July 2011

'Lack of Funds Slowed Gurara Dam Project'

The pace of the construction of the Gurara Dam hydro-electrical power project in Kaduna State has slowed down due to lack of money, Construction Company handling the project, Salini Nigeria Limited has said.

Cross River Launches Tree Planting Campaign to Check Erosion

Worried by the menace of flood, which has rendered over 1,000 people homeless in Calabar, the Cross River State Government has embarked on a massive planting of indigenous tree species across the state.

Let's Take Action Against Urbanisation Challenges

Urbanisation can simply be defined as a situation whereby the majority of the country's population lives in towns and cities. Urbanisation can be as a result of rural-urban migration or natural increase of population in the urban areas.

Western Cape Department of Human Settlements to Apply for Restraining Order

The Western Cape Department of Human Settlements will this week, beginning 25 July 2011, make an application to the High Court for a restraining order prohibiting specific members of the Boys Town Project Steering Committee, as well as any other individuals making common cause with them, from having any contact with the contractor or from interfering with the contractor and any other operations on the Boys Town Housing development site in Crossroads, Cape Town. Anybody disobeying the restraining order will be arrested and prosecuted.

MEC Mohono Challenges Young People to Design Proper Human Settlements

North West MEC for Human Settlements, Public Safety and Liaison, Ms Desbo Mohono has challenged youth from across provinces to play their role in designing proper Human Settlements.

Minister - Basic Services for All Western Cape Informal Settlements By 2014

In my role as the Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements, which I have been in for 26 months, I am in a position to clearly see the status of human settlements in the Western Cape, and I am very concerned at the living conditions of many of the people in our province.

Funding Holds Back Housing Delivery - Mayors

Provision of bulk infrastructure such as water, sewer and roads is seriously affecting the national housing delivery, stakeholders to a housing delivery meeting have said.

MEC Mohono Announces R23 Million Housing Developments for Homeless

Twenty three million housing development projects targeted at the homeless in Reagile township and Redirile/Derby outside Koster in the North West Province are to commence in the next two weeks. The projects to accelerate housing delivery in an effort to eradicate informal settlements in Kgetleng Rivier Local Municipality were announced by Provincial MEC for Human Settlements, Public Safety and Liaison, Ms Desbo Mohono during her meeting with the local mayor, Councillor Kim Medupi on Monday.

MEC Mohono And Matlosana Agree On Housing Audit Task Team

Agreement to establish a task team to conduct a financial and physical audit across 25 housing development projects in the City of Matlosana Local Municipality has been reached. This follows an intervention meeting to accelerate housing delivery held between North West MEC for Human Settlements, Ms Desbo Mohono and Executive Mayor of Matlosana, Councillor Mike Kgauwe on Tuesday in Klerksdorp.

Isles VP - Expand Millennium Villages Project to Help More

The donor community and the United Nations have been asked to scale up the Millennium Villages Project (MVP) so as to help more people.

Police Hunt for Owner of Collapsed Building

THE Police are hunting for the owner and the construction engineer of the commercial building that collapsed in Bukoto, a city suburb, on Monday evening.

South Africa: Minister Tokyo Sexwale Addresses Human Settlements Vision 2030 Youth Summit

It is noteworthy to state the following from the onset: It has long become universally accepted that the three most basic needs which people in our world must enjoy are food, clothing, and shelter.

Tafelsig Backyarders Case Postponed

The city's application to evict thousands of people from city-owned land in Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain was today postponed by the Western Cape High Court to August 30.

U.S $39 Million to Complete Affordable Housing Units

The Minister of Water Resources Works and Housing, Alban Sumana Bagbin, has hinted that the government will need an additional US$39 million to complete the existing Affordable Housing Units which was initiated by the immediate past government in 2003.

Practice Construction Safety, FKE Tells Players

The Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) has said drastic measures are needed to curb unsafe practices in the construction sector. FKE said under the occupational health and safety (OHS) terms, the sector is one of the highest risk sectors and unless radical and drastic measures are taken, sustainable development in Kenya will be hindered due to unsafe practices.

