September 2011

Zimbabwe's Private Sector Urged to Assist in Housing

THE Minister of National Housing and Social Amenities, Mr Giles Mutsekwa, has urged the private sector to assist Government in the provision of decent housing to the people.

From Sh3,000 First Deal, Contractor Has Built an Empire Worth Millions

"It is better to make use of a chance to change rather than try to change your chances", Brahma Kumaris.

Tanzania to Build Coal Power Plant in Mbinga

The minister for Industry, Trade and Marketing, Dr Cyril Chami, has allayed fears to Mbinga residents in Ruvuma Region that a power generation plant from coal will be built in Mbinga District and not in Kyela District, Mbeya Region, as reported.

Roko Wins DFCU Bank Contract

ROKO Construction has won the contract to build a new dfcu Bank headquarters in Kampala.

Citizens Displaced By UK Company Landgrab - Oxfam Report

At least 22,500 Ugandans were forced from their homes to make way for a British timber company, the aid agency Oxfam said in a report Thursday calling for an investigation into alleged abuses.

Mysterious Fire Razes Palace of Bayelsa Monarch

MYSTERIOUS fire yesterday gutted property worth millions of naira and razed down the one storey building belonging to the deputy chairman of the Bayelsa State Council of Traditional Rulers, King Jonathan Kubor, the paramount ruler of Bassam clan in the Southern Ijaw local government s of Bayelsa State.

Residents' Protest Hits Central Pretoria

The rocks and bottles and tear gas and rubber bullets came out again on Wednesday, again because of a complaint involving electricity. Except this time it happened not in some distant township or squatter camp, but right in the heart of South Africa's capital city.

Owner of Emuhaya Killer Building Still At Large

THE owner of a three storeys building that collapsed last Saturday killing four people and injuring six others in Emuhaya district in Vihiga county is still at large. Francis Amwayo alias Abiola, a businessman at Luanda market went missing immediately after the building collapsed and was yet to be traced. "We are still investigating reports that the building is registered in the name of the wife to the businessman. It is a matter of time before we catch up with him," said Western police boss Benson Kibui.

Low Cost Housing Units to Be Constructed - Prime Minster

Prime Minister Raila Odinga has said the government will construct modern low cost housing units in urban areas. The PM said the project will be executed under the Slum Upgrading Programme in which the government has partnered with the UN Habitat. The target areas include Kangemi, Kariobangi, Githurai and Kawangware. "The project is on course because we have the money. We are waiting for the conclusion of the case before we roll out," he said.

Matuga Locals Reject Dongo Kundu By-Pass Plan to Protect Shrines

A row over the construction of a by-pass to decongest the Likoni ferry channel is simmering as residents raise concern over compensation among other issues. Residents of Pungu village in Matuga now want the government to change the course of the Dongo Kundu by-pass saying it might affect their traditional shrines. Yesterday, activist Mwalimu Mwitu said the course of the road needs to change as it will interfere with the kayas. "We have not agreed with the government over compensation issues as well as the course for the by-pass that if not changed would lead to destruction of our kayas," he said.

Abuja: Is This the Model City?

When one takes a look at the city that houses the seat of power in this country-Abuja, the first thing that comes to mind is; is this the model city we all talk about? Billions of naira have been sunk for the erection of offices, construction of road networks and bridges, gardens and parks, street lights, waterways, shopping malls and residential buildings.

Tile Africa Contracts Launches New Website

Tile Africa Contracts launched its new website to keep the industry informed about the company's latest product offerings and recent projects for which it supplies tiles and bathroom ware.

The company is inviting construction industry professionals, including developers, architects, specifiers and designers to visit the easy-to-navigate site. 

Kuando Kubango Governor Works in Cuchi District

The governor of the south-eastern Kuando Kubango province, usébio de Brito Teixeira, is paying on Thursday a working visit to Cuchi district, in the framework of assistance and control to the municipalities.

Ministry of Gender Signs Off Rajaf Project

The Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare yesterday signed a contract with Straightline International Limited for the second phase of the construction of the Rajaf School for the Blind and Deaf.

