceremony.


Afar, Wello – Land of Extremes with Shared Concerns

The rising incidence of malnutrition among vulnerable groups due to the drought, may not have been preventable but the good news is that the surveillance and screening mechanisms seem to be working effectively. DAWIT ENDESHAW, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER travelled to Afar with the Save the Children team and brings this first hand report on how measures to mitigate the impact of the drought are working.


Paradox of the Cattle Market

The traditional Christmas celebration involves breaking a period of fasting and the slaughter of animals for the Christmas feast. In the run up to Christmas Day, DAWIT ENDESHAW FORTUNE STAFF WRITER explored the cattle market in Addis Abeba and the factors that affect current availability and price.


Christmas Trees Full Circle

The iconic Christmas tree has become a standard feature of Christmas in the west. Ethiopians have begun to adopt this symbol in their observation of this holiday. SOLIANA ALEMAYEHU, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER explores the environmental impacts of Christmas trees and their disposal. Her findings may affect sales, one way or the other.


Locals, Businesses Bear the Brunt of Angry Protest

The Integrated Master Plan may have sparked the recent unrest in many parts of the Oromia Regional State, but underlying issues emerged and continue to fester resentment. DAWIT ENDESHAW, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, has talked to those who witnessed, participated in and suffered from the recent riots that left unconfirmed numbers dead and unaccounted property damage.


Toilets, Fast Foods Give Public Convenience Whole New Meaning

The recent provision of public toilets in Addis Abeba is welcome. Yet the details of their provision give rise to questions of public health. DAWIT ENDESHAW, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, declined a cup of coffee at a public toilet compound but talked with multiple users of the facilities and shares their experience.


Informed by History, Fear of Dispossession Fuels Unrest

Recent disturbances involving protests in Oromia state have resulted in the tragic loss of youthful lives. The root cause of the unrest seems to have been grounded in the cause of major conflict – land, people’s ties to their ancestral lands and feelings of pending loss associated with the assumed implementation of the Integrated Regional Development Plan. This Master Plan for the development of Addis Abeba incorporates several special zones that fall under the jurisdiction of Oromia State. While the claimed rationale is about harmonization of development, discerned risks of generational dispossession are based on historical trends. DAWIT ENDESHAW & MISGANAW GETACHEW, FORTUNE STAFF WRITERS have spoken with those connected to the Plan and those affected by it.


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