October 2009

South Africa: Murray and Roberts Hurt By Strong Rand

South Africa: Murray and Roberts Hurt By Strong Rand - CONSTRUCTION and engineering group Murray & Roberts said yesterday the recovery in key commodities had brought some stability to its international operations, but the continuing strength of the rand could hit its earnings for the year. [AA Construction]

Gambia: GRTS Top Brass Visit Project Sites

Gambia: GRTS Top Brass Visit Project Sites - Members of the Board of Directors and the senior management of the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS), yesterday, visited their phase II project sites in Abuko and Bonto in the Kanifing Municipality and Western Region respectively. [AA Construction]

Rwanda: Asbestos Roofs Banned Because They Are a Health Hazard

Rwanda: Asbestos Roofs Banned Because They Are a Health Hazard - The ministry of infrastructure has kicked off a campaign for the removal of all roofs made of asbestos material, since it poses a health hazard. Asbestos has been banned in many countries due to its contribution to lung disease, especially cancer. Nevertheless, in Rwanda the hazardous material can still be found in many buildings, the owners of which are often ignorant of the health risks. [AA Construction]

Masondo visits Alexandra Renewal Project

Johannesburg - Johannesburg Executive Mayor Amos Masondo will this morning visit the Alexandra Renewal Project, which recently won an award from United Nations Habitat for successfully revitalizing an urban environment.

The Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP) was launched in 2001 to bring social, economic, physical and institutional developments to the historic township.

Among its objectives were to fix urban infrastructure, build houses and parks, convert hostels into family units and generally change the urban landscape of Alexandra.

UN Habitat said the project had seen some 7 000 families relocated from the banks of a polluted local river to better settlements.

"Urban greening was incorporated in the scheme which led to development of parks and recreation areas, new houses and schools were constructed and many other facilities are being refurbished," said the organisation.

New clinics improved access to healthcare, while 46 000 hygienic refuse bins have been distributed, drastically improving garbage collection.

Tanzania: New High Class Hotel

Tanzania: New High Class Hotel - A high-class tourist hotel, the 'Snow Crest' which recently opened at Kwa Ngulelo area is reported to have invaded a road reserve area meant for the development of a four-lane motor highway, authorities have confirmed. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Nation Plans to Export Cement By 2013

Nigeria: Nation Plans to Export Cement By 2013 - President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua has approved measures that will make Nigeria a cement exporting nation by 2013. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Collapsed Building Kills Two Students, Injures Others

Nigeria: Collapsed Building Kills Two Students, Injures Others - Two students of Adamu, Augie College of Education, Argungu, were killed on Monday night while two others were injured when a buildingin which they were studying collapsed .The deceased were Hassana Abubakar and Salwuya Kasimu. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: FAAN to Expand Abuja Terminal

Nigeria: FAAN to Expand Abuja Terminal - REGIONAL Manager, North Central zone of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Chris Bature has said his major point is to expand the Abuja terminal to enhance passengers' comfort and increase the revenue of the government. [AA Construction]

Kenya: Buildings Disastrous

Kenya: Buildings Disastrous - All mayors, town clerks, engineers, architects, planners and other officials who allow developers to get away with murder, literally, should also be in the dock when any criminal charges are filed. [AA Construction]

Zimbabwe: Industry Targets Far-Fetched -- Ncube

Zimbabwe: Industry Targets Far-Fetched -- Ncube - Zimbabwean Industries will not reach the targeted 60% capacity utilization by the end of the year as planned by the inclusive government in the Short Term Emergency Recovery Program (STERP). The Minister of Industry and Trade, Professor Welshman Ncube said that his ministry had carried out its own assessments and realised that the 60% target was far fetched. [AA Urbanisation]

Mozambique: Main North/South Highway Fully Rehabilitated by 2012

Mozambique: Main North/South Highway Fully Rehabilitated by 2012 - The 2,500 kilometres of Mozambique's main north/south highway, linking Maputo and Pemba, capital of the northern province of Cabo Delgado, will be fully rehabilitated by 2012. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: FAAN to Expand Abuja Terminal

Nigeria: FAAN to Expand Abuja Terminal - REGIONAL Manager, North Central zone of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Chris Bature has said his major point is to expand the Abuja terminal to enhance passengers' comfort and increase the revenue of the government. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: SBF Plans U.S.$15 Million Bonded Terminal in Ondo State

Nigeria: SBF Plans U.S.$15 Million Bonded Terminal in Ondo State - Singapore Business Federation (SBF), plans to build a 7,000 capacity container terminal in Ondo State, this is contained in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Pacific International Lines (PIL) Limited, Singapore and Hull Blyth, UK worth US$15 million. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Lagos Residents Protest Epileptic Power Supply

Nigeria: Lagos Residents Protest Epileptic Power Supply - AS doubts pervade the horizon over the Federal Government's dream of generating about 6,000 Megawatts of electricity by December, a frontline motivational speaker, Pastor Sam Adeyemi, yesterday led over 5,000 members and other Lagos residents to the Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja to protest the epileptic power supply in Lagos and other parts of the country. [AA Urbanisation]

