January 2009

Nigeria : Govt to Build N9.9 Billion Int'l Market

Nigeria: Govt to Build N9.9 Billion Int'l Market - Ebonyi State government has said plans are underway for the construction of an ultra-modern international market expected to gulp about N9.9 billion in Abakaliki, the state capital before the end of the year. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Abuccima to Build International Convention Centre in Abuja

Nigeria: Abuccima to Build International Convention Centre in Abuja - As part of effort to realise its cardinal objectives, the Abuja Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ABUCCIMA) is planning to build an international convention edifice, in Abuja, where the annual trade fairs, mostly, organised by the chamber can be held [AA Urbanisation]

Rwanda : KCC Inspects Construction Standards in Poor Suburbs

Rwanda: KCC Inspects Construction Standards in Poor Suburbs - Leaders of Kigali City Council (KCC) yesterday grilled local leaders after touring some of the areas that are inhabited contrary to established construction standards in Gasabo and Kicukiro Districts. [AA Construction]

South Africa: Stadium Death Investigated

South Africa: Stadium Death Investigated - Green Point Stadium contractors Murray & Roberts/WBHO and Martin & East have launched an investigation into its first on-site tragedy after a worker got trapped and killed by a dump truck carting material to a nearby storage stockpile. [AA Construction]

Africa: Laying Continent's Roads to Prosperity

Africa: Laying Continent's Roads to Prosperity - Building a highway in South Africa: The lack of more modern roads, power networks and other infrastructure hampers Africa's economic development. [AA Construction]

Cameroon : Briqueterie - Second Phase of Demolishing Begins

Cameroon: Briqueterie - Second Phase of Demolishing Begins - Agents of the Yaounde City Council were at the Briqueterie neighbourhood yesterday. It was a rather gloomy morning for the inhabitants of the Briqueterie neighbourhood yesterday. The agents of the Yaounde City Council have begun the second phase of demolishing of houses in that neighbourhood. Since last Wednesday, they were precisely at Aurore and behind the Cameroon Cultural Centre. [AA Construction]

South Africa: Construction Groups Bank on State Work

South Africa: Construction Groups Bank on State Work - CONSTRUCTION companies are counting on the government's multibillion -rand spending programme in infrastructure projects to see them through the lean economic times caused by the global credit crunch, which has seen work from the private sector dwindle. [AA Construction]

AFRICAN PERSPECTIVES 2009 : ‘the African City Centre (re)sourced’


AFRICAN PERSPECTIVES 2009, the third international conference in the series to be hosted in Africa, will focus on the unique and diverse character of the African City as resource, as well as resourcing the city.

What started as a one-off event in Tanzania in 2005 under the title 'Modern Architecture in East Africa around Independence' was followed up by the 'African Architecture Today' congress in Kumasi, Ghana in 2007. During the African Perspectives event at the Delft University of Technology in December 2007, it has been decided by a group of institutes to establish the series into a bi-annual event hosted on the African continent focusing on urbanism and architecture of the continent.

South Africa : Cape Town City water safe for human consumption

South Africa : Cape Town City water safe for human consumption - By Nthambeleni Gabara
Cape Town - The City of Cape Town's water is healthy and safe for human consumption, says City's Director of Water and Sanitation, Lungile Dhlamini.
He said water originating in the Theewaterskloof Dam and being distributed to many suburbs in the city might currently have a slight taste and odour, but is entirely safe to drink.

South Africa : Rand likely to see-saw in 2009. economists predict

South Africa : Rand likely to see-saw in 2009. economists predict - Although South African's began their December 2008 holidays on a wave of jubilation as interest rates were cut by 50 basis points, the strength of the Rand, which influences almost all aspects of everyday life is likely to see-saw economists predict, writes Michael Appel.
A strengthening local currency makes crude oil cheaper for South Africa to buy, which in turn makes fuel cheaper for local companies to produce and then sold off cheaper to motorists.

Botswana: Cresta Lodge to Have Theatre-Style Conference Centre

Botswana: Cresta Lodge to Have Theatre-Style Conference Centre - As the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup in neighbouring South Africa gets nearer, one of the Gaborone's popular hotels, Cresta Lodge, is undergoing a P20 million upgrading and expansion. [AA Construction]

Uganda : Atubo Builds School

Uganda: Atubo Builds School - Lands, housing and urban development minister, Daniel Omara Atubo has built a private secondary school in Lira district. Atubo, who is also the Otuke county MP, started Leo Atubo College at Core village in an attempt to uplift education standards in the region. [AA Construction]

Palestine : Gaza humanitarian situation deteriorates as death toll rises

Gaza humanitarian situation deteriorates as death toll rises -

Monday night and today saw a serious escalation of the violence of the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) in the Gaza Strip in the past week. Starting at 10pm yesterday, the IOF stepped up its ground invasion and attacks from the air and the sea. The IOF launched ground incursions deeper into western Beit Lahia and Jabaliya, and into the northern, eastern and southern suburbs of Gaza City. [Palestine]

