November 2010

Kanombe RPF Members Construct Classrooms

Rwanda: Kanombe RPF Members Construct Classrooms - Members of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) in Kanombe Sector, Kicukiro District, yesterday, contributed to the 9-Year Basic Education (9YBE) campaign by taking part in the on going construction of 16 classrooms at Groupe Scolaire, Giporoso. [AA Construction]

First Bank to Take Over Construction of Kano International Market

Nigeria: First Bank to Take Over Construction of Kano International Market - First Bank has offered to take over the construction of Kano International Market from Oceanic Bank that earlier agreed to finance the building of the multi-billion naira facility conceived by the state government to decongest the Singer and Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi markets all located in the heart of Kano metropolis. [AA Construction]

Kano Govt to Allocate 50,000 Plots

Nigeria: Kano Govt to Allocate 50,000 Plots - Plans are underway by the Kano State government to allocate 50,000 plots of land along the Kano Western Bypass to all eligible persons, who applied for plots to build residential houses in the area, the state's Commissioner for Land and Physical Planning, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai said in Kano yesterday. [AA Construction]

New Cement Makers Shake Up Building Industry

Kenya: New Cement Makers Shake Up Building Industry - Increased cement stocks in the market brought about by new entrants and existing players expanding their capacity have set the stage for bruising turf wars. [AA Construction]

Local Production Brings Down Cement Prices

East Africa: Local Production Brings Down Cement Prices - The price of cement prices has dropped by 18% since August 2009 due to the increase in local capacity at both Tororo and Hima cement plants. [AA Construction]

Kampala City Centre Has 2,489 Potholes

Uganda: Kampala City Centre Has 2,489 Potholes - WHEN local government minister Adolf Mwesige announced last week that the Government would repair 50 roads in Kampala within 100 days, a Saturday Vision team was on the streets, counting the potholes. [AA Urbanisation]

Public Works, World Bank, EU Visit project sites

Liberia: Public Works, World Bank, EU Visit project sites - The Ministry of Public Works through its Infrastructure Implementation Unit says it is satisfied with the level of progress being realized in the implementation of the World Bank and EU funded ongoing Water Distribution Project for Monrovia and its environs. [AA Construction]

Enugu Airport Upgrade Runs Into Hitch - Residents Protest Demolition of Houses

Nigeria: Enugu Airport Upgrade Runs Into Hitch - Residents Protest Demolition of Houses - Residents of Airport Hill View Layout in Enugu on Tuesday protested the forceful acquisition and demolition of their houses by Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the state Ministry of Lands. [AA Construction]

Dibu Ojerinde Canvasses Federal Varsity for Oke-Ogun Area

Nigeria: Dibu Ojerinde Canvasses Federal Varsity for Oke-Ogun Area - Federal Government has been called upon to site one of the proposed new federal universities in Oke-Ogun area of Oyo State. [AA Construction]

South African Government Promises To Improve Housing

Pretoria - Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale and MECs from each of the provinces have renewed their commitment to provide sustainable human settlements for South Africa's impoverished.

Sexwale and his MECs signed delivery agreements based on government's 12 priority outcomes, which were approved by Cabinet earlier this year. Outcome 8 puts emphasis on improving the quality of household life and creating sustainable human settlements.

"These agreements are a contract amongst us to demonstrate that we are together in our pursuit of providing our people with proper settlements. We are in a team If I fall, I fall with them, if I rise, I rise with them as well," Sexwale said, at the signing ceremony in Polokwane, on Friday.

Ancestral Land Returned To Ribungwane People

Their ancestral land was important to them; it was fertile - helping them grow much needed crops, but between 1963 and 1967 they were evicted from their land, their homes bulldozed, not giving them enough time to pack their belongings.

Today, the surviving direct descendants of the Ribungwane people, who had been dispossessed of their land those many years ago, finally have something to smile about writes Nthambeleni Gabara

Descendents of the Ribungwane tribe recently received monetary vouchers from the South African government. A total of 182 land claimants received vouchers, while a further 77 will receive what is due to them before the end of the year. The majority of beneficiaries, who are illiterate, will each pocket over R54 000.

The land under claim is Portion 1 and 2 of the farm Koedespoort 402 LS, Grootplaats 399 LS, Portion 1 and 2 of the farm Buffelshoek 403 LS and Groenkloof 86 LT in the Vhembe District under the Makhado Municipality.

Currently, the piece of land under claim is used for grazing, ploughing and residential purposes by the neighbouring Tshivenda speaking Nthabalala community.

200-Year-Old Market for Reconstruction in Kogi

Nigeria: 200-Year-Old Market for Reconstruction in Kogi - Reconstruction of the 200-year old Odogi traditional market in Kabba-Bunu Local Government of Kogi has commenced. [AA Construction]

Kireka Christians Build Church

Uganda: Kireka Christians Build Church - Christians of St. Peters Church of Uganda sub-parish Kamuli in Kireka in Wakiso district are constructing a church at about sh2b. [AA Construction]

Lafarge Plan Confab On Collapsed Buildings

Nigeria: Lafarge Plan Confab On Collapsed Buildings - Lafarge Cement WAPCO Nigeria Plc, multinational and manufacturer of Elephant Cement will be organising a national dialogue to proffer solutions to the rising cases of collapsed buildings in the country. [AA Construction]

Association to Rebuild School Chapel, Road in Ikere-Ekiti

Nigeria: Association to Rebuild School Chapel, Road in Ikere-Ekiti - Old Girls Association of St. Louis Girls Grammar School, Ikere-Ekiti has commenced the restructuring of the Old Chapel building within the school compound with a cost of about N5 million. [AA Construction]

