February 2009

Nigeria: FCT to Develop Satellite Towns

Nigeria: FCT to Develop Satellite Towns - Federal Capital Territory (FCT) yesterday said it would embark on the development of the satellite towns to avoid erection of illegal structures which would later be demolished by it. [AA Urbanisation]

Liberia: Monrovia Street Rehabilitation Formally Launched

Liberia: Monrovia Street Rehabilitation Formally Launched - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has formally launched the commencement of road rehabilitation for the streets of Monrovia, reminding Liberians that benefits from her travels to mobilize resources are now paying off. [AA Construction]

Cameroon: Reconstruction of Kumba Finance Building Envisaged

Cameroon: Reconstruction of Kumba Finance Building Envisaged - The reconstruction of the Kumba Finance Building that was ravaged in the 2008 February upheavals has been included in the just-launched 2009 investment budget for Meme Division. [AA Construction]

Architects' Web Directory for Africa (2009) - is being upgraded...

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Editorial : The AA Collective rejects participation in "Construction Mafia"

..."as well as the voluntary business organisations (sic) for quantity surveyors and architects could participate..."

Here's news for some of you that may have read this piece in Creamer Media's Engineering News.

Architects do not belong to the "Construction Sector"(1) and there is no such thing as a voluntary business organisation for architects. Architects belong only to the Architectural Profession and it is their responsibility, role, function and duty in society to oversee, control and manage the Building Sector - not to hold hands with it.

Architecture is, has always been, and will always be an Art and a Science - not a technical skill or a business as the less informed appear to think. Let that be clear to those who have no notion of the role South African architects play in our society.

Moves afoot to create ‘single voice’ for SA construction sector

Moves afoot to create ‘single voice’ for SA construction sector - Moves afoot to create ‘single voice’ for SA construction sector - The president of Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has called for the re-establishment of a single entity to represent “the voice of the construction industry” and has told Engineering News Online that he hoped that such a structure could be put in place during the first half of 2009.
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South Africa: Bleak Future for Property Fund

South Africa: Bleak Future for Property Fund - LISTED property fund SA Corporate Real Estate's year to December results have not been well-received by some analysts because the company's distribution per unit fell below its forecast. [AA Urbanisation]

South Africa: Capetonians Warned to Avoid Highway

South Africa: Capetonians Warned to Avoid Highway - Traffic lanes to the centre of Cape Town on hospital bend will be closed at night this week as contractors start the next phase of the R230-million upgrade. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: FG to Upgrade Four Hospitals to International Standard

Nigeria: FG to Upgrade Four Hospitals to International Standard - The Federal Government is set to upgrade four hospitals in three regions in the country, including FCT, Abuja, with the inauguration of an eight-man advisory committee. [AA Urbanisation]

Angola: President Appoints Luanda Urban Development Commission

Angola: President Appoints Luanda Urban Development Commission - Angolan head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, Monday in Luanda appointed a commission to lead the drafting of a "Master Plan" for the urban development of Luanda. [AA Urbanisation]

East Africa: EAC HQ to Cost EUR 14 Million

East Africa: EAC HQ to Cost EUR 14 Million - Construction works for the new complex of the East African Community (EAC) headquarters will cost a whooping 14 million euros, it has emerged. [AA Construction]

South Africa: Construction At La Mercy Airport Advancing

South Africa: Construction At La Mercy Airport Advancing - Construction of the La Mercy airport in Durban is on track, especially with regards to the construction of the air traffic control tower, cargo and terminal buildings, says Airports Company South Africa (ACSA). [AA Construction]

South Africa: Labour Department Closes Construction Site After Five Die

South Africa: Dept Closes Construction Site After Five Die - The Department of Labour has closed the construction site where five workers died when the trench they were digging collapsed on them in Lindley, Eastern Free State at the weekend. [AA Construction]

Zambia: Ndola Council Acquires K1 Billion Road Repair Equipment

Zambia: Ndola Council Acquires K1 Billion Road Repair Equipment - THE Ndola City Council has acquired road repair equipment worth more than K1 billion from China. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Estate Developers Target .5 Million Houses

Nigeria: Estate Developers Target .5 Million Houses - Estate developers in Nigeria under the aegis of Real Estate Development Association of Nigeria (REDAN) are targeting the construction of 500,000 houses in the country as a means to stimulate its floundering economy. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Government Probes Collapsed Building

