June 2009

Angola: 2009-06-10 MP Happy With Construction Work of Luanda Stadium

Angola: MP Happy With Construction Work of Luanda Stadium - Member of Parliament Gustavo da Conceição expressed on Tuesday here his satisfaction at the engagement of the Angolan and Chinese workers and the pace of the construction works of Luanda's Camama ward stadium, which will host matches during the African Football Cup of Nations (CAN), that the country will organise in January 2010. [AA Construction]

Urbanisation, Poverty Reduction Take Centre-Stage in ACP Conference

Urbanisation, Poverty Reduction Take Centre-Stage in ACP Conference - Urbanisation, Poverty Reduction Take Centre-Stage in ACP Conference - More than 200 delegates have arrived in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, for the first joint conference of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of Countries (ACP) focusing on the challenges of urbanisation and poverty reduction for millions of slum dwellers. [All Africa : Kenya] [AA Kenya]

Easy access for soccer teams through OR Tambo

By Nthambeleni Gabara

Johannesburg - Soccer teams and FIFA delegations arriving at OR Tambo International Airport for the FIFA Confederations Cup are being facilitated through a special terminal.

"Preparations have been completed to ensure that all FIFA delegations, including team guests, will be facilitated through a fast-track process in a terminal different from the general public," said Airport Company South Africa (ACSA) General Manager, Chris Hlekane, on Wednesday.

He said it was important that the players were facilitated through a terminal separate from the general public and a special team had also been established to ensure their bags were kept separate.

Mr Hlekane, who was outlining the preparedness of the airport at a press briefing in Johannesburg, said the processing and holding capacity in the general terminals had been beefed up to manage the expected high volumes of visitors during the tournament.

Employees at the airport are currently receiving training on behavioral standards. "We are doing this because we want visitors to be welcomed by friendly and caring staff members who know how to work with different people," he said.

Upgraded roads near Loftus open ahead of Confeds Cup

By Edwin Tshivhidzo

Pretoria - The Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality has officially opened the newly upgraded streets in the vicinity of the Loftus Versveld Stadium to accommodate the expected influx of traffic volumes during the FIFA Confederations Cup.

Opening the upgraded Burnett Street on Wednesday, Tshwane's Member of the Mayoral Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure Development Councillor, Subesh Pillay said the road has been converted into a one-way street to the north.

Other streets upgraded included the Festival Street, which is now one-way joining Church Street and connecting with Burnett Street.

The Crossvenor Street has been changed into a two-way, while Hilda Street has been also been upgraded into a one-way street.

"The route would be used by, among others, buses transporting people from the park and ride areas during the Confederations Cup and the World Cup," Mr Pillay said.

He also urged motorists and pedestrians to follow the new signage which had been erected to guide people as to how to get to the park and ride areas.

Also as part of the preparations for the Confederations Cup, more parking spaces have been created.

GauRide to transport fans during Confeds Cup

By Chris Bathembu

Johannesburg - More than 3 000 minibus taxis and 450 buses, branded with a GauRide logo, will be made available to transport soccer fans to stadia across Gauteng during the FIFA Confederations Cup.

The GauRide vehicles, which will be complemented by the recently launched iTransie 2 Ellispark! Service, will also ensure that all spectators can travel safely to the Confederations Cup games.

Both iTransie 2 Ellis Park! and GauRide are run in partnership with the taxi industry.

"Central to the hosting of the tournament will be the effectiveness and efficiency with which we help transport thousands of soccer supporters to the match venues," said MEC for Roads and Transport, Bheki Nkosi.

He was addressing over 100 invited guests who braved the chilly whether to witness the launch of the GauRide initiative on Wednesday.

GauRide, which will kick-off on Sunday when Bafana Bafana take on Iraq at Ellis Park, will transport fans five hours before the match starts and three hours after the final whistle.

Motlanthe calls for more speedy service delivery

By Vuyolwethu Sangotsha

East London - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has called for a fresh impetus from municipalities in ensuring the delivery of clean water, decent shelter, proper sanitation and sustainable livelihoods in urban and rural areas.

