May 2010

Tanzania: SA Firm Pitches to Build Dar Nuclear Power Plant

Tanzania: SA Firm Pitches to Build Dar Nuclear Power Plant - Tanzania will soon have the first nuclear power plant in East Africa following a move by South Areva South Africa, a member of the French multinational Areva group, to bid for its construction. [AA Construction]

South Africa: Lightning Bolts And Eviction Mysteries

South Africa: Lightning Bolts And Eviction Mysteries - THE editor of this newspaper once warned me against using too many quotations in the same column. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on your attitude towards judges with a gift for grandiloquence, this is one of those occasions when I think I shall be forgiven for going against the sagacious Mr Bruce. [AA Urbanisation]

Uganda: Cement Firms Worried Over Cheap Imports

Uganda: Cement Firms Worried Over Cheap Imports - The East African Business Council has asked EAC governments to support local cement manufacturers if the industry is to compete favourably with imported products. The local industry is currently grappling with increased competition from imported cement from countries that enjoy lower production costs as well as subsidies since EAC finance ministers reduced Common External Tariff (CET) on cement from 40 per cent to 25 per cent. [AA Construction]

Uganda: Indian Women's Group Launches Sanitation Drive

Uganda: Indian Women's Group Launches Sanitation Drive - The Indian Women's Association in Uganda will construct pit-latrines in Namuwongo, a Kampala suburb, to improve sanitation. [AA Construction]

Uganda: Kasubi Tombs Repair Team Named

Uganda: Kasubi Tombs Repair Team Named - Kabaka Ronald Mutebi has appointed 11 committees to oversee the reconstruction of the Kasubi tombs, which were destroyed in a March-16 inferno. [AA Construction]

Eritrea: New Petroleum Jetty Constructed

Eritrea: New Petroleum Jetty Constructed - The Minister of Public Works, Mr. Abraha Asfaha laid a stone for the foundation of a new petroleum jetty in the Hirgigo Bay which will be constructed at the cost of USD 31.6 million. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Estate Surveyors Tasked On Professionalism

Nigeria: Estate Surveyors Tasked On Professionalism - Professional advice of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) to governments at levels on global best practices would ensure sustainability of high standards in the real estate sector, the immediate past Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Ade Dosunmu has said. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Committee On Ekiti Airport Inaugurated

Nigeria: Committee On Ekiti Airport Inaugurated - Ekiti State Government has taken a major step towards the construction of the proposed Ado-Ekiti airport with the inauguration of an 8-man committee on the implementation of the project by Governor Segun Oni. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: NSE Moves to Curb Corruption in Engineering Projects

Nigeria: NSE Moves to Curb Corruption in Engineering Projects - Worried by the increasing level of corruption in the execution of engineering projects in the country, the Nigerian Society of Engineers is sensitising its members across the country on the need not to allow themselves be used by corrupt politicians for various vices ranging from contract inflation and over designing in the execution of engineering projects. [AA Construction]

Nelspruit's 2010 transport plans in place

By Eric Mashaba

Nelspruit - The Mbombela Local Municipality in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, has announced its FIFA World Cup transport plan to accommodate the influx of visitors and ease potential traffic congestion.

"This system is put forward to ensure that travelling in and around Nelspruit is safe and convenient for residents and visitors," said Mbombela 2010 World Cup coordinator Differ Mogale.

"The transport system is an additional service to the regular day-to-day public transport system already in place. It comprises a public transport hub, six park-and-ride points and one park-and-walk point, all with free and secure parking, as well as an airport pickup point.

"Shuttle services to the stadium, Fan Fest and public transport hub will be operational from the park-and-ride and airport pickup points," he said.

Mogale said 600 branded buses and minibus taxis would provide the shuttle services, with a number of primary and alternative routes that had been developed to ensure the system runs smoothly and traffic congestion is kept to a minimum.

Angola: Housing Boost Fund Finances Social Housing Projects

Angola: Housing Boost Fund Finances Social Housing Projects - The director of the National Housing Institute, Eugénio Correia, said on Tuesday in Luanda that the Housing Boost Fund, set up by the Angolan government, will give priority to financing housing projects that are part of the urbanisation and social housing programme. [AA Urbanisation]

Kenya: Kengen to Spend Sh1 Billion On Dam

Kenya: Kengen to Spend Sh1 Billion On Dam - Kenya Electricity Generating Company says it would invest Sh1.1 billion to raise Masinga Dam wall by 1.5 metres. [AA Urbanisation]

