The gurus behind the Ferris-wheel in Kenya work endlessly round the clock to develop for the ever-evolving taste of consumers.
Centum Investments has a smattering of developments around the country and region, and as the taste for luxurious, yet affordable real estate is being catered to, four of these locations are soon to be favourites on the list of those in the market.
Star designers have left their imprint on developments that boast iconic views and impressive addresses.
You’re invited to Love Life in Riverbank at Two Rivers.
Imagine having the combined experience of scenic nature, wellness amenities and luxuries all wrapped up into one.
Located in Nairobi’s Runda suburb, Riverbank is the flagship residential development of the Two Rivers Social City.
Riverbank opens the doors of one, two and three bedroom options into bright, open spacious rooms with balconies overlooking the 30 percent of green spaces that the developer has purposely left untouched to be enjoyed.
All bedrooms are designed with an en-suite feature, guaranteeing privacy and the ultimate comfort.
All the amenities that come along with this include state of the art facilities for wellness in its recreational and sport club; including a half Olympic pool, well-equipped gym, spa with Jacuzzi, steam and sauna, football pitch and tennis courts, yoga studio and meditation area.
Young families have safe and secure areas to look forward to for young children to play in.
No compromise has been made on the highest global standards when it comes to security, with top systems put in place to guarantee residents feel safe. What is quite interesting is the fact that accessing shopping, restaurants and other retail areas is not difficult as the nearby Two Rivers Mall is positioned to meet the needs of residents and guests.
Cascadia apartments, also within Two Rivers lifestyle City, is a development of dreams made a reality in living. Centum real estate has gone all out to bring combination living in comfort, luxury and convenience for anyone seeking to have an out-of-this world residential experience.
They have made the decision easy to commit financially to a home in this area with top-line facilities in one, two and three bedroom options, close to shopping and entertainment.
The Two Rivers Mall developer has woven the same seamless quality through these apartments with the promise of the desire to always want to return home after a long day at work, school or other duties.
The options for affordable living have been made possible in Vipingo as well.
Set on 20 acres will be the charming residential on 1255 Palm Ridge.
Modern four-storey apartment blocks will lie just 400 metres from the Mombasa-Malindi Highway on Vipingo Ridge Road.
Beautifully landscaped parks will set the backdrop for children’s play areas and sports facilities. Paved roads waved through the entire property.
Construction began in 2018 with an expected completion of the first phase in 2020.
1255 Palm Ridge will have reliable and constant water and power supply, the trademark Centum real estate top range security and a swimming pool. Plans are on for an on-site kindergarten too.
Across Lake Victoria are solutions for those looking to invest in or reside on the side of luxurious living in signature four-bedroom villas of Pearl Marina: The Mirabella Residences. High end villas have been developed over a vast expanse of Uganda’s finest landscapes. Rare gems spicing up the living experience can be found in state of the art facilities, from art fittings to inbuilt kitchen appliances. One would really need to round up the family and move in and call the residences, home.
Within Pearl Marina, townhouses have been developed to give residents the ‘one with nature’ experiences with magnificent sunrises and sunsets over the lake in view from any one of three bedrooms offered in spacious and elegant designs.
One, two and three bedroom apartments overlooking the lake also make their mark with access to the play area for children, a recreational zone and a swimming pool.
The clubhouse at Pearl Marina in the vicinity of the beach and the marina is exclusively accessible to residents, and the overall experience of these residences can only be imagined. It is already said to be world class hospitality brought to local fingertips while enjoying the nature of the Pearl.
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Public officers above 58 years and with pre-existing conditions told to work from home: The Standard
Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua. [File, Standard]
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.
However, the new rule excluded personnel in the security sector and other critical and essential services.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
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Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
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Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
Uhuru convenes summit to review rising Covid-19 cases: The Standard
President Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured) will on Friday, July 24, meet governors following the ballooning Covid-19 infections in recent days.
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
This story is being updated.
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Drastic life changes affecting mental health
Kenya has been ranked 6th among African countries with the highest cases of depression, this has triggered anxiety by the World Health Organization (WHO), with 1.9 million people suffering from a form of mental conditions such as depression, substance abuse.
