February 2011

NRM to Prioritise Access to Clean Water

Uganda: NRM to Prioritise Access to Clean Water - President Yoweri Museveni will ensure that every household gets access to clean water, Daudi Migereko, the Government chief whip has disclosed. [AA Urbanisation]

Design for Matola Memorial to Be Unveiled

South Africa: Design for Matola Memorial to Be Unveiled - The design of the Matola Memorial and Interpretive Centre will be unveiled in Matola, Mozambique, by Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile. [AA Urbanisation]

KCC Gets Sh50 Billion for City Repairs

Uganda: KCC Gets Sh50 Billion for City Repairs - The government has allocated Sh50 billion to revamp all city roads, Kampala Town Clerk David Naluwairo said yesterday. [AA Urbanisation]

Power Privatisation - Bidders to Produce Loss Reduction Programme

Nigeria: Power Privatisation - Bidders to Produce Loss Reduction Programme - Prospective investors in Nigeria's power distribution sub sector, would be made to produce a loss reduction programme as part of their eligibility to bid for any if the 11 distribution companies unbundled from the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN. [AA Urbanisation]

Mpanga Hydro Power Plant Commissioned

Uganda: Mpanga Hydro Power Plant Commissioned - Over 20,000 households in the western part of Uganda will access electricity following the commissioning of Mpanga hydropower plant in Kamwenge District. [AA Urbanisation]

Stands, Construction Costs Prohibitive

Zimbabwe: Stands, Construction Costs Prohibitive - PROSPECTS of owning a house in Harare and Chitungwiza look hazy for many urbanites as the costs of acquiring a stand and construction re-main beyond the reach of many. [AA Construction]

Over Rwf 3.75 Billion Earmarked for Model Villages

Rwanda: Over Rwf 3.75 Billion Earmarked for Model Villages - By the end of next financial year, it is estimated that over Rwf 3.75 billion will have been invested in building four modern fully developed villages that will act as models for all the others countrywide. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Jonathan to Spend U.S. $3 Billion on Dams in Niger State

Nigeria: Jonathan to Spend U.S. $3 Billion on Dams in Niger State - President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the Federal Government has approved the sum of $1.5b for the construction of Zungeru Dam in Niger State within this fiscal year. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: FG Approves N31 Billion for Nine Power Projects

Nigeria: FG Approves N31 Billion for Nine Power Projects - Minister of Finance, Mr Olusegun Aganga has disclosed that about N31 billion has been approved for the execution of nine power projects across the country, some of which have been completed. [AA Construction]

Instanthouse Social Club 2011

Instanthouse Social Club 2011 - The competition focuses on small service-based structures, on an urban or local scale, will be able to complete, or to merge with, social housing that has already been built or will soon be built. They will have a network of services that will serve as a communications link for the living spaces aro ...14.02.2011 [WAC Latest News]

5th IABR: Making City

5th IABR: Making City - The 5th IABR calls for submissions of projects that advance innovative responses to todays most pressing urban challenges. Municipal, metropolitan and national governments, cultural organizations, researchers, designers, and other parties are invited to submit design projects that rethink the existi ...14.02.2011 [WAC Latest News]

Siemens Launches Architectural Competition for New Headquarters

Siemens Launches Architectural Competition for New Headquarters - The planned redesign of Siemens’ world headquarters on Wittelsbacherplatz in Munich has reached a further milestone: The architectural competition has begun. Twelve renowned national and international architecture firms have been selected by Siemens and the city of Munich to develop concepts for ...14.02.2011 [WAC Latest News]

Eritrea: New High School And Additional 15 Classrooms Being Constructed

Eritrea: New High School And Additional 15 Classrooms Being Constructed - A new high school and other additional 15 classrooms are under construction in Mendefera town at a cost of over 18 million Nakfa with a view to tackling shortage of sufficient secondary schools. [AA Construction]

Anadarko Discovers More Gas

Anadarko Discovers More Gas - Anadarko Discovers More Gas - The Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum Corporation announced on Monday that it has discovered more natural gas in the Rovuma Basin, off the coast of the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado. [AA Network News] [AA Mozambique]

Sena Line - 'Not a Single Kilometre in Good Condition'

Sena Line - 'Not a Single Kilometre in Good Condition' - Sena Line - 'Not a Single Kilometre in Good Condition' - After personally inspecting the Sena railway line that links the Moatize coal basin in the western Mozambican province of Tete to the port of Beira, the chairperson of the publicly-owned port and rail company, CFM, Rosario Mualeia, has declared that not a single kilometre is up to scratch. [AA Network News] [AA Mozambique]

Angolan Government builds over 200,000 houses

Angolan Government builds over 200,000 houses - Angolan Government builds over 200,000 houses - Bié, Kuito - The adviser to the minister of Urbanism and Construction, Antonio Pereira Gomeira said in Kuito, Bié province, that the Angolan government has built 249,544 houses in the country under the national housing programme.
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South Africa's New Rules For Garbage Disposal

Pretoria - In a bid to sort out the unpleasantries sometimes experienced in household waste removal, South Africa will finally put into effect the long-awaited National Domestic Waste Collection on the 1st February 2011.