Parties Engaged in Construction Projects Should Share Risks

Just like responsibilities are shared on a project, so should risks. Project managers have the duty of ensuring that 'risk' in a project is shared and allocated proportionately to all the parties involved. This includes the developer, contractor(s) and the project team members.

Houses Replace Tea, Coffee in Kisii Town

Kisii town's landscape is fast changing in the face of new housing developments. An agro-based economic zone once dotted with coffee, tea and banana plantations, the town is finally giving in to a rising population.

Developers Launches Contest for Low-Cost House Designs

A housing developer has launched a competition inviting students in universities and design schools in East Africa to come up with concepts for low cost family houses. Home Afrika Ltd, the developer behind Morningside Office Park on Ngong Road and the upcoming Migaa Estate in Kiambu, wants to enter into mass housing development targeted at middle income earners.

Marine Science Institute to Be Built in Two Years' Time

The government expects to complete construction of the Marine Science Institute located at Buyu Kiembesamaki in Zanzibar through expenditure of Sh6,391,056,108 allocated in financial year 2005/2006.

FG to Deploy Army Engineers for Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Project

MINISTER of Works, Arc Mike Onolememen, yesterday visited the Lagos-Ibadan expressway to assess the progress of reconstruction work. During the inspection tour, which commenced from the office of the concessionaire, Bi-Courtney Highway Services Limited, at 9 a.m., the minister promised to give the necessary support to hasten work on the reconstruction of the road.

Anambra to Build 260MW Power Station

ANAMBRA State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a consortium of local and foreign investors for the construction of a barge-bearing 260 megawatts power plant estimated at the cost $350 million.

Bricks Factory Under Construction in Icolo e Bengo

A ceramics factory that will produce 44,000 bricks per day is under construction in Botomona zone, Icolo e Bengo Municipality, northern Bengo Province, in an investment worth 20 million dollars, ANGOP has learnt.

Calls for Housing Consumer Protection Intensify

KAVANGO Block Brick founding member Heinrich Schroeder has called for a Housing Consumer Protection Act and a Namibian Home Builders Registration Council to address the country's housing delivery challenge.

Construction Project At Vaalgras in Limbo

A leadership strife that has split the Vaalgras Community may delay an estimated N$200 000 investment by NamPower in various projects at the settlement.

BTO Pledges Support to Ethiopia's New Hospital

A Sudanese humanitarian organization, Al Birr and Al-Tawasul Organization (BTO) has pledged to assist the construction of a new maternal and children'S hospital in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region.

Foundation Stone Laid For Agriculture And Science College

About thirty years after it was first muted, Sokoto State government has laid the foundation stone for the construction of the N1.296billion College of Agriculture and Animal Science.

Dankwambo Wants FG to Reconstruct Bridge

Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo has appealed to the Federal Government to immediately come to the aid of the state by constructing a bridge at a culvert that was washed away by water along Gombe-Ashaka -Postiskum road which has cut off three Local Government Areas of the state from the state capital.

FG Sets 25 Years Timeline for Railways Resuscitation

IN an effort to reduce the burden on Nigerian roads, Federal Government yesterday said it has developed a 25 year development plans for the resuscitation of railways sector in the country.

Amosun, Bi-Courtney Battle Over Asphalt Installation Plant

Less than 24 hours after the Federal Government gave Bi-Courtney Highway Services, a 60-day ultimatum to complete palliative works on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the Ogun State government at the weekend stopped the installation of the $6.5million asphalt plant that the company needs for the project.

Professional Bodies Endorse Minister's Culpability in Building Collapses

A joint meeting of Presidents and Registrars of professional regulatory bodies in the building environment comprising, Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON), Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON), Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) and the Town Planners Registration Council (TOPREC) held recently for the purpose of addressing the seemingly intractable problem of building collapse in the country has recommended that, henceforth, government should hold responsible any minister, commissioner, head of establishment and relevant professionals responsible for Development Control, of any building that has collapsed within his or her jurisdiction.