September 2010

Maropeng Comes Alive With Heritage Day Festivities

Krugersdorp - A stellar line-up of diverse local indigenous dancing groups have begun to mesmerise droves of people gathered to celebrate the Gauteng provincial government's Heritage Day celebrations at Maropeng.

The event is organised under the theme, "Celebrating our treasure, our heritage." Senior citizens arrived dressed in their respective traditional attire, with the majority of youngsters in regular clothes, but waving South African flags.

Catherine Takalani, a Honeydew resident originally from Venda, said celebrating Heritage Day will help remind young people to follow the footsteps of the past generations.

"We are living in a modern world, but it is important that as indigenous people, we remain proud of our cultural and traditional values," she said.

For granny Jeminah Maphike from Orange Farm, the day will help future generations to know their roots.

"It is painful to see our young people who cannot speak their own indigenous languages and know nothing about their culture and traditions. Through this event, this lost generation will learn more about themselves," she said.

Gautrain reaches one million passengers milestone

Pretoria - A million passengers have been transported on the Gautrain between Sandton and OR Tambo International Airport since its launch. The Gautrain's one millionth passenger was a regular commuter from Rhodesfield to Marlboro station. Ulindi Krull was on Wednesday presented with a complimentary weekend stay at the luxury Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel in the heart of Sandton.

Nigeria: Archibuilt 2010 Kicks-Off Saturday

Nigeria: Archibuilt 2010 Kicks-Off Saturday - THE 2010 edition of Archibuilt will commence on Saturday, September 25, 2010 and end on October 1, 2010 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. [AA Construction]

Uganda: Families Evicted From Taxi Park

Uganda: Families Evicted From Taxi Park - Over 20 families were on Tuesday morning evicted from Ishaka Taxi Park in Bushenyi district.The municipality officials said the families had turned the lock-ups in the park into residential houses. [AA Urbanisation]

Architectural conceptual competition Environment of Contemporary Architecture

Architectural conceptual competition Environment of Contemporary Architecture - C:CA / Center of Contemporary Architecture under the aegis of the State Museum of Architecture is pleased to announce the architectural conceptual competition «Environment of Contemporary Architecture» ...22.09.2010 [WAC Latest News]

Kenya: Storeyed Houses a Lurking Danger, Warns City Mayor

Kenya: Storeyed Houses a Lurking Danger, Warns City Mayor - Seventy per cent of storeyed buildings in Eastlands, Nairobi could be a disaster in waiting. [AA Urbanisation]

South Africa: Cape Town Gets Tough On Housing Battle

South Africa: Cape Town Gets Tough On Housing Battle - After a day of violence in Hangberg in which 18 people were injured and 62 residents were arrested, the City of Cape Town is taking a tough stance and drafting legal papers to have the remaining 52 illegal structures demolished through a court order. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: FG to Remodel Five Airports With N90 Billion

Nigeria: FG to Remodel Five Airports With N90 Billion - Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Fidelia Njeze, yesterday said the Federal Government had given approval for the remodelling of five of the nation's airports to international standard with about N90 billion. [AA Urbanisation]

Mozambique: Israelis Plan to Build Mossad Tower in Maputo

Mozambique: Plans to Construct Country's Tallest Building - The Green Point Investment Group, a company owned by Israeli capital, announced on Monday that it will invest 110 million US dollars in constructing a 47 storey building in central Maputo.

[AA Urbanisation]

Civil Society Fights Aluminium Giant Over Emissions

Civil Society Fights Aluminium Giant Over Emissions - Civil Society Fights Aluminium Giant Over Emissions - Civil society groups are challenging a six-month authorisation granted aluminium giant BHP Billiton to emit potentially dangerous fumes from its Mozal smelter into the air without treating them first. [AA Network News] [AA Mozambique]

New Railway Line to Mozambique Port Opens

New Railway Line to Mozambique Port Opens - New Railway Line to Mozambique Port Opens - The historic launch of the Chipata-Mchinji railway line will provide the shortest route to the port of Nacala on the Indian Ocean, boosting trade not only in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia but the entire southern African region. [AA Network News] [AA Mozambique]

Bentley Student Design Competition

Bentley Student Design Competition - The Bentley Student Design Competition gives students an opportunity to explore the crucial and rewarding work of designing, building, operating, and sustaining the worlds infrastructure. At the same time, it encourages them to pursue a course of study that e ...21.09.2010 [WAC Latest News]

Housing and The Informal City - Web Exhibition

Despite formal delivery of 2.5 million houses, the South African housing backlog has increased from 1.4 to 2.5 million since 1994.

Student Competition : Viena House of Music (VHOM)


The House of Music is a new type of music school for Vienna that should be an important link between past and present of the city.

The building will have to resolve two separate programs, a music school / conservatory and a new public space that is related to the park and the city.

