November 2011

Abia to Construct 8,500 Housing Units for Civil Servants

ABIA State Government said Thursday that it had embarked on the construction of over 8,500 units of houses in the state to take care of accommodation problems in the state, especially for civil servants.

Car Burnt in Construction Jobs Spat

A spat over job allocations at a low-cost housing construction site in Mfuleni has sparked violent protests by Khayelitsha residents, culminating in a government-owned car being set alight on Tuesday evening.

Embobut Evictees Reject New Resettlement Plans

More than 5,000 squatters evicted from Embobut forest in Marakwet have rejected government plans to resettle them in phases. The squatters held a meeting and resolved to snub the resettlement plan because they disliked the criteria applied by the government in deciding to have the resettlement done in phases.

Accra Wins By Day, K'la Reigns At Night

First time travellers to Ghana are usually underwhelmed when they arrive in Accra by air.

Local Contractors Get Tips On Tender Bidding

Local contractors in the construction industry have been challenged to team up while bidding for tenders so as to attract major projects in the region. The contractors have also been warned to be thorough in their projects so as to draw the attention of private capital. There has been an upsurge of Chinese contractors in the roads, water, transport and energy sector in the recent past, whom Kenyans have come to appreciate, although grudgingly. The companies are partly owned by the Chinese government and so

As Govt Fails to Pay Contractors, Kailahun Road Project Abandoned

The much talked-about Kenema -Pendembu Road project which was officially commissioned by President Ernest Koroma on Friday February 4th 2010 has faced a serious setback as the company contracted to construct both the highway and roads in the township of Kailahun has withdrew its equipment and personnel on the pretext that the government has failed to provide the necessary financial support for the project.

Ministry Expects Cities to Outgrow Counties

The proposed county governments are likely to encounter problems trying to manage large cities, a conference heard yesterday. Speaking during the ongoing Regional Infrastructure Conference in Nairobi, the Director of Planning at the Nairobi Metropolitan Development Ministry Peter Kibinda, said such cities tended to extend their influence beyond political boundaries making them difficult to manage within the county setting.

Distribution of Economic Opportunities in Nuwe Begin Housing Project, Cape Town

Western Cape Government Human Settlements Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela has confirmed the distribution of economic opportunities at the Nuwe Begin Housing Project in Cape Town. The distribution will be 40% for Ward 108, 30% for Ward 17 and 30% for Ward 90. This will ensure that all communities who will benefit from housing opportunities will also benefit economically. A copy of the notice of distribution of economic opportunities is attached.

Madibeng Water Crisis Serious Challenge for Eradication of Sanitation Backlog Observes Ministerial Sanitation Task Team

Serious water challenges experienced by Madibeng Local Municipality in the North West Province have created immense backlog on the part of the municipality to deliver waterborne sanitation, the Human Settlements Ministerial task team (MSTT) concluded during its visit to the municipality on Wednesday.

Memorandum of Understanding Between the Department of Infrastructure Development, the Disabled People and the Women in Construction, in Johannesburg

The MEC for the Gauteng Department Infrastructure Development (DID), Mr Bheki Nkosi has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the DPSA (Disabled People South Africa) represented by Mr Ernerst Tshipa and the South African Woman in Construction (SAWiC) in Johannesburg represented by Ms Kelekile Kwinana, earlier today.

Ekiti Revokes 12 Road Contracts

Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has revoked 12 road contracts across the state just as he flagged off the tarring of five kilometer township roads in each of the 16 local governments.

Nigeria: Jonathan Drags Firm to EFCC Over Certificate Forgery

President Goodluck Jonathan has directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate and prosecute a Chinese construction firm (name withheld) which attempted to use fake document to secure a N2.2 billion contract for the rehabilitation of the 1.6 kilometers Apapa Road in Lagos State.

Questions Linger Over Syokimau Demolitions

Standing near a pillar of what until a day before was the gate to his compound, Mr Kamau Kiriti stares blankly into the horizon as the bulldozer methodically tears into the four-bedroom house that has housed him, his wife, and child for the past two years, anguish written all over his face.

City of Harare Called Upon to Scrap Residents' Debts

Poor accounting practices within the City of Harare are costing the capital city millions of dollars in revenue per month, the Harare Residents' Trust claimed on Wednesday.