This follows the publication of the National Domestic Waste Collection Standards by Water and Environmental Affairs Minister, Edna Molewa, under the National Environmental Management: Waste Act (Act No. 59 of 2008) after consultations were held in the provinces.

The standards aim to set out rules and regulations for how domestic waste should be collected in South Africa, as well as a guide for municipalities on how to provide acceptable, affordable and sustainable waste collection services.

The standards make provision for the various elements involved in waste management such as separating recyclable and non-recyclable materials, waste collection vehicles, containers, collection of waste at communal points and most importantly, the frequency of collection.

Mobility : Gauteng Toll Tariff System Revealed

Pretoria - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) has finally revealed the much-awaited toll tariffs for the Gauteng freeway network with motorists expected to pay between R4, R60 and R45 and R54 for 11.5 km depending on the size of their vehicle.

But there will be discounts for off-peak travel including weekends, e-tag users, frequent users and qualifying public transport operators.

Briefing reporters on Friday, SANRAL CEO, Nazir Alli said the discounts will ensure that frequent users of the freeway do not suffer major financial losses as a results of using the provinces roads.

"What we are saying is that as a frequent user of the road... if you get yourself an e-tag you stand to qualify for various discounts that are on offer," Alli said.

E-tag discounts of up to 25 percent will be available for all vehicle classes and period discounts, also known as time of day discounts, will also be applicable.

Transformations in architecture and built environment

Transformations in architecture and built environment - How does one question not just how an architecture lives and functions in the present, but changes and transforms over time? How does one design a building to outlast the temporality of its program, and become a catalyst for future architectures? How does such an architecture begin to interact wi ...24.12.2010 [WAC Theory of Architecture & Current Issues]

Security and urban design

Security and urban design - Security is an essential factor in residential communities, without security any residential community will not form and there will be no more meaning for it. Residential complexes which face with various crimes or there is a fear of being victim by various crimes in them will be damage or won't ...10.01.2011 [WAC Theory of Architecture & Current Issues]

HOUSING: A BIRTH RIGHT : 1

HOUSING: A BIRTH RIGHT : 1 - HOUSING: A BIRTH RIGHT

Providing: Housing for all human as a birth right; is the prime duty of the architects/ architectural institutions that must be empowered universally into an autonomous body to meet this requirement, independently. The local sub-agencies must be answerable and penalized ...24.01.2011 [WAC Theory of Architecture & Current Issues]

10Up Design Build Competition 2011

10Up Design Build Competition 2011 - The Young Architects Forum of Atlanta (YAF Atlanta) is pleased to announce the Second Annual 2011 competition entitled 10Up. YAF is calling on young designers to step up to the 10Up challenge! ...10.02.2011 [WAC Latest News]

Nation Plans New Ports to Ease Pressure On Dar es Salaam

Tanzania: Nation Plans New Ports to Ease Pressure On Dar es Salaam - The government plans to construct two new seaports at Mbegani and Mwambani in Bagamoyo and Tanga respectively, to ease congestion of cargo at the overwhelmed Dar es Salaam port, the minister for Transport, Mr Omar Nundu has disclosed. [AA Urbanisation]

Commission to Present Models of Houses

Angola: Commission to Present Models of Houses - The National Commission for the implementation of the Urbanisation and Housing Programme will present this week to the public the models of houses that will be built countrywide in the provinces of Huambo, Bié, Uíge, Moxico and Kwanza Sul. [AA Urbanisation]

Kuiseb River Starts Testing NamWater Infrastructure

Namibia: Kuiseb River Starts Testing NamWater Infrastructure - Walvis Bay will experience low water pressure for the next couple of days due to damaged infrastructure in the Kuiseb River, which has affected the water supply from Swartbank and the A-area, where Walvis Bay gets most of its water. [AA Urbanisation]

Government Committed to Resolve Population's Problems in Luanda

Angola: Govt Committed to Resolve Population's Problems in Luanda - The vice governor of Luanda for technical and infrastructures services, Carla Ribeiro de Sousa, reaffirmed on Wednesday here the priority of her government to encourage the district administrations to be committed to the resolution of the population's main problems. [AA Urbanisation]

Fruit Processing in Manica

Mozambique: Fruit Processing in Manica - A factory producing fruit juice and jams should begin operating in April, in Gondola district, in the central Mozambican province of Manica after completing the construction work that is already at a well advanced stage. [AA Urbanisation]

'Greedy' Sellers Distort Property Market

Zimbabwe: 'Greedy' Sellers Distort Property Market - PRICES of residential properties in Zimbabwe are distorted because potential sellers use comparative methods and are being greedy instead of carrying out proper property evaluations, analysts said this week. [AA Urbanisation]

Work Commences on Lokoja Varsity Site

Nigeria: Work Commences on Lokoja Varsity Site - Kogi State Commissioner for Education, Chief Sylvester Onoja on Monday said the state government had begun work on the site of the newly approved Federal University of Science and Technology, Lokoja. [AA Construction]