February 2010

Mpumalanga's turnaround strategy kicks off

Pretoria - Mpumalanga's Local Government Turn Around Strategy (LGTAS) which aims to speed up and improve service delivery has kicked off.

The roll out of the LGTAS, which started end of January, will be done in four phases until March 2011, said the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

The first phase will be the pilot project in which three identified municipalities will develop Municipal Turn Around Strategies (MTAS).

Bushbuckridge, Dipaleseng and Thembisile Hani municipalities are expected to draft their MTAS and submit them to their municipal councils and the provincial coordinators.

After the submission of these draft strategies, stakeholder engagements will take place in February 2010, the department said.

The second phase will include all municipalities in developing their MTAS and incorporating them in the Integrated Development Plans (IDP's).

The third phase will include the budgeting and approval of these IDP's, while the fourth phase will be the implementation phase.

South Africa: Johannesburg Playing 'Catch-Up' On Maintenance, Says Political Party

South Africa: Johannesburg Playing 'Catch-Up' On Maintenance, Says Political Party - JOHANNESBURG is underspending on infrastructure maintenance, judged against national benchmarks, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has charged. [AA Urbanisation]

Zambia: Kalulushi K220 Billion NAPSA Project Starts This Week

Zambia: Kalulushi K220 Billion NAPSA Project Starts This Week - CONSTRUCTION of the K220 billion National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) housing project in Kalulushi will startt this week following the handing over of the project site to the contractor. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Daura City Gates, Kusugu Well for Reconstruction

Nigeria: Daura City Gates, Kusugu Well for Reconstruction - The Emir of Daura, Alhaji Faruk Umar Faruk, has pledged to use thirty million naira (N30m) from his personal resources in order to reconstruct three old city gates and the famous "Kusugu well" monument in the emirate. [AA Construction]

South Africa: World Cup Stadium Building Boom Proves Short-Lived

South Africa: World Cup Stadium Building Boom Proves Short-Lived - WHILE SA gears up to host the Soccer World Cup in June, many of the construction workers who built the stadiums are already without jobs and have few prospects. [AA Construction]

Tanzania: New Law Good News for Building Industry

Tanzania: New Law Good News for Building Industry - One of the fastest growing areas in Dar es Salaam is no doubt, the bustling business location of Kariakoo, with scores of new commercial and residential buildings coming up every year. [AA Construction]

Cameroon: Public Works Improving Road Network

Cameroon: Public Works Improving Road Network - The key aspect of the road map of the Ministry of Public Works up to now is improving Cameroon's road network. Over 87 percent of the ministry's 2010 budget is devoted to roads (works and studies) and less than 2 percent to general studies. The ministry plans to use 35 percent of the budget to priority programmes focused on road pavement, 23 percent on road rehabilitation and 22 percent on road maintenance. [AA Construction]

Eviction of illegal RDP house owners

By Sydney Masinga

Nelspruit - People who have illegally bought or occupied RDP houses in Mpumalanga have been warned that the Department of Human Settlements will be tracking them down and evicting them before the end of the year.

Addressing a press conference in Nelspruit on Tuesday, provincial MEC for Human Settlements Madala Masuku said he would undertake random door-to-door visits in different municipalities as part of an audit of people occupying government's low-cost houses.

The MEC will verify whether the people living in the houses are legitimate beneficiaries.

"The audits will begin in Tekwane North [outside Nelspruit] and we will definitely kick out all the people who have illegally bought houses.

"We have a situation where our people have gone back to live in shacks because they have sold their RDP houses to greedy individuals. That is going to come to an end this year," said Masuku.

A resident of Tekwane North, Khethiwe Lekhuleni, told the MEC that most of the RDP houses which were sold in the area had been sold by the department's officials.

New airport named King Shaka International

By Nthambeleni Gabara

Pretoria - The new La Mercy airport, north of Durban, has officially been named King Shaka International Airport.

After a series of public consultations with relevant stakeholders, the KwaZulu-Natal Government submitted the name to the South African Geographical Names Council.

On Tuesday, Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana approved the airport's proposed name. The airport is expected to be ready for operation in May this year.

