October 2010

FG to Fast Track Work on Bayelsa Airport

Nigeria: FG to Fast Track Work on Bayelsa Airport - President Goodluck Jonathan has said the Federal Government in collaboration with the state government will ensure that work on the Bayelsa Airport is accelerated. He made the promise while speaking at a state banquet organised in his honour at the Banquet Hall in Yenagoa at the weekend. [AA Construction]

Limpopo assesses hailstorm damage

Polokwane - The Limpopo Provincial Government is assessing the damage caused by severe hailstorms which hit a number of towns on Sunday night.

There are fears that people might have died in the storms.

Clayson Monyela, spokesperson for the Limpopo Department of Local Government and Housing, said they had received unconfirmed reports that lives and houses were lost.

"The affected towns were Burgersfort, Tzaneen and Polokwane. The provincial Disaster Management Centre has dispatched a team of officials to these areas to assess the damage and prepare a report," said Monyela on Monday.

He said the team would advise the department on possible interventions, depending on the severity of the storm damage.

"We are not yet sure about the scale of the damage caused, but we will know soon," he added.

Monyela warned that the summer ahead could see parts of Limpopo experiencing above average rainfall, which could cause floods.

"Extreme weather conditions, including hail storms, have been predicted for the province, but the Disaster Management Centre is ready to handle any eventuality.

Makoko - a Thriving Lagos Slum

Nigeria: Makoko - a Thriving Lagos Slum - Whenever the Lagos State government moves to showcase the beauty of the city, it focuses on the beautifully constructed roads of Ikoyi and Victoria Island, as well as the imposing buildings in the industrial areas of the state. But in reality, Lagos is more than the beautiful roads of Ikoyi, or the intimidating skyscrapers found in some parts of the Island. Many areas of Lagos are still bereft of infrastructures that make life easy for the dwellers. [AA Urbanisation]

Sokoto Floods - Any Hope in View?

Nigeria: Sokoto Floods - Any Hope in View? - Thousands of Sokoto flood victims are still faced with shortage of food and shelter even though relief materials have been donated to them through the state government. TANIMU BAWA, who was in the state last week, reports the plight of the victims, even as many of the refugees have fled the state to neighbouring countries in search of a living. [AA Urbanisation]

Season of Disaster, As Floods Sack Kogi Villages

Nigeria: Season of Disaster, As Floods Sack Kogi Villages - The nightmare called flooding has indeed wrecked several villages and towns in different parts of the world this season. In southern Asia, particularly, Pakistan, millions are still counting their losses, even as the number of deaths recorded is equally on the high side. Indeed, the disaster that trailed this year's rainfall can only be imagined as several communities have been sacked from their traditional abodes. [AA Urbanisation]

Why Electricity Supply Dropped, By Power Minister

Nigeria: Why Electricity Supply Dropped, By Power Minister - A major fault caused by the overflow of water from the dam at the Shiroro Hydro Power Plant in Niger State has slashed some 450 megawatts (mw) of electricity supply from the national grid, compounding the epileptic power supply in the country. [AA Urbanisation]

Government Seeks Partnerships on City Development Project

Nigeria: Govt Seeks Partnerships on City Development Project - Rivers State Government has called on investors within and outside Nigeria to partner with it in developing the Greater Port Harcourt City project. [AA Urbanisation]

Council Carries Out Dawn Demolitions in Nairobi

Kenya: Council Carries Out Dawn Demolitions in Nairobi - Hundreds of families were left homeless and property worth millions of shillings destroyed after the City Council went on a demolition spree on Friday morning in Kahawa West, Githurai 44 and Maasai Village in Westlands. [AA Urbanisation]

Multi-Billion Naira Abuja Airport Road Expansion Unnecessary

Nigeria: Multi-Billion Naira Abuja Airport Road Expansion Unnecessary - Nigeria's former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Christopher Kolade, at the weekend said the Federal Government's multi-billion naira expansion of Abuja Airport road to 10 lanes was unnecessary as the government would have rather diverted such huge amount of funds into re-habilitation of the 'long neglected' Benin-Ore road, which was more important and key to Nigeria's realization of Vision 20:2020. [AA Urbanisation]

Nekede/Owerri Link Bridge Collapses

Nigeria: Nekede/Owerri Link Bridge Collapses - The bridge linking Owerri municipality and Nekede in Owerri West local government area, has collapsed. According to Vanguard investigation, the bridge had previously been severely threatened by a devastating erosion. [AA Urbanisation]