Zimbabwe : Health System Utterly Collapsed - Report

Health System Utterly Collapsed - Report - Health System Utterly Collapsed - Report - Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has published a report showing how the cholera epidemic which ravages Zimbabwe is but one symptom of an utter collapse of the country’s health system, and documenting how the Mugabe regime’s human rights violations contributed to this man-made disaster. [All Africa : Zimbabwe]

Beira-Zimbabwe Road Under Threat

Beira-Zimbabwe Road Under Threat - Beira-Zimbabwe Road Under Threat - Heavy rains and flooding on the Pungue river are threatening to cut the main road between the central Mozambican port of Beira and Zimbabwe. [AA Network News] [AA Mozambique]

Angola : President Dos Santos Confident About Sustainable Development

President Dos Santos Confident About Sustainable Development - President Dos Santos Confident About Sustainable Development - The Angolan president, José Eduardo dos Santos, Monday here said that despite the consequences that Angola may suffer due to world economic crisis, it is intended to maintain the sustainable development model and the pace of strong economic growth. [AA Network News] [

Country Averts Food Crisis

Country Averts Food Crisis - Country Averts Food Crisis - Kenya's government has moved to avert a looming famine by introducing price controls on the cost of maize flour in efforts to bring it into reach of most middle class and low income households. [All Africa : Kenya] [AA Kenya]

When Presidency, National Assembly Promote Generators as Alternative to Grid Electricity

When Presidency, National Assembly Promote Generators as Alternative to Grid Electricity - When Presidency, National Assembly Promote Generators as Alternative to Grid Electricity - The recent discovery that N2 billion has been earmarked in Federal Government's Budget 2009 for maintenance and fuelling of power generating sets comes across as partial explanation for the half-heartedness exhibited by successive governments in the national effort toward stable supp

South Africa : Lower interest rates to revitalise property market by 2010

Economists agree that as the global recession takes hold and economic growth comes under threat, interest rates are set to drop spurring a revival in South Africa's property market by early 2010, writes Michael Appel.

While the United States sub-prime mortgage collapse plunged the global economy into a liquidity crisis, South African banks, considered to be some of the most secure in the world, were hardly affected.

The National Credit Act (NCA) which came into effect on 1 June 2007 made getting a loan from any bank more difficult than in the past.

South Africa : Eskom Halts Supply to Big Developments

South Africa: Eskom Halts Supply to Big Developments - PROPERTY developers said last week they were losing income due to reduced project sizes and incurring extra costs since Eskom decided to review the issuing of new quotations for property developments requiring power of 100kVA and above. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Road Rehabilitation, Top Priority - FG

Nigeria: Road Rehabilitation, Top Priority - FG - The Federal Government yesterday gave assurances that the construction of roads and the rehabilitation of existing ones will be top on the list of projects to be embarked upon in 2009. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Lagos Floats N275 Billion Bond for Infrastructure

Nigeria: Lagos Floats N275 Billion Bond for Infrastructure - Lagos State on Monday urged its residents to invest in its Bond Issuance Programme of N275 billion to finance infrastructure. [AA Urbanisation]

South Africa : Architectural Competition - Premier's Office in Bhisho


architectural competition for the premier's office complex: Bhisho

The Department of Public Works of the Province of the Eastern Cape, as the Promoter of this competition, invites eligible persons to submit design proposals for a new office complex for the Premier in Bhisho. The aim of the competition is to create a distinctive landmark building that resonates with the cultural values, aspirations and characteristics of the people of the Eastern Cape, capturing elements of the rich history of the area. It is intended that this development will act as a catalyst for change, growth and development in Bhisho and enhance the status of Bhisho as the capital of the Eastern Cape.

South Africa : New R700 million Waverley Office Park for Johannesburg



A new R700 million premier-grade office park sporting superb highway frontage and enviable access is being developed at the Corlett Drive exit of the M1 Highway, diagonally opposite the landmark Melrose Arch mixed-use precinct.

The centrally located Waverley Office Park, with its capacity for some 35,000m2 low-bulk commercial space set along a vibrant central boulevard in a park-like environment, is being developed by New Order Investments, a joint venture between respected property developers and investors Vlaming (Pty) Limited, Devcon Projects (Pty) Limited and Top-Flite Properties (Pty) Limited.

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Rwanda: A Desperate Search for Housing in Kigali

Rwanda: A Desperate Search for Housing in Kigali - One story that has never left my mind is about Princess Ann, England Queen Elizabeth's daughter's visit to my country Uganda a few years ago. Maybe my colleague exaggerated, or he was trying his hand at humorous journalism. [AA Urbanisation]

Uganda: Enforce Construction Laws

Uganda: Enforce Construction Laws - AUTHORITIES at City Hall have threatened to take punitive action against developers who alter building plans to suit their selfish interests. [AA Construction]

Zimbabwe 2009-01-13 : Labour Dispute Slows Stadium Renovation

Zimbabwe: Labour Dispute Slows Stadium Renovation - A crippling labour dispute has stalled reconstruction work at the National Sports Stadium. Only eight contract workers had reported for work, when Standardsport visited the giant stadium last week. [AA Construction]