Angola: 1,500 Families Benefit From Drinkable Water in Mufuma Commune

Angola: 1,500 Families Benefit From Drinkable Water in Mufuma Commune - At least 1,500 families at Mufuma commune, in northern Malanje province, are since the weekend benefiting from drinkable water, following the inauguration of a water abstraction, treatment and supply station, Angop learnt. [AA Urbanisation]

Kenya: Crunching Numbers At 'Africa's Biggest Slum'

Kenya: Crunching Numbers At 'Africa's Biggest Slum' - It is now official: Kibera is not the biggest slum in Africa. The 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census shows that one of the world's most famous slums houses just 170,070 residents, not one million, as previously believed. [AA Urbanisation]

Africa: Reducing the Risk in Slums

Africa: Reducing the Risk in Slums - The disproportionately high risk of disaster faced by a billion slum-dwellers across the world could be significantly reduced with prudent investment, states a new report. [AA Urbanisation]

Gambia: Farafenni Market Second Phase Near Completion

Gambia: Farafenni Market Second Phase Near Completion - Work on the second phase of Farafenni market in the North Bank Region is near completion. [AA Construction]

East Africa: EA Cement Makers Want Higher Import Duty

East Africa: EA Cement Makers Want Higher Import Duty - The request for state governments within the East Africa region to introduce double tax duty on imported cement has hit a snag as the governments had turned a blind eye to the manufacturers appeal. [AA Construction]

Rwanda: 28MW Hydro Project Progressing - Official

Rwanda: 28MW Hydro Project Progressing - Official - Construction work On the 28 MW Nyabarongo Hydro power plant, the biggest Rwanda will have once completed, is progressing, a Ministry of Infrastructure official has said, [AA Construction]

Solent Design Awards Shortlist Announced

Solent Design Awards Shortlist Announced - The shortlist has been announced for first Solent Design Awards, to choose the best designed building or space making the biggest contribution to its surrounding community and, from September until October 15, the public can vote online for the community champion. ...21.09.2010 [WAC Latest News]

Richard Gage - The Most Relevant Architect Of Our Time



A global crime so huge and horrendous has been committed that few dare think about it - let alone speak of it. One man stands head and shoulders above the mass of brave Americans that seek justice for the victims of 9/11 and the millions that have died and suffered worldwide as a direct consequence of that orchestrated event.

Zimbabwe: Flat Tenants Up in Arms Against Property Developer

Zimbabwe: Flat Tenants Up in Arms Against Property Developer - A big signpost on a dusty road to a cluster of flats in Tynwald North in Harare reads: "Always adding value to land". [AA Urbanisation]

Eritrea: Inhabitants of Adi-Keih Sub-Zone Express Satisfaction With the Newly Installed Electricity Service

Eritrea: Inhabitants of Adi-Keih Sub-Zone Express Satisfaction With the Newly Installed Electricity Service - The inhabitants of Adi-Keih sub-zone expressed satisfaction for becoming beneficiaries of electricity service that was installed recently. [AA Urbanisation]

South Africa: Poor Infrastructure 'Holding Rural Tourism Back'

South Africa: Poor Infrastructure 'Holding Rural Tourism Back' - THE lack of basic infrastructure such as access roads, water and sanitation is discouraging potential investment in the development of rural tourism and social entrepreneurship, says Akhona Maqwazima, manager of the Eastern Cape Provincial Tourism Enterprise Partnership. [AA Urbanisation]

South Africa: Angry Crowd Gives Premier the Finger

South Africa: Angry Crowd Gives Premier the Finger - A crowd of angry Hout Bay residents shouted down Premier Helen Zille, gave her the middle finger and then came close to lunging at her on Friday night at a rowdy community meeting to discuss housing. [AA Urbanisation]

Uganda: Construction of Luwero Fruit Plant Stalls

Uganda: Construction of Luwero Fruit Plant Stalls - A five-acre plot of land worth sh115m, which the Government bought for the construction of a fruit processing plant in Luwero, is lying idle due to confusion among the implementers. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Lagoon Hospital Commences Upgraded Surgery

Nigeria: Lagoon Hospital Commences Upgraded Surgery - A foremost indigenous health care institution, Lagoon Hospitals, in collaboration with Nigerian surgeons based in United Kingdom has embarked on an initiative aimed at retaining at home of a portion of the significant health care spending in orthopedics, general surgery and colposcopy. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Governor Suntai's Air Mania

Nigeria: Governor Suntai's Air Mania - Governor Danbaba Suntai's plan to build an airport in Taraba State at the cost of N10 billion is sheer misplacement of priority. This plan should be shelved immediately, in favour of projects that can directly affect the poverty stricken people of the state. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Ondo Govt to Build Hospital for Women, Children

Nigeria: Ondo Govt to Build Hospital for Women, Children - As part of efforts to tackle mother and child mortality, the Ondo State government has awarded a contract for construction of a hospital just for women and children. [AA Construction]