September 2009

Nigeria: Traders in Minna Central Market to Relocate to New Site

Nigeria: Traders in Minna Central Market to Relocate to New Site - Traders in the Minna Central Market have been ordered to relocate to the ultra modern market in the state capital. [AA Urbanisation]

Kenya: Slum Upgrade Welcome

Kenya: Slum Upgrade Welcome - Kenya's latest efforts towards upgrading slums into decent precincts for human occupation started yesterday with the relocation of the first batch of shanty dwellers to newly constructed flats adjacent to the Soweto area in Kibera, arguably Africa's biggest slum. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Kano Cries Out Over Contractors' Sabotage

Nigeria: Kano Cries Out Over Contractors' Sabotage - With less than a month to kick-off the world cadet soccer championship scheduled to hold in Nigeria , Kano State Commissioner of Projects Monitoring and Evaluation, Alhaji (Dr.) Ibrahim Garba has cried out over the slow pace of federal projects, particularly at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kofar Mata, Kano. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Five Star Hotel For Kano Soon

Nigeria: Five Star Hotel For Kano Soon - Kano State government is putting arrangement in top gear to embark on the building of a five-star hotel to be sited near Kofar Nassarawa in Kano metropolis. [AA Construction]

Eritrea: Newly Built School in Mendefera Sub-Zone Inaugurated

Eritrea: Newly Built School in Mendefera Sub-Zone Inaugurated - A new junior school that was constructed at a cost of over 10 million Nakfa in Adi-Harre administrative area, Mendefera sub-zone, through the assistance of the Chinese government was inaugurated on September 15. [AA Construction]

Zambia: Council Demolishes Houses in Kitwe

Zambia: Council Demolishes Houses in Kitwe - THE Kitwe City Council (KCC) yesterday demolished more than 400 houses built on illegally allocated plots, sparking a protest during which Kawama township residents damaged property belonging to the ward councillor. [AA Urbanisation]

Rwanda: Premier Launches Classrooms Construction

Rwanda: Premier Launches Classrooms Construction - Prime Minister Bernard Makuza yesterday officially launched the national classroom construction programme in the Musanze District. [AA Construction]

Balkrishna Doshi : "Architecture is a Matter of Transformation"

"...transformation of all our situations into a favourable condition."

Malawi: Questions over Water Stats

Malawi: Questions over Water Stats - A set of new research data contests the Malawian government's claims that nearly all of the country's urban citizens have access to clean water and sanitation. [AA Urbanisation]

Tanzania: Dar es Salaam Set to Get Three New Sewage Ponds

Tanzania: Dar es Salaam Set to Get Three New Sewage Ponds - Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Corporation (Dawasco) will build three modern sewage treatment ponds for the city's domestic and industrial waste matter. [AA Urbanisation]

Architect Africa Student Film Festival


On Sunday, 27 September 2009, the Architect Africa Film Festival
will host three film screenings at the Architecture Student
Congress 09, at the University of Pretoria.


The screenings will be:
 
1. The winning short films from the Moving Spaces student
competition, sponsored by the Cement & Concrete Institute;
2. A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil;
and Barcelona Blueprint;
3. The Next Industrial Revolution; and Living in the Landscape.

The cost for tickets for the Sunday evening screenings is R150,

Uganda: Police Need Sh1.3 Trillion for Houses

Uganda: Police Need Sh1.3 Trillion for Houses - THE Police Force requires sh1.3 trillion to construct houses for its officers, the internal affairs minister has said. [AA Urbanisation]

Uganda: First Lady Raises Funds for Schools

Uganda: First Lady Raises Funds for Schools - THE First Lady and state minister for Karamoja affairs Mrs. Janet Museveni, has participated in a fund raising drive to support safe water projects, including the construction of protected wells for over 50 Primary Schools in Ruhaama in Ntungamo district. [AA Urbanisation]

Rwanda: Fawe to Construct More Schools

Rwanda: Fawe to Construct More Schools - The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) Rwanda chapter has embarked on the construction of five centres across the country. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Anger Over Demolition of a Mechanic Village in Lagos

Nigeria: Anger Over Demolition of a Mechanic Village in Lagos - Mechanics in Lagos State are angry and threatened; they feel let down and dejected. Many of them do not know where their next meal will come from because of the activities of land speculators, who want to grab the land that was allocated to them by the state government. [AA Construction]