Nigeria: Govt Probes Collapsed Building - The Oyo State government has commenced a probe into the collapsed building at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso where over 10 workers lost their lives during the construction work. [AA Construction]

Eritrea: New Water Reservoir Under Construction in Adi-Garalebu

Eritrea: New Water Reservoir Under Construction in Adi-Garalebu - A new water reservoir is under construction in Adi-Garalebu, Elabered sub-zone, at a cost of about 1 million Nakfa, according to Mr. Mensure Meslem, expert of soil and water conservation in the Ministry of Agriculture. [AA Construction]

Ghana: Local Contractors to Receive a Major Boost

Ghana: Local Contractors to Receive a Major Boost - J. A. Plant Pool (GH) Ltd, a leading supplier of heavy duty and earth moving equipment has launched a project to build the capacity of local contractors, particularly those engaged in road construction, by providing them with road construction equipment. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Zamfara Airport - Govt to Pay N800 Million Compensation

Nigeria: Zamfara Airport - Govt to Pay N800 Million Compensation - Zamfara State Government has earmarked N800 million to pay compensation for the land acquired for the construction of a cargo airport in Gusau. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: FG to Partner States On Low-Income Housing

Nigeria: FG to Partner States On Low-Income Housing - The Federal Government is ready to partner with State governments to provide housing for low income earners in the country. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Demolition in Lagos Worries Micro Finance Banks

Nigeria: Demolition in Lagos Worries Micro Finance Banks - Micro finance banks in Lagos have frowned over the negative effect of the demolition of many markets around the state such as Oshodi , Mile12, Mushin market and host of others . [AA Urbanisation]

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Nigeria: Kubwa Satellite Town Faces Another Demolition Exercise

Nigeria: Kubwa Satellite Town Faces Another Demolition Exercise - Traders in Kubwa satellite town are counting their losses as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Adamu Aliero, has taken steps to sanitise the satellite town by demolishing the shops and buildings that are located close to the main roads that lead to different parts of the satellite town. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Minister Lays Foundation Stone for Baze University

Nigeria: Minister Lays Foundation Stone for Baze University - The first indigenous University in Abuja has commenced the development of its site as the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Muhammed Adamu Aliero has laid the foundation stone for the institution. [AA Construction]

South Africa : Change has come to City Deep Hostel

By Ndaba Dlamini

Johannesburg - The once uninhabitable and murky City Deep Hostel has been converted into an attractive family space, complete with play grounds for children.

The former men-only hostel, located a few kilometres southeast of Johannesburg's city centre, is now a brightly coloured home to more than 200 families.

Even though work to convert two remaining blocks is still in progress, the change is breathtaking, reports Joburg.org.

Originally designed to contain and isolate a single-sex labour force, in the late 1970s the old hostel became the home of hundreds of municipal workers.

These municipal workers, predominantly men, lived in squalid conditions and the hostel became a health hazard in dire need of repair.

The City of Johannesburg, through the Johannesburg Social Housing Company (Joshco), stepped in, in 2005.

The compound offered a potentially large supply of high-density, low-income rental housing stock, which is in very short supply in the city.

South Africa : North West expects good review from FIFA team

Mmabatho - The North West Provincial Government is confident that the FIFA inspection team will declare that Rustenburg is ready to host both the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup when it visits the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Thursday.

The inspection team will assess the changes that are taking place at the stadium.

The stadium, which could previously only seat 39 000 fans, is currently being upgraded to accommodate 45 000. While it was already well-equipped, new electronic scoreboards, floodlights and a new public address system will be included.

North West Premier Edna Molewa said the province was ready to host the major international event which kicks off in June. She personally visited the stadium last week to check on the progress of the stadium for herself and to ensure the upgrading was in line with FIFA requirements.

"I am satisfied that as a province and Rustenburg, we are on course and ready to deliver on our pledge to stage the best soccer event ever," said Ms Molewa.

The Royal Bafokeng Stadium will host New Zealand vs Spain on 14 June 2009; South Africa vs New Zealand on 17 June 2009 and Egypt vs the United States on 21 June 2009. - BuaNews

Nigeria: Ijora Badia - Living in Squalor of Urban Richness

Nigeria: Ijora Badia - Living in Squalor of Urban Richness - Immediately the residents of Sunday Street in Ijora Badia, which is the filthiest slum part of the area, saw a reporter clutching her camera trying to take a snapshot, they swiftly ran into their wooden rickety buildings. [AA Urbanisation]