"SALGA [the South African Local Government Association] must be more determined to address all its binding constrains such as capacity building, so that the task of poverty eradication, employment and empowerment, among others, can begin in earnest," said the Deputy President.

He was speaking at the South African Local Government Association's National Members Assembly in East London on Wednesday. The theme for the event is "Salga's Role in Building a Caring Society".

Mr Motlanthe said it was important to ensure implementation of the Integrated Development Plans (IDPs) and Local Economic Development Strategies of municipalities is coordinated and that Phase 2 of the Expanded Public Works Programme and the Community Work Programme is fast-tracked.

Uganda: Nakivubo Refurbished

Uganda: Nakivubo Refurbished - NAKIVUBO stadium's dressing rooms will soon shift from underneath the pavilion to the Kirussia wing. [AA Urbanisation]

Uganda: KCC Must Solve Street Lights Problem

Uganda: KCC Must Solve Street Lights Problem - The Kampala City Council (KCC) loses about sh1b a year because of failure to switch off its street lights. Many lights in the city burn 24 hours a day. [AA Urbanisation]

Angola: Traditional Authorities Valorise Conference on Housing

Angola: Traditional Authorities Valorise Conference on Housing - Traditional authorities in the northern province of Uíge considered on Tuesday that the holding of the provincial conference on housing is a very important landmark on the reduction of the deficit in the housing sector. [AA Urbanisation]

Angola: Housing Conference Recommends Adoption of Land Reserve Policies

Angola: Housing Conference Recommends Adoption of Land Reserve Policies - Participants to the first housing conference in southern Cunene Province on Monday recommended the adoption of land reserve policies for the success of the government housing programme. [AA Urbanisation]

Angola: Govt to Spend Euros 98 Million in Building 1200 Houses in Cunene

Angola: Govt to Spend Euros 98 Million in Building 1200 Houses in Cunene - The Angolan government released about euros 98 million for the building of 1,200 houses in Ekuma locality's land reserve, in the southern Cunene Province. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Beyond Beautification of State Capitals

Nigeria: Beyond Beautification of State Capitals - If environmental enhancement is the only yardstick for measuring the success of our various state governments, many of the incumbent governors would score high marks. In a number of state capitals, environmental beautification programmes are going on with near frenzy. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: One Dies, Two Injured as Building Collapses

Nigeria: One Dies, Two Injured as Building Collapses - At least one person was feared dead, while about 20 others were seriously injured yesterday, when an hotel, located at Ofatedo, Osogbo, under construction, collapsed while workers were working on the site. [AA Construction]

Joburg gears to host public viewing sites

Pretoria - Johannesburg is gearing for the major crowds expected at its nine public viewing sites for the FIFA Confederations Cup opener on Sunday.

The first match in the tournament will see Bafana Bafana and Iraq clashing at Coca Cola Park.

City Parks has partnered with Township TV to host nine public viewing sites in impoverished areas where all the Confederations Cup matches will be broadcast free to the public.

The nine sites will offer fans a fiesta with a party atmosphere promising to thrill fans watching the Festival of Champions.

With support from sponsors, MTN, the Township TV concept has evolved into MTN eKasi TV where nine of the City of Johannesburg's parks in townships offer the public a novel dimension to using public recreation space.

The nine public viewing sites of eKasi TV are: Diepsloot, Thokoza Park Soweto, Lenasia, Eldorado Park, Orange Farm, Ivory Park, Alexandra and Joubert Park.

City Parks spokesperson Jenny Moodley said they were satisfied the parks would be used safely and that litter, vandalism and vagrancy would be non-existent in these parks where a 24-hour security service is operating.

Special team to fast-track water investigation after deaths

By Gabi Khumalo

Mthatha - The Department of Water and Environmental Affairs has set up a special team to fast-track the investigation into the cause of death of eight people from the Mpeko village in the Eastern Cape, following reports of contaminated water.

According to the community, the eight people allegedly died after eating meals prepared with contaminated water.

Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Buyelwa Sonjica visited the OR Tambo District on Tuesday to get a first hand account of the situation.

"Initial results are not conclusive that the deaths are related to water borne diseases; that is why we have decided to continue with the investigation and set up a special team," the minister said.