South Africa: Cashbuild Targets Rural Areas for Expansion

South Africa: Cashbuild Targets Rural Areas for Expansion - BUILDING materials retailer Cashbuild , which is reaping rewards for opening stores in rural areas, expects to spend R200m on opening 10 new stores and refurbishing old ones this year. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: The Country Can Solve Its Housing Crisis-Expert

Nigeria: The Country Can Solve Its Housing Crisis-Expert - Like infrastructure, Nigeria is experiencing acute supply of housing. Government seems to be bereft of ideas in solving the acute shortage in the supply of houses across the country. Even private sector intervention has been more exploitative than a solution. In this interview Mustapha Njie, chairman &CEO, Taf Holding Company Limited, a company based in the Gambian explains how Nigeria can decongest its cities and leverage on the right technology to deliver adequate housing. [AA Construction]

Uganda: Proposed Jinja Bridge to Cost U.S.$100 Million

Uganda: Proposed Jinja Bridge to Cost U.S.$100 Million - The proposed new bridge across the River Nile at Jinja will cost about $100 and take three and a half years to complete. [AA Construction]

Botswana: Cresta Hotel Unveils New Brand

Botswana: Cresta Hotel Unveils New Brand - Cresta Thapama Hotel has been refurbished at a cost of P20 million. [AA Construction]

Rwanda: MINEDUC Wants Parents' Help in Schools Construction

Rwanda: MINEDUC Wants Parents' Help in Schools Construction - The Minister of Education, Dr. Charles Muligande, has emphasized the need for parents' participation and commitment towards the campaign to build more classrooms ahead of the 9 -Year Basic Education programme in 2010. [AA Construction]

Ghana: Public Building Plans to Be Disabled Friendly

Ghana: Public Building Plans to Be Disabled Friendly - The Ho Municipal Assembly would no longer approve building plans of public institutions including schools which lacked facilities for disabled people. [AA Construction]

MLB Architects


Xico Meirelles : Quinton Lawson : Izak Burger : Rene' Grubert : Herman Joubert : Klaus Neumann

Visit Website: http://www.mlbarch.co.za
Offices in: 
Cape Town - Gardens

Botswana: UB Stadium Eyes 2010 World Cup

Botswana: UB Stadium Eyes 2010 World Cup - A management committee has been set-up to make sure the recently refurbished University of Botswana (UB) Stadium is fit for use by countries coming for next year's World Cup in South Africa. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Japan to Build Classrooms For Katsina, Six Other States

Nigeria: Japan to Build Classrooms For Katsina, Six Other States - Seven states are to benefit from a Japanese government initiative to build 5, 500 classrooms in 1, 000 schools across the African continent. The states are Oyo, Katsina, Kano, Adamawa, Gombe, Borno, and Ebonyi. [AA Construction]

Eritrea: Gedem Construction Company Actively Engaged in Construction of Bridges Along Barentu-Tessenei Road

Eritrea: Gedem Construction Company Actively Engaged in Construction of Bridges Along Barentu-Tessenei Road - The construction of a bridge along the Barentu-Tessenei road through the Gedem Construction Company is nearing finalization, according to Mr. Fukadu Tekle, head of the Company's branch office in Gash-Barka region. [AA Construction]

Botswana: Financial Woes Delay Bathoen Statue Project

Botswana: Financial Woes Delay Bathoen Statue Project - The Kgosi Bathoen Memorial Statue Committee is faced with serious financial problems, which have already delayed the completion of the Bangwaketse leader's monument. [AA Construction]

Wits Architecture Public Lectures - September/October 2009

SCHOOL TALKS : 4th Quarter 2009

A1 JOHN MOFFAT BUILDING : University of the Witwatersrand

RETHINKING GREEN : Exciting New Works - Johannesburg


20.09.09 : Activate Architecture

05.10.09 : Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens


Nigeria: Developers Make Case for Govts' Contracts Awards

Nigeria: Developers Make Case for Govts' Contracts Awards - Developers handling the Kuje housing projects under the Public Private Partnership Scheme (PPP) have appealed to the Federal Government to share infrastructure costs with developers to enhance greater success of the PPP scheme. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Residents Protest Parkview Estate Contraventions

Nigeria: Residents Protest Parkview Estate Contraventions - ALL is not well in highbrow Parkview Estate in Ikoyi in Lagos, where a spate of unwholesome physical development projects seems to be turning the supposedly exclusive residential scheme on its head. [AA Urbanisation]