October 2010

Architecture of Mali, Senegal and Niger



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Census 2011 : Third National Census In October

Stand up to be counted: Census 2011

Johannesburg - South Africans countrywide have been called to participate in Census 2011 - the third national census since the advent of democracy.

The countdown began on Sunday with Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) confident that counting the nation will go smoothly.

Speaking at the launch of the census, Kefiloe Masiteng, the Deputy Director-General for Population and Social Statistics, said the census should be something that the nation is proud of.

Stats SA will deploy 120 000 officials dressed in yellow bibs across the country to document all people, including illegal immigrants and the homeless from 10 to 31 October 2011.

"We will ask you about your access to services such as water, electricity and sanitation. Out of this arsenal of information we will know whether South Africa is making progress or not. We will also know what needs to be done," said Statistician General Pali Lehohla.

As part of Stats SA's preparations for next year's census since the last one was conducted in 2001, a dress rehearsal began on the streets of Pretoria on Saturday.

Manual On Prison Management Launched

Manual On Prison Management Launched - Manual On Prison Management Launched - Robert Allen, Director of the International Centre for Prison Studies at Kings College, London, on Wednesday launched in Maputo the second edition of the Manual for Prison Management, which explains how prisons should be run on a human rights approach. [AA Network News] [AA Mozambique]

Prime Minister Opens Conference On Prison Reform

Prime Minister Opens Conference On Prison Reform - Prime Minister Opens Conference On Prison Reform - The Mozambican state "must be guided by the principles of the democratic rule of law, respect for human rights, social justice, judicial pluralism, and access to justice for all", declared Prime Minister Aires Ali on Wednesday. [AA Network News] [AA Mozambique]

Public Works Axe to Fall On Many

Liberia: Public Works Axe to Fall On Many - The Ministry of Public Works is perched to crush many homes and structures built against the zoning laws in and around Monrovia, officials of the Ministry have vowed. [AA Urbanisation]

Ghana: BUI Resettlement Programme

Ghana: BUI Resettlement Programme - The Bui Hydroelectric Project, which upon completion will be the second largest hydroelectric plant in the country, after the Akosombo Dam, is seen by many as an opportunity for Ghana to exhibit its developmental prowess. It is expected to add approximately four hundred megawatts (400MW) of electricity to that of Akosombo and Kpong, which stands at a combined 1,180MW. [AA Urbanisation]

Zimbabwe: Bid to Repossess Stands Flops

Zimbabwe: Bid to Repossess Stands Flops - A bid by Rusape Town Council to repossess two stands because the transaction was held in Zimbabwe dollar bills hit a brick wall when the High Court validated the sale and ordered the immediate transfer of ownership of the stands into the names of the beneficiaries. [AA Urbanisation]

Urban Land Ownership Captures Attention

Liberia: Urban Land Ownership Captures Attention - Postwar urban land ownership, in the wake of intense rural urban migration with almost a 1.2m of the country's 3.4m people clustered in Monrovia alone , has generated international interest and conference on the issue open here today. [AA Urbanisation]

Unholy Competition Blamed for Collapsing Buildings in Uganda

Uganda: Unholy Competition Blamed for Collapsing Buildings - PRICE competition between construction firms is to blame for the increase in collapsing buildings and shoddy work, architects have said. [AA Construction]

New Law on Buildings Comes Into Force

Uganda: New Law on Buildings Comes Into Force - THE new law to regulate construction work has come into force. The Physical Planning Act 2010 aims at ensuring proper planning for buildings across the country. [AA Construction]

Junior and Secondary School in Embeito Under Construction

Eritrea: Junior and Secondary School in Embeito Under Construction - A junior and secondary school is under construction in Embeito, Gala-Nefhi sub-zone, at a cost of over 5.3 million Nakfa by Mereb Construction Company. [AA Construction]

MCA to Upgrade 47 Northern Schools

Namibia: MCA to Upgrade 47 Northern Schools - The Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Namibia is going to upgrade 47 schools in the North. [AA Construction]

U.S. Firm to Invest $150 Million in Bauchi Cement Factory

Nigeria: U.S. Firm to Invest $150 Million in Bauchi Cement Factory - United State of America based firm CNC international Miami Florida says it wants to invest $150 million to establish a new cement factory in Bauchi State. [AA Construction]

Kebbi to Spend N7 Billion on 32 Secondary Schools

Nigeria: Kebbi to Spend N7 Billion on 32 Secondary Schools - The Kebbi State government on Wednesday said it will spend over N7 billion to upgrade 32 Day Secondary Schools across the 21 local government areas of the state to boarding schools. [AA Construction]

Flood - Army Begins Construction of Temporary Bridge

Nigeria: Flood - Army Begins Construction of Temporary Bridge - Army engineers have commenced the installation of a temporary bridge along the flood ravaged Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto main campus road. [AA Construction]

South Africans to have their say on energy matters

Pretoria - The public now has the opportunity to voice their input on the country's energy mix with the release of the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).

The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Energy said the IRP 2010, which is the country's electricity master plan, will be released for public comment today.

The IRP is the country's 20-year electricity plan, which aims to show South Africa's future electricity demand, how the demand can be met and at what costs.

From 2011 to 2016, rolling blackouts are anticipated unless extraordinary steps are taken to accelerate the realisation of the non-Eskom generation and energy-efficiency projects.