Globally, one in four people is affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, this is according to the WHO.
Currently, around 450 million people suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.
The pandemic has also been known to cause significant distress, mostly affecting the state of one’s mental well-being.
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With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic attributed to the novel Coronavirus disease, millions have been affected globally with over 14 million infections and half a million deaths as to date. This has brought about uncertainty coupled with difficult situations, including job loss and the risk of contracting the deadly virus.
In Kenya the first Coronavirus case was reported in Nairobi by the Ministry of Health on the 12th March 2020. It was not until the government put in place precautionary measures including a curfew and lockdown (the latter having being lifted) due to an increase in the number of infections that people began feeling its effect both economically and socially.
A study by Dr. Habil Otanga, a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Psychology says that such measures can in turn lead to surge in mental related illnesses including depression, feelings of confusion, anger and fear, and even substance abuse. It also brings with it a sense of boredom, loneliness, anger, isolation and frustration. In the post-quarantine/isolation period, loss of employment due to the depressed economy and the stigma around the disease are also likely to lead to mental health problems.
The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) states that at least 300,000 Kenyans have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic between the period of January and March this year.
KNBC noted that the number of employed Kenyans plunged to 17.8 million as of March from 18.1 million people as compared to last year in December. The Report states that the unemployment rate in Kenya stands at 13.7 per cent as of March this year while it stood 12.4 per cent in December 2019.
Mama T (not her real name) is among millions of Kenyans who have been affected by containment measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus, either by losing their source of income or having to work under tough guidelines put in place by the MOH.
As young mother and an event organizer, she has found it hard to explain to her children why they cannot go to school or socialize freely with their peers as before.
“Sometimes it gets difficult as they do not understand what is happening due to their age, this at times becomes hard on me as they often think I am punishing them,”
Her contract was put on hold as no event or public gatherings can take place due to the pandemic. This has brought other challenges along with it, as she has to find means of fending for her family expenditures that including rent and food.
“I often wake up in the middle of the night with worries about my next move as the pandemic does not exhibit any signs of easing up,” she says. She adds that she has been forced to sort for manual jobs to keep her family afloat.
Ms. Mary Wahome, a Counseling Psychologist and Programs Director at ‘The Reason to Hope,’ in Karen, Nairobi says that such kind of drastic life changes have an adverse effect on one’s mental status including their family members and if not addressed early can lead to depression among other issues.
“We have had cases of people indulging in substance abuse to deal with the uncertainty and stress brought about by the pandemic, this in turn leads to dependence and also domestic abuse,”
Sam Njoroge , a waiter at a local hotel in Kiambu, has found himself indulging in substance abuse due to challenges he is facing after the hotel he was working in was closed down as it has not yet met the standards required by the MOH to open.
“My day starts at 6am where I go to a local pub, here I can get a drink for as little as Sh30, It makes me suppress the frustration I feel.” he says.
Sam is among the many who have found themselves in the same predicament and resulted to substance abuse finding ways to beat strict measures put in place by the government on the sale of alcohol so as to cope.
Mary says, situations like Sam’s are dangerous and if not addressed early can lead to serious complications, including addiction and dependency, violent behavior and also early death due to health complications.
She has, however, lauded the government for encouraging mental wellness and also launching the Psychological First Aid (PFA) guide in the wake of the virus putting emphasis on the three action principal of look, listen and link. “When we follow this it will be easy to identify an individual in distress and also offer assistance”.
Mary has urged anyone feeling the weight of the virus taking a toll on them not to hesitate but look for someone to talk to.
“You should not only seek help from a specialist but also talk to a friend, let them know what you are undergoing and how you feel, this will help ease their emotional stress and also find ways of dealing with the situation they are facing,” She added
Mary continued to stress on the need to perform frequent body exercises as a form of stress relief, reading and also taking advantage of this unfortunate COVID-19 period to engage in hobbies and talent development.
“Let people take this as an opportunity to kip fit, get in touch with one’s inner self and also engage in reading that would help expand their knowledge.