January 2010

Nigeria: Gwagwalada to Build Schools in Two Communities

Nigeria: Gwagwalada to Build Schools in Two Communities - The Secretary of Gwagwalada Area Council, Alhaji Usman Yahaya, says the council is looking at the possibility of constructing one block of three classrooms at Old Kutunku and Ibwa communities of the council. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Enugu Airport Closes for Renovation

Nigeria: Enugu Airport Closes for Renovation - The Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu, will be closed to traffic as from February 10 to allow for the renovation and extension of its runway, its Manager, Mr Chigbo Nwobu, has said. The closure is to last for one year. [AA Construction]

Tanzania: Water Project Gets a Shot in the Arm

Tanzania: Water Project Gets a Shot in the Arm - THE Millennium Challenge Account Tanzania has signed (MCA-T) USD 177,290 contract with the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) for the purpose of gathering necessary baseline data covering the water project components in the country. [AA Urbanisation]

Gambia: 9.4 Million Banjul Stadium Project Kicks Off

Gambia: 9.4 Million Banjul Stadium Project Kicks Off - A multi-million dalasis project that will see the Banjul mini-stadium revamped to a standard multi-sports centre will soon kick off after the project beneficiaries Banjul Sports Committee officially handed over the KG5 stadium to the contractors in a ceremony held on Thursday, January 14. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Stakeholders Raise Fears On And Reforms, Commend Lagos On Mapping Scheme

Nigeria: Stakeholders Raise Fears On And Reforms, Commend Lagos On Mapping Scheme - A stakeholder in built environment and top official of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), Dr. Olusola Atilola has decried the continued delay in the planned review of the 1978 Land Use Act by the National Assembly. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: FHA, Bauhaus Sign Agreement to Build 523 Housing Units

Nigeria: FHA, Bauhaus Sign Agreement to Build 523 Housing Units - As part of the efforts to solve the housing deficit in the country, the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) and a real estate development firm, Bauhaus International Limited have signed a Joint Venture Agreement for the construction of a total of 523 various housing units in Abuja. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Keep Off Contractors, Rivers Warns Communities

Nigeria: Keep Off Contractors, Rivers Warns Communities - Rivers State government has given a marching order to communities to steer clear of contractors handling its projects in their areas. [AA Construction]

DoubleCAD XT : Changing the Way African Architects Draw – For Free!

The recent introduction of DoubleCAD XT heralds a completely new era in architectural computing in Africa. Released by IMSI/Design, the Turbo CAD people, this free version of an "AutoCAD work-alike" is somewhat different from its predecessors and current competitors: it has no license restrictions confining it to "personal use" nor does it have any obvious restrictions, such as file size, disabled functions, snag lines or expiration date.

EUNIC STUDIO 2009 + 2010

After having treated improvement of the programs of rebuilding carried out by the government of South Africa (which produce hundreds of thousands of houses and an uncontrolled urban sprawl), the EUNIC STUDIO 09, worked on the reconversion of the buildings of the city center of Johannesburg, while sticking to the living conditions of the occupants (tenants, squaters, precarious…) to produce housing of quality in spite of difficult economic and social conditions. 

Kenya: Country Must Stop the Collapse of Buildings

Kenya: Country Must Stop the Collapse of Buildings - Two things happen repeatedly in Kenya that could easily be fixed to give the government instant credibility. Buildings often collapse regularly, killing innocent workers and bystanders. Traffic accidents routinely kill a half dozen or more. [AA Construction]

Kenya: When a Building Collapses, Blame the Contractor and Not the Owner

Kenya: When a Building Collapses, Blame the Contractor and Not the Owner - Conventional wisdom in this country is that the owner is to blame when a building under construction collapses. So when this happens, killing people, the owner tends to takes cover either out of fear that he will be lynched or arrested by police. [AA Construction]

La Mercy Airport : King Shaka waits in the wings

Pretoria - Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana is expected to announce next week whether she approves of the new La Mercy airport, north of Durban, being named King Shaka International Airport.

After a series of public consultation with relevant stakeholders, the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government submitted the name King Shaka International Airport to the South African Geographical Names Council (SAGNC).

Member of the SAGNC, Mandla Mathebula, told BuaNews that during their meeting on Thursday, they endorsed the name and sent it to the minister for approval.

"By the end of next week, the minister would be in possession of our submission on her desk," he said.

In terms of the South African Geographical Names Council Act of 1998, objectors have one month from the announcement of the minister's approval of a new name to submit written objections.

Based on the objections, Xingwana may decide to uphold the new name, or to refer the decision back to the council for reconsideration.

In every case she has to provide the complainants with the reasons for her decision.