Accordingly, the country will require an energy mix by 2030 comprising of 48 percent baseload coal, 14 percent baseload nuclear, 16 percent renewable energy, 9 percent peaking open cycle gas turbine, 5 mid-merit gas and 2 percent baseload import hydro.

The IMC looked at various scenarios, which include a case where only the direct costs of each technology are considered. They also mulled the cancellation of the Kusile power station.

Where is the Road and Highways Minister?

Ghana: Where is the Road and Highways Minister? - Statistics recently released by the police indicate that over thousand Ghanaians lost their lives through motor accidents on our roads. Apart from driver carelessness, most of these accidents are attributable to the bad nature of our roads. Unfortunately, the Ministry of Roads and Highways in particular, has failed to recognise this, resulting in some of these preventable deaths. [AA Urbanisation]

Minister Flays Low Sanitation Coverage

Nigeria: Minister Flays Low Sanitation Coverage - Minister of Water Resources, Chief Obadia Ando, has expressed dissatisfaction with the average sanitation coverage in Nigeria which, he said, is still as low as 45 percent. [AA Urbanisation]

Construction Bill Under Heavy Attack in Parliament

Namibia: Construction Bill Under Heavy Attack in Parliament - A BILL to regulate the construction sector proved to be unpopular among Members of Parliament, particularly among those who are responsible for it - the Executive. [AA Construction]

Empowerment - Kwara Unveils New Market

Nigeria: Empowerment - Kwara Unveils New Market - A multi billion naira ultra modern international market has been commissioned in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, as part of efforts to enhance the socio-economic growth of the state. [AA Construction]

Katabola to Have 30 New Schools

Angola: Katabola to Have 30 New Schools - Thirty new schools, with four classrooms each, are being built in the municipality of Katabola, 52 kms east of Kuito, central highland Bie province, under the local government program to reduce the number of children studying in the open. [AA Construction]

Video Walls : Integrating Audio Visual Technology Into Design Practice

CPD Workshop for Architects in Gauteng : Integrating AV Technology Into Design

KEYNOTE SPEAKER : BOB SIMPSON - Writer and lecturer on Audio Visual and Lighting Control topics, his books include "Effective Audio Visual", "Videowalls - The Book of the Big Electronic Image" and "Lighting Control - Technology and Applications". He has worked on many corporate, control room, EXPO, museum, theme park and permanent exhibition audio visual projects.

Over the last few months the South African Institute of Architects have been working with the Southern African Communications Industries Association (SACIA) to promote the adoption of professional standards in the local audiovisual industry.

ADRA invests USD 1.5 million in community projects

ADRA invests USD 1.5 million in community projects - ADRA invests USD 1.5 million in community projects - Lubango, Lubango– The Action for Rural Development and Environment will invest  over the next three years USD 1.5 million in five community-based projects in the  municipalities of Cacula, Caluquembe, Gambos and Humpata, province of Huíla. 
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[AA Angola]

Urbanism Ministry delivers kits for administrations

Urbanism Ministry delivers kits for administrations - Urbanism Ministry delivers kits for administrations - Luanda, Luanda – About 18 kits of material and equipments for municipal administrations in Luanda were handed over on Wednesday by the Ministry of Urbanism and Construction to provincial government.
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[AA Angola]

65% of Johannesburg residents satisfied with service delivery

Pretoria - Despite challenges in service delivery, the majority of residents in the City of Johannesburg seem to be satisfied customers.

The Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey shows a marginal improvement in the way residents feel about the core services rendered by the city. The satisfaction index rose from 58 in 2005 to 65 in 2010.

The survey was conducted among 3 000 residents and the business community in Johannesburg. It was carried out by the Bureau for Market Research (BMR).

The core services include electricity, sanitation, refuse collection, storm water drainage, neighbourhood streets, water and streetlights.

Refuse collection recorded the highest satisfaction rating compared with all other core services. Only 4.7 percent of the households were dissatisfied, claiming that refuse was seldom collected - which poses health risks.

Water provision was listed amongst the top three in 2010, with only 11.2 percent of the households being dissatisfied with service cuts.

Residents in Roodepoort, Soweto, Sandton and Alexandra were most satisfied with electricity services.

Homeless Scramble for Empty GRN Houses

Namibia: Homeless Scramble for Empty GRN Houses - Perhaps sensing that Government has no need for its once immaculate housing units scattered around the city, 10 homeless and vulnerable street wanderers are illegally occupying the dilapidated houses, despite doing so at the risk of arrest by authorities. [AA Urbanisation]

NIA President Decries Demolition as Solution to City Slums

Nigeria: NIA President Decries Demolition as Solution to City Slums - President of the Nigerian Institute of Architects, Mr. Olatunji Bolu, has advised that demolition of slum areas is never a panacea to the major problem of slums in urban centres across the country. [AA Urbanisation]

Place Competence Before Price, Architects Told

Uganda: Place Competence Before Price, Architects Told - Architects should stop competitive tendering based on price if they are to put structures that ensure safety at construction sites and protect the environment, a government official has advised. [AA Construction]

New Hospital for Masvingo on Cards

Zimbabwe: New Hospital for Masvingo on Cards - Government plans to construct a new multi-million dollar provincial hospital here. [AA Construction]

Upgrading of Bweyeye Road Complete

Rwanda: Upgrading of Bweyeye Road Complete - Bweyeye Sector residents in Rusizi district, yesterday, celebrated the accomplishment of a 32 kilometre road network which links the sector to Kamembe, Nyamasheke and the Kigali highway, through Nyungwe. [AA Construction]