May 2008

EGYPT: Living in a cemetery (video)

EGYPT: Living in a cemetery (video) - CAIRO Wednesday, February 06, 2008 (IRIN) - This video short looks at how up to a million poor people have made one of the biggest burial grounds in Egypt their home. Dubbed ‘the City of the Dead’ and located on the outskirts of the capital, Cairo, many of the families who live there migrated from rural areas in search of work. [IRIN News]

Ghana: Why Accra is Still Stinking

Ghana: Why Accra is Still Stinking - The problem of increasing levels of filth, which has engulfed the nation's capital, Accra, is far from ending, as the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), and central government keep engaging in, what appears to be, an unnecessary blame-game. [AA Urbanisation]

Cameroon: Construction of Vocational Training Centres Begins Soon

Cameroon: Construction of Vocational Training Centres Begins Soon - The project will cost FCFA 24.2 billion to be financed by the Korean government. [AA Construction]

South Africa: House Prices Stagnant -- 'And May Even Be Dropping'

South Africa: House Prices Stagnant -- 'And May Even Be Dropping' - NOMINAL median house price growth has slowed dramatically and prices may even be dropping slightly as increasing inflation and higher interest rates put pressure on consumers. [AA Urbanisation]

South Africa: Eastern Cape Housing Failures Under Fire

South Africa: Eastern Cape Housing Failures Under Fire - Early signs of spending improvements by the Eastern Cape housing department so far this fiscal year were not good, housing director-general Itumeleng Kotsoane said yesterday. [AA Urbanisation]

South Africa: Energy Crisis Not Affecting Major Construction in Gauteng

South Africa: Energy Crisis Not Affecting Major Construction in Gauteng - The current power crisis and outages are not affecting major construction in Gauteng, says Gauteng MEC for Local Government, Qedani Dorothy Mahlangu. [AA Construction]

Uganda: Chamber to Build Multibillion Complex

Uganda: Chamber to Build Multibillion Complex - THE Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry is to construct a multi-billion complex to house the national secretariat. Frank Olok, the acting chief executive officer, said last week that the construction of the new home in Kamwokya, a city suburb, was expected to commence soon. [AA Construction]

South Africa: Steel Yourselves

South Africa: Steel Yourselves - ESKOM's application to lift electricity tariff s 60% has drawn criticism from nearly all fronts, but few seem to have noticed that steel prices in SA have soared 65% in six months . [AA Construction]

Ethiopia: Tendaho Sugar Factory Construction Behind Schedule

Ethiopia: Tendaho Sugar Factory Construction Behind Schedule - Officials of the federal government are disappointed with the delay in the launch of the new Tendaho Sugar Factory construction project. [AA Construction]

Uganda: Cement Prices Skyrocketing

Uganda: Cement Prices Skyrocketing - THE construction boom in the region has led to high demand for cement. This has been compounded by supply shortages, causing rapid price increases. [AA Construction]

Uganda: Builders Asked to Join Union

Uganda: Builders Asked to Join Union - The Uganda builders and construction worker's union general secretary Meslam Oloka has asked workers in the construction Industry to join workers' unions to advocate for their rights. [AA Construction]

Zimbabwe: University Construction Grinds to a Halt

Zimbabwe: University Construction Grinds to a Halt - THE construction of the Lupane State University has been hit by a critical shortage of building materials which has seen construction activities at the site grounded to a halt. [AA Construction]

Tanzania: When a House is Not a Home

Tanzania: When a House is Not a Home - WHEN FORMER PRESIDENT BENJAMIN MKAPA'S government decided to sell government houses to public servants, there was opposition from the public and legislators as the process lacked transparency and was surrounded by secrecy. [AA Urbanisation]

World Habitat Awards 2008 - call for entries!



The Building and Social Housing Foundation is currently seeking entries for the 2008 World Habitat Awards competition.

Established in 1985, the World Habitat Awards seek to identify practical, innovative and sustainable solutions to current housing issues faced by countries of the global South as well as the North, which are capable of being transferred or adapted for use elsewhere.

Nigeria: Coren Embarks On Site Tour- Urges Developers On Building Standards

Nigeria: Coren Embarks On Site Tour- Urges Developers On Building Standards - The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), yesterday in Abuja embarked on site tours to Wuye ultra modern market, where it urged the developer to ensure council's standards are followed while constructing the market in order to avoid building collapse. [AA Construction]

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Mozambique - News & Information eBooks

Mozambique - News & Information Electronic Books

Mozambique: Murrupula Gradually Emerging From Poverty

Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (Maputo)

Murrupula

The district of Murrupula, in the northern Mozambican province of Nampula, the birth place of Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, is gradually emerging from the depths of poverty, thanks to investments made over the past few years.

Four years ago, electricity in the district was limited to four generators and people protested that Morrupula had no doctor, no secondary school, and no access to the mobile phone network, or to national television. But today the situation is completely different.

Sierra Leone: Garbage Collection And the Way Forward

Sierra Leone: Garbage Collection And the Way Forward - Over the years the issue of garbage collection is turning into a problem which lots of people seem not to understand and the challenges it is posing is unending in the Western Area. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Coren Embarks On Site Tour- Urges Developers On Building Standards

Nigeria: Coren Embarks On Site Tour- Urges Developers On Building Standards - The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), yesterday in Abuja embarked on site tours to Wuye ultra modern market, where it urged the developer to ensure council's standards are followed while constructing the market in order to avoid building collapse. [AA Construction]

NBS launches Building Specification System for South Africa

NBS launches Building Specification System for South Africa -

Global building specifications solutions company National Building Specification (NBS) has officially launched its building specification system for South Africa, with the aim of delivering building specification solutions to all segments of the construction industry.

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Nigeria: High Cost of Building Materials Worries FG

Nigeria: High Cost of Building Materials Worries FG - Mrs Halima Tayo Alao, the Minister of Environment, Housing and Urban Development, says government is determined to find a lasting solution to the problem of high cost of building materials. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Contractors Did Not Abandon Projects - Commissioner

Nigeria: Contractors Did Not Abandon Projects - Commissioner - Nasarawa State commissioner for information and orientation, Alh. Abdullahi Mustapha has denied allegations that contractors handling the over N16billion road projects across the state have abandoned the projects. [AA Construction]