Xingwana also approved the renaming of Piet Retief in Mpumalanga to eMkhondo as well as the correction of the spellings of some of KwaZulu-Natal's village names.

Due to technical matters identified late last week, Xingwana has retracted the registration of the Tshwane municipal council name as a geographical feature.

The Ministry has instructed officials to do more work on the matter.

"As government we believe geographical name standardisation is at the heart of our social cohesion project," she said. - BuaNews

Nigeria: Lawmaker Inspects N1 Billion Jetty Project

Nigeria: Lawmaker Inspects N1 Billion Jetty Project - Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, has inspected the N1 billion Imo River Jetty project at Imo River bridge head, Owerinta, a boundary town between Imo and Abia states , describing the project as the first of its kind in the South east. [AA Construction]

Tanzania: In Focus

Tanzania: In Focus - Various challenges prevent rural people in Tanzania to access efficient sources of energy or technologies. As a result, the majority of people in the areas use kerosene and firewood for lighting and cooking. Use of such sources of energy produces a gas that contributes to unwanted climate change and leads to emission of smoke which is said to cause cancer. Women and children are the main victims of cancer caused by smoke. [AA Urbanisation]

Uganda: UNRA Demolishes Illegal Kiosks

Uganda: UNRA Demolishes Illegal Kiosks - THE Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has demolished kiosks built in the Northern Bypass road reserve. [AA Urbanisation]

Mozambique: Money Available to Electrify 22 Districts

Mozambique: Money Available to Electrify 22 Districts - The Mozambican government has 300 million US dollars available to supply electricity to 22 more districts across the country during the next five years. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Apapa Residents Lament Govt's Neglect

Nigeria: Apapa Residents Lament Govt's Neglect - MOVING round some popular streets in Apapa Local Government Area, one will not fail to notice certain billboards conspicuosly mounted at strategic locations. On each of the billboards are the carefully displayed photographs of the Apapa Local Government Chairman, Hon. Ayodeji Joseph and a bad road placed side by side a newly constructed one with drainage system. [AA Urbanisation]

Uganda: Arua Hospital Gets Sh191 Million for Face-Lift

Uganda: Arua Hospital Gets Sh191 Million for Face-Lift - THE United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has released over sh191m for the refurbishment of the out-patient's department of Arua Hospital. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Sustaining Maintenance Culture And Change

Nigeria: Sustaining Maintenance Culture And Change - At the colloquium marking the investiture of the new president of the Nigerian Society of Engineers at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, January 15, 2010, Akwa Ibom State Deputy Governor, Patrick Ekpotu, drew a roadmap on how engineering as a field would continue to retain its pride among other professions. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: 'Quality Work Determines Enugu's Choice of Contractors'

Nigeria: 'Quality Work Determines Enugu's Choice of Contractors' - Recently, Enugu State government flagged off the rehabilitation of Ugwo Nike-Neke-Ikem road, linking Enugu East Local Government Area to neighbouring Isiuzo. The coverage of the road is over 28 kilometres and would be constructed at an estimated N2 billion. Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Godwin Madueke who flagged-off the road on behalf of the governor, spoke to journalists at the end of pre-construction meeting with all those involved in the rehabilitation work.. He revealed the reasons why the government decided to embark on the project in conjunction with the benefiting local government areas and what the people stand to benefit from the project. Reporter, Emmanuel Nzomiwu, captured highlights of the commissioner's interaction with the press. [AA Construction]

Xingwana approves 28 geographical name changes

Xingwana approves 28 geographical name changes - Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana has approved proposed changes to 28 geographical names, her department said in a statement on Tuesday. [XMG News]

Sierra Leone: VP Returns Houses to Kono Property Owners

Sierra Leone: VP Returns Houses to Kono Property Owners - The first set of houses for affected property owners in Koidu town in the Kono district constructed by mining outfit Koidu Holdings will be officially handed over to the affected people by the vice president Chief Samuel Sam-Sumana in February this year. [AA Urbanisation]

Uganda: Kiruhura Town Clerk Asked to Plan Town Well

Uganda: Kiruhura Town Clerk Asked to Plan Town Well - THE minister for works and transport, Eng. John Nasasira, has directed the town clerk and planner of Kiruhura town council to use a comprehensive strategy to develop the town in a bid to avoid congestion. [AA Construction]

Uganda: Leaders Row over Palace Location

Uganda: Leaders Row over Palace Location - A wrangle has erupted between Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu and Kasese Municipality over land on which to build the king's palace. [AA Construction]

High demand for SA conference centres

By Nthambeleni Gabara

Pretoria – Conference Centres across the country are reporting a high demand this year as local businesses try to squeeze in conferences ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Conference bookings in Gauteng alone are expected to exceed R1 billion.