Zimbabwe: Residents Face Eviction

Zimbabwe: Residents Face Eviction - Forty-two Chitungwiza residents in Unit B face eviction from their stands after Government condemned them, arguing that the town council had unprocedurally allocated the stands to the beneficiaries. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Re-Inventing Lagos - The Fashola Scenario

Nigeria: Re-Inventing Lagos - The Fashola Scenario - Way back in 1854, London was the largest city on the planet. This was some 155 years ago. Today, it no longer enjoys that reputation. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Nigerite Moves Against High Building Cost

Nigeria: Nigerite Moves Against High Building Cost - A building construction company, Nigerite Plc says it is planning a package that would guarantee Nigerians ability to own and build their houses. [AA Urbanisation]

Zimbabwe: NSSA to Resume Construction of Hotel

Zimbabwe: NSSA to Resume Construction of Hotel - The National Social Authority (NSSA) will soon resume the construction of a US$12 million hotel in Beitbridge amid doubts the facility will be ready for the 2010 soccer World Cup. NSSA is constructing the hotel on behalf of the Rainbow Tourism Group and will own 10% of the business once the project is complete. [AA Construction]

Zimbabwe: Construction Industry Depressed

Zimbabwe: Construction Industry Depressed - DESPITE the positive developments in the economy that has seen an improvement in some sectors, the construction industry in the country is still depressed. [AA Construction]

BRT users say everyone must join on Car-Free Day

Pretoria - Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system users have called on other commuters to leave their cars at home and "get on the bus" on Car-Free Day on Tuesday.

Sibusiso Mfumbotha, a regular user of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system from Orlando East, said the BRT system was "safe, quicker and much cheaper than using your own transport".

"I have been using the BRT system since its inception and I have saved a lot of money and time," said Mfumbotha, who went on to encourage people to take a Rea Vaya bus to work tomorrow.

Car-Free Day is marked on 20 October and is one of the highlights of Transport Month. It encourages commuters to use public transport in a bid to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.

In Johannesburg, Transport Month could not have come at a better time, with the city's Rea Vaya BRT system in full swing.

Lerato Mano of Diepkloof, Soweto, said she would also be on one of the buses come Car-Free Day.

"I will be using BRT on the day and if I enjoy it then I will become a regular user. I'm wary of public transport but the BRT seems to be a good public transport option because I cannot stand traffic congestion," she said.

Uganda: Government to Turn Kampala Into Metropolitan City

Uganda: Government to Turn Kampala Into Metropolitan City - Kampala City Council (KCC) and the Uganda Ministry of Lands are carrying out a study aimed at developing Kampala City into a metropolitan city. This means the boundaries of the current Kampala City will encompass the surrounding towns of Mukono in the East, Wakiso in the north, Entebbe south of the city and other small towns in the West of Kampala. This demarcation is currently referred to as greater Kampala. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Collapsed Building Kills Three, Injures Nine

Nigeria: Collapsed Building Kills Three, Injures Nine - Three persons were killed early yesterday morning in Abeokuta when a building collapsed, with nine other residents sustaining serious injuries. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: FG to Upgrade Six Medical Centres

Nigeria: FG to Upgrade Six Medical Centres - The Federal Government will, as from next year, upgrade the status of six medical institutions in the country, including that of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri, Imo state. [AA Construction]

Uganda: Reducing on Construction Time

Uganda: Reducing on Construction Time - That time spent on a construction can be changed through adopting efficient and better technology. Greg McDonough an American engineer, entrepreneur and CEO of Spider Tie came to Uganda and provided constructers with an option to using bricks and blocks in construction. This innovation is mainly used in the construction of walls. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: 'Viable Mortgage System Vital for Nation Building'

Nigeria: 'Viable Mortgage System Vital for Nation Building' - Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Cross and Churchill Estates Limited, Mr. Taiwo Ogunbodede, in this exclusive interview with SENOR CORRESPONDENT, Dada Jackson, bares his mind on the rapid development along the Mowe/Ofada axis, mortgage financing, land titles, among other topical issues. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: FCTA Signs MoU With Chinese Firm On Mass Housing, Infrastructure

Nigeria: FCTA Signs MoU With Chinese Firm On Mass Housing, Infrastructure - Baring any unforeseen circumstances, infrastructure, mass housing and power generation would improve in the Federal Capital Territory as the FCT administration has entered into an agreement with a Chinese firm, Chinese Global Group Corporation (CGGC) to provide these services within the territory. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Abuja Light Rail Project - 2013 Deadline Certain - Aliero

Nigeria: Abuja Light Rail Project - 2013 Deadline Certain - Aliero - Minister of the Federal capital Territory, Senator Muhammed Adamu Aliero has restated the preparedness of the administration to do everything necessary to ensure that the $ 840 million Abuja Light Rail Project is completed on schedule. [AA Urbanisation]

South Africa: Group Five Sees Strength in Diversity

South Africa: Group Five Sees Strength in Diversity - CONSTRUCTION and engineering firm Group Five 's strategy to diversify revenue across different sectors is likely to pay off handsomely once the economy recovers from the recession. [AA Construction]