June 2011

Public Works To Embark On New Programme

Pretoria - The Department of Public Works is set to embark on an ambitious programme that will see it invest in repairs and maintenance of government buildings, which will result in huge savings for the state.

The programme, announced by Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde on Wednesday during her inaugural Budget Vote in Parliament, will be undertaken by the department in three years.

"Investment in repair and maintenance, continuous maintenance and construction of new government buildings could generate major savings for the state ... This will also include ensuring the relocation of national departments to state owned buildings where it is feasible to do so," said Mahlangu-Nkabinde.

She noted that the leasing portfolio was costing the state a lot of money, where in the past year alone, her department spent billions in leases and functional accommodation for client departments.

Modern Housing Campaign Concludes in Western Province

Rwanda: Modern Housing Campaign Concludes in Western Province - Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA) yesterday concluded a countrywide sensitisation campaign regarding legal tools in urban planning and construction industry in the Western Province. [AA Urbanisation]

S and L Developers Club Members to Learn From SA Housing Market

Kenya: S and L Developers Club Members to Learn From SA Housing Market - Fifty members of KCBs S&L developers club will travel to South Africa next week on a six-day tour of the property markets in Johannesburg and Cape Town. [AA Urbanisation]

To Satisfy Demand, Urban Areas Needs 410 New Houses Per Day

Kenya: To Satisfy Demand, Urban Areas Needs 410 New Houses Per Day - After independence in the 1960s, the annual housing requirements were 7,600 and 38,000 units in urban and rural areas respectively, reports www.kenyaengineer.or.ke. [AA Urbanisation]

Nation Slow in Issuing Construction Permits

Kenya: Nation Slow in Issuing Construction Permits - The process of obtaining construction permits in Kenya is among world's most cumbersome with property developers having to go through a raft of procedures before they get necessary approvals and connectivity to trunk services such as water and sewerage and electricity. This process takes a total of more than four months to complete and accrues associated costs amounting to a minimum of Sh64,303. [AA Construction]

Molqi Sub-Zone Witnessing Visible Urbanization

Eritrea: Molqi Sub-Zone Witnessing Visible Urbanization - The inhabitants of Molqi sub-zone are leading improved standard of living as a result of the putting in place of infrastructure facilities and service-rendering institutions, according to Mr. Kidane Woldeslasie, Administrator of the sub-zone. [AA Urbanisation]

Effective Work Accomplished in Alleviating Shortage of Housing

Eritrea: Effective Work Accomplished in Alleviating Shortage of Housing - Effective work has been accomplished over the past 20 years in alleviating shortage of residential housing complexes in the Northern Red Sea region, according to the branch head of the Ministry of Land, Water and Environment in the region, Mr. Tsehaye Siele. [AA Urbanisation]

Kpaduma Residents Appeal Over Demolition

Nigeria: Kpaduma Residents Appeal Over Demolition - Residents of Kpaduma village in Asokoro extension of the FCT yesterday appealed to the FCT minister to intervene in the planned demolition of their homes. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: BUA Group Builds U.S.$500Million Cement Plant at Okpella

Nigeria: BUA Group Builds U.S.$500Million Cement Plant at Okpella - An indigenous company, BUA Group, has embarked on the building of a $500 million cement plant at Okpella community in Edo. [AA Construction]

Blue Award 2012

Blue Award 2012 - The Blue Award is a biennial, international student competition and awards projects addressing the topic of sustainability in the academic fields of architecture, regional planning and urbanism. The economical, cultural and social dimensions of sustainable development should be equal in significance ...31.05.2011 [WAC Latest News]