Liza van Wyk, owner and CEO of the AstroTech Conference Centre in Parktown said: "The year started off fast and very busy with a significant number of queries from foreign and South African companies booking conferences and events.”

She said there has been significant interest from foreign organisations that are having events because of the World Cup.

"South African companies seem to be concerned about high travel prices during the Soccer World Cup and the fact that universities will close during that time, so we are moving bookings forward. “

Another trend that seemed to be emerging was many companies scheduling increased staff training during June and July.

Demand for South Africa’s conference centres have also been fuelled by South Africa being named as a top 10 destination for 2010 in the highly influential British ABTA Travel Trends Report.

Nujoma Stadium Loses Astroturf

Nujoma Stadium Loses Astroturf - Nujoma Stadium Loses Astroturf - THE International Football Federation (Fifa), in consultation with Greenfields Sport Turf Systems, has decided to remove the artificial turf at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, which they claim affects playability because of serious structural problems in various parts of the complex. [All Africa - Namibia] [AA Namibia]

Residents Attack Water Supply Plan

Residents Attack Water Supply Plan - Residents Attack Water Supply Plan - Water Resources Minister Samuel Sipepa Nkomo's plans to nationalise the Matabeleland Zambezi Water Project (MZWP) have run into stiff opposition in the region amid accusations he is trying to "hijack a people's initiative". [All Africa : Zimbabwe] [AA Zimbabwe]

Marine Parks to Be Set Up Around Lake Victoria

Marine Parks to Be Set Up Around Lake Victoria - Marine Parks to Be Set Up Around Lake Victoria - Plans are underway to create marine parks in the Lake Victoria basin, which will in turn help to boost tourism. [All Africa : Kenya] [AA Kenya]

Nedbank to fund R200m affordable housing project

Nedbank to fund R200m affordable housing project - Nedbank to fund R200m affordable housing project - The affordable housing division of Nedbank Corporate Property Finance would fund a new R200-million development to be built by the Cosmopolitan group, in Mapleton, near Vosloorus, in Gauteng.
The banking group on Monday reported that the affordable housing development would entail the construction of 522 residential stands, 270 of which would be completed as part of phase one by the end of February.
[Engineering News]
[AA South Africa]

Nigeria: Fire Claims 11 Lives, N59.2 Million Property in Nassarawa

Nigeria: Fire Claims 11 Lives, N59.2 Million Property in Nassarawa - Managing Director of Mainasara Ventures Nigeria Limited, Alhaji Ali Yakubu ; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Alhaji Mamman Musa, and Alpha Ahmed of VOA at the malaria eradication programme organized by VOA in conjunction with USAID at NUJ Secretariat, Damaturu... recently. Photo: Mohammed Abubakar [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Abuja - 1.7 Million Lugbe Residents Face Ejection

Nigeria: Abuja - 1.7 Million Lugbe Residents Face Ejection - An estimated 1.7 million residents of Lugbe, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, have been given a month's notice to vacate their properties numbering about 6,000. The said properties are to be demolished by that time. [AA Urbanisation]

South Africa: Limpopo Steps Up Housing Delivery

South Africa: Limpopo Steps Up Housing Delivery - Limpopo's Department of Local Government and Housing has increased the number of RDP houses it has built from 11 000 in the 2008/2009 financial year to 16 000 this year. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Port-Harcourt Rainbow Town Gets Delivery Dates

Nigeria: Port-Harcourt Rainbow Town Gets Delivery Dates - Lagos-based Messrs. CityScape International Plc, developers to "Rainbow Town" residential scheme at the Trans-Amadi Industrial Layout in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, have unveiled delivery dates for the estates, which is featuring a range of house types. [AA Construction]