Port Eyes More Capacity With Deeper Channel

Kenya: Port Eyes More Capacity With Deeper Channel - A Netherlands firm has won the tender to carry out the planned dredging of the Mombasa port channel, which maritime experts say will position it strategically as a regional transhipment hub. [AA Construction]

South Africa: Aveng Warns of Tough Times Ahead

South Africa: Aveng Warns of Tough Times Ahead - AVENG, the largest construction group in SA, warned on Friday that prevailing tough trading conditions were expected to continue into 2012, with public-private partnerships likely to fast-track infrastructure development. [AA Construction]

Building Collapse - Lagos to Demolish Nine Structures

Nigeria: Building Collapse - Lagos to Demolish Nine Structures - The Lagos State government is set to demolish 9 buildings on Lagos Island considered to be weak, in a pro-active move to stem the spate of building collapse in the state. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: MAN Hails Jonathan On Akanu Ibiam Airport Upgrade

Nigeria: MAN Hails Jonathan On Akanu Ibiam Airport Upgrade - The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, Southeast zone, has commended President Goodluck Jonathan and members of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, for approving N10.033 billion to upgrade Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu, to international status, describing the development as a demonstration of great vision, fairness and determination to right the wrongs of the past. [AA Construction]

U.S. $14 Million Assembly Building Contract Signed

Gambia: U.S. $14 Million Assembly Building Contract Signed - The Gambia government through the Ministry of Works, Construction and Infrastructure recently signed a US $14M contract with M/s Shapoorji Pallonji & Co. Ltd of the Republic of India, for the construction of a new National Assembly Building, a press release from the ministry of Works, Construction and Infrastructure has revealed. [AA Construction]

Medical Practitioner Advocates Oil City in Niger Delta

Nigeria: Medical Practitioner Advocates Oil City in Niger Delta - The Federal Government has been urged to create a special oil city in the Niger Delta, to abate the lingering socio-economic problems in the area. [AA Construction]

South Africa To Spend R800 Billion On Energy Infrastructure

Ermelo - Government is to spend over R800 billion on energy infrastructure over the next few years.
The announcement was made by President Jacob Zuma on Saturday at the re-opening of the Camden power station in Mpumalanga.

The station was first opened in 1967 and mothballed in 1990. It is envisaged that it will contribute 1 440 megawatts of electricity to the national grid, which will help the country meet its rising energy demands.

Camden is one of three power stations which are being brought back into service. It is planned that Grootvlei and Komati power stations will be back in service in the next two years.
Camden power station accounts for R5.86 million of the approximate R27 billion of returning all three into operation.

Eskom was also constructing three other stations - Medupi, Kusile and Ingula. Zuma said government was looking for funding solutions for Kusile power station. Part of the R800 billion covers Eskom's R385 billion for expansion. It is estimated that electricity demand is set to double in the next 20 years, hence the move to bring back out-of-commission power stations.

EU Resolution Calls On Mugabe to Scrap Planned Evictions At Hatcliffe

Zimbabwe: EU Resolution Calls On Mugabe to Scrap Planned Evictions At Hatcliffe - Members of the European parliament on Thursday passed a resolution which called on Robert Mugabe to drop the planned evictions of about 20,000 people from Hatcliffe Extension settlement outside Harare. Residents there were being forced to pay exorbitant lease renewal fees, which the resolution said the residents "simply have no means of paying." [AA Urbanisation]

Trimo International Competition for Students of Architecture and Design

The Trimo International Competition for students of architecture and design works to encourage aspiring designers of urban space toward a bolder, more ambitious approach to and understanding of architecture; and to unite them in the ongoing search for the creative expression and transformation of the urban environment using cutting-edge materials and structural solutions. The competition ventures beyond the realm of theory by revealing the innovativeness, flexibility and effectiveness of Trimo products and solutions, by making a permanent execution of the best project in practice.

Gautrain Tshwane stations to be completed mid-2011

Pretoria - The Pretoria, Hatfield and Centurion Gautrain stations will be ready and operational in June 2011, said Bombela spokesperson, Kelebogile Machaka.

"The ticket offices, station control rooms and payment stations are standard components, but each station has its own brief and accommodation schedule," she said, speaking during a media tour to the three stations on Thursday.

Machaka said the Gautrain stations come in three typologies which are underground, on-grade and elevated.

The offices and guard house located between the Rissik and Hartbeesspruit stations are complete but still need floor and wall tiling.

The multi-storey parking garage for park-and-ride passengers is also complete. Only the floor tiling needs to be done.

The railway line and platforms will be below ground level. Work is underway to ensure they are accessible by stairs and escalators from ground level, and also by lifts to accommodate passengers with disabilities.

