October 2011

Kavango Official in Dubious Bid

THE Kavango Regional Council has awarded a construction tender to a company part owned by its director for planning and development services, Gabriel Sinimbo. Sinimbo says he recused himself from the tender awarding process.

Presidential Dwellings Cost More Than a Billion

BY the end of last March, the taxpayer had already forked out about N$1,1 billion on the new State House, State House extensions in the regions and the Office of the Founding President - about N$366 million more than the total approved cost of all these projects.

Land Litigation Within FCT - Matters Arising

Most disputes that snowball into absolute lawlessness are disputes over ownership of lands. In most jurisdictions, land administrators battle with irreconcilable tales of origin of ownership unlike in the Federal Capital Territory, where the government records originate all titles. Why then do land disputes within the Federal Capital Territory outstrip those in other states. The case of Blessed and Precious Children Academy Limited .v. Federal Capital Development Authority answers this puzzle.

Madina Station Soon to Be Made an Interchange

The Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) intends to change the Madina station into an interchange as part of the Phase 2 of the construction work, which has began on the Kaneshie Mallam highway.

Glaudina Housing Estate Nears Completion

THE National Social Security Authority says the development of infrastructure at the multi-million dollar Glaudina housing estate, which started back in 2006, should be completed before the end of the year.

Zimbabwe - Water Situation Set to Improve

MOST Harare suburbs that did not have water since Monday last week are expected to start receiving supplies by midmorning today.

Weak Shilling Threatens to Stall Road Projects

Ministry of roads has called for a crisis meeting with Treasury over the escalating cost of road construction as the effect of a weak shilling starts to emerge.

Kyangombe Slum Levelled in Night Raid

Residents of the sprawling Kyangombe slums in Embakasi were yesterday left counting their losses after their houses were demolished by the Kenya Airports Authority. Following the Sinai fire tragedy, KAA had issued a seven day notice to the residents of Kyangombe, Syokimau near Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, and Mitumba village at the Wilson Airport. But the residents had dismissed the notice saying it wasn't genuine and would not move until they are given an alternative site.

'All almost set for construction of 5,000 rooms for students'

Prof. Samson Abangma, Registrar, University of Buea in this interview explains forthcoming changes in the institution this new academic year.

BBE SNR PROFESSIONAL QUANITY SURVEYOR - Gauteng

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South African Minister Halts New Toll Gates

Pretoria - Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has ordered the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) to halt all processes linked to the new toll gate system on the country's major roads.

According to a statement by the department, Ndebele is of the view that consultative processes should be allowed to take place to offer concerned parties an opportunity to share their views on the toll road programme.

"While he believes that the country requires good road infrastructure to meet its economic growth targets, the minister says this shouldn't put a huge financial burden on the shoulders of consumers," said the department.

While the first phase of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Plan has delivered good road infrastructure, it was an expensive exercise that has drawn sharp views from the public.

"All spheres of government should be part of a consultative process with all affected parties, consumers in the main. Good infrastructure is a necessity for a better future for our country, but this requirement must not leave our people even poorer," said Ndebele.

Last People to Vacate Nyakatsi by December

The government has pushed until December the deadline for all Rwandans to get out of grass-thatched huts (nyakatsi), and start living in decent houses roofed with iron sheets.

Tanzania Railway Project in Implementation Stages

The proposed new railway line to connect Rwanda and Burundi to Tanzania's port of Dar es Salaam has reached implementation stages.

Kigali - Beautiful Streets With No Names and Plot Numbers

On a sunny Monday morning, I stroll downhill from Nyamirambo to the east, hoping to get to Kiyovu, another of the leafy suburbs of Kigali City where the office of this newspaper is located.

Promoting Investment, Construction Sector Top Priority

Promoting and supporting investment in the current stage is considered a priority to broaden the national economy's revenues and create new jobs, affirmed Prime Minister Essam Sharaf.

IPPR Gives Advice On Housing

Private real estate developers should be made to facilitate integration between different income groups, by being compelled to provide a portion of their development to low income groups.

African Governments Urged to Stop Forced Eviction

Amnesty International has raised concerns on forced evictions in Africa at the NGO forum of the African Commission on Human and People's Rights that was recently concluded in Banjul, The Gambia

As Senate Mulls Abuja Masterplan Review...

The Senate last week pondered a review of the Abuja Master plan. They were pricked mainly because of the creeping traffic congestion in the city and the major entrances to the metropolis. UCHENNA AWOM in this article examines factors congesting Abuja as focus points for the Senate ahead of the contemplated review.

NURC Constructs Houses for the Needy

The National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC) through its district forum, yesterday, constructed two houses for two needy families in Fumbwe sector.

Chinese Construction Firm Impressed With Projects

HUA Jiang Investments construction company director Zhang Jiang is pleased with the works his company is undertaking on the various projects.

CABS to Finance Housing Units

CENTRAL African Building Society (CABS), the country largest mortgage lender, has helped ease the Harare city council's perennial housing problem by agreeing to a memorandum of agreement with the city council for the construction of more than 3 000 housing units in the capital.

Works Proposes Five Percent Ministry Budget for Emergency

At least 5% of the annual budget of the federal works ministry is to be set aside for emergency works including bridge collapses and washouts, officials of the ministry have resolved.

6,000 Workers Jostle for 500 Houses in Zamfara

Not less than 6,000 civil servants have applied to occupy the 500 housing units being constructed by the Zamfara Government for its workers, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Alhaji Ibrahim Suleiman, has said.

Namibia Must Reconsider Housing Policy

GOVERNMENT needs to drastically change both the scale and focus of its housing programme if it is serious about delivering affordable accommodation to Namibians, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has said.

Cholera Fears in Harare As Water Shortage Persists

FOR Kudzai Makone of Harare's high-density suburb of Glen view 2, memories of the 2008/9 cholera epidemic that killed 4 000 Zimbabweans are still fresh. But she still finds herself without any choice but to fetch water from an unprotected well, a known fertile ground for cholera.

Politics Derail Bulawayo Recovery

The revitalisation of the collapsed industrial sector in Bulawayo would be difficult because it has been politicised, the Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (Zimcodd) has claimed.

Foreign Firms Dominate in Construction

THE construction industry wants the State Procurement Board (SPB) to impose a 25% added value to all foreign construction companies' bids to improve the competitiveness of locals as it emerged that Chinese and South African firms are getting most of the contracts.

New Mindset Needed for Clean Environment

A youth group invited The Standard to cover its clean-up campaign held yesterday. It said in its invitation letter that the event was in commemoration of the International Day of Peace.

Poor Quality Buildings Not Acceptable - Minister

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed, has decried the low quality of houses in some mass housing estates in the city and has described the situation as unacceptable.

New Luanda Airport Ready in 26 Months

The minister of Transports, Augusto Tomás, on Saturday announced in the district of Viana, Luanda, that the new airport of the country's capital shall be totally concluded within 26 months.