July 2009

Ghana: Lake Side Estate to Provide Affordable Housing

Ghana: Lake Side Estate to Provide Affordable Housing - With the current state of acute affordable housing in the country, an emerging market player in the real estate industry, Lake Side Estate (LSE), is poised to provide affordable housing for employees of both the informal and formal sectors of the Ghanaian economy. [AA Urbanisation]

Ghana: Contractors Abandon Work On Teshie Drains

Ghana: Contractors Abandon Work On Teshie Drains - Snippets of information picked by the Accra File indicates that contractors working on the drains in the Teshie Township have abandoned their work, giving way for some unscrupulous residents to destroy the uncompleted projects. [AA Urbanisation]

Kenya: Striking Workers Evict Town Clerk

Kenya: Striking Workers Evict Town Clerk - The eagerly awaited mayoral election in Malindi has been thrown into disarray following the eviction from office last week of the Town Clerk Mr Peter King'oina by striking workers. [AA Urbanisation]

Zambia: Chipata Council Fraud Laid Bare

Zambia: Chipata Council Fraud Laid Bare - THE Chipata Municipal Council has unearthed a scam in which some employees in the accounts department have defrauded the local authority of millions of Kwacha through non-banking and issuing of fake receipts. [AA Urbanisation]

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Housing project empowers Eastern Cape residents

By Vuyolwethu Sangotsha

Bhisho - Hundreds of people living in rural parts of the Eastern Cape have been given information on housing programmes available by the Department of Human Settlements through a pilot project.

Through the pilot Housing on Wheels Project, the department raises public awareness on the products and services available in various areas of the province.

MEC Nombulelo Mabandla launched the pilot project last month to enable the department to check the status of their housing applications among other things.

Spokesperson from the provincial department, Lwandile Sicwetsha said the roadshow was part of the provincial EXCO (Executive Council) outreach which aims to improve service delivery.

Through the project, he said, Housing Education Dramas have been introduced to educate people about the role of the municipalities and the department in the housing delivery process.

Other information disseminated through the drama play include available housing services, criteria to qualify for housing subsidy and reporting of defective houses on time, including cracks period for reporting defectives.

Mpumalanga's 2010 Stadium land saga settled for R8.7 Million

By Tshwarelo eseng Mogakane

Nelspruit - Mpumalanga's 2010 community has been paid over R8 million for the land on which the provincial R1 billion 2010 stadium is being built.

This week government confirmed that the Matsafeni land beneficiaries sold 69.7 hectares of land to the Mbombela municipality for R8.7 million.

"We have finally reached a deal that makes everybody happy. This deal marks a great end to a long battle between the community and government," said professional trustee in the interim Matsafeni board of trustees, Meshack Silinda.

Mbombela spokesperson Joseph Ngala said the deal was signed on 21 April, following a visit by former deputy president Baleka Mbete to Nelspruit early this year to quell growing disputes over the land.

"The former deputy president's office initiated the fresh negotiations, which were ultimately handed to us to implement," he said.

Mbombela's 2010 coordinator Differ Mogale said Mbombela bought the land through the provincial public works department after an independent land valuer priced it at R8.7 million.

Government willing to intervene in construction strike negotiations

By Edwin Tshivhidzo and Proffesor Ndawonde

Pretoria - Deputy Minister of Public Works, Hendrietta Bogane-Zulu, says government will intervene if the need arises in negotiations to end the strike in the construction industry.

"Should there be a need, we will intervene to find a solution," said the minister, speaking on Wednesday at the launch of National Construction Week in Pretoria.

Ms Bogane-Zulu said she hoped that there would be a breakthrough soon in negotiations between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the employer body represented by the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec),

Striking construction workers turned out in numbers on Wednesday at some of the 2010 World Cup stadia, including Moses Mabida Stadium in Durban and Soccer City in Johannesburg.

The union had rejected the 10.4 percent offer made by Safcec, saying that it would stick to its 13 percent wage increase demand.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Construction Industry Development Board, Ronnie Khoza, said he would be monitoring the situation and should there be a need, they would also intervene.