FEC Approves Contract to Upgrade Enugu Airport

Nigeria: FEC Approves Contract to Upgrade Enugu Airport - The Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday ratified the upgrade of the Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu, Enugu State to an international status. [AA Urbanisation]

Kofi Woods Inspires Logan Town Dwellers

Liberia: Kofi Woods Inspires Logan Town Dwellers - Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods, II visited his boyhood slum community of Logan Town over the weekend and injected doses of inspiration, joy and celebration among the people there, assuring them that the major infrastructure development needs of the area will be addressed. [AA Urbanisation]

Mobilization in favor of flood-affected populations

Benin: Mobilization in favor of flood-affected populations - Floods and heavy rain falls over the past month have seriously disrupted the lives of more than 360, 000 people across a vast area of Benin. Amongst them are around 64 500 children under five. The Government and humanitarian partners are engaged in a rapid response in 51 of the country’s 77 communes. [AA Urbanisation]

Kenya to Build Heroes' Monument

Kenya: Kenya to Build Heroes' Monument - Kenya has paid tribute to its heroes and heroines as President Kibaki announced a national monument will be erected in their honour next year. [AA Construction]

Nakawa Mosque Developer Threatens to Drop Project

Uganda: Nakawa Mosque Developer Threatens to Drop Project - City businessman Mutaasa Kafeero who offered to redevelop Nakasero Mosque has threatened to drop the deal if the controversy surrounding the project is not resolved in today's planned meeting. Mr Mutaasa said he has been unnecessarily dragged into the Muslim community differences since the signing of the agreement in April, yet his offer was intended to give a face-lift to the mosque. [AA Construction]

New Schools Under Construction in Laelai-Gash Sub-Zone

Eritrea: New Schools Under Construction in Laelai-Gash Sub-Zone - New schools are under construction in Laelai-Gash sub-zone with a view to promoting active student participation in education and facilitating the teaching-learning process. [AA Construction]

American Firm Showcases Modular Building System

Nigeria: U.S. Based Firm Showcases Modular Building System - Messrs StRUCtURA CASA Int LLC, a company owned by a Nigerian architect resident in the United States, last week in Lagos unveiled plans to build Legacy Estate in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, using the modular system of building construction. As a forerunner to the project, the company will soon flag off the construction of a prototype estate using the same construction method at New Bodija in the Oyo State capital. [AA Construction]

Lagos to Evaluate Foundations of Properties in Flooded Areas

Nigeria: Lagos to Evaluate Foundations of Properties in Flooded Areas - The Lagos State Government said last week that it will carry out evaluation of foundations of buildings at Ajegunle along Ikorodu Road to ascertain their fitness for human habitation following the flooding of the entire Lagos suburb as a result of the release of water from Ogun/Oshun River. [AA Construction]

New Projects Under Way In Barberton To Boost Tourism

Barberton - Seven projects worth R24 million are underway in the Barberton area in Mpumalanga to promote what is regarded as the world's most valuable geological landscape.

With funding from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, the Barberton Tourism and Biodiversity Corridor (Batobic) programme is developing the Bulembu Road Geology Trail as one of several projects.

"The Barberton area is world renowned for its unique geology, but in many respects it is inaccessible to tourists," said Batobic programme manager Godfrey Mogoane.

"That's why the R40 road from Barberton to the Josefsdal border post with Swaziland will be developed into an informative route that includes scenic lookouts, visitor facilities, lay-byes, interpretative signage and comprehensive information material."

Mogoane said the aim was to interpret the geology, biodiversity, scenery, cultural and historical attractions along the road.

The Batobic area stretches from Kaapmuiden in the east, through Barberton to Badplaas in the west.

Officials Say Johannesburg's BRT is underused

Pretoria - Travelling in public buses to attend meetings can be a difficult task but Rehana Moosajee, the City of Johannesburg Mayoral Committee Member responsible for transport, gave it a go.

Today is Car Free Day where everybody is encouraged to leave their cars at home and use public transport.

At 5am, Moosajee took public transport from her home in Lenasia to an early meeting at the Johannesburg Roads Agency in Sauer Street.

At 8am, she travelled to the Chancellor House east-bound station in Market Street to catch the Rea Vaya bus to promote its services on the inner city route.

Starting from today until Friday, all the buses on the C3 route will be operating free of charge.

The ride normally costs R3.50 and travels in a circular route from downtown Jo'burg into Braamfontein, passing the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Metro Centre, Constitutional Court and Joubert Park before returning to its starting point in the inner city. "We realise that more marketing needs to happen." said Moosajee.