Mozambique: Dedicated Power Line for Water Treatment Station

Mozambique: Dedicated Power Line for Water Treatment Station - Water supply problems in Maputo and the adjoining city of Matola should be greatly reduced following the inauguration next Tuesday of a new electricity transmission line, supplying exclusively the Umbeluzi water treatment and pumping station. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Construction - Bill Seeks to Give Local Firms 60 Percent Tax Relief

Nigeria: Construction - Bill Seeks to Give Local Firms 60 Percent Tax Relief - In a bid to protect indigenous entrepreneurs and promote local content in the construction sector, Nigerian indigenous firms in the sector are to enjoy sixty per cent tax relief on contracts awarded to them by the Federal Government and its agencies, provided such contracts did no exceed N5billion in volume and benefiting firms must have a minimum capital base of N250million. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: 'I've Attracted Infrastructural Development to Udu LG'

Nigeria: 'I've Attracted Infrastructural Development to Udu LG' - Hon. Harvest Igben, member representing Udu Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly is not a push over in Udu politics. His excellent performances in the last dispensation endeared people of Udu Local Government Area to vote him for second term. In this interview with Special Correspondent, Sunday Apah, he unveils the mystery behind his performance and what inspired his joining politics. Excerpts: [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: FG Empowers ICRC On Infrastructure Development

Nigeria: FG Empowers ICRC On Infrastructure Development - The Federal Government has warned that it will not recognise any form of Public Private Partnership (PPP) without the endorsement of the Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) ,maintaining that such deals or proposals relating to infrastructure development from ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) without the endorsement of the ICRC would not get the approval of the Federal Executive Council (FEC). [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Nasarawa Partner FHA On 9,600 Housing Units

Nigeria: Nasarawa Partner FHA On 9,600 Housing Units - Managing Director and Chief Executive officer of the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), Architect Terver Gemade, has revealed that over 100,000 housing units would be built in Nasarawa State in the next four years [AA Construction]

Kenya: Treasury Seeks Private Capital for Building More Schools

Kenya: Treasury Seeks Private Capital for Building More Schools - Investors in school facilities look set to reap big from a tax shift that will see them claim higher refunds on construction costs, a move meant tackle the wastage that characterises transition from one level of education to another. [AA Construction]

Uganda: Bukumi School Gets Sh300 Million for Repair

Uganda: Bukumi School Gets Sh300 Million for Repair - THE Government has given sh300m to St. Edward's Secondary School Bukumi in Kibaale district for its renovation. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Emir Commends Ilorin Central Mosque Contractor

Nigeria: Emir Commends Ilorin Central Mosque Contractor - Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari yesterday charged the Lebanese firm handling the reconstruction of Ilorin Central Mosque to give the community a first class standard mosque that will be the best of its kind in the country. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Bid for State Govt Quarters Open in Port Harcourt

Nigeria: Bid for State Govt Quarters Open in Port Harcourt - RIVERS State Government has said it would publicly open bids for the construction of a new staff quarters for Government House, Port Harcourt. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Sokoto to Build N600 Million Orthopaedic Hospital

Nigeria: Sokoto to Build N600 Million Orthopaedic Hospital - Sokoto State Government is to establish a 50-bed capacity orthopaedics hospital worth N600 million in the state, Health Commissioners Dr Jabbi Kilgori has disclosed. [AA Construction]

South Africa 2010 : We Are Ready!

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Noise Pollution - Lagos Set to Tackle Churches, Others

Noise Pollution - Lagos Set to Tackle Churches, Others - Noise Pollution - Lagos Set to Tackle Churches, Others - Ahead efforts of the state government to reduce noise pollution in the state, the Lagos State Government has appealed to various religious organisations and other concerned groups like musical centres and video clubs to minimize the volume of noise emanating from their activities in the interest of public health. [Nigeria News : All Africa] [AA Nigeria]

FG Unviels Niger Delta Development Plans, Okays N174 Billion Contracts

FG Unviels Niger Delta Development Plans, Okays N174 Billion Contracts - FG Unviels Niger Delta Development Plans, Okays N174 Billion Contracts - World class strategic master plan expected to rely on the federal government's contracts worth N174 billion to ameliorate the environmental problems in the Niger Delta region is being developed by the Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs. [Nigeria News : All Africa] [AA Nigeria]

Pretoria : Gas to Blame for Mall Explosion

Pretoria - An investigation into the explosion that occurred at the Bloed Street Mall on Tuesday has pointed to liquid petroleum gas (LPG) escaping from the gas line to have caused the incident.

At least seven people were injured during the blast believed to have caused damages estimated to R400 000.

A report by the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality's Fire Brigade Department indicated that the gas escaped while a technician was working on the gas meter. The gas meter was removed to be replaced.

"It is suspected that the technician did not shut off the gas supply, or that he drained the line before removing the meter, causing gas to escape. The ignition source is not known," said municipal spokesperson Console Tleane.

Tleane said during the investigation a number of shortcomings were also identified. These include a lack of emergency shut-off valve for the gas where the gas pipe enters the building.

Also the emergency shut-off valves at appliances were hidden behind the appliances and not readily accessible. Gas lines penetrating through the wall were not sleeved, as it was required.

Eskom hopes to accelerate SWH roll-out as it doubles rebates

Eskom hopes to accelerate SWH roll-out as it doubles rebates - Eskom hopes to accelerate SWH roll-out as it doubles rebates - State-owned power utility Eskom is confident that an effective doubling of the subsidy levels for its solar water heater (SWH) rebate programme, coupled with the anticipated increases in electricity prices over the next three years, would lead to a bigger uptake of this technology by the South African public, spokesperson Andrew Etzinger said on Wednesday.
The utility this week announced to SWH suppliers that it would be increasing the rebates for purchasers of systems that were registered under Eskom’s SWH programme.
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[AA South Africa]

Nigeria: Committee Explains Delay in Completion of Ilorin Mosque

Nigeria: Committee Explains Delay in Completion of Ilorin Mosque - The desire to make the Ilorin Central Mosque a world-class worship centre has been cited as cause of the delay in the commencement of its renovation. [AA Construction]