Kengen Receives Sh4.3 Billion for Dam

Kenya: Kengen Receives Sh4.3 Billion for Dam - Listed energy company KenGen expects the planned upgrade of Kindaruma hydro-electric power dam to be completed in the next two years. [AA Construction]

Enugu Airport Upgrade Suffers Setback

Nigeria: Enugu Airport Upgrade Suffers Setback - Ongoing upgrade of the Enugu Airport to an international status suffered a setback recently following the insistence of land owners in Airport Hill View Layout, Enugu that they must be paid compensation before the commencement of the expansion of the airport. [AA Construction]

Ministry Demolishes Buildings On Road Reserve

Kenya: Ministry Demolishes Buildings On Road Reserve - Structures built on a road reserve have been pulled down to pave way for the construction of the Eastern by-pass. [AA Construction]

South Africa's economic outlook remains buoyant

Pretoria - Despite the difficulties experienced by the global economy and right here at home, economists continue to put South Africa's growth rate prospects at 3 percent and more for 2011.

"With inflation and interest rates at historic lows, the prospects for 2011 are positive," said Citadel Chief Investment Strategist, Dave Mohr.

Forecasts have remained fairly consistent across various institutions. In February's budget speech, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan placed growth prospects at 3.2 percent, and revised figures marginally higher to 3.5 percent in the mid-term budget in October.

The Bureau for Economic Research in February 2010 said it expected the GDP to grow by an estimated 3.5 percent in 2011 and that it would remain below 4 percent up to 2012.

Mohr attributed his estimations to a strong comeback by the world economy in 2010, rebounded commodity prices, sustained appetite for commodities and a return to positive growth by developed nations and emerging markets.

"Another issue supporting our positive outlook is improved household spending," said Mohr.
Household spending is expected to improve by between four and five percent.

Norwegian Oil Company Drills Again in Sofala

Norwegian Oil Company Drills Again in Sofala - Norwegian Oil Company Drills Again in Sofala - The Norwegian oil and gas company DNO will begin this week to drill an exploratory well about 3,500 meters deep in the Inhaminga block, in the central Mozambican province of Sofala. [AA Network News] [AA Mozambique]

Delays in Concluding Tete Bridge Repairs

Delays in Concluding Tete Bridge Repairs - Delays in Concluding Tete Bridge Repairs - Repair work on the Samora Machel bridge over the Zambezi river, in the western Mozambican city of Tete, has run into further delays, and will not be completed by 31 December as hoped, reports Monday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias". [AA Network News] [AA Mozambique]

U.S.$110 Million for New Domestic Terminal

U.S.$110 Million for New Domestic Terminal - U.S.$110 Million for New Domestic Terminal - Mozambique's publicly-owned Airports Company (ADM) has announced that it will soon embark on the construction of a new domestic passenger terminal at Maputo Airport, budgeted at 110 million US dollars. [AA Network News] [AA Mozambique]

U.S.$110 Million for New Domestic Terminal

U.S.$110 Million for New Domestic Terminal - U.S.$110 Million for New Domestic Terminal - Mozambique's publicly-owned Airports Company (ADM) has announced that it will soon embark on the construction of a new domestic passenger terminal at Maputo Airport, budgeted at 110 million US dollars. [AA Network News] [AA Mozambique]

Government to Build 350 Classrooms in Cabinda

Government to Build 350 Classrooms in Cabinda - Government to Build 350 Classrooms in Cabinda - The provincial government of Cabinda is working to build, as soon as possible, 350 classrooms, so that more children be enrolled in the normal education system, as well as guaranteeing them commodity conditions, assured the governor, Mawete João Baptista. [AA Network News] [AA Angola]

State secretary highlights need to expand water supply system

State secretary highlights need to expand water supply system - State secretary highlights need to expand water supply system - Angola,  Luanda – The secretary of State for Water, Luís Filipe da Silva, highlighted on Tuesday in Luanda the need to increase the treatment and reserve capacity for water supply.
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Bodies Decompose At Tsholotsho Mortuary As Donated Generator Diverted

Bodies Decompose At Tsholotsho Mortuary As Donated Generator Diverted - Bodies Decompose At Tsholotsho Mortuary As Donated Generator Diverted - Bulawayo Agenda, a civil society pressure group, reports that bodies are decomposing at the Tsholotsho District Hospital despite having a generator donated to it by the medical charity Medicins Sans Frontiers (MSF). [All Africa : Zimbabwe] [AA Zimbabwe]

Builders, Bank in Partnership

Builders, Bank in Partnership - Builders, Bank in Partnership - CONSTRUCTION materials retailer, United Builders Merchants Ltd has entered into a partnership with CBZ bank that is expected to enhance construction of residential properties. [All Africa : Zimbabwe] [AA Zimbabwe]

Firm Joins Scramble for Property Market

Firm Joins Scramble for Property Market - Firm Joins Scramble for Property Market - The property market is set to retain its resilience into next year following the formation of a new company to dedicate its investment to Kenya and other African countries. [All Africa : Kenya] [AA Kenya]

Climate Change - Nation's Bag of Omen

Climate Change - Nation's Bag of Omen - Climate Change - Nation's Bag of Omen - With waves of disasters occasioned with the nation's vulnerability to the effect of climate change, Nigeria approaches the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) billed to take place in Cancun, Mexico between November 29th and December 10th, 2010 with a lot of baggage that if not address squarely and early, the country may begin to head towards the disaster zone. [Nigeria News : All Africa] [AA Nigeria]

Silverbird Unveils Plans to Build Africa's Tallest Tower

Nigeria: Silverbird Unveils Plans to Build Africa's Tallest Tower - SILVERBIRD is at it again! The outfit owned by entertainment guru, Ben Murray- Bruce during its 30th anniversary, unveiled the model of what would be Africa's tallest building. [AA Urbanisation]