MEC concerned at reports on RDP houses

By Nthambeleni Gabara

Pretoria -The Gauteng MEC for Housing, Kgaogelo Lekgoro, has expressed concern over reports that RDP houses were being sold by a conman to non-beneficiaries in the province.

The Sowetan newspaper published a story on Tuesday about a conman who made people believe that he could cheat government's housing system and sell them an RDP house for R6 000 in Eden Park, east of Johannesburg.

The eNews Channel also broadcast footage of the same conman soliciting a bribe for a RDP house. The investigative journalist was able to put down a deposit of R3 000 to buy a house.

When the crew pounced, the conman ran to his Peugeot 207 and sped off. However, he later called one of the journalists to apologise and claimed to have realised that what he had done was wrong.

"The story … is of great concern to us. We are always concerned when some people out there driven by greed wish to take advantage of those who need this service," said the MEC.

The house belonged to an identified beneficiary and was still being completed, said Mr Lekgoro, adding that the fraudster was not an employee of the department.

SANParks looking for partner to build Kruger hotel

By Bongekile Mhlanga

Malalane - Partners are being sought to develop the first-ever hotel for the Kruger National Park.

The hotel, which was initially set to be built inside the park's boundaries, will now be built near Malalane.

South African National Parks (SANParks) wants to enter into a public private partnership to build the hotel.

“SANParks is looking to generate money for itself, to alleviate poverty through job creation for the communities around the Malalane entrance gate, develop the community, and promote tourism, biodiversity protection and conservation,” said SANParks spokesperson Ronald Thakhuli.

The hotel was to be situated at the confluence of the Matjulu and Crocodile rivers, near the entrance gate.

“There has been opposition to building the hotel inside the park and we are still conducting research to find a suitable location for it,” added Mr Thakhuli.

He said a hotel in Malalane burnt down in 2008, prompting SANParks to look into building its own hotel in the area.

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Zimbabwe: Harare City Councillors Hit Back

Zimbabwe: Harare City Councillors Hit Back - Harare City councillors hit back at people accusing them of being of a "low calibre" because "over half of them have more than five Ordinary Level subjects" and they are therefore "over-qualified" for the job. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: FCTA Warns Against Dumping of Construction Waste

Nigeria: FCTA Warns Against Dumping of Construction Waste - The Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC)through its Department of Development Control, has warned property developers on illegal dumping of construction/ renovation waste. [AA Construction]

Zimbabwe: Govt to Refurbish Chitungwiza Renal Unit

Zimbabwe: Govt to Refurbish Chitungwiza Renal Unit - GOVERNMENT will assist Chitungwiza Central Hospital in completing the installation of equipment in its renal unit as part of efforts to ensure the institution does not become over-burdened by the increasing number of patients seeking medical attention there. [AA Construction]

Kenya: Expansion of Kisumu Airport On the Way

Kenya: Expansion of Kisumu Airport On the Way - National carrier Kenya Airways has partnered with Precision Air to service the Kisumu route from August this year. [AA Urbanisation]

Angola: Deputy Minister Calls on Population to Join Roads Repair

Angola: Deputy Minister Calls on Population to Join Roads Repair - The Angolan deputy minister for Public Works, Joannes André, on Monday urged for the participation of population in the roads rebuilding project, with the aim to improve national socio-economic situation. [AA Construction]

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South Africa: Home Prices Tipped to Drop for Second Year

South Africa: Home Prices Tipped to Drop for Second Year - HOUSE prices are forecast to decline 3,5% in nominal terms this year, the second successive year of declining prices as the recession bites. [AA Urbanisation]

Liberia: Firestone Constructs Additional Housing Units for Employees

Liberia: Firestone Constructs Additional Housing Units for Employees - Firestone Liberia Public Affairs Manager, Rufus Karmorh has disclosed the construction of additional housing units by the company for its dedicated employees and families. [AA Urbanisation]