Angola: Territory Ministry Organises Seminar On Rural Urbanisation

Angola: Territory Ministry Organises Seminar On Rural Urbanisation - Waku Kungo City in the central Kwanza Sul Province will host Friday a seminar on rural urbanisation, led by municipal administrators and MPs, an initiative of the Territory Administration Ministry (MAT). [AA Urbanisation]

West Africa: Ambitious Plan to Link West African Cities

West Africa: Ambitious Plan to Link West African Cities - An ambitious plan to link several West African capitals by railway links and roads is gaining seeds according to Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade who ended a one day visit here. [AA Urbanisation]

South Africa: Infrastructure Slowdown Worries PPC

South Africa: Infrastructure Slowdown Worries PPC - THE head of SA's largest cement maker Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) yesterday expressed dismay at the slow pace of implementation of the government's multibillion-rand infrastructure spend. [AA Construction]

Uganda: Urban Planning Policy Coming

Uganda: Urban Planning Policy Coming - A POLICY to streamline the construction of buildings in urban centres throughout the country is coming, the commissioner for urban development has said. [AA Construction]

Angola: UNICEF Funds Construction of Primary School in Coporolo Locality

Angola: UNICEF Funds Construction of Primary School in Coporolo Locality - UNICEF funded a 540-student capacity primary school in Coporolo locality, in the central Benguela Province, so as to reduce the scarcity of schools in the education sector. [AA Construction]

Untraceable beneficiaries to be removed from housing list

By Sydney Masinga

Nelspruit - The Mpumalanga government will deregister 3 360 untraceable beneficiaries from the RDP housing list.

Tabling the R1.1-billion provincial Department of Human Settlements budget in the legislature in Nelspruit on Tuesday, MEC Madala Masuku said the "missing" beneficiaries had to be removed and would be replaced by new applicants.

"We have untraceable beneficiaries who create a challenge of unoccupied houses all over the province, resulting in illegal occupants who sometimes engage in illegal activities.

"We used local municipalities, local radio stations and newspapers in the last year trying to trace these beneficiaries, with no luck, so we have no choice but to give these houses to other people," said Masuku.

He also announced that his department would demolish and rebuild 600 houses that had been built before 1994.

"We assessed these houses and found that they were unsafe to live in. We will also continue to fix 925 houses with structural defects, which were built between 1994 and 2002 and which have already been assessed. They will be rectified in this financial year," he said.

North West embarks on sanitation awareness campaign

Pretoria - Hygiene and habitable settlements will form part of North West MEC for Human Settlements, Desbo Mohon's focus as the province embarks on a massive campaign aimed at raising awareness on sanitation.

Themed "Sanitation for health and dignity", Mohono will use the campaign to mobilise communities and municipalities to prioritise sanitation and highlight government's efforts to ensure that people have access to sanitation.

There will also be campaigns across the four provincial districts with the main event taking place on Friday at Ditsobotla Stadium in Modiri Molema District Municipality where sanitation still remains a challenge as a result of the continuing mushrooming of informal settlements.

"The campaign will be targeting school children in the province as they are regarded as the most vulnerable because of the unhygienic environment most schools find themselves in," Mohono said.

Sanitation backlogs are an international problem affecting all countries, with more than 2.4 billion people in the world without access to sanitation.

The World Health Organisation estimates that 1.8 million people die each year due to diarrheal diseases.

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Nigeria: Rivers SUBEB to Build 23 Model Schools

Nigeria: Rivers SUBEB to Build 23 Model Schools - Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has commenced the construction of 23 model primary schools to complement the state government's efforts of building 250 of such schools across the state. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Fire Kills Student, Razes 15 Houses in Ibadan

Nigeria: Fire Kills Student, Razes 15 Houses in Ibadan - Eleruku area of Academy, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, was thrown into confusion on Wednesday when a vehicle conveying petroleum tumbled and spilled its contents, culminating in the roasting to death of a school girl and the razing of no fewer than 15 houses in the area. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Benue Initiates Grassroots Housing Scheme

Nigeria: Benue Initiates Grassroots Housing Scheme - Benue State Government has initiated Benue Grassroots Housing Scheme to provide affordable housing to low income earners in the state, as N100 million is voted for training of youths in skill acquisition. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Housing Professionals Charged to Checkmate Quackery

Nigeria: Housing Professionals Charged to Checkmate Quackery - Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Nduese Essien, has called on professionals in the housing development sector to take new measures to checkmate the activities of quacks in the built environment. [AA Urbanisation]

Angola: Preservation of Cultural Heritage Depends On People's Education - Architect

Angola: Preservation of Cultural Heritage Depends On People's Education - Architect - The Angolan architect Ângela Mingas said Monday that the demographic studies is one of conditions that contribute to the preservation of the historical heritage of peoples as well as all its cultural assets. [AA Construction]