SA Firm to Construct Masinde Muliro Hostels

The Kenya Government is in plans to ease student accommodation woes at Masinde Muliro University that have resulted from increased intake leading to a sharp rise in rental prices in Kakamega town. The Ministry of Housing, which leases space for public offices, has identified developers from South Africa to build hostels at MMUST, a public university, to ease the spiking demand fueled by an increased student population.

Illegal Shanties - Development Control Swoops On Jikwoyi

In line with its mandate to rid the Federal Capital Territory of illegal structures and shanty settlements, the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMAC) Thursday swooped on Jikwoyi, a suburb of the FCT.

Government's Tough Talk On Illegal Houses

THE government has vowed to crack the whip on individuals and institutions that flout the laid down National Environmental Management Authority regulations on pollution. This comes in the wake of demolitions by government forces on private residential quarters in the outskirts of Nairobi's Syokimau estate. The exercise, which began last Saturday, has elicited mixed reactions with unconfirmed reports indicating that Nema had warned would-be developers that the land in question is not for private constructio

Kam Basic Cycle School Staff Quarters Foundation Stone Laid

The foundation stone of the Kanfenda Ahmadiyya Muslim (KAM) Basic Cycle School's staff quarters was laid on Thursday 3rd November 2011 in Kanfenda village, Foni Kansala District, West Coast Region.

Representatives Seek to Stop Housing Demolition in FCT

Following outcry of some developers whose estates were recently demolished in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Land, Housing and Urban Development, Hon. Usman Adamu and his justice counterpart, Dr. Ali Ahmad have promised to seek a resolution of the House to stop demolition in Abuja.

Public Minister Tours Several Project Sites in Monrovia

Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods, II and team of Engineers from the Ministry of Public Works on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 toured several project sites in and around Monrovia as the deadlines for dedication of these projects draw nearer. The projects are among several giant size infrastructure projects earmarked for dedication in few months to come. The Vai Town Bridge, Ministry of Health and the Old Executive Pavilion are project sites visited by the MPW team.

Abia Workers Score Orji Low On Housing

Workers in Abia State have expressed disappointment over the state government's inability to provide affordable houses to civil servants in the state.

Abia NMA Lauds Orji Over Health Centres

ABIA State branch of Nigerian Medical Association Association, NMA, has commended Governor Theodore Orji over the building of about 215 health centres in the state, saying they would help in the fight against killer diseases in the rural areas.

Town Clerk, Council Disagree Over Vendors Eviction

The Gulu Municipal Council's proposed eviction of vendors from the town's streets has hit a snag following disagreements between the office of the Town Clerk and that of the Municipal Speaker over modalities to follow in implementing the decision.

Swakop Street-Upgrades a Gravy-Train Says Residents

SWAKOPMUND residents are accusing the municipality of becoming a "charity organisation" and creating a 'gravy train' through a road upgrade contract that was awarded to eight different contractors - costing the ratepayer unnecessary millions.

DCE Commends 3K Water Project Contractors

The Sekyere Afram Plains District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr. Samuel Asiamah, has commended Messrs Tahal Consulting Engineers Limited, the Israeli contractors working on the $120 million Kumawu, Konongo and Kwahu Ridge Water Supply Project.

Japan Provides CHPS Compound for Asunafo North

The Government of Japan, under the Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGHSP) scheme, has provided a grant of $112,094 to the Asunafo North Municipality for the construction of a Community Health Planning Service (CHPS) Compound.

Minister Reaffirms Construction of Four Airport Terminals in 2012

The minister of Transports, Augusto da Silva Tomas, Tuesday in Luanda expressed the Angolan Government commitment to the construction of four airport terminals in the cities of Soyo (Zaire), Dundo (Lunda Norte), Saurimo (Lunda Sul) and Luena (Moxico) in 2012.

Kimunya - I Cannot Promise End to Demolitions

Transport minister Amos Kimunya has said he cannot give an undertaking that demolitions will stop.

Relocation Plan Prudent

Copious tears have been flowing since the weekend when bulldozers flattened houses built on land claimed by the Kenya Airports Authority at Syokimau.

Nacala Council Buys Its Own Buses

The northern port city of Nacala has become the first Mozambican municipality to buy buses out of its own funds.