Minister Sonjica further said autopsies would be performed on the victims.

During the visit, the minister held a meeting with provincial MEC for Health Phumullo Masualle, Executive Mayor of the OR Tambo District Municipality Zoleka Capa, councillors as well as officials from the Department of Water, Health, district and local municipalities.

Mpumalanga Municipality showing signs of improvement

By Sydney Masinga

Volksrust - The Mpumalanga municipality which was put under administration in February because of poor service delivery and financial control is showing signs of improvement.

Spokesperson for the Provincial Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Simphiwe Kunene, said MEC Norman Mokoena was satisfied that a recovery plan put in place by administrator Meshack Nkosi to rescue the Pixley ka Seme municipality in Volksrust was working.

"According to the plan, the municipality established a forum to deal with labour issues before they escalate into disputes. A human resources manager will soon be appointed," said Mr Kunene on Wednesday.

He said Mr Nkosi was also working on finalising the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for 2009/10.

"The processes of aligning the budget and the identification and prioritisation of projects will be done. There will also be intensive public participation in these processes," he said.

Mr Kunene said Mr Nkosi was interacting with all stakeholders, including the community, to share information and explain the municipality's plans and programmes.

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Gaza building project experiments with clay and rubble

Gaza building project experiments with clay and rubble

GAZA CITY, occupied Gaza Strip (IRIN) - In the face of the ongoing Israeli ban on imports of building materials Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are looking at new building methods, and one project is using clay and rubble. Local Palestinian non-governmental organization Mercy Association for Children began building a school for handicapped children in Gaza City on 24 May to test a recently developed method using clay blocks, salt and rubble. [Palestine]

South Africa: Youths to Help Build 76 Houses for Elderly

South Africa: Youths to Help Build 76 Houses for Elderly - Fifty youth volunteers have signed up to help the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Human Settlements and Public Works build houses for the elderly. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: On Kogi's Infrastructural Revolution

Nigeria: On Kogi's Infrastructural Revolution - Democracy, as a form of government was defined by Abraham Lincoln, one of the most outstanding Presidents of the United States, as the government of the people by the people and for the people. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Lawmaker Spends N107 Million on Mosque

Nigeria: Lawmaker Spends N107 Million on Mosque - A Member of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Mohammed Annur, said he had spent more than N107 million on the construction of a modern Mosque at Zabi in Zaria, Kaduna State. [AA Construction]

Uganda: MUBS Construction Contractor Pulls Out

Uganda: MUBS Construction Contractor Pulls Out - The construction of Makerere University Business School (MUBS) and Library has again hit a snag after the contractor, Seyani Brothers, pulled out of the deal. [AA Construction]

Uganda: Arua Hospital to Get Sh3.2 Billion Three-Storey Ward

Uganda: Arua Hospital to Get Sh3.2 Billion Three-Storey Ward - ARUA Hospital has signed a sh3.2b contract with Excel Construction Company to complete the first-ever storey medical ward, reports Frank Mugabi. [AA Construction]

Uganda: 34 New Classrooms Constructed in Pader

Uganda: 34 New Classrooms Constructed in Pader - PADER district local government has constructed and rehabilitated 34 classrooms in five primary schools. [AA Construction]

Uganda: Sh69 Million Classrooms Launched in Bugiri

Uganda: Sh69 Million Classrooms Launched in Bugiri - Fisheries state minister Fred Mukisa has commissioned a sh68.6m classroom block at Nakabale Primary School in Bugiri district. Building of the block with four classrooms was funded by the Uganda Community- based Association for Child Welfare. [AA Construction]

Angola: Govt Official Defends Urgent Conclusion of Library

Angola: Govt Official Defends Urgent Conclusion of Library - The deputy minister of Culture, Cornélio Calei, defended on Monday, in Huambo city, the need for concluding the construction works of the provincial library. [AA Construction]

Zimbabwe: ZAS to Build Shopping Complex

Zimbabwe: ZAS to Build Shopping Complex - THE Zimbabwe Agricultural Society is set to embark on a construction of a shopping complex in the Exhibition Park which houses one of the country's prime exhibition every year -- the Harare Agricultural Show. [AA Construction]