Julius Berger to Resuscitate Abuja Stadium Pitch

Construction giants Julius Berger has offered to resuscitate the playing turf of the National Stadium, Abuja ahead of the very crucial 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifying match between the senior teams of Nigeria and Guinea on Saturday, October 8.

Vendors Want to Own Nateete

Vendors in Nateete market have asked the Government to assure them that they will own the market before redevelopment can take place.

Hunt On for Land to Settle Forest Evictees

The government is looking for land to resettle thousands of squatters evicted from forests in Rift Valley.

Apartment Buildings Critical for Country's Small Land Area

This is, according to the authority, will help address land shortage considering the size and growth of the population.

Disasters Continue to Happen

To illustrate the lack of disaster preparedness across East Africa, a cartoon in a weekly newspaper lists, tongue in cheek, the six chapters of the region's disaster preparedness and management blueprint. These range from visits by political dignitaries to the scene of disaster, declaration of days of mourning, calls for foreign aid, rhetoric, promises to take action, the blame game and finally, business as usual.

Fire Engulfs Compound in Wellingara

A serious fire engulfed the compound of one Hanneh Krubally Tuesday morning in Wellingara, Kombo North District, West Coast Region. Though the cause of the fire is yet to be established, many believe it came as a result of an electrical fault.

Auditor-General Hobbled By Defaulting Municipalities

As of 31 March 2011, local governments owed R167 million to the Auditor-General, of which R68 million was more than 120 days overdue. As a member of the Standing Committee on the Auditor-General (SCoAG), this was revealed to me by the office of the A-G in reply to a question I submitted to it.

Greed and Bad Politics Encourage Urban Slums

Imagine a properly planned urban slum providing the basic amenities for its residents? This is not a pie in the sky. It is doable, but Kenya is running late in the achievement of this goal as per the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

63 Arrested in Pretoria Flat Protest

A total of 63 people were arrested on Wednesday when service delivery protests at the notorious Schubart Park flats in central Pretoria turned violent.

Housing Body Encourages Citizens to Live in Apartments

The Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA) has called upon Kigali residents and those in other cities across the country to live in apartments instead of bungalows, saying that this would enable government to easily consolidate the available land.

New Kitisuru Builders Aim to Open Up Area

A group of five investors is putting up a real estate project in Nairobi's upmarket Kitisuru, targeted at the high-end housing market. The Kitisuru Country Homes development comprises 22 four-bedroom stand-alone houses on seven acres of land, one kilometre past the International School of Kenya on Kirawa Road.

President Dedicates Road Projects

After several months of work on the newly constructed Vai Town Bridge in Monrovia, followed by rigorous foot assessment by key government officials and partners, the convoy of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has finally plied the bridge amidst jubilation from community dwellers and onlookers.

Pyrethrum Board Chairman Challenges Eviction Order

The Pyrethrum Board chairman Solomon Boit yesterday moved to court to challenge an order evicting him from his home in Karen. Boit wants the court to lift the order it issued earlier requiring him to vacate the house saying it was obtained without his side of the story being heard. The order challenged by Boit was issued by Justice George Dulu last week following an application by the family of late Jason Atinda Ouko.

NHC Building Sample House Using EPS Panels

The National Housing Corporation has begun building sample houses using expanded polystyrene (EPS) panels in bid to demonstrate cost and time advantages of the technology. NHC is putting up two houses - one using the EPS panels and another with the traditional stone and mortar technology - simultaneously at the site where the factory for mass production of the panels is under construction in Mavoko. Both houses are of identical design, built by an equal number of workers and commenced on the same date, the state-owned housing agency said.

Buyers Yet to Fully Embrace Sectional Home Purchase

Despite the law on sectional property ownership having been enforced, most local buyers still prefer to buy stand-alone houses as opposed to sections of buildings. Property dealers say Kenyans in the diaspora are more inclined to sectional property compared to their local counterparts.

Firms Relocate From MMA2 Over Increase in Rents

There were strong indications on Monday that most of the companies holding business outlets at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal 2 (MMA2) might abandon the unit due mainly to increase in rents.